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In accordance with Section 10 of the Danish Statutory Order on Issuers' Disclosure Obligations, we hereby state that the Company's total share capital and total number of voting rights as of 31 May 2017 amount to:

Share capital (nominal): DKK  51,793,255
Number of voting rights: 258,966,275

William Demant Holding’s nominal share capital is divided into 258,966,275 shares of DKK 0.20 each. All shares are the same class and carry one vote each.

The reduction in the Company’s nominal share capital by DKK 1,423,110 compared to the end of 2016 is due to the cancellation of 7,115,550 treasury shares of DKK 0.20 as approved at the annual general meeting on 27 March 2017.

William Demants og Hustru Ida Emilies Fond (the Oticon Foundation) holds the majority of shares in William Demant Holding and has previously communicated its intention to maintain an ownership interest of 55-60% of William Demant Holding’s share capital. Any sale of shares by the Foundation is independent of any purchase of shares by the Company. At 31 December 2016, the Oticon Foundation held – either directly or indirectly – approximately 59% of the shares outstanding (excluding treasury shares).

The following shareholders have flagged an ownership interest of 5% or more:

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: Ownership of 20,352,691 shares or 7.86% as per company announcement no 2017-08 dated 27 July 2017

At 31 December 2016 (prior to the cancellation of shares as described above), the Company held 6,887,399 treasury shares corresponding to 2.6% of the shares outstanding.

The Board of Directors has been authorised by the annual general meeting to increase the Company’s share capital by a nominal value of up to DKK 6,664,384. Furthermore, the Board of Directors has been authorised to increase the share capital by an additional nominal value of up to DKK 2,500,000 in connection with the issued shares being offered to employees. Both authorisations are valid until 1 April 2021.