Shareholder structure (by region)
BASF is one of the largest publicly owned companies with around 460,000 shareholders and a high free float.
An analysis of the shareholder structure carried out in September 2008 showed that, at 22% of share capital, the United States and Canada made up the largest regional group of institutional investors. Institutional investors from Germany made up 13%. Shareholders from the United Kingdom and Ireland held 14% of BASF shares, while a further 14% are held by institutional investors from the rest of Europe. Around 28% of the company’s share capital is held by private investors, most of whom are residents in Germany.
Employees becoming shareholdersIn many countries, we offer employee stock ownership plans to encourage our employees to become BASF shareholders. More than 19,400 employees bought employee shares in 2008, worth a total of approximately €44 million.
Increased attendance again at the Annual MeetingThe Annual Meeting was held in Mannheim on April 24, 2008. With over 51% of the share capital represented, attendance was 3 percentage points higher than in the previous year.
Attendance at the Annual Meeting