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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy Sampo’s shares?

Sampo’s A share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The stock is also traded on several different market places as well.

What is Sampo’s ticker on the stock exchange?

In Nasdaq Helsinki, the ticker for Sampo’s A share is SAMPO and ISIN number FI0009003305.

When was Sampo listed on the stock exchange?

Sampo was listed on Helsinki Stock Exchange, known today Nasdaq Helsinki, on 14 January 1988.

Has Sampo’s share been split?
Yes, the share has been split twice.

  • 24 October 1997, 1:4
  • 23 April 2001, 1:5

Has Sampo issued any preferred shares?

No, Sampo has not issued any preferred shares.

Which analysts cover Sampo?

Up-to-date list of analysts covering Sampo can be found here.

Who are the largest shareholders of Sampo?

The list of the largest shareholders is updated monthly and can be found here. The list does not include nominee registered shareholders.

Instead of investing profits, why does Sampo pay such high dividend?

Sampo has profiled itself as a dividend company and our shareholders expect us to pay high and stable dividend. In addition, we have very strong balance sheet, which gives us ability to pay high dividends.

Would Sampo consider share buybacks as part of its distribution policy?

Buybacks are one option that can be considered if the Board of Directors considers Sampo's share to be clearly undervalued.

When does Sampo distribute its dividend?

Sampo distributes its dividend annually, usually in spring. The dividend distribution is decided by the Annual General Meeting, which is usually held in April.

How are Sampo’s dividends taxed?

For Finnish investors, there is plenty of information on the Tax Administrations website.

For foreign investors, we recommend to turn to your local tax authority.

 In order to receive dividend, when I have to own Sampo’s shares?

The dividend will be paid to shareholder who own the stock as at the AGM date, and thus is registered in the Register of Shareholders as at the record date of the dividend.

How and when can I register myself to the AGM?

Notice to the AGM, including registration information, is published at Sampo.com and in Finnish newspaper usually in February. The AGM is usually held in April.

Why does Sampo usually report its full year results and held its AGM later than most large-cap companies in Nasdaq Helsinki?

Sampo's schedule for financial reporting are affected by the reporting schedule of the subsidiary Topdanmark and associate Nordea. We have to wait them to publish their reports before we are able to start working on our report. This will also push the AGM and dividend payment further the spring. Before we pay dividend to our shareholders, we wish to collect internal dividends from our subsidiaries and associates.

What are Sampo’s main competitors?

If's competitors are all Nordic P&C insurance companies and many of them operate locally only in one country. Main competitors are OP and LähiTapiola in Finland, LF and Folksam in Sweden and Tryg and Gjensidige in Norway. In Denmark, If and Topdanmark compete against Tryg and Codan.

Mandatum Life's main competitors are companies that offer life insurance and wealth management products and services in Finland, for example OP, Nordea, LähiTapiola, Fennia, Evli and eQ.

Nordea competes against Nordic and local banks. Larger competitors are, among others, Handelsbanken, SEB, Swedbank, OP, Danske Bank and DNB.

What are the key political risks for Sampo?

All kind of risks that cause turbulence in the fixed income and stock markets affect Sampo Groups investment activities. From an operational point of view, political risks in our home markets, in the Nordics are relatively small. Main risks are potential changes in taxation and regulation in the finance sector.

How does Sampo Group protect itself against risks?

Read more about Sampo Group’s risk management here.

How is Sampo prepared for the retirement of its key people?

Sampo has detailed plans in case of changes in personnel when the time comes.

Why does Sampo not increase its stake in Nordea?

Nordea has an US branch which is under the local regulation. If Sampo would increase its stake, there is a risk that Sampo would be interpreted, in accordance with the US Bank Holding Company Act, as a bank holding company. This would increase regulation and limit our operations.

Why has Sampo invested so heavily in fixed income?

Especially If has very large weight in fixed income. It can be explained by two factors: dividends and credit rating. When it comes to return on equity, our objective is to keep If's balance sheet light and efficient. However, at the same time, the high credit rating and ability to pay large dividends require strong solvency. Thus, the risk profile of If's investment portfolio must be low. In addition, the group level profit performance benefits from the fact that If's profit is based on successful risk assessment and pricing i.e. underwriting rather than profits from investments. Mandatum Life, on the other hand, usually takes more equity risk.

How does Sampo benefit from rising interest rates?

Vast amount of Sampo’s investments are fixed income investments. Thus, rising interest rates would increase returns when assets are re-invested in fixed income. In addition, higher rates would lead to higher discount rates for technical provisions and improved interest margins for Nordea.

How does the state of the Nordic housing market affect Sampo?

The state of the Nordic housing market affects especially Nordea through its lending business. However, significant disorder in the housing market would be reflected to the whole economy, which would be negative for Sampo and for all Nordic companies as well.

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Updated 12/07/2018