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The value of listed companies on Swedish marketplaces increases

posted onSeptember 13, 2018

Share wealth, the value of listed companies on Swedish marketplaces, increased by SEK 17 billion in the first six months of 2018, and amounted to SEK 7 015 billion at the end of June, according to a recent report published by Statistics Sweden and Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.

The number of companies increased by 25 and amounted to 852 at the end of June. According to the Affärsvärlden general index, the Stockholm Stock Exchange rose by 0.8 percent in the same period. 

Holdings in the foreign owners sector increased

Foreign investors’ stock of shares on Swedish marketplaces increased, while households’ and non-financial companies’ shares decreased. The foreign owners sector market value of shares accounted for 41.5 percent of total assets, up by 0.7 percentage points since the beginning of the year. In addition to foreign companies and private individuals, this sector includes Swedes residing abroad and Swedes residing in Sweden who trade via foreign nominees.

Sweden was the largest owner country, followed by the United States and the United Kingdom. The value of North American share holdings amounted to SEK 1 002 billion, compared with EU countries’ (excluding Sweden) ownership, which was SEK 1 527 billion. One in seven Swedish krona in share value on Swedish marketplaces was thus US-owned. Share holdings in Nordic countries, excluding Sweden, on Swedish marketplaces, were valued at SEK 287 billion in total, while share holdings in Asian countries amounted to SEK 73 billion.

Women own one third of the shares

The household sector’s percentage of shares in companies listed on Swedish marketplaces decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 11.1 percent in the first half of 2018, and was valued at SEK 780 billion at the end of June. The five percent with the largest holdings owned 65 percent of households’ share wealth. At the individual level, where not all small savers are identified, shareholdings by women amounted to 32 percent. Women’s share portfolios were on average SEK 485 000 and men’s portfolios were on average SEK 678 000.

Share holdings by sector, percent, June 2018 Sweden marketplace

(Share holdings by sector, percent, June 2018 Source: Statistics Sweden)

Swedish marketplaces refer to Nasdaq/OMX Stockholm, Spotlight Stock Market, Nordic Growth Market (NGM)  and First North, Nasdaq’s European growth market.

Nasdaq is the creator of the world's first electronic stock market. Its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion.

Spotlight Stock Market was founded as AktieTorget in 1997 with a clear idea: to make it easier, safer and more visible for growth companies to be listed. As of Sept.13 168 are listed.

Nordic Growth Market (NGM) is a regulated exchange, authorized by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boerse Stuttgart, a German exchange. At the beginning of 2018, more than 10,000 securities were available for trading on NGM’s market places in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. 

First North is regulated as a multilateral trading facility, operated by the different exchanges within Nasdaq Nordic. For more than ten years First North has served as an important growth platform, enabling Nordic and international entrepreneurs to access growth capital to develop and expand their businesses. Currently, more than 260 companies are traded on Nasdaq First North.