UNILEVER PLC OPEN OFFER TO INCREASE STAKE IN HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LIMITED TO COMMENCE ON 21 JUNE 2013
London/Mumbai, 20th June 2013. Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) announced today that the voluntary open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited ("HUL") from 52.48% to up to 75% (the "Open Offer") will commence on 21 June 2013. The Open Offer period will end on 4 July 2013.
There has been no revision to the Open Offer price of INR 600 (Indian Rupees six hundred only) per share previously announced and, as published by HUL on 19 June 2013, the independent committee of Directors of HUL has recommended that the Open Offer is fair and reasonable.
Subject to approval of the final dividend of INR 6 (Indian Rupees six only) per share recommended by the Board of Directors of HUL for the financial year ended 31 March 2013 at HUL's annual general meeting on 26 July 2013, shareholders of HUL who tender their shares in the Open Offer will be entitled to receive the final dividend from HUL in respect of the shares tendered by them. For further details, shareholders of HUL should refer to paragraph 6 of the Letter of Offer.The details of the Open Offer can be found in the Letter of Offer sent to public shareholders of HUL and a copy of the Letter of Offer is also available at www.sebi.gov.in.
HUL's shares are traded on the BSE Ltd (Scrip Code: 500696) and on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (Symbol: HINDUNILVR).
The Open Offer is being managed by HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited.
HUL is a market leader in the fast moving consumer goods business in India, with brands spanning categories such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, skin care, toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, tea, coffee, packaged foods, ice cream, and water purifiers. Its portfolio includes the following brands: Lux, Lifebuoy, Surf Excel, Rin, Wheel, Fair & Lovely, Pond's, Vaseline, Lakmé, Dove, Clinic Plus, Sunsilk, Pepsodent, Closeup, Axe, Brooke Bond, Bru, Knorr, Kissan, Kwality Wall's and Pureit. HUL generated over INR 270 billion turnover (or €3.8 billion) and net profit of over INR 38 billion (or €0.5 billion) for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.
Unilever will continue to consolidate 100% of the results and net assets of HUL, but the net profits attributable to non-controlling interests and the share of equity of the non-controlling interests will both be lower after the transaction.
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Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012. Over half of our company's footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (55% in 2012). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world's best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann's, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall's, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.Unilever.com/sustainable-living/.
Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /SustainAbility latest annual survey (2012) - both for the second year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.
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