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UCB’s General Meeting of Shareholders 2023

  • For financial year 2022: Gross dividend of € 1.33 per share (+ 2%), payable 03 May 2023
  • All agenda items put to vote approved
  • The message of Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO of UCB is available on UCB’s global corporate website

Brussels (Belgium), 27 April 2023 – 18:00 (CEST) (regulated information) – Today, UCB held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). The company offered the choice to UCB shareholders to either participate in-person or to cast their vote by proxy. At the AGM, 81,04% of shares entitled to vote were represented. 

The message of Mr. Jean-Christophe Tellier, Chief Executive Officer of UCB, published at the occasion of this general meeting, is available on the UCB website.

During his speech, Mr. Tellier commented: “2022 was a challenging year where we faced headwinds but also garnered notable successes. This has enabled us to move into 2023 with a strong pipeline, a record number of potential medicines that are undergoing regulatory review and a string of potential launches to come in numerous indications. We started well into the year 2023 and are aligned with our financial guidance 2023. Looking at UCB today, we have built solid foundations, allowing us to focus on the execution of our strategy and launch the medicines that will sustain our growth in the coming years.” 

The AGM approved for the fiscal year 2022 the payment of a gross dividend of € 1.33 per share (net dividend of € 0.931 per share) compared to € 1.30 per share for 2021 (net € 0.91). The ex-dividend date is 28 April 2023, the dividend (coupon no. 26) will be payable as of 03 May 2023.

During the AGM, several renewals of members of the Board composition were approved. The AGM renewed the mandates of Mrs. Jan Berger as independent director for a term of 4 years and the mandate of Mr. Cyril Janssen as director for a term of 4 years. Mrs. Viviane Monges stepped down from the Board of Directors and Audit Committee. To replace her, the AGM approved for a term of 4 years the appointment of Mrs. Maëlys Castella as new independent director. Mrs. Castella is a seasoned finance and business leader in areas including Strategy, Sustainability, Finance and Innovation. Mrs. Maëlys Castella also replaces Mrs. Viviane Monges as member of the Audit Committee.

For the curriculum vitae of the Board members, please visit the UCB website: https://www.ucb.com/investors/UCB-Governance.

All other agenda items put to vote at the AGM were approved by the shareholders. More information including details of the votes will be available soon on UCB's website.

The Integrated Annual Report 2022 of UCB can be downloaded on UCB's website at https://www.ucb.com/investors/Download-center or is available on the online portal at https://reports.ucb.com/.

The financial results for the first half year 2023 will be published on 27 July 2023. 

Next year's General Meeting will be held on 25 April 2024.

For further information, contact UCB: 

Investor Relations
Antje Witte
Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.9414

Global Communications 
Laurent Schots
Media Relations, UCB

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 approximately 8 700 people in 36 countries, the company generated revenue of € 5.5 billion in 2022. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

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