Unilever completes share buyback programme
3 December 2021
London - Unilever PLC announces the successful completion of the second tranche of its share buyback programme initially announced on 29 April 2021 (the 'Second Tranche'). Under the Second Tranche, which began on 23 August 2021, 32,508,415 Unilever PLC shares were purchased with a total value equivalent of approximately €1,499,999,934.
Under the first tranche of this buyback programme, which began on 6 May 2021 and completed on 13 August 2021, 30,467,730 Unilever PLC shares were purchased.
All of the shares purchased in the buyback programme have been placed in treasury. As a result, Unilever PLC holds a total of 62,976,145 shares in treasury and has a total of 2,566,267,627 non-treasury shares in issue. Of the non-treasury shares in issue, a total of 5,301,252 shares (including shares represented by Unilever PLC ADSs) are held by or on behalf of companies in the Unilever group (the 'Unilever Group Shares'). The voting rights attaching to the Unilever Group Shares are not exercisable.
With the completion of the Second Tranche, Unilever has delivered on its intention, as announced on 29 April 2021, to buy back shares with an aggregate market value equivalent of up to €3 billion.
Please see the total voting rights announcement dated 1 December 2021 for Unilever PLC's latest total voting rights figure published under the UK Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 5.
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