Cancellation & delisting Unilever N.V. cumulative preference shares
On 10 May 2005, the general meeting of shareholders of Unilever N.V. resolved to cancel all outstanding cumulative preference shares each with a nominal value of NLG 0.10 (approximately EUR 0.05*) in the share capital of Unilever N.V.
The cancellation of the NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares will be effective as of midnight 13 July 2005 CET. The securities will be delisted from Eurolist by Euronext as per 14 July 2005.
In connection with the cancellation becoming effective, Unilever N.V. will make a net payment of EUR 0.05 per NLG 0.10 cumulative preference share. This amount is the sum, rounded to the nearest full eurocent, of EUR 0.045378, being the remaining notional value per NLG 0.10 cumulative preference share, and EUR 0.000060, being the dividend for the period from 9 June 2005 until cancellation. The Dutch dividend withholding tax that is owed will be borne by Unilever N.V. The Dutch dividend withholding tax to be paid per NLG 0.10 cumulative preference share is EUR 0.001541.
Holders of NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares in bearer form will be paid through their custodian.
Holders of NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares in registered form will be informed separately about the consequences of cancellation by N.V. Algemeen Nederlands Trustkantoor ANT, Herengracht 420, Amsterdam. A copy of the letter addressed to these holders may also be found on www.unilever.com.
If the resolution to cancel the NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares does not enter into force as meant in article 100 paragraph 5 book 2 of the Dutch civil code, the NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares may be cancelled and delisted as per a later date, and the payment in connection therewith delayed. In this case, Unilever N.V. will make a further announcement.
July 6 2005
* The euro amount shown above is a representation in euros on the basis of article 67c of book 2 of the Dutch civil code, rounded to two decimal places, of underlying share capital in Dutch guilders, which have not been converted into euros in Unilever N.V.'s articles of association.
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