Investor FAQs

1.How long has Lincoln Electric been a public company?
2.When was the Company incorporated?
3.What is Lincoln Electric's CUSIP number?
4.How many LECO shares are outstanding?
5.Who are the Company's independent auditors?
6.Does Lincoln Electric have a direct stock purchase program?
7.Does Lincoln Electric offer direct deposit of dividends?
8.Does Lincoln Electric offer a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?
9.How do I contact Shareholder Services?
10.What is the dividend history of Lincoln Electric?
11.What do I do if I've misplaced or lost my certificates?
12.If I want to reinvest dividends, how do I do that?
13.How do I change my address?
14.How do I check the number of shares I own?
15.How do I get information on share prices from stock that was purchased prior to 1995?
16.How many stock splits have there been?
17.What is the Lincoln Electric Incentive Management System?
1.How long has Lincoln Electric been a public company?
 Lincoln Electric was listed on Nasdaq in June, 1995 under the ticker symbol ‘LECO’, but shares of the company were previously trading in over the counter transactions (OTC).

2.When was the Company incorporated?
 The Lincoln Electric Company was incorporated in 1895 in Ohio. In 1998, the Company went through a capital restructuring which resulted in the formation of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., which was incorporated in Ohio.

3.What is Lincoln Electric's CUSIP number?
 The Company's CUSIP number is 533900106.

4.How many LECO shares are outstanding?
 The weighted average diluted share count for Fourth Quarter 2015 was 72,120,660 shares.

5.Who are the Company's independent auditors?
 Shareholders elected Ernst & Young as independent auditors for the Year 2015.

6.Does Lincoln Electric have a direct stock purchase program?
 Lincoln Electric does not offer a direct stock purchase program. LECO shares may be purchased through financial institutions or brokerage houses.

7.Does Lincoln Electric offer direct deposit of dividends?
 Yes. Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

8.Does Lincoln Electric offer a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?
 Yes. More information regarding the DRIP can be obtained by calling Wells Fargo Shareowner Services at 800-468-9716 or www.shareowneronline.com and request a brochure.

9.How do I contact Shareholder Services?
 Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

10.What is the dividend history of Lincoln Electric?
 Lincoln Electric has paid a dividend each year since 1915. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 1995, the dividend payout rate has consistently increased each year.”

11.What do I do if I've misplaced or lost my certificates?
 Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

12.If I want to reinvest dividends, how do I do that?
 Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

13.How do I change my address?
 Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

14.How do I check the number of shares I own?
 Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064. Also available at www.shareowneronline.com

15.How do I get information on share prices from stock that was purchased prior to 1995?
 Please contact Amanda Butler, Director of Investor Relations, at Amanda_Butler@lincolnelectric.com or via telephone at 216-383-2534 for help with that information.

16.How many stock splits have there been?
 There have been 7 stock splits:
1919: 10 to 1
1930: 10 to 1
1965: 5 to 1
1993: 10 to 1
1995: 2 to 1
1998: 2 to 1
2011: 2 to 1

17.What is the Lincoln Electric Incentive Management System?
 The Lincoln Electric Incentive Management program is the Company's unique compensation program, which is the subject of a Harvard Business School case history and studied at colleges and universities around the world. The program details the Company's pay-for-performance and merit rating system and other components of the Lincoln Electric culture. The program was devised by the Company's co-founder, James F. Lincoln and described in his book, Incentive Management.