BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - May 08, 2009) -
-- UCB sets cash compensation at EUR 111.44 per Schwarz Pharma
-- At the request of UCB, the Annual General Meeting of Schwarz
Pharma AG to consider a resolution agreeing on the "squeeze-out"
of minority shareholders
Brussels (Belgium), 8 May 2009 - 06:00 PM (CEST) - UCB is seeking
acquire the Schwarz Pharma shares held by minority shareholders -
representing approximately 0.4% of stock capital - by way of a
so-called "squeeze-out" procedure. In accordance with the legally
stipulated procedure (under Sections 327a ff. of the German Stock
Corporation Act [AktG]), the Schwarz Pharma shares held by
shareholders are to be transferred to UCB and in return for an
appropriate cash compensation, by way of a resolution still to be
passed by the Annual General Meeting of Schwarz Pharma AG.
UCB SP GmbH, Monheim, as the principal shareholder of Schwarz
informed the Executive Board of Schwarz Pharma AG in a letter of
today's date that it had set the cash compensation for the
of the shares held by minority shareholders in Schwarz Pharma to
SP GmbH, as the principal shareholder, to EUR 111.44 per share.
cash compensation amount was determined with the expert support
provided by the chartered accountants Ernst & Young AG
The cash compensation amount corresponds to the volume-weighted
average Schwarz Pharma stock market price measured over the last
three months prior to publication of the squeeze-out request by
Schwarz Pharma on 6 February, 2009.
The squeeze-out resolution will be considered at the Annual
Meeting of Schwarz Pharma AG, scheduled for July 8, 2009. To be
legally effective, this resolution must be registered in the
Commercial Register (Handelsregister) at the seat of Schwarz
AG. Once the resolution is legally effective, all shares held by
minority shareholders will be transferred to UCB in return for
payment of the appropriate cash compensation. All trading of
Pharma shares on the stock exchange shall then be terminated.
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a biopharmaceutical
dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of
innovative medicines with a focus on the fields of central nervous
system and immunology disorders. Employing approximately 10 000
people in over 40 countries, UCB generated revenue of EUR 3.6
in 2008. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).
About Schwarz Pharma
Schwarz Pharma AG (Monheim, Germany; www.schwarzpharma.com) is a
member of the UCB group of companies. UCB holds 99.6% of the
For further information
Antje Witte, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, UCB
T +49-2173-48-1866, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Nackaerts, External Communications, UCB
T +32 2 559 9264, email@example.com
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