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Treasury shares

In compliance with the provisions of Article 2428 of the Italian Civil Code, the treasury shares held by the Company at 31 December 2019 are analysed in the table below:

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No. of shares

cost (€) (*)

Total cost (million of €)

Share capital
(%) (**)


Calculated on the basis of historic prices.


The share capital is the same as that of the date of the last acquisition of the year/period.






Year 2005





Year 2006





Year 2007





Year 2016





Year 2017





Year 2018





Year 2019










Less treasury shares granted/sold/cancelled:





- granted under the 2005 stock grant plans





- sold under the 2005 stock option plans





- sold under the 2006 stock option plans





- sold under the 2007 stock option plans





- sold under the 2008 stock option plans





- cancelled in 2012 following the resolution by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Snam S.p.A.





- cancelled in 2018 following the resolution by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Snam S.p.A.





- cancelled in 2019 following the resolution by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Snam S.p.A.





Treasury shares held by the Company at 31 December 2019





On 2 April 2019 the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Snam shareholders authorised, following the withdrawal of the resolution authorising the purchase of treasury shares taken by the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on 24 April 2018, for the remaining part not carried out, the purchase of treasury shares, to take place on one or more occasions, for a maximum of 18 months from the date of the Meeting of 2 April 2019, with a maximum outlay of €500 million and, in any event, up to a maximum of 126,664,660 shares without exceeding 6.50% of the subscribed and released share capital (with regard to treasury shares already owned by the Company). The resolution of the meeting stated the terms and conditions of the price for the purchase of treasury shares and authorised the disposal, on one or more occasions, with no time limits and even before having completed all acquisitions, of all or part of the Company’s treasury shares acquired on the basis of this shareholders’ resolution as well as those already held. The Extraordinary Shareholder’s Meeting held on 2 April 2019 also approved the cancellation of 74,197,663 treasury shares with no nominal value with no reduction in the share capital and the resulting amendment of Article 5.1 of the Articles of Association.

In execution of the resolution, the new buy back programme was launched on 16 December 2019.

From that date a total of 8,412,920 Snam shares were bought, equal to 0.25% of the share capital, for a cost of €39 million (113,881,762 Snam shares equal to 3.28% of the share capital for a cost of €426 million in 2018).

On 27 February 2020 buyback program was completed. From 1 January to 27 February 2020, n. 23,070,187 shares were bought, with a total cost of approximately 111 millions euros.

As at 31 December 2019, Snam therefore held 102,412,920 treasury shares, equal to 3.02% of its share capital (168,197,663 as at 31 December 2018, amounting to 4.85% of the share capital), with a total book value of around €389 million (€625 million as at 31 December 2018) and recognised as a reduction in shareholders’ equity. The market value of the treasury shares at 31 December 2019 was around €480 million36.

The share capital as at 31 December 2019 consisted of 3,394,840,916 shares with no nominal value for a total value of €2,736 million.

The subsidiaries of Snam S.p.A. do not hold, and have not been authorised by their Shareholders’ Meetings to acquire, shares in Snam S.p.A.

Incentive plans for senior managers with Snam shares

2017-2019 long-term share-based incentive plan

On 11 April 2017 the Shareholders Meeting approved the 2017-2019 Long-term share-based incentive plan conferring all necessary powers on the Board of Directors to implement the plan.

The plan, intended for the Snam CEO and senior managers, identified as those who hold positions with a greater impact on company results or with strategic importance for achieving Snam’s multi-year targets, includes three cycles of the annual assignment of three-year targets (the so-called rolling plan) for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. At the end of the three-year performance period, if the underlying conditions of the plan are met, the beneficiary shall have the right to receive Company shares free of charge.

2017-2019 long-term share-based incentive plan (graphic)

A maximum number of 3,500,000 shares will service the Plan for each fiscal year that the Plan will be in effect. The Plan will be concluded in 2022, upon expiration of the Vesting Period for the last attribution made in 2019.

The number of shares that accrue is subject to the performance conditions being achieved, calculated as the average of the annual performance of the parameters identified in the three-year vesting period, which affect EBITDA, adjusted net profit and sustainability.

