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Transparency notification BlackRock, Inc.

· Notification referring to situation on 31 December 2019 · Threshold crossed: 5% · Latest holding: 5.04% 

Brussels (Belgium), 7 January 2020 – 20:00 (CET) – regulated information

1.  Summary of the notification

Pursuant to Article 14 of the law of 2 May 2007 on the disclosure of large shareholdings, UCB SA/NV announces that it has received a transparency notification from BlackRock, Inc. (having its registered office at 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.), dated 2 January 2020.

BlackRock, Inc., has notified that, following a disposal of UCB shares with voting rights by its affiliates, its holding of UCB shares with voting rights has decreased and has crossed downwards the 5% threshold on 31 December 2019. 

On 31 December 2019, BlackRock, Inc. (taking into account the holding of its affiliates) Inc. owned 9 647 211 UCB shares with voting rights (versus 9 735 421 shares in its previous notification), representing 4.96% of the total number of shares issued by the company (194 505 658) (versus 5.01% in its previous notification), as well as 150 268 equivalent financial instruments (versus 198 312 in its previous notification) representing 0.08% of the total number of shares issued by the company (versus 0.10% in its previous notification). 

2.  Content of the notification

  • Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights. 
  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.
  • Persons subject to the notification requirement


  • Date on which the threshold is crossed: 31 December 2019.
  • Threshold crossed (in %): 5%
  • Denominator: 194 505 658.
  • Notified details:

  • Chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively held:

Please see the full chain of control in the ‘Chain of Control’ tab.

  • Additional information

The disclosure obligation arose due to voting rights attached to shares for BlackRock, Inc. going below 5%. 

3.  Further information 

This press release and the detailed transparency notification are available on UCB SA/NV’s website via the following link.

An updated overview of the UCB SA/NV large shareholdings will be available on UCB SA/NV’s website via the following link.

Investor Relations
Antje Witte          
Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14 antje.witte@ucb.com

Isabelle Ghellynck,
 Investor Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.9588, isabelle.ghellynck@ucb.com 

About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) 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 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.6 billion in 2018. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

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