BASF share performance

  • Overall mixed year on stock markets
  • BASF share falls 9.8% in 2014
  • Long-term performance continues to clearly surpass industry indexes

Stock markets were characterized by a high degree of volatility in 2014, exacerbated by geopolitical conflicts, ongoing uncertainty as to when the U.S. Federal Reserve would raise interest rates, and weak economic figures from the eurozone. As a result, the German stock index DAX 30 and the BASF share both reached their lows for the year on October 15, 2014. The increase in the Ifo Business Climate Index in November, which had deteriorated six times in a row before that, as well as the European Central Bank’s decision in December to keep interest rates low led to a considerable stock market recovery at the end of the year. The BASF share remained behind this development: Share performance was especially weighed down by the falling price of oil in addition to market participants’ increasing uncertainty with regard to business in Russia.

BASF shares traded at €69.88 at the end of 2014, 9.8% below the previous year’s closing price. Assuming that dividends were reinvested, BASF shares lost 6.8% in value in 2014. This did not match the performance of the German and European stock markets, whose benchmark indexes DAX 30 and DJ EURO STOXX 50 gained 2.7% and 3.9% over the same period, respectively. As for the global industry indexes, DJ Chemicals declined by 0.1% in 2014 while MSCI World Chemicals rose by 9%.

Change in value of an investment in BASF shares in 2014
(with dividends reinvested; indexed)

Change in value of an investment in BASF shares 2014 (line chart)

Viewed over a five and ten-year period, the long-term performance of BASF shares still clearly surpasses these indexes. The assets of an investor who invested an amount of €1,000 in BASF shares at the end of 2004 and reinvested the dividends in additional BASF shares would have increased to €3,864 by the end of 2014. This equates to an average annual return of 14.5%, placing BASF shares above the returns for the DAX 30 (8.7%), EURO STOXX 50 (3.8%) and MSCI World Chemicals (9.6%) indexes.

Long-term performance of BASF shares compared with indexes
(Average annual increase with dividends reinvested)
Long-term performance of BASF shares compared with indexes (bar chart)

Weighting of BASF shares in important indexes as of December 31, 2014

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DJ Chemicals



MSCI World Index



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