Devgen nv: shareholder notification

Regulated information Ghent - 21 April 2011 - In accordance with Article 14 of the Act of May 2, 2007 on the disclosure of major shareholdings in listed companies, Devgen nv hereby informs that it has received a shareholder notification from Madeli Participaties B.V. On 19 April, 2011, Madeli Participaties B.V. declared to hold 2,052,476 Devgen shares or 8.46 % participation in Devgen nv. This concerns shares acquired on 13 April 2011 following the transfer of shares held by Mr. Maurits Cornelis de Ruiter, Mr. Wouter Pieter Johannes de Ruiter and Mr. Hendrik Dirk de Ruiter jr. to Madeli Participaties B.V., a company under their control. For further details on the transparency declarations received by the company, reference is made to our website (investor relations). About Devgen nv Devgen's mission is to deliver the next green revolution in rice to growers that cultivate 60m ha rice in India and S.E. Asia. Devgen uses advanced biotechnology and molecular breeding technology to develop the Next Generation Hybrid Rice (NGHR) and crop protection solutions with a superior environmental profile: * Devgen developed the next generation of hybrid rice, improving yield, seed productivity, grain quality, and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress factors. Devgen strongly believes that this hybrid rice technology has the potential to drive the accelerated conversion of varietal rice to hybrid rice. * Anticipating the need to increase insect resistance and drought/heat tolerance in rice to a level that is beyond what can be achieved with classical breeding, Devgen created a portfolio of biotech traits using own technology as well as in-licensed technologies. * Devgen established an integrated seed business in India and Southeast Asia through which its rice crops and technologies reach the market. * In India, Devgen complemented its hybrid rice business with geographically and seasonally complementary crops: hybrid sorghum, pearl millet and sunflower. * In its Crop Protection unit, Devgen develops a novel nematicide, an agro- chemical product that protects crops from damage by parasitic nematodes. This product is sold in Turkey and in the US. * Devgen innovates in crop protection research and environment induced stress tolerance for its own crops and providing technology to corporate partners. Incorporated in 1997, Devgen has offices in Ghent (Belgium), and has subsidiaries in Singapore, Hyderabad (India), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), General Santos (Philippines) and Delaware (US), totaling about 280 employees. For more information please contact: Thierry Bogaert, CEO Wim Goemaere, CFO Tel. +32 9 324 24 24 Tel. +32 9 324 24 24 Or visit: This press release may contain forward-looking statements containing the words "anticipates", "expects" , "intends", "plans", "estimates", "may" and "continues" as well as similar expressions. Such forward looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which might cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Devgen to be materially different from any future results or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among others: agricultural risks and difficulties, including weather factors, diseases and pests, the costs and requirements of regulatory compliance and the speed with which approvals are received; public acceptance of biotechnology products; political, economic and social developments in countries where Devgen operates and other risks and factors detailed in the company's most recent annual report. These forward looking statements speak only as of the date of publication of this document. Devgen disclaims any obligation to update such forward looking statements in this document to reflect any change in its expectations, conditions or circumstances on which such statement is based, unless required by law or regulation. This document does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for any securities issued by Devgen nv. PR ENG: This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Devgen via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1508487]