Delhaize Group discloses that investment firm BlackRock has decreased its holdings by more than 1 million shares, to nearly 4.1 million shares, representing 4% of its voting rights, versus 5% before the share reduction

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen

Dec 30, 2011 – Marketwire

BRUSSELS , December 30, 2011 () – Pursuant to the Belgian Law of May 2, 2007 relating to the publication of major shareholdings in listed companies, Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB) (NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, has received a notification of the threshold of 5% being crossed downwards by BlackRock which now owns 4.00% of Delhaize Group's voting rights as follows:

-------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|  Holders of voting |  Number of voting  |Current number of|   Current   |
|       rights       |rights from previous|  voting rights  |percentage of|
|                    |    notification    |                 |vong rights  |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock, Inc.     |         0          |        0        |      0.00%  |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Asset     |                    |                 |             |
|Management Australia|       80 089       |     39 628      |      0.04%  |
|Limited             |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Asset     |                    |                 |             |
|Management Japan    |      319 107       |     299 431     |      0.29%  |
|Limited             |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Advisors  |      684 184       |     574 718     |      0.56%  |
|(UK) Limited        |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Asset     |                    |                 |             |
|Management          |       54 613       |     55 508      |      0.05%  |
|Deutschland AG      |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock           |                    |                 |             |
|Institutional Trust |     2 830 000      |    2 079 617    |      2.04%  |
|Company, N.A.       |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Fund      |      517 839       |     505 377     |      0.50%  |
|Advisors            |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Asset     |                    |                 |             |
|Management Canada   |       53 670       |     40 499      |      0.04%  |
|Limited             |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Advisors, |       9 953        |      9 167      |      0.01%  |
|LLC                 |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Financial |       43 417       |     33 110      |      0.03%  |
|Management, Inc.    |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Investment|      232 644       |     100 275     |      0.10%  |
|Management, LLC     |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Investment|                    |                 |             |
|Management          |       10 869       |      9 222      |      0.01%  |
|(Australia) Limited |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock           |       17 403       |     20 131      |      0.02%  |
|(Netherlands) B.V.  |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Fund      |       28 344       |     30 263      |      0.03%  |
|Managers Limited    |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Asset     |                    |                 |             |
|Management Ireland  |      102 016       |     131 858     |      0.13%  |
|Limited             |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock           |       13 180       |      3 881      |      0.00%  |
|International Limited                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|BlackRock Investment|                    |                 |             |
|Management (UK)     |      150 326       |     143 381     |      0.14%  |
|Limited             |                    |                 |             |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
|Total               |     5 147 654      |    4 076 066    |      4.00%  |
+--------------------+--------------------+-----------------+-------------+
On December 28, 2011, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited notified Delhaize Group that as of December 22, 2011 BlackRock owned 4 076 066 Delhaize Group shares, representing 4.00% of its voting rights. This is a decrease of 1 071 588 shares compared to the previous notification of ownership received on May 26, 2011.

According to the notification that Delhaize Group received from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on December 28, 2011 BlackRock, Inc. is the ultimate controller of the legal entities listed above. The latter, however, are the discretionary investment managers that hold the Delhaize Group shares and exercise the voting rights.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in eleven countries on three continents. At the end of the third quarter of 2011, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 3362 stores. In 2010, Delhaize Group posted EUR 20.8 billion (USD 27.6 billion) in revenues and EUR 574 million (USD 762 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of the third quarter of 2011, Delhaize Group employed approximately 154 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

Press Release in Pdf-format: http://hugin.info/133961/R/1574219/490077.pdf

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Source: Delhaize Group via Thomson Reuters ONE


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