The fully paid-up share capital of Sulzer Ltd amounts to CHF 342’623.70 and is divided into 34’262’370 registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.01 per share. Each registered share entitles the holder to one vote at the Shareholders’ Meeting. There is neither any authorized nor conditional capital, nor are there any participation or dividend certificates. The latest version of the Articles of Association can be viewed at www.sulzer.com/governance (under “Articles of Association”). There were no changes of the share capital in the last three financial reporting years.
Restrictions on transferability and nominee registrations
Sulzer shares are freely transferable provided that, when requested by the company to do so, buyers declare that they have purchased and will hold the shares in their own name and for their own account. Nominees shall only be entered in the share register with the right to vote if they meet the following conditions: the nominee is subject to the supervision of a recognized banking and financial market regulator; the nominee has entered into a written agreement with the Board of Directors concerning its status; the share capital held by the nominee does not exceed 3% of the registered share capital entered in the commercial register; and the names, addresses, and number of shares of those individuals for whose accounts the nominee holds at least 0.5% of the share capital have been disclosed. The Board of Directors is also entitled, beyond these limits, to enter shares of nominees with voting rights in the share register if the above-mentioned conditions are met (see also paragraph 6a of the Articles of Association at www.sulzer.com/governance). On December 31, 2017, nine nominees holding a total of 1’790’740 shares (5.23% of total shares) had entered into agreements concerning their status. No exceptions have been granted. All of those shares have been entered in the share register with voting rights. There are no transfer restrictions and no privileges under the Articles of Association. A removal or amendment of the transfer restriction requires a shareholders’ resolution with a majority of at least two-thirds of the votes represented.
Convertible bonds and options
No convertible bonds or warrants are currently outstanding. Details of the restricted share units issued to the members of the Board of Directors (from 2009) as well as performance share and restricted share units issued to the members of the Executive Committee (in 2010 and yearly as from 2013) are set out under note 31 to the “Consolidated financial statements” and under note 10 to the “Financial statements of Sulzer Ltd.”