(BFM Bourse) – Employee shareholding at the level of the 120 main French listed companies crossed an unprecedented threshold last year. According to Eres’ annual barometer, 42 collective shareholding plans were offered to employees in 2021, for a total amount subscribed which soared by 50% compared to 2020 to 3.7 billion euros.
The employees of the main French companies listed on the stock market believe in the prospects of their box, and have invested an average of 5,600 euros per person (including matching contributions) in the capital of their own company during the employee shareholding operations that took place last year. . Despite the prolongation of the health crisis, employee share ownership reached a historic level in 2021, thus reveals the Panorama of Employee Share Ownership produced each year since 2006 by Eres.
In 2020, the number of collective operations carried out on the scale of the SBF 120 (a stock market index comprising the companies of the CAC 40 as well as 80 other companies, which collectively represent more than 80% of the capitalization of the Parisian market) had somewhat decreases. Not surprisingly, since the management of the pandemic and the disruptions linked to the confinements had upset the priorities of the companies. The number of subscription offers reserved for employees had declined from 40 in 2019 to 34 in 2020, the total amount subscribed falling from 3.4 billion to 2.5 billion euros.
Last year, the appetite of the employees of these companies (ranging from the giant of the CAC to the mid-sized companies) was all the more whetted. A total of 42 collective operations were offered to them by 37 different companies, including 3 making their very first offer to employees. In the majority of cases (65%), a matching contribution was granted to them, as well as a discount on the share price of 21.6% on average. 13 out of the 37 companies that carried out an operation in 2021 even pushed the discount up to 30%, the new ceiling introduced in 2019 by the Pacte law.
More advantageous subscription conditions
Even more spectacularly, the total amount subscribed increased by 50% over the year, rising from 2.5 billion euros in 2020 to 3.7 billion euros in 2021, a historic record. The average amount per subscribing employee increased by more than 1,000 euros, from 4,540 to 5,600 euros.
“The reduction in the social package on the employer’s contribution intended to buy company shares has greatly benefited employees and allowed companies to strengthen the attractiveness of the employee shareholding plans offered”, explains Marie-Noëlle Auclair, director of the “Cube: Expertise & Solutions” at Eres.
“In 2021, SBF120 companies offered larger share packages at a lower cost, with more advantageous subscription conditions for their employees. Be careful, however, because these reductions in charges should end in 2022”, he added. she clarified.
Guillaume Bayre – ©2022 BFM Bourse
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