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ágúst, 2007

 

Chrysalis VCT plc Voting Rights and Capital 31 August 2007 In conformity with the Transparency Directive's transitional provision 6, Chrysalis VCT plc announces the following: The Company's capital at 31 August 2007 consists of 32,950,331 Ordinary shares of 1 pence each, 536,072 'D' Ordinary share of 1 pence each and 601,376 'E' Ordinary shares of 1 pence each. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury. Therefore the total number of voting rights in Chrysalis VCT plc is 34,087,779. The above figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Chrysalis VCT plc under the FSA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

TietoEnator Corporation Stock Exchange announcement 31.8.2007 In the Helsinki Stock Exchange Trade date 31.8.2007 Bourse trade BUY Share TIE1V Amount 45.000 Shares Total cost 763.763,53 EUR Average price/share 16,9725 EUR Highest price/share 17,06 EUR Lowest price/share 16,80 EUR TietoEnator Corporation now holds a total of 1.396.650 TIE1V shares including the shares repurchased on 31.8.2007 On behalf of TietoEnator Corporation NORDEA BANK FINLAND PLC Petri Simberg Jarkko Järvinen


 

Approval obtained from Russian competition authorities Following approval of the transaction by the Russian competition authorities, Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. formally acquired a majority shareholding in Russia-based tour operator UTE Megapolus today. Kuoni has acquired 80% of share capital under the transaction; the remaining 20% remain in the possession of the company's founding shareholders. UTE Megapolus specialises in providing high-quality leisure travel products for a more affluent clientele. Its product portfolio includes ski vacations in the Alpine region, beach holidays in Greece and Croatia, and India and China travel itineraries. The Moscow-based company has four sales outlets in the capital and one in Nizhny Novgorod, and generated total turnover of CHF 51 million last year with a workforce of around 200 personnel. "I am delighted that we have now received formal approval of our acquisition from the Russian competition authorities," says Armin Meier, CEO of the Kuoni Group. "The Russian tour operating market has seen annual growth of 10 to 15 per cent in the last few years. And it has massive further potential, especially in the field of providing high-quality travel products for more affluent customers. Our acquisition also fits exactly into our strategy of achieving further business growth in expanding markets and the specialist segment." UTE Megapolus has won several awards within the Russian leisure travel sector for its branding and the high quality of its services over the past few years. The company distributes its products via its own sales offices and through independent travel agencies. Eduard Kuznetsov, the company's founder and former majority shareholder, will remain as CEO. He will report to Fons Brusselmans, Head of Business Unit Spirit, within the Kuoni organisation. All the present UTE Megapolus employees will also be retained. The parties agreed not to divulge the purchase price involved. Further information: Laurence Bienz Head of Investor Relations Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. Neue Hard 7 CH-8010 Zurich Phone +41 44 277 4529 Fax +41 44 277 4031 Email laurence.bienz@kuoni.com


 

In accordance with Section 6 of the Danish Statutory Order on Issuers' Disclosure Obligations, H. Lundbeck A/S is required to publish the total number of voting rights and the size of the share capital in H. Lundbeck A/S at the end of each calendar month where there has been a change. The share capital in H. Lundbeck A/S consists of one class of shares and as of 31 August 2007 the share capital amounts to DKK 1,036,398,155 divided into 207,279,631 shares of DKK 5 each and 207,279,631 votes. Lundbeck contacts Investors: Media: Jacob Tolstrup Caroline Broge Director, Investor Relations Media Relations Manager +45 36 43 30 79 +45 36 43 26 38 +1 201 350 0187 ________________________ Stock Exchange Release No 290 - 31 August 2007 About Lundbeck H. Lundbeck A/S is an international pharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development, production, marketing and sale of drugs for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. In 2006, the company's revenue was DKK 9.2 billion (approximately EUR 1.2 billion or USD 1.6 billion). The number of employees is approximately 5,300 globally. For further information, please visit www.lundbeck.com


 

Stiki ehf. hlaut nýverið gullvottun frá Microsoft. Fyrirtækið er nú komið hóp þeirra hugbúnaðarfyrirtækja sem búa yfir hvað mestri hæfni og sérþekkingu á Microsoft tækni og hafa nánasta samstarfið við Microsoft. Þetta kemur fram í frétt frá félaginu. Í frétt frá félaginu segir Svana Helna Björnsdóttir framkvæmdastjóri Stika að gullvottunin er mikilvæg Stika fyrir margra hluta sakir. ?Gullvottunin er mikilvæg fyrir okkur í markaðsstarfi á hugbúnaðarlausnum okkar bæði hérlendis og ekki síður erlendis. Hún staðfestir auk þess þá einurð okkar að vinna í Microsoft umhverfi. Í landvinningum erlendis er greinilegt að gullvottun Microsoft skiptir máli, en við erum m.a. að markaðssetja Microsoft lausnir okkar í Bretlandi og Þýskalandi?. Í tengslum við gullvottun Microsoft fékk RM Studio hugbúnaður Stika á sviði upplýsingaöryggis vottun frá Veritest eftir að hafa farið í gegn um gaumgæfilega skoðun af þeirra hálfu. Hugbúnaðarsérfræðingar Stika hafa jafnframt tamið sér Scrum aðferðafræði Microsoft við hugbúnaðargerð og Stiki hefur nýlega innleitt Microsoft CRM samskiptakerfi hjá fyrirtækinu. ?Það má því segja að Microsoft sé okkar leiðarljós í þróun á hugbúnaðarlausnum framtíðarinnar?, segir Svana Helen Björnsdóttir. Gullvottun Stika er fyrir svokallaða ISV lausn sem er fyrir sjálfstæða hugbúnaðarframleiðendur. ?ISV gullvottunin er feiki mikið afrek þar sem hún þykir einna erfiðust að vinna til innan vottunarflokka Microsoft og mikið gleðiefni að Stiki skuli bætast við í hóp sérstaklegra hæfra fyrirtækja á þessu sviði? segir Halldór Jörgensson, framkvæmdastjóri Microsoft á Íslandi. Stiki er ráðgjafar- og hugbúnaðarfyrirtæki sem sérhæfir sig í lausnum á sviði upplýsingaöryggis auk þess sem fyrirtækið þróar sérhæfðar lausnir fyrir heilbrigðisstofnanir. Stiki er bæði gæðavottað skv. ISO 9001 gæðastaðlinum og öryggisvottað skv. ISO/IEC 27001 öryggisstaðlinum.


 

Hat Pin plc ("Hat Pin") Voting Rights and Capital In accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Hat Pin confirms that its issued share capital as at 31 August 2007 comprises 31,067,719 ordinary shares of 2.5p each. All of the ordinary shares have equal voting rights, and none of the ordinary shares is held in treasury. The total number of voting rights in Hat Pin is therefore 31,067,719. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of Hat Pin under the Disclosure and Transparency Rules. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Q-Cells AG herby announces that at the end of the month August 2007 the number of voting rights amounts to a total of 79,208,651 voting rights. The change of total voting rights is effective as of August 30, 2007. Q-Cells AG OT Thalheim Guardianstraße 16 06766 Bitterfeld-Wolfen Germany www.q-cells.com investor@q-cells.com --- End of Message --- Q-Cells AG Guardianstr. 16 Thalheim Germany WKN: 555866; ISIN: DE0005558662; Index: CDAX, GEX, Prime All Share, TecDAX; Listed: Amtlicher Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 

Lauri Mikael Rosendahl has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Kaupthing Bank Oyj in Finland. Mr. Rosendahl has recently worked for Carnegie Investment Bank AB at its Helsinki branch as Branch Manager and Head of Securities. Previously, he worked for ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank in similar positions, both in Finland. Mr. Rosendahl brings more than 20 years of experience to the Kaupthing Group. Mr. Rosendahl will take up his new position on 1 December 2007. Tommi Salunen, Managing Director of Kaupthing Bank Oyj, will perform his duties until 1 December 2007, and will assist Mr. Rosendahl until the end of the year. Further information: Jónas Sigurgeirsson - Chief Communications Officer, +354 444-6112


 

Aker Yards has entered into a contract with an International Shipping Company, for building of two Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels of Aker Yards AH 12 design. The total value of the contract is approximately NOK 1.7 billion. The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2010 and Q2 2011. The hull for the vessels will be built at Aker Yards in Romania and outfitted at Aker Yards in Norway. Roy Reite, who is in charge of Aker Yards' Offshore & Specialized Vessels business area, says: "This is an historic day for Aker Yards, both given the magnitude of the order and the type of vessel. We are proud to be given the opportunity to design and build the most powerful sister vessels in Aker Yards' history". The vessels will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion solution and will have a bollard pull in excess of 350 tons. The vessels are designed by Aker Yards Project and are designed for good sea keeping performance, low fuel consumption and environmental friendly operations. High standard accommodation is planned for 70 persons. Aker Yards' business area Offshore & Specialized Vessels now has in the orderbook 81 vessels, 14 of these are Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels of Aker Yards design. Fast facts Vessel type Anchor Handling Tug Supply Design Aker Yards Project / Aker AH 12 Length 94 m Beam 24 m Deadweight 5000 t Main engines 2 x 8000 kw Aux. engine 11000 kw Speed 17 knots Accommodation 70 persons For further information please contact: Aker Yards ASA Tore Langballe, SVP Communications & IR, phone +47 21 02 15 30 Aker Yards, Offshore & Specialized Vessels Hege Anita Akselvoll, Communications Manager, phone +47 71 18 35 34 Aker Yards ASA is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels and offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 18 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam. Aker Yards has approximately 20,000 employees. www.akeryards.com


 

Simtronics ASA today announced having received an order for safety equipment to the Guyana Space Centre in French Guyana. The NOK 1.3 million order is placed by Cegelec for the delivery of fire and gas detection systems to the SOYUZ site at the Guyana Space Centre. The revenue will appear in the fourth quarter this year. The space industry represents a new attractive customer segment for Simtronics ASA. Through its French subsidiary, Simtronics has worked closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Space Centre (CNES) in order to develop reliable and robust safety monitoring solutions for the launching pads at the Guyana Space Centre. Including previous orders, revenue from the collaboration with Guyana Space Centre is expected to exceed NOK 2 million this year. The upgrade of the various sites at the Space Centre will continue and Simtronics is well placed for involvement in upcoming projects. For further information please contact: Rune Martini CEO Telephone - +47 48 07 80 80


 

Norgani acquires Radisson SAS Hotel, Linköping Oslo (31 August 2007): Norgani has agreed with Stora Hotellet i Linköping AB to acquire the property Radisson SAS Hotel, Linköping, in Sweden for SEK 103.3 million. The property consists of a hotel with 91 rooms and conference and banqueting facilities, a restaurant and four shops. The hotel is currently operated under a franchise agreement under the brand "Radisson SAS". Norgani has entered into a 15 year turnover based lease agreement with Rezidor Hotel Group that starts when Norgani takes over the property on October 1. Rezidor and Norgani have agreed to jointly develop the hotel further by adding more rooms. "We are very pleased to have entered into a lease agreement with Rezidor, one of the best renowned hotel operators in Europe and hope this represents the start of a long and mutually fruitful collaboration. The hotel in itself, Radisson SAS Hotel Linköping matches our strategy well and is one of the best and most centrally located hotels in the city", says CEO Eva Eriksson. "We very much look forward to the cooperation with Norgani, and to further develop this first class property in such an important market as Linköping" says Christian Gartmann, Area Vice President Nordics, Rezidor Hotel Group. Radisson SAS Hotel is Norgani's fourth hotel in Linköping, Sweden's fifth largest city with 138,000 inhabitants and a strong growth. Norgani's focus is mid-market and upscale hotel properties in the Nordic region with attractive locations, preferably in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The aim is to maintain a well diversified portfolio by working with several operators and their brands, as well as having a good geographic spread. For further information: CEO Eva Eriksson, mobile phone +46 706443497 CFO Mats Sterner, mobile phone +46 706902009 With a portfolio of more than 70 hotels in the Nordic region, Norgani is Europe's fifth largest hotel property investor. Through size and specialization Norgani has knowledge of and insight in the hotel industry, creating a unique platform for development of hotel properties and business in cooperation with operators and brands. The share is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. www.norgani.no


 

SEK stands strong Thanks to high business volumes in a market otherwise characterized by high liquidity and pressures on margins, AB Svensk Exportkredit achieved improved earnings for the first half of the year. Core earnings amounted to Skr 284.6 million, compared to Skr 267.4 million during the same period of the previous year. Borrowing during the first six months was very successful, amounting to Skr 71.8 billion. This is more than borrowing for the previous year as a whole. SEK has high liquidity in order to provide credit to the Swedish export industry - a liquidity that is particularly important at a time when it can be difficult to borrow money. * Core earnings for the first six months amounted to Skr 284.6 (267.4) * Operating profit (IFRS) totalled Skr 292.6 million (249) * The volume of new customer financial transactions was Skr 27.2 billion (36.2) * A new financing alternative intended for small and medium-sized companies - the Export Loan - is established * Company lending remained strong * Successful borrowing, new bond platform and high liquidity SEK improved it core earnings for the first six months by Skr 17.2 million to Skr 284.6. New customer financial transactions for the first six months totalled Skr 27.2 billion, of which approximately 50 percent comprised loans to companies. The lending volume for Q2 was Skr 13.7 billion. "It is extremely satisfying that we achieved such strong earnings despite reduced margins on our lending. The Swedish companies remain very active in the global export market. Facilitating their work is an important and natural aspect of our operations. In addition, for small and medium-sized companies we created the Export Loan, which we hope will help hone their competitive edge," says Peter Yngwe, MD of AB Svensk Exportkredit. SEK's borrowing during the first six months was very successful. Borrowing totalled Skr 71.8 billion, which is 10.5 billion more than borrowing during the previous year as a whole. This period also saw the largest individual borrowing in SEK's history - a three-year bond loan in the amount of 1 billion Euros. In addition, SEK issued a number of large bond loans, including a two-year bond for 1 billion US Dollars. SEK has also entered into an agreement as first emitter to participate in a new platform - ELEMENTS - for bond trade on the stock exchange in the USA. SEK will be partnering with Distributors, Index Providers and US Securities Exchanges to offer index linked notes across asset classes. Investors will be able to buy and sell the notes through Financial Advisors on U.S. securities exchanges. The finance market of many countries was characterized by unrest and turbulence in August. The uncertainty also affected the credit risk market, resulting in greatly reduced liquidity that made it more difficult for banks and other borrowers to borrow money. SEK has high liquidity and has now further enhanced its liquidity in preparation for a possible increased need from the Swedish export industry. The liquidity is primarily placed in high-qualitative assets with very high rating. A small portion of these undergo market valuation. SEK has no direct exposure to the uncertain American subprime market. For more information, contact Peter Yngwe, MD, 08-613 83 00 or Johan Winlund, Information Director, 08-613 84 88 The full report including tables can be downloaded from the enclosed link:


 

FORM 8.3 DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE (Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of person dealing (Note 1) | AXA Investment Managers UK | | | Limited/AXA Framlington | | | Investment Management Limited | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Company dealt in | Venture Production Plc | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Class of relevant security to | Ordinary shares | | which the dealings being | | | disclosed relate (Note 2) | | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Date of dealing | 30/08/07 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE (a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant security dealt in (Note 3) +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Long | Short | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(1) Relevant |2,747,226 | | |securities | (1.93%) | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |Total |2,747,226 | | | |(1.93%) | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other than the class dealt in (Note 3) +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Class of | Long | Short | |relevant | | | |security: | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(1) Relevant | | | |securities | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |Total | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Rights to subscribe (Note 3) +---------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Details | | | | |-----------------------------+---------| | | | +---------------------------------------+ 3. DEALINGS (Note 4) (a) Purchases and sales +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Purchase/sale | Number of securities | Price per unit (Note 5) | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | Purchase | 33,148.00 | 7.22p | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | Purchase | 166,852.00 | 6.91p | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product | Long/short (Note | Number of securities | Price per | | name, | 6) | (Note 7) | unit (Note | | e.g. CFD | | | 5) | |----------+------------------+------------------------+------------| | | | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of |Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option money | |name, |selling, |securities to which|price |American, |date |paid/received | |e.g. call|purchasing, |the option relates | |European | |per unit (Note| |option |varying etc.|(Note 7) | |etc. | |5) | | | | | | | | | |---------+------------+-------------------+--------+----------+------+--------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit (Note 5) | | | | | |--------------------+----------------------+-----------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Nature of transaction | Details | Price per unit (if applicable) | | (Note 8) | | (Note 5) | | | | | |-----------------------+---------+---------------------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding | | between the person disclosing and any other person relating to | | the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option | | referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or | | future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to | | which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If | | none, this should be stated. | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Is a Supplemental Form 8 attached? (Note 9) NO +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 31/08/2007 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Contact name | Maria Mauro | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Telephone number | 0207 003 2812 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror with | N/A | | which connected | | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, state nature of connection | N/A | | (Note 10) | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) requests the honor of your presence at the Ericsson Tower Tube inauguration ceremony, September 5, 2007 at 3pm. Please find the details in the attached invitation letter. Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world. Read more at www.ericsson.com FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Ericsson Media Relations Phone: +46 8 719 6992 E-mail: press.relations@ericsson.com


 

Summary: In a decision yesterday the Appeal Board of the European Patent Office upheld Pharmexa's patent on GV1001 In May 2004 the US biotech company Geron filed an opposition against Pharmexa's issued European patent (EP1093381) covering the telomerase vaccine GV1001. In 2005, the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office refused to grant Geron's request for invalidation of the issued patent, but upheld Pharmexa's patent with claims providing substantial and sufficient protection for GV1001. Yesterday, at an oral proceeding in Munich, Germany, the Appeal Board of the European Patent Office ruled to uphold Pharmexa's claims covering GV1001, thereby confirming Pharmexa's exclusive right to anti-cancer immunotherapy using GV1001 and certain other peptides. Jakob Schmidt, CEO in Pharmexa says: "Another clear decision by the European Patent Office the interpretation of which must be that we own GV1001 and are not dominated by others' patents." Pharmexa has issued and validated patents for the GV1001 telomerase vaccine in a number of European countries as well as an issued patent in the United States. Pharmexa also has patents issued for GV1001 in Australia and certain other countries. Pharmexa's issued patent claims cover specific peptides, including the vaccine GV1001, and their use in cancer immunotherapy. In addition, divisional patent applications have been filed in both Europe and the United States. Pharmexa intends to follow and rigorously protect the company's rights to peptide vaccines against telomerase in the United States and Europe. As previously disclosed, Pharmexa also filed an opposition against Geron's European patent (EP841396) to the European Patent Office. In a decision in June 2006, the European Patent Office decided to meet Pharmexa's request to invalidate three peptide vaccine claims in Geron's patent. The decision yesterday confirms Pharmexa's view that any valid scope of Geron's European patent will not provide a patent protection that can be of hindrance to Pharmexa's continued activities with GV1001. Hørsholm, August 31, 2007 Jakob Schmidt Chief Executive Officer Additional information: Jakob Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, telephone +45 4516 2525 Claude Mikkelsen, Head of Investor Relations, telephone +45 4516 2525 or +45 4060 2558 Note to editors: Pharmexa A/S is a leading company in the field of active immunotherapy and vaccines for the treatment of cancer, serious chronic and infectious diseases. Pharmexa's proprietary technology platforms are broadly applicable, allowing the company to address critical targets in cancer and chronic diseases, as well as serious infectious diseases such as HIV, influenza, hepatitis and malaria. Its leading programs are GV1001, a peptide vaccine that has entered phase III trials in pancreatic cancer and phase II trials in liver cancer, and HIV and hepatitis vaccines in phase I/II. Collaborative agreements include H. Lundbeck, Innogenetics, IDM Pharma and Bavarian Nordic. With operations in Denmark, Norway and USA, Pharmexa employs approximately 105 people and is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange under the trading symbol PHARMX.


 

Linde grants research contract to the University of Glasgow's Centre for Business History Munich/Glasgow/Frankfurt, 31 August 2007 - The Linde Group, Munich, will be working together with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG, Society for Business History), Frankfurt, on a multiple-year research project dealing with the economic and technological importance of the international industrial gases industry. A team of scholars, under the leadership of Glasgow-based American business historian Ray Stokes, will examine sources and materials from around the world, as well as interviewing representatives of the most influential corporations in the industry. Linde is funding a Ph.D. studentship to the University of Glasgow as part of its support for the project. "Over time and to the present day, industrial gases have changed - often without being noticed - entire lines of industry and ways of life", says Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG. "A modern food supply would be fully inconceivable without the use of nitrogen, or a medical treatment in a hospital unimaginable without oxygen. We're allowing objective, independent scholars to extensively study the importance of the industry, and are demonstrating the contribution that industrial gases have made to the development of modern national economies up until now, and the contribution they will be making in the future." "For me, the most fascinating aspect of this research project is that there hasn't ever been a study this comprehensive before of this industry. We have the chance to shed light on an entire industrial branch and its most important players, who have hitherto been largely ignored, despite the fact that they make many innovations possible," says Professor Ray Stokes, Director of the Centre for Business History at the University of Glasgow. The Society for Business History, Frankfurt, one of the most influential scholarly associations for the study of business development in Europe, will be closely involved in the project's progress in various ways, including acting as organisational host for a postdoctoral research fellow, also funded by Linde AG, and co-ordinating the project board monitoring progress on the project. "This project will open up a whole new dimension of research in business history," explains Professor Dr. Werner Plumpe, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Society. "Until now, businesses have mainly allowed scholars to study their own corporate history, which leads to a somewhat limited viewpoint. Linde is taking a new path and is letting independent scholars investigate the entire industry. I think it shows that this company is aware of its social responsibility, and that it can think outside its own box. I would be very pleased to see other corporations follow this example." Ray Stokes and his team are to publish the results of the four-year research project in the form of a readable scholarly study, which aims to be the standard work on the subject and is to be published in both German and English. In addition, the research team will be sharing its interim results and new findings at professional symposiums throughout the project. The Linde Group is a world-leading industrial gases, medical gases and engineering company with around 49,000 employees working in more than 70 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group plc, the company has gases and engineering sales of around 12 billion euro per annum. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. For more information, please see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com For further information: Linde AG Klaus Schoenfeld Telephone: +49.89.35757-1352 Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte Dr. Andrea H. Schneider Telephone:+49.69.9720 3315 The Centre for Business History, University of Glasgow Professor Ray Stokes Telephone: +44.141.330 5186 University of Glasgow Martin Shannon, Corporate Communications Telephone: +44.141.330 8593


 

SimCorp announces that the global asset management company, Schroders, with US $276.2 billion under management as at 30 June 2007, has extended the use of SimCorp Dimension to include its Asia Pacific operation.


 

AIM RELEASE 31 August 2007 Bio-Ox metallurgical test enters final phase for Dikoloti Nickel Project in Botswana Metallurgical tests based on oxidation heap leaching of samples of nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation from Discovery Metals Limited (AIM:DME) Dikoloti Nickel Project, in northeast Botswana, are progressing to their final phase of testing following positive initial tests. Bio oxidation (Bio-Ox) processing has shown the most promising results to date of a range of processing techniques being trialled as part of an ongoing scoping study of Dikoloti. The project work aims to define a cost effective method for processing Dikoloti's nickel mineralisation. Metallurgical Test Work Highlights * Initial tests on the Dikoloti nickel sulphide mineralisation indicated that high nickel extractions could potentially be achieved using a bacterial leaching process; * A column test, simulating the heap-leach bacterial process, has achieved 50% nickel extraction to date with the nickel extraction now accelerating rapidly, suggesting that a final high nickel extraction value could be obtained at the conclusion of the test. Discovery Metals' Managing Director, Mr Jeremy Read, said that due to its fine grained nature, the Dikoloti nickel mineralisation presented some challenges for conventional processing and as a consequence, alternative methods of processing the nickel mineralisation are being investigated. "The first bacterial process test we undertook on the Dikoloti nickel mineralisation was a stirred reactor test which showed that it should be possible to achieve high nickel extractions using a bio-oxidation process, as the reactor test achieved 97% nickel extraction," Mr Read said. "Following the successful reactor test, we moved to a 2m column test which simulates the actual processes in a heap leach environment," he said. "The column test has highlighted several issues relating to the release of iron into solution which has been slowing the nickel extraction. In recent days, however, progress has been made on controlling the iron and the rate of nickel extraction is now increasing rapidly. We are optimistic of a successful final outcome to the column test." Dikoloti Bio-Oxidation Metallurgical Test Previous testing by Discovery Metals on the Dikoloti nickel mineralisation, indicated that a fine grind would be required in order to liberate the nickel at acceptable recoveries using traditional flotation processing techniques. Consequently, Discovery Metals has been evaluating alternative methods for processing the nickel mineralisation which would allow Dikoloti to be developed as a standalone operation. The alternative processing technique which has shown most promise to date is an oxidation heap leach approach using bacteria to break down the sulphide mineralisation and release the nickel into solution (Bio-Ox Processing). Preliminary stirred reactor testing demonstrated that the Dikoloti ore is readily oxidised by bacterially regenerated ferric sulphate chemistry, and that high nickel extractions (97%) can be achieved. Following this successful initial test, a 2m column test was initiated in order to simulate the processes which would occur in a heap leach environment. The early column testing indicated that due to large amounts of pyrrhotite in the Dikoloti mineralisation, acid consumption was high and breakdown of the pyrrhotite released a significant amount of iron into solution. The release of the iron affected the ability of the bacteria to break down the sulphides and release the nickel. As a result of iron high concentrations in the column, nickel extraction in the first 40 days of the test was low. During the next 49 days of the test, a range of techniques was trialled in order to control the iron release into the column such that the bacteria would not be seriously affected. As a result of these techniques nickel extraction has improved markedly from day 99. Nickel extraction now stands at approximately 50% and is increasing steadily (Figure One). The Bio-Ox test has now entered its final phase with this testing expected to take another two months. Once the results of this final test phase are available a decision on how to further progress the Dikoloti Nickel Project will be made. The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Mr. Jeremy Read who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Read is a full-time employee of the Company. Mr. Read has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves". Mr. Read consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on information provided by him and in the form and context in which it appears. NOTE: For further information contact Jeremy Read Managing Director Tel: +617 3218 0202 Mobile: 0409 484322 Email: jeremy@discoverymetals.com.au Jamie Wright RFC Corporate Finance Ltd (Nomad) Tel: +618 9480 2508 Email: Jamie.Wright@rfc.com.au Richard Hail Fox-Davies Capital Ltd (AIM Broker) Telephone: +44(0) 20 7936 5200 Email: Richard.Hail@fdcap.com Further information on the Company is available on its website: www.discoverymetals.com.au ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

- As the Shareholders' Meeting decided on July 24, GENEART AG will issue bonus shares after the market close on August 31. - The change of the quotation will be executed September 03. - The bonus shares are issued in a ratio of 1:1 following an already completed capital increase from corporate capital reserves. - The effect of the issue of bonus shares is comparable to a 1:1 stock split. - The measure doubles the number of tradable GENEART shares. Regensburg, August 31, 2007 - GENEART AG is about to issue bonus shares in a ratio of 1:1. For this purpose the profitable biotechnology company with its successful business in gene synthesis and synthetic biology increased the subscribed capital from EUR 2,243,900 to EUR 4,487,800 using corporate capital reserves. The GENEART Shareholders' Meeting had already decided on the stock dividend on July 24. After market close on August 31, 2007, the shareholder accounts will automatically be credited with the bonus shares. This increases the number of issued GENEART shares to 4,487,800. The following trading day is the effective date for the change of the quotation. On September 03, 2007, GENEART shares will therefore be traded with the listing addendum "ex-bonus share". The issue of bonus shares doubles the number of GENEART shares in each shareholder account, while the arithmetically price of each share drops to half. Shareholders must be aware that buy or sell orders pending throughout the change of the quotation will be void. The new shares entitle the holder to retroactive dividends from January 1, 2007. The CFO of GENEART AG, Christian Ehl explains, "We aim to significantly increase the number of tradable shares with this measure to support the liquidity and tradability of our share." For further inquiries, please contact: Bernd Merkl GENEART AG Josef-Engert-Str. 11 D-93053 Regensburg Germany Phone: +49-(0)941-942 76 - 638 Fax: +49-(0)941-942 76 - 711 ir@geneart.com www.geneart.com Frank Ostermair Haubrok Investor Relations GmbH Maximilianstr. 45 80538 Munich Germany Phone: +49-(0)89-21027-204 Fax: +49(0)89-21027-298 f.ostermair@haubrok.de Legal Information This document may contain estimates, prognoses and opinions about company plans and objectives, products or services, future results, opinions about these results or opinions leading up to these results. All these projections into the future are subject to risk, uncertainty and unforeseeable change outside the control of the GENEART Group. Many factors may lead to actual results, which considerably deviate from the given projections for these results. Background information: About GENEART AG GENEART was founded in 1999. Today, the company ranks as the leading global specialist in gene synthesis for research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry and for enterprises in biotechnology and chemistry. GENEART offers integrated product systems based on gene synthesis for the development of innovative drugs, in particular for DNA- and protein-based therapeutics and vaccines, and for the identification of improved industrial enzymes. Service offerings range from synthesizing artificial genes according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000, via constructing gene libraries in the field of combinatorial biology, to the production and development of DNA-based active components. The team of more than 80 employees in Regensburg and with the subsidiary GENEART Inc. in Toronto/Canada reached break even in 2005. Since May 2006 GENEART AG is listed at the German Stock Exchange.


 

Stock Exchange Announcement August 31, 2007 at 10.30 am Trading with Outokumpu Oyj's stock options 2003B will commence on the Main List of OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki as of September 3, 2007. Outokumpu has issued a total of 1 700 000 stock options 2003B of which 671 180 have been annulled. The stock options have been allocated as part of the Group's incentive program to key personnel of Outokumpu. Currently, a total of 1 028 820 stock options are held by 113 key persons. The share subscription period for the stock options will commence on September 3, 2007 and end on March 1, 2010. Each stock option entitles its holder to subscribe for one (1) Outokumpu Oyj share. The share subscription price is the trading volume weighted average price of the Outokumpu Oyj share on OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki between December 1, 2004 and February 28, 2005 reduced by the amount of dividends to be decided after the close of the period for determination of the share subscription price and prior to share subscription. The current dividend adjusted share subscription price for the 2003B stock option is EUR 11.51. HSH Corporate Finance Oy, Eteläranta 12, Helsinki, Finland acts as subscription agent. Timetable for the share capital increases and listing of shares subscribed with 2003B stock options and the previously listed 2003A stock options Increases in share capital to the trade register and the listing of shares on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki will be made according to the following timetable during 2007 and 2008: Stock option 2003A Subscriptions/payments Estimated trade Estimated date of listing on made on or before register day OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki 07.09.2007 20.09.2007 21.09.2007 Stock options 2003A and 2003B Subscriptions/payments Estimated trade Estimated date of listing on made on or before register day OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki 29.10.2007 09.11.2007 12.11.2007 02.01.2008 15.01.2008 16.01.2008 29.02.2008 13.03.2008 14.03.2008 05.05.2008 16.05.2008 19.05.2008 07.07.2008 18.07.2008 21.07.2008 08.09.2008 19.09.2008 22.09.2008 The timetable for the end of the year 2008 and the years 2009 and 2010 will be published at a later date. The terms and conditions of the stock options 2003 have been published via a stock exchange release on April 3, 2003. Further information about the stock options 2003 can also be found in Outokumpu's annual report 2006 and on the Internet www.outokumpu.com. OUTOKUMPU OYJ Corporate Management Ingela Ulfves Vice President - Investor Relations tel. + 358 9 421 2438, mobile +358 40 515 1531, fax +358 9 421 2125 E-mail: ingela.ulfves@outokumpu.com www.outokumpu.com


 

Royal DSM N.V. has repurchased 518,451 of its own shares in the period from 23 August 2007 up to and including 29 August 2007 at an average price of EUR 37.09. This is in accordance with the second phase of the share buyback program, announced on 27 April 2007. The consideration of this repurchase was EUR 19.2 million. The total number of shares repurchased under the second phase of this program to date is 12,996,837 shares for a total consideration of EUR 477.0 million. DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over ¤8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com. For more information: DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations Elvira Luykx Dries Ausems tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864 5782035 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595 fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail 5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com e-mail media.relations@dsm.com


 

* A new stock issue has injected a capital of SEK 100 million, before costs of issue, into the company. * The environmental court at Umeå announces Lappland Goldminers application for mining and processing plant in Fäboliden (April 10). The Environmental Court now considers that the application is complete and sufficient for processing and making a decision. * "Inferred mineral resource" is reported for the zinc, lead and silver mineralization in Gubbträsk in a press release on June 13 at the following numbers: o Gold mineralization: 700,000 ton at a grade of 1.6 Au g/t o Zinc, lead and silver mineralization: 2,100,000 ton at 1.2 Zn %, 1.1 Pb % and 11 Ag g/t. * The company acquires all of the gold projects in Finland from the Canadian company Northern Lion Gold Corporation (listed on the Toronto stock exchange), including the gold project Haveri situated on the interpretated extension of the Gold Line in southwestern Finland. Mining for copper, gold and cobalt was taking place in Haveri during the years 1942-1962. The project is considered to have a good potential for gold. Events after the end of the reporting period * Two used second-stage grinding mills are acquired from the closed-down mine in Laisvall. The purpose of the second-stage grinding is to increase yield to around 90% for the processing at Fäboliden. P/L of fiscal period The most important goal of an exploration company that is focused on becoming a producer, is to transform funds raised through financing into increased ore reserves and mineral resources, and to develop the projects technically and economically. During the fiscal period the company has continued its explorations on a large scale on several objects. The company capitalizes expenses on mature project, and due to this the P/L reported depends both on the total expenditures and also on the relative distribution between mature and early projects. P/L for the fiscal period is SEK -5.7 million (previous year SEK -11.4 million). Reporting dates * Notice of year-end statements was issued on February 28, 2007 * The interim report for January-March was issueed on May 31, 2007. * Interim report for the period January- September 2007 will be issued on November 30, 2007. Lappland Goldminers AB is an exploration company with the goal of becoming a producing mining company. The company is listed on the market place "First North" under the name GOLD, with Mangold Fondkommision AB as the Certified Advisor, as well as the OTC list of the Oslo exchange. Lappland Goldminers has secured a number of gold deposits along the so-called Guldlinjen ("The Gold Line") in Västerbotten. The company's strategy is to develop a profitable, producing mining company with centrally located processing plants in Fäboliden in Sweden and in the Haveri area in Finland, which are supplied with ore from one or several mines through the company's own exploration, or alternatively through acquisitions. The company is a member of SveMin, the trade association for mines, minerals and metal producers in Sweden (formerly called the Swedish Mining Association) and follows SveMin's reporting rules for public mining and exploration companies. The technical data for this report has been compiled by Leif Carlson and Karl-Åke Johansson, who are registered by SveMin as QP,"Qualified Persons". Lycksele August 31, 2007 Karl-Åke Johansson CEO For additional information please refer to our webpage: www.lapplandgoldminers.com or contact Karl-Åke Johansson, CEO Tomas Björklund, Director karl-ake.johansson@lgold.se tomas.bjorklund@lgold.se Ph. 0950-275 01, 070-625 22 57 Ph. 070-662 35 35 The full report including tables can be downloaded from the following link:


 

Martinsried/Munich, August 31, 2007. MediGene AG (Frankfurt, Prime Standard: MDG) announces that the European approval procedure for the six-month dosage of Eligard® was successfully completed. As soon as this positive decision has been implemented in the individual countries, this dosage of the drug for the treatment of prostate cancer can be launched in Europe. In Germany, the six-month dosage has been successful since March 2007. After subcutaneous injection of this dosage, the drug is released steadily over a period of six months. Eligard® is the only six-month depot product of a drug against prostate cancer available in Europe. The one-month and three-month products have been available in all major European countries. The drug is marketed by MediGene's licensee Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. MediGene expects that the Eligard® revenue will meet the target projected for 2007. Dr. Peter Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer of MediGene AG, comments: "The six-month dosage of Eligard® represents a further improvement in patient management. There has been tremendous response since the launch of the Eligard 6 month formulation earlier this year in Germany. We are now glad that we can offer this 6 month dosage to patients across Europe." MediGene acquired the licence for pan-European commercialization of Eligard® from the US Company Atrix Laboratories, Inc. (today's QLT Inc., USA) in April 2001, and successfully took the drug through the approval procedure, first of all in Germany, and afterwards, in cooperation with Astellas in Europe. Eligard® has been marketed in Europe by MediGene's licensee Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd since May 2004. The six-month dosage (45 mgs) was launched in Germany in March 2007. Other available formulations of Eligard include the one-month (7.5 mgs), and three-month (22.5 mgs) depot products. Eligard® is the first product of MediGene's broad drug pipeline that has been available on the European market. Another drug, the Polyphenon® E Ointment, was approved for marketing by the US regulatory authority FDA, and the third drug, Oracea®, is currently undergoing approval procedures in Europe. In addition, MediGene has drug candidates for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases in clinical development, and possesses several innovative platform technologies, i.e. EndoTAG®, HSV, and mTCRs (soluble T-cell receptors). About Eligard®: Eligard® is a LH-RH agonist (LH-RH = luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone) which significantly and consistently reduces the testosterone level in the body, thus suppressing tumour growth in patients suffering from advanced, hormone-dependent prostate cancer. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of MediGene as of the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are no guarantees for future performance, and the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. MediGene disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements. MediGeneTM and EndoTAGTM-1are trademarks of MediGene AG, RhuDex® is a trademark of MediGene Ltd., Polyphenon® is a trademark of Mitsui-Norin, Eligard® is a trademark of QLT, Inc. - ends - MediGene AG is a publicly quoted (Frankfurt: Prime Standard: MDG) biotechnology company located in Martinsried/Munich, Germany, with subsidiaries in Oxford, UK and San Diego, USA. MediGene is the first German biotech company with a drug on the market. Another drug obtained marketing authorization for the USA, two drug candidates are currently undergoing the European approval procedures. Furthermore MediGene has several drug candidates for the treatment of various types of cancer and autoimmune diseases in clinical development, and possesses innovative platform technologies for drug development. Contact MediGene AG: Email: investor@medigene.com Fax: ++49 - 89 - 85 65 - 2920 Julia Hofmann/Dr. Georg Dönges, Public Relations Tel.: ++49 - 89 - 85 65 - 3317 Dr. Michael Nettersheim, Investor Relations Tel.: ++49 - 89 - 85 65 - 2946 --- End of Message --- MediGene AG Lochhamer Strasse 11 Martinsried / München Germany WKN: 502090; ISIN: DE0005020903 ; Index: Prime All Share, CDAX, TECH All Share, HDAX, MIDCAP, TecDAX; Listed: Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse;


 

- Group sales grew by 20% to ¤ 13.4m - Group EBIT grew by ¤ 0.4m to ¤ 0.9m - Operative cashflow grew to ¤ 2.4m - Equity ratio grew from 44.5% to 48.9% (Cologne, 31.8.2007) - In the first half of 2007, Splendid Medien AG, Cologne, achieved Group sales growth of 20% to ¤ 13.4m (prev. yr.: ¤ 11.2). In comparison with the previous year, the Group's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) grew by 80% or ¤ 0.4m to ¤ 0.9m (prev. yr.: 0.5). The consolidated surplus was increased from ¤ 0.1m to ¤ 0.6m. The earnings per share stand at ¤ 0.06 (prev. yr.: 0.01). This puts the company over the previous year's values. The most important business segment was Home Entertainment with a 79% share of total sales. In second place was Postproduction with a 12% share of sales, ahead of the 9% share of sales held by the Licence trade segment. The Group's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was also visibly increased from ¤ 2.7m to ¤ 4.2m. The Group's earnings before taxes (EBT) came up to ¤ 0.7m (prev. yr.: 0.4). As of the closing date 30 June 2007, the company's equity capital amounted to ¤ 16.0m (on 31 December 2006: ¤ 15.3). The equity ratio grew visibly from 44.5% to 48.9%. Liquid funds amounted to ¤ 8.7m (31 December 2006: 10.7). At the end of the second quarter, the Group had at its disposal ¤ 1.9m more liquid funds than at the end of the first quarter. In the first half year, the cashflow from Group operations, at ¤ 2.4m, was ¤ 2.7m greater than the cashflow of the same period in the previous year. In comparison to the first quarter, the cashflow grew by ¤ 4.4m. In the first half-year of 2007, the Splendid Group invested ¤ 4.2m (prev. yr. 5.0) in film assets. For the overall fiscal year 2007 the Splendid Group expects investments on the level of the previous year's and double digit percentage sales growth in comparison to the previous year, combined with an increase in earnings before taxes. The report on the first half year of 2007 is available for download from 31 August 2007 on the homepage www.splendidmedien.com. You can obtain additional information from: Splendid Medien AG Karin Opgenoorth Alsdorfer Str. 3 50933 Köln, Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 221 -95 42 32 99 Fax: +49 (0) 221 95 42 32 613 karin.opgenoorth@splendid-medien.com --- End of Message --- splendid medien AG Alsdorfer Strasse 3 Köln WKN: 727950; ISIN: DE0007279507; Index: CDAX, CLASSIC All Share, Prime All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse;


 

Commitment from ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank for a EUR 250 million 5-year credit facility In the course of ordinary business Getronics has undertaken to renew the credit facility maturing in March 2008. Today we have announced that we received commitments from ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank for a new credit facility of EUR 250 million with a maturity of 5 years. This credit facility can be used for general corporate purposes, funding working capital requirements and refinancing of the outstanding convertible 2010 bond. The commitment is subject to customary conditions. It is not expected that the facility documentation in the end will be signed, assuming that the announced recommended public cash offer for Getronics by KPN will be made and declared unconditional (gestand zal worden gedaan). On this last point we would also like to refer to the joint announcements with KPN of 30 July and 29 August 2007. About Getronics With some 24,000 employees in 25 countries and revenues of EUR 2.6 billion in 2006, Getronics is a leading international provider of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and solutions. Applying its expertise in workspace management, applications, and consulting and transformation services, Getronics helps organisations raise their performance and increase the productivity of their people, by providing them with the ability to share information and to work together efficiently, securely and effectively, wherever and whenever they need. Getronics headquarters are in Amsterdam. Getronics' shares are traded on Euronext Amsterdam ('GTN'). For further information about Getronics, visit www.getronics.com. Press enquiries Investor enquiries Getronics Corporate Communications Getronics Investor Relations Tel: +31 20 586 1581 Tel: +31 20 586 1982 media@getronics.com investor.relations@getronics.com


 

Date: 31 August 2007 Release: before opening of Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Paris Please open the following link to read the full report including annexes:


 

OPERATING RESULT UP 80% TO ¤ 70.5 MILLION AND NET INCOME MORE THAN DOUBLED TO ¤ 39.6 MILLION DRAKA EXPECTS TO SUSTAIN POSITIVE TREND: OPERATING RESULT AND NET INCOME IN H2 AT LEAST EQUALLING H1 2007[1] +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | (¤ million, unless stated | | | | | H1 | | otherwise) | | H1 2007 | | | 2006 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | Revenues | | 1,416.3 | | | 1,189.6 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | EBITDA, excluding non-recurring | | | | | | | items[2] | | 97.4 | | | 66.8 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | Operating result, excluding | | | | | | | non-recurring items[2] | | 70.5 | | | 39.1 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | Operating result | | 70.5 | | | 34.1 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | Net income, excluding | | | | | | | non-recurring items[2] | | 39.6 | | | 17.1 | |---------------------------------+---+---------+---+---+-----------| | Net income | | 39.6 | | | 12.1 | |---------------------------------+-------------+---+---------------| | EPS, excluding non-recurring | | | | | items (¤)[2],[3] | 1.04 | | 0.48 | |---------------------------------+-------------+---+---------------| | Cash flow from operating | | | | | | | activities | | (34.3) | | | (26.7) | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ * Strong performance driven by above-average volume growth (8%), cost savings (¤ 3 million) and no adverse copper price effects. * Marked volume growth in both groups: Draka Cableteq benefited from good developments on European construction market and sustained growth in sales to OEMs. Draka Comteq profited from deliveries to several new customers and continuing growth in optical fibre market. * Operating result (excluding non-recurring items) up 80% to ¤ 70.5 million. Draka Cableteq's operating result was over 60% higher and Draka Comteq's more than tripled. * Net income (excluding non-recurring items[2]) rose to ¤ 39.6 million (+132%); earnings per share of ¤ 1.04, an increase of 117% (after preference dividend). * Operating working capital lowered to 18.6% of revenues (H1 2006: 20.0%), despite higher raw material prices and healthy volume growth. * Outlook for 2007: volume growth on the global cable market is expected to continue. The prices of the principal raw materials (copper and polymers) will remain volatile. Draka expects operating result and net income in the second half of 2007 to at least equal the first six months of this year[1]. [1] Excluding non recurring items and barring unforeseen circumstances. [2] There were no non recurring items in H1 2007. There was a non-recurring charge of ¤ 5.0 million in H1 2006 in respect of an impairment at Draka Comteq. [3] Earnings per ordinary share after appropriation of preference dividend of ¤ 2.7 million in H1 2007. Pdf version of the press release Pdf versie van het persbericht NOTE FOR EDITORS: for more information, contact: Draka Holding N.V.: Frank Dorjee - CFO +31 20 568 9808 Michael Bosman - Director Corporate Communications +31 20 568 9805 +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | 2007 financial calendar (provisional) | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| | Publication of trading update for | Monday, 26 November 2007 | | second half of 2007 | (before start of trading) | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Company profile Draka Holding N.V. ('Draka') is the holding company of a number of operating companies which engage worldwide in the development, production and sale of cable and cable systems. Draka's activities are divided into two groups: Draka Cableteq, which is responsible for the low-voltage and special-purpose cable activities, and Draka Comteq, which handles the communication cable activities. Within these two groups, the activities have been split up into divisions. Draka Cableteq consists of the Elevator Products, Low-Voltage Cable, Marine, Oil & Gas, Mobile Network Cable, Rubber Cable and Transport divisions, while Draka Comteq is active in the Telecommunication Cable, Data Communication Cable and Optical Fibre market segments. Draka has 67 operating companies in 29 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. The Company has a flat, decentralised organisational structure with short lines of communication. The divisions enjoy a large measure of autonomy and are responsible for their revenues and profits. Worldwide the Draka companies have some 9,145 employees. The head office of Draka Holding N.V. is established in Amsterdam. In 2006, Draka generated revenues of ¤ 2.5 billion and a net income of ¤ 45.4 million (excluding non-recurring items). Draka Holding N.V. ordinary shares and subordinated convertible bonds are listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The Company was included in the Next150 index in 2001 and the AScX-index (Amsterdam Small Cap index) since 2 March 2005. Options on Draka shares have also been traded on the Euronext Amsterdam Derivative Markets since 8 July 2002. Visit our website: www.draka.com


