Investor Q+A


How do I buy and sell shares ?

The Nestlé S.A. shares are traded at SIX Swiss Exchange.

The symbol of the Nestlé S.A. is: SIX Swiss Exchange NESN ISIN CH 003 886 335 0

Purchase, sell orders and registration of shares should be dealt with your bank or stockbroker. If you have any questions about shares, you may contact our Share Transfer Office:

Nestlé S.A. Share Transfer Office
Zugerstrasse 8
P.O. Box 665
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 registered shareholders are there in Nestlé?

The number of registered shareholders amount to approximately 160’000. 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.

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What is the debt rating of Nestlé Group?

Nestlé is rated Double A for long term debt by the 2 main rating agencies (Standard & Poors and Moody's).

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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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What are the definitions of Nestlé’s alternative performance measures?

The Annual Review and other communication to investors contain certain financial performance measures, that are not defined by IFRS, that are used by management to assess the financial and operational performance of the Group, including Organic growth, Real internal growth, Pricing and Trading operating profit margin. A detailed explanation of these measures can be found in Alternative Performance Measures - June 2017 Edition (pdf, 2 Mb)


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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 311'216'000.

The number of registered shares amounts to 3'112'160'000 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, upon approval by the Annual General Meeting of shareholders (AGM), are paid once a year. The dividend payment date is set by the Board of Directors, and is usually a few trading days after the AGM.

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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?

Shares of “Anglo Swiss Condensed Milk Co” – one of the two founding companies of Nestlé - were first quoted in the Zurich Stock Exchange on March 17, 1873. Following the merger between “Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co” and “SA Henri Nestlé”, the shares of “Nestlé & Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co.” were listed on 25 October 1905 at the Zurich Stock Exchange (now SIX Swiss Exchange).

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