UCB's shareholder meeting today
- For financial year 2015:
- Gross dividend of € 1.10 per share (+ 4%), payable 3 May 2016
- Financial outlook for 2016 confirmed
- All agenda items put to vote approved
Brussels (Belgium), 28 April 2016 – 18:00 (CEST) – regulated information
Today, UCB held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). At the AGM, 152 429 300 million shares (81.06 % of shares entitled to vote) were represented. During the course of this meeting, Jean-Christophe Tellier, Chief Executive Officer UCB, gave the shareholders of UCB an overview of UCB’s patient value and growth strategy priorities, the financial year 2015 and the first three months of 2016. He also confirmed the financial outlook for 2016.
The AGM approved for the fiscal year 2015 the payment of a gross dividend of € 1.10 per share (net dividend of € 0.803 per share) compared to € 1.06 per share for 2014 (net € 0.795). The ex-dividend day is 29 April 2016, the dividend (coupon no. 19) will be payable on 3 May 2016.
The AGM re-appointed Harriet Edelman as independent director and Charles-Antoine Janssen as director, and appointed Ulf Wiinberg and Pierre Gurdjian as independent directors. For the curriculum vitae of the Board members, please visit the UCB website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/Governance/Corporate-governance.
All other agenda items put to vote of the Annual General Meeting as well as all agenda items of the Extraordinary General Meeting were approved by the shareholders present and represented. More information including details of the votes will be available soon on UCB's website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/Governance/Shareholders-meeting.
The Annual Report 2015 of UCB is available on UCB's website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/Financials/Annual-reports.
The financial results for the first half year 2016 will be published on 28 July 2016 and an interim report for the first nine months of 2016 is due on 25 October 2016.
Next year's AGM will be held on 27 April 2017 in Brussels (Belgium).
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