Shareholder structure of METRO AG
The shareholders Haniel, Schmidt-Ruthenbeck and Beisheim are the major shareholders of METRO AG. According to information available to METRO AG, they held 59.98 percent of the voting rights at the end of 2012. The shareholder groups Haniel and Schmidt-Ruthenbeck are the Group’s major shareholders. According to notifications of voting rights pursuant to the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), they held 50.01 percent of the voting rights as of the closing date. The Beisheim shareholder group holds 9.97 percent of the voting rights, according to voting rights notifications. According to notifications of voting rights received by METRO AG, the Haniel shareholder group reduced its METRO stake by 4.23 percent to 30.01 percent on 5 February 2013, that is, after the balance sheet date. This stake totals 13.7 million METRO shares. According to notifications of voting rights pursuant to the German Securities Trading Act, the Haniel and Schmidt-Ruthenbeck shareholder groups therefore hold 45.78 percent of the voting rights.
As of the closing date, the free-float share of 40.02 percent is divided among a large number of national and international investors. Notifications from fund management firms and other publicly available data sources indicate that US and German investors now account for the largest share of institutional investors, followed by investors from France and Great Britain. The 20 largest institutional investors hold nearly 36 percent of the free float. In addition, METRO AG’s shareholder base includes an estimated 65,000 private investors. As a result, the number of private investors has risen by about 5,000 compared with the previous year.