Equity ownership statistics

Our aim is to be a valuable private sector bank.

Government ownership

The UK Government became the majority shareholder of RBS in November 2008 and now own 64% of ordinary shares.

The UK Government initially took a 58% stake in RBS ordinary shares alongside a tranche of preference shares in November 2008. In April 2009 the preference shares were converted into ordinary shares and the Government's ordinary shareholding in RBS now stands at 64%.

Including the Governments acquisition of B shares in December 2009 the total economic ownership of the UK Government is currently 80% of the RBS Group.

The UK Government formed UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI) to manage its investments in financial institutions including RBS. UKFI has been given a clear mandate by the Government with an overarching objective to dispose of the Government's shareholdings in an orderly and active way, with due regard to financial stability and the promotion of competition.

  Dec '07 Dec '08 Dec '09 Dec '10 Dec '11 Dec '12 Dec '13
Government 0% 58% 70% 68% 67% 65% 64%
Institutional 79% 34% 21% 21% 22% 29% 32%
Retail 9% 4% 5% 6% 8% 5% 4%
Other 12% 4% 4% 5% 3% 1% 0%

Institutional ownership

Excluding the UKFI holding, RBS shareholders are predominantly institutional with a reasonably broad geographic spread.

  Dec '07 Dec '08 Dec '09 Dec '10 Dec '11 Dec '12 Dec '13
UK 55% 56% 58% 65% 61% 65% 58%
North America 26% 26% 22% 14% 18% 21% 31%
Europe 14% 11% 15% 15% 15% 10% 7%
Rest of world 5% 7% 5% 6% 6% 4% 4%