Equity ownership statistics

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Government ownership

The UK Government became the majority shareholder of RBS in November 2008 taking a 58% stake in RBS ordinary shares alongside a tranche of preference shares. In April 2009 the preference shares were converted into ordinary shares. In December 2009 a further tranche of B shares acquired leading to a total economic ownership of 84.4%.

On the 4th August 2015 the Government began the process of selling shares back to the private sector, reducing its ownership of ordinary shares from 61.3% to 51.5% and its total economic ownership (including B shares) from 78.3% to 72.9%.

On the 14th October 2015 the B shares were converted into Ordinary shares. HMT currently owns 71.5% of total voting rights.

 

Ordinary share ownership:

  Dec '08 Dec '09 Dec '10 Dec '12 Dec '14 Dec '15         
Government 58% 70% 68% 65% 62% 73%         
Institutional 34% 21% 21% 29% 33% 24%          
Retail 4% 5% 6% 5% 4% 3%          
Other 4% 4% 5% 1% 1% 0%       

Institutional ownership

Excluding the UKFI holding, RBS shareholders are predominantly institutional with a reasonably broad geographic spread.

  Dec '09 Dec '10 Dec '11 Dec '12 Dec '13 Dec '14 Dec '15
UK 58% 65% 61% 65% 58% 53% 52%
North America 22% 14% 18% 21% 31% 34% 38%
Europe 15% 15% 15% 10% 7% 9% 7%
Rest of world 5% 6% 6% 4% 4% 4% 3%