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UCB’s General Meeting of Shareholders 2024

  • For financial year 2023: Gross dividend of € 1.36 per share (+ 2,26%), payable 30 April 2024
  • All agenda items put to vote approved
  • UCB’s Board of Directors composed by a majority of independent directors 
  • The message of Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO of UCB is available on UCB’s global corporate website

Brussels (Belgium), 25 April 2024 – 18:00 (CEST) (regulated information) – Today, UCB held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) directly followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders (EGM). The Company offered the choice to UCB shareholders to either participate in-person or to cast their vote by proxy. At the AGM [154 502 563] shares (81,11% of shares entitled to vote) were represented. At the EGM, [152.708.839] shares were represented (80,17% of shares entitled to vote).

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: “Today, I’m pleased to stand in front of you and talk about the unique new phase we’ve begun. With 14 major regulatory approvals for UCB medicines across six patient populations and three continents, we are now able to provide more, new and differentiated treatment options for people living with severe diseases.” During his speech, Jean-Christophe Tellier also spoke about the company’s bright future: “UCB is poised for a decade plus of growth, driven by our dedicated employees and commitment to creating value for patients and society. Looking ahead, we're confident in our five growth drivers: EVENITY®, FINTEPLA®▼, BIMZELX®, RYSTIGGO®, and ZILBRYSQ®. These medicines, coupled with our robust innovation efforts, form the backbone of our growth strategy.” 

The AGM approved for the fiscal year 2023 the payment of a gross dividend of € 1.36 per share (net dividend of € 0.952 per share) compared to € 1.33 per share for 2022 (net € 0.931). The ex-dividend date is 26 April 2024, the dividend (coupon no. 27) will be payable as of 30 April 2024.

During the AGM, three Board mandates renewals were approved: (i) the mandates of Pierre Gurdjian and Ulf Wiinberg were renewed as independent directors for a term of 4 years and they will both continue to be members of the Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee (GNCC). (ii) the mandate of Charles-Antoine Janssen was also renewed as director for a term of 4 years and he will continue to be a member of the GNCC too. He has also replaced Fiona du Monceau as Vice-Chair of the Board, as she stepped down from the Board to take on an Executive Committee role within UCB. During the AGM, Mrs. Fiona was thanked for her contribution to the Board which illustrated her dedication to people and society, her leadership and strong business acumen. 

Bert De Graeve stepped down from the Board of Directors of UCB at the occasion of this AGM. after a 14-year service in the Board of UCB. During his speech, Jean-Christophe Tellier expressed his deepest appreciation for Bert De Graeve’s remarkable service and invaluable contributions during his tenure on the Board.

The Annual General Meeting of UCB also approved the appointment of the following 3 new independent Board Members, each one for a term of 4 years: (i) Nefertiti Greene, also joining the GNCC (ii) Dolca Thomas, becoming member of the Scientific Committee and (iii) Rodolfo Savitzky, also becoming member and chair of the Audit Committee.  

UCB’s Board of Director continues to be composed of a majority of independent directors (10 out of 14 members or 71% independent members, in comparison to 54% at 31 December 2023). The Audit Committee and the Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee will be chaired by independent directors, respectively Rodolfo Savitzky and Kay Davies. From a gender diversity perspective, the Board will be composed of 6 women and 8 men (43% in comparison to 38% at 31 December 2023).

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 and EGM were approved by the shareholders. More information including details of the votes will be available soon on UCB's website.

The Integrated Annual Report 2023 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 2024 will be published on 25 July 2024. 

Next year's General Meeting will be held on 24 April 2025.

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 9,000 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of €5.3 billion in 2023. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news.

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