Unilever N.V. Extraordinary General Meeting
21 September 2020
All Resolutions Approved
Rotterdam, 21 September 2020 - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the Extraordinary General Meeting. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
Poll Results Extraordinary General Meeting*
|Resolution||For||%||Against||%||Vote Withheld **||Issued Share Capital Present|
|1. Amendment of Unilever N.V.’s Articles of Association in connection with Unification||934,072,264||99.42||5,451,741||0.58||1,229,717||64.1%|
|2. Approval of Unification***||904,055,114||99.39||5,531,295||0.61||31,167,313||64.1%|
|3. Discharge Executive Directors||924,398,862||99.23||7,168,806||0.77||9,186,054||64.1%|
|4. Discharge Non-Executive Directors||924,403,277||99.23||7,158,658||0.77||9,191,787||64.1%|
* Votes were validly cast for 940,753,722 shares in the capital of Unilever N.V., which is 64.1% of the issued share capital of Unilever N.V. A total number of 940,753,722 votes were validly cast.
** Only the ‘for’ and ‘against’ votes are counted and together add up to 100%. By law a ‘vote withheld’ is not considered to be a vote.
*** The voting results set out in this row also reflect the voting on the required resolution by the class meeting of holders of ordinary shares in Unilever N.V.
Completion of Unification remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions set out in the circular published by Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC on 10 August 2020, including (but not limited to) the approval of the cross-border merger between Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC at the court meeting of Unilever PLC shareholders, the passing of the special resolution at the general meeting of Unilever PLC shareholders and the approval of the cross-border merger by the High Court of Justice in England and Wales.
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