Shareholder structure (by region)
With over 400,000 shareholders, BASF is one of the largest publicly owned companies with a high free float. An analysis of the shareholder structure carried out in December 2011 showed that, at nearly 15% of share capital, the United States and Canada made up the largest regional group of institutional investors. Institutional investors from Germany accounted for 11%. Shareholders from the United Kingdom and Ireland hold around 12% of BASF shares, while institutional investors from the rest of Europe hold a further 18% of capital. Approximately 27% of the company’s share capital is held by private investors, most of whom are resident in Germany. BASF is therefore one of the DAX 30 companies with the largest percentage of private shareholders in Germany.
Employees becoming shareholders
In many countries, we offer share purchase programs to encourage our employees to become BASF shareholders. In 2011, more than 19,600 employees (2010: 18,900) purchased employee shares worth around €45 million (2010: €28 million).