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Press release Biocartis Group NV: Disclosure of transparency notifications

PRESS RELEASE: REGULATED INFORMATION                                                                                
9 December 2022, 17:40 CET

Disclosure of transparency notifications

Mechelen, Belgium, 9 December 2022 – Biocartis Group NV (the ‘Company’ or ‘Biocartis’), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), announces today, in accordance with Article 14, paragraph 1 of the Belgian Act of 2 May 2007 on the disclosure of major shareholdings in issuers of which shares are admitted to trading on a regulated market and laying down miscellaneous provisions (the ‘Belgian Transparency Act’), that it received the following transparency notifications:

1)   A transparency notification dated 7 December 2022 indicating that on 2 December 2022 the shareholding of the Belgian State (through SFPI-FPIM or Société Fédérale de Participations et d'Investissement - Federale Participatie- en Investeringsmaatschappij) has crossed the 5% notification threshold. The notification contains the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights.

  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.

  • Person subject to the notification requirement: SFPI-FPIM, Avenue Louise 32 box 4, 1050 Brussels, Belgium; Belgische Staat/Etat belge, Wetstraat 12 and Koloniënstraat 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

  • Transaction date: 2 December 2022.

  • Threshold that is crossed: 5%.

  • Denominator: 92,061,563.

  • Details of the notification: The notification sets out that it concerns an upward crossing of the 5% notification threshold. On the date of the notification, SFPI-FPIM held 7.29% of the voting rights in Biocartis.

  • Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively being held: SFPI-FPIM is 100% controlled by the Belgian State.

2)   A transparency notification dated 7 December 2022 indicating that on 2 December 2022 the shareholding of the Flemish Region (through ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen NV or PMV NV) has decreased below the 3% notification threshold. It concerns a passive downward crossing of the lowest notification threshold. The notification contains the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Downward crossing of the lowest threshold. Passive crossing of a threshold.

  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.

  • Person subject to the notification requirement: Vlaams Gewest, Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussels, Belgium; PMV NV, Oude Graanmarkt 63, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

  • Transaction date: 2 December 2022.

  • Threshold that is crossed: 3%.

  • Denominator: 92,061,563.

  • Details of the notification: The notification sets out that it concerns a passive downward crossing of the lowest (3%) notification threshold. On the date of the notification, the Flemish Region (through PMV NV) had an aggregate position of 2.54%.

  • Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively being held: The Flemish Region (Vlaams Gewest) controls and owns 100% of the shares in PMV NV.

  • Additional information: Downward crossing of the lowest threshold/Passive downward crossing due to dilution - PMV decided not to subscribe to capital increase. Recent review has shown that the notification from 21 February 2018 regarding the number of shares held by PMV NV in Biocartis was not completely accurate. PMV NV held 501,484 shares instead of the stated 428,000 shares. This brought the total number of shares held at that moment to 2,342,345 shares instead of 2,268,861 shares.

3)   A transparency notification dated 7 December 2022 indicating that on 2 December 2022 the aggregate number of voting rights and equivalent financial instruments held by Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG, a subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG, decreased to 1.68%, as further explained below. On the date of the notification, Credit Suisse Group AG, the parent company, held an aggregate position of 3.61% (as compared to 3.62% notified to Biocartis on 29 November 2022). The notification contains the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights.

  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.

  • Person subject to the notification requirement: Credit Suisse Group AG, Paradeplatz 8, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Transaction date: 2 December 2022.

  • Threshold that is crossed: 3%.

  • Denominator: 92,061,563.

  • Details of the notification: The notification sets out that it concerns a group notification with a downward crossing of the 3% threshold at the level of the subsidiary Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG. On the date of the notification, this entity held an aggregate position of 1.68% of voting rights and equivalent financial instruments (i.e., shares which it has out on loan to third parties with a right to recall) as compared to 3.20% notified to Biocartis on 29 November 2022. Together with the participation of 1.93% of Credit Suisse Fund Management S.A., another subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG, the latter held an aggregate position of 3.61% (as compared to 3.62% notified to Biocartis on 29 November 2022).

  • Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively being held: Credit Suisse Group AG, Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse Asset Management International Holding Ltd., Credit Suisse Asset Management & Investor Service (Schweiz) Holding AG, Credit Suisse Fund Management S.A./ Credit Suisse Group AG, Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG.

4)   A transparency notification dated 8 December 2022 indicating that on 2 December 2022 the shareholding of Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has decreased below the 5% notification threshold. It concerns a passive downward crossing of the 5% threshold. The notification contains the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Passive crossing of a threshold.

  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.

  • Person subject to the notification requirement: Johnson & Johnson, 1 J&J Plaza, New Brunswich, New Jersey, 08901 United States of America; Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, Inc., 410 George Street, New Brunswich, New Jersey, 08901, United States of America.

  • Transaction date: 2 December 2022.

  • Threshold that is crossed: 5%.

  • Denominator: 92,061,563.

  • Details of the notification: The notification sets out that it concerns a passive downward crossing of the 5% notification threshold. On the date of the notification, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, Inc. had an aggregate position of 4.18%.

  • Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively being held: Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson is not a controlled entity.

For further information, reference is made to the notifications which are available here on the Biocartis website.

Pursuant to the Belgian Transparency Act and the articles of association of the Company, a notification to the Company and the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (‘FSMA’) is required by all natural and legal persons in each case where the percentage of voting rights in the Company held by such persons reaches, exceeds or falls below the threshold of 3%, 5%, 10%, and every subsequent multiple of 5%, of the total number of voting rights in the Company.

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More information:
Renate Degrave
Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Biocartis
e-mail    rdegrave@biocartis.com
tel         +32 15 631 729
mobile   +32 471 53 60 64

About Biocartis

With its revolutionary and proprietary Idylla™ platform, Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) aspires to enable personalized medicine for patients around the world through universal access to molecular testing, by making molecular testing actionable, convenient, fast and suitable for any lab. The Idylla™ platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) based system designed to offer in-house access to accurate molecular information in a minimum amount of time for faster, informed treatment decisions. Idylla™'s continuously expanding menu of molecular diagnostic tests address key unmet clinical needs, with a focus in oncology. This is the fastest growing segment of the molecular diagnostics market worldwide. Today, Biocartis offers tests supporting melanoma, colorectal, lung and liver cancer, as well as for COVID-19, Flu, RSV and sepsis. For more information, visit www.biocartis.com or follow Biocartis on Twitter @Biocartis_ , Facebook or LinkedIn.

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