All shares in the Company are bearer shares, and for this reason the Company does not keep a register of shareholders. The following figures are based on information from shareholders, the shareholder validation check at the Annual General Meeting of 1 March 2011 and on other information available to the Company.
On 24 March 2011, the shareholder group with pooled voting rights announced that it would continue the shareholder pooling agreement existing since 1948 with a modified shareholder composition. A charitable foundation established by pool members has been admitted to the pool.
- 72,018,000 shares (2010: 80,020,000): Shareholders’ group with pooled voting rights representing 45.01% of issued shares (2010: 50.0125%), comprising Ms Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, Ms Maja Hoffmann, Mr André Hoffmann, Dr Andreas Oeri, Ms Sabine Duschmalé-Oeri, Ms Catherine Oeri, Mr Jörg Duschmalé, Mr Lukas Duschmalé and the charitable foundation Wolf. a)
- 8,091,900 shares: Ms Maja Oeri, formerly a member of the pool, holds now 8,091,900 shares representing 5.057% of the voting rights independently of the pool.
- 53,332,863 (2010: 53,332,863) shares (participation below 33 1/3%): Novartis Ltd, Basel including Affiliates thereof.b)
a) Information supplied by the shareholders. This figure of 72,018,000 shares does not include shares without pooled voting rights held outside the group by individual members of the group.
b) Figures as of 31 December 2011 supplied by Novartis Ltd, Basel.