Solvay shares are dually listed on NYSE-Euronext Brussels and Paris under the unique code Mnemonic of SOLB . This dual listing is fully consistent with the company's historical record and its significant presence in both Belgium and France. The primary listing is on NYSE Euronext Brussels.
Solvay shares are registered or dematerialized. Since January 1, 2008, it has no longer been possible to receive paper (bearer) shares. Bearer shares already in a securities file have automatically been converted into dematerialized shares. Additionally, following a resolution adopted by the General Shareholders’ Meeting of May 8, 2007, all bearer shares issued by the company and not recorded on dematerialized securities accounts or converted into registered shares by July 1, 2011, have been converted as of right into dematerialized shares.
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« Shareholders Service »
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B-1120 Brussels (Belgium)
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Each share entitles its holder to one vote whenever voting takes place (except for the shares held by Solvay S.A. or its susidiaries, for which the voting rights are suspended). All shares are common and equal.
At December 31, 2011, the capital of Solvay S.A. was represented by 84,701,133 shares, including 3,284,625 shares held by Solvay Stock Option Management SPRL in particular to cover the Solvay stock options program.
On February 17, 2012, this shareholding fell below the 3% threshold to 2.81%.
Stock options plans
In December 1999, the company introduced a new annual stock option program for Group executives worldwide. This program is covered by own shares purchased by the Solvay Group on the stock exchange. Since January 2007, the covering program has been handled by Solvay Stock Option Management SPRL. This covering program was authorized for a five-year period by the Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting of May 12, 2009.
Voting and dividend rights attached to these shares are suspended as long as they are held by the company.
In 2011, stock options representing a total of 480,577 shares were exercised (it should be noted that options are in principle exercisable over a period of 5 years after being frozen for 3 years). The total number of options exercised breaks down as follows:
2000 : 12,300 shares
2001 : 18,900 shares
2002 : 14,800 shares
2003 : 180,800 shares
2004 : 182,277 shares
2005 : 55,700 shares
2007 : 15,800 shares
Solvay Stock Option Management SPRL has appointed the bank Rothschild & Cie., under a liquidity contract, to improve the liquidity of the share on Euronext Brussels since February 15, 2007.
As part of the integration of Rhodia into the Solvay group and in order to harmonize the conditions for the granting of stock options, future stock option plans will be widened to a larger number of beneficiaries. In addition, owing to this integration, the Board has decided to advance the 2012 plan to the month of March.
Finally it should be mentioned that, under the tender offer by Solvay SA for the shares of Rhodia, liquidity agreements were concluded with employees receiving free shares or options on Rhodia shares to enable these beneficiaries to retain their rights and to sell their Rhodia shares during a specified period after the close of the tender offer.
Solvay enjoys the following ratings:
• Standard & Poor’s : BBB+/A2 (long term / short term) negative outlook
• Moody's : Baa1/P2 (long term / short term) negative outlook
- Solvay’s share price is amongst others included in the following market indexes:
BEL High Div NR
CAC Basic Materials
Advanced Sustainable Performance Indices Eurozone®
DJ STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices
DJ STOXX Global 1800
DJ STOXX 600
DJ STOXX 600 Chemicals
DJ STOXX Mid 200
DJ STOXX Ex UK
DJ STOXX TMI Mid
DJ STOXX TMI EURO
DJ STOXX TMI Ex UK
DJ STOXX TMI Value
DJ STOXX Ex UK Mid
DJ STOXX TMI Value Mid
DJ STOXX TMI Ex UK Mid
DJ STOXX TMI EURO Mid
DJ EURO STOXX
DJ EURO STOXX Chemicals
DJ EURO STOXX Mid
DJ EURO STOXX TMI Value
DJ EURO STOXX TMI Value Mid
FTSE4Good Global Index
FTSE4Good Europe Index
FTSE KLD Global Sustainability Index
FTSE KLD Global Sustainability ex-US Index
FTSE KLD Europe Asia-Pacific Sustainability Index
FTSE KLD Europe Sustainability Index
FTSE Global Equity Index Series Belgium Index
FTSE Multinationals Belgium/Luxembourg Index
FTSE RAFI Belgium/Luxembourg Index
FTSE RAFI KAIGAI 1000 Belgium Index
FTSEurofirst 300 Index
FTSEurofirst 300 Belgium Speciality Chemicals Index
MSCI Belgium Materials
Standard & Poor’s Global 1200
Standard & Poor’s Europe 350
Standard & Poor’s Europe 350 Materials
Standard & Poor’s Euro
Standard & Poor’s Euro Materials
Standard & Poor’s Euro Plus
Standard & Poor’s Euro Plus Materials