Ontex: Transparency Declaration Notification

Disclosure made according to the requirements of Article 14 of the law of 2 May 2007

AALST-EREMBODEGEM, Belgium--()--Regulatory News:

Ontex Group NV (“Ontex”) discloses the notifications of significant shareholdings that it has received according to the Belgian Law of 2 May 2007 on the disclosure of significant shareholdings in listed companies.

On 2 March 2017, BlackRock, Inc., and its affiliated entities, notified Ontex that BlackRock, Inc. had, as a result of sales of shares, crossed below the threshold of 3.00% of the total number of voting rights in Ontex, excluding equivalent financial instruments.

According to its obligation Ontex publishes the content of the notifications that it has received.

Date of Notification: 2 March 2017

Date Threshold Crossed: 28 February 2017

Threshold Crossed: 3.00%

Notification by:

BlackRock, Inc.   55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V. Rembrandt Tower, 17th floor, Amstelplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, U.K.
BlackRock Advisors, LLC 100 Bellevue Parkway, Wilmington, DE, 19809, U.S.A.
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited 161 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2S1, Canada
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG Max-Joseph-Straße 6, Munich, 80333, Germany
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.
BlackRock Fund Advisors 400 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, U.S.A.
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association 400 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, U.S.A.
BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited Level 37, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, U.K.
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC 1 University Square Drive, Princeton, NJ, 8540, U.S.A.

Denominator on the date of notification: 74,861,108 shares

Voting rights and assimilated financial instruments:

(A) Voting rights   Previous Notification   After the transaction
# voting rights # voting rights   % of voting rights
Holders of

voting rights

  Linked to

securities

  Not linked

to securities

Linked to

securities

  Not linked

to securities

BlackRock, Inc. 0 0   0.00%  
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V. 9,403 8,505   0.01%  
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited 72,339 18,779   0.03%  
BlackRock Advisors, LLC 173,027 166,471   0.22%  
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited 4,168 4,168   0.01%  
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG 124,117 124,990   0.17%  
BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited 361 0   0.00%  
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. 2,128 2,120   0.00%  
BlackRock Fund Advisors 394,230 401,485   0.54%  
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association 367,652 113,291   0.15%  
BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited 29,948 29,948   0.04%  
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited 1,731,928 1,160,694   1.55%  
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC 68,303 64,853   0.09%  
BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd. 55 0   0.00%  
Subtotal 2,977,659 2,095,304   2.80%  
Total   2,095,304 0 2.80% 0.00%
(B) Equivalent financial instruments   After the transaction
Holders of equivalent
financial instruments
Type of

financial

instrument

  Expiration date   Exercise period or date   # of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised   % of voting rights   Settlement
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited Securities Lent     200,966 0.27% physical
BlackRock Advisors, LLC Securities Lent     6,556 0.01% physical
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association Securities Lent     312,661 0.42% physical
TOTAL       520,183 0.69%  
    # of voting rights   % of voting rights
TOTAL (A + B) 2,615,487 3.49%

Chain of controlled entities through which the shareholding is effectively owned:

The full chain of control is available at this link.

Notifications of significant shareholdings to be made according to the Law of 2 May 2007 should be sent to: investorrelations@ontexglobal.com

This notification will be posted on: http://www.ontexglobal.com/press-room

About Ontex

Ontex is a leading producer of personal hygiene products, ranging from baby diapers to products for feminine hygiene and adult incontinence. Ontex’s products are distributed in more than 110 countries through Ontex brands as well as leading retailer brands.

The group employs over 8,000 staff and has a presence in 25 countries. Ontex is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels and is part of the Bel20 and STOXX® Europe 600.

Contacts

Ontex Group NV
INVESTOR ENQUIRIES
Philip Ludwig
+32 53 333 730
investorrelations@ontexglobal.com
or
PRESS ENQUIRIES
Gaëlle Vilatte
+32 53 333 708
gaelle.vilatte@ontexglobal.com

Contacts

Ontex Group NV
INVESTOR ENQUIRIES
Philip Ludwig
+32 53 333 730
investorrelations@ontexglobal.com
or
PRESS ENQUIRIES
Gaëlle Vilatte
+32 53 333 708
gaelle.vilatte@ontexglobal.com