Unilever vereenvoudigt aandelenstructuur van PLC
Unilever heeft vandaag aangekondigd dat zij voor een bedrag van GBP715 miljoen de door William Hesketh Lever in familietrusts achtergelaten rechten heeft aangekocht die in 2038 converteerbaar zijn in 70.875.000 gewone aandelen Unilever PLC. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)
Unilever simplifies plc share structure
London/Rotterdam, May 19th 2014.Unilever today announced that it has purchased, for a consideration of £715m, the rights left in family trusts by William Hesketh Lever which are convertible in 2038 into 70,875,000 Unilever PLC ordinary shares. The consideration is equivalent to £10.09 per ordinary share and represents a discount of 63% to the closing share price on Friday May 16th 2014.
As a result of this transaction core earnings per share will be enhanced by 2% on a full year basis as the fully diluted share count used in the calculation is reduced by 70,875,000 shares, or 2.4% of the combined Unilever Group total.
Jean-Marc Huët, Unilever CFO, said "I am very pleased that we have concluded this agreement with the trusts. It is good for all our shareholders. It is another step in the simplification of Unilever’s capital structure, making Unilever easier to understand, and eliminating ahead of time the burden of a significant dilution of shareholders’ interests."
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Notes to Editor
William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, was the founder of the company which became Unilever PLC, and which together with Unilever NV forms the combined Unilever Group . When he died in 1925, he left in his will a large number of PLC shares in various trusts.
Consequently, some of these trusts owned shares in Margarine Union (1930) Limited, a subsidiary of Unilever PLC, which could be converted in 2038 into 70,875,000 PLC ordinary shares at zero cost. These shares, and the accompanying rights, have been bought back under the agreement announced today. Further details on these shares can be found on pages 46 and 108 of Unilever’s published Annual Report and Accounts 2013.
The constitutional documents between Unilever NV and Unilever PLC operate such that a share in Unilever PLC is equivalent to a share in Unilever NV. Accordingly the reduction in the diluted share count of Unilever PLC as a result of this transaction has a directly applicable effect on the Unilever Group share count.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013).
Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/
Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2013 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the third year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.
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