Shareholder structure

The Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation is the largest shareholder of Fresenius SE, with approximately 58 % of the voting shares. Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG claims to hold between 5 and 10 % of the voting shares. In addition, we have received notifications pursuant to the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG) from Fidelity. For further details please see note 26, Noncontrolling interest.

At the beginning of 2010, a shareholder survey covering 97 % of our subscribed capital identified the ownership of 99 % of the ordinary shares and 94 % of the preference shares. According to this survey, a total of 329 institutional investors held about 91.0 million shares (56 % of subscribed capital). This was split into 24.4 million ordinary shares (30 % of the ordinary shares) and 66.6 million preference shares (83 % of the preference shares). 2.8 million ordinary shares and 8.9 million preference shares were identified as retail holdings. The top ten investors hold approximately 9 % of the ordinary share capital and approximately 30 % of the preference share capital. Both classes of share are mostly held by investors in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

The analysis of our shareholder structure provides us with valuable information on the current structure and any changes that have occurred. The regional distribution of our institutional investors, for instance, serves as a good basis for the targeted planning and adjustment of our roadshow activities. The latest survey showed that our shareholder base is solid even in times of market turbulence. This confirms we are right in pursuing our path of intensifying the dialogue with institutional investors and our roadshow activities in Europe and the United States.

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