Capital structure

Ordinary share capital

On December 31, 2015, ABB’s ordinary share capital (including treasury shares) as registered with the Commercial Register amounted to CHF 1,990,679,207.04, divided into 2,314,743,264 fully paid registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.86 per share.

Changes to the ordinary share capital

In 2015, ABB paid a portion of its dividend relating to the year 2014 by way of a nominal value reduction in the par value of its shares from CHF 1.03 to CHF 0.86. Corresponding adjustments were made to the par value of ABB’s contingent and authorized shares. Except as described above, there were no changes to ABB’s ordinary share capital during 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Contingent share capital

At December 31, 2015, ABB’s share capital may be increased by an amount not to exceed CHF 172,000,000 through the issuance of up to 200,000,000 fully paid registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.86 per share through the exercise of conversion rights and/or warrants granted in connection with the issuance on national or international capital markets of newly or already issued bonds or other financial market instruments.

At December 31, 2015, ABB’s share capital may be increased by an amount not to exceed CHF 8,600,000 through the issuance of up to 10,000,000 fully paid registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.86 per share through the exercise of warrant rights granted to its shareholders. The Board may grant warrant rights not taken up by shareholders for other purposes in the interest of ABB.

The pre-emptive rights of the shareholders are excluded in connection with the issuance of convertible or warrant-bearing bonds or other financial market instruments or the grant of warrant rights. The then current owners of conversion rights and/or warrants will be entitled to subscribe for new shares. The conditions of the conversion rights and/or warrants will be determined by the Board.

The acquisition of shares through the exercise of warrants and each subsequent transfer of the shares will be subject to the restrictions of ABB’s Articles of Incorporation (see “Limitations on transferability of shares and nominee registration”).

In connection with the issuance of convertible or warrant-bearing bonds or other financial market instruments, the Board is authorized to restrict or deny the advance subscription rights of shareholders if such bonds or other financial market instruments are for the purpose of financing or refinancing the acquisition of an enterprise, parts of an enterprise, participations or new investments or an issuance on national or international capital markets. If the Board denies advance subscription rights, the convertible or warrant-bearing bonds or other financial market instruments will be issued at the relevant market conditions and the new shares will be issued pursuant to the relevant market conditions taking into account the share price and/or other comparable instruments having a market price. Conversion rights may be exercised during a maximum ten-year period, and warrants may be exercised during a maximum seven-year period, in each case from the date of the respective issuance. The advance subscription rights of the shareholders may be granted indirectly.

At December 31, 2015, ABB’s share capital may be increased by an amount not to exceed CHF 80,873,368 through the issuance of up to 94,038,800 fully paid shares with a par value of CHF 0.86 per share to employees. The pre-emptive and advance subscription rights of ABB’s shareholders are excluded. The shares or rights to subscribe for shares will be issued to employees pursuant to one or more regulations to be issued by the Board, taking into account performance, functions, level of responsibility and profitability criteria. ABB may issue shares or subscription rights to employees at a price lower than that quoted on a stock exchange. The acquisition of shares within the context of employee share ownership and each subsequent transfer of the shares will be subject to the restrictions of ABB’s Articles of Incorporation (see “Limitations on transferability of shares and nominee registration”).

Authorized share capital

At December 31, 2015, ABB had an authorized share capital in the amount of up to CHF 172,000,000 through the issuance of up to 200,000,000 fully paid registered shares with a par value of CHF 0.86 each, which is valid through April 29, 2017. The Board is authorized to determine the date of issue of new shares, the issue price, the type of payment, the conditions for the exercise of pre-emptive rights and the beginning date for dividend entitlement. In this regard, the Board may issue new shares by means of a firm underwriting through a banking institution, a syndicate or another third party with a subsequent offer of these shares to the shareholders. The Board may permit pre-emptive rights that have not been exercised by shareholders to expire or it may place these rights and/or shares as to which pre-emptive rights have been granted but not exercised at market conditions or use them for other purposes in the interest of the company. Furthermore, the Board is authorized to restrict or deny the pre-emptive rights of shareholders and allocate such rights to third parties if the shares are used (1) for the acquisition of an enterprise, parts of an enterprise, or participations, or for new investments, or in case of a share placement, for the financing or refinancing of such transactions; or (2) for the purpose of broadening the shareholder constituency in connection with a listing of shares on domestic or foreign stock exchanges. The subscription and the acquisition of the new shares, as well as each subsequent transfer of the shares, will be subject to the restrictions of ABB’s Articles of Incorporation.

Convertible bonds and options

ABB does not have any bonds outstanding that are convertible into ABB shares. For information about options on shares issued by ABB, please refer to “Note 19 Stockholders’ equity” to ABB’s Consolidated Financial Statements contained in the “Financial review of the ABB Group” section of this Annual Report.