What is a Global Registered Share (GRS)?
A "Global Registered Share" is a security that can be traded and transferred across applicable borders without the need for conversion. This means that identical shares can be traded on different stock exchanges in different currencies. For example, the same share purchased on the SIX Swiss Exchange can be sold on the New York Stock Exchange or vice versa.
Why has UBS elected to list a Global Registered Share rather than American Depository Receipts?
UBS is pioneering the Global Registered Share (GRS), which allows for cross-market portability at minimized cost to investors. The concept behind American Depository Receipts (ADRs) is the creation of tailor-made securities for individual unlinked markets, following local regulations. UBS believes that, with the globalization of financial markets, this concept is becoming less valid for securities, which will increasingly be traded in multiple markets. UBS believes that a global fungible security can best track liquidity across the globe. UBS also believes that regulatory structures of different markets will continue to align, reducing the need to have individual securities in each market to comply with different local regulations.
What has happened to UBS ADRs?
The UBS ADR program was terminated at the time of the listing of the GRS on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - 16 May 2000. UBS ADR owners had the option to exchange any outstanding ADRs for UBS shares. The exchange ratio is 10 ADRs for 1 GRS. This option was open until May 2001; a cash equivalent is now available. To exchange ADRs, contact the administrator (transfer agent) of UBS's ADR program. Details are shown on the "Contact information" page.
Where is the UBS share listed?
The UBS GRS is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
Where can I find the number of shares in issuance?
The Group Review section of UBS's quarterly reports contains a 'UBS Shares and Market Capitalization' table listing the number of outstanding shares for market capitalization. In addition, the quarterly reports contain a more detailed 'Note to the Financial Statements' detailling 'Earnings per Share (EPS) and Outstanding Shares'.