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Acquisition of own shares

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 14 March 2013 – 19:30 (CET) – regulated information

In application of art. 207 of the Royal Decree executing the Company Code, UCB SA/NV announces that, it has, with trade date 12 March 2013 as an execution of a discretionary mandate, sold 120,000 UCB share options, previously purchased in June 2011, to a bank counterparty with strikes and maturity dates as follows :

  • 30,000 options maturing 19 May 2017 with strike € 28
  • 30,000 options maturing 19 May 2017 with strike € 30
  • 30,000 options maturing 19 May 2017 with strike € 32
  • 30,000 options maturing 19 May 2017 with strike € 34

In a related transaction, UCB SA has purchased from the same counterparty 120,000 UCB shares at a price of € 48.99 per share. This share price is within the high (€ 49.315) and low (€ 48.10) of the trading range of 12 March 2013.

In a separate transaction UCB has also acquired 1,614 UCB shares on the Brussels stock exchange on the date and at the price indicated hereunder:


Price EUR





These shares were distributed to the employees in the context of share grants in the framework of existing Company’s stock award plans and stock performance plans of which the detail is given in UCB annual report.

After these transactions UCB SA is the owner of 710.760 UCB shares and 2,500,000 assimilates securities which together represent 1.75% of the total (183,417,352) shares issued by the company.

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For further information
Antje Witte, Investor Relations, UCB
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About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium ( is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 9000 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.4 billion in 2012. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).

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