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Helvetia maintains an open and shareholder-friendly strategy in an effort to build up a widely diversified, international and long-term shareholder base.
Helvetia Shares
Ticker symbol HELN
Nominal value CHF 0.10
ISIN CH0012271687
Stock exchange SIX Swiss Exchange
Share classification 100 % registered shares
Number of shares 9 945 137
Index membership SMIM, SMI Expanded, SPI
Key share figures
  31.12.2016 31.12.2015
Consolidated equity (without preferred securities) in CHF million 4'812.6 4'655.3
Consolidated equity per share in CHF 486.3  470.4
Group underlying earnings per share in CHF 47.7 42.1
Price of Helvetia registered shares in CHF 548.5 566.0
Market capitalisation in CHF million 5'454.9 5'628.9
Number of shareholders:
31.12.2017 16'297
31.12.2016 14'625
31.12.2015 13'203
31.12.2014 11'991
31.12.2013 10'021
31.12.2012 9'512
31.12.2011 8'685
31.12.2010 8'640
31.12. 2009 7'338
31.12.2008 7’100

Core shareholder

On 31 December 2017, 65.9% of the Helvetia shares were in free float. The remaining shares (34.1%) are held by Patria Mutual.

Core Shareholder

Patria Mutual 34.1 %
Free Float 65.9 %
shareholder Percent Data
Patria Mutual 34.1 % 34.1 %
Free Float 65.9 % 65.9 %
Shareholder's structure*

Private individuals 29.5 %
Banks and insurers 24.9 %
Other institutional investors 45.6 %
Shareholders Percent Data
Private individuals 29.5 % 29.5 %
Banks and insurers 24.9 % 24.9 %
Other institutional investors 45.6 % 45.6 %
Investors based abroad 37.5 %
Swiss investors 62.5 %
Investors Percent Data
Investors based abroad 37.5 % 37.5 %
Swiss investors 62.5 % 62.5 %

* as of 31 December 2017 (measured by free float)

Analysts' views
Date Broker Analyst Price Target in CHF Recommendation
06.02.2018 Goldman Sachs Johnny Vo 580.00 Neutral
16.01.2018 UBS Jonny Urwin 520.00 Sell
10.01.2018 Zürcher Kantonalbank Georg Marti n.a. Market weight
08.01.2018 MainFirst René Locher 590.00 Neutral
08.01.2018 Baader Helvea Daniel Bischof 590.00 Buy
08.01.2018 Bank Vontobel Stefan Schürmann 580.00 Hold
05.01.2018 Kepler Cheuvreux Peter Eliot 640.00 Buy
25.09.2017 Exane BNP Paribas Guilhem Horvath 552.00 Neutral
13.09.2017 Berenberg Trevor Moss / Iain Pearce 584.00 Hold
14.07.2017 Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Michele Ballatore 585.00 Market weight
Consensus for the 2017 financial statements (as at 07/02/2018)
(in CHF million) Number of estimates Max. Min. Average
Business volume incl. deposits 6 8,801 8,490 8,591
Gross written premiums 10 8,732 8,345 8,445
Underlying earnings (after tax)* 10 522 468 497
Profit for the period after tax (IFRS) 10 428 379 411
Equity without preferred securities 10 5,268 4,956 5,029
Combined ratio (netto) 10 92.7% 91.1% 92.0%
Dividend per share (in CHF) 10 24.00 22.00 22.90

Dividend information

Helvetia strives to generate attractive capital returns for its shareholders. In recent years, it has been possible to continually increase the dividend payments. In light of the successes posted in the 2016 financial year, the Board of Directors proposed a dividend of CHF 21.00 per share. This corresponds to a dividend yield of 3.8% and a payout ratio of 44%¹. With a ratio in the target corridor of 40% to 50%, Helvetia is pursuing an income-oriented, continuous distribution policy.

¹ Payout ratio based on underlying earnings

Dividend payment and taxable value per share in CHF (gross)
Year Dividend Taxable value
2016 21.00 548.50
2015 19.00 566.00
2014 18.00 474.00
2013 17.50 447.50
2012 17.00 346.50
2011 16.00 295.00
Dividend history in CHF Dividend yield

Dividenden yield Amount Remarks
2016 21 21.00 CHF per share; 3.8% dividend yield; 44% payout ratio¹
2015 19 19.00 CHF per share; 3.4% dividend yield; 45% payout ratio¹
2014 18 18.00 CHF per share; 3.8% dividend yield; 44% payout ratio¹
2013 17.5 17.50 CHF per share; 3.9% dividend yield; 43% payout ratio¹
2012 17 17.00 CHF per share; 4.9% dividend yield; 46% payout ratio¹

¹ based on underlying earnings

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