 

* Sandoz receives approval for follow-on version of a complex biological medicine * European Union approval provides patients suffering from low red blood cells and healthcare payors access to a high quality, more cost-effective treatment alternative * Sandoz at the forefront of bringing follow-on biological medicines to patients worldwide following precedent-setting approval of Omnitrope in 2006 HOLZKIRCHEN (Germany), August 31, 2007 - Sandoz has become the first company to develop and receive European Commission approval for its biosimilar epoetin alfa, achieving another important milestone in its efforts to bring high quality, cost-effective biological medicines to patients. The European Commission's decision to grant this approval followed a positive opinion in June from the European Medicines Agency's Committee on Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), which reviews medicines scientifically for the Commission. More than 250,000 patients in Europe are estimated to be treated with epoetin alfa, which is marketed under various brand names to regulate the formation of red blood cells. Worldwide annual sales are estimated at more than USD 7 billion, including USD 600 million in Europe. The European Commission has now for the second time granted to Sandoz approval for a biosimilar, which is the term for a follow-on version of a previously approved recombinant biotechnology medicine. In a precedent-setting decision in April 2006, Sandoz was the first company to obtain European approval for such a medicine, the human growth hormone Omnitrope®, while US approval was granted in May 2006. "We are pleased that the European Commission has taken the final step in approving our biosimilar epoetin alfa for marketing in Europe, and we will quickly bring this product to market for the patients and physicians who need it," said Andreas Rummelt, CEO of Sandoz. "We are committed to continue making high-quality and cost-effective biosimilars available and have several projects in our pipeline." This approval was indicated for the use of biosimilar epoetin alfa in treating patients with renal anemia as well as those receiving chemotherapy. Sandoz has been on the forefront of efforts to support the creation of regulatory review procedures to enable the approval of biosimilar medicines. Rigorous scientific criteria should be consistently applied to the approval process for these types of medicines. However, unnecessary or unethical duplication of animal studies and human trials should be avoided, as is the case with other types of subsequent versions of medicinal products. As more biopharmaceuticals lose patent protection in the coming years, these products are expected to play a key role in the growth strategy of Sandoz. Biopharmaceuticals are medicinal products manufactured by biotechnology methods. They are complex protein molecules with a high molecular weight derived from living organisms that have been genetically modified to produce the desired protein. Using advanced product development, applying the "quality by design" approach, analytical methodologies and manufacturing processes, companies like Sandoz can manufacture high quality medicines and bring them to market with savings for patients and payors. About Sandoz Sandoz, a Division of the Novartis group, is a global leader in the field of generic pharmaceuticals, offering a wide array of high-quality, cost-efficient products that are no longer protected by patents. Sandoz has a portfolio of more than 840 compounds in over 5 000 forms worldwide. Key product groups include antibiotics, treatments for central nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal medicines, cardiovascular treatments and hormone therapies. Sandoz develops, produces and markets these drugs along with pharmaceutical and biotechnological active substances and Anti-Infectives. In addition to the strong organic growth in recent years, Sandoz has made a series of acquisitions including Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany) and EonLabs (U.S.) and sells its products in more than 110 countries. In 2006, Sandoz employed around 20,000 people worldwide and posted sales of USD 6 billion. Disclaimer This release contains certain "forward-looking statements," relating to Sandoz's business which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "estimated," "expected," "will" or similar expressions, or by express or implied discussions regarding potential marketing approvals or future sales of epoetin alfa. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current plans or views of Sandoz with respect to future events and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results with epoetin alfa to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that epoetin alfa will reach any particular sales levels. In particular, management's expectations regarding the commercialization of epoetin alfa could be affected by, among other things, additional analysis of clinical data; new clinical data; unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; competition in general, as well as other risks referred to in Novartis AG's Form 20-F on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Sandoz is providing this information as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. # # # Contact Kurt Leidner Communications Sandoz Tel: +49 8024 476 2591 Fax: +49 8024 476 2599 --- End of Message --- Novartis International AG Posfach Basel WKN: 904278; ISIN: CH0012005267; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SLIFE; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange, ZLS in BX Berne eXchange;


 

+-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | CHFm | H1 2007 | H1 20061 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Consolidated turnover | 676.7 | 577.1 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Operating profit | 81.3 | 62.9 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Operating margin | 12.0 % | 10.9 % | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Profit before tax | 92.3 | 64.8 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Net profit on continuing operations | 56.9 | 37.3 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Proft/(loss) after tax on discontinued | -8.0 | -1.2 | | operations | | | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Net profit for the year | 48.9 | 36.1 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Net profit - Group share | 39.1 | 28.2 | |----------------------------------------------+---------+----------| | Minority interests | 9.8 | 7.9 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ First-half consolidated turnover rose by 17.3% to CHF 676.7 million at current exchange rates, from CHF 577.1 million a year ago (17.0% at constant exchange rates). Consolidated operating profit grew by 29.3% to CHF 81.3 million (H1 2006: CHF 62.9 million), bringing the operating margin to 12.0% of consolidated turnover, up from 10.9% in H1 2006. Profit before tax and exceptional items rose 42.5% to CHF 92.3 million (H1 2006: CHF 64.8 million) giving a pre-tax return of 13.6% (H1 2006: 11.2%).The consolidated tax charge for the period was CHF 35.4 million, compared with CHF 27.5 million in 2006. Consolidated net profit rose to CHF 48.9 million from CHF 36.1 million a year ago. After taking account of a loss of CHF 8.0 million on activities in the process of being sold, Group share of net profit for the period rose to CHF 39.1 million from CHF 28.2 million in the same period last year. Minority interests stood at CHF 9.8 million (H1 2006: CHF 7.9 million). Consolidated equity was CHF 283.8 million at 30 June 2007, CHF 258.4 million of which was Group share. Compagnie Financière Tradition will pursue its organic growth policy in the second half of 2007, further expanding its footprint in the new financial centres after the opening of offices in Korea and Malaysia early this year. 1 Compagnie Financière Tradition decided to dispose of its indirect subsidiaries providing brokerage services ot retail customers in Europe and the United States. For comparison purposes, 2006 figures were restated to take account of this change. With a presence in 24 countries around the globe, Compagnie Financière Tradition is a leading interdealer broker (IDB) on the international markets. The Group provides broking services for a complete range of financial products (money market products, bonds, interest rate, currency and credit derivatives, equities, equity derivatives, interest rate futures and index futures) and non-financial products (precious metals, and energy and environmental products). Compagnie Financière Tradition is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (CFT). For more information on our Group, visit our site at www.traditiongroup.com Lausanne, 31 August 2007 Press contacts: Compagnie Financière Tradition Patrick Combes, President Tel.: +41 21 343 52 52 Rochat & Partners Violaine Dällenbach Tel.: +41 22 718 37 42 --- End of Message --- Compagnie Financière Tradition Langallerie 11 Lausanne Switzerland WKN: 870121; ISIN: CH0014345117; Index: SPI, SSCI, SPIEX; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Collaboration Allows Device Manufacturers to Deliver Products to Market Faster BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - UIEvolution (UIE), a global leader in cross-platform software solutions and tools that enable companies to streamline development, design and delivery of rich interactive applications and experiences, today announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors to provide an integrated development platform on the PNX010x chipset family. This will allow NXP customers to rapidly design and develop software experiences for various hardware designs and deliver a variety of portable and mobile consumer entertainment devices. By combining the UIEngine(TM) technology platform and UIE interface design and development tools, NXP will have the ability to offer their customers a basic reference UI that exposes the core functionality available in their chipsets. This will allow device manufacturers to easily manipulate the reference UI and quickly customize products without impacting underlying architecture. The NXP PNX010x chipset that will feature the UIE technology addresses the very large and rapidly growing portable media market including: satellite radio, digital radio, portable navigation devices and personal media players. The collaboration simplifies development of portable devices by leveraging UIE's tool suite and platform technology. The NXP PNX 010x with the UIEngine platform enables rapid design, prototyping and deployment of consumer devices to meet demands of the portable consumer electronics product market. UIEngine delivers a robust development platform utilizing a very small base memory footprint that has a minimal impact on device power consumption while achieving high performance. The combination of design and development tools from UIEvolution, allows designers and developers to create, review and refine interfaces throughout the device production process. "Designers and developers can reuse the existing code base with a minimum of rework, making the PNX0103 chip one of the easiest on the market to use to build new products," said Dirk-Jan Riezebos, Product Marketing Manager for Portable Media Products from NXP Semiconductors. "The combined platform and tools from UIEvolution provides a very powerful package that will shift the paradigm of device development, allowing our customers to quickly redesign and deliver consumer products to market." "UIEngine speeds the development process by supplying a proven platform to enable interface development on the device," said Stephen Fishburn, Director of Devices and Tools Products at UIEvolution. "The componentized architecture of the platform modules allows new features to integrate seamlessly during the device development process." About UIEvolution UIEvolution is a global leader in developing and delivering cross-platform software, solutions and services that enable leading companies to deliver a rich consumer experience on any network and any device. UIEvolution is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix, Inc. an industry leading publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America that includes the world's most popular franchises, FINAL FANTASY® and Dragon Quest®. Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. (http://www.uievolution.com) © 2007 UIEvolution, Inc. All Rights Reserved. UIEVOLUTION, and the UIEvolution logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of UIEvolution, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. SQUARE ENIX, FINAL FANTASY, and DRAGON QUEST are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Media Contacts: Kathryn Ellis UIEvolution 425-278-1981 Kellis@uievolution.com Barrie Locke Ripple Effect Communications 617-536-8887 blocke@recommunication.com


 

At the Annual General Meeting and the ensuing statutory Board of Directors Meeting of B&B TOOLS AB today, resolutions passed in accordance with the enclosed press release. Stockholm, 30 August 2007 B&B TOOLS AB (publ) Board of Directors For further information, contact: Stefan Wigren, President & CEO, B&B TOOLS AB, telephone +46-8-660 10 30 Mats Karlqvist, Vice President - Investor Relations, B&B TOOLS AB, telephone +46-70-660 31 32


 

Zurich, Switzerland - August 30, 2007 The Converium Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) has elected the following members (please see www.converium.com for detailed CVs): - Denis Kessler (55, French citizen), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCOR since November 4, 2002. - Jean-Luc Besson (59, French citizen), Chief Risk Officer of SCOR since July 1, 2004. - Victor Peignet (49, French citizen), Chief Executive Officer, SCOR GLOBAL P&C - Worldwide since July 5, 2005. - Gilles Meyer (49, French and Swiss citizen), Director of Business Unit 1 of SCOR Global Life since November 23, 2006 - Georges Chodron de Courcel (57, French citizen), Head of Corporate Investment Banking at BNP Paribas and non-voting member of the Board of SCOR. - Jürg Marty (63, Swiss citizen), Managing Director for all common activities of the Swiss Public Building Insurance Companies, especially CEO of the Intercantonal Union of Reinsurance and CEO of the Swiss Pool for Earthquake Cover. - J. Friedrich Sauerländer (65, Swiss citizen), serving as Chairman or Member of the Board of a number of companies and foundations. The new members replace Converium's prior Board members, all of whom stepped down with effect as of today's EGM. The other agenda items for the EGM were the discharge of the current Board of Directors and SCOR's proposition to change the name of the company from Converium Holding AG to SCOR Holding (Switzerland) Ltd. These agenda items were equally approved. At today's Extraordinary General Meeting of Converium in Zurich, a total of 20 shareholders attended the meeting, held at Converium's headquarters, representing 143'264'212 voting shares or 97.66% of share capital. "With the takeover of Converium by SCOR, a successful Swiss company is losing its independence. Converium is heading to its new owner as a healthy company," said Markus Dennler, the departing Chairman of the Board, in his speech to shareholders. At the subsequent Constituent Board Meeting of Thursday, 30 August 2007, the new Board members unanimously elected Denis Kessler as the Chairman and Jürg Marty as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCOR Holding (Switzerland) Ltd. Going forward, the constitution of the Audit Committee will consist of Jürg Marty and J. Friedrich Sauerländer, the latter being the Audit Committee Financial Expert in line with the Item 401 (h) of the SEC Regulation S-K and 16A of Form 20-F. The newly elected Board will appoint a new Executive Committee of the Swiss Company within the next few days. The speech given by Markus Dennler at the EGM is available on the webpage. Enquiries Beat W. Werder Marco Circelli Head of Public Relations Head of Investor Relations beat.werder@converium.com marco.circelli@converium.com Phone: +41 44 639 90 22 Phone: +41 44 639 91 31 Fax: +41 44 639 70 22 Fax: +41 44 639 71 31 Dr. Kai-Uwe Schanz Inken Ehrich Chief Communication & Corporate Investor Relations Specialist Development Officer inken.ehrich@converium.com kai-uwe.schanz@converium.com Phone: +41 44 639 90 94 Phone: +41 44 639 90 35 Fax: +41 44 639 70 94 Fax: +41 44 639 70 35 Converium / SCOR Holding (Switzerland) Ltd. Converium / SCOR Holding (Switzerland) Ltd. is a member of the SCOR Group and based in Zurich, Switzerland. The Company has an "A-" ("strong") financial strength rating (outlook stable) from Standard & Poor's and a "A-" ("excellent") financial strength rating (outlook stable) from A.M. Best Company.


 

TietoEnator Corporation Stock Exchange announcement 30.8.2007 In the Helsinki Stock Exchange Trade date 30.8.2007 Bourse trade BUY Share TIE1V Amount 45.000 Shares Total cost 760.754,45 EUR Average price/share 16,9057 EUR Highest price/share 17,04 EUR Lowest price/share 16,75 EUR TietoEnator Corporation now holds a total of 1.351.650 TIE1V shares including the shares repurchased on 30.8.2007 On behalf of TietoEnator Corporation NORDEA BANK FINLAND PLC Petri Simberg Jarkko Järvinen


 

Successful capital increase * Book value of ¤70.45 per share * Return on shareholders' equity of 16.5% over 12 months * Cash flow for the fiscal year in line with forecasts * Dividend forecast confirmed At 30 June 2007, the "fair value"[1] of the consolidated portfolio was ¤1 803.7 million. The occupancy rate of the whole portfolio was 95.1% compared to 93.6% one year previously and 94.7% at the start of the fiscal year. In nine months, since the start of the fiscal year, the value of the portfolio - excluding investments and disposals - grew substantially (over ¤36 million). This increase relates essentially to buildings in the Befimmo portfolio before the acquisition of Fedimmo, the value of which grew over that period from ¤1 078.4 million to ¤1 119.2 million, an increase of 3.3%. The value of the Fedimmo portfolio has remained stable since it was acquired in December 2006. Further information For any further information, please contact the registered office: Benoît De Blieck Managing Director Befimmo S.A. Statutory Manager of the Befimmo SCA Sicafi Chaussée de Wavre 1945 1160 Brussels. Tel.: 02/679.38.60 Fax: 02/679.38.66 www.befimmo.be E-mail: b.deblieck@befimmo.be [1] These values are established in accordance with standard IAS 40 which requires investment property to be booked at "fair value". "Fair value" is obtained by deducting from the "investment value" the average costs for transactions recorded over the past three years, corresponding to 2.5% for property worth more than ¤2.5 million and 10% (Flanders) or 12.5% (Wallonia) for property worth less than ¤2.5 million. The full press release can be downloaded from the following link:


 

Please find enclosed the presentation held by EMGS at the Pareto Securities Oil & Offshore Conference in Oslo, Norway, today, August 30. For further informastion, please contact:Svein Knudsen, CFO, +47 73 56 88 10 About EMGS EMGS is the global market leader for the provision of seabed logging services, a technology that enables the detection of hydrocarbons beneath the seabed before drilling. emgs has developed this proprietary and patented technology over the past 10 years. Since its incorporation as a separate company in 2002, emgs has conducted more than 250 commercial surveys for many of the world`s leading oil and gas companies and offshore operators. http://www.emgs.com


 

(Sweden) Atea Sverige AB was Wednesday night awarded IBM's most prestigious award "Business Partner of the Year" in recognition of Atea's work within IT infrastructure and IBM technologies. At IBM's partner conference "IBM Partner Summit" in Halmstad, Sweden, Wednesday night, Atea received the prestigious award "Business Partner of the Year". Atea has demonstrated a clear focus and strong growth across IBM's entire product and service offering in the past year. - I am proud that we have received this award, confirming that we have many of the highest skilled IBM technology specialists in the country. Moving forward IBM will continue to be one of our most important strategic partners, says Lars Petterson, Managing Director, Atea Sweden. For more information, please contact: Lars Pettersson, Managing Director Atea Sverige AB, +46-8-477 47 10, lars.pettersson@atea.com The Ementor Group is the leading provider of IT infrastructure products and services in the Nordic region. The Group has approximately 3 300 employees, annual revenues of approximately NOK 13 bn and is strategically located in the 50 most important cities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. The Ementor Group uses the Atea, Topnordic and Ementor brand in its business and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. www.ementor.com --- End of Message --- Ementor Group PB. 6472 Etterstad Oslo Norway WKN: 884578 ; ISIN: NO0004822503; ;


 

` FORM 8.3 DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE (Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of person dealing (Note 1) | DEEPHAVEN CAPITAL | | | MANAGEMENT LLC | |-----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Company dealt in | iSOFT Group Plc | |-----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | 10p Ordinary | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 2) | | |-----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Date of dealing | 29 August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE (a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant security dealt in (Note 3) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Long | Short | | | | | |-------------------------------+--------------------+--------------| | | Number | (%) | Number | (%) | | | | | | | |-------------------------------+-----------+--------+--------+-----| | (1) Relevant securities | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------+-----------+--------+--------+-----| | (2) Derivatives (other than | 2,000,000 | 0.8603 | | | | options) | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------+-----------+--------+--------+-----| | (3) Options and agreements to | | | | | | purchase/sell | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------+-----------+--------+--------+-----| | Total | 2,000,000 | 0.8603 | | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other than the class dealt in (Note 3) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Long | Short | | | | | |-------------------------------------+--------------+--------------| | | Number | (%) | Number | (%) | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+--------+-----+--------+-----| | (1) Relevant securities | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+--------+-----+--------+-----| | (2) Derivatives (other than | | | | | | options) | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+--------+-----+--------+-----| | (3) Options and agreements to | | | | | | purchase/sell | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+--------+-----+--------+-----| | Total | | | | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Rights to subscribe (Note 3) +---------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Details | | | | |-----------------------------+---------| | | | +---------------------------------------+ 3. DEALINGS (Note 4) (a) Purchases and sales +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Purchase/sale | Number of securities | Price per unit (Note 5) | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product | Long/short (Note | Number of securities | Price per | | name, | 6) | (Note 7) | unit (Note | | e.g. CFD | | | 5) | |----------+------------------+------------------------+------------| | | | | | | CFD | SHORT | 1,000,000 | 69.0000 | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of |Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option money | |name, |selling, |securities to which|price |American, |date |paid/received | |e.g. call|purchasing, |the option relates | |European | |per unit (Note| |option |varying etc.|(Note 7) | |etc. | |5) | | | | | | | | | |---------+------------+-------------------+--------+----------+------+--------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit (Note 5) | | | | | |--------------------+----------------------+-----------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Nature of transaction | Details | Price per unit (if applicable) | | (Note 8) | | (Note 5) | | | | | |-----------------------+---------+---------------------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding | | between the person disclosing and any other person relating to | | the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option | | referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or | | future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to | | which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If | | none, this should be stated. | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Is a Supplemental Form 8 attached? (Note 9) NO +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 30th August 2007 | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Contact name | James Feast | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 469 1901 | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror | | | with which connected | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | If a connected EFM, state nature of connection | | | (Note 10) | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Chrysalis VCT plc Transaction in own securities 30 August 2007 Chrysalis VCT plc announces that on 30 August 2007 the Company purchased 40,871 Ordinary shares of 1p each for cancellation representing approximately 0.12% of the issued Ordinary share capital at a price of 80.0p per share. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Project supports system expansion and two-fold capacity increase on Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur BERLIN--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - Bombardier Transportation and local partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd have signed a contract with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) to upgrade wayside electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems on the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Total value of the contract is approximately 87 million Euros ($119 million US). Bombardier's share is approximately 60 million Euros ($81 million US). The E&M project is scheduled for completion in late spring 2009. The work will upgrade the line to accommodate 88 new BOMBARDIER(i) Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) MK II vehicles now being produced to expand the Kelana Jaya fleet. Prasarana ordered the new vehicles under a separate contract with Bombardier and Hartsuma Sdn Bhd in October 2006. The system is expected to more than double ridership capacity on the line to about 370,000 passengers a day. The 29-km Kelana Jaya Line, originally built by a Bombardier-led consortium, is the longest fully automated driverless transit system in Asia. Phase 1 opened in 1998 for the Commonwealth Games and features 70 ART MK II vehicles. Last year's contract for 88 vehicles includes options for Prasarana to purchase another 52. Raymond T. Betler, President, Total Transit Systems, Bombardier Transportation commented: "For many years, we have been proud to supply Malaysia with reliable rail transportation products. As a rail system integrator, this world-class project gives us the unprecedented opportunity to maximize the operational performance of the City's core rail line that we provided almost a decade ago." Encik Shaipudin Shah Harun, CEO, Prasarana commented: "The vehicle supply contract is already successfully underway and concluding the E&M wayside equipment contract now provides us with a complete solution to our extra capacity needs on the Kelana Jaya Line". The E&M contract consists of upgrading automatic train control, power supply and distribution and communications systems. It also includes work on platform screen doors, workshop equipment, and depot storage lanes, as well as systems engineering and integration, project management, and test and commissioning services. Bombardier is the world leader in designing and supplying automated rapid transit systems, monorails and people movers for urban and airport applications. Its driverless ART technology, thoroughly proven in over 80 years of combined operations in Canada, Asia, and the USA, offers unprecedented system reliability. Successfully deployed ART systems include the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur; Vancouver SkyTrain(ii), the longest driverless system in the world; New York City's AirTrain JFK(ii), where Bombardier is providing up to 15 years of operations and maintenance services; as well as the Scarborough RT system in Toronto, Canada and the Detroit Downtown People Mover in the USA. ART systems currently under construction include the Yongin EverLine in South Korea and the Beijing Airport Link in China. Note to editors: Company background facts and contact details follow. Photography is available at: http://www.transportation.bombardier.com/photography.jsp Background facts and figures About Bombardier Transportation Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector. About Bombardier A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com. (i)BOMBARDIER is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. (ii)SkyTrain is a trademark of BC Transit Corporation (ii)AirTrain JFK is a trademark of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Contacts: Americas David Slack + 1 450 441 3190 Germany, Austria Jurgen Scheunemann + 49 30 986 07 1138 Switzerland Fiona Flannery +41 44 318 29 91 Central and Eastern Europe Vicki Luther + 49 30 986 07 1139 Russia Alexander Bocharov + 7 495 775 1830 UK, Ireland, Nordic Countries, Australia, New Zealand, other countries Neil Harvey + 44 1332 266470 Benelux and France Anne Froger + 33 6 07 78 95 38 Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India Luis Ramos + 35 1 919 693 728


 

For further information: Jonas Wiström, President/CEO +46 (0)70-608 12 20 Eero Auranne, President, ÅF Process Division +46 (0)70-320 09 53 Viktor Svensson, Director, Corporate +46 (0)70-657 20 26 Information Roberto Gerosa, CEO Colenco +41 (0)56 483 12 12 ÅF has acquired the Swiss energy consulting company Colenco with 250 members of staff in Europe and Asia. The takeover makes ÅF one of the largest independent consulting companies in the energy sector with a position as a world leader in nuclear power. Colenco is an international energy consulting concern with its headquarters in Baden, Switzerland. The company has a 250-strong workforce, 180 of whom have Switzerland as their base. Colenco has offices in eleven countries and is currently engaged in projects in more than 40 countries. The company's main areas of activity are nuclear power, hydropower, electrical networks and conventional power plants. The acquisition of Colenco reinforces ÅF's market position in Europe, the Baltic region, Russia, South-East Asia and South Asia. Colenco's sales for 2006 were equivalent to SEK 271 million, and the company's profit margin was 7.4 percent. During the first six months of this year sales totalled SEK 159 million with a profit margin of 10.7 percent. Current orders are worth in the region of SEK 825 million. One of company's major clients is the Swiss power company ATEL. Colenco is a spin-off from ATEL (2001), whose history can be traced back to 1895. The purchase price, paid in cash, is approximately SEK 300 million (33 million euros) for 100 percent of the shares in Colenco, plus an additional purchase price to be based on profits over the next three years. This can amount to a maximum of approximately SEK 100 million (11 million euros). Colenco brings with it cash and cash equivalents to a value of SEK 80 million and premises valued at approximately SEK 100 million. Based on an additional purchase price of approximately SEK 50 million, intangible assets are estimated to total SEK 190 million, of which SEK 180 million is classified as goodwill. It is anticipated that the acquired operations, to be consolidated into ÅF and its Process Division with effect from the third quarter, will start to have a positive effect on earnings per share for ÅF before the end of the year, even before synergy effects are taken into account. The acquisition reflects ÅF's international strategy of meeting rapidly expanding demand on the international energy market. The market within the energy sector is strong in both Europe and Asia as a result of the fact that major investment programmes extending over several years have been launched in most countries. AB Ångpanneföreningen Corporate Information The ÅF Group is a leader in technical consulting, with expertise founded on more than a century of experience. We offer highly qualified services and solutions for industrial processes, infrastructure projects and the development of products and IT systems. We are also one of the leading names in testing and inspection. Today the ÅF Group has more than 3,500 employees. Our base is in Europe, but our business and our clients are found all over the world.


 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - Finavera Renewables Inc. ('Finavera Renewables' or the 'Company') (TSX VENTURE: FVR) is pleased to announce it has completed construction of the AquaBuOY 2.0 wave energy converter. It is now being prepared for transport to Newport, Oregon, where it will be deployed for ocean testing during the first week of September. Denis Letourneau, Finavera Renewables' VP Engineering, said, "Today is an exciting day as it marks the transition from construction to deployment. Over the last two and a half months, our engineers and fabricators have put in long hours to ensure this cutting edge technology was built to exacting specifications. We have completed various systems tests on the device, and the AquaBuOY 2.0 wave energy converter is now ready for ocean testing." Construction of the AquaBuOY 2.0 began in early May 2007 at Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (www.oregoniron.com) in Portland, Oregon. Once deployed 2 miles off the coast of Newport, Finavera Renewables will monitor the output of the hose pump technology and other components to determine the device's potential for electricity generation. All onboard diagnostic equipment will be powered by the device itself, with solar panels, and small wind turbines installed on the device providing secondary electricity generation. Information will be streamed live to the Company via wireless and satellite technology in order to gather and analyze the data. Finavera Renewables CEO, Jason Bak, said, "The construction of the AquaBuOY 2.0 illustrates our ability to manage a complicated design program for a unique new technology. Our next step is to deploy the device and validate our cost and output projections. That testing will lead to the development of our next generation wave energy converter, as our goal is to optimize our technology for cost effective electricity generation from the energy in the ocean. The completion of construction and imminent deployment bring us closer to that goal." Video and photos of the construction can be found at: www.finavera.com. Media Deployment Information Media interested in being on-site for the deployment of the AquaBuOY 2.0 are asked to contact the Company in advance, as the site will be off limits to the public due to safety and insurance reasons. Video of the deployment will be made available to interested media, and Finavera Renewables representatives will be on site to respond to media inquiries and provide interviews. The deployment is scheduled to take place during the first week of September; it is weather dependent and may occur over several days or at a later date. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Jason Bak, CEO About Finavera Renewables Inc. (www.finavera.com) Finavera Renewables Inc. is dedicated to the development of renewable energy resources and technologies. The Company's objective is to become a major renewable and green energy producer by developing and operating its assets in the wind and wave energy sectors. Finavera Renewables Inc. is developing the licensed and patented 'AquaBuOY' wave energy technology, a converter that is based on proven and sustainable buoy technology. The Company is developing wave energy projects for AquaBuOY use in the United States, Portugal, South Africa and Canada. The Company is also developing wind energy projects in Canada and Ireland. In Canada, a two stage 150 MW project is being developed in Alberta. Construction on this advance stage project is estimated to begin in 2008 and provides for near term revenue. In British Columbia, four projects totaling 366 MW have been entered into the provincial Environmental Assessment process, and several other sites are being developed. In Ireland, two pre-construction wind projects are under development with a potential capacity of 175MW. Data collection and environmental studies have been continuing at a number of sites in both countries. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available. Statements in this news release, other than purely historical information, including statements relating to the Company's future plans, objectives or expected results, constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements represent management's conclusion based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including development risks. Further information concerning such risks is set forth in the Company's formal disclosure documents filed on SEDAR, including its MD&A. Consequently, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed, and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of, this release. Contacts: Finavera Renewables Inc. Myke Clark VP Policy & Public Relations (604) 318-1766 Email: mclark@finavera.com Weber Shandwick Public Relations Jai Ferguson Email: jferguson@webershandwick.com


 

Please find enclosed our presentation held on the Pareto Conference on the 29th August 2007. Oslo/Bergen, 30 August 2007


 

Stavanger, Norway Presentation material from today's presentation at the Pareto oil & offshore conference is now available at www.ocean-rig.com and www.newsweb.no. Ocean Rig owns and operates two of the world's largest and most modern drilling rigs, built for ultra deep waters and extreme weather conditions. The units are currently operating offshore Angola and in the US Gulf of Mexico. NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected or implied in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise. The following important factors, among other, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements: (i) our results of operation and financial conditions in the future; (ii) the performance of our rigs, including the sufficiency of their design and their ability to prevent discharges of hazardous materials and pollutants; (iii) our ability to generate sufficient cash-flow to meet our debt service requirements; (iv) our ability to retain existing contracts and secure future drilling contracts for our rigs at attractive day rates; (v) our ability to perform our operations in accordance with our plans; (vi) the impact of changed conditions in the oil and gas industry; (vii) the occurrence of any accidents involving the Company or its assets; (viii) changes in governmental regulations, particularly with respect to environmental matters; (ix) increased competition or the entry of new competitors into the Company's markets; and (x) unforeseen occurrences in any of the areas in which the Company may conduct its operations, such as war, expropriation, nationalization, renegotiation or nullification of existing licenses or treaties, taxation and resource development policies, foreign exchange restrictions, changing political conditions and other risks relating to foreign governmental sovereignty over certain areas in which the Company will conduct operations. Due to such uncertainties and risks, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such forward-looking statements. For further information, please contact Finance Manager Andreas Lian Kvam, tel +47 5196 9000. Stavanger, August 30, 2007 Ocean Rig ASA


 

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Finnish operator Elisa have successfully launched HSPA on the uplink in Elisa's 3G network. HSPA on the uplink (also known as Enhanced Uplink or HSUPA) allows data transfer speeds of 1.4 Mbps, more than three times the speed of traditional 3G networks. Higher bit rates for outgoing traffic improves the end-user experience of mobile broadband services such as video conferencing, file sharing and sending e-mails with attachments. Panu Lehti, Executive Vice President at Elisa, says: "We will further speed up mobilization of internet services and applications for our customers e.g. with HSPA on the uplink." Janne Laitala, President, Ericsson Finland, says: "HSPA on the uplink is an important milestone in the evolution of HSPA and we are happy to take this step with Elisa. With the take-off of online communities and video-sharing services, greater uplink speed will add a new, mobile dimension to such activities." Note to editors: Ericsson's 3G/HSPA reference list is available at www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/facts_figures/3g_reference.shtml Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world. Read more at www.ericsson.com FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Ericsson Media Relations Phone: +46 8 719 6992 E-mail: press.relations@ericsson.com About Elisa Corporation Elisa Oyj is a leading Finnish communications service company that offers its private, corporate and institutional customers voice and telecommunication services, customized communications services solutions and network operator services. Elisa leads the Finnish broadband market with more than 513,000 subscriptions. It is a forerunner in providing new mobile and content services and has more than 2.2 million mobile phone subscribers in addition to 1.3 million fixed-line subscriptions. Elisa offers services through the Elisa, Saunalahti and Kolumbus brands, and internationally in association with its partners Vodafone and Telenor. Read more at www.elisa.com. About Ericsson's HSPA solution Ericsson's HSPA solution, part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering, enables download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and upload speeds of 1.4Mbps. The advanced technology lets operators more than double their system capacity and cuts response times for interactive services. On average, users will be able to download 20 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection. Future evolution steps will increase the HSPA download speed to 42Mbps and the upload speed to 12Mbps. Ericsson offers HSPA support on many frequency bands ranging from 850MHz to 2.6GHz.


 

Metso Panelboard, a part of Metso Paper business area, will deliver the equipment for a particleboard production line to Ugra-plit PLC in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order. In general the market value of these types of deliveries is in the range of EUR 20 to EUR 30 million. The delivery is scheduled for 2008 and start-up for 2009. The Metso scope of delivery will include all main equipment from raw material preparation to storage of sanded board. The equipment for drying and continuous pressing will be delivered by Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG. Metso Panelboard will also supply the plant engineering as well as installation and start-up supervision. The new production line will be installed at Ugra-plit's site in Sovetskiy. The new line is designed for an annual production capacity of 150,000 cubic meters and is later expandable to 260,000 cubic meters. The production will be based on sawmill residues such as sawdust and chips. Ugra-plit PLC, established in 2005, is fully owned by the Department of Property of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region. The investment is part of a forest industry development program of the region. Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. www.metso.com Further information, please contact: Kari Simolin, General Manager, Sales, Particleboard Division, Metso Panelboard, Tel. +358 20 482 9616 Paul-Erik Toivo, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales Development, Metso Panelboard, Tel. +358 40 821 3737


 

According to the I/1999 option program, 625 shares were subscribed for using class E option certificates, 625 shares using class F option certificates, 625 shares using class G option certificates and 625 shares using class H option certificates. The subscription period for shares with I/1999 E option certificates started May 1, 2002, with I/1999 F option certificates November 1, 2002, with I/1999 G option certificates May 1, 2003 and with I/1999 H option certificates November 1, 2003. The issue of the I/1999 Stock Option Program was approved by Annual General Meeting of August 5, 1999. According to the I/2003 option program, 14 998 shares were subscribed for using class A option certificates, 21 337 shares using class B option certificates and 23 665 shares using class C option certificates. The subscription period for shares with I/2003 A option certificates started May 1, 2004, with I/2003 B option certificates May 1, 2005 and with I/2003 C option certificates started May 1, 2006. The issue of the I/2003 Stock Option Program was approved by the Annual General Meeting of April 29, 2003. The corresponding increase in the share capital, in total EUR 1 875,00 was registered in the Finnish Trade Register on August 30, 2007. As a result of the increase, the share capital of the company is EUR 855.206,85 and the total number of shares 28.506.895. The holders of the new shares are entitled to all shareholders' rights from the registration date August 30, 2007. The new shares will be listed on the nordic list of OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki Oy together with the other shares as of August 31, 2007. Helsinki August 30, 2007 SSH COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY CORP Pekka Rauhala General Counsel Further information: Pekka Rauhala, General Counsel tel: +358 20 500 7522 Distribution: OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki Oy Major Media www.ssh.com


 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - Resilience Corporation, provider of proprietary management software and purpose-built appliances that significantly reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, managing, and upgrading mission critical applications, has announced the completion of $5 million in equity financing. The capital will be used to support rapidly accelerating growth in sales and additional investments in product development, global distribution and support, sales and marketing. Current shareholders and one additional interested private party participated in the financing. "We are fortunate to have both strong, accelerating sales growth and committed shareholders at Resilience," explains Paul White, CEO of Resilience. "The seasoned new team members we've added, the uniquely valuable products we're rolling out, the new global support programs we're offering, and the new, highly scalable operational infrastructure we've put in place are all contributing to explosive growth in our sales pipeline and faster growth in revenue. This investment gives us plenty of capital to fund this growth, to continue to invest in building a world class customer support infrastructure, and to complete the development of new products that will significantly reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and managing critical applications." "We're excited by the steady surge in growth at Resilience, and the prospects for continued growth long-term," remarks Wai San Loke, Managing Director of Baring Private Equity Asia, an investment firm with more than $1 billion under management. "The Resilience team has positioned the company well to serve the urgent needs of organizations operating critical applications like firewalls, and to capture a significant share of this market. We will continue to support them in this effort." About Resilience Corporation Resilience Corporation develops and sells proprietary management software and purpose-built appliances for mission critical applications like firewalls and content filtering. The Deep Automation and Real Availability provided by Resilience products enable companies to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, managing, updating, restoring, replacing and upgrading mission critical solutions. Resilience appliances come pre-loaded with best-of-breed applications from vendors like Check Point and Websense, and provide optimized, industry leading performance across a broad range of price points. Established in 1995, Resilience is based in Mountain View, CA. For more information, contact Resilience within the U.S. at 1 (888)-297-8515 and +1-650-230-2200 from outside the U.S. or email us at Sales@Resilience.com. MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan O'Leary Resilience Corporation 510.612.4382 meghan.oleary@resilience.com


 

The Supervisory Board of aap Implantate AG, a medical technology company listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange in its Prime Standard segment, elected at its constituent meeting held after the Annual General Meeting Mr. Rubino Di Girolamo as its new chairman. He took over from Mr. Jürgen Krebs, who remains on the Supervisory Board as deputy chairman, having stepped down as chairman due to other commitments. Mr. Di Girolamo, deputy chairman of the aap Supervisory Board since 2004, is the CEO and Administrative Board delegate of a Swiss company, Metalor Dental Holding AG. He is a business administration graduate with many years' experience in finance and industry. The Supervisory Board would like to express its gratitude to Mr. Krebs for his leadership and support over the past three years. With Mr. Di Girolamo as his successor the continuity that the company would have wished for is assured on the Supervisory Board. - aap is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets biomaterials and implants for trauma and orthopaedics. Its product portfolio includes bone cements, bone graft substitutes, antibiotical carriers, implants for fracture healing and joint replacement. In addition to its Berlin headquarters the company has locations in Dieburg and Obernburg near Frankfurt am Main as well as at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. aap Implantate AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment at the Frankfurt stock exchange since May 16, 2003. Please address any queries to: aap Implantate AG, Nanette Hüdepohl, Investor & Public Relations, Lorenzweg 5, 12099 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 7501 9133; fax: +49 30 7501 9290; n.huedepohl@aap.de --- End of Message --- aap Implantate AG Lorenzweg 5 Berlin Germany WKN: 506660; ISIN: DE0005066609; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 

Talsamband um GSM síma mun nást langt á haf út umhverfis landið og víðast hvar á hálendinu með tilkomu nýs langdrægs GSM farsímakerfis Vodafone. Alls verða settir upp um 40 langdrægir GSM sendar á næstu mánuðum og er undirbúningur verkefnisins á lokastigi. Búið er að velja staðsetningar fyrir flesta sendana um allt land og ráðgert er að uppbyggingu kerfisins ljúki á fyrstu mánuðum næsta árs. Þetta kemur fram í frétt frá félaginu. ?Langdræga kerfið er hrein viðbót við núverandi GSM kerfi og raunar bylting í öryggismálum fyrir marga sjófarendur og ferðalanga á hálendinu. Fólk getur einfaldlega notað GSM símann sinn miklu víðar en hingað til og þarf ekki að skipta um símtæki þegar farið er út á sjó eða upp á hálendi,? segir Árni Pétur Jónsson forstjóri Vodafone í frétt frá félaginu. Enginn aukakostnaður fellur á símnotandann við notkun á hinu nýja langdræga kerfi, því sama gjaldskrá mun gilda fyrir símtöl í langdræga GSM kerfinu og því hefðbundna. Tilraunir með þennan langdræga búnað hafa gengið vel á sjó og landi. GSM samband hefur náðst allt að 100 kílómetra á haf út og nýtist því vel minni fiskibátum, skemmtibátum og kajakræðurum svo dæmi séu nefnd. Langdrægt farsímakerfi Vodafone gjörbyltir einnig fjarskiptum á hálendi Íslands því GSM samband mun nást á helstu fjallvegum landsins. Vodafone á Íslandi er fjarskiptafyrirtæki í eigu Teymis hf. sem skráð er á OMX Nordic Exhange á Íslandi. Starfsmenn Vodafone eru um 350 talsins og þjónusta viðskiptavini á heimilum og hjá fyrirtækjum um land allt með farsíma, síma, nettengingar og sjónvarp. GSM þjónusta Vodafone nær til 98% landsmanna og með samstarfi við Vodafone Group, eitt öflugasta fjarskiptafyrirtæki í heimi, er viðskiptavinum Vodafone tryggð örugg farsímaþjónusta um allan heim.


 

KONE Corporation, Press Release, 30 August, 2007 KONE has signed a contract with Land Securities for the delivery and installation of all elevators and escalators for the One New Change multi-purpose development in London's Square Mile district. When completed, it will be one of the largest consolidated retail spaces in the City of London. "This contract continues our ongoing relationship with Land Securities following on from the New Street Square and Dashwood House projects, which are due for completion in 2008," comments Noud Veeger, KONE EVP, Area Director for Central and North Europe. "The construction market in London has developed well, which is partly due to the impact of the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games." One New Change will be a development of exceptional quality, which has been carefully designed to create a vibrant commercial hub in London City. With its 52,000 square meters of retail and office space, One New Change is set to become a landmark retail and office development in the City. The scheme will be equipped with 32 KONE elevators, of which 2 are fully external scenic design, and 13 KONE escalators. The installation of the equipment will start in December 2009 and is scheduled for completion in October 2010. About KONE KONE is one of the world's leading elevator and escalator companies. It provides its customers with industry-leading elevators and escalators, with innovative solutions for their maintenance and modernization. KONE also provides maintenance of automatic building doors. In 2006, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 3.6 billion and approximately 29,000 employees. Its class B shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland. www.kone.com For further information, please contact: Minna Mars, SVP, Corporate Communications & IR, tel. +358 (0)204 75 4501 or +358 (0)50 384 9440


 

ASPO Plc STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT August 30, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. INCREASE IN ASPO'S SHARE CAPITAL An increase in the share capital of Aspo Plc totaling EUR 76,540.80, resulting from the exercise of subscription rights on 114,240 shares from the convertible capital loan issued in 2004 was registered today. Following the registration of these shares, the registered share capital of Aspo Plc totals EUR 17,534,426.97 with a total of 26,171,283 shares outstanding. The new shares entitle their holders to dividends for fiscal 2007. Other shareholder rights are to become effective as of the date of registration. The new shares will be traded on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki as of August 31, 2007. ASPO Plc Gustav Nyberg CEO Aspo Group focuses on logistical services for industry. Aspo serves businesses in the energy and industrial process sectors requiring strong specialist and logistical know-how. Aspo's net sales in 2006 totaled EUR 225.9 million. About 39% of this came from Aspo Chemicals, 37% from Aspo Shipping and 24% from Aspo Systems. Distribution: OMX Nordic Exchange Principal Media


 

Oslo, 30th August 2007. London Mining Plc is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of Oslo Stock Exchange at its meeting on August 28 has approved The Company's listing application. London Mining will be listed at the Oslo Axess list subject to the company publishing an approved prospectus. London Mining Plc is incorporated and registered in the UK, and is a UK-based iron ore mining company with assets in Brazil, Sierra Leone, Greenland and Mexico. The company has a diversified portfolio with existing production and significant planned expansion. London Mining's management and board of directors have extensive mining and finance experience. The company has already raised privately approximately USD 70 million in equity and an additional USD 60 million in debt and acquired an operating iron ore mine in Brazil in May 2007. Christopher Brown, Managing Director of London Mining said: "We are pleased to have been accepted by the Oslo Stock Exchange, and look forward to presenting our exciting story to investors in the coming month. We like to believe that we are different from most mining companies coming to the stock market as we have a positive cash flow from our Brazil mine already. We also have 1.35 billion tonnes of iron ore to help feed China's insatiable appetite for iron ore, and we expect iron ore prices to increase next year." At the end of July 2007, London Mining applied for a listing on the Oslo Axess. At its meeting on August 28, the Oslo Stock Exchange approved London Mining's listing application, and the company expects the first day of trading to be in September 2007. London Mining has engaged Pareto Securities as advisor and lead manager in connection with its forthcoming listing. For further information, please contact: Crux Kommunikasjon AS Lars ErikLund +47 41 33 13 69 London Mining Plc. Christopher Brown, Managing Director +44 (0) 20 7495 6210 Graeme Hossie, Corporate Development & Deputy +44 (0) 20 7495 6210 Managing Director Please also visit www.londonmining.co.uk for more information. About London Mining Plc London Mining Plc is incorporated and registered in the UK, and is a UK-based iron ore mining company with assets in Brazil, Sierra Leone, Greenland and Mexico. The company has a diversified portfolio with existing production and significant planned expansion. London Mining's management and board of directors have extensive mining and finance experience. The company has already raised privately approximately USD 70 million in equity and an additional USD 60 million in debt and acquired an operating iron ore mine in Brazil in May 2007. Currently London Mining is registered on the Norwegian OTC list under the ticker LOND. The Company has engaged Norwegian-based Pareto Securities seeking to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2007. Please also visit our website www.londonmining.co.uk for more information about our company and our operations.


