Shares and share ownership

Ordinary shares in PostNL N.V. (ticker: PNL, ISIN code 0009739416) are listed on Euronext Amsterdam and included in the AMX index. Options on PostNL shares are traded on Euronext Derivatives Amsterdam and on the European Options Exchange in Amsterdam.

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In 2021, 1,247 million PostNL shares were traded on Euronext Amsterdam (2020: 1,427 million). The average daily number of shares traded was 4.8 million (2020: 5.5 million). The market capitalisation of PostNL was €1,964 million at the end of 2021 (2020: €1,381 million).

PostNL’s authorised share capital is divided into 1,500,000,000 shares of €0.08 each and consists of 750,000,000 ordinary shares and 750,000,000 preference shares B. The number of issued and outstanding ordinary shares was 513,252,013 on 31 December 2021 (2020: 494,991,389 shares). All shares in issue are fully paid. In 2021, 17,513,098 shares were issued as stock dividend and 747,526 shares for the share plan for employees (2020: 1,038,803 for the share plan for employees). No preference shares B were issued and outstanding. For more information on PostNL’s equity, see note 4.6 Equity to the consolidated financial statements.

Major shareholders

Pursuant to the Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht), shareholders must disclose percentage holdings in the capital and/or voting rights in the company when such holding reaches, exceeds or falls below 3%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 75% and 95%. Such disclosure must be made to the Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM) without delay.

Since November 2012, investors also have to disclose net short positions in the company that equal or exceed 0.5% of outstanding shares. At the end of 2021, investors had filed an accumulated net short position of 4.3% in PostNL.

Our substantial shareholders are listed in the table below.

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PostNL Overview of substantial shareholders and their relative ownership (>3%) 31 December 2021

Date of notification


(Indirect and/or potential) Holding

Holding of (indirect and/or potential) voting rights

22 December 2021

BlackRock, Inc



13 December 2021

JP Morgan Chase & Co



1 November 2021




14 May 2021

Talpa Beheer BV



  • 1 EP Investment Sarl, EP Equity Investment Sarl, Vesa Equity Investment Sarl. According to a filing at AFM on 19 January 2022, the mentioned holding of Vesa/EP at that date was 25.02%.

Shareholder base

The estimated distribution of our shares between retail (15%) and institutional shareholders (85%) did not change materially compared to 2020. PostNL has a broad base of international institutional shareholders.

PostNL Institutional shareholders by region
2020, 2021 (in %)