BASF share performance

Change in value of an investment in BASF shares 2012
(with dividends reinvested, indexed)
Change in value of an investment in BASF shares 2012 (line chart)Enlarge image

After positive development on the stock market at the beginning of the year, the second quarter saw a decline in share prices resulting from continuing uncertainty in the eurozone. Recovery in the third quarter was bolstered by the European Central Bank’s resolution to purchase unlimited quantities of European government bonds. After a brief consolidation phase, stock markets posted strong share-price gains at the end of the year and BASF shares achieved a new all-time high of €73.09 on December 19, 2012. At the end of 2012, the BASF share traded at €71.15, 32.0% above its closing price one year earlier. Assuming that dividends were reinvested, BASF shares gained 37.3% of their value in 2012. The BASF stock thus outperformed the German and European stock markets: Over the same period, the DAX 30 index rose by 29.1% while the DJ EURO STOXX 50 index gained 17.7%. BASF shares also performed better than the global industry indices DJ Chemicals and MSCI World Chemicals in 2012, both of which rose by 20.7%.

Long-term performance of BASF shares compared with indices (Average annual performance with dividends reinvested)
Long-term performance of BASF shares compared with indices (bar chart)Enlarge image

The assets of an investor who invested €1,000 in BASF shares at the end of 2002 and reinvested the dividends in additional BASF shares would have increased to €5,774 by the end of 2012. This average annual return of 19.2% places BASF shares substantially above the returns for the DAX 30 (10.2%), EURO STOXX 50 (4.0%) and MSCI World Chemicals (10.6%) indices.

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Percentage of BASF shares in important indices as of December 31, 2012

DAX 30


DJ Chemicals


MSCI World Index


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