Swedish Match transfers SEK 1,216,344,115 to its

Swedish Match transfers SEK 1,216,344,115 to its shareholders through share redemption The application period for Swedish Match's share redemption offer expired on June 12, 1998. According to the final count, applications were received for redemption of 34,752,689 shares, including shares underlying American Deposi- tory Shares. This corresponds to 97.5 percent of the maximum number of shares which could be redeemed pursuant to the offer. The Board of Directors intends to propose that shareholders at the Special General Meeting on July 7, 1998 resolve to redeem this number of shares in accordance with the terms of the offer. The offer covers redemption of not more than each thirteenth share in Swedish Match, with a redemption price of SEK 35 per share. In conjunction with the redemption, the Board of Directors of Swedish Match today decided, based on the authorization provided at the Annual General Meet- ing, to effect a directed new issue of shares to Föreningssparbankernas aktie- fonder, the National Pension Fund-Forth Fund Board, Försäkringsbolaget SPP and Förvaltnings AB Ratos. The new issue comprises 2,534,100 shares at a subscrip- tion price of SEK 27.43 per share. Accordingly, new issue proceeds of SEK 69,510,363 will be generated for the company. The Board's complete proposal for the decision to reduce the share capital at Swedish Match's Special General Meeting on July 7, 1998 will be available at the company from June 29, 1998. The current redemption of shares is being carried out pursuant to Swedish Match's shareholders' program for transfer of surplus funds to the company's owners. Swedish Match AB (publ) Board of Directors For further information, contact: Sven Hin- Senior Vice President, Chief tel +46 8 658 drikes Financial Officer 0282 Jan Gab- Senior Vice President tel +46 8 658 rielsson 0172 Boel Vice President, Investor Rela- tel +46 8 658 Sundvall tions 0173 ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/06/26/19990120BIT00160/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/06/26/19990120BIT00160/bit0002.pdf

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Swedish Match develops, manufactures, and sells quality products with market-leading brands. Swedish Match’s product areas are Snus and moist snuff, Other tobacco products (cigars and chewing tobacco), Lights (matches, lighters, and complementary products), and Other operations. Production is located in six 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.