Shareholder structure of METRO AG
The major shareholders of METRO AG (formerly METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG) are Haniel, Schmidt-Ruthenbeck, CECONOMY and Beisheim shareholder groups. According to information available to METRO AG based on the notifications of voting rights according to the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), they held around 53.23% of the voting rights as of 30 September 2017. This results in the following voting rights of the 4 major shareholders: The Haniel shareholder group is METRO AG’s largest shareholder with a voting share of around 22.50%. The Schmidt-Ruthenbeck shareholder group is METRO AG’s second-largest shareholder with a voting share of around 14.19%. The third largest shareholder is the CECONOMY shareholder group, which holds approximately 9.99% of voting rights in METRO AG. The fourth-largest shareholder is the Beisheim shareholder group with approximately 6.56% of voting rights.
Approximately 46.76% of METRO AG shares are free-floating and held by a large number of domestic and international investors. Other information available to METRO AG indicates that US and British investors account for the largest share of institutional investors, followed by investors from France and Germany. According to a voting rights notification dated 19 September 2017, the investment company J O Hambro Capital Management Limited is the largest institutional shareholder, holding approximately 2.47% of voting rights (plus 0.99% financial instruments). The 10 largest institutional investors hold around 34% of the free-floating shares.