ALMA MEDIA CORP. STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT 9 MAR 2007, 18.00 1 (1)
NORDEA FLAGS CHANGES IN ITS HOLDING IN ALMA MEDIA
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 today purchased 1.300.000 and 4.453.000, altogether 5.753.000 shares of Alma Media Corporation (business ID code 1944757-4). Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj now holds 10.420.412 shares, or 13.97 % of the total share capital and votes. The holding of the share capital and votes of Alma Media Corporation by the Finnish subsidiary Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj has risen above 1/10 on March 9, 2007.
Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj has sold forward contracts on 9 March 2007 corresponding to the shares it has acquired and which mature in September 2007 and in March 2008.
Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj has made forward contracts on Alma Media Corporation shares, of which 215.000 will mature in June 2007, 5.752.400 will mature in September 2007 and 4.453.000 will mature in March 2008. As the forward contracts mature in September 2007, the holding of Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj will fall below 1/10 and as the forward contracts mature in March 2009, the holding falls below 1/20.
Furthermore, Nordea Life Assurance Finland Ltd. (business ID 0927072-8), a subsidiary of the Nordea Group, owns 730,067 Alma Media shares, representing 0.98% of the share capital and votes.
Hence, Nordea group's total current holding in Alma Media Corporation is 14.94%, but will fall below 1/10 and below 1/20 as described above.
The share capital of Alma Media Corporation 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