Broad base of international shareholders
With over 500,000 shareholders, BASF is one of the largest publicly owned companies with a high free float. An analysis of the shareholder structure carried out at the end of 2015 showed that, at 16% of share capital, the United States and Canada made up the largest regional group of institutional investors. Institutional investors from Germany accounted for 9%. Shareholders from the United Kingdom and Ireland hold just under 11% of BASF shares, while institutional investors from the rest of Europe hold a further 21% of capital. Approximately 27% of the company’s share capital is held by private investors, most of whom reside in Germany. BASF is therefore one of the DAX 30 companies with the largest percentage of private shareholders.
Employees becoming shareholders
In many countries, we offer share purchase programs that turn our employees into BASF shareholders. In 2015, for example, around 21,600 employees (2014: 23,200) purchased employee shares worth about €60 million (2014: €62 million).