Investor Factsheet

Bayer is a life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are helping find solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. With life expectancy continuing to rise, we improve quality of life for a growing population by focusing our research and development activities on preventing, alleviating and treating diseases. We are also making an important contribution to providing a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials.

Our goal is to create value for our customers, stockholders and employees, while also strengthening the company’s earning power. We are committed to operating sustainably and addressing our social and ethical responsibilities. Employees with a passion for innovation enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer.

All this goes to make up our corporate purpose: „Bayer: Science for a Better Life”

Bayer AG 2016 2017 Change
Total dividend payment 2,233 2,315 +3.7
Dividend per share (€) 2.70 2.80 +3.7

Employees 2016 2017 Change
Number of employees3 (Dec. 31) 99,592 99,820 +0.2
Personnel expenses (including pension expenses) (€ million) 9,459 9,528 +0.7
Proportion of women in senior management (%) 31 32
Proportion of employees with health insurance (%) 98 98
Fluctuation (voluntary / total) (%) 4.8 / 13.2 4.8 / 10.4
Hours of vocational and ongoing training per employee 23.0 23.4 +1.7

2016 figures restated
1 For definitions of the indicators see Annual Report 2017, Chapter "Alternative Performance Measures Used by the Bayer Group."
2 Group total 2016 including Covestro
3 Employees calculated as full-time equivalents (FTEs)
4 Number of incidents in which chemicals leak from their primary container, such as pipelines, pumps, tanks or drums, per 200,000 working hours
5 Quotient of total energy consumption and manufactured sales volume; Bayer excluding Currenta
6 Direct emissions from power plants, waste incinerators and production plants and indirect emissions from external supplies of electricity, steam and cooling (according to the market-based method); portfolio-adjusted in accordance with the GHG Protocol
7 Bayer excluding Currenta


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February 26, 2019

Announcement of proposed dividend

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Bayer Stock

The capital stock of Bayer AG, amounting to Euro 2,387,333,027.84, is divided into 932,551,964 no-par registered shares. The capital stock underlying the no-par value registered shares is evidenced by permanent global certificates deposited with Clearstream Banking AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Company’s shareholders have ownership in these certificates in proportion to their respective holdings.The current value of one share - the share price - is determined by the company's total value on the stock market (market capitalization) and the number of shares in circulation.

Security Identification No.
Bayer Code
ReutersXetra ®BAYGn.DE
Frankfurter WertpapierbörseBAYGn.F
BloombergXetra ®BAYN GY
Frankfurter WertpapierbörseBAYN GF

Bayer has a significant weighting in virtually all the major stock indices in line with its high market capitalization and share turnover.

Bayer stock is listed on all the German stock exchanges.

Paying and exchange agent for the shares of Bayer AG is Deutsche Bank AG (Taunusanlage 12, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

Information about the dividend for fiscal 2017

The Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 25, 2018 resolved to use of the distributable profit for the fiscal year 2017 of EUR 2,900,000,000.00 an amount of EUR 2,402,253,862.40 to pay a dividend of EUR 2.80 per no-par share on the 857,947,808 no-par shares entitled to the dividend. The dividend yield calculated on the share price at year end 2017 amounts to 2.7 percent.


Stock ownership by region

Our ownership structure shows the international distribution of our capital stock. The highest proportion of our outstanding shares, almost 31 percent, is held by investors in the United States and Canada, followed by Germany with approx. 22 percent. From a regional perspective, Bayer has a stable ownership structure that has altered only slightly in recent years.

Ownership Structure by Country

Source: Ipreo

Credit Rating

Taking the acquisition of Monsanto into account, the rating agencies have confirmed the following ratings: 

Rating agencyLong-term ratingShort-term ratingOutlook
S&P Global RatingsBBBA2stable
Fitch RatingsA-F2stable

Future Perspectives

(published on November 13, 2018 in the Interim Report Q3 2018)

Economic Outlook

Corporate Outlook
We confirm the outlook for the Bayer Group that was updated in the second quarter of 2018 to reflect the acquisition, although the forecasts for Consumer Health and Animal Health are now becoming increasingly ambitious.

Forecast for Key Financial Data of the Group for 2018

Closing rates on September 30, 2018Currency-adjusted
SalesMore than €39 billionIncrease by a mid-single-digit percentage1
Development of EBITDA before special itemsIncrease by a low- to mid-single-digit percentageIncrease by a high-single-digit percentage
Development of core earnings per share€5.70 – €5.90Decrease by a high-single-digit percentage

1 Adjusted for currency and portfolio effects


Forward-Looking Statements

This fact sheet may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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