Esselte divests Tarifold

Esselte divests Tarifold Esselte divests Tarifold to French financial investors led by Finances & Stratégies, in association with the management of Tarifold. Tarifold is a worldwide leader in information display and paperwork organization systems and its products are sold internationally from offices in France and the USA. The divestment of Tarifold will give Esselte a pre-tax capital gain of approximately SEK 90 million. "Whilst Tarifold is a leader in its field, the divestment is in line with Esselte's strategy of focusing on its core office supplies product categories" comments Anders Igel, President and CEO of Esselte. Esselte is the leading global office supplies manufacturer with annual sales exceeding SEK 11 billion, subsidiaries in 31 countries, selling office products in over 120 countries and employing approximately 6,500 people. Esselte brings innovation, efficiency and style to the way people work in the office and at home. Our principal brands are: DYMO, Pendaflex, Leitz and Esselte. Esselte AB is listed on the Stockholm and London stock exchanges. To learn more about Esselte, visit our website at www.esselte.com. For further information please contact: · Anders Igel, CEO +46 (0) 70 519 13 78 · Ulrik Svensson, CFO +44 (0) 1895 878 770 · Thomas Groth, IR +44 (0) 1895 878 983 · ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/12/21/20011221BIT00620/bit0002.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/12/21/20011221BIT00620/bit0002.pdf

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