Ratos's Annual General Meeting 2002

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 11, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Ratos:

Dividend SEK 6.25

The Annual General Meeting of Ratos, held yesterday, approved the proposed dividend of SEK 6.25 per share (5.50). The record date will be April 15 and dividend payments through VPC are expected to be made on April 18. The Ratos share will be traded without right to dividend from today, April 11.

Board of Directors

At the Meeting the existing Board members Olof Stenhammar (Chairman), Lars Berg, Peggy Bruzelius, Goran Grosskopf, Arne Karlsson (CEO), Jan Soderberg and Per-Olof Soderberg were re-elected. Harry Faulkner and Goran Lindahl had both declined re-election.

Share Buy-Back

The meeting decided to authorise the Board, during the period until the next Annual General Meeting, to decide on buy-back of the company's shares so that the company's holding at any time does not exceed 7% of all the shares in the company.

Incentive Programme

The Meeting also approved to issue a maximum of 550,000 call options on repurchased Ratos shares to be transferred at a market premium to a maximum of 20 key employees at Ratos.

The Soderberg Foundation Journalist Prize in Economics

At the conclusion of the Meeting, the 2001 Soderberg Journalist Prize in Economics of SEK 150,000 was awarded to journalist and author Ronald Fagerfjall.

Financial calendar 2002:

 Three-month report     May 13
 Six-month report       August 26
 Nine-month report      November 13

Ratos is a listed private equity company. The business concept is to maximise shareholder value over time by investing in, developing and divesting primarily unlisted companies. Ratos thus offers stock market players a unique investment opportunity. The net asset value of Ratos's investments is approximately SEK 9 billion. Ratos's holdings include Arcorus, Atle Industri, Camfil, Capona, Dahl, DataVis, DIAB, Dynal Biotech, Esselte, Exceed, Gadelius, Haendig, Haglofs, Hilding Anders, HL Display, Industri Kapital, Intervect, Kronans Droghandel, Lindab, Martinsson, Q-Labs, Superfos, Telia Overseas and Yarrow.

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