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Henkel preferred shares have been publicly listed since 1985, the ordinary shares since 1996. Both share classes are traded on all eight German stock exchanges.
In the USA, investors are able to acquire Henkel preferred and ordinary shares by way of stock ownership certificates obtained through the Sponsored Level I ADR (American Depositary Receipt) program.
Since the issue of Henkel’s preferred share in 1985, investors who re-invested their dividends in further share purchases would, by the end of 2014, have achieved an average annual yield (excluding taxes) of 12.2 percent. Over the same period, the DAX provided an annual yield of 7.6 percent.
|Preferred shares||Ordinary shares|
|Stock exchange symbol||HEN3.ETR||HEN.ETR|
|Number of shares||178,162,875||259,795,875|
Preferred shares were issued with a par value of 50 DM each for the initial public offering. Because of the change of par value from 50 DM to 5 DM on July 2,1996 and a share split in the ratio of 1:3 on June 18, 2007, this currently corresponds to 30 shares.
61.02 percent of the Henkel ordinary shares are held by members of the Henkel family share-pooling agreement. The preferred shares are the significantly more liquid class of Henkel shares. Apart from the treasury shares, they are entirely in free float. A large majority are owned by institutional investors whose portfolios are usually broadly distributed internationally.