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”) (BSE:ONTEX) discloses the notification 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 May 14, 2019, Bank of America Corporation notified Ontex that it holds, as a result of the acquisition of voting securities or voting rights, 7,010,239 shares in Ontex and so has crossed the threshold of 5.00% of the total number of voting rights in Ontex to 8.51%.

On May 16, 2019, Bank of America Corporation notified Ontex that it had, as a result of sales of shares, crossed below the threshold of 5.00% of the total number of voting rights in Ontex.

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

Date of Notifications: May 14, 2019 and May 16, 2019

Date Threshold Crossed: May 9, 2019 and May 10, 2019

Threshold Crossed: 5.00%

Notification by:

Bank of America Corporation       Wilmington, DE (United States)

Denominator on the date of notification: 82,347,218 shares

Voting rights and assimilated financial instruments:

Notification of May 14, 2019:

(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

Bank of America Corporation   0   0       0.00%    

Merrill Lynch Professional
Clearing Corporation

  0   0       0.00%    
Merrill Lynch International   0   0       0.00%    

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &
Smith Incorporated

  0   0       0.00%    
BOFA Securities Europe SA   0   0       0.00%    
Total       0   0   0.00%   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

Bank of America,
National Association

  Swaps   30/06/2020       21,100   0.03%   cash

Merrill Lynch
Professional Clearing
Corporation

  Rights of Use           14,994   0.02%   physical

Merrill Lynch, Pierce,
Fenner & Smith
Incorporated

  Rights to Recall           32,651   0.04%   physical

BOFA Securities Europe
SA

  Rights to Recall           54,668   0.07%   physical

Merrill Lynch
International

  Rights to Recall           535,641   0.65%   physical

Merrill Lynch
International

  Rights of Use           6,162,231   7.48%   physical

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   23/04/2020       7,460   0.01%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   30/04/2020       41,439   0.05%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   31/12/2019       154   0.00%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   10/02/2020       2,600   0.00%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   15/05/2023       68,694   0.08%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   31/01/2020       10,895   0.01%   cash

Merrill Lynch
International

  Swaps   19/10/2020       57,712   0.07%   cash
TOTAL               7,010,239   8.51%    
    # voting rights   % of voting rights
TOTAL (A + B)   7,010,239   8.51%

Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively held

Merrill Lynch International, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corporation, BofA Securities Europe SA and Bank of America, National Association are controlled by 'Bank of America Corporation' (see enclosure). Bank of America Corporation is not a controlled entity.

Notification of May 16, 2019:

(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

Bank of America Corporation                    

Merrill Lynch Professional
Clearing Corporation

                   
Merrill Lynch International                    

Bank of America, National
Association

                   
BOFA Securities, Inc.                    
BOFA Securities Europe SA                    
Total                    

(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

Bank of America
Corporation

                       
TOTAL                        
    # voting rights   % of voting rights
TOTAL (A + B)        

Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively held

Merrill Lynch International, BoFA Securities Inc, Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corporation, BofA Securities Europe SA and Bank of America, National Association are controlled by 'Bank of America Corporation' (see enclosure). Bank of America Corporation is not a controlled entity.

Additional information

The trigger for the notification is due to the trading book holding going below the 5% exemption.

Please note as of TD 10.05.2019 the holdings under Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated have moved to the new entity BoFA Securities Inc. We have included the corporate structure of the new entity.

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 international provider of personal hygiene solutions, with expertise in baby care, feminine care and adult care. Ontex’s innovative products are distributed in more than 110 countries through Ontex brands such as BBTips, BioBaby, Pompom, Bigfral, Canbebe, Canped, ID and Serenity, as well as leading retailer brands.
Employing 11,000 passionate people all over the world, Ontex has a presence in 21 countries, with its headquarters in Aalst, Belgium. Ontex is part of the Bel20 and STOXX® Europe 600.
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Contacts

INVESTOR ENQUIRIES
Philip Ludwig
+32 53 333 730
investorrelations@ontexglobal.com

PRESS ENQUIRIES
Gaëlle Vilatte
+32 53 333 708
gaelle.vilatte@ontexglobal.com

Contacts

INVESTOR ENQUIRIES
Philip Ludwig
+32 53 333 730
investorrelations@ontexglobal.com

PRESS ENQUIRIES
Gaëlle Vilatte
+32 53 333 708
gaelle.vilatte@ontexglobal.com