Celltech Group plc: Offer Document Posted

Slough, Berkshire, UNITED KINGDOM


SLOUGH, U.K., May 19, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN, INTO OR FROM BELGIUM, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN



                                   UCB S.A.
                 RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER FOR CELLTECH GROUP PLC
                           POSTING OF OFFER DOCUMENT

UCB announces that the Offer Document in relation to the Offer, being made by Lazard & Co., Limited on behalf of UCB outside the United States, and by UCB in the United States, which was announced on 18 May 2004, is being posted to shareholders today, together with the Form of Acceptance.

Forms of Acceptance should be completed, signed and returned in accordance with the instructions set out in the Offer Document and in the Form of Acceptance, so as to be received as soon as possible, and in any event, not later than 3.00 p.m. (London time), 10.00 a.m. (New York time) on 17 June 2004.

Celltech Shareholders may obtain copies of the Offer Document and Form of Acceptance from Lazard (50 Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LL) from today during normal business hours.

Terms defined in the Offer Document have the same meaning in this announcement.

Lazard is acting for UCB and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than UCB for providing the protections afforded to clients of Lazard or for providing advice in connection to the Offer, the contents of this announcement or any transaction or arrangement referred to herein.

Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan are acting for Celltech and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Celltech for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in connection with the Offer, the contents of this announcement or any transaction or arrangement referred to herein.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.



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