Rotterdam - Unilever today announced that it has agreed terms with AEGON for the re-purchase of all their 6% and 7% cumulative preference shares in Unilever N.V. in a transaction valued at €28.5m. This follows the cancellation of the 4% cumulative preference shares in 2010.
This agreement promotes good corporate governance by strengthening the link between economic interest and voting rights for Unilever N.V. shareholders and by moving Unilever N.V. closer to the principle of one share, one vote.
It is now Unilever’s intention, subject to the approval of Unilever N.V. shareholders, to launch a public offer to allow all holders of the cumulative 6% and 7% preference shares to access the same terms as have been agreed with AEGON.
The offer will be to repurchase the 6% cumulative preference shares at a price of €806 per share, and the 7% cumulative preference shares at a price of €940 per share. If all the cumulative preference shares outstanding were to be tendered the maximum cash outlay would be €157m. Unilever N.V. will also pay the accrued dividend.
These proposals do not relate to Unilever PLC, and remain subject to approval by Unilever N.V. shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting. The date, venue and agenda for this meeting will be announced in due course.
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