 

Ocean HeavyLift (OHL) is the second largest operator in the heavy lift market. The company presently operates two heavy lift vessels, and expects to have four vessels in operation by the end of 2007. The company was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange on 4 May 2007. Second quarter 2007. The Group's operating revenue was USD 5.4 million, EBITDA amounted to USD 2.9 million and EBIT was USD 1.5 million. The Group reported a net loss of USD 1.7 million. Net operating profit for the second quarter was weaker than expected as the company experienced lower utilization and some start-up problems. The Company has secured further contracts and expanded its back log with major rig owners for the next 2-3 years. For more detailed information, please see the enclosed Second Quarter 2007 report. Oslo, 30 August, 2007 For further information, please contact: Cato Hellsteinius, Managing Director Telephone +47 22 01 43 50 Ocean HeavyLift ASA is a Norwegian oil service company supplying special services within the transport of offshore installations such as drilling rigs and offshore modules. The Company will have four vessels in operation within end 2007.


 

On 14 August 2007 Norwegian Property ASA announced its intention to make a voluntary offer for all the outstanding shares in Norgani Hotels ASA. A Voluntary Offer Document and Information Memorandum have now been approved by Oslo Børs and will be distributed to all shareholders in Norgani Hotels ASA. The Offer Period will run from and including 30 August 2007 to and including 12 September 2007 at 16:30 (Norwegian time). The Offer Price is NOK 82.50 per share and there are three settlement options: 1. NOK 82.50 per share in cash; or 2. NOK 65.074858 per share in cash and .2489306 new Norwegian Property shares at a subscription price of NOK 70 per share; or 3. A combination of minimum cash and maximum new shares in Norwegian Property ASA. (up to 100 % settlement in shares). The Private Placement (share component) will be limited to 9,851,280 shares (NOK 689,589,600) at a subscription price of NOK 70 per Norwegian Property share and will be offered to all shareholders of Norgani Hotels in proportion to their current shareholding. The Private Placement is fully guaranteed by a consortium of larger Norgani Hotels shareholders Completion of the Offer to acquire Norgani Hotels Shares is subject to the satisfaction of all the conditions set out below: (i) That the Offeror has obtained acceptances of the Offer representing more than 90 % of the Shares and votes in the Company; (ii) that all necessary public and private approvals/concessions and clearances have been obtained on terms acceptable to the Offeror; (iii) that the operations of the Company between announcement and completion of the Offer have been conducted in the ordinary course of business and in all material aspects in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and decisions of any governmental body, and that the Company prior to completion of the Offer does not undertake any share capital increases, proposals to shareholders for merger, payment of dividend, issuance of convertible securities, options to acquire shares, or any other change of its capital or corporate structure, or sale or disposal of material assets, a material acquisition, or a material increase in liabilities; (iv) that prior to the completion of the Offer there are no actions, changes, events, violations, circumstances, information or effects that are or are reasonably expected to become, materially adverse to the value, business, assets (including intangible assets), liabilities, capitalization, financial conditions or results or operations of the Company, nor that the acquisition of or value of the shares in the Company is rendered partially or wholly impossible or significantly changed or impended as a result of legislation, regulation, change of control, any decision of court or public authority, or other comparable measures, including actions by the Company or any third party, beyond the Offeror's control; and (v) On 28 August 2007 an Extraordinary General Meeting in Norwegian Property resolved that Norwegian Property will carry out a rights offering in October 2007 raising gross proceeds of NOK 810,000,000 as part of the long term financing of the Offer (the "Rights Offering). The Rights Offering has been fully guaranteed by a consortium of underwriters. The subscription price shall be equal to the volume weighted average of the company's share price in the period from 24 September 2007 up to and including 26 September 2007, less a rebate of 10 %. The subscription price must, in accordance with the proposal from the board, be between the range between NOK 50 to NOK 90 if the rights issue shall be carried out. Settlement of the subscription price in such price range is a condition for completion of the Offer. In order to accept the Offer the Form of Acceptance must be received by the Receiving Agent by 12 September 2007 at 16:30 (Norwegian time) at the address below by means of post, delivery or fax: SEB Enskilda ASA Filipstad Brygge 1 P.O. Box 1363 Vika 0113 Oslo Norway Tel: +47 21 00 85 00 Fax: +47 21 00 89 62 Settlement will take place no more than seven business days following announcement that all the conditions of the Offer have been met or waived. Norwegian Property expects that the conditions for the completion of the Offer will be met before 27 September 2007, however, no guarantee can be made. The Settlement Date is expected to be on or about 28 September 2007. The Offer Document and Acceptance Form can be obtained from: Norwegian Property ASA, Tel: + 47 22834020, Fax: + 47 22834021, www.npro.no SEB Enskilda, Tel: + 47 21008510, Fax: +4721008962, www.sebenskilda.no


 

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Intelecom Groups subsidiary, Intelecom Norge AS, has received a new order from NAV (The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation) for communication equipment and installation for delivery in 4th quarter 2007. The order is based on the existing frame agreement between NAV and Intelecom Norge AS and has a value of 12.5 MNOK.


 
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30. ágúst 2007

Final Results

ANGUS & ROSS PLC PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2007 HIGHLIGHTS * Private placings completed, raising £7.75 million net * Successful 2006 exploration leading to increased resources in Greenland * Significant progress made towards reopening of Black Angel mine * Post year end US$30 million loan facility agreed * Post year end private placings completed for Brazilian subsidiary raising £824,950 * Successful listing of Australian associate on the Australian Stock Exchange raising A$4 million CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT Dear Shareholder, Another year has gone by since I last wrote this statement and you will see that it has been a year of substantial progress towards the goal of all mining companies - cash flow. Twelve months ago, a substantial exploration programme was underway in Greenland, a new geological and financial team was being assembled in Brazil and we were in the process of floating the Company's Australian subsidiary, QGM, on the Australian Stock Exchange. It gives me considerable pleasure to report to you on all fronts. Of pivotal importance of course, is the ability to finance exploration and, when it subsequently proves justified, the exploitation of the resources discovered. Your Board has been involved in lengthy negotiations to secure funding, almost a year ahead of the completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study, to enable both exploration and civil engineering work to continue at the Black Angel mine in Greenland. It was particularly encouraging for our small management team that at the Extraordinary General Meeting in York on 2 July 2007, 80 shareholders, representing 50% of the Company and accounting for 99% of all votes cast, voted in favour of the US $30 million facility we had negotiated. Your Board would like to record its thanks for this overwhelming support. In addition to the above, £7.75 million was also raised last year in equity, largely as the result of two private placings. FINANCIAL RESULTS The loss for the year amounts to £4,161,801 compared with £2,138,335 in 2006. This increase is largely accounted for by £2.5 million in additional exploration costs and associated overheads, the direct result of our accelerated activities in Greenland and Brazil. We continue to write off all such costs until ore reserves and value are established. At the year end our cash and bank balances amounted to £3,957,526 compared to £1,008,062 at the same time last year. This increase is largely the result of successful equity fundraisings during the year. GREENLAND The 2007 field season is currently underway at your Group's flagship project. Not only is further exploration work being undertaken to prove up and hopefully augment the resources discovered last year but the civil engineering programme has commenced to enable the Black Angel mine to be reopened next year. Work has started to reinstall the cable car which will give access to the mine itself. Construction of the infrastructure at ground level has already commenced. All being well this should be completed next year and whilst much still remains to be done, I am hopeful that the first production for 18 years from the mine should start in the last quarter of 2008. BRAZIL Last year saw the strengthening of the management team in Brazil and the creation of a new holding company, St Andrews Mining Ltd ("SAM"), for our operations there. A number of new projects in Brazil, particularly Sta Débora and Sta Elena, are especially encouraging with work underway towards defining a large gold resource. It is possible that one of these will be producing gold within the next twelve months. In April and August 2007, we successfully undertook two private placings in SAM, raising a total of £824,950 to provide additional working capital for our operations in Brazil. As a result of these placings, A&R retains an 81% interest. It is the intention to seek a listing for SAM next year. AUSTRALIA I am happy to report that in January of this year QGM successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising A$4 million. In addition to the joint venture announced last year with Oxiana, QGM announced a further cooperation, this time with Canadian company Mega Uranium. The independence of QGM means that it is now no longer financially dependent upon A&R and it is now treated as an associate rather than as a subsidiary company. CANADA In line with our commitment to terminate our involvement in projects that were unlikely to produce early cash flow, we disposed of our part of the Separation Lake venture in exchange for shares in our partner, Gossan Resources Ltd. That investment has now been sold. GENERAL It is not normal for Chairmen to dilute their enthusiasm with a word or two of caution in their statements. However, it does no harm for us all to be realistic about the challenges ahead. Almost all mining projects in the world today are experiencing delays. Dump trucks are sitting idle because of the lack of capacity of tyre manufacturers, assay laboratories around the world are taking months rather than weeks to do their work and lastly there is a worldwide shortage of experienced management at all levels. These examples are simply the result of the success of the stock markets in raising new funds for mining exploration over the last four years in particular. Only now have service industries started to respond to the increased demand. Your Group is better positioned than many in having strong technical management in all areas of its operations. However, the process of changing from an exploration company to a producing one will require a range of additional skills and we are therefore now actively engaged in recruitment. Another area of concern that I know I share with other Chairmen of smaller public companies is the creeping costs involved in complying with increasing regulation. Soon many investors will object to half of the money being raised in small IPOs being used in fees and overheads that are outside the control of the companies. This will inevitably result in a spate of mergers. Your Company makes strenuous efforts to keep in touch directly with all its shareholders. However with so many shareholdings in nominee names and some nominee companies refusing to distribute news releases, we continue to encourage our shareholders to contact us in order that they may be placed on our direct mailing list. Naturally all shareholder contact details are treated confidentially by us and are not passed on to any other organisation. This is not so with shareholders' details appearing on the Company register. Third parties often request shareholder lists from the registrar who is obliged to pass these details on without establishing the reason for their final use. The potential for abuse of this system can be imagined. As ever, none of the achievements of your Group would have been possible without the loyal support of many hardworking people at all levels. If space did not preclude me from doing so I would like to mention everyone by name. However, particular mention must be made of Frank van der Stijl in Greenland and Jayme Leite in Brazil. They run our drilling operations in remote areas with many people answerable to them. Then of course my sincere thanks are due to my fellow Directors on the boards of the various companies in the Angus & Ross group. All deserve to be singled out for their various contributions - often at antisocial times of the day and night. In conclusion, I would like to believe that the year ahead will be the one that shareholders have been patiently waiting for. Robin Andrews Chairman 28 August 2007 Group profit and loss account Year ended 28 February 2007 2007 2006 Restated £ £ Depreciation of capitalised exploration (222,962) (257,383) costs - (657,362) Exploration costs impaired (2,544,175) (527,802) Exploration costs written off (2,767,137) (1,442,547) (855,988) - Impairment of goodwill (1,275,260) (711,393) Other administrative expenses (2,131,248) (711,393) Total administrative expenses - (291,918) Exceptional item - loss on capitalisation of loan in subsidiary (4,898,385) (2,445,858) Operating loss (28,480) - Share of operating loss of associate (4,926,865) (2,445,858) Total operating loss 334,514 (20,504) Exceptional item - profit/(loss) on part 226,947 72,332 disposal of subsidiary undertaking (4,365,404) (2,394,030) Interest receivable and similar income - - Loss on ordinary activities before taxation (4,365,404) (2,394,030) Tax on loss on ordinary activities 203,603 255,695 Loss on ordinary activities after taxation (4,161,801) (2,138,335) Minority interests - equity (3.16p) (2.85p) (3.04p) (2.83p) Loss sustained for the financial year Basic loss per share Fully diluted loss per share All activities are derived from the Group's continuing operations Group statement of total recognised gains and losses Year ended 28 February 2007 2007 2006 Restated £ £ Loss sustained attributable to members of the (4,161,801) (2,138,335) parent company Exchange difference on re-translation of net 47,625 11,522 assets of subsidiary undertakings (4,114,176) (2,126,813) Total recognised gains and losses relating to the year (230,015) (4,344,191) Prior year adjustment (as explained in note 5) Total gains and losses recognised since last annual report Balance sheets 28 February 2007 Group Company 2007 2006 2007 2006 Restated Restated £ £ £ £ Fixed assets Intangible assets - 3,825 - - Tangible assets 51,988 649,600 14,181 10,607 Investments in subsidiary - - - 364,704 undertakings Investment in 544,757 - 573,237 - associated undertaking 596,745 653,425 587,418 375,311 395,921 179,938 568,737 328,397 Current assets Debtors due within - - - 118,317 one year 3,957,526 1,008,062 3,644,016 355,960 Debtors due after 4,353,447 1,188,000 4,212,753 802,674 more than one year Cash at bank and in hand (468,431) (250,451) (120,899) (151,504) 3,885,016 937,549 4,091,854 651,170 Creditors: amounts falling due 4,481,761 1,590,974 4,679,272 1,026,481 within one year Net current assets (87,077) (117,529) (87,077) (117,529) Total assets less current 4,394,684 1,473,445 4,592,195 908,952 liabilities Creditors: amounts falling due after more than one 1,387,772 753,144 1,387,772 753,144 year 11,990,417 4,874,177 11,990,417 4,874,177 558,105 230,015 558,105 230,015 (9,541,610) (5,427,434) (9,344,099) (4,948,384) Net assets 4,394,684 429,902 4,592,195 908,952 Capital and reserves - 1,043,543 - - Called up share capital 4,394,684 1,473,445 4,592,195 908,952 Share premium account Share option reserve Profit and loss account Equity shareholders' funds Minority interests - equity Total capital employed Group cash flow statement Year ended 28 February 2007 2007 2006 £ £ Net cash outflow from operating activities (3,665,613) (1,094,120) Returns on investments and servicing of finance Interest received 226,947 72,332 Capital expenditure Payments to acquire tangible fixed assets (24,112) (725,464) Acquisitions and disposals Increase in stake in subsidiary undertaking - (5,422) Part disposal of subsidiary undertaking 381,020 895,767 381,020 890,345 Net cash outflow before management of liquid resources and financing (3,081,758) (856,907) Financing Net cash receipts from issue of ordinary share capital 6,036,632 - Increase/(decrease) in cash 2,954,874 (856,907) Notes to the Cash Flow Statement Year ended 28 February 2007 A Reconciliation of operating loss to net cash outflow from operating activities 2007 2006 Restated £ £ Operating loss (4,898,385) (2,445,858) Increase in debtors (215,983) (92,212) Increase in creditors 187,528 88,329 Movement in debtors and creditors on disposal of (213,437) - subsidiary 234,493 265,705 Depreciation - 657,362 Impairment of tangible fixed assets 855,988 - Goodwill written off - 293,793 Loss on capitalisation of loan in subsidiary 328,090 198,694 Share based payments 56,093 (59,933) Other non-cash movements including exchange differences (3,665,613) (1,094,120) Net cash outflow from operating subsidiaries B Acquisitions and disposals 2007 2006 £ £ (i) Increase in stake in subsidiary undertaking (BAM) 858,248 7,957 Net assets acquired 855,988 3,825 Goodwill 1,714,236 11,782 Satisfied by: 1,714,236 6,360 Shares - 5,422 Cash 1,714,236 11,782 (ii) Disposal/Part disposal of subsidiary 238,723 916,271 undertaking (QGM) 334,514 (20,504) Net assets disposed of 573,237 895,767 Gain/(loss) on disposal - 895,767 Satisfied by: 573,237 - Cash Cost of investment in associate C Analysis of net funds 1 March Exchange 28 2006 Cash flow movements February £ £ £ 2007 £ Cash at bank and 1,008,062 2,954,874 (5,410) 3,957,526 in hand 1,008,062 2,954,874 (5,410) 3,957,526 Net funds D Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net funds 2007 2006 £ £ Increase/(decrease) in cash in the 2,954,874 (856,907) year (5,410) 1,511 Translation difference 2,949,464 (855,396) Movement in net funds in the year 1,008,062 1,863,458 Opening net funds 3,957,526 1,008,062 Closing net funds Notes to the preliminary results for the year ended 28 February 2007 1. This statement was approved by the Directors and agreed with the Group's auditor on 28 August 2007. 2. The figures and financial information for the year ended 28 February 2007 do not constitute the statutory financial statements for that year. 3. The figures and financial information for the year ended 28 February 2006 do not constitute the statutory financial statements for that year. Those financial statements have been delivered to the Registrar and included an auditor's report which was unqualified. 4. Loss per ordinary share The calculations for the basic and diluted loss per ordinary share have been calculated on the basis of the following information: 2007 2006 Restated Loss attributable to the Group (£4,161,801) (£2,138,335) Weighted average number of shares in issue during the year (Basic) 131,895,511 74,964,403 Weighted average number of shares in issue during the year (Diluted) 136,873,776 75,556,728 5. Share-based payment transactions - change in accounting policy The Group adopted FRS 20 "Share-based payment" from 1 March 2006 and as a result comparative figures have been restated. In accordance with the transitional provisions, FRS 20 has been applied to all grants of equity instruments after 7 November 2002 that were unvested as of 1 March 2006. The effect on the Group and Company loss for the year to 28 February 2007 was an increase of £328,090 (2006: £198,694) and the cumulative effect on the deficit on the profit and loss account reserve at the year end was an increase of £558,105 (2006: £230,015). In both years, there was an equal and opposite movement in the share option reserve, so overall shareholders' funds and net assets were not affected in either year. 6. The directors do not propose the payment of a dividend. 7. The Report and Accounts of the Company for the year ended 28 February 2007 will be sent to shareholders shortly. Copies will be available from the Company's website www.angusandross.com and from the registered office of the Company, St Chad's House, Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6DQ. The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held in York on Tuesday 2 October 2007. For further information contact: Angus & Ross plc Robin Andrews, Chairman 01751 430988 ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Amer Sports Corporation has received information to the effect that Nordea Bank AB's (publ) (Swedish business ID 516406-0120) Finnish affiliated company Nordea Bank Finland Plc (1680235-8) has acquired 256,000 Amer Sports Corporation shares in August 29, 2007. Nordea Bank Finland Plc now holds 3,721,018 Amer Sports Corporation shares, exceeding one twentieth (1/20) to 5.15% of Amer Sports Corporation share capital and voting rights. In addition, Nordea Bank AB's (publ) Finnish affiliated company Nordea Life Assurance Finland Ltd (0927072-8) holds 202,074 Amer Sports Corporation shares, 0.28% of share capital and voting rights. In total, Nordea Group holds 5.43% of Amer Sports Corporation shares. Nordea Bank Finland Plc has also made forward market transactions involving Amer Sports Corporation. These forward market transactions will mature in September 2007 (4,500 shares), in December 2007 (3,848,600 shares) and in February 2008 (95,000 shares). When the December 2007 forward market transactions mature, Nordea Bank Finland Plc and Nordea Group holdings of Amer Sports Corporation will fall below one twentieth (1/20). Amer Sports capital consists of 72,205,932 issued shares. AMER SPORTS CORPORATION Communications Maarit Mikkonen Communications Manager Tel. +358 9 7257 8306, e-mail: maarit.mikkonen@amersports.com DISTRIBUTION Helsinki Stock Exchange Principal media www.amersports.com AMER SPORTS CORPORATION Amer Sports (www.amersports.com) is the world's leading sports equipment company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Precor, Atomic and Suunto. All Amer Sports companies develop and manufacture technically advanced products that improve the performance of active sports participants. The Group's business is balanced by its broad portfolio of sports and presence in all major markets.


 

Songa Offshore ASA has today increased its total return swap (TRS) with Carnegie Investment Bank AB Norway Branch. Reference is made to the 28 August 2007 press release. The TRS provides for cash settlement and with shares in Songa Offshore ASA as underlying security. The TRS has been increased by 61,200 shares, from 2,409,165 shares to 2,470,365 shares. The agreed initial reference price under the TRS for the new tranche is NOK 53.5803 per share and the swap expires on 21 December 2007. Songa Offshore ASA holds no other rights or interests in its own shares. Oslo, 2007-08-29


 

Dr R. John Wallace, of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK), has been awarded the DSM Nutrition Award 2007 in recognition of his pioneering research in the field of animal nutrition. Dr Wallace is one of the world's leading ruminant nutritionists and has published over 150 original scientific papers that have had a great impact on ruminant nutrition research. An international judging committee, chaired by Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, R&D Director at DSM Nutritional Products, selected Dr Wallace from among ten candidates nominated by an international nomination committee. Dr Wallace received the award - which carries a cash prize of EUR 50,000 - from DSM's Chief Innovation Officer Dr Rob van Leen at the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production in Dublin (IE) on 28 August. World class research Dr John Wallace (56), head of the Microbial Biochemistry group at the Rowett Research Institute (www.rowett.ac.uk), specializes in the field of nutritional physiology of ruminants, i.e. animals such as cows and sheep. The rumen (i.e. the stomach) of these animals, which is a kind of large fermentation vessel in which billions of microbes help process and digest the feed the animals ingest, is a major topic of study among animal nutritionists. Dr Wallace is a world expert in this area. Currently he is coordinator of two EU Framework V and VI research projects focusing on the use of plants and plant extracts to improve animal nutrition. In its verdict, the judging committee commended Dr Wallace's lifelong dedication to research and the promise his work holds for the future: "The committee expects that the outcome of recent research by Dr Wallace's group will prove useful for the development of a new generation of feed additives for farm animals, also allowing an effective replacement of antibiotic growth promoters by more natural substances." At the presentation ceremony in Dublin, Dr Wallace gave a lecture on 'Feed additives for ruminants: chemicals, microbes, plants'. Asked for his reaction on receiving the award, he said: "I am delighted that our work has been recognized in this way. I'd like to thank my many colleagues, both at the Rowett Research Institute and internationally, for the part that they played in the research. Biological feed additives, including microorganisms and plant extracts, have great potential for improving ruminant livestock production. It is important for us to understand how these new additives work in order to maximize that potential." The award The DSM Nutrition Award forms part of DSM's Innovation Awards Program and is granted every two years, alternately for human nutrition and animal nutrition. With regard to human nutrition, the award recognizes excellence in research that significantly broadens the world's understanding of the role of nutrition in human health. With regard to animal nutrition, the award is given in recognition of scientific work that has significantly contributed to the improvement of animal nutrition and health through innovative concepts as well as promoting sustainable animal farming. Speaking on the occasion of the award presentation, DSM Chief Innovation Officer Dr Rob van Leen said: "Advances in research and innovation in the field of animal nutrition, one of our main businesses, are of vital importance to us. Recognition of the work of outside specialists and close interaction with the external world of knowledge are key elements of our Open Innovation approach - elements that are both embodied in the DSM Nutrition Award." DSM Nutritional Products DSM Nutritional Products is the world's leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other fine chemicals to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. The business has sales of about EUR 2 billion and a long tradition as a pioneer in the discovery of new products, new formulations and attractive applications for all industry segments. For further company information please visit www.dsmnutritionalproducts.com. DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information on DSM can be found at www.dsm.com. For further information: DSM Innovation Center DSM Nutritional Products Vikas Sonak Dr Jiri Broz Communications Manager Global R&D Principal Scientist Tel. +31 (0)46 4763771 Tel. +41 (0)61 6886909 E-mail vikas.sonak@dsm.com E-mail: jiri.broz@dsm.com


 

Zurich, Switzerland, August 28, 2007: Pursuant to art. 9 and 17 of the Stock Exchange Ordinance-FBC, Adecco S.A. has received the following notification: By August 21st 2007, a group consisting of JPMorgan Chase & Co, 270 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, United States, and its subsidiaries is holding 5.05% of the share capital in shares and derivatives. Type of rights Number of rights Percentage Equity 4'222'826 2.24 % Derivatives 1) 5'311'795 2.81 % 1) Delivery in kind foreseen/possible For further information please refer to the attached PDF document. Contact: Investor Relations: Tel: +41 44 878 89 25 E-Mail: investor.relations@adecco.com --- End of Message --- Adecco SA Sagereistrasse 10 Glattbrugg Switzerland WKN: 922031; ISIN: CH0012138605; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SMIEXP; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Oslo/Lysaker (2007-08-28): The maritime market is being offered the first complete solution able to eliminate polluting nitrogen oxides (NOx). Yara International ASA and the Wilhelmsen Maritime Services (WMS) subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA are creating the Yarwil joint venture, and will use this vehicle to launch environmental solutions for the maritime market. This commitment will help to reduce emissions in the shipping sector, and improve both the environment and human health. Yarwil will be owned 50-50 by Yara and WMS. "We are Europe's leading producer of environmental products for NOx treatment, and already remove more NOx than Norway's total emissions of these substances," says President and CEO of Yara International ASA, Thorleif Enger. "NOx treatment is already one of our fastest growing markets, with a 35% increase in the first half of 2007. Through the cooperation with Wilhelmsen, we're expanding our commitment to deNOx for the maritime sector, which we see has a big potential." NOx comprises gases harmful to human health and the environment which form during the combustion of fossil fuels. Yara's product solution could cut such emissions from ships by 95%. "The air will be cleaner because two major Norwegian industrial companies are forming an innovative partnership and jointly confronting the environmental challenges facing the maritime industry," says group chief executive Ingar Skaug in Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA. "WMS's unique global network makes it possible for us to supply our environment-friendly products to end-users worldwide." The NOx removal process involves a known catalytic technology used today in land-based industry and transport, and on a number of coastal cargo vessels in Norway and Sweden. This concept is based on adding a special quality of urea solution to the hot exhaust fumes from the ship's engines. The mix then passes through a catalytic converter where NOx from the exhausts reacts with the urea solution and is turned into harmless water vapour and nitrogen. Yarwil's technology will initially cover that part of the maritime market in which NOx emissions are governed by official regulations. In the short term, this means vessels engaged in trades typically conducted close to land, such as ferries, fishing vessels and supply ships. Cruise liners will also employ the technology. It is currently possible to remove NOx emissions from diesel generators on large ocean-going vessels, but technology tailored to their propulsion machinery remains under development and will not be available until some time in the future. Yarwil's deNOx solution makes it easier for government agencies and ship owners to meet future international environmental commitments. Norway, for instance, is committed under the Gothenburg protocol to reduce its annual NOx emissions to a maximum of 156,000 tonnes by 2010. That calls for a cut of 45,000 tonnes per year, and Yarwil's deNOx technology will make it possible to reach this goal. To meet the environmental challenges faced by the maritime sector, Yarwil intends to expand its product range to embrace other solutions for reducing emissions from ships, such as sulphur oxides. Contact Dag Schjerven, president and CEO, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS Telephone (+47) 67 58 41 82 Tor Øiseth, vice president, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS Telephone (+47) 67 58 42 39 Bjørg Ekornrud, communications manager, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS Telephone (+47) 67 58 43 19 Mobile (+47) 93 03 34 24 Torgeir Kvidal, Investor Relations Telephone (+47) 24 15 72 95 Cellular (+47) 91 339 832 E-mail torgeir.kvidal@yara.com Hamed Brodersen, Media Relations Cellular (+47) 40 468 110 E-mail hamed.mozaffari.brodersen@yara.com Yara International ASA is a leading chemical company that converts energy and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers. As the number one global supplier of mineral fertilizers and agronomic solutions, we help provide food for a growing world population. Our industrial product portfolio includes environmental protection agents that safeguard air and water purity and preserve food quality. Yara's global workforce of 7000 employees represents great diversity and talent enabling Yara to remain a leading performer in its industry. www.yara.com Wilh. Wilhelmsen is a leading global maritime industrial group. It has 13 300 employees in its wholly-owned companies and employs 23 000 people when joint ventures are included. WW's wholly-owned companies have 352 offices in 71 countries. These figures rise to 516 offices and 79 countries with joint ventures included. www.wilhelmsen.com Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (WMS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen group. It occupies a leading position in the global maritime service industry, and works through four business areas: Barwil Unitor Ships Service, Barber Ship Management, Unitor Ships Equipment, and Maritime Solutions & Financial Services. The company has 4 700 employees working from 352 offices in 71 nations. Through its global network, WMS has the capacity to deliver products and services in 2 200 ports in 116 countries.


 

Zurich, Switzerland, August 28, 2007: Pursuant to art. 9 and 17 of the Stock Exchange Ordinance-FBC, Adecco S.A. has received the following notification: By August 22nd 2007, UBS AG, Zurich is holding 5.07% of the share capital in shares, options, warrants and converts. Type of rights Number of rights Number of voting Percentage rights Registered Shares 2'322'791 1.23 % 2'322'791 Options 1) 5'470'233 2.90 % 5'470'233 Warrants 1) 1'759'456 0.93 % 1'759'456 Converts 1) 26'835 26'835 0.01 % 1) Delivery in kind foreseen/possible For further information please refer to the attached PDF document. Contact: Investor Relations: Tel: +41 44 878 89 25 E-Mail: investor.relations@adecco.com --- End of Message --- Adecco SA Sagereistrasse 10 Glattbrugg Switzerland WKN: 922031; ISIN: CH0012138605; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SMIEXP; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Building a promising future in China MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - With the Asia-Pacific region continuing to grow in importance in the regional and business aircraft markets, and with China forecasted to become one of the world's key aviation markets over the next 20 years, Bombardier will show its support of this expanding marketplace by attending Asian Aerospace 2007 at its new location in Hong Kong, from September 3 to 6. Bombardier's aerospace activities in China have grown substantially in recent years. Bombardier is a leading supplier of regional aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region, with 227 of its Q-Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets in service or ordered by approximately 40 operators in 14 countries. "As Asian airlines continue to re-evaluate their strategies to focus on economics, Bombardier is well positioned to offer solutions to meet their requirements," said James Dailly, Senior Vice-president, Sales at Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "Bombardier is the only manufacturer that offers two distinct families of regional aircraft: regional jets and turboprops, each offering low operating costs." With an installed fleet of over 100 business jets based in the region, Bombardier Business Aircraft maintains its strong presence in Asia-Pacific. Bombardier is the market leader in both the large and ultra-long range aircraft segments, with 64 per cent and 54 per cent of the installed base respectively. "The superior performance, comfort and value delivered by Bombardier's comprehensive range of innovative business jets exhibits immense potential for corporate and government leaders in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region," noted David Dixon, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The ultra long-range Global Express XRS jet and world-leading super midsize Challenger 300 jet, are two great examples of Bombardier's commitment to introduce new aircraft that cater to the full range of operator needs. Both business jets are also very well suited for operation in the Asia-Pacific region." Bombardier is the only Original Equipment Manufacturer to offer aircraft in eight of nine business jet market segments - from the premium Learjet 40 XR light jet to the ultra long-range Global Express XRS aircraft and the Challenger 800 Series in the corporate airliner segment - the widest selection of any corporate jet manufacturer. Bombardier's premier business jet charter program, Skyjet International, will also be represented at this year's Asian Aerospace. A growing international network and a range of innovative turnkey travel solutions, Bombardier Skyjet International is expanding its presence in Asia-Pacific, and continues to forge new paths for business jet charter in the region. CSeries mock-up continues its world tour Continuing on its recently launched world tour, Bombardier will present the latest full-size, cabin mock-up of the CSeries aircraft at Asian Aerospace 2007. Featured in the mock-up will be the forward galley with offset door configuration, two rows in business class, four rows in economy class and the aft galley with a lavatory area. The new cabin permits airlines to experience the convenience of overhead rotating bins and the cross-section fuselage was recently modified to provide additional passenger comfort. The CSeries aircraft, designed specifically for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat commercial market, is ideally positioned to replace many of the aging narrow-body aircraft presently in service in the Asia-Pacific region. This family of aircraft will offer airlines the opportunity to grow their networks with increased frequency and more point-to-point operations into markets that are not well served at this time due to range and aircraft size constraints. Bombardier Aerospace's relationship with China In June 2007, the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC I) and Bombardier signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a new, long-term strategic cooperation in the five-abreast, 90- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market. Founded on a well-established history, the two parties have reached a memorandum of understanding that further develops the relationship. In addition, to support its customers, Bombardier has a regional aircraft spare parts depot in Beijing. In addition, Bombardier has appointed Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Ltd. (STAECO) of Ji'nan as the first Bombardier recognized heavy maintenance facility in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress is being held at AsiaWorld-Expo alongside the Hong Kong International Airport. The Bombardier exhibit is located at Hall 9, Booth 9F01 and the Bombardier hospitality suite is found within the static display area at the Business Aviation Centre. This trade-only event is expected to feature more than 500 participating companies from more than 20 countries. Bombardier aircraft on static display at Asian Aerospace 2007 CRJ900 NextGen - The CRJ900 NextGen airliner, in the colours of U.S. carrier Northwest Airlines, features the increased use of composite materials and the all-new CRJ NextGen interior with larger windows, LED lighting and larger overhead bins. The aircraft is configured with12 business class and 64 economy class seats. Like other members of the CRJ NextGen family, the aircraft is designed to deliver operating cost improvements and is the next step in the continuing evolution of the CRJ Series. Following Asian Aerospace, the CRJ900 NextGen jetliner will embark on an extensive demonstration tour of several countries in Asia and Europe. Challenger 300: This first true super-midsize jet offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight passengers. It can fly Hong Kong-Darwin non-stop with a full payload and its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease(i). The Challenger 300 jet's fleet currently totals over 150 aircraft, with a dispatch reliability of over 99.5 per cent as at July 31, 2007. Global Express XRS: The pioneering Global Express XRS business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft - with more cabin volume and more floor space than its closest competitor. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link London-Singapore and Hong Kong- Los Angeles non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew(i). About Bombardier A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended January 31,2007, were $14.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com. Bombardier, CRJ, Q-Series, CRJ900 NextGen, Learjet 40 XR, Challenger 800 Series, Challenger 300, Global Express XRS, CSeries and Skyjet International are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. Note to Editors (i) Under certain operating conditions. The Challenger 300 aircraft's world-leading position is in terms of orders and deliveries during 2006. Contacts: Bombardier Aerospace Marc Duchesne 514-855-7989 www.bombardier.com


 

TietoEnator Corporation Stock Exchange announcement 28.8.2007 In the Helsinki Stock Exchange Trade date 28.8.2007 Bourse trade BUY Share TIE1V Amount 45.000 Shares Total cost 750.032,55 EUR Average price/share 16,6674 EUR Highest price/share 16,86 EUR Lowest price/share 16,40 EUR TietoEnator Corporation now holds a total of 1.261.650 TIE1V shares including the shares repurchased on 28.8.2007 On behalf of TietoEnator Corporation NORDEA BANK FINLAND PLC Petri Simberg Jarkko Järvinen


 

Highlights * Half-year profit of US$ 139.2 million represents an increase of 42% over 2006 (US$ 97.8 million). Return on equity of 23.7% (20.8% in 2006); * Return on capital employed rises to 15.9% (from 13.4% in 2006) for the six month period; * New orders amount to US$ 1,807 million for the first six months of 2007. Backlog at 30 June 2007 amounts to US$ 7,408 million; * Updated 2007 year-end forecast profit increases from US$ 260 million to US$ 265 million. 1. Half-year results 2007 The profit after tax for SBM Offshore N.V. (the Company) for the first six months of 2007 was US$ 139.2 million (US$ 0.96 per share) compared with US$ 97.8 million (US$ 0.70 per share) at mid-year 2006. Profit includes US$ 6 million from non-recurring items, being the gain on sale of 20% of the Company's interest in FPSO Capixaba to Queiroz Galvao affiliate STAR, offset by a small loss on the disposal of the Company's airport interiors and passenger boarding bridges activities. Turnover for the six months was US$ 1,388.4 million compared with US$ 823.0 million for mid year 2006. EBITDA for the half-year was US$ 268.7 million (US$ 1.90 per share) compared with US$ 218.6 million (US$ 1.58 per share) at mid-year 2006. EBIT for the six month period was US$ 151.2 million (US$ 1.07 per share) compared with US$ 115.9 million (US$ 0.84 per share) at mid-year 2006. Approximately 53% of EBIT was contributed by the lease and operate activities with 47% contributed by the turnkey sales and services. The corresponding segmental split in the first half of 2006 was 66% lease and operate: 34% turnkey sales. Net debt to equity at 30 June 2007 stands at 0.64 compared with 0.52 at 31 December 2006. 2. Expectations for the full year 2007 Based upon the result of the first six months and potential developments over the remainder of the year, the Company expects that 2007 will generate: * Profit of US$ 265 million (US$ 1.82 per share) including the impact of the non-recurring items mentioned above, compared with US$ 216 million (US$ 1.55 per share) in 2006; * EBITDA of US$ 555 million (US$ 3.88 per share), compared with US$ 477 million (US$ 3.42 per share) in 2006; * EBIT of US$ 305 million (US$ 2.13 per share), compared with US$ 254 million (US$ 1.82 per share) in 2006; * Capital expenditure of US$ 750 million compared with US$ 309 million in 2006. Contact person: Mr. Sebastiaan de Ronde Bresser Telephone: (+377) 92 05 85 15 Mobile: (+33) 672 214 360 Fax: (+377) 92 05 89 40 E-mail: sebastiaan.derondebresser@sbmoffshore.com Website: www.sbmoffshore.com To see the complete pdf version of this press release, please click on the link below:


 

Scandinavian Property Developments financial results for Q2 2007 is published on www.spde.no


 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - (TSX: BBD.A)(TSX: BBD.B). Bombardier Inc.'s financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2007, will be released Wednesday, August 29, 2007. Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.; Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace; Andre Navarri, President, Bombardier Transportation; and Pierre Alary, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bombardier Inc. will hold a conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the Corporation's financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2007. DATE: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 TIME: 10:00 a.m., Montreal time A question period intended for the media will take place at the end of this same conference call. To participate, media representatives need simply identify themselves when they register for the call. This conference call will be broadcast live on the Internet at the following address: www.bombardier.com Media representatives wishing to listen in on the call will be able to do so by dialing one of the following conference call numbers: Integral version: 514-394-9321 or (without translation) 1-866-540-8119 (toll-free in North America) +800-2787-2790 (overseas calls) In English: 514-394-9319 or 1-866-240-8935 (toll-free in North America) +800-2492-4460 (overseas calls) In French: 514-394-9317 or 1-888-791-1369 (toll-free in North America) +800-4994-8960 (overseas calls) Contacts: Bombardier Inc. Isabelle Rondeau Director, Communications 514-861-9481 Bombardier Inc. Shirley Chenier Senior Director, Investor Relations 514-861-9481 www.bombardier.com


 

LUND, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - Mitrionics AB, developer of the Mitrion(TM) Software Acceleration Platform and the Mitrion Virtual Processor, today announced it has opened two new offices on the west coast of the United States. Based in Silicon Valley, CA and Seattle, WA, the new offices are part of the company's planned global expansion to be closer to its U.S.-based IC partners, OEM and module suppliers, and end-user customers. "This is basically a reaction to a strong wave of customer interest in our solutions. Our expanded U.S. presence will allow us to support our most strategic opportunities in real-time," said Mike Calise, executive vice president and general manager of Mitrionics. "The FPGA accelerated computing market is now getting significant traction, and based on our growing partner activity, it is definitely here to stay." About FPGA-Based Accelerated Supercomputing FPGA-Based Accelerated Supercomputing is an exciting and growing market segment based on technology that enables processor performance acceleration 10x to 100x greater than traditional processors. Scientists, developers, and researchers strive to improve productivity by achieving faster performance in their supercomputing applications and lower power consumption in their systems. The software-centric Mitrion Platform is ideal because it allows FPGA Supercomputing applications to be developed without any circuit design skills. Key application areas that stand to benefit most from FPGA Supercomputing are bioinformatics, oil and gas, imaging, and financial computing. About Mitrionics Founded in 2001, Mitrionics AB is the technology leader in the exciting new field of FPGA Supercomputing which provides higher processing power and lower energy consumption than clusters of computer systems. The company's Mitrion Virtual Processor and Mitrion Software Development Kit provide cost effective FPGA Supercomputing power to organizations for their most critical applications. The software-centric Mitrion Platform is unique from any other FPGA programming solution, because it eliminates the need for circuit design skills, thus making FPGA Supercomputing performance accessible to an entire new market of scientists and developers. Mitrionics has key industry relationships with Cray, Nallatech, and Silicon Graphics. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.mitrionics.com, or call 408-966-8500, or email: info@mitrionics.com. Mitrionics, Mitrion, Mitrion Platform, Mitrion Virtual Processor, and Mitrion Software Development Kit are trademarks of Mitrionics, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Company Contact Anders Dellson CEO Mitrionics AB Ph: +46 703 599 940 Email: anders.dellson@mitrionics.com Media Contact Gunilla Savring Mitrionics AB Ph: +46 734 429 364 Email: gunilla.savring@mitrionics.com


 

Høvik, August 28, 2007. REC today entered into an agreement to build and own a 2.5 MW solar power plant in South Korea. Through its REC Solar division and its 60 percent owned subsidiary HanBit Solar Co. Ltd. (HanBit), REC today entered into an agreement with Daegu City in South Korea to build and own a 2.5 MW solar power plant, which will produce some 3 million kWh of clean energy per year. "South Korea has ambitious goals for solar power and an attractive subsidy regime for the PV industry, and offers a promising new market for our REC Solar division", says Erik Thorsen, President & CEO. The power plant will be installed on top a water treatment facility in Daegu City and will contain around 11,000 REC Solar modules. Total investments will amount to slightly more than EUR 10 million. HanBit will enter into the necessary contracts for design and construction of the plant over the coming months. It is assumed that the project qualify for CDM credits (Clean Development Mechanism), allowing for trading of CERs (Certified Emission Reductions) under the Kyoto Protocol. HanBit expects to own the power plant for up to 15 years before it is handed over to Daegu City. HanBit is 60 percent owned by REC and 40 percent by a local partner. "We are currently exploring various ways of building robust and profitable market channels that can support our increasing downstream activities, and this project will be an important step in that direction. It will also allow us to integrate the entire value chain from polysilicon production all the way to electricity generation", says Erik Thorsen, President & CEO. "The support from Daegu City has been crucial in enabling this project. We are very pleased with the project development, and look forward to a continued mutually beneficial relationship", says John Andersen Jr., Executive Vice President Solar. About REC REC is uniquely positioned in the solar energy industry as the only company with a presence across the entire value chain. REC Silicon and REC Wafer are the world's largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications. REC Solar produces solar cells and solar modules. REC Group had revenues in 2006 of NOK 4,334 million and an operating profit of NOK 1,574 million. Please also see www.recgroup.com For further information please contact: Jon Andre Løkke, SVP & IRO; +47 67 81 52 65


 

Cargotec Corporation, Press Release, August 28, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time Cargotec's MacGREGOR business area providing marine cargo handling and offshore solutions, has received an order for 32 ship cranes from Shanghai Shipyard. The value of the order is approximately EUR 11 million. The ship cranes will be delivered during 2009-2011 for eight container vessels ordered by German Reederei Thomas Schulte and L&B Shipping. The ship cranes will be manufactured in China by MacGREGOR's partner plant Lüzhou Machine Company Ltd. Sender: Cargotec Corporation Kari Heinistö Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Eeva Mäkelä SVP, Investor Relations and Communications For further information, please contact: Kenneth Mellin, Sales Manager, Crane Division, MacGREGOR, tel. +46 660 29 41 76 Eeva Mäkelä, SVP, Investor Relations and Communications, tel. +358 204 55 4281 Cargotec is the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions whose products are used in the different stages of material flow in ships, ports, terminals, distribution centers and local transportation. Cargotec Corporation's brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGREGOR, are market leaders in their fields and well-known among customers all over the world. Cargotec's sales are EUR 2.8 billion. The company employs over 10,000 people and operates in close to 160 countries. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. www.cargotec.com


 

Invitation to Webcast and Conference Call Hamburg, Germany | Oxford, UK - Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT) is pleased to invite you to a webcast presentation and conference call on detailed Phase II data for its lead compound EVT 201 in the treatment of insomnia on 5 September 2007 at 11.00 am CET / 10.00 am GMT / 5.00 am EST / 7.00 pm AEST The Evotec speakers at the worldsleep07 congress and in the webcast and conference call will be: * Dr John Kemp, Chief Research and Development Officer * Dr Tim Tasker, Executive Vice President Clinical Development Evotec will host a poster presentation on the study results at the worldsleep07 congress from 4.00 to 6.00 pm AEST time at the Sofitel Reef Hotel, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Australia (poster No PO649). Following the conference presentation, Evotec will hold the webcast and conference call to discuss the results. Positive headline results of this first Phase II study in 67 patients were released on 4 June 2007. To attend the webcast and conference call, please dial in using the following phone numbers: Australia +61 (2) 8223 9234 Germany +49 (69) 9897 2631 Switzerland +41 (44) 800 9659 UK +44 (20) 7138 0814 USA +1 (718) 354 1157 PIN code: 5301349 Please dial in 10 minutes before the beginning of the conference. The presentation will be available at the Evotec homepage www.evotec.com. Evotec expects the results from a second Phase II study in 135 elderly insomniacs to be available in October 2007. Although certain aspects of insomnia are addressed by current treatments, there is no drug yet available which meets all the needs of insomnia patients. About EVT 201 EVT 201 is a partial positive allosteric modulator (pPAM) of the GABAA receptor complex. Acting on GABAA receptors it addresses the gold standard mechanism for insomnia with more than 90% of current insomnia drugs using this mechanism. Importantly, however, its close to ideal half life of 3 to 4 hours and its partial agonist activity gives EVT 201 a differentiated preclinical profile and mechanism of action. The headline results of the first Phase II study with EVT 201 were very positive in terms of all aspects of the problems faced by insomniacs, i.e. sleep onset and sleep maintenance and yet the patients didn't feel any drug hang-over effects after waking in the morning. Furthermore, in two previous Phase I/II proof-of-principle studies in subjects with induced insomnia, EVT 201 significantly reduced Wake After Sleep Onset (WASO) while significantly increasing the Total Sleep Time (TST) and quality of sleep with no subjective residual effects. The studies were conducted in a sleep laboratory setting using the traffic noise model of insomnia in healthy male volunteers. In this setting an average of 52 decibels of recorded traffic noise is played throughout the night thereby provoking insomnia. This model has been used to evaluate several insomnia treatments currently in development and on the market. EVT 201 showed no tolerance/dependence liabilities in pre-clinical studies and no interaction with alcohol. Contact: Anne Hennecke, SVP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Evotec AG, Phone: +49-40-56081-286, anne.hennecke@evotec.com --- End of Message --- Evotec AG Schnackenburgallee 114 Hamburg Germany WKN: 566480; ISIN: DE0005664809 ; Index: Prime All Share, CDAX, HDAX, MIDCAP, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover;


