The share

The Essity share is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity’s market capitalization was SEK 208bn at December 31, 2021.

Share price performance in 2021

In 2021, the price of Essity’s B share rose 12%. During the same period, the OMX Stockholm 30 Index rose 29% and the MSCI Household Products Index rose 9%. The closing price of Essity’s B share at year-end was SEK 295.40. The highest closing price for Essity’s Class B share during the year was SEK 305.70, which was noted on November 22, 2021. The lowest closing price was SEK 253.80 on February 26, 2021.

The total shareholder return for Essity’s B share for the year was 14%. The total shareholder return for the OMX Stockholm 30 Index was 33% and for the MSCI Household Products Index 11%.

Dividend policy and dividend

Essity aims to provide long-term stable and rising dividends to its shareholders. When cash flow from current operations exceeds what the company can invest in profitable expansion over the long term, and under the condition that the capital structure target is met, the surplus shall be distributed to the shareholders.

The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend of 4% to SEK 7.00 (6.75) per share for the 2021 fiscal year. The dividend represents a dividend yield of 2.4%, based on Essity’s share price at the end of the year.


On the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange, Essity is included in the OMX Stockholm 30 Index, OMX Nordic 40 Index and OMX Nordic Consumer Staples index. In addition to indexes directly linked to Nasdaq Stockholm, Essity is included in other indexes, such as the FTSE All World Index and the MSCI Household Products Index within Consumer Staples. Essity is also represented in sustainability indexes such as the OMX Stockholm 30 ESG Responsible Index, FTSE4Good Europe and has the highest MSCI ESG rating of AAA.

Share trading

In 2021, the volume of Essity shares traded on Nasdaq Stockholm was about 362 million, corresponding to a value of approximately SEK 101bn. Average daily trading for Essity on Nasdaq Stockholm amounted to approximately 1.4 million shares, corresponding to a value of approximately SEK 398m. During the year, trading on CBOE had turnover of approximately 388 million Essity shares, and other trading venues approximately 363 million.

Shareholder structure

51% of the share capital is owned by investors registered in Sweden and 49% by foreign investors. The USA, Luxembourg and the UK account for the highest percentage of shareholders registered outside Sweden.

Share structure

Essity’s share capital comprises two share classes, Class A shares and Class B shares. Every Class A share carries entitlement to ten votes and every Class B share to one vote. Class A and Class B shares confer the same entitlement to receive dividends. Both share classes are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and are part of the Large cap segment.

Beta coefficient

The beta coefficient for Essity’s B share was 0.35 in 2021. A beta coefficient of less than 1 indicates that the share is less sensitive to market fluctuations than the average.

Shareholder communication and share analysts

Information about the company is available at in the form of reports, presentations and financial data together with a current list of analysts that cover Essity.

Earnings per share, 2021
Proposed dividend per share, 20211)

Earnings, dividend and dividend yield

Earnings, dividend and dividend yield (bar/line chart)

1) Board of Directors’ dividend proposal.

Total shareholder return 2021

Total shareholder return 2021 (line chart)

Total shareholder return, June 15, 2017 – December 31, 2021

Total shareholder return, June 15, 2017 – December 31, 2021 (line chart)

Ownership by country

Ownership by country (pie chart)

Source: Euroclear, December 31, 2021.