- When was Henkel founded?
- Where is Henkel’s head office?
- How many people does Henkel employ?
- In what business units is Henkel active?
- What is the sales breakdown by division and region?
- What is Henkel's legal form of incorporation?
On September 26,1876 Fritz Henkel and two partners founded the company Henkel & Cie in Aachen, Germany.
Henkel's head office is in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The number of people employed by the Henkel Group at the end of 2020 was 52,950.
Basis: permanent employees excluding apprentices.
Henkel is organized into three business units:
Henkel is the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide.
Henkel Beauty Care holds leading market positions worldwide, and its brand-name products business is continuously expanding.
Laundry & Home Care
The Laundry & Home Care business unit is the cornerstone of Henkel’s success story: It all started with a product from this business sector.
Note: Figures commercially rounded; addition may result in deviations from the totals indicated.
Henkel is a Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien or KGaA (partnership limited by shares). Because the sole personally liable partner of the corporation is a joint stock entity, Henkel Management AG, and according the provisions of German company law this must be apparent from the corporation’s name, Henkel trades as “Henkel AG & Co. KGaA”.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA holds all the shares in Henkel Management AG. Such a structure in which a KGaA is itself the sole shareholder of the joint stock entity which, in turn, is the sole personally liable partner of the KGaA, is referred to as a “Unified Company”.
The other legally prescribed corporate bodies are the Supervisory Board and the General Meeting. In addition, Henkel has a Shareholders’ Committee as required by its Articles of Association. The overall structure therefore looks like this:
Abbreviation for “Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien.” A KGaA is a company with a legal identity (legal entity) in which at least one partner has unlimited liability with respect to the company’s creditors (personally liable partner), while the liability for such debts of the other partners participating in the share-based capital stock is limited to their share capital (limited shareholders).Financial Glossary Schließen
- When was the IPO of Henkel preferred shares?
- When was the IPO of Henkel ordinary shares?
- On which stock exchanges is Henkel listed?
- In which indices is Henkel represented?
- What is the shareholder structure at Henkel?
- What is the difference between ordinary and preferred shares?
- What is the number of Henkel shares?
- Where do I get information about the development of the share price?
- What is the average daily trading volume?
- Do you have a share buy-back program?
- Does Henkel hold treasury stocks?
- Does Henkel have an ADR program?
- Does Henkel offer an employee share plan?
- Is it possible to get or switch physical share certificates?
The Henkel preferred shares were first listed on October 2, 1985. The shares were issued at EUR 145.72 (equals DM 285) and first traded on October 11, 1985, at EUR 199.4 (equals DM 390).
On July 2, 1996 the par value of Henkel shares was reduced to a tenth from DM 50 to DM 5 each.
On June 18, 2007 the shares were split 1:3. The newly issued shares have no par value. Each share represents an amount 1 € out of the total share capital.
In 1996 all holders of preferred shares were given the opportunity to convert 10 percent of their preferred shares into ordinary shares. Next all ordinary shares were admitted to trading on the stock exchange on July 2, 1996. In conjunction with the conversion, the par value of Henkel shares was reduced to a tenth from DM 50 to DM 5 each.
In 2007 the shares were split 1:3. The new par value is 1€.
Henkel shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, predominantly on the Xetra electronic trading platform. Henkel is also listed on all regional stock exchanges in Germany.
The international importance of Henkel preferred shares derives not least from their inclusion in many leading indices that serve as important indicators for capital markets, and as benchmarks for fund managers. Particularly noteworthy in this respect are the STOXX® Europe 600, MSCI World and FTSE World Europe indices. Henkel’s inclusion in the Dow Jones Titans 30 Personal & Household Goods Index also makes it one of the most important corporations in the personal and household goods sector worldwide. As a DAX stock, Henkel is one of the 30 most significant exchange-listed companies in Germany.
The preferred shares are widely owned internationally. Apart from the treasury shares, they are entirely in free float (97.93% free float, 2.07% treasury shares as of December 31, 2020).
