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Shareholder structure

Registered shareholders

As of March 31, the shareholdings of registered shareholders were distributed as follows:

Number of shares Registered shareholders 31.3.2019 Registered shareholders 31.3.2018
1-100 7,538 7,387
101–1,000 8,223 9,729
1,001–10,000 1,138 1,277
10,001–100,000 211 214
100,001–1,000,000 42 35
>1,000,000 6 6
Total registered shareholders 17,158 18,648

Significant shareholders

The following overview shows the registered shareholdings of significant shareholders as of March 31. Nominees are registered without voting rights. Significant shareholders may also hold non-registered shares which are reported under “Not registered”:

  2019 2019 2018 2018
  No. of shares in % No. of shares in %
Beda Diethelm1) 6,654,759 10.19 6,657,509 10.19
Chase Nominees Ltd.2) 5,906,307 9.04 5,610,620 8.59
Family of Hans-Ueli Rihs1)3) 3,704,307 5.67 3,733,000 5.71
Nortrust Nominees Ltd 2) 3,799,076 8.82 2,878,139 4.41
Bank of New York Mellon Nominee 2) 2,724,420 4.17   <3
Fidelity Funds 2,241,202 3.43   <3
Andy Rihs1)4)   <3 2,009,979 3.08
Registered shareholders with less than 3% shares 19,332,634 29.59 23,475,488 35.93
Not registered 20,968,182 32.10 20,966,152 32.09
Total shares 65,330,887 100.00 65,330,887 100.00

1) The founding shareholders Andy Rihs, Beda Diethelm and Hans-Ueli Rihs were already shareholders before the Initial Public Offering in November 1994. There are no shareholders’ agreements among these individuals and they can trade freely.
2) Registered without voting rights.
3) Hans-Ulrich Rihs, Gabriela Rihs and Stefan Rihs as a group jointly control  3,704,307 registered sharescorresponding to 5.67% of total Sonova share capital) as of December 24, 2018. These shares were previously controlled by Hans-Ulrich Rihs as a single shareholder.
4) Andy Rihs deceased April, 2018.

For information on shareholders of Sonova Holding AG that have reported shareholdings of over 3 % or a reduction of the shareholding below 3 % in the financial year (FY) 2018 / 19, please refer to the website of the Disclosure Office of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Cross-shareholdings

Sonova Holding AG has no cross-shareholdings with other companies.