Group Structure and Shareholders
The public limited company Swiss Life Holding was established in 2002 and is incorporated under Swiss law. Its registered office is located in Zurich. Since 19 November 2002, its stock has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Swiss Life Holding brings together all the Swiss Life Group companies and activities under a single holding company. The holding company structure makes it easier to effect investments, enter into partnerships or cooperation agreements and execute capital market transactions. Transparency is also improved by separating the interests of shareholders from those of policyholders.
The companies falling within the Group’s scope of consolidation are presented in the Consolidated Financial Statements (note 35). Information on the listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange and market capitalisation can be found in the section “Share Performance and Historical Comparison”. The organisational structure of the Group shows the key business markets and areas. The resulting operational responsibilities are reflected in the allocation of responsibilities among the Corporate Executive Board. With regard to insurance operations, one person with responsibility for the market and results is assigned to each specific area.
The operational management structure as at 31 December 2018 is shown here.
The purchase or sale of shares or of acquisition/disposal considerations regarding shares in companies that are domiciled in Switzerland and have their shares listed in Switzerland, must be reported to the company in question and the SIX Swiss Exchange if the shareholdings exceed, fall below or reach certain thresholds. The relevant thresholds are 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 33⅓, 50 and 66⅔% of the voting rights. The details are set out in the Financial Market Infrastructure Act (FMIA) and in the implementation provisions of the Financial Market Infrastructure Ordinance-FINMA (FMIO-FINMA) and Financial Market Infrastructure Ordinance (FMIO).
The disclosures of shareholdings that exceed the disclosure threshold on the balance sheet date of 31 December 2018 are shown below. In accordance with the disclosure requirements, the percentage figures given relate to the share capital and number of outstanding shares pursuant to the Articles of Association applicable at the time of the relevant disclosure.
BlackRock Inc., 55 East 52nd Street, New York 10055, USA, reported in a publication of 6 May 2017 that it held through various companies a total of 5.28% of the voting rights for Swiss Life Holding (1 292 673 shares, of which 56 953 shares from securities lending and comparable transactions, 342 486 voting rights transferred from a third party to exercise at its own discretion and 58 691 voting rights from equity derivatives). At the same time, BlackRock Inc. held sales positions in the amount of 0.002% of the voting rights (613 CFD).
UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) AG, P.O. Box, 4002 Basel, Switzerland, reported in a publication of 19 November 2014 that it held 990 414 shares of Swiss Life Holding, equivalent to a 3.09% share of the voting rights.
All complete notifications can be seen on the website of the SIX Swiss Exchange’s disclosure office at www.six-exchange-regulation.com, “Publications” area, “Major Shareholders” subsection https://www.six-exchange-regulation.com/en/home/publications/significant-shareholders.html.
There are no cross participations between Swiss Life Holding or its subsidiaries with other listed companies, which exceed the participation threshold of 3%.
On the balance sheet date some 159 000 shareholders and nominees were listed in the Swiss Life Holding share register, of which about 4300 were institutional shareholders. Taken together, the shareholders entered in the share register held around 50% of the shares issued. Over half of these shares were owned by shareholders domiciled in Switzerland. Approximately a third of the registered shares were in private hands.
A table showing the shareholder structure is provided in the section “Share Performance and Historical Comparison” on page 321.