 

Reference is made to earlier press releases regarding the acquisition of Provimar dated 2 July 2007, the acquisition of Indian operations dated 5 July 2007, and the Prospectus dated 7 August 2007. The subscription period and trading of the rights ended on Monday 27 August 16.30 P.M. The offering consisted of up to 21.362.582 new shares with a subscription price at NOK 2.80 per share and a nominal value at NOK 0,25 per share. The offering was oversubscribed. Allocation of the new shares is expected to take place on or about Friday 31 August. Nordea Corporate Finance has acted as lead manager in the transaction. Orion Securities has acted as co-manager. For further information: Annette Malm Justad Chief Executive Officer Tel: +47 95 20 93 96 Knut Abrahamsen Chief Financial Officer Tel: +47 92 40 10 38


 

(Oslo, August 28, 2007) VMETRO ASA (OSE: VME) acquires US based Micro Memory LLC, a privately held company, for US$ 16.3 millions. The acquisition brings VMETRO closer to it US customers, the company's biggest market, and it gives a more complete product portfolio. Micro Memory is a leading provider of critical embedded computing and network storage related products. The acquisition provides VMETRO with a highly experienced, US-based engineering team with proven capabilities. The acquisition of Micro Memory fulfills VMETRO's strategy on the following points: * Increased capabilities. The acquisition gives VMETRO increased capabilities within the US defense and aerospace industry. Micro Memory's US-based operations enable selling into programs where US Engineering and Manufacturing facilities are strongly favored, especially those programs that involve sensitive information subject to United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which limit the involvement of non-US personnel. * Complete portfolio. The acquisition improves VMETRO's market position due to an extended and more complete product portfolio within critical embedded computing and memory/storage. * Leverage on existing sales and marketing organization. With a stronger product portfolio VMETRO's established sales and marketing infrastructure can be better utilized. * Higher engineering efficiency. The acquisition enables VMETRO to develop and produce a broader and a more robust product portfolio with improved time-to-market. * New markets. The acquisition enables VMETRO to further diversify into new, previously untapped commercial markets through sales of Micro Memory's Umem NVRAM cards. These products are currently utilized by leading Tier I/II OEMs to satisfy applications in the rapidly growing segments of Enterprise Network Storage. "The acquisition is a step in VMETROs important shift in product mix and reflects the company's strong focus on Critical Embedded Computing and Recording /storage. I'm confident that the new organization will create value with improved market position and increased market share", says Christian Jebsen, CEO of VMETRO ASA. "Both geographically and technologically we get closer to our customers in the US, which is our biggest market. We get a more complete product portfolio at a lower combined cost and we can better utilize our existing sales and marketing organization." In 2006 Micro Memory had total revenue of US$ 10.1m with an operating profit of US$ 1.9m. VMETRO will pay a total consideration of US$ 16.3m of which US$14.0 in cash and US$ 2.3m in VMETRO shares. The share price will equal the average share price the last ten trading days prior to this announcement. Micro Memory was founded in 1976 and has 41 employees. The company's headquarters is in Chatsworth, California. Key employees will stay with the company for a minimum period of three years. More on: www.micromemory.com About VMETRO: VMETRO provides integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services, from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. Founded in 1986, VMETRO is one of the world's leading suppliers of embedded computers and systems, and specializes in products such as: -Embedded Computing - high-performance I/O and Digital Signal Processing boards and systems -Data Recording and Storage - high-performance long endurance Recording/Playback systems and Rugged Storage solutions -Bus and Protocol Analyzers - advanced tools used to debug, optimize, validate and test computer based systems VMETRO products are used to solve the most compute-intensive signal processing and recording challenges within signal intelligence, electronic warfare, telecommunication, radar and sonar processing, software defined radio, spectrum analysis, medical imaging, visual inspection and test & measurement. VMETRO has 159 employees and is represented globally through its own subsidiaries and independent distributors in North America, Europe and Asia. About Micro Memory: Micro Memory is a leading provider of board-level products for Real Time Embedded Systems and Enterprise Network Storage. For embedded systems, the Company's dense board designs are combined with robust, preconfigured FPGA IP to satisfy demanding signal processing applications for Mil/Aero Defense Primes and industry-leading OEMs. The Umem line of NVRAM products satisfies requirements for high performance, highly available random access storage for Tier I/II server and storage appliance providers. Contacts: CEO Christian Jebsen, VMETRO, Mobile: +47 40 40 14 41, or CFO Paal Tønsberg, VMETRO, Mobile: +47 911 75 748 --- End of Message --- VMETRO Østensjøveien 32 Oslo Norway ISIN: NO0003074601; ;


 
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FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Company dealt in | Freeport Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 1) | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Date of dealing | 24th August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price paid | | securities | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | | purchased | | | |--------------------------+--------------------+-------------------| | 1,576 | 399.50p | 399.50p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |-------------------------+--------------------+--------------------| | 500 | 407p | 407p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 28th August 2007 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Contact name | Edward Hodge | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 991 6661 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which connected | Freeport Plc | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

LSE ANNOUNCEMENT ISSUE OF CONVERTIBLE NOTES AND SHARES/APPENDIX 3B As part of the funding package approved by shareholders on 28 May 2007, the Company has today issued $12,000,000 in secured convertible notes (Convertible Notes). A detailed summary of the terms of the Convertible Notes is contained in the notice of meeting dated 27 April 2007. An Appendix 3B in relation to the issue of the Convertible Notes is attached to this announcement. In accordance with the shareholder approval and the terms of the Convertible Note Deed, the Company has also issued today 20,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares (Facility Fee Shares) to the Convertible Noteholders as consideration for them providing the $12,000,000 in Convertible Note funding and for making available to the Company a $6,000,000 expansion capital loan facility, details of which are contained in the 27 April 2007 notice of meeting. This issue of the Facility Fee Shares was detailed in the Appendix 3B issued on 31 May 2007. The Company seeks to rely on case 1 in Section 708A(5) of the Corporations Act ("Act") in respect of the issue of the Facility Fee Shares. The Company gives notice under paragraph (5) (e) of Section 708A of the Act to confirm that: 1. The Company issued the above shares without disclosure to the placees under Part 6D.2 of the Act. 2. As at the date of this notice the Company has complied with: (a) The provisions of Chapter 2M of the Act (as applicable to the Company); and (b) Section 674 of the Act. At the date of this notice there is no excluded information (as defined in paragraph (7) of Section 7098A of the Act) which is required to be disclosed by the Company. Enquiries to: Geoffrey Moore Monto Minerals Ltd +61 (0)7 3034 3100 Richard Brown Ambrian Partners Limited 020 7776 ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Stockholm - Tele2 AB, ("Tele2"), (Stockholm Stock Exchange: TEL2 A and TEL2 B) today announced that all resolutions proposed to its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of shareholders in Stockholm earlier today were duly passed. The proposals comprised resolution regarding the incentive programme including amendments to the Articles of Association, the adoption of an incentive programme, the authorisation to issue Class C shares, authorisation to buy-back Class C shares and transfer of Class B shares. The extraordinary general meeting resolved to adopt a performance based incentive programme (the "Plan") for senior executives and other key employees within the Tele2 group under the terms stipulated below. The Plan will comprise approximately 80 senior executives and other key employees within the Tele2 group and entails that the participants shall be granted stock options free of charge. Each option entitles the holder to purchase one Class B share at an exercise price corresponding to 110 percent of the average closing price of the company's Class B share 10 trading days prior to the date of grant. The scope of the Plan amounts to a maximum of 4,098,000 Options. The Options may only be exercised three to five years from the time of grant, provided that the holder is still employed within the Tele2 group and that certain performance conditions are fulfilled. Based on the outcome of these performance conditions, the employees will be able to exercise 0 - 100 percent of granted Options, i.e. there will be no guaranteed exercise. The performance conditions for the Options will be measured from 1 July 2007 until 30 June 2010 and are based on the company's average normalised Return on Capital Employed and Total Shareholder Return compared to a peer group. In order to ensure delivery of Class B shares to employees under the Plan, it was further resolved to authorise the Board of Directors to issue and buy-back Class C shares that can be reclassified and to transfer Class B shares to employees in accordance with the Plan. The rationale for the Plan is that the Board of Tele2 considers that it will strengthen the employees' loyalty, improve the conditions for the company's continued demands on profitability and create an opportunity for the employees to take part in the group's development. The Plan will constitute a competitive incentive and a motivating offer for senior executives and other key employees within the group. It was further resolved to amend § 5 in the Articles of Association, meaning mainly that Class C shares held by the company may be reclassified into Class B shares upon request by the Board. _____________________________________________________________________ Further information can be obtained from: Lena Krauss, Investor inquiries, Telephone: +46 8 5620 0045 Lars Torstensson, Investor inquiries, Telephone: +46 702 73 48 79 Tele2 is Europe's leading alternative telecom operator Tele2's mission is to provide cheap and simple telecoms for everyone in Europe. Tele2 always strives to offer the market's best prices. We have 29 million customers in 20 countries. Tele2 offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband, data network services and cable TV. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on OMX Nordic Exchange since 1996. In 2006 we had operating revenue of SEK 50.3 billion and we reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 5.7 billion.


 

Cargotec Corporation, Press Release, August 28, 2007 at 10.30 Finnish time Kalmar, the business area providing container handling solutions within Cargotec, has made an agreement to acquire Advanced Cargo Transhipment B.V. (ACT), an automation and software producer based in the Netherlands. The acquisition will increase Kalmar's resources in automated port terminal R&D. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value. "ACT's innovative team is a great addition improving further our capabilities to automate container handling equipment and terminals. We are now even better prepared to face the rapidly increasing interest and demand for these solutions," states Jorma Tirkkonen, President of Kalmar Intelligence & Automation. ACT, a former business unit of Frog Navigation, is an expert in developing and marketing equipment navigation control and terminal operation control hardware and software for complex logistic systems and processes in automated vehicles and equipment. Applications include straddle carriers, shuttle carriers and automated guided vehicles as well as their traffic management and control systems. Kalmar has delivered and supports a fleet of close to 1,000 applications like container verification, positioning and monitoring systems, remote service monitoring software, and reporting systems. Sender: Cargotec Corporation Kari Heinistö Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Eeva Mäkelä SVP, Investor Relations and Communications For further information, please contact: Christer Granskog, President, Kalmar, tel. +358 204 55 4776 Eeva Mäkelä, SVP, Investor Relations and Communications, tel. +358 204 55 4281 Cargotec is the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions whose products are used in the different stages of material flow in ships, ports, terminals, distribution centers and local transportation. Cargotec Corporation's brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGREGOR, are market leaders in their fields and well-known among customers all over the world. Cargotec's sales are EUR 2.8 billion. The company employs over 10,000 people and operates in close to 160 countries. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. www.cargotec.com


 

KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 28.08.2007 AT 10.00 Also this year, Kesko will select some 20 recent university or polytechnic graduates to be trained for managerial and specialist positions in the trading sector. The application period for the K-Group's joint recruitment and training programme will be in September 2007, when the current K-trainees will tour institutes of higher education telling about Kesko's trainee programme. "The first K-trainee programme commenced last year was a real success receiving more than one thousand applications. Kesko is expanding and becoming increasingly international at a brisk pace and we need new top experts. I'm confident that our programme will again find active and courageous young people who are interested in the trading sector," says Matti Halmesmäki, Kesko's President and CEO. The next K-trainee programme will start in January 2008 and will run for one year. Those recruited to participate will be employed in permanent jobs in the K-Group. The programme provides those admitted with a good basis to proceed to managerial and specialist positions in the trading sector, as well as international careers. An essential part of the one-year programme is working in a retail store, which is meant to give the participants a practical introduction to the work at a store. During the store training period, each trainee participates in the job rotation of a K-Group chain store, learns about the chain's other operations and gets an overall idea of how the store and the chain work. The K-trainee programme also includes a comprehensive managerial training period at the K-instituutti, the K-Group's own training centre. In addition to the K-trainee programme, Kesko also offers K-retailer trainee programmes for future retailer entrepreneurs. The K-retailer trainee programme, which has approximately 100 participants annually, has run in its present form since 1998, and has become a cornerstone for the retailer reserve function. The K-Group, that is Kesko and K-stores, has approximately 50,000 employees in all. The Kesko Group has 25,000 employees, of whom 15,000 in Finland and 10,000 abroad. The K-Group's nearly 700 job titles provide a wide selection that extends from basic duties to retailer entrepreneurship and to a wide range of specialist and managerial jobs in various fields. The K-Group's extent and diversified internal training provide good opportunities to develop at work and make career progress, including international duties. Further information: Riitta Laitasalo, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 1053 22060 Sari Kulmala, HR Manager, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 1053 22860 www.k-trainee.fi Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is a Finnish retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers through valued products and services at competitive prices. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and Russia.


 

EBITDA was USD 41.7 million (USD 5.3 million) in the second quarter of 2007. Total revenue amounted to USD 255.0 million (USD 204.2 million), of which Construction contract revenue related to the conversion of YÙUM K'AK'NÁAB amounted to USD 176.8 million (USD 176.4 million). The increase in EBITDA and revenue is primarily attributable to increased activity arising from the acquisition of APL (Advanced Production & Loading) Plc (APL), the finalization of the conversion of YÙUM K'AK'NÁAB, and share of profit of associates. Capital expenditures related to YÙUM K'AK'NÁAB (presented as Construction contract expenses) in the second quarter were USD 150.7 million (USD 176.4 million), bringing the conversion project to an end. First oil reached the FPSO on 18 June 2007 and the acceptance certificate was signed with PEMEX on 30 June 2007. Net profit from the conversion project recognised in the income statement in the second quarter amounted to USD 26.1 million. Share of profit of associates amounting to USD 5.2 million (USD 0.0 million) relates to the Group's investments in Prosafe SE, APL (until 8 May 2007) and Nexus Floating Production Limited (Nexus). At 30 June 2007, the Group owned 24.33% of the shares in Prosafe and 40.18% of the shares in Nexus. Operating expenses were USD 229.0 million (USD 198.9 million) in the second quarter 2007. The increase in operating expenses is attributable to the increased activity from the acquisition of APL, additional office staff and provision for doubtful debt of USD 8.3 million recorded in the second quarter. Net financial items for the second quarter amounted to USD -3.4 million (USD -1.6 million). The reduction in net financial result relates to increased financing expenses arising from the acquisition of shares in Prosafe and the acquisition of the shares in APL. Net profit in the second quarter amounted to USD 25.9 million (USD -6.3 million). Total assets amounted to USD 2,924.0 million at 30 June 2007 (USD 717.2 million). The increase in total assets is a result of the conversions of YÙUM K'AK'NÁAB and BW Peace, increased activity from the acquisition of APL and Prosafe shares, and the acquisition of the vessels BW Carmen and BW Pioneer. Total equity amounted to USD 1,546.1 million at 30 June 2007 (USD 368.7 million). A private placement was completed during the second quarter, resulting in a net increase in equity of USD 85.9 million. Floating production (Figures in brackets refer to corresponding figures for 2006) EBITDA for the second quarter 2007 amounted to USD 36.3 million (USD 5.3 million). The improvement is primarily a result of the finalization of the conversion of YÙUM K'AK'NÁAB (which commenced operation from 30 June 2007). In addition, share of profit of associates amounted to USD 5.6 million in the second quarter 2007(USD 0.0 million). Cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter 2007 was USD - 21.2 million (USD 5.7 million). The negative cash flow relates to an increase in working capital. Technology (Figures in brackets refer to corresponding figures for 2006) EBITDA for the period of 8 May to 30 June 2007 amounted to USD 5.4 million. The EBITDA-margin was 9.7%. Cash flow from operating activities in the period of 8 May to 30 June 2007 was negative by USD 25 million. Increase in working capital related to ongoing projects is the reason for this development. Board of Directors, 27 August 2007 Please see link for full financial report.


 

August 28, 2007 Stockholm - Net Insight's Singapore office has received an order for a video contribution network in Asia. Based in Singapore, ST Teleport is a full-service satellite communications provider that connects businesses through a network of satellite systems and terrestrial network infrastructures. ST Teleport has selected Net Insight's Nimbra-platform to connect its Singapore headquarters and Hong Kong for contribution of ASI video content. The Hong Kong based broadcaster will send the video content for Starhub Cable Vision in Singapore, a customer of ST Teleport which will receive ASI feeds over the new connection. "This is a first order from ST Teleport, and we see a growing interest for Net Insight's solutions in Asia which is very satisfying", said Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO of Net Insight. "The activity level has increased in Asia since we recently opened the Singapore office to support our market establishment in the region." For more information, please contact: Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO of Net Insight AB, +46 8 685 04 00, fredrik.tragardh@netinsight.net About Net Insight Net Insight delivers the world's most efficient and scaleable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks. Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight's Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services. World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 25 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net About ST Teleport Based in Singapore, ST Teleport operates a full-fledged earth station centre with more than 25 satellite antennae. ST Teleport serves Asia's broadcasting, telecommunications and corporate markets, supporting television networks and providing satellite communications and value-added services including satellite uplink/downlink and turnaround, programme origination and playout, on-site SNG services, international gateway and VSAT services, IP multicast, and studio services. For more information, visit www.STTeleport.com


 

28th August 2007 Angus & Ross PLC First results of Black Angel 2007 exploration Excellent results obtained from the first 12 holes drilled this year. 7,350 metres of diamond drilling in 32 holes completed. Drilling continuing. "Glacier Zone" resource growing along strike and at depth. Now third largest found in Black Angel area. Results include mineralised sections up to 66m thick (hole 48) with varying grades of Zinc (Zn) and Lead (Pb) (See Table below). Also many other high-grade intercepts over shorter lengths 3.12m @ 16.5% Zn and 6.8% Pb in hole 54, 3.02m @ 14.8% Zn and 4.7% Pb in hole 50. Exploration of newly acquired and nearby Appat and Ukkusissat licence areas suggest large potential resource. Angus & Ross PLC (AGU) ("Angus & Ross" or the "Company") is pleased to update its shareholders with the excellent results, so far, of the exploration at its Black Angel Zinc / Lead Project in West Greenland. THE DRILLING To date 7,350 metres of diamond drilling in 32 holes have been completed at the South Lakes Glacier (SLG) zone. So far the first two batches of assays from the first 12 holes have been received. High grade intersections have been found in 6 of the 12 holes reported, which should add significant tonnage to the 1.8 million tonne resource from last year already reported. The 2006 drilling programme resulted in an independently estimated JORC-compliant resource of nearly 2 million tonnes of zinc-lead mineralisation (see PR of 6/12/06). Building on this success, the main objective of the 2007 programme was to test the expectation that the SLG discovery could be extended both 'down dip' and 'along strike'. Results so far from the 2007 programme have supported this assumption. Indeed in terms of continuous massive sulphide mineralisation, the SLG Zone is now the third largest ever found in the Black Angel area and is becoming larger especially along strike to the west. The structural re-interpretation of another mineralised zone, named 'Lakeshore', which has never been drilled in earlier programmes, indicates that it lies in a similar structural and stratigraphic setting to the main SLG discovery. This mineralised zone, located 1.2 km south of the SLG, is currently being tested by drilling. RESULTS Very high grade and potentially economic intersections have been found in 6 of the 12 holes reported, which are adding significant tonnage to the resource reported last year. The best intercepts include mineralisation spread over an interval of approximately 66 metres in hole 48, 3.12 metres of 16.5% Zn and 6.8% Pb in hole 54 and 3.02 metres of 14.8% Zn and 4.7% Pb in hole 50 (see table below). This mineralisation occurs in the form of massive sulphides with buckshot texture, semi- massive sulphides, disseminations and "veinlets", i.e. similar in style to the original Angel Zone mineralisation. The latest drill intercepts indicate a high potential for continued massive sulphide mineralisation at depth, in an extensive and poorly explored area north of the two lakes, between the Glacier in the east and the Black Angel mine in the west. OTHER AREAS Recent structural re-interpretation and exploration of the newly acquired licence areas near Ukkusissat and on Appat Island have also commenced. The licence (totalling 72 sq km) is located 20km South West from Black Angel and was granted to Angus & Ross plc in January 2007. Based on previous drilling results (from 1979), the Ukkusissat area alone contains of the order of 500kt of Zn/Pb mineralisation. Further geological mapping and structural re-interpretation indicate that the mineralised zone is open along strike, suggesting a very large potential resource. Mineralisation is high grade, very similar to the Black Angel mine, and in the same geological settings. These prospects are likely to be drilled next year. The total landholding of the Company in the Black Angel area is now 259 sq km. New resource estimates will be prepared by Wardell Armstrong International, once all the assays from this year's drilling have been received. THE PEOPLE The 20-strong team is lead by Frank van der Stijl, the former Chief Geologist of the Black Angel mine and a geologist with over 20 years of experience in Greenland. Ukkusissat and Appat Island exploration is headed by Dr. Guy Della Valle, a Swiss geologist, who has explored the area since the 1970s and conducted drilling there in year 1979. Both have been working with Angus & Ross for the past 3 years. Significant contribution to the understanding of the structural geology has been made by Dr Dave Coller, who is supporting the team for the second year. THE ASSAYS AND INTERCEPTS The assays of the best intersections from the first two batches of samples are shown in a table on page 3 (12 holes out of 32 drilled so far). Assaying is done by the ALS Chemex laboratory in Pitea in Sweden (preparation) and in Vancouver. Selected assays from the 2007 drilling programme at the Black Angel Glacier Zone Zn/Pb +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Hole| Eastings| Northings| From| Intercept| Pb| Zn| Ag| | | UTM 22| UTM W| | | | | | |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | (m)| (m)| (m)| (m)| (%)| (%)| (g/t)| |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | | |Glacier Prospect (32 holes drilled so far, results pending from 20 holes) | | | |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 07GLA045| 500698| 7889904| 217.65| 1.35| 1.8| 5.5| 10| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA046| 500650| 7889902| 192.95| 0.40| 5.1| 9.7| 12| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 196.66| 4.71| 3.2| 9.3| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA047| 500546| 7889942| 236.20| 0.36| 2.1| 7.0| 14| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 238.17| 0.23| 2.1| 5.7| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA048| 500546| 7889942| 151.85| 0.95| 4.3| 18.3| 32| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 169.25| 2.30| 3.6| 6.6| 18| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 174.76| 2.58| 3.9| 7.0| 19| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 190.45| 2.42| 3.1| 8.8| 15| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 200.95| 0.91| 3.2| 13.8| 10| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 211.65| 2.13| 2.7| 5.4| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA050| 500502| 7889978| 213.03| 4.07| 2.6| 4.6| 11| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 220.59| 0.59| 7.0| 20.7| 34| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 228.40| 3.02| 4.7| 14.8| 25| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA052| 500505| 7889868| 249.07| 0.73| 2.7| 20.5| 29| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA054| 500800| 7889867| 162.70| 3.12| 6.8| 16.5| 38| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA055| 500800| 7889867| 184.75| 0.53| 1.3| 4.6| 12| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA056| 500800| 7889815| 188.49| 0.34| 1.4| 4.5| 31| +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Robin Andrews, Chairman of Angus & Ross, commented: " These first results of the 2007 drilling programme are particularly exciting. We are continuing to delineate an increasingly important resource in the South Lakes Glacier zone, one which may eventually prove to be a major deposit. The "Lakeshore" mineralised zone, currently being drilled, is also promising - lying as it does in the same stratigraphic setting as the South Lakes Glacier. Furthermore, with a new structural model in mind, the re-assessment of the Ukkusissat and Appat Island showings confirms their high potential to host Black Angel type deposits." For further information contact: Angus & Ross PLC Robin Andrews, Chairman 01751 430 988 Andrew Zemek, Chief Executive, Black Angel Mining Ltd 07850 755 450 Bishopsgate Communicatons Nick Rome 0207 562 3366 Landsbanki Securities(UK) Limited Jeff Keating 0207 426 7716 Fred Walsh 0207 426 3202 NB: This release has been approved by the Company's technical staff who include Dr Tom Elder, Director, who holds a BSc and Doctorate in Geology from Durham University, is a Fellow and former Member of Council of The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of The Geological Society, in accordance with the recent Guidance Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies issued by the London Stock Exchange in respect of AIM companies, which outlines standards of disclosure for mineral projects. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Artumas Group Inc. (OSE: AGI), today announced its results for the second quarter 2007. Q2 Financial Statements and Managements Discussion and Analysis, can be viewed on the company website at www.artumas.com or at www.oslobors.no President and CEO, Stephen Mason will give a presentation starting at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday 28 August, 2007 in the "Hotel Continental" in Oslo, The second quarter presentation can also be followed live on the internet, through the link; http://media01.smartcom.no/Microsite/start.aspx?eventid=1858 as a webcast or at www.oslobors.no/webcast. An archived version of the webcast will be posted on www.artumas.com shortly after the presentation. The presentation will be held in English. Contact: Stephen W. Mason, President & CEO GB +44 7841373695 Call Cameron Barton, Chief Financial Officer CA +1 4032686511 Call Wendy Shaw, Manager of Investor Relations CA +1 4036818960 Call


 

The 2nd quarter 2007 was a very strong quarter for Deep Sea Supply Plc (the "Company"). Revenues were $29,3 mill. which is the highest in the Company's history and moderate operating expenses resulted in the best EBITDA of $19,0 mill. Net result was $12,9 mill. The results are particularly encouraging as three Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessels ("AHTS vessels") were drydocked in the 2nd quarter. To optimize return on existing equity, the Board of Directors recommend a distribution to shareholders of $0,85 per share (equivalent to NOK 5,00 per share at $/NOK = 5,90). It is the Company's intention to continue to make quarterly distributions to its shareholders. Such distribution to shareholders will be made after a sale and leaseback transaction entered into with Ship Finance International Ltd. The above distribution is subject to approval from certain lenders and Cyprus authorities (as our dividend payments are made by reduction in the Company's share premium reserve). In 2007, the fleet of Deep Sea Supply is expected to increase from its current 13 vessels to 16 vessels by year end 2007 under the current newbuilding program. The growth in fleet plus an expected strong offshore supply market should provide a continued strong financial performance from Deep Sea Supply in the 3rd quarter of 2007. Market consensus is that the current market will remain strong for the next 2-3 years. Deep Sea Supply Plc 28 August 2007


 

Zurich, Switzerland - August 28, 2007 Converium with strong 2007 second quarter results reporting net income of USD 46 million, first six months net income of USD 197 million up 58% * Net income from continuing operations of USD 46 million in the second quarter 2007 as a result of solid technical results with a non-life combined ratio of 96.6%; * First six months net income of USD 197 million, up 58% on the 2006 figure for the same period, positively impacted by the release of the tax valuation allowance of USD 75 million; * Good total investment result of USD 178 million with an average total investment income yield of 5.5% in the first half of 2007. No direct or structured indirect fixed maturity securities exposure to the US subprime mortgage credit market confirms prudent asset management approach; * Shareholders' equity of USD 2,017 million as of June 30, 2007, up USD 14 million compared with March 31, 2007, demonstrates Converium's capital strength; * Normalized return on equity (excluding release of tax valuation allowance) of 13.2% for the half year 2007, up 1.5 percentage points against the same period of 2006; * Successful July non-life treaty renewals with 34% more renewable open market business written. Inga Beale, Chief Executive Officer comments: "In the first half year 2007 Converium has continued to perform strongly. Adjusting for the one-off release of the tax valuation allowance, we have achieved a return on equity of over 13%. The extremely satisfying July renewals results and the most recent set of figures testify to the strength and solidity of the company that is now part of the SCOR Group." Solid second quarter 2007 results For the second quarter of 2007, Converium reported a net income of USD 46 million. The results were driven by a robust underlying underwriting performance which helped to absorb the expenses relating to the SCOR transaction of USD 24 million. Converium reported an increase in net income of USD 72 million to USD 197 million for the six months ended June 30, 2007 as compared with the same period in 2006. These 2007 figures reflect a net tax benefit of USD 67 million mainly due to the release of the tax valuation allowance in Switzerland amounting to USD 75 million. Solid technical underwriting performance and overall reserve position Gross premiums written in the second quarter of 2007 came in at USD 490 million, an increase of 5% compared with the second quarter of 2006, as Converium started to benefit from strong growth in markets such as Latin America and the Middle East. For the six months' period, there was an 8% increase in premium volume from USD 1,115 million to USD 1,202 million. The second quarter's non-life combined ratio was 96.6% compared with 98.8% for the same period of 2006. For the six months ending June 30, 2007 the non-life combined ratio came in at 100.5%, compared with 97.8% for the same period of 2006. The combined ratio for the first half of 2007, on a normalized basis - excluding prior year development impact of USD 16 million or 2.1% as well as impact from natural cat losses above plan by USD 31 million or 4.3% - comes in at 98.3%, which is below the full year target of 98.5%. Converium continued to profit from favorable prior accident year developments. The positive impact of prior accident years on the technical result was USD 11 million for the second quarter 2007, compared with USD 29 million for the same period in 2006. For the first six months the respective figures are USD 16 million and USD 43 million. In the first half of 2007, unfavorable adjustments in the motor line of business were more than offset by positive developments in property, aviation and space, engineering and credit and surety. Overall the total level of reserves remains supported by the independent actuarial report conducted during the first quarter. Increase in business volume in all lines of business In the largest business segment, Standard Property & Casualty Reinsurance reported gross premiums written of USD 648 million during the first six months of 2007, up 16% compared with the same period of the prior year. Its segment income of USD 37 million for the first half of 2007, down from USD 90 million in 2006, was adversely affected by losses from natural catastrophes Storm Kyrill in Europe of USD 50 million and New South Wales Australian flood related losses of USD 11 million. In addition, in 2007 the segment saw a unfavorable net impact of prior accident years' development on technical result of USD 35 million, mainly driven by the negative impact in prior year loss reserves in the motor line of business of USD 41 million, partially offset by a positive development in prior year loss reserves in the property line of business of USD 21 million. These developments are reflected in the segment's combined ratio in the first half year of 107.7%, up 18.6% against the last year period. In Specialty Lines, for the second quarter 2007, gross premiums written slightly increased by 3% despite a drop of 33% in aviation & space where business did not meet Converium profitability targets. The segment reported positive prior accident years' developments on the technical result of USD 51 million for the first half 2007, mainly in the aviation & space, engineering and credit & surety lines of business. In the first six months of 2007, a combined ratio of 93.0% was recorded, compared with 106.1% in the same period of the prior year. The Life & Health Reinsurance segment posted a technical result of USD 20 million in the first half of 2007, as compared with USD 14 million a year earlier (USD 11 million vs. USD 8 million on quarterly comparison). All major markets contributed to the positive development. Gross premiums written grew to USD 79 million in the quarter or USD 211 million in the first six months of 2007, an increase of 22% compared with the first half of 2006, largely driven by increasing business within the European Markets. Solid total investment result In the second quarter of 2007, Converium reported a total investment result of USD 86 million, compared with USD 63 million for the same period of 2006. For the six months ending June 30, 2007 the respective figures are USD 178 million and USD 123 million. In the second quarter of 2007 total investment income yield was 5.3%, compared with 4.3% in the same period of 2006. For the six months ended June 30, 2007 the respective yields are 5.5% and 4.1%. As of June 30, 2007, Converium had no direct or structured indirect fixed maturity securities exposure to the US subprime mortgage credit market. Further improvement of capital strength As of June 30, 2007, Converium had total shareholders' equity of USD 2,017.2 million (USD 13.78 per share) compared with USD 1,846.0 million (USD 12.63 per share) as of December 31, 2006, an increase of USD 171.2 million (USD 1.15 per share). Extraordinary transaction costs In the wake of Converium's acquisition by SCOR, the Company recorded non-recurring transaction costs in the second quarter of 2007 of USD 24 million, or USD 31 million for the first six months respectively, primarily related to legal, consulting and investment banking fees. Successful July non-life renewals In the latest July 1 renewals Converium achieved an excellent growth of 34% or USD 21 million, bringing total renewed open market business to USD 85 million. This increase in premium was mainly recorded in the property line of business where Converium managed to regain previously lost business and to generate new business, particularly in Australia, the Middle East and Latin America. Overall, the Company was successful in capturing the momentum following the restoration of its A- financial strength rating by Standard & Poor's on February 28, 2007. As of August 8, 2007, SCOR, as a shareholder, formally controls the company. Enquiries Beat W. Werder Marco Circelli Head of Public Relations Head of Investor Relations beat.werder@converium.com marco.circelli@converium.com Phone: +41 44 639 90 22 Phone: +41 44 639 91 31 Fax: +41 44 639 70 22 Fax: +41 44 639 71 31 Dr. Kai-Uwe Schanz Inken Ehrich Chief Communication & Corporate Investor Relations Specialist Development Officer inken.ehrich@converium.com kai-uwe.schanz@converium.com Phone: +41 44 639 90 94 Phone: +41 44 639 90 35 Fax: +41 44 639 70 94 Fax: +41 44 639 70 35 Key financial metrics (USD, unless noted) Financial Three months ended Six months ended highlights: June 30 June 30 2007 2006 2007 2006 In USD (unaudited) million, unless noted (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Gross premiums 489.8 467.5 1,201.6 1,114.5 written Net premiums 396.2 406.8 1,075.3 1,050.7 written Net premiums 459.9 468.5 919.9 892.6 earned Non-life loss 63.9% 64.6% 69.7% 66.9% ratio 1 Non-life acquisition 26.6% 28.4% 25.3% 25.5% costs ratio 2 Non-life administration 6.1% 5.8% 5.5% 5.4% expense ratio 3 Non-life combined ratio 96.6% 98.8% 100.5% 97.8% 4 Life & Health technical 11.3 7.6 19.5 13.8 result 5 Total investment 85.5 63.4 177.6 122.7 results 6 Total investment 5.3% 4.3% 5.5% 4.1% income yield 7 Total investment 61.1 27.5 143.4 95.9 return (pre-tax) 8 Average total invested assets 6,472.2 5,939.2 6,459.8 5,958.4 (including cash and cash equivalents) Income from continuing 45.6 46.8 196.5 96.7 operations Income from discontinued - 15.7 - 27.4 operations Net income 45.6 62.5 196.5 124.1 Basic earnings per share from continuing 0.31 0.32 1.34 0.66 operations (USD) Basic earnings per share from discontinued - 0.11 - 0.19 operations (USD) Diluted earnings per share from 0.31 0.31 1.33 0.65 continuing operations (USD) Diluted earnings per share from 0.11 0.18 discontinued - - operations (USD) Return on shareholders' equity from 11.2% 10.9% 13.2% 11.7% continuing operations 9 1 Non-life loss ratio is defined as losses and loss expenses divided by net premiums earned. 2 Non-life acquisition costs ratio is defined as acquisition costs divided by net premiums earned 3 Non-life administration expense ratio is defined as other operating and administration expenses divided by net premiums earned. 4 Non-life combined ratio is defined as the non-life loss ratio plus the non-life acquisition costs ratio plus the non-life administration expense ratio. 5 Life & Health technical result is defined as net premiums earned minus losses, loss expenses and life benefits minus acquisition costs plus other technical income, mainly interest on deposits. 6 Total investment results are defined as net investment income plus net realized capital gains (losses). 7 Total investment income yield is defined as net investment income plus net realized capital gains (losses) divided by average total invested assets from continuing operations (including cash and cash equivalents), pre-tax and annualized. 8 Total investment return is defined as net investment income plus net realized capital gains (losses) plus change in net unrealized capital gains (losses). 9 Return on shareholders' equity is defined as net income or loss (after-tax) divided by shareholders' equity at the beginning of the period, annualized. For 2007 the calculation excludes the release of tax valuation allowance of USD 74.7 million. About Converium Converium is an international multi-line reinsurer known for its innovation, professionalism and service. Today Converium employs about 500 people in 15 offices around the globe and is organized into three business segments: Standard Property & Casualty Reinsurance, Specialty Lines and Life & Health Reinsurance. Converium has an "A-" ("strong") financial strength rating (outlook stable) from Standard & Poor's and a "A-" ("excellent") financial strength rating (outlook stable) from A.M. Best Company. Important Disclaimers This document contains forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It contains forward-looking statements and information relating to the Company's financial condition, results of operations, business, strategy and plans, based on currently available information. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as 'seek to', 'expects', 'aims' 'should continue', 'believes', 'anticipates', 'estimates' and 'intends'. The specific forward-looking statements cover, among other matters, the Company's strategy and management objectives, our growth prospects and our ability to ensure a smooth transition of our business with that of SCOR. Such statements are inherently subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such factors include whether we are able to secure an upgrade of our financial strength ratings; our ability to refinance our outstanding indebtedness and increase our use of hybrid capital; uncertainties of assumptions used in our reserving process; risk associated with implementing our business strategies and our capital improvement measures; cyclicality of the reinsurance industry; the occurrence of natural and man-made catastrophic events with a frequency or severity exceeding our estimates; acts of terrorism and acts of war; changes in economic conditions, including interest and currency rate conditions that could affect our investment portfolio; actions of competitors, including industry consolidation and development of competing financial products; a decrease in the level of demand for our reinsurance or increased competition in our industries or markets; our ability to expand into emerging markets; our ability to enter into strategic investment partnerships; a loss of our key employees or executive officers without suitable replacements being recruited within a suitable period of time; our ability to address material weaknesses we have identified in our internal control environment; political risks in the countries in which we operate or in which we reinsure risks; the passage of additional legislation or the promulgation of new regulation in a jurisdiction in which we or our clients operate or where our subsidiaries are organized; the effect on us and the insurance industry as a result of the investigations being carried out by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, New York's Attorney General and other governmental authorities; our ability to regain past customers following any rating upgrades and the resolution of the investigations being carried out by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, New York's Attorney General and other governmental authorities; changes in our investment results due to the changed composition of our invested assets or changes in our investment policy; failure of our retrocessional reinsurers to honor their obligations or changes in the credit worthiness of our reinsurers; our failure to prevail in any current or future arbitration or litigation; and extraordinary events affecting our clients, such as bankruptcies and liquidations, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) and the SWX Swiss Exchange. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


 

At the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, which was held today at, the public offer by London Acquisition B.V. of ¤ 47 per share for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of Stork N.V., was discussed. Messrs Kalff (Chairman of the Supervisory Board) and Vollebregt (Chairman of the Board of Management) have given a further explanation of the offer, including the most important aspects of the offer and the recommendations of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. Subsequently the offer was discussed with shareholders. The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, including the supervisory directors appointed by the Enterprise Section (Ondernemingskamer) of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Gerechtshof), believe that the offered price is reasonnable and fair, and have reached the conclusion that the offer is in the interests of Stork, its shareholders and other stakeholders. Therefore, they fully and unanimously support the offer and unanimously recommend the offer to the shareholders for acceptance. In addition, shareholders approved, subject to the offer being declared unconditional, the amendment of the articles of association of Stork N.V. and the appointment of members of the Supervisory Board. The approved amendment of the articles of association is in accordance with the agenda documents published on the Stork website, which differ from the proposal in the offer memorandum. If the offer is declared unconditional the Supervisory Board will consist of Mr. J.H. Schraven (chairman), Mr. M.S. Gumienny (vice chairman), Mr. E.J.F.H.C. Ernst, Mr. O.H. Wilson, Mr. P.F. Hartman and Mr. C.A. van den Driest. Press information: Stork N.V. Dick Kors Tel.: +31 (0)35 695 75 75 or +31 (0)6 51 98 40 54


 

Resolutions at today's Annual General Meeting of Addtech AB, and the ensuing statutory Board of Directors Meeting, included the following: Dividend A dividend of SEK 6.00 per share was declared. Record date for the dividend was confirmed to be 30 August 2007. The dividend is expected to be remitted by VPC AB 4 September 2007. Board of Directors and management The following were re-elected as directors: Roger Bergqvist, Anders Börjesson, Eva Elmstedt, Tom Hedelius, Urban Jansson and Lars Spongberg. Anders Börjesson was re-elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tom Hedelius was re-elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the ensuing statutory Board of Directors Meeting. The Board of Directors has appointed Johan Sjö as President and Chief Executive Officer of Addtech. He will begin to serve 1 January 2008. He will serve as Executive Vice President of Addtech AB from 1 October 2007. Repurchase of own shares The Annual General Meeting resolved in accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors to authorise the Board of Directors to buy and sell shares in the Company, on one or more occasions, such authorisation to remain valid until the next following Annual General Meeting. The purpose of such repurchases is to allow for adjustment of the Group's capital structure and to enable the Company to make future acquisitions of companies or businesses with payment in the Company's own shares. By holding shares in treasury the Company is also assuring its obligations under the personnel option programme for members of senior management resolved in December 2001. Purchases shall be made via the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm at the quoted sell price from time to time. Acquisition of own shares is limited in such a way that the Company may at no time hold more shares in treasury than the equivalent of 10 percent of all shares outstanding in the Company. Sale of shares held in treasury shall be possible to make with or without preferential rights for existing shareholders, but not via the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm. Sales may be made to finance acquisition of companies or businesses. At the statutory Board of Directors Meeting, the Board of Directors decided to exercise the authorisation given to it by the Annual General Meeting held 27 August 2007 to repurchase shares in the Company. Since before, Addtech AB holds 1,133,000 class B shares in treasury, equivalent to 4.8 percent of the total number of shares outstanding, and 3.4 percent of the votes. 428,000 of the shares held in treasury are set aside to secure the Company's obligations under the existing personnel option programme. The total number of shares outstanding in Addtech AB, including shares held in treasury, is 23,632,832. Next report An interim report for the period 1 April - 30 September 2007 will be published 8 November 2007. Stockholm, 27 August 2007 Addtech AB (publ) Board of Directors For further information, contact: Roger Bergqvist, President, +46 8 470 49 04 Kennet Göransson, CFO, +46 8 470 49 10


 

PACIFIC ENERGY RESOURCES LTD. 111 West Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, California 90802 Telephone: (562) 628-1526; Fax: (562) 628-1536 Pacific Energy Closes Purchase of Alaska Oil And Gas Assets LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA--(August 27, 2007) - Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. (TSX:PFE) (the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of the Alaska oil and gas properties and operations of Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST) ("Forest") and Forest Alaska Holding LLC ("Forest Holding"). The Corporation has acquired 100% of the membership interests in Forest Alaska Operating LLC ("FAO"), which owns the majority of the Alaska properties and operations, plus certain additional Alaska assets owned by Forest, including an interest in the Cook Inlet Pipe Line Company ("CIPL") for US$400,000,000 plus the issuance of 10,000,000 shares of the Corporation's common stock and a seven year seller note to Forest with a net present value of approximately $30,000,000. Acquisition financing was provided by the Company's current lending group. Energy Capital Solutions, LP served as the Corporation's financial advisor related to the acquisition including the delivery of a fairness opinion to the Corporation's Board of Directors, and acted as placement agent in arranging the financing to fund the acquisition. The FAO assets include nine fields located in the Cook Inlet area, producing approximately 5,000 BOE/day net to the interests being acquired. In addition to the producing properties, the Forest assets to be acquired include nearly 1,000,000 net acres covering multiple exploration prospects; plus a 50% equity interest in the Cook Inlet Pipe Line Company DeGolyer & MacNaughton, an independent consulting firm retained by the Corporation, estimated 26.06 million barrels equivalent (MMBOE) of net Proved Reserves (11.3 MMBOE of Proved Developed Producing, 2.6 MMBOE of Proved Developed Non-Producing and 12.22 MMBOE of Proved Undeveloped), 27.82 MMBOE net Probable reserves and 6.72 MMBOE of Possible reserves for a total of 60.59 MMBOE of Proved, Probable and Possible Reserves, under August 1st, 2007 Nymex strip prices. "We are extremely pleased to have successfully completed this acquisition; it represents a tremendous opportunity for the Corporation and its shareholders. This package of assets is a direct extension of our business strategy; the established production, with long life reserves, generates strong predictable cash flow. The multiple infill drilling opportunities provide a low risk means to grow the Corporation production through redevelopment. Significant undeveloped acreage with multiple high quality exploration targets, provides large exploration upside," said Darren Katic the Corporation's president. About Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. The Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and development company based in Long Beach, California, U.S.A. Additional information relating to the Corporation may be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PACIFIC ENERGY RESOURCES LTD. Mr. Darren Katic, President For further Information Boardmarker Group T: 403 517 2270 E: dean@boardmarker.net Note: This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results, are based on current expectations or beliefs and include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the timing, terms and amounts of the planned private placement and credit facility. For this purpose, statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include statements in which the Corporation uses words such as "continue," "efforts," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "confident," "intend," "strategy," "plan," "will," "estimate," "project," "goal," "target," "prospects," "optimistic", "potentially", "looking forward", "possibility", or similar expressions. These statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including, among others, obtaining regulatory approval, the Corporation's ability to meet its obligations under its existing and anticipated contractual obligations, the Corporation's ability to implement redevelopment plans, the impact of changes in market conditions and the Corporation's business environment, including actions of competitors; the occurrence of acts of terrorism or acts of war; changes in governmental laws and regulations, including income and other taxes; and other factors as may be discussed in the documents filed by the Corporation on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), including the most recent reports that identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In particular, statements regarding its ability to obtain regulatory approvals are forward-looking statements, and the Corporation can provide no assurance that this will occur. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


 

Highlights Seadrill reports net income of US$42.0 million and earnings per share of US$0.11 for the second quarter of 2007. Seadrill secures new harsh environment contracts for the semi-submersible West Alpha and the deepwater drillship West Navigator. Seadrill secures new contracts for the semi-submersible West Aquarius and five-year contract for the ultra-deepwater drillship West Capella, both under construction. Seadrill orders three new drilling units, including one new ultra deepwater semi-submersible rig and a deepwater semi-tender in Singapore and one new ultra deepwater drillship in Korea. Seadrill secures new assignments for the jack-ups West Larissa and West Titania. Seadrill is on track for delivery of the newbuild program. Seadrill divests the 1981-built jack-up West Titania for US$146.5 million, with delivery in the fourth quarter. Second quarter results Seadrill today reported consolidated revenues for the second quarter 2007 of US$374.0 million compared to US$479.2 million for the first quarter 2007. (The first quarter revenues included a gain of US$ 123.3 million related to sales of two FPSO units). Revenues for the first half year were US$853.2 million. Operating profit for the second quarter was US$76.9 million as compared to US$82.2 million in the first quarter (excluding gain on sales). Operating profit for the first half year was US$282.4 million. Operating profit from the Mobile Units amounted to US$43.3 million as compared to an operating profit of US$51.8 million in the first quarter 2007 (excluding gain on sales). The decrease was mainly due to lower utilization of the benign environment jack-ups. Operating profit from the Tender Rigs amounted to US$22.2 million as compared to US$22.6 million in the first quarter 2007. Operating profit from Well Services amounted to US$11.4 million as compared to US$7.8 million in the first quarter 2007. The improvement reflects increased activity within the Wireline and Engineering segments. Net financial items for the second quarter resulted in expenses of US$21.8 million, unchanged as compared to the first quarter. Income before income taxes amounted to US$55.1 million. Income taxes were US$11.2 million. Net income for the quarter amounted to US$42.0 million. Earnings per share were US$0.11 for the second quarter. For further information, please see the second quarter 2007 report attached. Analyst contact: Jim Dåtland, Vice President Investor Relations +47 51 30 99 19 Media contact: Trond Brandsrud, Chief Financial Officer +47 51 30 99 19 Seadrill Limited Hamilton, Bermuda August 27, 2007


 

Reference is made to the Stock Exchange Releases of 23 and 27 August 2007 by Affecto PLC regarding Affecto PLC has received acceptances and confirmed that it will complete the purchase of shares representing 95.3 % of Component Software Group ASA pursuant to the public tender offer dated 11 June 2007 (the "Offer"). Reference is further made to the Stock Exchange release from CSG today regarding transfer of large shareholdings and transfers from primary insiders. There is one primary insider to be added on the list of primary insiders. - Frank Kjærvoll (Member of Board), 1,800 shares. The abovementioned person do not have any further shares, votes or right to shares in Component Software Group ASA. Component Software Group ASA Chairman Rolv Jonassen, Chairman Tel : +47 928 86 281 Component Software Group ASA Chief Executive Officer Åge Lønning +47 402 01 000


 

SanomaWSOY Corp. Press Release 27 Aug 2007 at 15:45 SanomaWSOY Corporation has signed a EUR 802 million syndicated revolving credit facility with a group of 12 relationship banks. The facility has a maturity of five years and two one year extension options. The margin depends on the financial condition of the borrower, the initial margin being 0.175% over Euribor. The facility will be used for replacing the present short term bilateral financial agreements with a longer term arrangement, which also enables flexibility in financing possible future acquisitions. Mandated Lead Arrangers for the transaction are BNP PARIBAS SA, DnB NORD A/S (Helsinki Branch), Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V., Handelsbanken, ING, Nordea (coordinator and agent), OKO Bank plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Sampo Bank plc, SEB and Swedbank. Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale acts as a Co-Arranger of the loan. SANOMAWSOY CORPORATION Matti Salmi Senior Vice President Finance and Administration Additional information: Nils Ittonen, Senior Vice President, Group Treasury and Real Estate, SanomaWSOY Corporation tel. +385 40 502 3774 www.sanomawsoy.fi www.sanomawsoy.fi/Investors SanomaWSOY is the leading media group in the Nordic region operating in versatile fields of media in over 20 European countries. The Group has five divisions: Sanoma Magazines, Sanoma, SanomaWSOY Education and Books, SWelcom, and Rautakirja. In 2006, the Group employed over 18,000 people and its net sales were some EUR 2.7 billion.


