FAQ

FAQ

General FAQ
1. When was Linde founded?
The „Gesellschaft für Linde’s Eismaschinen“was founded in 1879 by Carl von Linde. Please click here for further information on Linde's Corporate Heritage here.
2. Where is Linde located?

The Linde Group has its registered office in Munich. However, Linde products and services can be found in nearly every industry, in more than 100 countries.

3. What is Linde's core business?
Linde is focused on Gas and Engineering operations, worldwide: The Linde Group is one of the world leading industrial gases player. Linde supplies its customers with a range of gases to be applied in industry, healthcare, environmental protection and R&D. Linde’s Engineering Division specializes in the planning, project development and construction of turnkey industrial plants. Focusing on Natural gas plants, Olefin plants, Hydrogen plants and Air separation plants and has a leading market position in all segments.
4. How many people are employed by Linde?

The total number of employees in The Linde Group was 65,591 as of 31 December 2014

5. What were the key figures for the latest financial year?

You will find the main financial highlights here.

6. When are the next results published?
Link to financial calendar
Contact FAQ
1. How can I contact Linde Investor Relations for information?
You can contact us directly by phone, email or in writing. Our contact details are here.
2. How can I receive Linde financial publications?
You can find most publications here. If you would like to be added to our email and/or postal distribution list please send us an e-mail. Here you find our contact details.
3. How can I be added to or removed from the Investor Relations distribution list?

You can contact us directly by phone, email or in writing. Here you can find our contact details.

Annual General Meeting FAQ
1. When will the next AGM be held?
The next Annual General Meeting will take place on 12 May 2015 at 10 am at the International Congress Center in Munich.
2. Where will the next AGM be held?
The Annual General Meeting will take place at the International Congress Center, Munich.
3. How can I get an invitation to the Annual General Meeting?
Firstly, you must own shares in Linde. You should automatically get an invitation via your custodian bank, if not, you can request an invitation through your bank or you can send an email to annualgeneralmeeting@
4. Can I participate in the AGM vote without being present?
There are various ways to participate at the AGM vote without being present. For further details, please refer to the invitation to the Annual General Meeting and the information on attendance, postal voting and proxy voting. After having published the invitation, these documents will also be available for download .
5. Will there be a webcast of the AGM?

A webcast of the Chairman and CEO´s speeches will be available on our website.

Linde Shares FAQ
1. What sort of shares does Linde have?
Linde only has bearer shares outstanding.
2. What is Linde´s ISIN code?
Linde’s ISIN is DE0006483001.
3. What is Linde’s CUSIP code?
Linde’s CUSIP code is 648 300.
4. What is the par value of Linde shares?

The par value is €2.56 per Linde share.

5. Where and when are Linde shares quoted?
Linde shares are quoted on all German stock exchanges.
6. How can I buy Linde shares?
You can buy Linde shares through your high street bank.
7. Does Linde offer an ADR programme in the USA?

You will find more information on our ADR programme here.

8. In which indices is Linde quoted?
Linde is quoted, amongst others, in the following indices (as of 31 December 2014):
IndexIndex weight
DAX3.31%
Prime Chemical13.01%
DJ EURO STOXX0.81%
DJ EURO STOXX Chemical7.94%
FTSE Eurofirst 3000.46%
FTSE E300 Chemical9.03%
MSCI EURO0.42%
9. Which shareholders hold more than three percent of the voting rights?

You will find more informations on our largest shareholders in the  following sections: Shareholder Structure and Voting Rights Notifications.

10. How many Linde shares are outstanding?
There are 185,733,180 Linde shares outstanding.
11. What is Linde´s shareholder structure?
You will find a detailed breakdown of our shareholder structure here.
12. When are the next financial results due?
Link to financial calendar
13. When does Linde´s fiscal year end?
Linde’s fiscal year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
14. Where can I get historical information on Linde shares?
You can find historical information on Linde share on this chart tool.
15. Where can I find more information on shares of The BOC Group?

You will find more information on BOC shares here.

16. Where can I access historical figures for Linde?

Please find previous years’ financial information and publications in our Financial Publications Archive.

17. What accounting standards does Linde apply?
Linde converted from HGB (German Commercial Code) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the second quarter of 2002.
18. Does Linde have a share option program and how does Linde expense share options?
Please find here information relating to Linde’s share option scheme.
Dividends FAQ
1. What is Linde's dividend policy?
Linde wishes that its shareholders participate in the benefits from the strategy of profitable growth. Therefore, dividend payments to shareholders should steadily increase reflecting the progression of the company’s underlying business. There is no strictly defined payout ratio; dividend growth can be expected to roughly mirror growth rates of underlying operational profit.
2. When is Linde's next dividend payment?
The dividend for the year 2014 will be paid out on 13 May 2015. This is the next working day after the Annual General Meeting 2015.
3. When is the ex-dividend date?

The ex-dividend date is the next working day after the Annual General Meeting.

4. How much was the dividend in previous years and what was the return?

You will find more information on previous dividends here.

5. Do I have to pay taxes on Linde's dividend?
Dividends distributed by Linde AG are subject to a flat income tax rate (Kapitalertragssteuer) of 25% plus solidarity surcharge in an amount of 5.5% on the flat income tax rate (total tax charge of 26.375%) and if applicable church tax (Abgeltungssteuer). The tax is withheld by Linde AG.

No withholding tax will be levied if German Holders who are individual tax residents have filed a certificate of non-assessment (Nichtveranlagungsbescheinigung) issued by the local tax office with the Disbursing Agent or a sufficient withholding exemption certificate (Freistellungsauftrag) but only to the extent the maximum exemption amount shown on the certificate is not exeeded.

For foreign holders, the withholding tax can be reduced upon application if a double taxation agreement exists between Germany and the investor’s home country.
6. Will I be notified of the dividend payment?
You will not be notified of payment by Linde, you will need to check your bank account.
7. Can my dividend be directly re-invested?
No, it is not possible to re-invest your dividend directly.
Linde Bonds FAQ
1. What kind of bonds has Linde outstanding?
Please find here details about the various financing Instruments of Linde.
2. What is Linde´s debt rating?
Please find here details about Linde’s debt rating.
Sustainability FAQ
1. Where can I find information on Linde’s sustainability strategy?
Please find here information on Linde’s Corporate Responsibility.