61.56 % of the ordinary shares are held by members of the Henkel family share-pooling agreement (as of March 1, 2021).
Preferred shares carry the same rights as ordinary shares, with the exception of the generally excluded voting right. To compensate for the restriction in voting rights, preferred shares take precedence in the distribution of profit, usually reflected in a higher dividend payout.
In the event that this “preferential dividend” is not paid, or is not fully paid in a year, followed by failure to pay the balance in addition to the full preferential dividend for the following year, the latent voting rights of the preferred shares are revived.
Preferred shares 178,162,875
+ Ordinary shares 259,795,875
= Total 437,958,750
1 Average turnover of shares per trading day (Xetra).
Henkel has been authorized by the Annual General Meeting to buy back ordinary or preferred shares provided that the shares bought on grounds of this authorization along with other shares that the company has already purchased or that are assigned to the company do not exceed 10% of the subscribed capital.
Additionally, there were share buy-backs to cover the Henkel LTI 2020+ in 2018 and 2020.
Please find further information here.
Number of pref. shares
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A “Sponsored Level I ADR (American Depositary Receipt) Program” was introduced in 1996 for the preferred and ordinary shares. American Depositary Receipts are certificates of ownership of shares in a non-US company, which are placed and traded instead of shares in the USA.
For further information on our ADR program please click here.
Since 2001, Henkel has provided its employees with the opportunity of acquiring Henkel preferred shares within the framework of its Employee Share Plan (ESP), thus enabling them to participate in the fortunes of the corporation.
Further information about the employee share program can be found here.
According to our Articles of Association (Art. 6 (4), Sentence 2) there is no right to claim issuance of share certificates evidencing single shares.
In case you still own physical share certificates and you would like to switch them please contact your custodian bank.
Henkel does not keep or offer cancelled or ancient shares as collectibles.
Key Figures and Dividends
- When will the next results be released?
- How do I get the Annual Report?
- What are Henkel’s key figures?
- Which accounting principles does Henkel use?
- When is the next dividend payment date?
- What amounts of dividends have been paid so far?
- What should shareholders be aware of with regard to payment and taxation of dividends?
Since 1997, Henkel has drawn up its annual and interim financial statements according to “International Financial Reporting Standards” (IFRS).
The next dividend payment will be approved by the Annual General Meeting and the dividend will be distributed on the third business day following the Annual General Meeting.
Annual General Meeting
- When and where will the next Annual General Meeting take place?
- Where are countermotions by shareholders published?
- What does Corporate Governance mean?
- What importance does Corporate Governance have at Henkel?
- What is the German Corporate Governance Code?
- Does Henkel comply with the German Corporate Governance Code?
- What responsibilities does the Supervisory Board have and what is its composition?
- How do the different corporate bodies work together?
- Has Henkel issued a Declaration of Compliance?
The origin of Corporate Governance, its declaration and implementation goes back to 1930 and is rooted in the separation of ownership and control.
Corporate Governance deals with the specification and compliance of rules and procedures by which a company should be managed. The term Corporate Governance stands for responsible corporate management and control geared to long-term value creation. In Germany, the principles of Corporate Governance are laid down in the German Corporate Governance Code.
Further information about Corporate Governance at Henkel can be found here.
System of management and control, primarily within listed companies. Describes the powers and authority of corporate management, the extent to which these need to be monitored and the extent to which structures should be put in place through which certain interest/ stakeholder groups may exert influence on the corporate management.Financial Glossary Schließen
Acting in conformity with applicable regulations; adherence to laws, rules, regulations and in-house or corporate codes of conduct.Financial Glossary Schließen
The German Corporate Governance Code (abbreviation: DCGK) is intended to render the rules governing corporate management and control for a stock corporation in Germany transparent for national and international investors, engendering trust and confidence in the corporate management of German companies.Financial Glossary Schließen
The Management Board, the Shareholders’ Committee and the Supervisory Board are committed to ensuring that the management and stewardship of the corporation are conducted in a responsible and transparent manner aligned to achieving a long-term increase in shareholder value. With this in mind, they have pledged allegiance to the following three principles:
- Value creation as the foundation of our management approach
- Sustainability achieved through the application of socially responsible management principles
- Transparency supported by an active and open information policy
Further information about Corporate Governance at Henkel can be found here.