 

The Board of Directors of Addtech AB has appointed Johan Sjö to serve as new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective as of 1 January 2008. The current President, Roger Bergqvist, will remain in his position until then. Thereafter Roger Bergqvist will be active in the Addtech Group in development and strategy issues. Johan Sjö has been a member of group management at B&B TOOLS since 2003, where he was President of B&B Development and a driving force in the group's expansionary phase, which during the past year included the acquisition of some 40 companies. B&B TOOLS, with annual revenue of SEK 8.2 billion, supplies the industrial and construction sectors in northern Europe with tools, industrial consumables and industrial components and kindred services. During the years 1994 - 2002 Johan Sjö was active at Alfred Berg, in areas such as analysis and corporate finance. Johan Sjö is 40 years old and has a degree in economics from the School of Economics at Växjö University. "Approaching his 60th birthday, Roger Bergqvist has taken the initiative to change his work situation," says Anders Börjesson, Chairman of Addtech AB. "Roger has been a crucial force behind Addtech's establishment as a listed company and the positive development of the Group since the listing in 2001. My colleagues on the Board of Directors and I are therefore pleased to be able to meet with Roger's wishes. The Board of Directors is convinced that Johan with his solid experience in trade and industry is the right person to take on the job of further developing the successful business that is today's Addtech." Stockholm, 27 August 2007 Addtech AB For further information, contact: Anders Börjesson, Chairman, Addtech AB, +46 8 470 49 00 Roger Bergqvist, President, Addtech AB, +46 8 470 49 00 Johan Sjö +46 70 799 40 44


 

A restructuring of the search services of Schibsted Søk in Norway and Sweden is now started with the aim of reducing the cost base with approx. NOK 130 million for Schibsted Søk (NOK 90 million on Schibsted group level). The operation of the search services will continue, and these services will still be a part of Schibsted's ambition to be one of the leading media groups in Europe. A restructuring charge in relation to write downs of technology licenses and the reduction of staff of approx. NOK 40-50 million will be booked in Q3. The CEO of Schibsted Søk, Arild Nilsen, who entered the position on the 1st of August, admits that the cost reductions are considerable. - Sesam has become a popular search service with numerous users, but the number of users is not sufficient for creating revenues that may cover the present cost base. All areas of the business will be affected by the cost reductions, says Nilsen. The cost reductions will only lead to limited changes in the search services of Schibsted Søk as experienced by its users. The search results will be as good as before, but they will be presented in a slightly different way. There is an ongoing work to define a new strategy for Schibsted Søk, and this new strategy will presented in relation to Schibsted's Q3. Contact persons: CFO of Schibsted, Trond Berger tel.: +47 91 68 66 95 CEO of Schibsted Søk, Arild Nilsen tel.: +47 23 35 55 30 Chairman of the board of Schibsted Søk, Rolv Erik Ryssdal tel.: +47 91 60 02 00 Oslo, 27 August, 2007 Schibsted ASA --- End of Message --- Schibsted Apotekergt 10, Pb 1178 Sentrum Oslo Norway ISIN: NO0003028904; ;


 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 27, 2007 - Akzo Nobel (Euronext Amsterdam: AKZ; Nasdaq: AKZOY) has announced that, in line with the launch of its EUR 1.6 billion share buyback program on May 3, 2007, the company has repurchased 1,590,000 common shares in the period August 20 until August 24, 2007. Shares were repurchased at an average price of EUR 55.55 for a total amount of EUR 88.3 million. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the Akzo Nobel website at www.akzonobel.com/com/Investor+Relations/Financial+FAQ. The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 24,207,241 common shares for a total consideration of EUR 1,458 million. The completion of the share buyback program is expected within a few weeks. - - - Note to editors Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on both the Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ stock exchanges. It is also included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and FTSE4Good Index. Based in the Netherlands, we are a multicultural organization serving customers throughout the world with coatings, chemicals and human and animal healthcare products. We employ around 62,000 people and conduct our activities in these four segments, with operating subsidiaries in more than 80 countries. Consolidated revenues for 2006 totaled EUR 13.7 billion. The financial results for the third quarter will be published on October, 23, 2007. Internet: www.akzonobel.com Not for publication - for more information Akzo Nobel nv Corporate Media Relations, tel. +31 20 502 78 33 Contact: Marc Michelsen


 

Pöyry has expanded its management consulting services portfolio and market presence for the energy industry by acquiring ECON Analyse AS, Norway. The company's main operational bases are in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway, Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, and it is well-established in all of its markets. Following the transaction, Pöyry further strengthens its position as the leading energy management consultant in Europe, employing 250 experts. The closure of the transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities. Founded in 1986, ECON is a leading Nordic economic consulting firm, providing research, analysis and strategic advice relating to the interaction of markets and policies. In addition to consulting assignments, ECON offers a set of subscription services related to energy and carbon markets, manages multi-client and scenario studies, and arranges discussion forums where policy makers and industry leaders meet. The company's net sales in 2006 amounted to EUR 13 million and it employs 85 experts. Following the acquisition Pöyry's energy consulting activities cover the integral business process of the energy sector. Pöyry offers a range of services from strategy to business operation, including financing & valuation and sustainability. ECON's entire business will be continued and its senior management and key resources will take leading positions within the energy consulting business in Pöyry. ECON Analyse AS will be consolidated into Pöyry as of September 1, 2007. Auke Lont, Managing Director of ECON, says of the joining of forces: "We believe that the new ownership structure will enable us to develop ECON further. We will become part of a globally operating knowledge network and get access to first class technical competence. This will create new opportunities and improve the quality of our existing services. Through this alliance we will be able to maintain and expand our entire business in both the public and the private sector as we broaden the scope and increase the depth of our offerings." Kurt Bobst, President of the Management Consulting business area at Pöyry, comments: "I look forward to growing the business with the team of ECON. The two leading consulting companies will create the undisputed No. 1 consulting company in Europe for the energy market. Furthermore, we expand our position in the public sector and in major emerging markets. This joining of forces strengthens the existing relationships with our clients and we can deliver value across a wider portfolio of services." Pöyry is a global consulting and engineering firm focusing on the energy, forest industry and infrastructure & environment sectors. Pöyry's net sales in 2006 amounted to about EUR 620 million and it employs 7000 experts. PÖYRY PLC Satu Perälampi VP, Corporate Communications and IR Additional information by: Richard Pinnock, President, Energy Business Group, Zurich, Switzerland Tel. +41 76 356 2410 Teuvo Salminen, Deputy to President and CEO, Pöyry Plc Tel. +358 10 33 22872, +358 400 420 285 www.poyry.com DISTRIBUTION: Major media


 

Update August 20-24 Amsterdam (August 27, 2007) - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services and publishing company, today announces that in line with the launch of its ¤475 million share buy-back program on June 15, 2007, the company has repurchased 1,451,769 ordinary shares in the period August 20 until August 24, 2007. Shares were repurchased at an average price of ¤20.80 for a total amount of ¤30.2 million. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the Wolters Kluwer website at http://www.wolterskluwer.com/WK/Investors/ Share+Information/Share+Buy-back+Program/ The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 13,914,525 ordinary shares for a total consideration of ¤306.0 million. About Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2006) of ¤3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,450 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com. Contact: Caroline Wouters Kevin Entricken Vice President, Vice President, Corporate Communications Investor Relations Wolters Kluwer nv Wolters Kluwer nv + 31 (0)20 6070 459 + 31 (0)20 6070 407 press@wolterskluwer.com ir@wolterskluwer.com Forward-looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect," "should," "could," "shall," and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer's businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


 

Espoo, Finland - Kit out your car to stay connected, entertained and informed with the latest Nokia automotive navigation and communication enhancement. The super-efficient Nokia 500 Auto Navigation allows you to get to your destination quickly and easily, see who is calling, and make quality handsfree calls. The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is Nokia's first handsfree dedicated personal navigation device for convenient in-car navigation and communication. In addition to integrated GPS and competitive in-car navigation features, the device also acts as a complete Bluetooth handsfree system for your compatible mobile phone. Its wide (4.3 inch) color screen makes it easy to search through your contacts and make and receive calls, and the handsfree speaker system with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides excellent audio quality. Navigation made easy Navigating couldn't be easier - equipped with high-sensitivity GPS and Nokia Maps navigation software, the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation gives clear spoken and visual directions (turn-by-turn, including street and city names). It comes with pre-installed regional maps*, and detailed travel information, including points of interest such as hotels, petrol stations and tourist sites. The integration between the device's navigation and communication features also lets you receive contact details for the points of interest you pass on your journey so you can call directly, or get directions to addresses already stored in your contacts. Information at your fingertips With the device's Traffic Message Channel Service you can avoid all those tiresome traffic jams, and get to your destination more quickly. The device also has an intuitive Nokia interface, featuring a split screen which displays additional information alongside the main screen to help with your navigation. This split screen features essential guidance information such as details on your next turn, estimated time of arrival and distance remaining, ensuring these details are always accessible. On the road entertainment For longer journeys, keep yourself and your passengers amused with the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation's advanced entertainment features. Listen to music from the integrated music player, or for those down-times on the road, view photographs or watch videos, making any roadtrip a fun trip! The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation device also plays music through your car's FM radio using the built-in FM Transmitter**. "The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is an expansion of our extensive enhancements portfolio. Our solutions are tightly integrated with our mobile devices, allowing users to enjoy quality handsfree communication with their phonebook, music and competitive navigation," said Marcus Stahl, director, Nokia Automotive. The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is expected to be available in selected channels in Europe*** in the fourth quarter 2007 at an estimated retail price of EUR 300 without taxes. It will be available in other markets following this initial launch. *Map coverage will match the needs of the respective target markets **The feature may not be enabled in all countries due to legal restrictions ***Some European regions are not 100 % covered About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. Media Enquiries Nokia Multimedia Communications Tel: +358 7180 45725 Nokia Communications Tel: +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com Related photos in print quality can be found at www.nokia.com/press --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

ING announced today that, in line with the launch of its EUR 5.0 billion share buy back programme on 4 June 2007, the company has repurchased 1,325,000 (depositary receipts for) shares during the week of 20 August until 27 August. The (depositary receipts for) shares were repurchased at an average price of EUR 29.56 for a total amount of EUR 39,165,460.00. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the ING website at www.ing.com/investorrelations. The total number of (depositary receipts for) shares repurchased under this programme to date is 37,429,009 ordinary shares for a total consideration of EUR 1,211,099,629.43. To date approximately 24.2% of the repurchase programme has been completed. The repurchase programme is expected to run until June 2008. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Press enquiries: | | Carolien van der Giessen, +31 20 541 6522, | | carolien.van.der.giessen@ing.com | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to over 75 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce in excess of 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.


 

DSM Venturing, the corporate venturing unit of Royal DSM N.V., today announced that it has made an investment in Food Quality Sensor International Inc. (FQSI). FQSI is a US-based company which develops and commercializes novel technologies to detect the freshness levels of perishable foods. FQSI's advanced sensor technology will be incorporated in packaging concepts for fresh products such as meat and poultry. This is DSM's first equity investment in the field of Specialty Packaging, one of the Emerging Business Areas selected in DSM's strategy Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths. FQSI's latest product SensorQ(TM) is a stick-on sensor label applied by the meat packer to the inside of meat and poultry packages. The label detects the gaseous byproducts of food-borne bacteria growing inside the package. The technology correlates to U.S. and international standards of meat and poultry spoilage and is the only concept known to date to be able to sense freshness of meat in a cost-effective way. FQSI is currently in the final stages of testing and validating SensorQ(TM) and expects to launch the product later this year. The investment in FQSI provides DSM a window on the market in food packaging in the USA. Tony de Vrught, Vice President EBA Specialty Packaging: 'This is an important milestone for our activities in this new market. Next to our investment, FQSI will be one of the companies we will work with to develop intelligent packaging concepts.' Responding to trends such as growing food quality awareness, increasing interaction between a product and its packaging and upcoming changes in regulations, DSM's Specialty Packaging group is working on the development of breakthrough packaging solutions for food products with innovative barrier properties relating to freshness, release of odors, and the ability to monitor the history of the product. FQSI FQSI (www.FQSInternational.com) was incorporated in 2004, when The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. partnered with key members of the Draper sensor technology development team, Navigator Technology Ventures and Marco Bonné, an entrepreneur and food industry executive, to commercialize its food spoilage sensor technology. FQSI develops and commercializes novel technologies to detect the freshness levels of perishable foods. FQSI's headquarters and laboratories are located in Lexington, Massachusetts. DSM Venturing DSM Venturing is an active investor in emerging companies and Venture Capital Funds in DSM's strategic growth fields Nutrition, Pharma and Performance Materials. DSM Venturing's mission is to explore emerging markets and technologies in these strategic growth fields in order to enhance DSM's product portfolio and create value. DSM Venturing also plays an active role in the development of several new DSM business opportunities in the so-called emerging business areas Biomedical, Industrial (White) Biotechnology, Specialty Packaging and Personalized Nutrition. For more information about DSM Venturing see www.dsm-venturing.com. DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over ¤8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com. For more information: DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations Nelleke Barning Dries Ausems tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864 5782017 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595 fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail 5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com e-mail media.relations@dsm.com


 

Stavanger, Norway On August 24, 2007, the company bought 75,000 Ocean Rig shares at an average price of NOK 38.0121 per share. After this repurchase, the company owns 4,915,000 Ocean Rig shares. Ocean Rig may from time to time purchase its ordinary shares or other securities in open market transactions. Ocean Rig owns and operates two of the world's largest and most modern drilling rigs, built for ultra deep waters and extreme weather conditions. The units are currently operating offshore Angola and in the US Gulf of Mexico. NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected or implied in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise. The following important factors, among other, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements: (i) our results of operation and financial conditions in the future; (ii) the performance of our rigs, including the sufficiency of their design and their ability to prevent discharges of hazardous materials and pollutants; (iii) our ability to generate sufficient cash-flow to meet our debt service requirements; (iv) our ability to retain existing contracts and secure future drilling contracts for our rigs at attractive day rates; (v) our ability to perform our operations in accordance with our plans; (vi) the impact of changed conditions in the oil and gas industry; (vii) the occurrence of any accidents involving the Company or its assets; (viii) changes in governmental regulations, particularly with respect to environmental matters; (ix) increased competition or the entry of new competitors into the Company's markets; and (x) unforeseen occurrences in any of the areas in which the Company may conduct its operations, such as war, expropriation, nationalization, renegotiation or nullification of existing licenses or treaties, taxation and resource development policies, foreign exchange restrictions, changing political conditions and other risks relating to foreign governmental sovereignty over certain areas in which the Company will conduct operations. Due to such uncertainties and risks, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such forward-looking statements. For further information, please contact CFO Jan Rune Steinsland, tel +47 5196 9000. Stavanger, August 27, 2007 Ocean Rig ASA


 

Veidekke Entreprenør AS is going to build flats in Svartdalsparken for Veidekke Eiendom AS. This is a turnkey contract, valued at approximately MNOK 74, excl. VAT. Svartdalsparken is located at Ryen in Oslo. The project consists of two buildings containing a total of 54 flats with an average floor area of 74.8 sq.m. There are 8 two-room, 22 three-room, and 23 four-room flats and one with five rooms. Garaging will be provided in a common basement. The two blocks are separated at ground level, while the basement runs under both blocks. Each block has five floors with a recessed top floor. The basement has a total of 58 parking spaces in addition to storage rooms and technical rooms. Construction starts at end of August/beginning of September 2007 and is scheduled for completion in February 2009. For further information, please contact: Project Manager Arnfinn Strålberg, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, mobile phone + 47 918 37 688 e-mail: arnfinn.stralberg@veidekke.no VEIDEKKE ASA Veidekke ASA is a leading Scandinavian building contractor and property developer with 6,350 employees and an annual turnover of NOK 16.4 billion (2006). Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. It has a wide group of shareholders and 15 % of the shares are held by the company's employees. The company's activities cover a large range of building and construction contracts, development of housing and commercial projects for private and public customers, asphalt operations and road maintenance, and collection and recycling of waste.


 

The offer document in respect to KappAhl Holding AB's (publ) ("KappAhl") public offer to the shareholders in AB Lindex (publ) ("Lindex") to tender all outstanding shares in Lindex to KappAhl ("the Offer") is available on KappAhl's website, www.kappahl.com/ir and on Carnegie Investment Bank AB's ("Carnegie") website, www.carnegie.se. Printed copies of the offer document are expected to reach directly registered shareholders on Wednesday 29 August 2007, and on the same day to be held available at KappAhl, visiting address: Idrottsvägen 14, SE-431 24 Mölndal, Sweden and at Carnegie, visiting address: Gustav Adolfs Torg 18, SE-103 38 Stockholm, Sweden. The acceptance period commences on 29 August 2007 and ends on 27 September 2007. Settlement will commence as soon as KappAhl announces the conditions for the Offer have either been satisfied or waived. Provided that such an announcement is made on or about 1 October 2007, settlement for tendered shares is expected to be conducted on or about 4 October 2007. KappAhl reserves the right to extend the acceptance period, as well as to defer the date of settlement. On 20 August 2007, the Board of Directors of KappAhl published a notification of an Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM"), to be held on 17 September 2007 and in connection therewith proposed to the EGM to authorise the Board of Directors to resolve on an issue of shares or convertibles with preferential rights for existing shareholders ("the Rights Issue"). The proceeds from the Rights Issue is to be used to refinance part of the bank financing raised to finance the Offer. For further information, please contact: Christian W. Jansson, President and CEO Tel. +46 (0)70 995 02 01 Håkan Westin, CFO Tel. +46 (0)70 471 56 64 KappAhl Holding AB (publ) Box 303, SE-431 24 Mölndal, Sweden KappAhl is a leading Nordic fashion chain with approximately 272 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland. We design, market and sell clothes for the entire family, but focus in particular on women between 30 and 50 years of age, shopping for the whole family. KappAhl's head office and distribution centre, which handles the distribution of goods to all stores, is located in Mölndal, just outside Gothenburg. KappAhl employs approximately 3,700 individuals, approximately 90 percent of whom are women. During the financial year 2005/06, KappAhl had sales of SEK 4.2 billion, with an operating profit of SEK 530 million. KappAhl shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm. Further information about the company is available on www.kappahl.com and financial information is available on www.kappahl.com/ir.


 

-APPROVAL VALIDATES SPEEDEL'S LONG STANDING COMMITMENT TO RENIN INHIBITION- Basel/Switzerland and Bridgewater NJ/USA, 27 August 2007 Speedel (SWX: SPPN) today welcomed the announcement that Novartis has received European Union approval of SPP100 (Rasilez[i]) the first major innovation in high blood pressure treatment for more than a decade. Nearly half of all adults in Europe's largest countries, such as Germany, Italy and the UK, suffer from this potentially life-threatening condition.[ii] The European Commission approved Rasilez alone or in combination with other high blood pressure therapies, based on data from more than 7,800 patients in 44 clinical studies which was submitted by Novartis in September 2006. The Approval applies to all 27 EU member states plus Iceland and Norway. SPP100 was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US in March 2007 under the trade name Tekturna[iii] to treat hypertension both as monotherapy and in combination with other anti-hypertensives. Novartis announced in July 2007 that it was also approved in Switzerland. Speedel successfully developed SPP100 through Phase I and II clinical trials before Novartis exercised its license-back option in 2002. Dr. Alice Huxley, CEO, said: "There is a clear unmet medical need in this therapeutic area with more than 40% of treated patients not achieving control levels for their high blood pressure - even when using existing therapies. This approval is a welcome step bringing SPP100 (Rasilez) to patients in Europe as the first novel therapy for treating high blood pressure since 1995." Dr. J. Chris Jensen, Head of Scientific Affairs, commented: "Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, the world's No 1 killer. Speedel remains at the forefront of research and clinical development of next generation direct renin inhibitors with SPP635 in Phase IIa and SPP1148 in Phase I. This approval validates Speedel's long standing commitment to direct renin inhibition as the potential gold standard therapy for treatment of hypertension and other related disorders." The Lancet published an editorial on 17 August which stated that: "The risk of becoming hypertensive during lifetime exceeds a staggering 90% for a person in a developed country." The editorial also observed that: "The increasingly common combination and interaction of obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and high blood pressure, if left untreated for too long, leads to cardiovascular disease, stroke, renal failure, dementia, and ultimately death. Worldwide, the estimated number of adults with hypertension was 972 million in 2000; 639 million live in developing countries. By 2025, the total number is expected to increase to 1.56 billion." [iv] The clinical data submitted by Novartis showed that Rasilez provided significant blood pressure reductions for a full 24 hours [v] [vi] [vii] Furthermore, Rasilez provided added efficacy when used in combination with other commonly used blood pressure therapies [viii] [ix] [x] [xi] Novartis is also conducting a large outcome trial programme to evaluate the potential long-term effects of SPP100 and direct renin inhibition beyond high blood pressure. Data from the programme in high blood pressure patients with heart failure or kidney failure are expected to be released later this year. About SPP100 (aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez [xii]) SPP100 (aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez) is the first-in-class oral direct renin inhibitor. The development of SPP100 is the result of over 20 years of research on renin. Renin is the rate-limiting enzyme at the top of the Renin Angiotensin System (RAS), one of the key regulators of blood pressure. The RAS is a cascade, starting with renin, leading to angiotensin I and finally to angiotensin II. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-Is) and angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) have been developed to block this system "down stream" and have shown clinical efficacy in patients with hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. By inhibiting renin at the top of the RAS, SPP100 decreases the system's activity, as measured by plasma renin activity (PRA). Lowering PRA is believed to be very important in end-organ protection (e.g. heart and kidney). PRA is an independent risk factor and direct surrogate marker for several cardio-renal diseases, such as myocardial infarction and chronic renal disease. Direct Renin inhibitors lower PRA whereas most current leading anti-hypertensive drug classes such as ACE-Is and ARBs increase PRA levels. Speedel in-licensed SPP100 from Novartis in 1999 and successfully completed 18 clinical trials, through Phase I and II in about 500 patients and healthy volunteers. Based on the results generated during this programme, Novartis exercised a license-back option in 2002, and subsequently Novartis started trials with SPP100 in Phase III as monotherapy for hypertension and in Phase IIb as combination therapy. Regulatory approval was given by the US FDA in March 2007 and by the EU in August 2007. Speedel believes that it is the first company to establish successfully a clinical proof of concept in Phase II and to have developed and filed for patent protection a commercially viable manufacturing process for a renin inhibitor, an area of industry research for over 20 years. In a Phase II study of 200 patients conducted by Speedel, it was demonstrated that SPP100 achieves dose-dependent blood pressure reduction. The study also showed that 150mg and 300mg SPP100 once daily were comparable to Losartan 100mg, which is double the usual starting dose of this ARB (Stanton, Jensen, Nussberger, O'Brien, Hypertension.2003; 42: 1137-1143). About Speedel Speedel is a public biopharmaceutical company that seeks to create value for patients, partners and investors by developing innovative therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Speedel is a world leader in renin inhibition, a promising new approach with significant potential for treating cardiovascular diseases. Our lead compound SPP100 (Tekturna/Rasilez [xiii]), the first-in-class direct renin inhibitor, was in-licensed from Novartis in 1999 and licensed-back to Novartis Pharma in 2002 for further development and commercialisation; SPP100 was approved by the FDA in the US in March 2007, and by the EMEA in the EU in August 2007. Our pipeline covers three different modes of action, and in addition to SPP100, includes SPP301 in Phase III (on hold), SPP200 in Phase II, SPP635 in Phase Il, SPP1148 in Phase I and several pre-clinical projects. Speedel develops novel product candidates through focused innovation and smart drug development from lead identification to the end of Phase II. We either partner with big pharma for Phase III and commercialisation in primary-care indications, or we may ourselves complete Phase III development in specialist indications. Candidate compounds for development and the company's intellectual property come from our late-stage research unit Speedel Experimenta and from in-licensing. Our team of approximately 70 employees, including over 30 experienced pharmaceutical scientists, is located at our headquarters and laboratories in Basel, Switzerland and at offices in New Jersey, USA and Tokyo, Japan. In January 2007 the company raised gross proceeds of CHF 55.5 million (approximately EUR 34.3 million or USD 44.5 million) through a convertible bond issue. In March 2006 the company raised gross proceeds of CHF 83.95 million (approximately EUR 53m or USD 64m) through the public offering of 500,000 treasury shares. Previously, as a private company, we raised gross proceeds of CHF 255 million (approximately EUR 157 million or USD 204 million) from private placements of equity securities and two convertible loans including the conversion premiums. We have had total revenues, principally from milestone payments, of CHF 57.7 million (approximately EUR 37 million or USD 44 million). The company's shares were listed in September 2005 on the SWX Swiss Exchange under the symbol SPPN. Forward looking statements This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and projections about future events. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. The word "may" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations described in these forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on them. There can be no assurance that actual results of our research and development activities and our results of operations will not differ materially from these expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from expectations include, among others: our or our partners' ability to develop safe and efficacious products; our or our partners' ability to achieve positive results in clinical trials; our or our partners' ability to obtain marketing approval and market acceptance for our product candidates; our ability to enter into future collaboration and licensing agreements; the impact of competition and technological change; existing and future regulations affecting our business; changes in governmental oversight of pharmaceutical product development; the future scope of our patent coverage or that of third parties; the effects of any future litigation; general economic and business conditions, both internationally and within our industry, including exchange rate variations; and our future financing plans. -- Ends -- [i] Tekturna/Rasilez® are Novartis trademarks [ii] Wang YR, Alexander GC, Stafford RS. Outpatient hypertension treatment, treatment intensification, and control in Western Europe and the United States. Arch Intern Med 2007; 167:141-7 [iii] Tekturna/Rasilez® are Novartis trademarks [iv] The Lancet: 2007; 370:539 [v] Mitchell B, Oh J, Chung J, et al. Once-Daily Aliskiren Provides Effective, Smooth 24-Hour Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Hypertension. Presented at the American Society of Hypertension 21st Scientific Meeting & Exposition, May 17, 2006 [vi] Schmieder RE. Aliskiren: a clinical profile. Journal of the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System December 2006; Volume 7:2 [vii] Uresin Y, Taylor A, Kilo C, Tschope D, Santonastaso M, Ibram G, Fang H, Satlin A. Aliskiren, a novel renin inhibitor, has greater BP lowering than ramipril and additional BP lowering when combined with ramipril in patients with diabetes and hypertension. Poster presented at the 16th Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Hypertension 2006 [viii] Oparil S, Yarows S, Patel S, et al. "The Direct Renin Inhibitor Aliskiren in Combination With the Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Valsartan Provides Additional Blood Pressure-Lowering Effects Compared With Either Agent Alone in Patients With Hypertension." Poster presented at American College of Cardiology 56th Annual Scientific Session, March 2007. [ix] Munger MA, Drummond W, Essop ER, et al. Aliskiren as add-on to amlodipine provides significant additional blood pressure lowering without increased oedema associated with doubling the amlodipine dose. Poster presented at the World Congress of Cardiology, September 2-6, 2006 [x] Gradman A, Kolloch RE, Myers M, et al. Aliskiren in combination with hydrochlorothiazide is effective and well tolerated during long-term treatment of hypertension. Poster presented at the American Society of Hypertension 22nd Scientific Meeting & Exposition, May 21, 2007 [xi] Uresin Y, Taylor A, Kilo C, Tschope D, Santonastaso M, Ibram G, Fang H, Satlin A. Aliskiren, a novel renin inhibitor, has greater BP lowering than ramipril and additional BP lowering when combined with ramipril in patients with diabetes and hypertension. Poster presented at the 16th Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Hypertension 2006. [xii] Tekturna/Rasilez® are Novartis trademarks [xiii] Tekturna/Rasilez® are Novartis trademarks For further information please contact Nick Miles Director Communications & Investor Relations Speedel Hirschgässlein 11 CH - 4051 Basel Switzerland T +41 (0) 61 206 40 00 D +41 (0) 61 206 40 14 F +41 (0) 61 206 40 01 M +41 (0) 79 446 25 21 E nick.miles@speedel.com www.speedel.com Frank LaSaracina Managing Director Speedel Pharmaceuticals Inc 1661 Route 22 West P.O. Box 6532 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 United States of America T +1 732 537 2290 F +1 732 537 2292 M +1 908 338 0501 E frank.lasaracina@speedel.com www.speedel.com


 

China's leading online media company offers free game trials and affordable subscriptions Shanghai - Today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) China, Nokia announced that SINA Corporation (Nasdaq GS: SINA), a leading online media company and value-added information service provider for China and for global Chinese communities, has launched five connected mobile games powered by Nokia's SNAP Mobile. Consumers in China can try out the new games, including 3D Pool Hall, Jellypop, Sudoku, and upgraded versions of Link Up and Stone Park, at http://mogame.sina.com.cn. As part of the launch, consumers can download the games and play them twice offline for free. To continue playing and access multiplayer features, consumers can buy a subscription for one RMB for 24 hours of unlimited play, either online or offline. "SINA found SNAP Mobile to be the optimal platform to build connected mobile games on. The platform provides a basis to develop games that are usable by the vast majority of mobile devices in China", said Terry Tian, Network Business Dept Director, SINA. "We have already successfully deployed several innovative connected casual games for new users to try today. This is just the start." "Working with SINA has really put the games powered by SNAP Mobile to the test. With over 500 million daily page views on SINA's site, the traffic is monumental," said Antoine Doumenc, head of SNAP Mobile. "It's a very significant milestone to see that the most recognized Internet brand in China has successfully deployed a connected mobile games offering using SNAP Mobile. We're looking forward to developing even more games for SINA customers to play." SINA and Nokia will be jointly demonstrating the SNAP Mobile games at GDC in the Nokia booth (A6 & A8 at the Shanghai International Convention Center) . Additionally, the companies will co-present in the lecture area of the Nokia booth on: - 'Reach Out to a Global Market with Mobile Casual Games through Connectivity', August 28, 10:00-10:30 a.m. CST; August 29 on 10:30-11:00 a.m. local time -'Developing Connected Casual Games for the Global Market', August 28, 11:00-11:30 a.m. CST, and August 29, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. local time To arrange a meeting at GDC and for more information, please email: snapmobile@nokia.com. More information on the event can be found at: http://www.gdcchina.cn/en/ About SNAP Mobile Nokia's SNAP Mobile is an industry leading mobile Java(TM) gaming solution that covers middleware and technology, hosting, maintenance, and online community management. It is available to 3rd parties for connected mobile game development and publishing, and also offers mobile game community development to operators. The SNAP Mobile platform currently supports a wide variety of Java(TM) MIDP2.0 compliant phones and has a rapidly growing selection of connected mobile games with the variety and level of challenge that appeals to players of all ages. For more information about SNAP Mobile, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. About SINA SINA Corporation (Nasdaq GS: SINA) is a leading online media company and value-added information service provider for China and for global Chinese communities. With a branded network of localized web sites targeting Greater China and overseas Chinese, the Company provides services through five major business lines including SINA.com (online news and content), SINA Mobile (mobile value-added services or "MVAS"), SINA Community (Web 2.0-based services and games), SINA.net (search and enterprise services) and SINA E-Commerce (online shopping). Together these business lines provide an array of services including region-focused online portals, MVAS, search and directory, interest-based and community-building channels, free and premium email, blog services, audio and video streaming, online games, classified listings, fee-based services, e-commerce and enterprise e-solutions. Media Enquiries: Nokia, Multimedia Communications Tel. +358 7180 45667 Nokia Communications Tel. +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com Trademarks: All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

Elderstreet VCT plc Transaction in own securities 24 August 2007 Elderstreet VCT plc announces that on 22 August 2007 the Company purchased 75,000 Ordinary shares of 5p each for cancellation representing approximately 0.41% of the issued Ordinary share capital at a price of 73.5p per share. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Leasinvest Real Estate realised a substantial increase of the consolidated net result (share of the group) of 19.7 million EUR (or 5.94 EUR per share) on 30 June 2006 to 34.9 million EUR (or 8.71 EUR per share) on 30 June 2007 (+ 77%, or +47% per share), thanks to: - The contribution of the Luxembourg subsidiary Leasinvest Immo Lux and of the acquisition in the financial year 2005/2006 of the "Extensa" portfolio - Increases in value of the portfolio (16.6 million EUR) - And a realised net capital gain on the sale of two buildings ("Extensa Square") (1.49 million EUR) The proposed gross dividend for the financial year 2006/2007 amounts to 3.8 EUR per share compared to 3.75 EUR the previous financial year, or an increase of 1.33%. 1. Consolidated key figures of the real estate portfolio Consolidated real estate portfolio key figures (a) 1/07/2006- 1/07/2005- 30/06/2007 30/06/2006 Fair value (1,000 EUR) (b) 445,859 467,182 Investment value (1,000 EUR) (c) 457,310 479,170 Rental yield based on fair value 7.22% 7.45% Rental yield based on investment value 7.04% 7.26% Occupancy rate (d) 97.01% 95.87% (a) Takes into account the "Investment properties" (non-current assets) and the "Assets held for sale" (current assets). The development projects are hereby not included. (b) Fair value: the investment value as defined by an independent real estate expert and of which the transaction costs, as defined on page 75 of the annual brochure 2005/2006, have been deducted. The fair value is the accounting value under IFRS. (c) The investment value corresponds to the previously used term 'investment value' and is the value as defined by an independent real estate expert and of which the transaction costs have not yet been deducted. (d) The occupancy rate has been calculated based on the estimated rental value. All buildings of the Leasinvest Real Estate portfolio have been taken into account, excluding the development projects. The consolidated real estate of Leasinvest Real Estate on 30 June 2007 is composed of 50 buildings in operation, covering a total surface of 266,247 sqm, of which 38 buildings in Belgium and 12 in Luxembourg. The office building Bian in Luxembourg and the castle-farm 'Torenhof' situated in Merelbeke (see infra "5. Acquisition") are being entirely renovated and are consequently not included in the key figures of the real estate portfolio[1]. The value of the marketable buildings on 30 June 2007 amounted to 445.86 million EUR in fair value, or a decrease of 5% compared to the previous year (467.18 million EUR). This decrease is, among other things, the consequence of the sale of 2 office buildings, part of 'Extensa Square' in Brussels and the sale of a building in Wommelgem. The total value of the real estate, including development projects, amounted to 459.26 million EUR on 30 June 2007. The rental yield of the marketable buildings based on the fair value amounted to 7.22% for the past financial year (compared to 7.45% on 30 June 2006), and based on the investment value, to 7.04% (compared to 7.26% on 30 June 2006). Thanks to our successful commercial efforts in Belgium and Luxembourg Leasinvest Real Estate succeeded in raising the occupancy rate, only applicable on the marketable buildings (development projects excluded) from 95.87% on 30 June 2006 to 97.01% on 30 June 2007. The occupancy rates of the Belgian and Luxembourg portfolio amounted to, respectively, 97% (96.19% on 30 June 2006) and 97.03% (95.14% on 30 June 2006). 2. Consolidated IFRS key figures Consolidated IFRS key figures 1/07/2006- 1/07/2005- 30/06/2007 30/06/2006 Net asset value, share of the group (NAV) (1,000 EUR) 262,071 237,849 Number of issued shares 4,012,832 4,012,628 Pro rata number of shares 4,012,832 3,318,241 Net asset value, part of the group, per share (EUR) - based on fair value 65.31 59.28 - based on investment value 68.13 62.10 Closing price (EUR) 78.10 65.90 Average price (EUR) 75.96 66.12 Operating result per diluted share (EUR) (a) 10.88 8.17 Net result per diluted share, share of the group (EUR) (a) 8.71 5.94 Debt ratio RD 21/06/06 (%) 40.93% 44.15% Proposed gross dividend (EUR) 3.80 3.75 Dividend yield (%) (b) 5.00% 5.67% (a) The results per diluted share are calculated based on the pro rata number of shares. This is the number of shares taking into account the entitlement to dividends of the shares. Following the capital increase which took place with the bringing in of the "Extensa" portfolio in the financial year 2005/2006, 763,407 new shares were created , which were entitled to dividends as from 29/05/06. (b) gross dividend / average share price 3. Consolidated balance sheet and results (in 1,000 EUR) 30/06/07 30/06/06 ASSETS IFRS IFRS NON-CURRENT ASSETS 454,174 469,946 Investment properties 436,376 467,182 Development projects 13,397 101 Other tangible assets 17 54 Non-current financial assets 4,384 2,609 CURRENT ASSETS 23,028 13,713 Assets held for sale 9,483 Current financial assets 6,626 2,616 Trade receivables 4,000 4,697 Tax receivables and other current assets 252 357 Cash and cash equivalents 1,472 5,518 Deferred charges and accrued income 1,195 526 TOTAL ASSETS 477,202 483,659 LIABILITIES TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY 272,046 262,555 SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO 262,071 237,849 THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE MOTHER COMPANY Capital 44,128 44,126 Share premium account 70,622 70,611 Own shares (-) -12 0 Reserves 117,205 99,051 Result 34,934 30,597 Impact on fair value of estimated transaction costs -6,219 -6,910 resulting from hypothetical disposal of investment properties Change in fair value of financial assets and liabilities on financial assets available for sale 336 0 on hedging instruments 1,077 375 MINORITY INTERESTS 9,975 24,706 LIABILITIES 205,156 221,104 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 88,943 95,581 Provisions 1,751 27 Non-current financial debts 86,300 94,800 Other non-current financial debts 33 82 Other non-current liabilities 859 672 CURRENT LIABILITIES 116,213 125,523 Current financial debts 100,321 108,524 Trade debts and other current debts 6,698 8,529 Other current liabilities 1,125 1,004 Accrued charges and deferred income 8,069 7,466 TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY, MINORITY INTERESTS AND 477,202 483,659 LIABILITIES CONSOLIDATED RESULTS 30/06/07 30/06/06 (in 1,000 EUR) IFRS IFRS (+) Rental income 33,154 23,958 (+) Writeback of lease payments sold and 0 0 discounted (+/-) Related rental expenses 0 1 NET RENTAL INCOME 33,154 23,959 (+) Recovery of property charges 228 31 (+) Recovery income of charges and taxes normally 2,168 3,457 payable by tenants on let properties (-) Costs payable by tenants and borne by the -143 -129 landlord for rental damage and refurbishment at end of lease (-) Charges and taxes normally payble by tenants -2,168 -3,500 on let properties (+/-) Other related rental expenses and income -236 0 PROPERTY RESULT 33,003 23,818 (-) Technical costs -2,406 -2,152 (-) Commercial costs -400 -179 (-) Charges and taxes on unlet properties -569 -1,019 (-) Property management costs -2,004 -1,494 (-) Other property charges -514 -242 PROPERTY CHARGES -5,893 -5,086 PROPERTY OPERATING RESULT 27,110 18,732 (-) Corporate operating charges -1,944 -770 (+/-) Other operating charges and income 417 5,234 OPERATING RESULT BEFORE RESULT ON THE PORTFOLIO 25,583 23,195 (+/-) Result on disposal of investment properties 1,486 0 (+/-) Changes in fair value of investment 16,609 3,923 properties OPERATING RESULT 43,678 27,118 (+) Financial income 3,406 2,286 (-) Interest charges -10,316 -4,592 (-) Other financial charges -364 -700 FINANCIAL RESULT -7,274 -3,006 PRE-TAX RESULT 36,404 24,112 (+/-) Corporate taxes -469 -787 (+/-) Exit tax -415 0 TAXES -884 -787 NET RESULT 35,520 23,325 Attributable to: Minority interests 586 3,602 Group shares 34,934 19,723 4. Comments on the consolidated balance sheet and on the results of the financial year 2006/2007 In the first quarter of the past financial year Leasinvest Real Estate became a 100% shareholder of Square de Meeûs 5-6 SA (30 June 2006: 50.07%) followed in December 2006 with a merger by acquisition on which 204 new Leasinvest Real Estate shares[2] were issued. Since then, the total amount of shares reaches 4,012,832. a. Consolidated results The following observation has to be made: during the financial year 2005/2006 the companies Warehouse Finance SA, De Leewe SA and Logistics Finance SA ("Extensa portfolio") have not yet contributed to the current result of Leasinvest Real Estate[3] and the contributions of Leasinvest Immo Lux and Leasinvest Immo Lux Conseil were limited to 6 months. Consequently, the rental income has risen by 38% to 33.2 million EUR compared to 24 million EUR the previous year. If, for the calculation of the total rental income of the previous financial year, 12 months of rental income for Leasinvest Immo Lux and the "Extensa portfolio" were taken into account, the increase would amount to 1.1%, notwithstanding the sale of "Extensa Square" and Wommelgem, and the vacancy of the building Bian in Luxembourg (due to renovation). The increase of the property charges amounted to 16%, to 5.9 million EUR (5.1 million EUR on 30 June 2006) and takes into account the full annual impact of the management fee of Leasinvest Real Estate Management SA (the statutory manager of the real estate fund), calculated based on the total real estate portfolio[4], and the higher real estate agent fees, resulting in a further improvement of the occupancy of the portfolio. The increase of the corporate operating charges from 0.8 million EUR to 1.9 million EUR is, among other things, due to exceptional consultancy costs. The other operating charges and income have substantially decreased from an income of 5.2 million EUR to 0.4 million EUR. For the financial year ending on 30 June 2006 this item contained an important exceptional badwill[5] of 5.2 million EUR on the acquisition of Leasinvest Immo Lux and the "Extensa portfolio". This financial year, only a badwill of 0.8 million EUR has been included, as a result of the acquisition of the remaining shares of Square De Meeûs, and 0.2 million EUR following the increase of the participation in Leasinvest Immo Lux from 90.12% (30 June 2006) to 96.04%. The result on the portfolio consists of a realised gain of 1.5 million EUR on the sale of "Extensa Square" on the one hand, and a positive change in fair value of the portfolio of 16.6 million EUR (3.9 million EUR on 30 June 2006) on the other hand. Also thanks to the substantial increase of the portfolio result, the operating result has increased by 61% compared to the previous financial year, namely 43.7 million EUR on 30 June 2007 compared to 27.1 million EUR on 30 June 2006. The financing by bank debts of the acquisition of Leasinvest Immo Lux previous financial year, has led to an increase of the financial charges. The impact of the increasing market interest rate on the financial charges has partly been mitigated by an accurate hedging policy. The recurring net result, making abstraction of the portfolio result and the badwill, ended at 16.34 million EUR (this is 4.07 EUR per share) compared to 14.2 million EUR (this is 4.27 EUR per share) the previous financial year, or an increase of 16% (this is a decrease of 5% per share). The net result, share of the group, has risen by 77% and amounts to 34.9 million EUR compared to 19.7 million EUR the previous financial year. In terms of net result per share[6] this results in 8.71 EUR on 30 June 2007 compared to 5.94 EUR the year before, or an increase of 47%. b. Consolidated balance sheet The fair value of the investment properties and of the assets held for sale has been estimated at 445.86 million EUR by the independent real estate experts. The fair value is recorded in the consolidated balance sheet in application of the IAS 40 and IFRS 5 standards and is obtained by subtracting the transaction costs of the investment value. The investment value of the portfolio is the value as defined by the independent real estate experts, before deduction of the transaction costs. In terms of investment value the real estate amounted to 457.3 million EUR (479.17 million EUR on 30 June 2006). The decrease of the real estate portfolio is explained, on the one hand, by the sale in the second semester of 2006/2007 of the building in Wommelgem (fair value 30 June 2006: 2.5 million EUR) and of 2 office buildings, part of "Extensa Square" in Brussels (fair value 30 June 2006: 25.1 million EUR). On the other hand, the office building Bian in Luxembourg and the new castle-farm "Torenhof" situated in Merelbeke (see hereafter 5. Acquisition), are recorded as development projects, due to the complete renovation. The assets held for sale comprise the building Aubépines in Luxembourg for which a sale agreement has been concluded on 4 July 2007. The shareholder's equity, share of the group, amounted to 262.1 million EUR on 30 June 2007 compared to 237.8 million EUR at the end of the previous financial year. The debt ratio, calculated according to the RD of 21 June 2006, decreased from 44.15 % (30 June 2006) to 40.93% on 30 June 2007, because of the realised sales of "Extensa Square" and Wommelgem in the 2nd semester, of which the cash has been used to pay back loans. Based on the maximum allowed debt ratio of 65% Leasinvest Real Estate still had an investment capacity of 328 million EUR on 30 June 2007. 5. Important events during the financial year 2006/2007 Divestments Leasinvest Real Estate has divested its 2 office buildings part of "Extensa Square" in Brussels and the building in Wommelgem in the second semester of 2006/2007. Acquisition Leasinvest Real Estate has acquired a castle-farm called "Torenhof", during the third quarter of the financial year 2006/2007, for an amount of 1.5 million EUR. This building will be renovated as a facilitary service center for the neighbouring phase I of the Axxes Business Park in Merelbeke (Ghent). Torenhof will be fully operational in the spring of 2008. Conditional voluntary public take-over counter-offer in cash on Immo-Croissance In function of the complementarity with the portfolio of Leasinvest Immo Lux, Leasinvest Real Estate announced its intention to launch a conditional voluntary public take-over counter-offer in cash, on 26 June 2007, on all distribution and capitalisation shares issued by the Luxembourg collective investment fund Immo-Croissance. Following the counter-offer, considered to be too high, by the Iceland Baugur group, the manager of Leasinvest Real Estate has decided to withdraw its offer. 6. Important events after the closing of the financial year 2006/2007 Divestment On 4 July Leasinvest Immo Lux has sold the building Aubépines, situated in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the "Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)", the Luxembourg supervising authority of the banking sector. On this sale a gain of 3.7 million EUR was realised. 7. Appropriation of the result - dividend payment The profit for appropriation of the current financial year 2006/2007 amounts to 17,046,902.54 EUR. Taking into account the profit carried forward from the past financial year of 7,810,240.87 EUR this results in a profit for appropriation of 24,857,143.41 EUR. The board of directors of the statutory manager proposes to the ordinary general meeting of shareholders to appropriate the profit of 24,857,143.41 EUR as follows: - 9,608,381.81 EUR to be carried forward to the next year and - 15,248,761.60 EUR to pay out as dividends. The proposed dividend amounts to 126% of the non-consolidated mandatory result to be distributed (compared to 114% the previous year), and is considerably higher than the minimum 80% of the adjusted result as imposed by the RD of 21 June 2006 on the accounting, annual accounts and consolidated annual accounts of public real estate closed-end funds (sicafis). Consequently the gross dividend is 3.8 EUR, compared to 3.75 EUR for the financial year 2005/2006 and net, free of withholding tax, 3.23 EUR (compared to 3.19 EUR for the financial year 2005/2006) according to the participation in the dividends of all 4,012,832 shares[7]. Subject to the approval of the ordinary general meeting, dividends will be paid out on presentation of coupon nr. 8 as from 22/10/07 at the branches of ING Bank, Dexia Bank, Fortis Bank and Bank Degroof. 8. Declaration of the auditor The auditor has confirmed that his audit of the consolidated annual accounts have been fully completed and has not shown any important corrections, which should be made to the accounting data, presented in this press release. 9. Outlook Given the sale of 2 buildings in Brussels, realised in the previous financial year, the sale of the building "Aubépines" realised at the beginning of the current financial year and the fact that the building "Bian" is being renovated, the rental income of the current financial year will decrease. The realised gains on the building "Aubépines" should compensate the loss in rental income. Except in case of unforeseen circumstances and without taking into account unrealized gains on the property portfolio, a net result comparable to the one of the financial year 2006/2007 is expected for the financial year 2007/2008. 10. Annual brochure The annual brochure, comprising the annual accounts, the annual report and the report of the auditor, will be available as from 30/09/2007 and can be obtained on simple request at the following address: Leasinvest Real Estate SCA Mechelsesteenweg 34 (administrative office) 2018 Antwerpen T +32 3 238 98 77 F +32 3 237 52 99 E investor.relations@leasinvest-realestate.com W www.leasinvest-realestate.com (brochure download 'investors', financial reports) Leasinvest Real Estate SCA Real estate fund (sicafi) Leasinvest Real Estate SCA invests mainly in high-quality and well situated offices, logistics and retail buildings in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The sicafi is listed on Euronext Brussels in the NextPrime segment. Leasinvest Real Estate SCA has a market capitalisation of 276.4 million EUR (value on 16 August 2007). For more information, contact: Leasinvest Real Estate Jean-Louis Appelmans Investor Relations T: +32 3 238 98 77 E investor.relations@leasinvest-realestate.com [1] The buildings Bian in Luxembourg and the castle-farm 'Torenhof' are recorded in the balance sheet under 'Development projects'. [2] The newly issued shares participate in the result as from 1 June 2006. [3] The Extensa portfolio has contributed to the net result of the financial year 2005/2006 through the badwill. [4] The consolidated real estate portfolio takes into account the full consolidation of Leasinvest Immo Lux (previously Dexia Immo Lux), in which Leasinvest Real Estate had a stake of 96.04% on 30 June 2007 and the Extensa portfolio. [5] Badwill or negative goodwill equals the amount by which the stake of the party acquiring, in the fair value of the acquired identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities, exceeds the price of the business combination on the date of the transaction. [6] On 30 June 2007 the number of shares participating in the dividends, amounted to 4,012,832; on 30 June 2006 this was 3,318,241. [7] Following the capital increase which has taken place with the merger of Square de Meeûs SA with Leasinvest Real Estate, 204 new shares have been created. These participate in the dividends as from 1 July 2006.


