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Unilever PLC

12 October 2020

Unification of Unilever's Corporate Structure - Results of the Shareholder Meetings of Unilever PLC

London/Rotterdam, 12 October 2020

On 11 June 2020, Unilever announced plans to unify its Group legal structure under a single parent company, Unilever PLC ("Unification"). On 10 August 2020, Unilever published a circular to shareholders of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC (the "Circular") and a prospectus for Unilever PLC (the "Prospectus") in connection with Unification.

Unilever is pleased to announce that at the court meeting (the "Court Meeting") and general meeting (the "General Meeting") of Unilever PLC shareholders held by electronic means earlier today in connection with Unification, all of the resolutions proposed were duly passed by Unilever PLC shareholders. This follows the passing of the resolutions at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Unilever NV held virtually on 21 September 2020.

At the Court Meeting, a majority in number of Unilever PLC shareholders, who voted (either in person or by proxy) and who together represented over 75% by value of the votes cast, voted in favour of the resolution to approve the cross-border merger (the "Cross-Border Merger"). The resolution was duly passed as a result. At the General Meeting, the special resolution to approve the Cross-Border Merger and provide for its implementation was also passed by the requisite majority.

Court Meeting

The voting at the Court Meeting on the resolution to approve the Cross-Border Merger was taken on a poll and the results were as follows:

 
                Number of         % of Unilever       Number      % of votes     % of eligible 
                 Unilever        PLC shareholders     of votes                    voting rights 
             PLC shareholders         voting                                       in Unilever 
                  voting                                                            PLC that 
                                                                                were exercised(1) 
   FOR            3,618               95.99         886,681,185     99.50            76.26 
           ------------------  ------------------  ------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 AGAINST           151                4.01           4,496,530       0.50             0.39 
           ------------------  ------------------  ------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 

Notes:

(1) At 8.00 p.m. (London time) on 10 October 2020, the total number of issued ordinary shares of Unilever PLC was 1,168,530,650. Unilever PLC holds no ordinary shares in treasury and therefore the total number of voting rights for the ordinary shares was 1,168,530,650. At 8.00 p.m. (London time) on 10 October 2020, 2,627,276 ordinary shares of Unilever PLC (including ordinary shares represented by American Depositary Shares) were held by other companies in the Unilever group. The holders of such ordinary shares did not exercise their voting rights at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting. The total number of deferred shares in Unilever PLC is 100,000 (representing 3,214,285 voting rights). The holders of deferred shares did not exercise their voting rights at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting. Therefore, the total number of eligible voting rights in Unilever PLC for the Court Meeting was 1,162,689,089.

General Meeting

The voting at the General Meeting on the special resolution to approve the Cross-Border Merger and provide for its implementation was taken on a poll and the results were as follows:

 
                                FOR                 AGAINST            TOTAL        WITHHELD 
 Resolution              Number of     % of     Number      % of      Number         Number 
                           votes       votes    of votes    votes     of votes     of votes(1) 
                       ------------  -------  ----------  -------  ------------  ------------- 
 Special resolution 
  to approve 
  the Cross-Border 
  Merger and 
  provide for 
  its implementation    886,746,147   99.45    4,890,103    0.55    891,636,250    2,006,792 
                       ------------  -------  ----------  -------  ------------  ------------- 
 

Notes:

(1) Votes "Withheld" are not votes in law and are not counted in the calculation of the proportion of votes cast "For" or "Against" the special resolution.

Effecting Unification

Unilever is also pleased to announce that it has now received all relevant merger control, foreign investment and regulatory approvals in connection with the implementation of Unification.

Completion of Unification remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions set out in the Circular, including (but not limited to) the approval of the Cross-Border Merger by the High Court of Justice in England and Wales (the "UK High Court") at a hearing which is expected to be held on 2 November 2020.

Subject to satisfaction or waiver of those conditions, Unification is expected to become effective on 29 November 2020, with dealings in new Unilever PLC shares (including new Unilever PLC Shares represented by American Depositary Shares) commencing on 30 November 2020. The expected timetable of principal events for the implementation of Unification remains as set out in Unilever's announcement dated 29 September 2020.

A copy of the special resolution passed at the General Meeting has been submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority and will be available for inspection in due course on the National Storage Mechanism at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.

 
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  United Kingdom 
 
 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This communication is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe to any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This communication is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. No offering of securities shall be made in the United States except pursuant to registration under the US Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), or an exemption therefrom. In connection with Unification, Unilever PLC expects to issue ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by American Depositary Shares) to security holders of Unilever N.V. in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof. Unification has not been and will not be approved or disapproved by the SEC, nor has the SEC or any US state securities commission passed upon the merits or fairness of Unification. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

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