1. What is a share and what is capital used for?
Cooperative shares are the most important investment product for Alterfin and its partners in developing countries.
Shareholders’ capital is used to fund organizations in developing countries; in turn, these organizations offer loans to smallholder producers and local entrepreneurs.
Alterfin’s capital stock is a stable financial base from which investments can be made; once a loan is repaid, the capital can be used again to help other groups of people in developing countries.
2. Types of shares and capital structure as of December 31, 2019
There are two types of shares:
- shares priced at EUR 62.50 for individuals and equivalents (for example: de facto temporary associations)
- shares priced at EUR 250 for legal entities (limited companies, limited liability companies, non-profit organizations, etc.)
On December 31, 2019, Alterfin had 6,077 shareholders with almost EUR 65 million of capital. Together, the individual shareholders hold 88% of the capital stock.
3. Main rights attached to shares:
1. Dividends and tax credits
Subscribe to Alterfin shares and make a difference to the lives of thousands of smallholder farmers and micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.
You can receive:
- a tax credit
- a dividend
2. Annual General Meeting and voting rights
Alterfin’s shareholders are the owners of the cooperative. They have the right to scrutinize and control the cooperative by participating in the Annual General Meeting.
All shareholders are members of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that is held at least once a year. The AGM is the ultimate decision-making body of the cooperative. It elects the members of the Board of Directors and appoints them to manage Alterfin. The possible distribution of dividends is also decided at the Annual General Meeting.
The votes of each shareholder are equal to the number of shares he/she owns. However, no shareholder may hold more than 10% of the total number of votes present at the AGM. This helps guarantee a democratic decision-making process.
3. Withdrawing capital
In accordance with our statutes, individuals and temporary associations may resign or request partial or total repayment of their shares during the first six months of the financial year (from January 1 to June 30).
For legal entities, this period is limited to the first three months of the financial year (from January 1 to March 31).
The amount received by a shareholder when he/she withdraws from Alterfin’s capital can never be greater than the amount initially invested (excluding the dividends received, of course).
Alterfin reimburses its shareholders free of charge.
In general, payment is made within one month of the request to withdraw. The Board of Directors may, however, refuse to grant the withdrawal if Alterfin’s financial situation could be jeopardized by the withdrawal or takeover of shares.
In practice: to withdraw in part or completely from Alterfin’s capital, contact us and we will send you the document on withdrawal.
Every quarter, Alterfin sends its free newsletter Alterfin Info to its shareholders. It includes information about new investments and the cooperative’s financial situation.
5. The statutes
4. Main risks and measures taken
Funding organizations in the South that work with and for smallholder producers and entrepreneurs is inherently risky and is linked to our social mission.
Becoming an Alterfin shareholder is therefore a genuine commitment. In practice, this means that if Alterfin makes significant losses, the value of shares may decrease.
Of course, Alterfin does its utmost to ensure the quality of its investment portfolio.
The following measures are taken before any loan is granted:
If, despite this prior in-depth analysis and close monitoring, the partner were to experience difficulties in repaying us, specific provisions would then be made for debts that we could no longer recover or we would use previously created reserves.
Before investing in these shares, you should read the Information Note (FR), first published on July 17, 2020. In it, you will find all the information you need about the risks associated with cooperative shares, among other things, including the risk of loss of invested capital.
Alterfin has been awarded various types of certification that demonstrate the ethical and sustainable nature of its commitment towards its shareholders, its staff, and its partners. These national and international certifications demonstrate Alterfin’s role as an organization striving for a fairer world.
6. Shareholder testimonial
“The win-win concept immediately appealed to me”
|“I found out about microfinance from a really interesting report on TV. When a friend told me that Alterfin was active in microfinance, I invested straight away,” explains Roxane van der Gracht, a young woman who works in the fashion industry. “By subscribing to shares, I give farmers the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and I get a financial return on my investment; this win-win concept immediately appealed to me,” she says.|
Read more testimonials from our shareholders.