Sika AG, headquartered in Baar, is the only listed company of the Sika Group. Sika AG’s shares are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange under Swiss security no. 41879292. Information on Sika AG’s market capitalization can be found on page 9 of the download version of this report (available at https://www.sika.com/en/group/Publications/annual_reports01.html). In the year under review, the Sika Group encompassed unlisted subsidiaries in 101 countries. 175 companies are included in the scope of consolidation. Companies of which Sika holds 50% or less of the voting rights are not consolidated. These are namely Condensil SARL, France; Part GmbH in Germany; Sarna Granol AG, Switzerland, as well as Hayashi-Sika Automotive Ltd., Chemical Sangyo Ltd., and Seven Tech Co. Ltd. in Japan. Detailed information on the Group companies can be found on page 136 et seqq. of the download version of this report (available at https://www.sika.com/en/group/Publications/annual_reports01.html).

 

Sika conducts its worldwide activities according to countries that have been classed into regions with areawide managerial functions. The heads of the regions are members of Group Management. The regional and national management teams bear full profit and loss responsibility, and – based on the Group strategy – set country-specific growth and sustainability targets, and allocate resources.

 

Furthermore, Sika has geared its internal organization towards seven target markets, from the construction industry or from industrial manufacturing. These target markets are represented by two members of Group Management, as well as in the regional management teams and the national subsidiaries. The relevant managers are responsible for the definition and launch of new products, the implementation of best demonstrated practices, and the product-line policies for Group products, i.e. those offered worldwide, rather than only in one particular country.

 

The heads of the central Finance and Research and Development departments are likewise members of Group Management, which consists of eight members. All Group business is consolidated in Sika AG, the holding company, which itself is under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The organizational structures are presented on pages 53 to 58 of the download version of this report (available at https://www.sika.com/en/group/Publications/annual_reports01.html).

 

As of the balance sheet date of December 31, 2018, Sika had received notification of four significant shareholders whose voting rights exceed 3%: (1) Compagnie de Saint-Gobain which held 10.75% of all voting rights via Schenker-Winkler Holding AG. (2) BlackRock, Inc. which held 7.7% of all voting rights. (3) William H. Gates III and Melinda French Gates who held 5.3% of all voting rights via Cascade Investment L.L.C. and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. (4) Massachusetts Financial Services Company which held 3.03% of all voting rights. A list of changes in significant shareholdings reported to the Disclosure Office of SIX Swiss Exchange during the year under review can be found at https://www.six-exchange-regulation.com/en/home/publications/significant-shareholders.html. There are no cross-shareholdings exceeding 3%, either in terms of capital or votes.