Broad Base of International Shareholders
With over 800,000 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 2021 showed that, at around 19% of share capital, the United States and Canada made up the largest regional group of institutional investors. Institutional investors from Germany accounted for around 9%. Institutional investors from the United Kingdom and Ireland hold 6% of BASF shares, while investors from the rest of Europe hold a further 13% of capital. Approximately 39% of the company’s share capital is held by private investors, nearly all of whom reside in Germany. BASF is therefore one of the DAX 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 2021, for example, around 23,600 employees (2020: around 27,600) purchased BASF shares worth €38.2 million (2020: €61.1 million).