The "German Corporate Governance Code“ aims to make the German Corporate Governance system transparent and understandable and therefore to strengthen the confidence of international and national investors in the management and supervision of listed German corporations. The Code was ratified on February 26, 2002.
Subject to the specific regulations governing companies with the legal form of a German partnership limited by shares (“KGaA”) and to the pertinent provisions of its Articles of Association, Henkel basically complies with the recommendations (“shall” clauses) and suggestions (“may” clauses) of the German Corporate Governance Code.
Henkel’s Declaration provides more specific details and the recommendations and suggestions implemented.
The Shareholders’ Committee has a minimum of five and a maximum of ten members. The members are elected by the AGM of the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA . The tenure of office is five years unless otherwise stipulated at the time of election.
The Shareholders’ Committee carries out the tasks and functions delegated to it by the General Meeting or by dint of the Articles of Association. In particular, the Shareholders’ Committee participates in the management of the corporation in lieu and as an agent of the General Meeting. It is involved in the formulation of the corporate guidelines, the corporate objectives and long-term planning objectives, and supervises and advises the Henkel Management AG/Management Board regularly on the stewardship of the corporation. It participates in the drafting of important corporate decisions, offers suggestions as to business development and monitors compliance with the planning goals.
It is also responsible for resolving on the appointment and dismissal of Personally Liable Partners and holds both the power of representation and executive powers over the legal relationships prevailing between the Corporation and Henkel Management AG as the Personally Liable Partner. Moreover, it is also the responsibility of the Shareholders’ Committee to exercise the voting rights of the Corporation in the Annual General Meeting of Henkel Management AG. Consequently, it appoints the members of the Supervisory Board of Henkel Management AG and is therefore involved in the appointment of the members of the Management Board. It may also issue Rules of Procedure incumbent upon Henkel Management AG.
The members of the Shareholders’ Committee you can find here.
The Management Board, Shareholders’ Committee and Supervisory Board of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA cooperate closely for the benefit of the corporation.
The Management Board agrees the strategic alignment of the corporation with the Shareholders’ Committee and discusses the status of implementation.
For transactions of fundamental significance, the Shareholders’ Committee has established a right of veto in the procedural rules governing the actions of Henkel Management AG in its function as sole personally liable partner. This covers, in particular, decisions or measures that materially change the net assets, financial position or results of operations of the Corporation. The Management Board complies with these rights of consent and also the spheres of authority of the General Meeting in matters subject to statutory control.
In keeping with good corporate management practice, Management Board informs the Shareholders’ Committee and the Supervisory Board regularly, and in a timely and comprehensive fashion, of all issues of relevance to the Corporation concerning business policy, corporate planning, profitability, the business development of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA and of major Group companies, and also the risk situation and risk management structures and activities.
Further information about the corporate bodies can be found here.
- In which sustainability indices is Henkel listed?
- How do Henkel's sustainability activities contribute to shareholder value?
We are convinced that our continued focus on sustainability will help to grow the long-term value of our company and to realize our strategic priorities. Our insistence that each new product must combine excellent performance with responsibility toward people and the environment results in increasingly efficient products and improved technical solutions. Thereby sustainability becomes an important driver of economic growth and the generation of competitive advantage in the market. By sharing our decades of experience in sustainability we can offer effective solutions to our customers for improving their own sustainability performance. With our brands and technologies, which combine top quality with responsibility toward people and the environment, we can position Henkel as a leading sustainability partner for our industrial customers, for retailers, and for consumers. In addition, corporate social responsibility strengthens the motivation of our employees and their identification with the company.