Publication of a transparency notification

Article 14, first paragraph, of the Law of 2 May 2007 on disclosure of major holdings

(PresseBox) (Friedrichsdorf, ) NV Bekaert SA ("Bekaert") has received a transparency notification dated 4 April 2017 indicating that Norges Bank now holds, by virtue of a decrease in shares held as collateral on 30 March 2017, 2.89% of the voting rights of the company. Therefore the threshold of 3% was crossed downward.

The notification dated 4 April 2017 contains the following information:


Reason for the notification: acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights; downward crossing of the lowest threshold.
Notification by: a person that notifies alone.
Person subject to the notification requirement: Norges Bank (the Central Bank of Norway), Bankplassen 2, PO Box 1179 Sentrum, Oslo, 0107, Norway.
Transaction date: 30 March 2017.
Threshold that is crossed: 3%.
Denominator: 60 347 525.
Chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively held: Norges Bank is the central bank of Norway. As part of its central bank activities, Norges Bank manages Norway's foreign exchange reserves and is responsible for management of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). The formal responsibility for management of the GPFG is placed with the Ministry of Finance, but is delegated to Norges Bank. All investments are executed by Norges Bank acting as principal and all holdings are registered in the name of Norges Bank.
Additional information: This notification was triggered by a decrease in shares held as collateral.

Bekaert GmbH

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with almost 30 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in annual revenue.

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