Proha to invest into it business growth company Widene Oy

PROHA TO INVEST INTO IT BUSINESS GROWTH COMPANY WIDENE OY Proha has made a seed capital investment together with Eficor Oyj in an IT-field growth company Widene Oy. Widene is a start-up company specializing in the development of outsourced software and programming solutions for companies world wide. The amount of the investment will not be published, because it is small in respect of Proha's business. Proha has extensive software and product development around the world. Proha's product development centres are currently situated in the United States, the UK, Japan, Norway, and Finland. International outsourcing of components will speed up the product development, cut down the costs and add the flexibility of the product development. The investment in Widene increases Proha's available development resources and gives the opportunity to influence on the development of Widene's operations as a partner. WIDENE IN A NUTSHELL Widene offers comprehensive outsourced IT services and solutions to customers. The world wide shortage of development resources in the IT business is expected to degenerate. Widene's business idea is to create a market where demand and supply meet. Widene will acquire the resources from Russia and Middle-East. The company's market potential is considered substantial. PROHA IN A NUTSHELL Proha is a fast growing, profitable, internationally operating software and services company. Proha concentrates on management in the Internet age. The key business areas are Project Management, Financial Management and Internet Technologies. The pro forma net turnover of the Proha Group is over FIM 500 million. Over 4/5 of the net turnover originates from outside Finland. Proha Group employs over 600 people over 400 of which work in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea. Proha Plc Pekka Pere CEO More information PROHA PLC CEO Pekka Pere, tel. +358 20 4362 100 DISTRIBUTION: Helsinki Stock Exchange Major Media ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT The following files are available for download:

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Proha is globally operating software group operating in Project Management (Artemis), Financial Management (Accountor), and ASP services (Intellisoft). Pro forma net sales were EUR 82.2 mio in 2000, number of personnel nearly 700.