Swedish Match: Dividend hike to 1.35 SEK approved at today's Annual General Meeting

Swedish Match: Dividend hike to 1.35 SEK approved at today's Annual General Meeting - Dividend will increase from 1.22 SEK/share to 1.35 - Chairman and Board of Directors re-elected - Mandate to repurchase up to 10 percent of all shares in the Company prolonged - 15 Million shares repurchased by the Company are authorized to be withdrawn At the Annual General Meeting of Swedish Match on April 24th, it was resolved in accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors to pay a dividend per share of 1.35 SEK. The record date for the dividend entitlement was set at April 27th, 2001. The dividend is expected to be distributed on May 3, 2001, through VPC. Shareholders have re-elected Arne Bennborn, Jan Blomberg, Anders Lannebo, Bernt Magnusson, Lennart Sundén, Meg Tivéus, and Klaus Unger to the Board of Directors. Shareholders approved an authorization to decide, prior to the next Annual General Meeting, to acquire a maximum of as many shares as may be acquired without the Company's holding at any time exceeding 10 percent of all shares in the Company. The shares shall be acquired on the Stockholmbörsen (OM) at a price within the price interval registered at any given time (market price). Furthermore, the shareholders approved an authorization for a reduction in the Company's share capital by 36,000,000 SEK through withdrawal of 15,000,000 shares in the Company. The shares in the Company to be withdrawn have been repurchased by the Company in accordance with the authorization by the Extraordinary General Meeting on October 27, 2000. The meeting also resolved to allow the Company to issue 1,812,317 call options to a combined value of 7,430,500 SEK, which corresponds to the value of options allocated in accordance with the Company's options program for 2000. In addition, shareholders approved all other proposals made by the Board of Directors as outlined in the published notice of the Annual General Meeting for Swedish Match AB. Swedish Match is an international group with its head office in Stockholm. The company manufactures a broad range of products within the OTP (Other Tobacco Products) category, with smokeless tobacco as its core business along with cigars and pipe tobacco, as well as matches and lighters. The products are sold in approximately 140 countries. Sales for the twelve months ending March 31, 2001 amounted to 12,208 MSEK. Swedish Match is listed on OM Stockholmsbörsen (SWMA) and on NASDAQ (SWMAY). . For further information, please contact: Lennart Sundén, President and Chief Executive Officer office +46 8 658 01 75 Sven Hindrikes, Executive Vice President and office +46 8 658 02 82 Chief Financial Officer mobile +46 70 567 41 76 Bo Aulin, Senior Vice President, Secretary office +46 8 658 03 64 and General Counsel mobile +46 70 558 03 64 Emmett Harrison, Vice President, Investor Relations office +46 8 658 01 73 mobile +46 70 938 01 73 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/04/24/20010424BIT01900/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/04/24/20010424BIT01900/bit0001.pdf

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Swedish Match develops, manufactures, and sells quality products with market-leading brands in the product segments Snus and moist snuff, Other tobacco products, and Lights. Production is located in seven countries, with sales concentrated in Scandinavia and the US. The Swedish Match share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (SWMA). Swedish Match’s vision is a world without cigarettes. Some of its well-known brands include: General, Longhorn, White Owl, Red Man, Fiat Lux, and Cricket.