 

28th August 2007 Angus & Ross PLC First results of Black Angel 2007 exploration * Excellent results obtained from the first 12 holes drilled this year. * 7,350 metres of diamond drilling in 32 holes completed. Drilling continuing. * "Glacier Zone" resource growing along strike and at depth. Now third largest found in Black Angel area. * Results include mineralised sections up to 66m thick (hole 48) with varying grades of Zinc (Zn) and Lead (Pb) (See Table below). * Also many other high-grade intercepts over shorter lengths - 3.12m @ 16.5% Zn and 6.8% Pb in hole 54, 3.02m @ 14.8% Zn and 4.7% Pb in hole 50. * Exploration of newly acquired and nearby Appat and Ukkusissat licence areas suggest large potential resource. Angus & Ross PLC (AGU) ("Angus & Ross" or the "Company") is pleased to update its shareholders with the excellent results, so far, of the exploration at its Black Angel Zinc / Lead Project in West Greenland. THE DRILLING To date 7,350 metres of diamond drilling in 32 holes have been completed at the South Lakes Glacier (SLG) zone. So far the first two batches of assays from the first 12 holes have been received. High grade intersections have been found in 6 of the 12 holes reported, which should add significant tonnage to the 1.8 million tonne resource from last year already reported. The 2006 drilling programme resulted in an independently estimated JORC-compliant resource of nearly 2 million tonnes of zinc-lead mineralisation (see PR of 6/12/06). Building on this success, the main objective of the 2007 programme was to test the expectation that the SLG discovery could be extended both 'down dip' and 'along strike'. Results so far from the 2007 programme have supported this assumption. Indeed in terms of continuous massive sulphide mineralisation, the SLG Zone is now the third largest ever found in the Black Angel area and is becoming larger especially along strike to the west. The structural re-interpretation of another mineralised zone, named 'Lakeshore', which has never been drilled in earlier programmes, indicates that it lies in a similar structural and stratigraphic setting to the main SLG discovery. This mineralised zone, located 1.2 km south of the SLG, is currently being tested by drilling. RESULTS Very high grade and potentially economic intersections have been found in 6 of the 12 holes reported, which are adding significant tonnage to the resource reported last year. The best intercepts include mineralisation spread over an interval of approximately 66 metres in hole 48, 3.12 metres of 16.5% Zn and 6.8% Pb in hole 54 and 3.02 metres of 14.8% Zn and 4.7% Pb in hole 50 (see table below). This mineralisation occurs in the form of massive sulphides with buckshot texture, semi- massive sulphides, disseminations and "veinlets", i.e. similar in style to the original Angel Zone mineralisation. The latest drill intercepts indicate a high potential for continued massive sulphide mineralisation at depth, in an extensive and poorly explored area north of the two lakes, between the Glacier in the east and the Black Angel mine in the west. OTHER AREAS Recent structural re-interpretation and exploration of the newly acquired licence areas near Ukkusissat and on Appat Island have also commenced. The licence (totalling 72 sq km) is located 20km South West from Black Angel and was granted to Angus & Ross plc in January 2007. Based on previous drilling results (from 1979), the Ukkusissat area alone contains of the order of 500kt of Zn/Pb mineralisation. Further geological mapping and structural re-interpretation indicate that the mineralised zone is open along strike, suggesting a very large potential resource. Mineralisation is high grade, very similar to the Black Angel mine, and in the same geological settings. These prospects are likely to be drilled next year. The total landholding of the Company in the Black Angel area is now 259 sq km. New resource estimates will be prepared by Wardell Armstrong International, once all the assays from this year's drilling have been received. THE PEOPLE The 20-strong team is lead by Frank van der Stijl, the former Chief Geologist of the Black Angel mine and a geologist with over 20 years of experience in Greenland. Ukkusissat and Appat Island exploration is headed by Dr. Guy Della Valle, a Swiss geologist, who has explored the area since the 1970s and conducted drilling there in year 1979. Both have been working with Angus & Ross for the past 3 years. Significant contribution to the understanding of the structural geology has been made by Dr Dave Coller, who is supporting the team for the second year. THE ASSAYS AND INTERCEPTS The assays of the best intersections from the first two batches of samples are shown in a table on page 3 (12 holes out of 32 drilled so far). Assaying is done by the ALS Chemex laboratory in Pitea in Sweden (preparation) and in Vancouver. Selected assays from the 2007 drilling programme at the Black Angel Glacier Zone Zn/Pb +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Hole| Eastings| Northings| From| Intercept| Pb| Zn| Ag| | | UTM 22| UTM W| | | | | | |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | (m)| (m)| (m)| (m)| (%)| (%)| (g/t)| |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | | |Glacier Prospect (32 holes drilled so far, results pending from 20 holes) | | | |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 07GLA045| 500698| 7889904| 217.65| 1.35| 1.8| 5.5| 10| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA046| 500650| 7889902| 192.95| 0.40| 5.1| 9.7| 12| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 196.66| 4.71| 3.2| 9.3| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA047| 500546| 7889942| 236.20| 0.36| 2.1| 7.0| 14| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 238.17| 0.23| 2.1| 5.7| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA048| 500546| 7889942| 151.85| 0.95| 4.3| 18.3| 32| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 169.25| 2.30| 3.6| 6.6| 18| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 174.76| 2.58| 3.9| 7.0| 19| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 190.45| 2.42| 3.1| 8.8| 15| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 200.95| 0.91| 3.2| 13.8| 10| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 211.65| 2.13| 2.7| 5.4| 16| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA050| 500502| 7889978| 213.03| 4.07| 2.6| 4.6| 11| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 220.59| 0.59| 7.0| 20.7| 34| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | | | and| 228.40| 3.02| 4.7| 14.8| 25| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA052| 500505| 7889868| 249.07| 0.73| 2.7| 20.5| 29| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA054| 500800| 7889867| 162.70| 3.12| 6.8| 16.5| 38| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA055| 500800| 7889867| 184.75| 0.53| 1.3| 4.6| 12| |----------+----------+-----------+--------+-----------+-----+------+-------| | 07GLA056| 500800| 7889815| 188.49| 0.34| 1.4| 4.5| 31| +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Robin Andrews, Chairman of Angus & Ross, commented: " These first results of the 2007 drilling programme are particularly exciting. We are continuing to delineate an increasingly important resource in the South Lakes Glacier zone, one which may eventually prove to be a major deposit. The "Lakeshore" mineralised zone, currently being drilled, is also promising - lying as it does in the same stratigraphic setting as the South Lakes Glacier. Furthermore, with a new structural model in mind, the re-assessment of the Ukkusissat and Appat Island showings confirms their high potential to host Black Angel type deposits." For further information contact: Angus & Ross PLC Robin Andrews, Chairman 01751 430 988 Andrew Zemek, Chief Executive, Black Angel Mining Ltd 07850 755 450 Bishopsgate Communicatons Nick Rome 0207 562 3366 Landsbanki Securities(UK) Limited Fred Walsh 0207 426 9000 NB: This release has been approved by the Company's technical staff who include Dr Tom Elder, Director, who holds a BSc and Doctorate in Geology from Durham University, is a Fellow and former Member of Council of The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of The Geological Society, in accordance with the recent Guidance Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies issued by the London Stock Exchange in respect of AIM companies, which outlines standards of disclosure for mineral projects. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Royal DSM N.V. has repurchased 1,084,729 of its own shares in the period from 16 August 2007 up to and including 22 August 2007 at an average price of EUR 35.89. This is in accordance with the second phase of the share buyback program, announced on 27 April 2007. The consideration of this repurchase was EUR 38.9 million. The total number of shares repurchased under the second phase of this program to date is 12,478,386 shares for a total consideration of EUR 457.7 million. DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over ¤8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com. For more information: DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations Elvira Luykx Dries Ausems tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864 5782035 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595 fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail 5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com e-mail media.relations@dsm.com


 

Stavanger, Norway On August 23, 2007, the company bought 150,000 Ocean Rig shares at an average price of NOK 38.0929 per share. After this repurchase, the company owns 4,840,000 Ocean Rig shares. Ocean Rig may from time to time purchase its ordinary shares or other securities in open market transactions. Ocean Rig owns and operates two of the world's largest and most modern drilling rigs, built for ultra deep waters and extreme weather conditions. The units are currently operating offshore Angola and in the US Gulf of Mexico. NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected or implied in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise. The following important factors, among other, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements: (i) our results of operation and financial conditions in the future; (ii) the performance of our rigs, including the sufficiency of their design and their ability to prevent discharges of hazardous materials and pollutants; (iii) our ability to generate sufficient cash-flow to meet our debt service requirements; (iv) our ability to retain existing contracts and secure future drilling contracts for our rigs at attractive day rates; (v) our ability to perform our operations in accordance with our plans; (vi) the impact of changed conditions in the oil and gas industry; (vii) the occurrence of any accidents involving the Company or its assets; (viii) changes in governmental regulations, particularly with respect to environmental matters; (ix) increased competition or the entry of new competitors into the Company's markets; and (x) unforeseen occurrences in any of the areas in which the Company may conduct its operations, such as war, expropriation, nationalization, renegotiation or nullification of existing licenses or treaties, taxation and resource development policies, foreign exchange restrictions, changing political conditions and other risks relating to foreign governmental sovereignty over certain areas in which the Company will conduct operations. Due to such uncertainties and risks, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such forward-looking statements. For further information, please contact CFO Jan Rune Steinsland, tel +47 5196 9000. Stavanger, August 24, 2007 Ocean Rig ASA


 

Broström releases the results for the second quarter in a press release on Friday, August 24 2007. The report will be available at Broström's website www.brostrom.se Web cast and telephone conference call CEO Lennart Simonsson will present and comment on the results at a webcasted telephone conference call on August 24 starting at 10.00 am CET. Details regarding internet and numbers are found in the invitation which is attached. The presentation will be held in English and will end with a Q&A session.


 

Kinepolis Group ended the first half of 2007 with a net profit of ¤ 8.2 million, an operating profit of ¤ 11.5 million, and an EBITDA of ¤ 23.8 million on revenues of ¤ 100.1 million. Net profit was 9% up on the first half of 2006 (¤ 7.5 million). Despite lower admission figures during the first half (-9%), the fall in revenue stayed limited (-2%), thanks to the other operating activities in food and beverages, retail, business-to-business and real estate. KEY FIGURES IN ¤ '000 30/06/2007 30/06/2006 % Revenue 100 063 102 195 -2.1% EBITDA 23 841 24 513 -2.7% Operating profit 11 499 13 602 -15.5% Net financing costs -2 836 -3 212 11.7% Profit before tax 8 664 10 390 -16.6% Income tax expense -488 -2 885 -83.1% Profit for the period 8 175 7 505 8.9% Earnings per share - basic 1.20 1.10 9.5% Earnings per share - diluted 1.20 1.08 11.7% Net financial debt (NFD) 143 424 144 439 -0.7% EBITDA/revenue 23.8% 24.0% -0.1% See below for complete version of press release and annex


 

Vancouver, August 24, 2007: Northland Resources Inc. announces that it has granted incentive stock options to directors, officers and employees of the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of 2,150,000 common shares, exercisable for five years at a price of $4.68 per share. Background Northland Resources Inc. is a well-structured, debt free junior exploration company with a portfolio of high quality iron, gold, and base metal exploration projects in Sweden and Finland. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. CONTACT INFORMATION Northland Resources Inc. Buck Morrow, President Ralph Rushton, Investor Relations Toll Free: 1-866-719-8962 www.northlandresourcesinc.com


 

BB BIOTECH AG cordially invites its shareholders to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting on September 17, 2007. The Board of Directors of BB BIOTECH AG proposes a further stock redemption program intended to bring about a capital reduction. This capital reduction is a key measure in order to limit the discount of BB BIOTECH stock on a sustained basis and to reduce it further in future. Within the scope of the proposed stock redemption program, it will be possible to redeem up to 10% of equity instruments, i.e. up to 2 250 000 shares, on the SWX Swiss Exchange via a second trading line. For further information please contact: Bellevue Asset Management AG, Seestrasse 16, 8700 Küsnacht, Switzerland Anja Stubenrauch or Adrian Brüngger, Tel. +41 44 267 67 00 --- End of Message --- BB BIOTECH AG Vordergasse 3 Schaffhausen Switzerland WKN: 888509; ISIN: CH0001441580; Index: SBIOM, IGSP, SLIFE; Listed: Investment Companies in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Oslo, 24.08.2007: Clavis Pharma ASA continued its research and development focus during the second quarter 2007, with three cancer drug candidates in development. Clavis Pharma has initiated a Phase II combination study of ELACYT(TM) and Nexavar(TM) (sorafenib) in previously treated malignant melanoma patients. This is an important development, and the first clinical trial where ELACYT is used in combination with another cancer drug. In the second quarter, the ELACYT Clinical Phase II study in metastatic colorectal cancer has progressed according to plan, with patient recruitment ongoing at three centres in the UK. The work with ELACYT in blood cancers has been further intensified in the second quarter. The Company has received positive indication from the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) on its application for Orphan Drug Designation for ELACYT in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Clavis Pharma expects a confirmation during the third quarter of 2007. For the second drug candidate, CP-4126, the ongoing Clinical Phase I study in solid tumours is reaching its final stage, and the Phase II program is currently in preparation. Clavis Pharma has initiated an oral development program for CP-4126. Formulation development and preclinical activities are ongoing. Oral chemotherapy is expected to have a substantial growth potential within cancer treatment. Clavis Pharma reported a loss of NOK 11.1 million in the quarter, compared with NOK 18.8 million in the same period last year. The Company maintains a solid cash position, with cash and cash equivalents of NOK 193.3 million at 30 June, 2007. For further information, please contact: Tom Pike, CEO (tom.pike@clavispharma.com) or Gunnar Manum, CFO (gunnar.manum@clavispharma.com) Tel: +47 24 11 09 50 About Clavis Pharma Clavis Pharma ASA is a public oncology focused pharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary Lipid Vector Technology (LVT) platform to create New Chemical Entities (NCEs) by significantly improving approved drugs. The improvement is achieved by chemically binding specific unsaturated lipids to existing, and well understood, approved pharmaceuticals. Data generated suggests the resulting patentable NCEs offer improved efficacy and reduced side effects through enhanced pharmacokinetic properties, greater tissue penetration and, in many cases, additional modes of action. Clavis Pharma intends to develop its drug candidates until significant value has been created and proof of principle in man has been shown. For further clinical development and commercialisation of the products, Clavis Pharma will enter strategic partnerships with established pharmaceutical or biotech companies. The company's product portfolio includes three new cancer drugs, of which the first ELACYT, is in clinical phase II, the second, CP-4126, is in clinical phase I, and the third is in the pre-clinical phase. Results indicate that ELACYT has a promising potential for several cancer indications within solid tumours and leukaemia. Clavis Pharma ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: CLAVIS). Additional information on Clavis Pharma can be found at: www.clavispharma.com **** Disclaimer This news release contains forward-looking statements and forecasts based on uncertainty, since they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and which, by their nature, will have an impact on results of operations and the financial condition of Clavis Pharma. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Theses factors include, among other things, risks associated with technological development, the risk that research & development will not yield new products that achieve commercial success, the impact of competition, the ability to close viable and profitable business deals, the risk of non-approval of patents not yet granted and difficulties of obtaining relevant governmental approvals for new products. No expressed or implied representations or warranties are given concerning Clavis Pharma or the accuracy or completeness of the information or projections provided herein, and no claims shall be made by the recipient hereof by virtue of this Information Memorandum or the information or projections contained herein. Any representations or warranties made to an investor in Clavis Pharma will be subject to separate sale and purchase agreements to be negotiated between the parties.


 

PROVEN GROWTH & INCOME VCT PLC 23 AUGUST 2007 NOTIFICATION OF TRANSACTIONS OF DIRECTORS, PERSONS DISCHARGING MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITY OR CONNECTED PERSONS 1. Name of the issuer PROVEN GROWTH & INCOME VCT PLC 2. State whether the notification relates to: (i) a transaction notified in accordance with DR3.1.4R(1)(a) or (ii) DR 3.1.4(R)(1)(b) a disclosure made in accordance with section 324 (as extended by section 328) of the Companies Act 1985 or (iii) both (i) and (ii) NOTIFICATION IN RESPECT OF (i) ONLY 3. Name of person discharging managerial responsibilities/director MALCOLM MOSS 4. State whether notification relates to a person connected with a person discharging managerial responsibilities/director named in 3 and identify the connected person NOTIFICATION IN RESPECT OF PDMR'S SELF INVESTED PERSONAL PENSION ("SIPP") 5. Indicate whether the notification is in respect of a holding of the person referred to in 3 or 4 above or in respect of a non-beneficial interest HOLDING IN SIPP 6. Description of shares (including class), debentures or derivatives or financial instruments relating to shares ORDINARY SHARES OF 5P EACH 7. Name of registered shareholders(s) and, if more than one, the number of shares held by each of them HARGREAVES LANSDOWN (NOMINEES) LIMITED 8. State the nature of the transaction MARKET PURCHASE BY SIPP 9. Number of shares, debentures or financial instruments relating to shares acquired 18,000 ORDINARY SHARES 10. Percentage of issued class acquired (treasury shares of that class should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) 0.29% 11. Number of shares, debentures or financial instruments relating to shares disposed NIL 12. Percentage of issued class disposed (treasury shares of that class should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) NIL 13. Price per share or value of transaction 109.5p 14. Date and place of transaction 23 AUGUST 2007, LONDON 15. Total holding following notification and total percentage holding following notification (any treasury shares should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) 18,000 ORDINARY SHARES AND NIL 'C' SHARES (HELD BY SIPP) 16. Date issuer informed of transaction 23 AUGUST 2007 If a person discharging managerial responsibilities has been granted options by the issuer complete the following boxes 17. Date of grant N/A 18. Period during which or date on which it can be exercised N/A 19. Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option N/A 20. Description of shares or debentures involved (class and number) N/A 21. Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that price is to be fixed at the time of exercise N/A 22. Total number of shares or debentures over which options held following notification N/A 23. Any additional information N/A 24. Name of contact and telephone number for queries N/A ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Acquisition Combines Bankers Systems' Trusted Compliance Content with AppOne's Leading Technology Solutions MINNEAPOLIS (August 23, 2007) - Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, part of the Wolters Kluwer Corporate & Financial Services division, today announced the acquisition of the AppOne Companies (AppOne), a leading provider of technology and risk mitigation services to independent automobile dealers and lenders throughout the continental United States. AppOne's main offerings include solutions that address automating indirect lending, credit approval and compliance processes for independent auto dealers and lenders. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides standard and customized pre-printed forms, electronic documents and e-contracting solutions to a majority of the top-tier U.S. auto finance lenders. With the acquisition of AppOne, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services expects to integrate its compliance content with AppOne's leading process automation suite. This will provide the indirect lending market with an end-to-end solution that helps indirect lenders address the inefficiencies of a manual loan documentation and verification process. "This acquisition is intended to help Wolters Kluwer Financial Services more fully serve the automotive indirect lending market," said Brian Longe, president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. "AppOne's state-of-the-art technology solutions complement Wolters Kluwer Financial Services' trusted compliance content, which is built upon the more than 50 years of experience and knowledge behind Wolters Kluwer Financial Services' Bankers Systems product line. Together we can offer automated tools that help the auto lending industry more effectively serve their customers." Longe added that Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is already a leader in end-to-end workflow solutions in the community bank market with its ComplianceOne(TM) solution. There are a number of factors fueling the automation of indirect lending in the automotive sales industry, including an increased level of competition among lenders and the errors that can result from manual processes. Greater risk and operational controls have also come in focus as dealers and lenders work to meet regulatory requirements tied to the USA PATRIOT Act, Equal Opportunity Act and FACT Act. "Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is an industry leader when it comes to addressing compliance and operational risk management issues-a growing need for the independent auto market," said Lee Domingue, founder and CEO of AppOne. "Through this acquisition, we are positioned to further expand our ability to help independent dealers and lenders compete in the marketplace and strengthen the experience customers have with AppOne and Wolters Kluwer Financial Services." The AppOne executive team, including Domingue; Chris Herndon, chief financial officer; Gary Perdue, chief operating officer; and Param Ramakrishnan, chief information officer, joined Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. Domingue continues to serve as CEO of AppOne. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, AppOne's main products include: * DealerOne, an automated online dealer setup platform that securely captures dealership application information for processing and underwriting; * RECON Score, a proprietary dealer underwriting and scoring model that predicts the level of risk associated with a dealer relationship; * DMSOne, a web-based online dealership management system and portal specifically designed for the independent auto dealer; * BureauOne, a secure gateway for credit report access from all three national credit reporting agencies; * VehicleOne, an online interface for vehicle valuations, vehicle history reports and other related information; * RiskOne, a customizable rules-based auto-decision and evaluation engine; * MenuOne, a real-time after-market products pricing and enrollment system; * ContractOne, a rules-based electronic forms printing and validation platform; * FundOne, an online funding and reserve report system; and * PortalOne, a private label loan origination portal system geared towards local and regional lenders and community banks. The terms of the agreement were not released. About Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides best-in-class compliance, content, and technology solutions and services that help financial organizations manage risk and improve efficiency and effectiveness across their enterprise. The organization's prominent brands include Bankers Systems, VMP® Mortgage Solutions, PCi, Desert Document Services, GainsKeeper®, CCH® Capital Changes, NILS INSource®, AuthenticWeb(TM), CCH® Wall Street and GulfPak. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services' solutions include integrated and stand-alone compliance and work flow tools, documentation, analytics, authoritative information, and professional services. Customers include banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, securities, and insurance organizations of all sizes throughout the United States. For more information on Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, visit www.WoltersKluwerFS.com. About Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2006) of ¤3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,450 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com. Contact Jennifer Marso Kevin Entricken Director, Corporate Communications Vice President, Investor Relations Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Wolters Kluwer nv +1 612 852 7912 +31 20 6070 407 jennifer.marso@wolterskluwer.com ir@wolterskluwer.com Forward-looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect," "should," "could," "shall," and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer's businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


 

Pursuant to article 20 BEHG Deutsche Bank AG, Taunusanlage 12, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany has announced on August 22, 2007 to BB BIOTECH AG, Vordergasse 3, 8200 Schaffhausen, Switzerland that its holding in voting rights of BB BIOTECH AG as per August 16, 2007 accounted to 5.59% (1 257 796 voting rights). As participation at August 16, 2007 comprises the following positions: 872 145 bearer shares (872 145 voting rights, 3.88%), 1 200 000 long call warrants (211 112 voting rights, 0.94%) and 2 630 505 short put options (174 539 voting rights, 0.78%). To convert these put options into shares is not possible. For further information please contact: Bellevue Asset Management AG, Seestrasse 16, 8700 Küsnacht, Switzerland Dr. Christian Lach or Anja Stubenrauch, Tel. +41 44 267 67 00 --- End of Message --- BB BIOTECH AG Vordergasse 3 Schaffhausen Switzerland WKN: 888509; ISIN: CH0001441580; Index: SBIOM, IGSP, SLIFE; Listed: Investment Companies in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Results (in ISK millions): Key financial indicators for the parent company: * After-tax profit totalled ISK 6 billion for the first six months of the year, an increase of 24% over the same period in the prior year. * After-tax profit totalled ISK 3 billion for the second quarter. * Total assets at the end of June amounted to ISK 54,7 billion. * Equity totalled ISK 21,5 billion at the end of June. * Annualised return on equity was 70%. * The equity ratio is 39%. * Earnings per share the first six months of the year 1,91 Magnús Jónsson, CEO of Atorka: "The Group's earnings for the first six months of the year were very good. Successful sale of Jardboranir is a testament to effective implementation of the Group's investment policies. Atorka redeemed substantial profit by selling Jardboranir which appears in the strong financial standing of Atorka Group. We are primary investors in Geysir Green Energy and believe it to be an exciting investment option and believe that participation in developing the company offers us the opportunity to create considerable value. Atorka's other investments are lucrative and the development of Promens is highly successful as is Promens aim at security exchange listing under way. Our financial position is strong, we have immense investment capacity. Atorka is in a positive position and there are number of profitable growth opportunities that Atorka will take advantage of in the future." Chief events * Atorka Group concluded the sale of its entire holding in Jardboranir to Geysir Green Energy. The Enterprise Value of the sale is ISK 17,7 billion. Atorka's total gain since the beginning of its investment amounts to ISK 11 billion before taxes. The effect on the parent company accounts in the second quarter is upwards ISK 4 billion. * Atorka purchased a 32% stake in GGE and is therefore a primary investor in the company. The total purchase price of Atorka's stake in Geysir is just over ISK 7 billion. * Jardboranir founded Hekla Energy in Germany to give the company an even greater competitive edge during the expanding process. Hekla energy will oversee drilling projects in Germany and other European locations. * Jardboranir signed a contract to purchase of and the purchase right to 3 high tech rigs for over ISK 6 billion to support expansion and growth abroad. * Promens new organisation chart Introduced in July to support further integration and growth. * Promens acqired Dekoplast in France which produces packaging for cosmetics and medical use. * Holding in Amiad increased to 20%. Amiad Filtration Systems is one of the world's most significant producers of water filtration solutions. Through strategic acquisitions, international expansions and substantial research and development investments, Amiad continues to strengthen its technology and market base. * Three companies in the healthcare sector sold, Icepharma, Parlogis and IIsanta Investment projects Promens Promens is a leading global plastics manufacturer operating over 60 manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia. The company manufactures a wide range of products, including packaging for food, cosmetics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and serves multiple industries such as food processing, chemical and medical industries, as well as the automotive, heavy machinery and electronics industries. In continuation of the recent acquisitions made by Promens hf. the Board of Directors of Promens hf. has approved a new organisational structure for the company which took an effect July 1st 2007. The main objectives of the organisational changes are to integrate all the underlying businesses, increase efficiency and establish a strong base for further growth and development of the company. Promens revenue in 2007 is projected to be in the range of EUR 710 million, and the total number of employees is approximately 5,800. Fully diluted share of Atorka is 63%. Promens continues to aim at security exchange listing this year, precise timing will be in regard to market prices. Geysir Green Energy Geysir Green Energy is an investment company that seeks leading market opportunities in the harnessing of geothermal energy. Atorka became primary investor in August 2007 when 32% stake purchased in GGE. Geysir Green Energy invests in the development and construction of geothermal plants. Jardboranir is one of Geysir's investments. Jardboranir has grown considerable in the past few years and is now the largest global drilling company specializing in the exploitation of earth resources and geothermal drilling in renewable energy. Amongst other Geysir Green Energy investments are 32% stake in Hitaveita Sudurnesja hf., 47% share of Exorka International and 33, 3% stake in Enex and 20% stake in Western GeoPower Corporation. Interbulk InterBulk is one of the leading companys on the global market for specialized container logistical services for the chemical industry, but that industry makes a high demand for reliability. InterBulk operates with innovative technology and has strong management team. The company operates in a growth market. The main office is in Rotterdam and the company is listed on London AIM market. Atorka Group is the largest shareholder in Interbulk, with 40% of the shares. Clyde Process Solutions CPS is a world leader in the production of highly developed pneumatic conveying systems for production processes. These systems reduce costs and pollution and enhance efficiency in production processes. It is used in a number of sectors, including the production of gypsum, cement, and steel, as well as the food and chemical industry. CPS operates in every continent and is listed on the AIM market in London. Amiad Amiad is a leader in the international market for water filtration equipment and solutions. The marked is expanding considerably, with increasing demand for pure water. Heightened requirements in environmental affairs will increase the growth on present and new markets in next year's. Amiad is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Atorka's stake is 20%. Romag Romag is a global leader in the manufacture of specialised photovoltaic glass, which utilises daylight for the production of electricity. The market for such innovative solutions is rapidly growing. Atorka holds about 22% share in Romag. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market. Björgun Björgun is pioneer in the construction of wharves and coastal areas in Iceland. The company builds landfills and supervises the design of both residential- and commercial buildings that will be constructed in coastal areas. Key figures from the financial statements of the parent company: ISK millions Q2 2007 Q1 2007 Q4 2006 Q3 2006 Q2 2006 Net financial 2.985 3.406 1.720 833 1.224 income................. Operating (181) (296) (122) (173) (182) expenses............... Earnings before 2.804 3.110 1.599 660 1.042 taxes........... Income (200) (78) (287) (105) (168) taxes....................... Earnings after 3.004 3.032 1.312 555 856 taxes........... Outlook The operational outlook for Atorka's investments is good. Promens infrastructure is strong and systematicly continues to develop external growth. Promens aims at security exchange listing, precise timing will be in regard to market conditoins. Atorka's participation in Geysir Green Energy is exhilarating and the company believes it to be an exciting investment option and believe that participation in developing the company offers Atorka the opportunity to create considerable value. Atorka redeemed substantial profit by selling Jardboranir which gives the company latitude for new investment opportunities. Along with scoping out new investment opportunities Atorka intends to continue to support the build-up and expansion of the companies in its portfolio. Further information can be obtained from: Magnús Jónsson, Valdís Arnardóttir Chief Executive Officer, tel: +354 840 6240 PR & Communication Manager, tel: +354 840 6217 Atorka Group's interim financial statements can be found on the Company's website: www.atorka.is About Atorka Group Atorka is an investment company that supports progressive enterprises that take advantage of worldwide developments, assisting those companies in becoming global leaders. In its investments, Atorka seeks out companies that have sound operations and strong management and possess the potential for substantial internal and external growth. The Company targets projects with considerable potential for growth and value enhancement, aiming at investments for periods of 3-5 years. Atorka Group hf Hlídasmári 1 201 Kópavogur tel: +354 540 6200 - Fax: +354 540 6220 E-mail: atorka@atorka.is


 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Buffalo Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: BUF.U) (OTCBB: BYBUF) (FRANKFURT: B4K) is pleased to announce that, through Buffalo's wholly-owned Australian subsidiary, Murphy Uranium Pty Ltd., Bondi Mining Ltd. ("Bondi") (ASX: BOM) has acquired the uranium rights to an area of interest at Newcrest Operations Limited's ("Newcrest") (ASX: NCM) Mt Hogan Project in Queensland. The property has been acquired through a Concurrent Rights Deed between Newcrest and Murphy Uranium. Newcrest's parent company, Newcrest Mining Ltd., is Australia's largest gold mining company, and ranks in the top ten gold producers globally. Murphy Uranium is the unlisted subsidiary of Buffalo to be sold to Bondi as part of the previously announced LOI that sees Bondi acquire Buffalo's uranium portfolio in exchange for Buffalo receiving a 44% stake in Bondi (see Buffalo News Release May 13th, 2007). Under the terms of the deal Bondi will acquire 100% ownership of any uranium-only deposits delineated and, upon the decision to mine, Newcrest will receive a 2.5% gross product royalty on all uranium produced including an AUD$500,000 royalty pre-payment on the decision to mine. "We are pleased to be able to include the Mt Hogan project into the portfolio of uranium projects," stated Buffalo Chairman and CEO Damien Reynolds. "We now look forward to a quick finalization of our transaction with Bondi, following approval by Bondi shareholders. This will allow Bondi to commence an aggressive exploration program on the uranium projects." About the Mt. Hogan Project The Mt. Hogan project is located in northeast Queensland approximately 135 kilometres south of the Maureen uranium deposit where Mega Uranium reports an historical indicated resource estimate of 6.5 million pounds U3O8 at 0.12% U3O8 and 0.07% molybdenum (ref www.megauranium.com). The Mount Hogan project contains high grade uranium mineralisation in altered pyritic metasediments in contact with highly radioactive granite. Limited drilling of soil and radiometric anomalies by CRA Ltd. in the late 1970's produced best results of: - 7 metres at 0.38% U3O8 in percussion drill hole 79 HH PDH-1, including 1 metre at 1.2% U3O8. The intersection starts at a down-hole distance of 29 metres. At current gold and long-term uranium prices, this intersection is equivalent to 7 metres at 36.9 grams per tonne gold. - 1 metre at 0.17% U3O8 in percussion drill hole 79 HH PDH-2, within a broader interval of 5 metres at 0.05% U3O8 starting at a depth of 37 metres. These intersections remain open in every direction, as part of a regionally extensive granite contact zone which has only been tested by four percussion holes over a strike length of at least 5 kilometres containing multiple radiometric and soil anomalies. Host rocks to the high grade uranium mineralisation are chloritic and pyritic metasediments and silicified pyritic shale adjacent to a high-background radioactive granite. Soil samples taken by CRA over the granite ranged up to 0.13% U3O8. Available radiometric data show that granites within Bondi's 100% owned Juntala Project some 40 kilometres south of Mount Hogan, have similar high background radioactive signatures. Twelve other separate occurrences of uranium mineralisation are also noted on the published geoscience datasets within the Mount Hogan project and these will also be a focus of the planned program by Bondi. Bondi intends to carry out a program of detailed ground inspection followed by ground radiometrics and drill testing of a range of targets including the previous high-grade uranium zones defined by CRA. About Bondi Mining Bondi is a Brisbane-based uranium exploration company with a focus on high-grade cycle-proof uranium targets with world class size potential. The company announced on 14 May 2007 a letter of intent with Buffalo Gold Ltd. to acquire 100% of its Australian uranium portfolio, which is made up of 10 granted tenements and 13 applications totalling 15,085km2 in three major uranium provinces in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Buffalo retains a 44% interest in Bondi. About Buffalo Gold Buffalo Gold Ltd. is dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through growth strategies that emphasize careful opportunity assessment and vigilant project management. Buffalo is aggressively exploring the Mt. Kare gold project in Papua New Guinea and a portfolio of gold exploration projects in producing and past-producing regions of Australia. In July 2007, Buffalo announced a merger with Sargold Resource Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SRG), a junior gold miner with mining and exploration projects in Sardinia, Italy. To find out more about Buffalo Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: BUF.U), please visit the company website at www.buffalogold.ca. On behalf of the Board of Directors of BUFFALO GOLD LTD. Damien Reynolds, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Cautionary note to U.S. Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") permits mining companies in filings with the SEC to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. The company may use certain terms in this news release, such as "inferred resource", that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit from including in filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure contained in the company's Form 20-F Registration Statement, File No. 000- 30150. The company's filings are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of this press release. Contacts: Buffalo Gold Ltd. Julie Hajduk Investor Relations (604) 685-5492 or Toll Free: 1-888-685-5492 (604) 685-2536 (FAX) Email: julie@buffalogold.ca Website: www.buffalogold.ca


 

"Advancing Uranium" NEWS RELEASE Crosshair Intersects 0.10% Uranium over 45.7 metres in Step-Out Hole at the C-Zone Dated: August 23, 2007 (AMEX: CXZ) (TSX-V: CXX) Crosshair Exploration & Mining Corp. (AMEX: CXZ) (TSX-V: CXX) is pleased to report initial drill results from the ongoing drill program at the C Zone located on its Central Mineral Belt (CMB) Uranium Project in Labrador. Hole ML-87, a step-out hole, has intersected the thickest and highest grade zones of mineralization drilled on the property to date, and extends the C Zone to the northeast beyond the existing resource base. Hole ML 87 intersected 0.10% U3O8 over 45.7 metres as part of a much wider interval that assayed 0.07% U3O8 over 71.3 metres. The mineralized zone in ML-87 begins at a relatively shallow depth of 80 vertical metres and includes numerous higher grade intervals. Results are as follows: * 0.07% U3O8 over 71.3 metres (79.7 to 151.0 m.) including * 0.10% U3O8 over 45.7 metres (82.4 to 128.1 m.) including * 0.78% U3O8 over 5.3 metres (122.3 to 127.6 m.) and * 1.54% U3O8 over 2.3 metres (122.3 to 124.6 m.) Further drilling of the Upper C Zone, which remains completely open along strike and to depth, is ongoing. "The results from ML-87 are extremely encouraging and confirm that the Upper C Zone resource is continuing to expand." says J. Wayne Pickett, P.Geo, VP Exploration at Crosshair. "The impressive high grade material, especially at shallow depths, makes the C Zone story even more exciting." Crosshair currently has three drill rigs operating on the CMB Uranium Project, two of which are focused on expanding and upgrading the uranium resource at the C-Zone. A third drill rig is being used to test other target areas. Additional assay results will be released over the coming weeks. The orientation of mineralization in this part of the C Zone is still undetermined and an estimate of true width can not be established at this time. Full assay highlights, tables, drill section and maps have been posted on the Company website: http://www.crosshairexploration.com/s/CZone.asp Current Cash Position: Crosshair currently holds CAD $1.1M in cash and CAD $9.4M in liquid Bankers Acceptance Notes with a major Canadian financial institution. Crosshair does not hold any short term commercial paper or asset-backed securities. About Crosshair Crosshair is a dominant player in the exploration for uranium in the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador, Canada's most promising emerging uranium district. The 750 sq km Central Mineral Belt Uranium Project is host to potentially three types of uranium mineralization - Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG - Olympic Dam), structurally controlled, shear zone and unconformity types of mineralization. The Company's exploration work on the Central Mineral Belt Uranium Project is supervised by J. Wayne Pickett, P.Geo., a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Vice President Exploration of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101. Mr. Pickett has verified that the results presented above have been accurately summarized from the official assay certificates provided to the Company. A QA/QC program has been implemented consisting of standard, blank and duplicate samples. Split drill core samples are being sent to Activation Laboratories in Ancaster, ON for analyses. Uranium analysis is performed by the delayed neutron counting (DNC) method, while multi-element analysis is performed using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). Samples that exceed the upper limit for uranium are re-assayed using X-ray fluorescence (XRF). For more information of the Company and its properties, please visit the website at www.crosshairexploration.com. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD "Mark J Morabito" President and CEO Crosshair Exploration & Mining Corp. - Vancouver T: 604-681-8030 F: 604-681-8039 E: dan@crosshairexploration.com www.crosshairexploration.com Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information Information set forth in this news release may involve forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that relate to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address a company's expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", and "intend", statements that an action or event "may", "might", "could", "should", or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following risks: the risks associated with outstanding litigation, if any; risks associated with project development; the need for additional financing; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in uranium, gold and other commodity prices; title matters; environmental liability claims and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain officers, directors or promoters with certain other projects; the absence of dividends; competition; dilution; the volatility of our common share price and volume; and tax consequences to U.S. Shareholders. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change. Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements. The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this News Release.


