ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT 20 FEB 2007, 14.00
The company has received information to the effect that Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj (business ID code 1680235-8), a subsidiary of the Swedish corporation Nordea Bank AB (publ) (business ID code 516406-0120), has purchased shares in Alma Media Corporation (business ID code 1944757-4) on 16 February 2007 that raised its holding of Alma Media's share capital and votes above 1/20th of the total. Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj now holds 4,881,412 shares, or 6.54 % of the total share capital and votes.
The shares acquired by Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj relate to forward contracts that mature in June 2007 and September 2007. After expiry of these contracts in September 2007, Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj's holding will fall below the 1/20th limit.
Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj has made a share loan agreement on 16 February 2007 under which 4,453,000 shares, or 5.97 % of the share capital and votes, will be loaned to a third party on the value date 20 February 2007. The loan period is open. Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj's holding of Alma Media's share capital and votes will fall below the 1/20th limit as a result of this loan.
Furthermore, Nordea Life Insurance Oy (business ID code 0927072-8), a subsidiary of the Nordea group, owns 840,650 Alma Media shares, which represents 1.13 % of the share capital and votes.
Hence Nordea group's total current holding is 7.67 %, but will fall below 1/20th as described above.
The share capital of Alma Media Corporation (business ID code 1944757-4) is 44,767,513.80 euros divided between 74,612,523 shares. The company has one share series. Each share carries one vote, and therefore the total number of votes is 74,612,523.
ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION
DISTRIBUTION: Helsinki Exchanges, principal media
Alma Media is a profitably growing and internationally expanding company that invests in the future of newspapers and the online media. Its best known products are Aamulehti, Iltalehti, Kauppalehti and Etuovi.com.
Net sales in 2006 totalled EUR 302 million and the operating margin was 16 %. The company's share is listed in the Mid Cap segment of the OMX Nordic Exchange's Nordic List, trading code ALN1V. More information at http://www.almamedia.fi/home