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NV Shares FAQs

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NV Shares

What type of Unilever NV shares are there?

  • depositary receipts for ordinary shares (ISIN NL0000009355)

  • ordinary shares (ISIN NL0000388619) (as New York registry shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange (CUSIP 904784709)

  • 6 % cumulative preference shares (ISIN NL0000388742)

  • 7 % cumulative preference shares (ISIN NL0000388726)

  • depositary receipts for 7% cumulative preference shares (ISIN NL0000388684)

Unilever N.V. shares are held through a bank or broker or as registered shares on the share register. The ordinary shares can also be held in the form of New York registry shares. The depositary receipts for shares can only be held in 'electronic' form through a bank or broker.

Can you explain the difference between Unilever NV ordinary shares (or depositary receipts) in the Netherlands & the New York registry shares?

New York registry shares are issued by a US transfer agent and registrar (Deutsche Bank Trust Company America) on behalf of Unilever NV and created against the cancellation of the local share by the local registrar. One New York registry share is the equivalent of one Unilever NV ordinary share (or depositary receipt thereof). Dividends on the New York registry shares are (after exchange) paid in US dollars.

What is the difference between shares & depositary receipts?

The majority (around 62%) of the Unilever NV ordinary shares are registered to an independent trust company - Stichting Administratiekantoor Unilever NV ('Foundation Unilever NV Trust Office').

Both the shares as well as the depositary receipts thereof are listed on Euronext Amsterdam. Holders of depositary receipts can under all circumstances exchange their depositary receipts for the Unilever NV shares (or vice versa). Holders of depositary receipts are fully entitled to dividends that are paid on the (underlying) shares held by the Foundation Unilever NV Trust Office. The Foundation issues (and exchanges) the depositary receipts. Further information about the Foundation Unilever NV Trust Office can be found on their website. 

How can I obtain an historical share price?

Historical share prices are available from the Historic share price section of the website.

On what matters should I contact Unilever NV's share registrar?

Unilever NV's (Dutch) share register is maintained by SGG Netherlands NV and all associated administration is carried out by them. Matters for their attention include:

  • registering and transferring your shares

  • change of address

  • change of bank details

  • payment of dividends

  • death of a shareholder

  • information about voting by written proxy

Please find SGG Netherlands NV’s contact details on our Contacts page.

On what matters should I contact my broker or bank?

Matters that should be brought to the attention of your broker or bank include:

  • cancellation of depositary receipts and entry in the share register

  • payment of dividends

  • death of a shareholder or holder of depositary receipts

How do I register my shares on the Unilever NV share register?

If you are holder of Unilever NV shares or depositary receipts thereof and you wish to be registered on the Unilever NV share register, you will need to contact your bank or broker.

When is the next AGM?

Get dates and a reminder of our annual general meeting from our financial calendar.

Is it possible to vote by proxy at the next AGM?

If you hold your shares in the (Dutch) share register, you will receive a voting instruction about six weeks in advance of the meeting.

NV New York registry shares

Can you explain the difference between Unilever NV ordinary shares (or depositary receipts) in the Netherlands & the New York registry shares?

New York registry shares are issued by a US transfer agent and registrar (Deutsche Bank Trust Company America) on behalf of Unilever NV and created against the cancellation of the local share by the local registrar. One New York registry share is the equivalent of one Unilever NV ordinary share (or depositary receipt thereof). Dividends on the New York registry shares are (after exchange) paid in US dollars.

Can I exchange New York registry shares into Unilever NV ordinary shares (or depositary receipts thereof) & vice versa?

Yes you can. If you would like to exchange your New York registry shares into Unilever NV ordinary shares (or depositary receipts thereof) please contact Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services:

If you would like to exchange your Unilever NV ordinary shares (or depositary receipts thereof) into New York registry shares please contact SGG Netherlands NV. Please find SGG Netherlands NV’s contact details on our Contacts page.

How can I buy Unilever NV New York registry shares?

You can ask your financial advisor or broker to buy New York registry shares (ticker UN – CUSIP Number 904784709).

Alternatively, you can open an account directly with Deutsche Bank Trust Company America, and buy New York registry shares via the bank-sponsored purchase plan AST purchase plan.

How can I obtain an historical share price for NV New York shares?

Historical share prices are available from the NV New York Historic Share Price  page on this website.

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