 

Fitch Ratings has today affirmed Glitnir Banki's ("Glitnir") ratings at Long-term Issuer Default (IDR) 'A', Short-term IDR 'F1', Individual 'B/C', Support '2' and Support Rating Floor of 'BBB'. The Outlook for the Long-term IDR is Stable. Fitch ratings is attached: Fitch ratings For further information from Glitnir, please contact: Ingvar H. Ragnarsson, Executive Director of International Funding, phone +354 844 4665, e-mail ingvar.ragnarsson@glitnir.is Bjørn Richard Johansen, Managing Director, Corporate Communications, Glitnir, mobile +47-47 800 100, e-mail: brj@glitnir.no


 
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Pharmexa

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Peter Nordkild has resigned his position in Pharmexa to accept the position as CEO in the Danish biotech company Egalet. Peter Nordkild's responsibilities will until further notice be taken over by Chief Executive Officer Jakob Schmidt. Hørsholm, August 23, 2007 Jakob Schmidt Chief Executive Officer Additional information: Jakob Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, telephone +45 4516 2525 Claude Mikkelsen, Head of Investor Relations, telephone +45 4516 2525 or +45 4060 2558 Note to editors: Pharmexa A/S is a leading company in the field of active immunotherapy and vaccines for the treatment of cancer, serious chronic and infectious diseases. Pharmexa's proprietary technology platforms are broadly applicable, allowing the company to address critical targets in cancer, bone degeneration and Alzheimer's disease, as well as serious infectious diseases such as HIV, influenza, hepatitis and malaria. Its leading programs are GV1001, a peptide vaccine that has entered phase III trials in pancreatic cancer and phase II trials in liver cancer, and HIV and hepatitis vaccines in phase I/II. Collaborative agreements include H. Lundbeck, Innogenetics, ImmunoVaccine Technologies and Bavarian Nordic. With operations in Denmark, Norway and USA, Pharmexa employs approximately 105 people and is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange under the trading symbol PHARMX.


 

Retail Business Area's sales increased by 136 percent during first half of 2007 Second quarter of 2007 * Net sales rose to MSEK 101.8 (78.5) * Operating loss of MSEK 4.5 (profit: 0.0) reported, including nonrecurring costs amounted to MSEK 5.4 * The loss after taxes was MSEK 4.7 (profit: 0.3) * Loss per share of SEK 0.05 (0.00) reported * CashGuard Blue Emptying Box put into operation * Streamlining of SQS and CashGuard subgroups * Retail business area's sales increased by 177 percent during the quarter * Lars Ingman employed as new CFO * Pontus Ljungberg took office as service manager First half of 2007 * The Board of Directors decided to focus the Group's operations on the Retail business area. The CIT/ATM business area is to be sold or listed separately * Distributor agreements concluded with LaSer Symag of France, Pharmatechnik of Germany and RBS of Sweden * Agne Pettersson became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Events after the period end * Panaxia concludes five-year framework agreement * CashGuard system number 10,000 was delivered * Sales goals raised for Retail business area For further information contact: Agne Pettersson, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, tel +46-8-732 22 00, agne.pettersson@cashguard.se Nils Owe Engström, Chief Financial Officer, tel +46-8-732 22 00, nils-owe.engström@cashguard.se This interim report has not been examined by the Company's auditors. The report can be downloaded from the following link:


 

For Immediate Release 23rd August 2007 Gold Oil plc ("Gold") Update on 245 Km DNME survey in and around the San Alberto 1 well, Northwest Peru Further to the announcement of 9 May 2007, Gold is pleased to announce that the Contractor, "Siberian Geophysical Research Developer Limited Liability Company" arrived in Piura on 17th August, and is calibrating its equipment and will start the DNME (Differentially Normalized Method of Electro Investigation) survey on or about the 23rd August. It will take at least two months for recording raw data and one month for processing and interpretation. Simultaneously Gold's land based gravimetric survey team has been in Piura for one week and calibrations are complete and the survey started on the 22nd August. Results of these two surveys and past data will be integrated and interpretation of these data should be ready at the end of November. Planning for future wells can then start. The technical information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Mike Burchell, B.Sc., 67, member of the SPE and with over 45 years experience in the oil and gas business. Enquiries: Gary Moore, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0)1737833597 Email: gmoore@goldoilplc.com Mike Burchell, Chairman Tel. +44 (0) 1372361772 Email: mikeburchell@hotmail.com Roland Cornish, Beaumont Cornish Limited Tel: 020 7628 3396 ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

FORM 8.3 DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE (Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of person dealing (Note 1) | AXA Investment Managers UK | | | Limited/AXA Framlington | | | Investment Management Limited | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Company dealt in | Xansa Plc | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Class of relevant security to | Ordinary shares | | which the dealings being | | | disclosed relate (Note 2) | | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Date of dealing | 22/08/07 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE (a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant security dealt in (Note 3) +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Long | Short | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(1) Relevant |3,474,222 | | |securities | (1.00%) | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+------------------------------------+------------------------------------------------| |Total |3,474,222 | | | |(1.00%) | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other than the class dealt in (Note 3) +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Class of | Long | Short | |relevant | | | |security: | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(1) Relevant | | | |securities | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |Total | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Rights to subscribe (Note 3) +---------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Details | | | | |-----------------------------+---------| | | | +---------------------------------------+ 3. DEALINGS (Note 4) (a) Purchases and sales +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Purchase/sale | Number of securities | Price per unit (Note 5) | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | Purchase | 19,841.00 | 1.27p | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product | Long/short (Note | Number of securities | Price per | | name, | 6) | (Note 7) | unit (Note | | e.g. CFD | | | 5) | |----------+------------------+------------------------+------------| | | | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of |Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option money | |name, |selling, |securities to which|price |American, |date |paid/received | |e.g. call|purchasing, |the option relates | |European | |per unit (Note| |option |varying etc.|(Note 7) | |etc. | |5) | | | | | | | | | |---------+------------+-------------------+--------+----------+------+--------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit (Note 5) | | | | | |--------------------+----------------------+-----------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Nature of transaction | Details | Price per unit (if applicable) | | (Note 8) | | (Note 5) | | | | | |-----------------------+---------+---------------------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding | | between the person disclosing and any other person relating to | | the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option | | referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or | | future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to | | which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If | | none, this should be stated. | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Is a Supplemental Form 8 attached? (Note 9) NO +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 23/08/2007 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Contact name | Maria Mauro | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Telephone number | 0207 003 2812 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror with | N/A | | which connected | | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, state nature of connection | N/A | | (Note 10) | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 
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EPT Disclosure

FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Company dealt in | Homeserve Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 1) | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Date of dealing | 22nd August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price paid | | securities | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | | purchased | | | |--------------------------+--------------------+-------------------| | 290 | 1,705.05p | 1,705.05p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |------------------------+---------------------+--------------------| | 150 | 1,694.75p | 1,694.75p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 23rd August 2007 | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Contact name | Edward Hodge | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 991 6661 | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which | Domestic & General Group | | connected | Plc | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 AUGUST 2007 INTELLEGO HOLDINGS PLC ("INTELLEGO") AIM:IHP DIRECTORS' DEALINGS AND NOTICE OF SHAREHOLDINGS The Directors are pleased to announce that Ranjit Roy-Choudhuri, Finance Director of Intellego Holdings Plc, has acquired 276,074 Ordinary shares of 0.5 pence at 1.63 pence per share (£4,500) from Emedit Limited. Following the transaction Emedit Limited no longer has a notifiable interest. The director shareholding following this transaction is as follows: +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Total number of | Percentage of issued share capital | | | shares | | |------------+-----------------+------------------------------------| | Ranjit Roy | 2,002,740 | 1.98 | | Choudhuri | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ --ENDS-- Enquiries: Angus Forrest / Ranjit Roy Choudhuri Tel. 0870 428 1250 Intellego Holdings Plc www.intellego-systems.com Maxine Barnes / Nick Farmer Tel. 020 7562 3350 Bishopsgate Communications Limited intellego@bishopsgatecommunications.com Roland Cornish Tel. 020 7628 3396 Beaumont Cornish Limited NOTES TO EDITORS About Intellego Intellego is a leading provider of content-driven training and communication solutions to regulated industries and distributed workforces. Focus areas include training for the introduction of new enterprise software applications; regulatory compliance and benchmarking; technical product launches; and industry accreditation portals. Key markets serviced include Finance, Legal, Pharmaceutical, Health, Engineering, Oil & Gas and Transportation. Intellego was established in 2002 and its shares admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange on 17th December 2004. ENDS ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Ixonos Plc Stock Exchange Release 23 August 2007 Ixonos Plc founds a subsidiary in Germany and opens an office in Bochum. The German subsidiary will produce software development services for Ixonos Telecommunications Business Unit's client projects. The Bochum site will especially focus on development of multimedia features of smartphones. With the new office Ixonos intends to advance the close and expanding co-operation between the product development teams of Ixonos and those of its clients operating in Germany. The Bochum unit will work in close co-operation with Ixonos Telecommunications Business Unit's Finnish sites and with the Kosice (Slovakia) subsidiary established in March 2007. At the time of establishment of the new subsidiary, the Bochum site employs c. 10 software experts. Ixonos operates in the ICT service markets, offering its customers flexible technology consulting, software development and maintenance and project management solutions that support their competitiveness and risk management. Ixonos's clientele comprises leading mobile and smartphone manufacturers operating on the global markets, mobile network suppliers and telecom operators as well as Finnish finance companies and public administration organisations. Ixonos has its headquarter in Helsinki and local offices in Espoo, Jyväskylä, Kemi, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Salo, Tampere and Turku. Group's subsidiaries have officies in Haapajärvi, Tallinn, Estonia and Kosice, Slovak Republic. Ixonos's turnover in 2006 was 39.2 MEUR and operating profit 3.9 MEUR. The number of personnel exceeds 700. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Ixonos Plc President and CEO, Kari Happonen Phone: +358 424 2231, mobile phone +358 400 700 761, kari.happonen@ixonos.com. DISTRIBUTION Helsinki Stock Exchange Main media


 

* Continued positive trend in the UK. In the second quarter Studsvik won an order for delivery of a waste treatment facility to Sellafield - order value SEK 190 million. * Studsvik signed an agreement on dismantling the turbine building at the German nuclear power plant Obrigheim - order value SEK 30 million. * Studsvik acquired the German consulting company Dr. Fary. * In the second quarter Studsvik participated in a tendering procedure, that was later discontinued, for acquisition of a nuclear technology company in the UK. The costs of the process, SEK 10.1 million, were charged to the second quarter earnings. * After the close of the reporting period Studsvik acquired all the shares in the British nuclear technology consulting company Alpha Engineering. * After the close of the reporting period a consortium, in which Studsvik is included, was selected as the preferred bidder to negotiate a contract to operate the UK's low-level nuclear waste depository. * The outlook for 2007 is unchanged. The Group is expected to report good organic growth and an improved operating profit. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Jan - June | Jan - June | Full Year | | | 2007 | 2006 | 2006 | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Net sales, SEK million | 619.0 | 569.1 | 1,219.6 | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Operating profit, SEK | 38.0 | 27.1 | 71.3 | | million | | | | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Profit after tax, SEK | 29.6 | 9.9 | 34.8 | | million | | | | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Profit per share after tax, | 3.60 | 1.20 | 4.24 | | SEK | | | | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Equity per share, SEK | 69.71 | 67.79 | 67.97 | |-----------------------------+------------+------------+-----------| | Equity-assets ratio, % | 41.2 | 40.8 | 41.2 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Full interim report in attached file. Facts about Studsvik Studsvik is a leading service supplier to the international nuclear industry. The company has almost a half century's experience of nuclear technology and radiological services. Studsvik addresses a market in strong growth with specialized services in four Strategic Business Areas: Waste Treatment, Decommissioning, Operating Efficiency and Service and Maintenance. Studsvik has 1,200 employees in 7 countries and the company's shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm AB, MidCap.


 

The corporate assembly of Statoil ASA (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) has today, 23 August, elected the board of directors for StatoilHydro. The board becomes operative on 1 October when the merger between Statoil and Norsk Hydro's oil and gas business takes effect. Eivind Reiten was elected as chair of the board with eight votes for and four against. Marit Arnstad was elected as deputy chair. Elisabeth Grieg, Grace Reksten Skaugen, Kjell Bjørndalen, Roy Franklin and Kurt Anker Nielsen were elected as members of the board. In line with the merger agreement between Statoil and Hydro, the shareholder-elected directors will have a term of office until 2010. The employee-elected representatives on Statoil's present board, Lill-Heidi Bakkerud, Claus Clausen and Morten Svaan will also be employee directors in StatoilHydro. In addition, two representatives of the employees in Hydro, Ragnar Fritsvold and Geir Nilsen, will attend board meetings. Contacts: Anne Kathrine Slungård, leader of Statoil's corporate assembly, tel +47 48 24 88 75. Ola Morten Aanestad, vice president media relations +47 48 08 02 12 (mobile), +47 51 99 13 77 (office)


 

LKAB Order 8 Additional 'IORE' Locomotives for the Transport of Iron Ore in Northern Sweden BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Bombardier Transportation announced today it has received an additional order for its IORE Locomotives from LKAB. The contract, valued at 52 million euros ($70 million US) is for the supply of 8 BOMBARDIER IORE locomotives. LKAB already has 18 IORE locomotives in successful operation. The IORE locomotive is designed for operation with heavy haul freight trains. Two of these single cab CoCo locomotives are always used in conjunction with each other, although each unit is individually fully functional. The locomotives are in service in an extreme climatic environment where iron ore is hauled from mines located inland in Sweden to the coasts of Sweden and Norway. With an axle load of up to 30t and a starting tractive effort of 1200 kN, the IORE is the mainstay of heavy haul locomotive products within Bombardier Transportation. Stringent LCC (Life Cycle Cost) requirements from the customer have resulted in minimal maintenance costs and excellent reliability. The locomotives are powered by highly proven BOMBARDIER MITRAC technology providing exceptional traction and reliability to respond to the high demands of LKAB for the performance of their sophisticated rail logistics system. The extreme climatic conditions successfully sustained by the previously delivered locomotives are further proof of the versatility of the MITRAC technology and its reliability. The locomotives will be produced at Bombardier Transportation's site in Kassel, Germany. Propulsion and Controls will be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Germany. Commenting on the announcement, Edmund Schlummer, President of Bombardier Transportation Locomotives Division, said: "The IORE locomotive is the ultimate electrical heavy haul locomotive and the flagship of LKAB. It has proved its reliability and demonstrated excellent performance under extreme conditions. We are proud of this additional order which reflects the importance of the Nordic market to us." Tomas Andersson, President Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB commented: "This is a great success for Bombardier. LKAB have valued the excellent performance of their existing IORE locomotives, and the high level of cooperation and trust with Bombardier." Lars-Eric Aaro, Vice President, LKAB Technology & Business Development, added: "The additional IORE locomotives, together with new 30 ton axle load ore cars, will increase our transport capacity by 60%. This means more efficient iron ore transportation to the harbours, which helps to strengthen LKAB's position in the world's iron ore market significantly. We are very pleased to continue our successful cooperation with Bombardier." Note to editors: Useful company background facts and contact details follow. Background facts and figures About Bombardier Transportation Sweden Bombardier Transportation in Sweden employs approximately 1500 people at sites in Vasteras, Stockholm, Hassleholm and Gothenburg. Bombardier offers a complete product portfolio to the Swedish market and has operations in Sweden that carry out design, manufacturing, project management and after-sales activities. Sweden also serves as a technology hub for Bombardier, developing signalling equipment and propulsion & controls for the global market. About Bombardier Transportation Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector. About Bombardier A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com. BOMBARDIER and MITRAC are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. Contacts: Germany, Austria, Switzerland Jürgen Kornmann + 49 30 986 07 1138 Nordic Countries + 46 8 681 5062


 

Clavis Pharma ASA (CLAVIS) releases the company's second quarter 2007 results on Friday 24 August 2007. CEO Tom Pike will present the second quarter results from 0830 CET at Felix Konferansesenter, Bryggetorget 3, Oslo. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. Clavis Pharma welcomes all interested parties. The quarterly report and presentation will be available at the Oslo Stock Exchange, http://www.newsweb.no and Clavis Pharma's homepage, http://www.clavispharma.com For further information, please contact: Gunnar Manum, CFO, Clavis Pharma ASA, tel. 24 11 09 50 - gunnar.manum@clavispharma.com *** About Clavis Pharma Clavis Pharma ASA is a public oncology focused pharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary Lipid Vector Technology (LVT) platform to create New Chemical Entities (NCEs) by significantly improving approved drugs. The improvement is achieved by chemically binding specific unsaturated lipids to existing, and well understood, approved pharmaceuticals. Data generated suggests the resulting patentable NCEs offer improved efficacy and reduced side effects through enhanced pharmacokinetic properties, greater tissue penetration and, in many cases, additional modes of action. Clavis Pharma intends to develop its drug candidates until significant value has been created and proof of principle in man has been shown. For further clinical development and commercialisation of the products, Clavis Pharma will enter strategic partnerships with established pharmaceutical or biotech companies. The company's product portfolio includes three new cancer drugs, of which the first ELACYT(TM) , is in clinical phase II, the second, CP-4126, is in clinical phase I, and the third is in the pre-clinical phase. Results indicate that ELACYT(TM) has a promising potential for several cancer indications within solid tumours and leukaemia.


 

Biovitrum have published their report for the period Jan - Jun 2007 this morning Thursday, 23 August 2007 CEO Martin Nicklasson and CFO Göran Arvidson will comment on the report at a presentation held for the financial market and media. The presentation will be available on the Internet live at 15.00 CET, see link below. http://webcast.zoomvision.se/clients/biovitrum/070823/ Participants can also dial in to listen to the presentation, numbers are found in the invitation attached.


 

Artumas Group Inc. will release its 2Q 2007 financial statements and management"s discussion and analysis to the Oslo Stock Exchange on Tuesday August 28, 2007, before 08:00 AM. On the release day, Stephen Mason, President and CEO, of Artumas Group Inc. will also give a presentation highlighting the second quarter results. The presentation will be held at 8:15 on Tuesday August 28, 2007 at The Hotel Continental, Stortingsgaten 24/26, in Oslo. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 a.m. The presentation will also be webcasted live on www.artumas.com. An archived version of the webcast will be posted on www.artumas.com shortly after the presentation. The presentation will be held in English. Please register your interest in attending the presentation by email to astrup@argument.no or wendy.shaw@artumas.com For further information, please contact: Wendy Shaw Artumas Group Inc Tel: CA +1 4036818960 Call Kathrine Astrup Argument AS Tel: NO +47 99438413 Call


 

Schibsted ASA has on 22 August through a trader bought 39,000 shares in its own company at a price of NOK 260.10 per share. Schibsted ASA now owns 2,520,572 own shares. The shares are bought in accordance with a decision at the company's Annual General Meeting on 10 May 2007 that provided the company with the authority to buy up to 6,925,000 of its own shares within a period of 12 months. Oslo, 23 August 2007 Schibsted ASA --- End of Message --- Schibsted Apotekergt 10, Pb 1178 Sentrum Oslo Norway ISIN: NO0003028904; ;


 

Ackermans & van Haaren ('AvH'), through its affiliate Sofinim, Fortis Private Equity ('FPE') and the other shareholders of Corn Van Loocke ('CVL' or the 'Company') have recently come to an agreement in principal to sell CVL to Umicore. AvH and FPE are both shareholder of the Company since 1999 (when they realised a management buy-out together with the management) and own at this stage respectively 45% and 25% of the outstanding shares of CVL. The Company has developed substantially over the last few years. This evolution has been possible thanks to an extensive investment program and a strongly committed management team. CVL's sales level has grown from EUR 14m to EUR 24 m between 1999 and 2006. Furthermore, the personnel base increased from 39 to 64 persons since 1999. The current shareholders are convinced that through CVL's integration into the Umicore group, CVL will be in a position to take advantage of many more growth opportunities. The transaction remains, among other things, subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities, and a closing is expected around the 1st October of this year. Corn Van Loocke, based in Bruges, Belgium, produces chemical components for the coatings, tyre and catalyst industries. The group is one of Europe's leading producers of carboxylates and naphthenic acids and also manufactures synthetic resins for inks, paints and varnishes. CVL exports the majority of its turnover to more than 70 countries. Fortis Private Equity, part of Fortis Merchant & Private Banking, manages all of Fortis's private equity assets. Its total direct and indirect investment portfolio amounts to around EUR 1.5bn making it one of the most prominent private equity houses in the Benelux. Private Equity teams based in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Asia concentrate on direct investments. Fortis Private Equity also continues to build up a diversified fund-of-funds portfolio through indirect investments, principally in buy-out and capital venture funds in North America, Europe and, since recently in Asia. Ackermans & van Haaren is a diversified group active in 4 key sectors: dredging, environmental and construction services (DEME, one of the largest dredging companies in the world - Algemene Aannemingen Van Laere, a leading contractor in Belgium), Real Estate and related services (Leasinvest Real Estate, a listed real-estate investment trust with real estate assets of approximately ¤ 450 million - Extensa, an important land and real estate developer focused on Belgium and Luxemburg), private banking (Bank Delen, one of the largest independent private asset managers in Belgium - Bank J.Van Breda & C°, niche bank for entrepreneurs and liberal professions) and private equity (Sofinim, one of the largest private equity providers in Belgium, and GIB). The group concentrates on a limited number of strategic participations with an important potential for growth. Market capitalisation of AvH is approximately ¤ 2.2 billion. Since March 2nd 2007, the AvH share has been included in the reference index BEL20 of Euronext Brussels. All press releases issued by AvH and its most important group companies as well as the 'Investor Presentation' can also be consulted on the AvH website: www.avh.be. For further information please contact: Sofinim: Koen Janssen Investment Manager Tel : +32 3 897 92 30 e-mail : koen.janssen@sofinim.be www.avh.be - www.sofinim.be Fortis Press Contact: Tel : +32 2 565 47 37


 

Basel, Switzerland, August 23, 2007 - Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SWX:BSLN) announced today the submission of a marketing authorization application for ceftobiprole to Swissmedic by its license partner Janssen-Cilag AG, a Johnson & Johnson company. This submission is for the use of ceftobiprole in the treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTI) including diabetic foot infections. Swissmedic had previously granted accelerated assessment of the marketing authorization application ("Beschleunigtes Zulassungsverfahren") for ceftobiprole for the treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue infections. Ceftobiprole is currently under review by regulatory authorities in the U.S., Canada and in the European Union. Ceftobiprole is being developed through an exclusive worldwide collaboration between Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. and Cilag GmbH International. About Basilea Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is an integrated biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SWX:BSLN). Basilea is currently focused on the development of new antibacterial, antifungal and dermatology drugs. Disclaimer This communication is intended for information to the financial community only (investors and/or potential investors and their advisors) and expressly or implicitly contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. and its business. Such statements involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is providing this communication as of this date and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For further information, please contact: +----------------------------------------------------------+ | General Information | Investor Relations | |-------------------------+--------------------------------| | information@basilea.com | Dr. Barbara Zink | | | investor_relations@basilea.com | +----------------------------------------------------------+ This press release can be downloaded from www.basilea.com The press release can also be downloaded from the following link:


 

Strengthening of software position on the maritime market Gouda, The Netherlands, 23 August 2007 - Imtech (technical services provider in Europe) announces that it has acquired all shares of the Dutch-based Free Technics B.V., a small software specialist on the international maritime market. The acquisition price (including earn-out) is based on five times the EBITA and is being paid in cash. The acquisition will immediately contribute to the profit per share. René van der Bruggen, Chairman of the Board of Management of Imtech: 'Although Free Technics is a small company, we have acquired a high-tech maritime company. The broad international scope of Imtech's maritime businesses (60 locations worldwide) provides an excellent basis for the accelerated growth of the maritime software solutions offered by Free Technics. We are also expanding our position in the segment of smaller ships.' Imtech's strategy Imtech combines electrical engineering, ICT and mechanical engineering into total solutions. The role of information and communications technology in this is growing rapidly. The total technological solutions from Imtech are increasingly dominated by software and umbrella ICT applications. Imtech has an excellent position on the international maritime market. More and more ships are being equipped with intelligent software from Imtech, for example for navigation, autopilot, platform automation, digital nautical charts and control. In this context Imtech always provides customised services on the basis of innovative modules, especially on board of larger ships. For smaller ships, for example smaller yachts and smaller tankers, inland and offshore crafts, Imtech's customised solutions are relatively expensive. In strategic terms, expanding the services package to include standard software solutions is a good move. The acquisition of Free Technics thus further increases Imtech's delivery programme on the market of smaller ships. Moreover, delivery of the software from Imtech's 60 maritime locations worldwide generates a broad base for accelerated growth of these standard solutions. Profile of Free Technics Free Technics, based in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk in the Netherlands, is a successful software specialist on the international maritime market. Ten years ago Free Technics introduced the software package FT NavVision® on the market. Little by little this package has been subsequently expanded and more and more fine-tuned. This software is now being implemented on hundreds of ships and Free Technics is one of the stronger maritime software players. In 2006 Free Technics, which employs ten people, realised profits of about 1.5 million euro. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 Further information Mark Salomons Company Secretary Telephone: +31 182 54 35 14 E-mail: mark.salomons@imtech.eu www.imtech.eu Imtech Profile Imtech N.V. is a European technical services provider in the fields of electrical engineering, ICT (information and communication technology) and mechanical engineering. With approximately 17,000 employees, Imtech realises annual revenue of 3 billion euro. Imtech holds strong positions in the buildings, industry, infrastructure and telecom markets in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Spain and the UK and in the global maritime market. Imtech provides services to a total of 12,000 clients. Imtech offers added value in the form of integrated and multidisciplinary total solutions that lead to improved operating processes and higher yields for clients and their clients in return. Imtech also provides solutions that contribute to a sustainable, liveable society, for example in the field of energy, mobility, safety and the environment. Imtech shares are listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange (Amsterdam), where Imtech is included in the Amsterdam SmallCap Index (AScX) and the Next 150 index.


 

Industry leaders join forces to bring Web services to Nokia devices Espoo, Finland and Redmond, Washington - Nokia, the world's largest mobile device manufacturer, and Microsoft, a global leader in online communications and communities, have joined together to provide customers with a new suite of Windows Live services specifically designed for Nokia devices. Starting today Nokia customers in eleven countries with compatible S60 devices can download the new suite enabling access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts and Windows Live Spaces. Starting next year, customers who purchase compatible Nokia Series 40 handsets will also have access to these popular Windows Live services. Nokia and Microsoft are empowering the "mobile lifestyle," by providing mobile customers with easy access to their world of online relationships, information and interests. By enabling access to Windows Live services on both the Nokia S60 and Series 40 platforms using standard web services protocols our mutual customers will have the power to seamlessly move between contacts, mail, messenger, phone calls, text messaging, camera, gallery and browsing all in an integrated way. "By taking advantage of the extensive and agile distribution network that Nokia has, we have the opportunity to bring the power of Windows Live services to Nokia devices, thus ensuring our customers can take their most important online information with them on the go," said Jari Pasanen, vice-president, Strategy and Technology, Nokia Multimedia Nokia customers who own the Nokia N73, N76, N80 Internet Edition, N93i, and the N95 multimedia computers can get the Windows Live services via the Download! application in the following countries; Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, UK, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Customers can visit http://www.nokia.com/windowslive to learn more, and check if their country is on the availability list. Initially the service will be available as a free trial and then customers in select markets wishing to continue using the service may be asked to pay a monthly fee. "The availability of Windows Live services for Nokia's devices demonstrates our commitment to delivering great mobile experiences and extending people's online lives - taking it from the PC to the device," said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Business from Microsoft. "The alliance will enable a much broader group of consumers to experience the benefits Windows Live has to offer, easily connecting them to the information and people that matter most from virtually anywhere." Today's announcement builds on the existing co-operation between Nokia and Microsoft, which integrated Microsoft's Live Search for Mobile into the Nokia Mobile Search application. Nokia also plans to extend this service onto the Series 40 platform to enhance the search experience across a greater range of devices. About Nokia Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. About MSN and Windows Live MSN® attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can be found at http://ideas.live.com. Windows Live is available at http://www.live.com. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com. MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Media Enquiries: For Microsoft in the United States: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Tel. +1 (503) 443-7070 Email: rrt@waggeneredstrom.com For Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa: OSG EMEA PR Team, Red Consultancy Email: redmsnintl@redconsultancy.com Nokia, Multimedia Communications Tel. +358 7180 45667 Nokia Communications Tel. +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

PROVEN GROWTH & INOCME VCT PLC 22 AUGUST 2007 NOTIFICATION OF TRANSACTIONS OF DIRECTORS, PERSONS DISCHARGING MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITY OR CONNECTED PERSONS 1. Name of the issuer 2. State whether the notification relates to: (i) a transaction notified in accordance with DR3.1.4R(1)(a) or (ii) DR 3.1.4(R)(1)(b) a disclosure made in accordance with section 324 (as extended by section 328) of the Companies Act 1985 or (iii) both (i) and (ii) PROVEN GROWTH & INCOME VCT PLC (ii) 3. Name of person discharging 4. State whether notification managerial relates to a person connected responsibilities/director with a person discharging managerial responsibilities/director named in 3 and identify the connected person MARC VLESSING - DIRECTOR N/A 5. Indicate whether the 6. Description of shares notification is in respect of a (including class), debentures holding of the person referred or derivatives or financial to in 3 or 4 above or in instruments relating to respect of a non-beneficial shares interest BENEFICIAL INTEREST ORDINARY SHARES OF 5P EACH 7. Name of registered 8. State the nature of the shareholders(s) and, if more transaction than one, the number of shares held by each of them GILTSPUR NOMINEES LTD MARKET PURCHASE 9. Number of shares, debentures or 10. Percentage of issued class financial instruments relating acquired (treasury shares of to shares acquired that class should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) 5,000 ORDINARY SHARES 0.07% 11. Number of shares, debentures or 12. Percentage of issued class financial instruments relating disposed (treasury shares of to shares disposed that class should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) NIL NIL 13. Price per share or value of 14. Date and place of transaction transaction 109.5p 22 AUGUST 2007, LONDON 15. Total holding following 16. Date issuer informed of notification and total transaction percentage holding following notification (any treasury shares should not be taken into account when calculating percentage) 10,125 OPRDINARY SHARES AND 22 AUGUST 2007 5,150 C SHARES If a person discharging managerial responsibilities has been granted options by the issuer complete the following boxes 17. Date of grant 18. Period during which or date on which it can be exercised N/A N/A 19. Total amount paid (if any) for 20. Description of shares or grant of the option debentures involved (class and number) N/A N/A 21. Exercise price (if fixed at time 22. Total number of shares or of grant) or indication that debentures over which price is to be fixed at the time options held following of exercise notification N/A N/A 23. Any additional information 24. Name of contact and telephone number for queries N/A N/A ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Basel, Switzerland, August 22, 2007 - Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SWX:BSLN) announces its 2007 interim financial results - Basilea prepares to commercialize its product candidates. Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. announced today its 2007 interim financial results reflecting its activities in establishing an international sales and marketing organization and in manufacturing registration and commercialization material for its product candidates. Basilea continued to achieve major milestones in the first half of 2007 announcing positive phase III clinical trial results for ceftobiprole and alitretinoin and regulatory filings of ceftobiprole in the U.S., Europe and Canada together with its partner Johnson & Johnson. Regulatory filings for alitretinoin are expected for the second half of 2007. Financial Summary Combined cash and short-term investments amounted to CHF 366.0 million as of June 30, 2007, compared to CHF 176.6 million at year-end 2006. In addition, the Company held long-term bank deposits of CHF 105.0 million. The increase in available funds results mainly from net proceeds in the amount of CHF 310.1 million from a secondary offering, that was completed in March 2007. Research and development expenses amounted to CHF 60.6 million in the first half of 2007 compared to CHF 39.0 million in the prior year period. This increase resulted primarily from initiation of the phase III clinical program for isavuconazole, as well as from expenses of CHF 10.6 million related to the manufacturing of alitretinoin commercialization material. General and administrative expenses amounted to CHF 10.8 million in the first six months of 2007 reflecting initial set up costs for an international sales and marketing organization. The net loss in the first half of 2007 consequently amounted to CHF 64.4 million compared to CHF 39.8 million in the respective period in 2006. Basic and diluted loss per share amounted to CHF 7.40 for the first six months in 2007 as compared to CHF 5.24 in the first half of 2006. The decrease in net cash used for operating activities compared to the prior year period is mainly the result of a CHF 24.5 million milestone payment received related to the regulatory filing of ceftobiprole in the U.S., as well as from changes in working capital. Key Figures +-------------------------------------------------------------+ | | H1 2007 | H1 2006 | | (in CHF million), except per share data | | | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Revenues | 3.4 | 3.9 | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Expenses | | | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Research & Development | (60.6) | (39.0) | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | General & Administrative | (10.8) | (5.9) | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Operating Loss | (68.1) | (41.0) | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Net Loss | (64.4) | (39.8) | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Cash Flow from Operating Activities | (28.0) | (33.8) | |-----------------------------------------+---------+---------| | Basic and Diluted Loss per Share in CHF | (7.40) | (5.24) | +-------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes: Unaudited consolidated figures in conformity with US GAAP The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements of Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. for the first half of 2007 can be found on the company's website at http://www.basilea.com. Ron Scott, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Our results in the first half of 2007 were in line with our expectations reflecting our pre-marketing activities and our investment in our late-stage clinical compounds. We invested significant amounts in the first half of 2007 for alitretinoin launch material and the establishment of an international sales and marketing organization. In addition, we invested in phase III clinical trials for isavuconazole, our third compound to enter phase III. Operating loss consequently increased in the first half of 2007 compared to the prior period, as expected. The achievement of a regulatory filing milestone for ceftobiprole, together with our partner Johnson & Johnson, resulted in a payment of CHF 24.5 million reducing cash used from operations." "Our financial results reflect the solid execution against our plans to prepare for our international sales and marketing organization and the potential launch of ceftobirole and alitretinoin as well as our full commitment to bring isavuconazole through its last stage of clinical development", stated Dr. Anthony Man, CEO. Product highlights for the six-month period include: Ceftobiprole - Anti-MRSA Broad-spectrum Antibiotic * Top-line results of second pivotal phase III trial in complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI) demonstrated that ceftobiprole monotherapy was as effective as a broad-spectrum two-drug combination therapy covering Gram-positive, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, Gram-negative infections and difficult-to-treat diabetic foot infections. * A New Drug Application (NDA) for ceftobiprole was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the proposed treatment of cSSSI including diabetic foot infections. * The Swiss health authority Swissmedic granted ceftobiprole an accelerated assessment of the planned market authorization application. * A Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) was submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for the proposed treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTI) including diabetic foot infections. Alitretinoin - Chronic Hand Eczema Compound * Results of the pivotal phase III study demonstrated that alitretinoin was highly effective in treating patients suffering from severe refractory chronic hand eczema (CHE). * Results of the second pivotal phase III study showed that patients suffering from severe CHE and who eventually relapse after initial response to alitretinoin, benefited from re-treatment. Products in Pre-registration and Phase III Development Ceftobiprole is Basilea's lead antibacterial product and is the first of a new class of anti-MRSA broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotics. It is specially designed to inhibit penicillin-resistant targets in many Gram-positive cocci, resulting in potent bactericidal activity towards MRSA and penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (PRSP). In clinical trials, ceftobiprole has demonstrated a broad-spectrum profile targeting other Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens. In addition, it has shown a low potential to select resistance in vitro. In the trials, ceftobiprole was well tolerated with a safety profile consistent with the cephalosporin class of antibiotics. FDA granted ceftobiprole fast track designation for the treatment of hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia, including ventilator-associated pneumonia due to suspected or proven MRSA. Ceftobiprole is currently in clinical phase III testing in hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and in hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) with anticipated completion in the second half of the year. In addition, ceftobiprole's safety and efficacy is being investigated in patients with febrile neutropenia. Ceftobiprole is being developed through an exclusive worldwide collaboration between Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. and Cilag GmbH International. Ortho-McNeil, Inc., will market ceftobiprole in the U.S. and Janssen-Cilag companies will market the product in Europe and Asia. Basilea has exercised its co-promotion rights for ceftobiprole in North America and major European countries, and maintains an option to co-promote the drug in Japan and China. Alitretinoin is an investigational drug being developed by Basilea as a novel treatment for severe refractory Chronic Hand Eczema (CHE), a complex disease for which no effective treatment options are currently available. Alitretinoin has been shown to be effective and generally well tolerated in phase II and phase III clinical studies in patients with severe refractory CHE. Alitretinoin is a teratogen and therefore pregnancy prevention measures must be in place for all women of child-bearing potential who receive alitretinoin. Within days after discontinuation of therapy, alitretinoin levels return to endogenous levels. In clinical studies the post-treatment contraceptive period was four weeks. Isavuconazole has a potent and broad spectrum of activity against both yeasts and molds. This new triazole is developed as a water-soluble pro-drug to allow intravenous administration without contraindication in renally impaired patients. In addition, taken as convenient once daily or once weekly capsules, the prodrug results in rapid and complete absorption and distribution of isavuconazole to infected tissues. Basilea successfully completed its phase II trial with both high clinical cures rates and a safety profile comparable to gold standard fluconazole therapy and with a more flexible dosing schedule. Clinical drug interaction studies have illustrated attractive pharmacokinetic features and the potential for less drug-drug interactions than a number of broad-spectrum antifungal drugs in current use. Isavuconazole is in phase III testing with two global primary-treatment phase III trials for the treatment of invasive yeast and mold infections. About Basilea Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is an integrated biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SWX:BSLN). Our focus is on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines to satisfy high medical and patient needs in the hospital and specialty pharmaceutical setting. Basilea has a diversified product portfolio including novel treatments for resistant bacterial infections, systemic fungal infections and severe skin diseases. The highly competitive product pipeline comprises one drug candidate in pre-registration, two in clinical phase III and substantial early-stage programs. Basilea is currently building its sales and marketing organization in the U.S. and major European markets to promote alitretinoin and co-promote ceftobiprole. Conference Call Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. invites you to participate in a conference call on August 23, 2007, 4 p.m. (CET), during which the company will discuss today's press release. Dial-in numbers are: +41 (0) 91 610 5600 (Europe und ROW) +1 (1) 866 291 4166 (USA) +44 (0) 207 107 0611 (UK) The playback will be available 1 hour after the conference call for 48 hrs. Participants requesting a digital playback may dial: +41 (0) 91 612 4330 (Europe) +1 (1) 866 416 2558 (USA) +44 (0) 207 108 6233 (UK) and will be asked to enter the ID 581 followed by the # sign. Disclaimer This communication expressly or implicitly contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. and its business. Such statements involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is providing this communication as of this date and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For further information, please contact: +----------------------------------------------------------+ | General Information | Investor Relations | |-------------------------+--------------------------------| | information@basilea.com | Dr. Barbara Zink | | | investor_relations@basilea.com | +----------------------------------------------------------+ This press release can be downloaded from www.basilea.com The press release can also be downloaded from the following link:


 

Zurich, Switzerland, August 22, 2007: Pursuant to art. 15 and 17 of the Stock Exchange Ordinance-FBC, Adecco S.A. has received the following notification: DWS Polska TFI S.A, Warsaw (Poland) is no longer part of a group consisting of Deutsche Bank AG, Taunusanlage 12, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and its subsidiaries. Number and type of shares/rights held by the group: Type of rights Number of rights Number of voting rights Percentage Registered Shares 2'461'217 2'461'217 1.304 % Long Calls, 683'684'660 2'314'218 1.226 % Cov. Warrant 1) Short Put 1) 45'383'829 46'967'829 24.877 % Short Put 2) 1'200 81 n.m. 1) Delivery in kind foreseen/possible 2) Delivery in kind not possible Changes in the composition of the group Change in group membership: DWS Polska TFI S.A., ul. Armii Ludowej 26, 00-0609 Warsaw / PL has left the Group as of 14 August 2007 For further information please refer to the attached PDF document. Contact: Investor Relations: Tel: +41 44 878 89 25 E-Mail: investor.relations@adecco.com --- End of Message --- Adecco SA Sagereistrasse 10 Glattbrugg Switzerland WKN: 922031; ISIN: CH0012138605; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SMIEXP; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Zurich, Switzerland, August 22, 2007: Pursuant to art. 9 and 17 of the Stock Exchange Ordinance-FBC, Adecco S.A. has received the following notification: By August 15th 2007, UBS AG, Zurich is holding 5.05% of the share capital in shares, options, warrants and converts. Type of rights Number of rights Number of voting rights Percentage Registered Shares 1'864'840 1'864'840 0.99 % Options 1) 6'014'078 6'014'078 3.19 % Warrants 1) 1'620'606 1'620'606 0.86 % Converts 1) 26'835 26'835 0.01 % 1) Delivery in kind foreseen/possible For further information please refer to the attached PDF document. Contact: Investor Relations: Tel: +41 44 878 89 25 E-Mail: investor.relations@adecco.com --- End of Message --- Adecco SA Sagereistrasse 10 Glattbrugg Switzerland WKN: 922031; ISIN: CH0012138605; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SMIEXP; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Zurich, Switzerland, August 22, 2007: Pursuant to art. 9 and 17 of the Stock Exchange Ordinance-FBC, Adecco S.A. has received the following notification: 1. Name of the listed company: Adecco S.A. 2. Proportion of voting rights held by the group (total holdings in percent): 5.05 % 3. Identity of those involved: UBS AG, Postfach, 8098 Zürich 4. Nature of the agreement: - 5. Number and type of shares/rights: Type of rights Number of Number of Percentage rights voting rights Registered Shares 1'864'840 1'864'840 0.99 % Options 1) 6'014'078 6'014'078 3.19 % Warrants 1) 1'620'606 1'620'606 0.86 % Converts 1) 26'835 26'835 0.01 % 1) Delivery in kind foreseen/possible 6. Time (date) of acquisition, sale or understanding through which the shareholding reached, exceeded or fell below the percentage threshold: 15 August 2007 7. Further remarks: none Adecco S.A. 22 August 2007 Contact: Investor Relations: Tel: +41 44 878 89 25 E-Mail: investor.relations@adecco.com ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Company update During the second quarter, Norsk Hydro Produksjon AS increased the firm contract length for WilPromoter and WilInnovator, from five to eight years each, plus options. Awilco Offshore signed a contract for a fourth drilling package for a semi-submersible drilling rig. In July, the Company issued a senior unsecured bond and increased its credit facility with a syndicate of banks. The third jack-up drilling rig, WilSuperior, was delivered in July. In August, Awilco Offshore entered into a contract with Premier Oil Vietnam Offshore BV for the fourth jack-up drilling rig, WilBoss. Second quarter 2007 Operating revenues for the quarter were MUSD 47.7. Operating profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) came to MUSD 22.6, and operating profit came to MUSD 17.7. EBITDA excluding non-cash elements is MUSD 26.9. Profit before tax was MUSD 11.6, and net profit MUSD 8.1. Earnings per share was USD 0.05. For more detailed information, please see the enclosed Second Quarter 2007 report. Oslo, August 22, 2007 For further information, please contact: Henrik Fougner, Managing Director Telephone +47 22 01 43 00 Awilco Offshore has invested in eight jack-up drilling rigs (of which five are under construction), three semi submersible drilling rigs under construction and two accommodation units in operation. The company also holds one option for the construction of one further semi submersible drilling rig.


 

Press release from Ship Finance International Ltd. August 22, 2007 Please find enclosed the presentation of the Preliminary Second Quarter Results held Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in the link below.


