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Corporate structure and shareholders
Sulzer is subject to Swiss corporate and stock exchange laws and applies the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance.
Sulzer Ltd (“the Company”) is subject to the laws of Switzerland, in particular Swiss corporate and stock exchange laws. The Company also applies the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance. The information in the following section is set out in the order defined by the SIX Swiss Exchange Directive on Information relating to Corporate Governance (DCG), with subsections summarized as far as possible. Sulzer’s consolidated financial statements comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and in certain sections readers are referred to the financial reporting section of the Sulzer Annual Report 2022. Sulzer reports the compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in the compensation report. Unless otherwise indicated, the following information refers to the situation on December 31, 2022. Accordingly, the corporate governance report does not reflect the revised corporate law in force as of January 1, 2023. The Board of Directors intends to propose at the Shareholders’ Meeting in April 2023 the revision of the current Articles of Association in order to adapt them to the revised law. The proposed amendments will be explained in a report of the Board of Directors accompanying the invitation to the Shareholders’ Meeting. Further information on corporate governance is published at www.sulzer.com/governance.
The Company’s business is managed on a divisional basis, and the organizational Group structure corresponds to these reporting segments, which consist of the Flow Equipment division (renamed in 2021 from Pumps Equipment), the Services division (renamed in 2021 from Rotating Equipment Services) and the Chemtech division. The operational corporate structure is shown under note 3 to the “consolidated financial statementsˮ in the financial reporting section. Sulzer Ltd is the only Sulzer company listed on a stock exchange. It is based in Winterthur, Switzerland. Its shares are listed and traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (Securities No. 3838891/ISIN CH0038388911). On December 31, 2022, the market capitalization of all outstanding registered shares of Sulzer Ltd was CHF 2’466’890’640. Information on the subsidiaries included in the consolidation can be found under note 37 to the “consolidated financial statements”. The list comprises all consolidated direct subsidiaries of Sulzer Ltd as well as all further consolidated subsidiaries.
According to notifications of Sulzer shareholders, two shareholders held more than 3% of Sulzer Ltd’s share capital on December 31, 2022. As published on the SIX disclosure platform on May 29, 2018, Tiwel Holding AG held 48.82% of Sulzer’s shares. The beneficial owner of these shares is Viktor Vekselberg. Furthermore, The Capital Group Companies, Inc., announced a stake of 3.02% as published on the SIX disclosure platform on August 12, 2022. The shares are directly held by the Capital Research and Management Company. For information on shareholders of Sulzer Ltd that have reported shareholdings of over 3% or a reduction of shareholdings below 3%, please refer to the website of the Disclosure Office of SIX Swiss Exchange: www.six-exchange-regulation.com/en/home/publications/significant-shareholders.html. For the positions held by Sulzer and information on shareholders, see note 25 to the “consolidated financial statements”. There are no cross-shareholdings where the capital or voting stakes on either side exceed the threshold of 5%. For information on transactions with related parties, see note 33 to the “consolidated financial statements”.