UCB's shareholder meeting today
Brussels (Belgium), 25 April 2013 – 6.30 p.m. (CET) – Today, UCB held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). At the Annual General Meeting 128.3 million shares (72% of shares outstanding) were represented. During the course of this meeting Roch Doliveux, Chief Executive Officer UCB, gave the shareholders of UCB an overview of the financial year 2012 and the interim report for the first three months of 2013. The speech of the CEO is available on the company's website: http://tinyurl.com/af9n9uf. The AGM approved for the fiscal year 2012 the payment of a gross dividend of EUR 1.02 per share (net dividend of EUR 0.765 per share) compared with EUR 1.00 per share for 2011 (net EUR 0.75). The ex-dividend day is 2 May 2013, the dividend will be payable on 7 May 2013 (coupon No. 16).
The AGM reappointed Roch Doliveux as Executive Director, Albrecht De Graeve and Peter Fellner as Independent Directors. For curriculum vitae of the Board members, please visit UCB website http://www.ucb.com/investors/governance/board-directors
Also all other agenda items put to vote were approved by the shareholders represented. For details please visit UCB's website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/calendar/Shareholders-meeting-2013
At the EGM, all agenda items put to vote were approved by the shareholders represented. For details, please see: http://www.ucb.com/investors/calendar/Shareholders-meeting-2013
The Annual Report 2012 of UCB is available on UCB's website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/annual-reports/latest-annual-report
The interim report on the first three months 2013 has been published today, the financial results for the first half year 2013 will be announced on 31 July 2013 and an interim report for the first nine months of 2013 is due on 25 October 2013.
Next year's AGM will be held on 24 April 2014 in Brussels (Belgium).
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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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