Ratos annual general meeting

Dividend SEK 5.50
The Annual General Meeting of Ratos, held yesterday, approved the proposed dividend of SEK 5.50 per share. The record date will be 10 April and dividend payments through VPC are expected to be made on 17 April.

Göran Lindahl new member of the Board
At the Meeting, Göran Lindahl was elected as a new member of the Board which thus increased to nine members. Existing Board members Olof Stenhammar (Chairman), Lars Berg, Peggy Bruzelius, Harry Faulkner, Göran Grosskopf, Arne Karlsson, Jan Söderberg and Per-Olof Söderberg were re-elected.

Share buy-back
The Meeting decided to authorise the Board, during the period until the next Annual General Meeting, to decide on a buy-back of a maximum of 7% of the company's shares. Buy-backs will be effected on Stockholmsbörsen.

Reduction of share capital
The Meeting decided that the company's share capital should be reduced by SEK 8.2m through cancellation of 657,800 shares.

Incentive programme
The Meeting decided to issue a maximum of 500,000 call options on repurchased shares. The call options will be offered to a maximum of 15 key people.

Söderberg Journalist Prize
At the conclusion of the Meeting, the Söderberg Journalist Prize for Medicine was presented. The prize is worth SEK 150,000 and was awarded to journalist Inger Atterstam, Svenska Dagbladet.

Stockholm, 5 April 2001
Ratos AB (publ)

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About Us

Ratos is an investment company that develops unlisted medium-sized companies based in the Nordic region. As an active owner, the goal is to contribute to long-term, sustainable development of the companies. Ratos is listed and invests capital from its own balance sheet and thus has a flexible ownership horizon. Ratos's 12 companies are divided into three business areas; Construction & Services, Consumer & Technology and Industry. In total, the companies employ approximately 12,300 employees.