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Fresenius shares

In 2011, our ordinary shares clearly outperformed the DAX.

At the beginning of the year, the Fresenius share showed a modest performance in line with the market as a whole. The Fresenius share price initially followed the DAX. Consequently, the Fresenius share reached its annual low point of €59.90 early in the year on January 21, 2011. After the successful conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares on January 28, 2011, the Fresenius share experienced an upward trend. Following a brief drop in price caused by the tsunami on the Japanese coast, the price gained significant momentum during the second quarter of 2011 and kept rallying. Driven by the excellent first quarter results and the raised Group outlook, the Fresenius share price reached its high for the year of €75.62 on July 28, 2011, which was also an all-time high. But the European debt crisis worsened, and the ongoing discussions about the stability of the euro created a great deal of uncertainty on the global capital markets. This, coupled with the downgrading of the United States’ credit rating, precipitated one of the deepest plunges experienced by international stock markets in many years; not even the Fresenius share was able to escape unscathed. However, the share price steadied and was able to recover quickly because of excellent financial results announced for the first half of 2011 and another upward adjustment in the earnings outlook. The Fresenius share held against the overall downward trend and closed the year at €71.48. It achieved an increase of 14% over the year-end 2010 closing price and clearly outperformed the DAX at 29%.

Fresenius’ market capitalization was €11.7 billion as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 13% compared to December 31, 2010.

As the table shows, the average daily trading volume in Fresenius shares on Xetra increased by 16% compared to the previous year. DAX trading volume increased by 36% in the same time period.

XETRA TRADING VOLUME

  Average trading
volume 2011
No. of shares/day
Average trading
volume 2010
No. of shares/day
Change in %
Fresenius share 502,241 431,460 16

  Average trading
volume 2011
No. of shares/day
Average trading
volume 2010
No. of shares/day
Change in %
Fresenius share 502,241 431,460 16

The Fresenius share is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf, and Munich. Fresenius is included in Germany’s leading index, the DAX, as well as the Prime Standard Pharma & Healthcare index, and the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Healthcare index. The Fresenius share is also listed in the Dow Jones Euro Stoxx and the FTSE Eurofirst 300 indices.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

Stock options under the 1998 and 2003 stock option plans were exercised in 2011, increasing the number of shares by 787,246 to a total of 163,237,336 shares. Further information on the stock option plans can be found here.

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