Extraordinary shareholders meeting of Swedish Match approves share buyback mandate

Extraordinary shareholders meeting of Swedish Match approves share buyback mandate At an extraordinary shareholders meeting of Swedish Match today a decision was made reduce the share capital by 41.640.504 SEK by canceling 17,350,210 repurchased shares, equivalent to 4.3 per cent of the number of shares of Swedish Match. It was further decided that the authorization, which was granted the Board at the ordinary shareholders' meeting, to repurchase shares to the extent that the company holds at any one time not more than 5 per cent of the shares of the Company, be increased to a maximum of 10 percent of the shares of the Company. 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 period ending September 30, 2000 amounted to approximately 10,900 SEK. Swedish Match is listed on OM Stockholm Exchange (SWMA) and on NASDAQ (SWMAY). For further information, please contact: Lennart Sundén, President & Chief Executive Officer office +46 8 658 01 75 Sven Hindrikes, Executive Vice President & office+46 8 658 02 82 Chief Financial Officer mobile +46 70 567 41 76 Bo Aulin, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, office +46 8 658 03 64 Secretary & General Counsel mobile +46 70 558 0364 Emmett Harrison, Vice President Investor Relations office +46 8 658 01 73 Mobile +46 709 38 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/2000/10/27/20001027BIT01170/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/10/27/20001027BIT01170/bit0002.pdf

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Swedish Match develops, manufactures, and sells quality products with market-leading brands in the product segments Smokefree, Cigars, 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, ZYN, Game, Red Man, Fiat Lux, and Cricket.