Ratos invests in Dynal Biotech

Ratos invests in Dynal Biotech Ratos has agreed with Nordic Capital to acquire 25% of the Norwegian biotech company Dynal Biotech. The investment will not be completed until customary conditions have been fulfilled and regulatory approvals in Norway have been obtained, which is expected to occur in August. Nordic Capital today agreed to acquire all shares in Dynal Biotech ASA from the current owners A.L. Industrier AS, Dyno Nobel ASA and Dynea OY. - By this co-operation with Nordic Capital, Ratos gets the opportunity to invest in the biotech industry, in which we see exciting opportunities. We particularly value Dynal Biotech's position with a well-established and profitable base business within separation of biological substances. In addition to this, we see interesting potential in the research and development activities of the company, says Arne Karlsson, CEO of Ratos. Dynal Biotech (www.dynalbiotech.com) is world leading within research, development and production of magnetic and non-magnetic very small completely spherical polymer beads, and markets a wide range of products based on its technology. Among the applications is separation of biological substances. The company has customers and partners within industry as well as research, mainly in the diagnostics, genomics and cell therapy sectors. Dynal's main site is in Oslo. Its products are sold through subsidiaries and distributors in more than 30 countries. In 2000, it had a turnover of NOK 353m. The company employs approximately 230 people. For further information please contact: Arne Karlsson, CEO, +46 703 79 79 79 Financial calendar 2001: Interim Report, Q224 August Interim Report, Q313 November Ratos is a listed private equity company. The business concept is to maximise shareholder value over time by investing in, developing and divesting primarily unlisted companies. Ratos thus offers stock market players a unique investment opportunity. The net asset value of Ratos's investments is approximately SEK 9 billion. Ratos's holdings include Arcorus, Atle Industri, Camfil, Capona, Dahl, DataVis, DIAB, Esselte, Exceed, Gadelius KK, Haendig, Haglöfs, Hilding Anders, Hilton Group, HL Display, Industri Kapital, Intervect, Kronans Droghandel, Lindab, Martinsson Gruppen, Programmera, Q-Labs, Superfos, Sweden On Line, Telelogic och Telia Overseas. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/07/13/20010713BIT00260/bit0002.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/07/13/20010713BIT00260/bit0002.pdf

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