Share Buy-Back ProgrammeSource: RNS
17 March 2023
Share Buy-Back Programme - Commencement of Third Tranche
London - Unilever PLC announces the commencement of the third tranche of its programme to buy back shares with an aggregate market value equivalent of up to €3 billion.
On 10 February 2022, Unilever PLC announced its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results and a share buyback programme of up to €3 billion to be conducted over the next two years (the "Programme").
On 23 March 2022, Unilever PLC announced the commencement of the first tranche of the Programme for an aggregate market value equivalent to €750 million.
On 6 September 2022, Unilever PLC announced the commencement of the second tranche of the Programme (the "Second Tranche") for an aggregate market value equivalent to €750 million.
Unilever PLC now announces the commencement of the third tranche of the Programme (the "Third Tranche") for an aggregate market value equivalent to €750 million which will be bought back in the form of Unilever PLC ordinary shares.
Any further tranches of the Programme, which may be conducted after completion of the Third Tranche, will be announced in due course. The purpose of the Third Tranche is to reduce the capital of Unilever PLC and it will take place within the limitations of the authority granted to the Board of Unilever PLC by its general meeting, held on 4th May 2022, pursuant to which the maximum number of shares to be bought back by Unilever PLC is 256,262,000. After taking into account the number of shares bought back under the Second Tranche, the maximum number of shares that can be bought back under the Third Tranche is 239,846,867.
The Third Tranche will commence on 17 March 2023 and will end on or before 24 July 2023.
Unilever PLC has entered into non-discretionary instructions with EXANE SA (a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas SA) to conduct the Third Tranche on its behalf and to make trading decisions under the Third Tranche independently of Unilever PLC.
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Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting the Group are described in the Group's filings with the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Amsterdam and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the Annual Report on Form 20-F 2022 and the Unilever Annual Report and Accounts 2022 available on our corporate website www.unilever.com.