UCB's General Meeting of Shareholders
- For financial year 2018: Gross dividend of € 1.21 per share (+ 2.5%), payable 30 April 2019
- All agenda items put to vote approved
Brussels (Belgium), 25 April 2019 – 18:00 (CEST) – regulated information - Today, UCB held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). At the AGM, 143 259 561 shares (76.07% of shares entitled to vote) were represented. During the course of this meeting, Jean-Christophe Tellier, Chief Executive Officer of UCB, gave the shareholders an overview of the financial year 2018 as well as the short and midterm perspectives for UCB including the six potential product launches in the next five years from UCB’s clinical development pipeline. He also confirmed the financial outlook for 2019.
The AGM approved for the fiscal year 2018 the payment of a gross dividend of € 1.21 per share (net dividend of € 0.847 per share) compared to € 1.18 per share for 2017 (net € 0.826). The ex-dividend day is 26 April 2019, the dividend (coupon no. 22) will be payable on 30 April 2019.
The AGM re-appointed both Evelyn du Monceau and Cyril Janssen as directors and re-appointed Alice Dautry as independent director. Following her reappointment, Evelyn du Monceau remains chair of the Board of Directors of UCB. The AGM also appointed Jan Berger as new independent director. 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 present and represented. The minutes of the meeting including details of the votes will be available soon on UCB's website: https://www.ucb.com/investors/UCB-shareholders.
The Integrated Annual Report 2018 of UCB is available on UCB's website: https://www.ucb.com/investors/Download-center.
The financial results for the first half year 2019 will be published on 25 July 2019.
Next year's General Meeting will be held on 30 April 2020.
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