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Transparency notification of The Capital Group Companies Inc.

Participation on January 8, 2014 (pursuant to Article 6 of the law of May 2, 2007 on the disclosure of large shareholdings).

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 13, 2014 – 19:00 (CET) – regulated information

Pursuant to Article 14 of the law of May 2, 2007 on the disclosure of large shareholdings, UCB SA/NV announces that it has received a transparency notification from The Capital Group Companies Inc. (having its registered offices at 333 South Hope Street, 55th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA).

The Capital Group Companies Inc. has notified that, following an acquisition of UCB shares with voting rights by its subsidiary Capital Research and Management Company on January 8, 2014, it has increased its shareholding and consequently crossed the 7.5%-threshold.

On January 8, 2014, The Capital Group Companies Inc. (taking into account the holding of its subsidiary Capital Research and Management Company) owned 13,905,411 UCB shares with voting rights, representing 7.58% of the total number of UCB shares with voting rights (183,427,152).

Holders of voting rights

Notification of July 24, 2013

Notification of January 8, 2014

# of voting rights

# of voting rights

% of voting rights

The Capital Group Companies Inc.




Capital Research and Management Company








According to the transparency notification, The Capital Group Companies Inc. is the holding company for several investment management subsidiaries, including Capital Research and Management Company, a 100% owned subsidiary of The Capital Group Companies Inc. Capital Research and Management Company is a U.S.-based investment adviser that manages the American Funds family of mutual funds. All shares subject to the transparency notification are owned by mutual funds managed by Capital Research and Management Company. Each fund has granted proxy voting authority to Capital Research and Management Company.

An updated overview of the UCB SA/NV large shareholdings is included in the corporate governance charter of UCB SA/NV, which will be published on UCB SA/NV’s website.

For further information

Antje Witte, Investor Relations UCB
T +32.2.559.9414, antje.witte@ucb.com

Alexandra Deschner, Investor Relations, UCB
T +32 2 559 9683, alexandra.deschner@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 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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Moreover, sales may be impacted by international and domestic trends toward managed care and health care cost containment and the reimbursement policies imposed by third-party payers as well as legislation affecting biopharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement.

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