The Plan also involves the beneficiaries receiving, at the end of the vesting period, a Dividend Equivalent, or an additional number of shares equivalent to the ordinary and extraordinary dividends distributed by Snam during the vesting period due on the number of shares effectively granted to the beneficiaries by way of performance levels achieved under the terms and conditions of the Plan. There will also be a two-year lock-up period for the other executives who are beneficiaries on 20%37 of the shares for the CEO and other executives, as recommended in the Code of Corporate Governance.

A total of 5,385,372 shares have been allocated in connection with the above-mentioned plan, 1,368,397 of which are for the 2017 allocation, 2,324,413 for the 2018 allocation and 1,692,562 for the 2019 allocation. The unitary fair value of the shares, calculated from the value of the Snam stock at the allocation dates (the grant date), is equal to E3.8548 and E3.5463 and E4.3522 per share, respectively for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 allocations. The cost for the Long-term incentive plan, measured as the labour cost component, amounts to €7 million (€3 million in 2018) with an opposing entry in shareholder equity reserves.

Compensation paid to directors and statutory auditors, general managers and managers with strategic responsibilities, and investments held by each of these

Information on the compensation paid to directors and statutory auditors, general managers and managers with strategic responsibilities, and the equity investments held by each of these, can be found in the Remuneration Report, which is prepared in accordance with Article 123-ter of Legislative Decree 58/1998 (TUF). The Remuneration Report is available on the Snam website(www.snam.it) in the Governance section.

Relationships with related parties

From 1 August 2019, CDP S.p.A. reclassified its equity investment in Snam, already classified as de facto control pursuant to international accounting standard IFRS 10 – Consolidated financial statements from 2014, as de facto control pursuant to Article 2359, paragraph 1 of the Italian Civil Code and Article 93 of the TUF.

Considering the de facto control of CDP S.p.A. over Snam S.p.A., based on the current Group ownership structure the related parties of Snam are represented by Snam’s associates and joint ventures as well as by the parent company CDP S.p.A. and its subsidiaries and associates, and direct or indirect subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Operations with these parties mainly involve the exchange of goods and the provision of regulated services in the gas sector.

These transactions are part of ordinary business operations and are generally settled at market conditions, i.e. the conditions which would be applied for two independent parties. All the transactions carried out were in the interest of the companies of the Snam Group.

Pursuant to the provisions of the relevant legislation, the company has adopted internal procedures to ensure that transactions carried out by Snam or its subsidiaries with related parties are transparent and correct in their substance and procedure.

Directors and auditors declare their interests affecting the Company and the Group every six months, and/or when changes in said interests occur; they also inform the CEO (or the Chairman, in the case of the CEO), who in turns informs the other directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors, of individual transactions that the Company intends to carry out and in which they have an interest.

No management or coordination activity of CDP S.p.A. has been formalised or exercised.

As at 31 December 2019, Snam manages and coordinates its subsidiaries, pursuant to Article 2497 et seq. of the Italian Civil Code.

The amounts involved in commercial, miscellaneous and financial relations with related parties, descriptions of the key transactions and the impact of these on the balance sheet, income statement and cash flows, are provided in Note 34 “Relationships with related parties” of the Notes to the consolidated financial statements.

Relations with managers with strategic responsibilities (“Key Managers”) are shown in Note 28 “Operating costs” of the Notes to the consolidated financial statements.

Performance of subsidiaries

For performance information concerning the segments in which the Company operates wholly or in part through subsidiaries, please refer to the sections “Business segment operating performance” and “Financial review” within this Report.

Branch offices

As required by Article 2428, paragraph 5 of the Italian Civil Code, it is noted that Snam does not have branch offices.

Research and Development

Research and development activities performed by Snam are described in the section “Other operating information and results - Innovation for business development” of this Report.

36 Calculated by multiplying the number of treasury shares by the period-end official price of E4,686 per share.

37 The percentage reaches about 40% in case of sale of shares assigned to pay the relevant taxes.

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