Ratos completes offer for Atle

Ratos completes offer for Atle On 19 February this year, Ratos and the British company 3i made an offer for all the shares in Atle. Since the offer has been accepted by approximately 97% of Atle's shareholders, all the conditions for the offer have been met. The deal means that Ratos will acquire a total of 13 new holdings from Atle corresponding to a value of SEK 3.2 billion. The new holdings in Ratos's portfolio are: New holdings Operations Hold ing Arcorus Hydraulic systems 49% DIAB Sandwich constructions 48% Gadelius Engineering-oriented Japanese trading house 50% Haendig Distributor of construction, iron and 49% industrial products Haglöfs Outdoor clothing and equipment 100% Hilding Anders Bedding products and solutions 28% HL Display Products for retail display 29% Intervect (former Transport equipment 50% Alimak + Hek Int) Kronans Droghandel Pharmaceuticals distributor 49% Martinsson Gruppen IT consultants 50% Programmera IT consultants 46% Sweden On Line Cable television operator 50% In addition, Ratos will acquire a so-called "joint portfolio" containing some 20 small companies from Atle. The new holdings will be consolidated in the Ratos Group as from 1 May, 2001. Additional information about the Atle offer can be found in the joint press release from Ratos and 3i. For further information, please contact: Arne Karlsson, CEO of Ratos, telephone +46 8 700 17 00 Clara Bolinder-Lundberg, Head of Corporate Communications at Ratos, telephone +46 8 700 17 49 Financial calendar 2001: Interim Report, Q19 May Interim Report, Q224 August Interim Report, Q313 November Ratos, one of Sweden's oldest and largest private equity companies, is listed on Stockholmsbörsen. Ratos´s business concept is to maximise shareholder value through the professional and responsible management of its investments, including an active involvement in the governance of its portfolio companies. The net asset value of Ratos´s investments amounts to approximately SEK 9bn. The company's current holdings include Camfil, Capona, Dahl, DataVis, Esselte, Exceed, Q-Labs, Superfos, Telelogic and Telia Overseas. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/04/27/20010427BIT01380/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/04/27/20010427BIT01380/bit0001.pdf

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