Invest – buy shares
You can be proactive with Fresenius SHARE: Invest in a package with Fresenius shares at special rates.
60 % Discount
You can buy the share package at a 60% discount. This means you only pay 40% of the purchase price. This is a significant boost to your investments: Use our Calculator to simulate how different share price developments can affect the value of your share package.
Your investment: the share package
You buy a fixed package of shares with ordinary shares of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA worth around €550. All eligible employees can purchase this package, regardless of whether they work part-time or full-time. It is not possible to buy several packages or shares. With the discount, you only pay around €220.
How many shares the package contains is calculated on the transfer date in June* and is based on the lowest share price in XETRA trading on the transfer date. Then it is calculated how many shares you can buy for €550. This figure is always rounded down to full shares.
* In 2023, the transfer date differs. It is 05.10.2023.
Participation is open to tariff and non-tariff employees, executive staff, trainees, and temporary workers from the participating companies who have been working for Fresenius since at least January 1, 2023. Please note that Fresenius Medical Care companies are not taking part in Fresenius SHARE.
The shares are subject to a 2-year lock-up period during which they cannot be sold. After the lock-up period, it is up to you whether you sell your shares or keep them as a long-term investment. The lock-up period starts retrospectively on January 1, 2023, which means you can trade your shares freely as of January 1, 2025.
The discount on the share price granted by Fresenius is a non-cash benefit and as such is actually taxable and subject to contributions. The good news is that there is a tax allowance of €1,440 a year. This sum takes both components into account, i.e., the purchase of shares and the receipt of the free shares so there are generally no taxes or social contributions to be paid.
Once the shares have been transferred to your securities account, as a shareholder you are liable for any tax due, such as tax on dividends or on the sale of shares.
Opportunities and risks
Share prices can rise and fall – there are no guarantees. With Fresenius SHARE, the large discount significantly cushions the investment risk compared to buying the shares directly on the stock exchange. At the same time, the chances of turning a profit are much higher than for regular investments on the stock exchange.
There are general market risks (such as economic cycles or the economic stability of the business environment) and company-specific risks that can affect the share price.
You can buy the shares at a 60% discount. This significantly lowers your investment risk: Even if the share price drops, you can still make a profit when you sell. Only if the share price drops by more than 60% you will make a loss. Conversely, the discount gives you an extra boost if the price rises and you will enjoy a disproportionate increase in your profits. Use our Calculator to simulate different share price scenarios.
Our online Investor Relations- Page has all the key information about Fresenius shares, annual reports, ad hoc announcements, share news, and much more. You can also keep track of long-term share price developments – investing in shares is generally not a sprint, but a long-distance run.
In August 2023, all eligible employees for the offer year 2023 receive information on the purchase of shares by post. Participation in "Fresenius SHARE - Buy Shares" is possible until 30.09.2023. The shares will be booked into your private securities account immediately after the payroll run in October. The purchase price will be deducted from your net salary - also in October.