Investor Q+A



How do I buy and sell shares ?

The Nestlé S.A. shares are traded at SIX Swiss Exchange "Swiss Blue Chip Segment" as of 4 May 2009.

The symbol of the Nestlé S.A. is :

- SIX Swiss Exchange NESN ISIN CH 003 886 335 0

Purchase and sell orders should be given to your bank or stockbroker.

If you wish to be a registered shareholder, you may contact our Share Transfer Office:

Nestlé S.A. Share Transfer Office
Zugerstrasse 8
P.O. Box 380
CH-6330 Cham
Tel: +41.41.785 2020
Fax: +41.41.785 2024

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What are the main tickers for Nestlé shares?

For SIX Swiss Exchange shares:

- Reuters NESN.VX
- Bloomberg NESN VX

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What is a Nestlé Treasury Share ?

A Nestlé Treasury Share is a share of Nestlé S.A. owned by Nestlé S.A. or its subsidiaries.

According to Swiss company law, a corporation is entitled to acquire its own shares only if its unrestricted capital surplus is at least equal to the amount of funds necessary for the acquisition and the aggregate par value of these shares does not exceed 10 percent of the capital stock.

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How many shareholders are there in Nestlé and where are they located?

At 31 December 2013, the share register showed 153 005 registered shareholders. If unprocessed applications for registration, the indirect holders of shares under American Depositary Receipts and the beneficial owners of shareholders registered as nominees are also taken into account, the total number of shareholders probably exceeds 250 000. The Company was not aware of any shareholder holding, directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the share capital. Group companies were holding together 1.1% of the Nestlé S.A. share capital as at 31 December 2013.

As of 31 December 2013, Swiss investors held the major part of the stock (34.49%) followed by US citizens (26.77%), British (5.24%), Norwegian (4.61%), German (4.07%), Belgian (2.86%), Luxembourg (2.66%), French (2.48%), Chinese (2.48%) and Japanese (2.18%) shareholders. 'Others' held 12.16%.

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What is the debt rating of Nestlé Group?

Nestlé is rated Double A for long term debt by the 3 main rating agencies (Standard & Poors, Moody's and Fitch).

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Historic share price data at year end for the last 10 years.

(At current basis i.e. after share splits)

Year end CHF/share
2014 72.95
2013 65.30
2012 59.60
2011 57.71
2010 54.75
2009 50.20
2008 41.60
2007 52.00
2006 43.30
2005 39.30
2004 29.75
2003 30.90
2002 29.30
2001 35.40

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What are the dates of the company's stock splits?

The last stock splits have been:
- June 30, 2008 split of 1:10 (1 old share = 10 new shares)
- June 11, 2001 split of 1:10 (1 old share = 10 new shares)
- September 1, 1992 split of 1:10 (1 old share = 10 new shares)

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Why were the shares split on June 30, 2008?

The goal of the 1:10 split was to increase the liquidity of the shares.

The nominal value of the shares is CHF 0.10 each. Furthermore, the ratio between ordinary shares and American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) is being changed to 1:1, effective from July 3, 2008.

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What is the registered share capital?

The registered share capital is CHF 324 800 000 at CHF 0.10 per share.

The number of registered shares amounts to 3 224 800 000 with a nominal value of CHF 0.10 each.

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What is the nominal value of the Nestlé share?

The nominal value is CHF 0.10.

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How can I check my shareholding?

If your shares are deposited with a bank, you will receive a statement at the end of the year or you can check your holding at any time by contacting your adviser at the bank or your stockbroker.

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When is the dividend paid?

Dividends are paid once a year, this year from April 22, 2015. The date is confirmed by the Board of Directors

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What is the Swiss VAT number of Nestlé?

The Swiss VAT number of Nestlé is CHE-116.281.710 TVA.

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As a foreign investor, can I recover Swiss withholding tax on dividends?

If you are tax resident in a country with which Switzerland has concluded a double tax treaty, in most cases you can recover a portion (but not all) of the Swiss withholding tax, by filing. If you are tax resident in a country with which Switzerland has not concluded a double tax treaty, in principle you cannot recover the Swiss withholding tax at all. For further information please see the Swiss Federal Tax Administration's website (in English).

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May I vote by proxy at the General Meeting?

If you do not wish to attend the General Meeting in person, you can be represented by

- the independent representative (pursuant to article 689c of the Swiss Code of Obligations)
- another shareholder
- by a third party.


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What is the ADR/registered share ratio?

1 ADR represents 1 Swiss share.

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When was Nestlé first publicly traded?

Nestlé was first quoted in the Swiss Stock Exchange on March 17, 1873 as "Anglo Swiss Condensed Milk Co".

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