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 (BSE:ONTEX) (“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 April 15, 2020, Morgan Stanley notified Ontex that it holds, as a result of the disposal of equivalent financial instruments, 3,636,111 voting rights attached to equivalent financial instruments in Ontex that may be acquired if all of the instruments are exercised, and so has crossed below the 5.00% threshold of the total number of voting rights in Ontex to 4.42%. Morgan Stanley’s total holding in Ontex at the time of this disclosure remains above the 5.00% threshold previously disclosed, at 5.64%.

On April 16, 2020, Morgan Stanley notified Ontex that it holds, as a result of the acquisition of equivalent financial instruments, 4,205,705 voting rights attached to equivalent financial instruments in Ontex that may be acquired if all of the instruments are exercised, and so has crossed the 5.00% threshold of the total number of voting rights in Ontex to 5.11%. Morgan Stanley’s total holding in Ontex at the time of this disclosure remains above the 5.00% threshold previously disclosed, at 5.97%.

On April 17, 2020, Morgan Stanley notified Ontex that it holds, as a result of the disposal of equivalent financial instruments, 3,555,194 voting rights attached to equivalent financial instruments in Ontex that may be acquired if all of the instruments are exercised, and so has crossed below the 5.00% threshold of the total number of voting rights in Ontex to 4.32%. Morgan Stanley’s total holding in Ontex at the time of this disclosure remains above the 5.00% threshold previously disclosed, at 6.00%.

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

Date of Notifications: April 15, April 16, April 17, 2020

Dates Threshold Crossed: April 7, April 8, April 10, 2020

Threshold Crossed: 5.00%

Notification by:

Morgan Stanley

c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA

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

Voting rights and assimilated financial instruments:

Notification of April 15, 2020:

(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

Morgan Stanley

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

151,289

968,653

0

1.18%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

3,029

36,482

0

0.04%

0.00%

Total

154,318

1,005,135

0

1.22%

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

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

59,519

0.07%

physical

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

3,084,997

3.75%

physical

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

491,595

0.60%

physical

TOTAL

 

 

 

3,636,111

4.42%

 

 

# voting rights

% of voting rights

TOTAL (A + B)

4,641,246

5.64%

Additional information

Morgan Stanley's total holding in Ontex remains above the 5% threshold previously disclosed however the disclosure obligation arose due to equivalent financial instruments falling below 5%.

Notification of April 16, 2020:

(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

Morgan Stanley

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

968,653

676,595

0

0.82%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

36,482

37,421

0

0.05%

0.00%

Total

1,005,135

714,016

0

0.87%

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

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

59,519

0.07%

physical

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

3,651,112

4.43%

physical

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any
time

495,074

0.60%

physical

TOTAL

 

 

 

4,205,705

5.11%

 

 

# voting rights

% of voting rights

TOTAL (A + B)

4,919,721

5.97%

Additional information

Morgan Stanley's total holding in Ontex remains above the 5% threshold previously disclosed however the disclosure obligation arose due to equivalent financial instruments crossing above 5% at component level. At the same time, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc's total holding crossed above the 5% threshold.

Notification of April 17, 2020:

(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

Morgan Stanley

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

676,595

987,923

0

1.20%

0.00%

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

37,421

395,769

0

0.48%

0.00%

Total

714,016

1,383,692

0

1.68%

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

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any time

59,519

0.07%

physical

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any time

3,358,949

4.08%

physical

Morgan Stanley Europe SE

Right of recall over securities
lending agreements

at any time

at any time

136,726

0.17%

physical

TOTAL

 

 

 

3,555,194

4.32%

 

 

# voting rights

% of voting rights

TOTAL (A + B)

4,938,886

6.00%

Additional information

Morgan Stanley's total holding in Ontex remains above the 5% threshold previously disclosed however the disclosure obligation arose due to equivalent financial instruments falling below 5% at component level.

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

Chain of controlled undertakings for Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

• Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, Legal & Compliance Department, 25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA, UNITED KINGDOM. is a direct holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Investments (UK)

• Morgan Stanley Investments (UK), 20 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AD, UNITED KINGDOM. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley International Limited

• Morgan Stanley International Limited, 25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA, UNITED KINGDOM. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley International Holdings Inc.

• Morgan Stanley International Holdings Inc., c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of the beneficial owner, Morgan Stanley

Chain of controlled undertakings for Morgan Stanley Europe SE

• Morgan Stanley Europe SE, Grosse Gallusstrasse 18, Frankfurt am Main, 60312, Germany. is a direct holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Europe Holding SE

• Morgan Stanley Europe Holding SE, Grosse Gallusstrasse 18, Frankfurt am Main, 60312, Germany. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley International Limited

• Morgan Stanley International Limited, 25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA, UNITED KINGDOM. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley International Holdings Inc.

• Morgan Stanley International Holdings Inc., c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of the beneficial owner, Morgan Stanley

Chain of controlled undertakings for Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

• Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA. is a direct holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc.

• Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc., c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Capital Management, LLC

• Morgan Stanley Capital Management, LLC, c/o The Corporation Trust Company (DE), Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, USA. is an indirect holder and is a subsidiary of the beneficial owner, Morgan Stanley

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 some 10,000 passionate people all over the world, Ontex has a presence in 21 countries, with its headquarters in Aalst, Belgium. Ontex is listed on Euronext Brussels and is part of the Bel Mid®. To keep up with the latest news, visit www.ontex.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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