As of 31 December 2016, the fully paid nominal share capital of Clariant Ltd totaled CHF 1 228 175 036.30 and was divided into 331 939 199 registered shares, each with a par value of CHF 3.70. Clariant Ltd shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1995 (symbol: CLN, ISIN CH0012142631). Clariant Ltd does not issue non-voting equity securities (Genussscheine or Partizipationsscheine). Based on the closing price of the Clariant share of CHF 17.57 on 31 December 2016, the company’s market capitalization at year-end amounted to CHF 5.8 billion.
The company’s share capital may be increased by no more than CHF 14 103 978.20 by issuing the remaining 3 811 886 registered shares each with a par value of CHF 3.70.
The details are set out in article 5 of the Articles of Association. The Articles of Association can be found on our website.
Distribution of capital reserves
In the 2016 calendar year, a distribution of CHF 0.40 per share from capital reserves was decided by the Annual General Meeting. The total amount of CHF 129 499 863.20 was paid out on 28 April 2016. A table with additional information on the distribution of capital reserves can be found in Note 16 of this Integrated Report.
Transferability of shares
The transfer of registered shares requires the approval of the Board of Directors that may delegate this function. Approval is granted if the acquirer discloses his/her identity and confirms that the shares have been acquired in his/her own name and for his/her own account.
Nominee registrations and voting rights
Each registered share entitles the holder to one vote at the Annual General Meeting. Special rules according to Article 6 of the Articles of Association apply to nominees who fail to disclose the identity of the persons they represent and whose shareholding exceeds 2%.
The Clariant option program for employees was terminated in 2013. Details of the option program can be found in Note 31, »Employee Participation Plans« of this Integrated Report.
Further information on the Clariant share can be found in chapter Clariant Stock of this Integrated Report.