Investor AB is a Swedish investment company, founded in 1916 and still controlled by the Wallenberg family through their Foundation Asset Management company FAM. The company owns a controlling stake in several large Swedish companies with smaller positions in a number of other firms. At year-end 2013 it had a market value of 190.9 billion kronor (€21.4 billion, $29.4 billion), a discount to the net asset value of 11.4%.
|Publicly traded Aktiebolag|
|Traded as||Nasdaq Stockholm: INVE B|
|Industry||Industrial holding company|
|Jacob Wallenberg (Chair)|
Marcus Wallenberg (Vice Chair)
Johan Forssell (Director & CEO)
|Products||Core, private equity, operating and financial investments|
|SEK 47.54 billion (2013)|
|SEK 45.12 billion (2013)|
|Total assets||SEK 238.521 billion (2013)|
|Total equity||SEK 215.417 billion (2013)|
|Owner||Wallenberg family (23.3%)|
Number of employees
|85 (Investor AB only, 2013)|
December 31, 2013 (in SEK m.)
- Core holdings: 204,705
- Financial investments: 32,256
- Other assets: 1,560
- Total assets: 238,521
- Net asset value: 215,419
In 1916, new legislation made it more difficult for banks to own stocks in industrial companies on a long-term basis. Investor was formed as an investment part of Stockholms Enskilda Bank, at the time the largest instrument of power in the Wallenberg family.
Investor held shares in the following companies as of 31 December 2013.
- ABB - power and automation technology (8.4% stake, 8.4% voting rights)
- Atlas Copco - industrial tooling and equipment (16.8% stake, 22.3% voting rights)
- AstraZeneca - pharmaceuticals (4.1% stake, 4.1% voting rights)
- Electrolux - consumer appliances (15.5% stake, 30.0% voting rights)
- Ericsson - telecommunications (5.3% stake, 21.5% voting rights)
- Husqvarna - outdoor power tools, chainsaws, lawnmowers and robotic mowers (15.7% stake, 30.8% voting rights)
- NASDAQ - stock and securities exchange (11.5% stake, 11.5% voting rights)
- Saab - aviation and military technology (30.0% stake, 39.5% voting rights)
- Swedish Orphan Biovitrum - biopharmaceutical company (39.7% stake, 39.8% voting rights)
- SEB - banking (20.8% stake, 20.8% voting rights)
- Wärtsilä - marine and power engine development (16.8% stake, 16.8% voting rights)
- Mölnlycke Health Care - medical devices (96.0% stake)
- Permobil - power wheelchairs (94.0% stake)
- Aleris - health care in Nordic region (100.0% stake)
- Grand Hôtel/Vectura - hotel and real estate (100.0% stake)
- BraunAbility (100.0% stake)
Primary financial investmentsEdit
- Börje Ekholm - CEO from 2005 to 2015
Some former holdingsEdit
- IBX - provider of efficient purchasing solutions and services (sold to Capgemini in 2010)
- WM-data - IT services (sold in August 2006)
- Saab Automobile - acquired by General Motors
- Scania - divested its holding to Volkswagen AG in 2008
- Bredbandsbolaget (BBB) - a broadband and telecoms provider. This was initially in difficulty but was sold in 2005 to Telenor for a profit.
- OMX - financial services company (sold in May 2007 to Nasdaq)
Other Swedish investment companiesEdit
- "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Investor AB. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
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- "Investor AB – press release". Cision Wire. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
- "VW increases holding". Archived from the original on 2008-03-05.
- "Investor AB - press release". Cision Wire. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2005-05-23.