How to invest in Roche and Genentech
The Roche Group (of which Genentech is a wholly-owned member) is traded in the United States as a U.S.-dollar denominated American Depositary Receipt (“ADR”) on the OTCQX International Premier market under the stock symbol: RHHBY.
ADRs are U.S. dollar-denominated securities which represent ownership of equity in non-U.S. companies. The stocks of most foreign companies that trade in the U.S. markets are traded as ADRs issued by U.S. depositary banks.
The Roche ADRs trade, clear and settle just like any U.S.-listed company shares and can be bought or sold through any U.S. registered brokerage (including online brokerages such as TD Ameritrade, E-Trade, Scottrade, etc.). Roche ADR holders are entitled to dividend payments.
The underlying Roche Group security (Roche Holding AG) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (Switzerland’s principal stock exchange) under the stock symbols stock symbols RO.SW (voting share) and ROG.SW (non-voting equity security) and adheres to strict financial reporting standards and regulations. Roche’s ADR (RHHBY) represents ownership of equity in ROG.SW, where eight (8) Roche ADRs represent one (1) underlying ROG non-voting equity security. Since ADRs are based on the common shares of the non-U.S. company, the price of an ADR will often move in sync with the price of the underlying common shares once the ADR to common share ratio and currency rate is considered.
|Symbol||Security||No. of securities||Trading/Listing||CUSIP/ISIN|
|RHHBY||U.S. security (ADR)||Note a)||OTCQX||771195104|
|ROG||Non-voting equity security (NES)||702,562,700||SIX Swiss Exchange||CH0012032048|
|RO||Voting share||160,000,000||SIX Swiss Exchange||CH0012032113|
Note a) The number of ADRs in issue varies depending on demand and conversion in and out of the underlying non-voting equity security (NES)
The Roche ADR facility was initiated in 1992 when one (1) ADR represented one hundredth (1/100) of one underlying non-voting equity security. The current ADR ratio is a result of several splits and ratio changes.
|Record date||Effective date||ADR split||ADR to NES ratio|
|20 Feb 2014||27 Feb 2014||2 for 1||8 to 1|
|05 Jan 2009||09 Jan 2009||2 for 1||4 to 1|
|21 Jan 2005||25 Jan 2005||2 for 1||2 to 1|
|Note b)||04 May 2001||1 for 1||1 to 1|
|Prior to 04 May 2001||-||-||1 to 1/100|
Note b) On 3 April 2001, the Board of Directors approved a 100 for 1 split of the non-voting equity security. This was followed by an opposite 1 for 100 change in the ADR to NES ratio. As a result, no new ADRs were distributed
|Declared datec)||Ex-dividend dated)||Record datee)||Pay date for ADR||Gross dividend (USD)||Net dividend (USD)f)|
|13 Mar 2018||15 Mar 2018||16 Mar 2018||4 May 2018||1.08||0.89|
|14 Mar 2017||15 Mar 2017||17 Mar 2017||11 May 2017||1.03||0.85|
|01 Mar 2016||03 Mar 2016||04 Mar 2016||22 Apr 2016||1.02||0.84|
|03 Mar 2015||05 Mar 2015||06 Mar 2015||20 Apr 2015||1.00||0.83|
|04 Mar 2014||06 Mar 2014||10 Mar 2014||22 Apr 2014||1.11||0.92|
Note c) Declared date is the date of approval of the proposed dividend at the Annual General Meeting
Note d) Ex-dividend date is the first date where trading takes place without dividend
Note e) Record date is the last date on which the security must be held in custody in order to be eligible to receive dividend (as settlement typically takes place trading day + 3 days)
Note f) Dividends are subject to Swiss withholding tax of 35% at the time of initial payment. For ADR holders, the depositary bank performs a tax reclaim process with the Swiss tax authorities. The actual dividend tax paid depends on the specific tax status of the dividend recipient. For the amount listed in the net dividend column, a 15% tax rate has been assumed plus a dividend, reclaim and payment fee of $0.0200 (-2016) per ADR. The tax reclaim process causes a difference in timing between the record date and the ADR pay date. Roche is considered a qualified foreign corporation for U.S. tax purposes. For further tax questions, please consult a tax advisor
Benefits of the Roche ADR
An American Depositary Receipt (ADR) represents ownership in the shares of a non-U.S. company that trades in U.S. financial markets. The Roche ADR (stock symbol: RHHBY) allows U.S. investors to buy or trade locally in Roche Group shares, which are otherwise listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
The Roche ADR is denominated in U.S. dollars, allowing U.S. investors to realize any dividend or capital gains, where applicable, in U.S. dollars. The dividend tax reclaim process is also taken care of by J.P. Morgan, Roche’s depositary bank and simplified for investors (typically reducing dividend tax to the U.S. level, with the actual tax rate depending on the investor’s individual circumstances).
Global custodian safekeeping fees are also eliminated, which usually make holding the ADRs less expensive. Through the 8:1 split of the Roche ADR to its Swiss non-voting equity security, the price per ADR share is also lower and makes investing in Roche more accessible to individual investors.
Dividend reinvestment program
In 2010, Roche initiated a dividend reinvestment program through the depositary bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, to all registered ADR holders. Through the plan, Roche ADR holders can arrange to reinvest all or part of their dividend in the purchase of additional ADRs. For more information, please see the brochure at the Learn more about section of this page.
Other relevant information
In 2006, to facilitate expanded market access and secondary trading, the Roche ADR obtained a securities manual listing by Standard & Poor’s Standard Corporation Records.
Information about buying and selling the Roche ADR as well as information about dividend payments should be addressed to your bank or broker.
ADR depositary bank
J.P. Morgan Chase sponsors and administers the Roche ADR facility. The J.P. Morgan ADR shareholder services can be contacted as follows:
Toll free number: Phone:1 800 990 1135
Hearing impaired: Phone:1 866 700 1652
Outside the U.S.: Phone:+1 651 453 2128
EQ Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64504
St. Paul, MN 55164-0504
Delivery of ADR certificates and overnight mail:
EQ Shareowner Services
1110 Centre Pointe Curve, Suite 101
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Investor Relations North America
Questions about Roche, its business and products should be addressed to Investor Relations North America:
Investor Relations North America
Roche Holdings, Inc.
1 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone:Main Number: +1 650 225 5566
Fax:Investors: +1 650 225 8326
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