Press release


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


Aalst-Erembodegem (Belgium), 25 June 2018 – 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 20 June 2018, Harris Associates LP notified Ontex that it holds, as a result of the acquisition of voting securities or voting rights, 4,233,300 shares in Ontex and so has crossed the threshold of 5.00% of the total number of voting rights in Ontex to 5.14%.

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


Date of Notification: 20 June 2018

Date Threshold Crossed: 15 June 2018

Threshold Crossed: 5.00%

Notification by:

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

Voting rights and assimilated financial instruments:

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

The full chain of control is available at this link.

Harris Associates L.P. (“”Harris””) is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers, L.P., which is an indirect subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers, an international asset management group based in Paris, France.  Natixis Investment Managers is owned by Natixis, a French investment banking and financial services firm.  Natixis is principally owned by BPCE, France’s second largest banking group. BPCE is owned by banks comprising two autonomous and complementary retail banking networks consisting of the Caisse d’Epargne regional savings banks and the Banque Populaire regional cooperative banks. 

Harris is an SEC registered investment adviser organized in the United States, which makes investments, including the Belgian holding at issue, on behalf of clients. Harris does not make investments in Belgian securities for its own account. Harris exercises voting rights for clients independently from its direct and indirect parent companies, including Natixis Investment Managers and its other subsidiaries. 


Maarten Verbanck

Phone: +32 53 33 36 20

Geoffroy Raskin