 

Intersects 8 g/t Gold and 2% Copper Over 33.85 metres VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Buffalo Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: BUF.U)(OTCBB: BYBUF)(FRANKFURT: B4K) ("Buffalo", or "the Company") is pleased to report that it has been informed by Kinbauri Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE: KNB)("Kinbauri") of additional encouraging drill results from the on-going 7000 metre drill program at the El Valle gold-copper project in Spain. Buffalo holds a 25.4% strategic interest in Kinbauri as part of the Company's on-going strategy of aggressively adding value through investing in or acquiring projects and companies that offer considerable growth potential (See Buffalo news release July 4th, 2007). In a news release issued earlier today, Kinbauri reported: "Kinbauri is on track to meet its objective of defining sufficient resources to support six years of production, given reasonable conversion to reserves. Area 107 and Black Skarn North are being targeted for their continuity of gold and copper mineralization and proximity to the existing mining and milling infrastructure. Results from the second five holes are summarized in the table below. Zone(3) From To Interval Au Ag Cu ---------- HOLE(1) (m) (m) (2)(m) (g/t) (g/t) (%) Section ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1016 174.85 220.90 46.05 2.39 20.0 0.89 NBS & A107 including 196.55 204.65 8.10 5.68 56.5 2.24 ---------- including 208.60 213.70 5.10 6.38 17.4 1.24 1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1014 106.25 110.30 4.05 7.97 2.3 0.18 A107W Including 106.25 108.30 2.05 9.40 13.0 0.32 ---------- 07KV1014 117.35 119.15 1.80 2.07 4.0 0.19 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1012 147.50 149.00 1.50 0.46 29.0 0.76 A107 W/2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1013 No Significant Results A107/12 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1011 64.80 67.25 2.45 7.10 47.1 1.29 NBS Upper 07KV1011 242.40 243.80 1.40 1.49 8.0 0.54 NBS Lower 07KV1011 253.85 257.25 3.40 1.36 4.2 0.32 ---------- 07KV1011 261.30 264.65 3.35 4.50 8.0 0.21 12 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 07KV1009R 68.80 71.50 2.70 4.89 6.1 0.32 NBS & A107 07KV1009R 84.90 96.40 11.50 2.39 5.2 0.72 ---------- Including 84.90 91.50 6.60 2.96 6.7 0.92 11 07KV1009R 105.65 139.50 33.85 8.04 35.9 2.07 including 1 109.30 110.95 1.65 47.00 110.0 0.77 including 2 130.50 139.50 9.00 9.44 48.6 5.06 07KV1009R 178.20 183.50 5.30 2.69 11.2 1.08 including 178.20 180.40 2.20 5.52 20.3 1.91 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) See Schedule A for relative location: (2) True thicknesses are estimated to be 80% and 95% of interval for 1007KV1016 through 1007KV1014 and approximately 50% of interval for 1007KV1009R and 1007KV1016: (3) A107 - Area 107; NBS - Black Skarn North." For a complete discussion of these results and the accompanying Schedule A long section, please see the original Kinbauri news release dated today, August 22nd, 2007. About Kinbauri Kinbauri is a TSXV - Tier 1 mineral exploration company focused on the development of mineral properties, primarily precious metal prospects in northwestern Spain, Nevada and Canada. Its immediate focus is to expand and upgrade resources to reserves at the El Valle property in Asturias, Spain with a view to re-starting operations at the mine and mill complex there, and to establish resources to support a mine and mill at Corcoesto in Galicia, Spain where it has an option to earn a 65 percent interest. It currently has 43,372,320 common shares issued and outstanding; 67,056,236, fully diluted. For additional details on the company, please see the website www.kinbauri-gold.com. To find out more about Buffalo Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: BUF.U), please visit the company website at www.buffalogold.ca. On behalf of the Board of Directors of BUFFALO GOLD LTD. Damien Reynolds, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") permits mining companies in filings with the SEC to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. The Company may use certain terms in this news release, such as "inferred resource", that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit from including in filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure contained in the Company's Form 20-F Registration Statement, File No. 000- 30150. The Company's filings are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of this press release. Contacts: Buffalo Gold Ltd. Julie Hajduk Investor Relations (604) 685-5492 or Toll Free: 1-888-685-5492 (604) 685-2536 (FAX) Email: julie@buffalogold.ca Website: www.buffalogold.ca


 

Farstad Shipping achieved an operating income of NOK 571.9 million for the 2nd quarter. The operating profit (EBIT) was NOK 196.1 million. The profit after taxes was NOK 166.8 million. Attachments on www.newsweb.no ______________________________________________________________ Results for the 2nd quarter 2007 Farstad Shipping achieved an operating income of NOK 571.9 million for the 2nd quarter (NOK 437.6 million for the corresponding period in 2006). The operating costs for the period were NOK 291.6 million (NOK 228.7 million). The cost increase is due to the expansion of the fleet and crewing numbers. The operating profit (EBIT) was NOK 196.1 million (NOK 141.0 million) after depreciation of NOK 84.2 million (NOK 67.9 million). Net finance was negative NOK 10.1 million (negative NOK 26.4 million). Currency gain of NOK 2.6 million is booked during the 2nd quarter (loss of NOK 9.1 million). Further an unrealized currency gain of NOK 31.3 million (gain of NOK 16.5 million) is booked due to the adjustment of the company's long-term liabilities in foreign currency. The profit after taxes was NOK 166.8 million (NOK 110.5 million). The Group's cash flow*) for the period was NOK 238.9 million compared to NOK 166.0 million for the same period in 2006. Results as per 30.06.2007 The operating income at 30.06 was NOK 1,256.9 million (NOK 854.6 million) inclusive profit from sale of vessels of NOK 140.1 million (no vessel sold in the first half-year 2006). The operating costs were NOK 568.0 million (NOK 452.2 million) and ordinary depreciation NOK 162.3 million (NOK 136.5 million). The operating profit (EBIT) was NOK 526.6 million (NOK 265.9 million). Net finance was negative NOK 31.7 million (negative NOK 37.2 million) after an unrealized currency gain of NOK 45.2 million (gain NOK 39.6 million). A realized currency gain of NOK 12.3 million is booked during the half year (loss NOK 10.5 million). The result after taxes was NOK 457.6 million (NOK 213.3 million). The Group's cash flow*) for the period is NOK 612.0 million, compared to NOK 325.6 million for the same period in 2006. *) Pre-tax profit + depreciation and deferred maintenance + change on revaluation of long-term liabilities in foreign currency. Financing and capital structure In the balance sheet at 30.06.07, interest-bearing mortgage debt and leasing liabilities together total NOK 4,502.7 million (NOK 3,820.3 million at 30.06.06). Of the company's interest-bearing debts, 51.2% is in NOK, 25.0% in USD, 19.7% in GBP, 2.3% in EUR and 1.8% in AUD. Interest-bearing current assets at 30.06.07 were NOK 1,335.4 million (NOK 995.4 million). Payment of dividend of NOK 117.0 million to the shareholders was made in May. The Group's booked equity at 30.06.07 was NOK 3,914.3 million (NOK 3,206.8 million) corresponding to NOK 100.37 (NOK 82.22) per share. Equity ratio was 44.0% (43.3%). Based on the valuation of the vessels (charter-free) from 3 independent brokers at 30.06.07, the value-adjusted equity capital per share was calculated at NOK 217.07 (NOK 135.83). This gives a value adjusted equity ratio of 63.0% (55.8%). Average increase in fleet value is approx. 14% since the end of 2006. The quarterly report has been prepared in accordance with today's International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and interpretations, and the IAS 34 standard for quarterly reporting. The accounting principles used are in accordance with principles used in the last annual report. The Fleet There were no changes in the fleet during the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter the AHTS vessels Far Crusader (1983) and Far Centurion (1983) were sold, while the newbuilds AHTS Far Sound (March), PSV Far Spirit (March) and AHTS BOS Turquesa (January) were delivered. During the 3rd quarter the PSV Lady Elizabeth was sold and delivered to the new owners in July. An agreement is reached to sell the AHTS Lady Margaret and delivery to the new owners is expected to take place at the end of August. The sale of the two vessels will give a booked profit in the 3rd quarter of approx. NOK 54 million. We have also during the quarter taken over a contract for an AHTS newbuild of type UT 712L at Aker Yards Brevik. The vessel will be delivered in September 2008. Since the previous report the following charters lasting more than 12 months have been secured: * Far Sleipner (PSV, ME202, 1984) and Far Santana (AHTS, UT730, 2000) has been awarded extension of their contracts with Petrobras, Brazil, for 2 years. * Lady Cynthia (AHTS, HF270, 1987) has been awarded extension of the contract with JVPC in Vietnam for 1 year + 1 year option. * Coogee has secured the Lady Valisia (AHTS, ME 303,1983) and the Lady Gerda (AHTS, HF270,1987) for a 13-15 month drilling campaign of the North-West of Australia. * Petrobras has contracted the Far Swift (PSV, UT755L, 2003) for two years commencing in Brazil this September. The vessel has been providing similar services in Mexico and will proceed to Brazil when the current charter ends in August. * Arrendadora Ocean Mexicana in Mexico has renewed the charter of the Far Scotia (PSV, UT755, 2001) for two years with an option for a further year. * Talisman has confirmed a one year charter with four by 6 month extension options for the Far Supporter (PSV, UT750, 1996) commencing in November 2007. * Woodside Petroleum will charter the AHTS vessels Lady Dawn (AHTS, Bolsønes, 1983) and Lady Audrey (AHTS, ME303, 1983) for one year. AHTS Far Scout, AHTS Far Sound and PSV Lady Elizabeth have during the period traded the spot market in the North Sea. The remaining part of the fleet has had close to full employment except for vessels that have been drydocked. The contract coverage of the Farstad Fleet is approx. 89% for the 2nd half year 2007 and approx. 56% for 2008. These figures do not include charterers' options to extend certain contracts. The Market 2nd quarter has been characterized by strong activity in all markets and our new charter committments are at improved rate levels. However, the spot market in the North Sea has not reached the expected rate levels mainly due to lower activity than expected. The market balance for the supply vessel fleet is still good despite of a net fleet increase of approx. 13% of large and medium-sized vessels the last year. The demand for supply vessels is still good. High oil prices, the oil companies' increased focus on exploration, increase in sub sea activity and the contracting of new rigs are positive for our market sector. This also goes for the increasing need for renewal of older tonnage. The large number of vessels on order creates some uncertainty regarding the market balance in the future. For a long time the focus has particularly been on the large number of PSVs still on order, but the substantial AHTS newbuild activity the last six months may give rise to a correction in the market in the longer term also for the AHTS vessels subject to the nature of future demand. It will also be a challenge for the offshore industry to crew all the new vessels with the essential competencies required Shareholder matters The company's share has during the quarter been traded between NOK 145.50 and NOK 164.00 and was NOK 163.00 at the end of the quarter. The share price at 30.06.07 values the company to approx. NOK 6.4 billion. The share was traded ex dividend of NOK 3.00 on Friday May 11. The number of shareholders is 1,350. Foreign shareholders own approx. 15% of the shares. The Board of Directors Contacts: CEO Karl-Johan Bakken - tel. 90 10 56 97 CFO Torstein L. Stavseng - tel. 91 10 70 01 Attachments on www.newsweb.no


 

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) - Earnings Release Reports second quarter results and quarterly dividend of $0.55 per share Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance" or the "Company") announces the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. Highlights * Reported net income for the quarter of $39.5 million or $0.54 per share, including profit share of $15.7 million or $0.22 per share. * Declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.55 per share. * All five container vessels chartered to Horizon Lines, Inc. have commenced their long-term charters with full cash flow and earnings effect from the third quarter. * The Company's second jack-up drilling rig West Prospero was delivered from the shipyard and commenced its 15-year charter to Seadrill Limited at the end of the quarter. * The single hull VLCC Front Vanadis was sold on hire/purchase terms, and a gain of $4.3 million was recorded in the quarter. * Five newbuilding container vessels were ordered in China for delivery in 2010 at an aggregate price of approximately $190 million. * Acquisition of a 2003 built 1,700 TEU container vessel scheduled to be delivered in August 2007. * Acquisition of five new offshore supply vessels from Deep Sea Supply Plc. in combination with 12-year charters. Scheduled delivery in late August 2007. * Amendment of profit share agreement with Frontline Ltd. Profit share will be earned on a quarterly basis, starting the second quarter 2007. Dividends and Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2007 The Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of $0.55 per share. The dividend will be paid on or about September 13, 2007 to shareholders of record as of August 31, 2007. The ex-dividend date will be August 29, 2007. The Company reported total operating revenues of $96.6 million or $1.33 per share in the second quarter. This includes $15.7 million or $0.22 per share of profit share from Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline"). Net operating income for the quarter was $70.5 million or $0.97 per share and net income was $39.5 million or $0.54 per share. As the majority of the Company's assets are accounted for as finance leases, a significant portion of the charter hire received does not appear in the Income Statement. These amounts are classified as 'repayment of investment in finance leases', and are only included in the Statement of Cashflows. For the second quarter, this amounted to $46.2 million or $0.64 per share. Net cash provided by operating activities in the second quarter was $29.0 million, net cash used in investing activities was $201.9 million and net cash provided by financing activities was $125.7 million. For the complete report please see the link below. August 22, 2007 The Board of Directors Ship Finance International Limited Hamilton, Bermuda Questions should be directed to: Lars Solbakken: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS +47 23114006 / +47 91198844 Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS +47 23114011 / +47 90141243


 

Golar's 2nd Quarter 2007 results will be released in the morning of Thursday, August 23rd 2007. In connection with this a webcast presentation will be held at 3.00 P.M (London Time) followed by Q&A session. The presentation will be available to download from the Investor Relations section at www.golarlng.com To listen you may do one of the following: a. Webcast Go to the Investor Relations section at www.golarlng.com and click on the link to "Webcast". To listen to the conference call from the web, you need to have installed Windows Media Player, and you need to have a sound card on your computer. b. Teleconference Call-in numbers: Norway Free call 800 193 95 International call +44 1452 552 510 UK Free call 0800 694 2370 USA Free call 1866 966 9444 The participants will be asked for their name and conference ID. The Golar conference ID is 14412232. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Information on how to ask questions will be given at the beginning of the Q&A session. Please download the presentation material from www.golarlng.com to view it while listening to the conference. If you are not able to participate at the time of the call, you can either listen to a replay of the conference call on www.golarlng.com (Investor Relations), or listen to a playback by dialing: International call +44 1452 550 000 UK Free call 0800 953 1533 UK Local call 0845 245 5205 USA Free call 1866 247 4222 - followed by replay access number 14412232#


 

For immediate release 22 AUGUST 2007 INTELLEGO HOLDINGS PLC ("INTELLEGO") AIM:IHP DIRECTORS' DEALINGS AND DIRECTORS' SHAREHOLDINGS The directors have pleasure in announcing that Ranjit Roy-Choudhuri Finance Director of Intellego Holdings Plc has acquired 666,666 Ordinary shares of 0.5 pence from Andy Green Managing Director of Intellego Holdings Plc at the current bid price 1.5 pence per share (£10,000). The directors' shareholdings following this transaction are as follows: ---------------------------------------------------- | | Total number of | Percentage of Shares | issued share | capital | |---------------+-----------------+------------------| | Andy Green | 10,700,000 | 10.60 | |---------------+-----------------+-----------------| | Ranjit Roy | | | Choudhuri | 1,726,666 | 1.71 | +--------------------------------------------------- --ENDS-- Enquiries: Angus Forrest / Ranjit Roy Choudhuri Tel. 0870 428 1250 Intellego Holdings Plc www.intellego-systems.com Maxine Barnes / Nick Farmer Tel. 020 7562 3350 Bishopsgate Communications Limited intellego@bishopsgatecommunications.com Roland Cornish Tel. 020 7628 3396 Beaumont Cornish Limited NOTES TO EDITORS About Intellego Intellego is a leading provider of content-driven training and communication solutions to regulated industries and distributed workforces. Focus areas include training for the introduction of new enterprise software applications; regulatory compliance and benchmarking; technical product launches; and industry accreditation portals. Key markets serviced include Finance, Legal, Pharmaceutical, Health, Engineering, Oil & Gas and Transportation. Intellego was established in 2002 and its shares admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange on 17th December 2004. ENDS ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Golar's 2nd Quarter 2007 results will be released in the morning of Thursday, August 23rd 2007. In connection with this a webcast presentation will be held at 3.00 P.M (London Time) followed by Q&A session. The presentation will be available to download from the Investor Relations section at www.golarlng.com To listen you may do one of the following: a. Webcast Go to the Investor Relations section at www.golarlng.com and click on the link to "Webcast". To listen to the conference call from the web, you need to have installed Windows Media Player, and you need to have a sound card on your computer. b. Teleconference Call-in numbers: Norway Free call 800 193 95 International call +44 1452 552 510 UK Free call 0800 694 2370 USA Free call 1866 966 9444 The participants will be asked for their name and conference ID. The Golar conference ID is [ TBA ]. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Information on how to ask questions will be given at the beginning of the Q&A session. Please download the presentation material from www.golarlng.com to view it while listening to the conference. If you are not able to participate at the time of the call, you can either listen to a replay of the conference call on www.golarlng.com (Investor Relations), or listen to a playback by dialing: International call +44 1452 550 000 UK Free call 0800 953 1533 UK Local call 0845 245 5205 USA Free call 1866 247 4222 - followed by replay access number [ TBA ]#


 

Munich, Germany - August 22nd 2007- ce Global Sourcing AG and US-based PartMiner Information Services, Inc. recently formed a strategic business alliance. Pursuant to that alliance, ce Global Sourcing has acquired the exclusive master distribution rights for commercialization of PartMiner's CAPSTM (Computer Aided Product Selection) database and related products in Central and Eastern Europe. The acquired activities will take place under the roof of ce Distribution GmbH, Munich. More than 60 existing customer contracts of well-known industrial and distribution companies are taken over by ce through this contract. PartMiner's CAPS customers include more than 600 well known companies worldwide, including major contract manufacturers, aerospace, consumer electronics and medical electronics companies. The CAPS database has been developed since the mid-1950's by investing over 1,500 man-years of component engineering research time in the last 50 years. The three main CAPSTM products, CAPSTM ExpertTM, CAPSTM ConnectTM and CAPSTM Connect ESTM, provide in depth technical information, and varying levels of services and solutions for their users in the procurement, component engineering, design engineering and supply management fields. Michael Negel, CEO and chairman of ce Global Sourcing, "For the use of the database, customers have to pay an annual fee, depending on the number of users. The database contains datasheets on more than 103 million active and passive and electro-mechanical components from over 2,750 semiconductor manufacturers, and it provides an entire analysis of the end-of-life-cycle for individual bill of materials (BOM's). Additionally, it enables the users to analyse the current RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) status of their components and the volume of harmful substances. By using the database, ce believes engineers and supply chain professionals can save a large percentage of working time worth up to or more than 100k USD per year. The CAPS products use cutting edge technology providing unrivalled industry leading solutions. The users of course also have access to available components inventories worldwide and can easily send requirements by mouseclick. In the beginning, we budget annual revenues of more than 500k euros and expect increasing sales of more than one million euros per year." Christopher Meyer, CEO of PartMiner, Inc., "PartMiner is pleased to partner with ce Global Sourcing, and together serve ce's large customer-base in Central and Eastern Europe. These companies will now benefit from close cooperation and local service for the entire suite of PartMiner's world-leading information and software solutions." About Partminer Partminer Information Services Inc.'s website, www.partminer.com, is the world's leading global information source for the global electronic components industry. PartMiner offers with "CAPS" a comprehensive, subscription-based, online electronic components database that includes more than 100 million devices and more than 150 million lines of availability and an enterprise-class bill-of-materials and inventory management system, which is the ultimate tool tying the design chain to the supply chain. PartMiner has offices in the United States (California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York), Brazil, China (Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, and Suzhou), Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. About ce Global Sourcing ce Global Sourcing Group (www.ce-global.de) is a worldwide operating independent and franchised distributor, founded 1976,headquarter in Munich. The corporation is an international Purchasing- and Service Organisation for microelectronic components specialised on various Procurement Services for the European industry. Other branches of the company are engaged in e-Commerce-Chip-Business (VCE Virtual Chip Exchange), in the Software-Consulting Business (ce Software Solutions GmbH) and in the franchised distribution of components and databases (ce Distribution GmbH . ce Global Sourcing is listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (cew3).


 
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EPT Disclosure

FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Company dealt in | Freeport Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 1) | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Date of dealing | 21st August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price | | securities | (Note 3) | paid | | purchased | | (Note 3) | |---------------------------+--------------------+------------------| | 0 | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |-------------------------+--------------------+--------------------| | 500 | 388p | 388p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 22nd August 2007 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Contact name | Edward Hodge | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 991 6661 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which connected | Freeport Plc | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

The Nomination Committee of TradeDoubler AB (publ) consists mainly of institutional shareholders. The Nomination Committee has therefore decided to coopt Felix Hagnö as member of the committee. Felix Hagnö is one of the founders of TradeDoubler, the largest non-institutional owner and a member of the Board of Directors of TradeDoubler AB (publ). The Nomination Committee of TradeDoubler AB (publ). For further information, please contact: Ramsay Brufer, Chairman of the Nomination Committee Tel: +46 70 656 9262 About TradeDoubler TradeDoubler is a Pan-European digital marketing company offering a range of performance-based marketing solutions. TradeDoubler's products and services provide companies with the tools and expertise to drive results online whether they are looking to generate sales or drive brand awareness. Headquartered in Sweden, the company boasts a unique European reach with local offices in 16 countries across Europe and a presence in a further two countries. With a breadth of expertise across multiple industry sectors and a network of more than 114,000 website publishers TradeDoubler helps deliver online results for over 1,400 advertisers across Europe including a mix of local and international companies such as Apple Store, Dell, Telia Sonera, eBay and Kelkoo. Please visit www.tradedoubler.com for further information.


 

Please find enclosed the presentation of the Second Quarter 2007 Results, held in the morning on Wednesday August 22, in the link below. Oslo August 22, 2007 Cathrine Fosse


 

Reykjavik, 22 August 2007 - A new Glitnir Seafood Industry Report shows that the global catch of tuna has stagnated and the stocks of the most popular subspecies are currently either fully exploited or even in a stage of depletion. The future of the tuna industry depends largely on the development of successful aquaculture. Glitnir, the globally leading supplier of financial services to the seafood industry, releases its new report on the tuna industry today. The report provides an analytical overview of the current main developments in the tuna industry worldwide. EXCERPTS FROM THE REPORT: * Tuna is the fourth largest fisheries product in terms of international trade * Found in all major oceans, and a popular seafood all over the world, tuna's main markets are the USA, Europe and Japan. The country with the highest tuna consumption is Spain, with a per capita consumption of 3.3 kg/year. * Price and availability vary greatly between the tuna subspecies. Demand for canned tuna is decreasing, while fresh tuna, especially sashimi-grade products, is gaining in popularity in Europe and the USA. * Global tuna stocks are currently more or less fully exploited, and for some of the scarcest species of bluefin tuna, limited supply has pushed prices to a level that consumers are barely able or willing to pay. * Bluefin tunas comprise the most valuable group of tuna species in terms of price per kilo harvested. As the stocks of all three bluefin tuna subspecies are currently in a state of full exploitation or depletion, however, the commercial future of the species is contingent upon the development of successful tuna farming. * Tuna farming is growing. In 2005 farming accounted for 0.5% of the total global supply of tuna, with Spain, Australia, Mexico and Croatia pioneering production. The main farmed species are Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Bluefin tuna, which are also the species commanding the highest price. With a higher fat content and quality than wild tuna, farmed tuna commands an extremely high price. * Currently, tuna aquaculture relies on catch of small tuna fish, which are subsequently fattened through controlled aquaculture. Before tuna farming can be considered truly sustainable, successful methods for farming of fingerlings must be developed. The new Glitnir Seafood Industry Report is the fourth in a series of seven issues planned for 2007. Issues from the series' previous four years of publication have focused on the seafood industries in Europe, North and South America and China. All previous reports are available at www.glitnir.is/seafood. More information: For comments regarding the Glitnir Seafood Industry Reports or Glitnir's seafood sector activities and services, please contact: Head of Global Seafood, Bjarni Hjaltason at bjarni.hjaltason@glitnir.is or mobile +354 - 844 4788 For photos: akj@glitnir.no About Glitnir The financial group Glitnir offers universal banking and financial services. Glitnir is a leading niche player in three global industry segments; seafood/food, sustainable energy, and offshore services vessels. Services include retail, corporate and investment banking, stock trade/brokerage and capital management. Glitnir considers Iceland and Norway its home markets. The Glitnir group has operations in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK, Luxembourg, Russia, Canada and China and plans to open a US office in New York in the fall of 2007. Glitnir is listed on the Icelandic Stock Exchange. For more information: www.glitnirbank.com


 

Nordatlantisk Venture starts offering its shares for sale in September At the stock exchange Dansk AMP which focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises, a new company, Nordatlantisk Venture, will be introduced at the end of September. The object of the company is to make investments in Greenland enterprises/activities and, as a project development company, to participate actively together with the Greenland Home Rule Government and other authorities in the forthcoming privatisations in Greenland. During the period 3 - 21 September 2007, Nordatlantisk Venture is expected to offer a total of 50,000 new shares for sale at the price of DKK 150. The first trading day will be 28 September 2007. In July 2007 the company made its first investment of approx. DKK 10m by acquiring the entire share capital of Nunatta Naqiterivia A/S - a printing enterprise covering both printing works, bookbinding works and offset facilities. Two further investments in Greenland have already been planned as it appears from the prospectus which will be published when approved by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority. "With the introduction of Nordatlantisk Venture, private investors are now given the opportunity to invest in the privatisation of trade and industry in Greenland. It is difficult to imagine that Nordatlantisk Venture should not attract substantial interest among investors in the market place as the company is the only one of its kind in a Danish securities market and as the company seems to be in the right place at the right time," states Søren Thestrup, CEO, Dansk AMP. "To the target group of small and medium-sized enterprises, Dansk AMP has become an efficient stock exchange which has adjusted its costs, enabling growth companies such as Nordatlantisk Venture to be introduced at the stock exchange in a cheap way and subsequently to stay listed at low costs. In an affordable way the companies obtain good exposure to the capital market. We expect more admissions to the market place during the autumn and a total increase of 4 - 7 listed companies throughout 2007", says Søren Thestrup. Dansk AMP www.danskamp.dk For further information, please contact Søren Thestrup, CEO, Dansk AMP, phone no. + 45 25 27 03 94 On Dansk AMP Dansk AMP is a regulated European market focusing on small and medium-sized Danish business enterprises and investment companies. In 1998 Dansk Autoriseret Markedsplads A/S was the first company in Denmark to be approved by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority to operate an authorised marketplace. This provided the Danish capital market with a new securities market adapted to the requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises and private investors. It is possible to invest both pension savings and free funds. Dansk AMP is a sister company of Dansk OTC Fondsmæglerselskab, which has been trading in both listed and unlisted shares since 1987. Dansk AMP is a sister company of Dansk O.T.C. Fondsmæglerselskab A/S, which has been trading in both listed and unlisted shares since 1987. At the moment 17 enterprises are admitted to trading at Dansk AMP.


 

The Board of Directors of DNO ASA has received an unsolicited expression of interest from a reputable financial advisor on behalf a large international oil company for DNO's license shares in Kurdistan / Northern Iraq for an indicative price of up to USD 700 Million. The price indication was based on information available in the market as of early July 2007. The Board of Directors of DNO ASA has reviewed the interest and decided not to pursue the matter further. No further comments can be given due to confidentiality requirements. Oslo, 22 August 2008 The Board of Directors of DNO ASA


 

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Oslo, 22 August, 2007: DNO ASA (OSE:DNO), the Norwegian based oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Norway, Yemen, Kurdistan and Africa, today announced its results for the second quarter 2007. DNO had a net profit of NOK 122.5 million in the second quarter of 2007, compared to NOK 75.0 million in the second quarter of 2006. In the first six months of 2007, net profit was NOK 141.5 million compared to NOK 45.9 million in the first six months of 2006. Operational Highlights New wells and successful work-overs in Yemen have contributed to an increase in the Company's production from Yemen towards the end of the second quarter. In addition commencement of production from the Enoch Field did also add new production to the Company from June. The working interest production in the second quarter was 1,144 mboe, equivalent to an average of 12,576 bopd. DNO maintains its 2007 exit production target of 26,000 bopd, but the 2007 annual production has been revised to 15,000 - 17,000 bopd. In Kurdistan DNO has commenced long term test production, with offtake being delivered to the domestic market by tanker trucking. DNO has continued to progress the remaining installation and commissioning work on the Central Processing Facility (CPF), the export pipeline and the metering station. During the second quarter DNO has continued its drilling activity in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. A new oil discovery was confirmed in the deeper reservoir horizons, and at the end of June two wells to appraise this new oil discovery were in progress. Both wells have later confirmed oil in these reservoir horizons in central/down-flank position of the field. These results serve as important input to DNO's further evaluation of the total resource potential within the Tawke area. On the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Bredford Dolphin rig arrived at location on 30 June 2007 to undertake its final commissioning and acceptance testing. Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA received the approval for drilling of the Lie prospect, and on 18 July 2007, the Lie well was spudded. At the end of the second quarter, DNO launched its new growth strategy for the NCS. The target for this strategy is for Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA to become the largest independent Norwegian exploration and production company on NCS. In June a private placement of NOK 445.5 million in the subsidiary Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA was completed, and its shares were listed on the OTC in Oslo. The company is traded under the ticker "NOIL". Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA continued its growth in activities on the NCS as four new licenses (of which three as operator) were awarded. Financial Highlights DNO ASA reported sales of NOK 342.6 million in the second quarter 2007, compared to NOK 359.0 million in the corresponding period last year. In the first six months of 2007, DNO had sales of NOK 633.2 million, compared to NOK 774.0 million in 2006. Profit from operations increased from NOK 131.5 million in the second quarter 2006 to NOK 233.7 million in the second quarter this year. In the first half of 2007, profit from operations amounted to NOK 235,3 million, compared to NOK 196.8 million in the first six months of 2006. The main reason for this increase was the sale of licenses PL 263 and PL 263B to Bayerngas Norge AS. The transaction was completed in June, providing a net profit after tax of NOK 98 million in the second quarter. The second quarter net profit amounted to NOK 122.5 million, compared to NOK 75.0 million in the second quarter last year. Net profit in the first half of 2007 increased to NOK 141.5 million from NOK 45.9 million in the first six months last year. DNO ASA reported netback (including asset sale proceeds) of NOK 267,6 million in the second quarter compared to NOK 78,4 million in 2006. For the first six months netback (including asset sale proceeds) increased to NOK 320,5 million from NOK 157,6 million in the first six months of 2006. During the period pre-tax expensed exploration costs were down to NOK 67.3 million from NOK 110.8 million in the second quarter last year. Corresponding figures for the first six months are NOK 225.2 million in 2007 and NOK 327.6 million 2006 In the period the company had a net increase in cash leading to a closing cash position of NOK 838.9 million. Commenting on the results, Helge Eide, Managing Director of DNO said: "During the second quarter we reached new important milestones.. In Kurdistan the drilling results confirm the prospectivty of the area and licenses and we commenced long term test production from Tawke wells within a year from commencement of the development. This gives grounds for optimism going forward. The development both in Yemen and Norway is in line with our expectations, and in sum the achievements and the results for the reporting period support DNO's ambitions and our long term goal of creating shareholder values" . DNO ASA will give a presentation of the financial statements for the second quarter. The presentation will include financial statements for Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA (NOIL). The presentation will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday 22 August, 2007 in the "Lille Sal" at Oslo Konserthus, Munkedamsveien 14. The presentation can also be followed live on the internet, via a video webcast at www.dno.no or at www.oslobors.no/webcast. An archived version of the webcast will be posted on www.dno.no shortly after the presentation. The presentation will be held in English. For further information, please contact: Media: Helge Eide, Managing Director, DNO ASA +47 23 23 84 80 Ketil Jørgensen, Crux Kommunikasjon (Norway) +47 930 36 866 Ben Willey, Buchanan Communications (UK) +44 207 466 5000 Nick Melson, Buchanan Communications (UK) +44 207 466 5000 Investor Relations: Haakon Sandborg, CFO, DNO ASA +47 23 23 84 80 Robert Arnott, Advisor (UK) +44 207 839 7764 Company website: www.dno.no


 

INTERIM REPORT, JANUARY- JUNE 2007 Net Insight AB (publ), Corporate Reg. No. 556533-4397 January-June 2007 * Net sales increased by 117% to SEK 108.9 million (50.1). * Operating earnings improved to SEK 8.1 million (-24.6) * Net income improved to SEK 8.6 million (-24.0). * Gross margin of 70.6% (69.9%). * Service and software revenue increased by 131% to SEK 25.0 million (10.7). * Operating cash flow significantly improved to SEK -0.7 million (-36.2). * Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.02 (-0.07) Second quarter 2007 * Net sales increased by 85% to SEK 55.5 million (30.0). * Operating earnings improved to SEK 3.3 million (-9.8) * Net income improved to SEK 3.5 million (-9.5). * Gross margin of 70.7% (70.0%). * Service and software revenue increased by 130% to SEK 12.4 million (5.4). * Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.01 (-0.03). The demand for Net Insight's transport solutions is strong resulting in a growing customer base. In the second quarter, the existing customer base has generated a significant amount of recurring business and important new contracts have been won. Our strong position in the markets for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) and Broadcast & Media networks has supported the continued sales growth and we have built a solid base of large customers which continuously place upgrade and extension orders to their existing networks. In the second quarter we have also continued to broaden our customer base and won some new important customers with our strong offering for demanding media transport solutions. An important contract was won in June when a large North American media company placed new orders to its terrestrial media network between the east and the west coast, including networks in New York and Los Angeles. Also, in Germany, yet another broadcaster selected Net Insight for its multi-service network to transport video, voice and data. Our recently introduced products have also been very well received and have further strengthened our competitive position. Our network of value added resellers continue to expand our market reach. The demand for greater capacity and improved quality in communications networks around the world are essential market drivers for Net Insight, which continue to improve our financial performance. As a result, second quarter sales have continued to increase at the same time as we report strong gross margin. The full report can be downloaded below. Stockholm, 22 August 2007 Fredrik Trägårdh Chief Executive Officer For more information, please contact: Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO Net Insight AB Tel.: +46 (0) 8-685 04 00, email: fredrik.tragardh@netinsight.net Lars Kevsjö, CFO Net Insight AB Tel.: +46 (0) 8-685 04 00, email: lars.kevsjo@netinsight.net Net Insight AB Net Insight AB (publ)Box 42093 126 14 Stockholm Tel +46 (0) 8 685 04 00 www.netinsight.net Corporate Reg. No. 556533-4397


 

(Lysaker, 22 August 2007): On 21 August Navamedic ASA entered into an agreement with POA Consulting Scandinavia AB concerning the acquisition of the Swedish speciality pharmaceutical company Vitaflo Scandinavia AB at a purchase price of SEK 90 million (enterprise value), of which SEK 54 million shall be settled in cash and the remaining amount shall be settled in the form of shares in Navamedic. Navamedic will finance the acquisition through an underwritten share issue and debt financing. The acquisition of Vitaflo is the first step towards the creation of an international speciality pharmaceutical company, where Navamedic will provide valuable qualifications registration and approval processes and an international network within distribution/marketing. The acquisition does not change Navamedic's ambitions in the glucosamine market, where the focus on Glucomed/Flexove will continue with full intensity through existing distributions agreements. Please se attachment for further information. A presentation of the acquisition will be held in connection to with the Q2-presentation held today at 11.00 at Vika Atrium. For further information, please contact: Øyvind W. Brekke, CEO Navamedic ASA E-mail: oyvind.brekke@navamedic.com Office: +47 67 11 25 40 Mobile: +47 91 19 81 64 Bernt-Olav Røttingsnes, CFO/IRO Navamedic ASA E-mail: bor@navamedic.com Office: +47 67 11 25 44 Mobile: +47 91 34 70 21


 

Schibsted ASA has on 21 August through a trader bought 33,150 shares in its own company at a price of NOK 248.22 per share. Schibsted ASA now owns 2,481,572 own shares. The shares are bought in accordance with a decision at the company's Annual General Meeting on 10 May 2007 that provided the company with the authority to buy up to 6,925,000 of its own shares within a period of 12 months. Oslo, 22 August 2007 Schibsted ASA --- End of Message --- Schibsted Apotekergt 10, Pb 1178 Sentrum Oslo Norway ISIN: NO0003028904; ;


 

Company Increases Half Year Profitability on Record Revenues Basel, Switzerland - August 22, 2007 - Day Software (SWX: DAYN, OTCQX:DYIHY), a leading provider of global content management and content infrastructure software, today announced financial results for the first half of 2007. Highlights * Total revenue increased 26% to CHF 12 million as compared to the first half of 2006. * 46% increase in license revenue compared to the first half of 2006. * Net income for the first half of 2007 was CHF 4.79 million, including the effects of a deferred tax benefit. * Pretax income increased to CHF 1.45 million for the fist half of 2007, a 95% increase over pretax income in the first half of 2006. * Improved cash balance up to CHF 13.5 million compared to CHF 8.5 million at beginning of the year. * Launched new, standalone Digital Asset Management product and legacy repository connectors. * New major customers added in the first half of 2007 include AARP, Concordia, DAB Bank, E-Plus, General Motors, Invitrogen, LeapFrog, NBC Universal, Oklahoma University, Vodafone, Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB). For the First Half of 2007, Day reported a 26% growth in total revenue over the same period in 2006. Revenues for the First Half totaled CHF 12 million, compared with revenues of CHF 9.55 million for the First Half of 2006. License revenues increased by 46% over last year, totaling CHF 5.01 million, compared with license of CHF 3.44 million for the same period last year. The company increased its gross profit to CHF 8.72 million compared to CHF 7.15 million for the same period in the previous year. Net income for the first half of 2007 was CHF 4.79 million, which includes a tax benefit as a result of the company's current profitability and the historical net operating loss carry forward. Day reported pretax income CHF 1.45 million for the first half of 2007 compared to pretax income of TCHF 744 for the same period in 2006, an increase of 95%. In addition, the company generated CHF 4.9 million of positive cash flow during the first half of 2007. "We are very pleased with the strong results for the first half of 2007. We continued our profitable revenue growth and almost doubled the net income of the company. The company won major new customers in all of our regions and added revenues from the indirect sales channels with leading companies such as Oracle, IBM and FAST," said Michael Moppert, CEO and Chairman of Day. "The healthy results of the first half year give us a positive outlook for all of our regions and stable basis for the continuation of our growth in the second half of 2007," continued Moppert. "We see solid momentum with each of our product lines: The recognition of Web Content Management as a strategic enterprise requirement drives the growth of our core market. The need to manage rich media content creates demand for our new Digital Asset Management solution. Our standards-based connector technology enables customers to manage content from various sources and our java content repository provides them with an attractive, innovative technology to drive repository consolidation, reduce complexity and save cost. Based on this well-rounded product portfolio we expect to see continued revenue growth from both our direct distribution and our emerging indirect channel business in the second half of 2007." Enterprise Customers. In the first half, the company added several new customers in all regions, representing various key verticals. The Media and Entertainment sector continued to be an important market for Day with NBC Universal added as a new customer. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. The company owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. In the automotive sector Day added General Motors as a new customer. General Motors' first project using Day's technology will be the creation of an online platform for pre-owned cars. In financial services, the company added DAB Bank and Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB), Switzerland's third largest bank. In higher education Day signed Oklahoma University. In the telecommunications sector, Day added Vodafone and E-Plus. Day expanded its presence in the public sector with Thales Group in Germany. Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defense, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales represents a new CRX (Content Repository Extreme) enterprise account for Day. Other new customers added in the first half of 2007 include the American Association of Retired People AARP, Invitrogen, and LeapFrog. Channel Customers. The company continued to generate channel revenues in the first half of 2007 from agreements with industry leaders such as IBM/FileNet, FAST and Oracle, among others. Day's OEM agreement with FileNet provides Web Content Management capabilities for the FileNet P8 platform, enabling FileNet's customers to leverage the power of Java Content Repository (JCR)-standard technology and new Web-centric innovations within the FileNet P8 platform. Day's agreement with Oracle delivers JCR-compliant (JSR 170) connectivity to legacy repositories, providing standardized access. With FAST, Day provides both connectivity and JSR 170 enablement for FAST's enterprise search products. Continued Diversification of Product Portfolio. The Company expanded its product portfolio with solutions that include the industry's first standards-based Digital Asset Management system. Known as CQ DAM, Communiqué Digital Asset Management provides centralized management for all digital media files and essential metadata information, all within the context of creative workflows. By providing efficient asset management through a standardized central repository for all departments in the enterprise, CQ DAM extends the value of rich media. The product also leverages Web 2.0 design features such as an AJAX user interface, making ease-of-use a key benefit. In the first half Day also released new versions of its current products, Communiqué Web Content Management 4.2 (CQ WCM) and Content Repository Extreme (CRX) 1.3.1, the only native JCR (JSR 170) standard compliant enterprise content management solution and Java Content Repository available on the market today. These latest releases of CQ WCM and CRX contain key enhancements that are directed towards an even better usability for all users - authors, administrators, and developers, and improvements scalability and performance - to further facilitate all tasks related to the content life cycle in a global enterprise. Specific enhancements include SAP portal integration and synchronization with Day's connector products providing an easy start to connect to third party repositories by using JCR connectors. Also in the first half, the Company released a series of standards-based connectors that enable customers to leverage enterprise content that resides in legacy repositories from EMC/Documentum, Interwoven, Lotus, MS Sharepoint, Vignette and others. In addition Day awarded "Data Migration" certification to the Quatico Content Importer (QCI) to provide efficient, cost-effective migrations of legacy data from OpenText/Obtree C4 into Day Communiqué. This certification will ensure that former Obtree customers can seamlessly upgrade to Day Communiqué. Technology Leadership. Under the leadership of Day's CTO, David Nuescheler, the version 2.0 of the Content Repository for Java Technology API has been successfully moved to Public Review. As the head of this global initiative, Day Software hosted a face-to-face meeting in Basel, Switzerland, for the expert group that jointly develops JSR 283 (successor to JSR 170). Participating companies included BEA, EMC, FileNet, IBM, SUN, Oracle and many others. The next version of the standard will help to further improve the interoperability of content applications and content repositories. The expert group discussed key elements for version 2.0 of the Content Repository for Java Technology API such as access control management, workspace and node-type management in addition to retention aspects of content or cross repository aspects. The latest version provides improved interoperability within the content repository through the addition of new standardized node types like meta information and internationalization. About Day - www.day.com Day is a leading provider of integrated content, portal and digital asset management software. Day's technology Communiqué offers a comprehensive, rapidly deployable framework to unify and manage all digital business data, systems, applications and processes through the web. Day is an international company, founded in 1993, and listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SWX:DAYN) since April 2000. Day shares are also traded Over the Counter (OTC) in the form of American Depositary Receipts (OTCQX:DYIHY). Day's customers are some of the largest global corporations and include Audi, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Post World Net, Deutsche Bank, InterContinental Hotels Group, McDonald's and Volkswagen. A warning regarding forward-looking statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future performance of Day Software Holding AG and its subsidiaries (the "Company"). Words such as "expects," "plans," "believes," "may," "will," and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date hereof. Such information is subject to change, and we will not necessarily inform you of such changes. Actual events or results, of course, could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. The Company does not make filings (e.g., Forms 10-K and 10-Q) with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. For further information Peter Nachbur Katie Eakins Day Software AG LEWIS PR for Day Software Barfuesserplatz 6 4001 Basel, Switzerland T +41 61 226 98 98 T +1 619 516 2559 E-Mail: peter.nachbur@day.com E-Mail: day@lewispr.com The complete Financial Results for First Half Year for Fiscal Year 2007 is on file with the SWX and is available from the Investor Relations section of our web site at www.day.com. The English text of this press release represents the binding version. The full report including tables can be downloaded from the following link: --- End of Message --- Day Software Holding AG Barfüsserplatz 6 Basel Schweiz WKN: 936168; ISIN: CH0010474218; Index: SPI, SPIEX, SSCI; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 21, 2007) - International Datacasting Corporation, (TSX: IDC) a global leader in providing advanced solutions for the distribution of broadband multimedia content via satellite, is launching new products for IPTV, Digital Cinema and other multimedia applications at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), being held in Amsterdam from September 07 to 11. IBC is the leading international event for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content world-wide. IDC will be showcasing the new products and applications, along with their European operations PROFLine B.V., at IBC in Hall 1, Booth 131. The hot topics at IBC 2007 include IPTV and digital cinema - two of IDC's high growth vertical markets. Building on the success that IDC has demonstrated in providing technology for SES Americom's new IP Prime IPTV service and AccessIT's digital cinema project, IDC is featuring the following at IBC: - IPTV applications - complete head-end solutions as well as a family of interoperable DVB-S/S2 receivers for the secure and efficient delivery of both SD and HDTV live and Video on Demand (VOD) content over satellite. The product line features M for N redundancy of receivers for fail-safe operation of large numbers of channels over multiple transponders, MPEG2 or MPEG4 AVC encoding, a choice of industry standard decryption/CAS options, transport stream transcoding to IP and built-in IP multicasting for ease of integration with Telco and CATV IP distribution networks - Digital Cinema - complete end-to-end solutions for the delivery of both file encoded movies as well as live events for digital cinema and e-cinema applications. Key features include, multiple layers of encryption/CAS for extra security, built-in "on the fly" forward error correction using IDC's flagship Datacast XD software and DVB-S2 8PSK or 16APSK delivery. IDC will also be unveiling their plans for 3D digital cinema at IBC and will be featured in a panel workshop presentation by Sensio Technologies (Making Movies in 3D to be held at 15:15hr Sunday 9 September in Room L at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam). EXPANDED DVB-S2 PRODUCT LINE AND APPLICATIONS In addition to the new products released at NAB earlier this year, IDC will be showcasing the following expanded products and applications at IBC: - New 4100 series of high performance DVB/IP satellite receivers - building on the success of IDC's 2100 and 3100 series of DVB-S/S2 IP receivers, the 4100 is a next generation product that features a high performance CPU to provide the extra high processing needed to achieve throughput data rates in excess of 160 Mbps - ideal for applications involving heavy loading due to encryption/decryption, transcoding and decompression of data and media feeds. - New DUO series of dual carrier DVB/IP receivers - developed partly with the assistance of the European Space Agency, IDC's new DUO configuration of DVB-S/S2 satellite receivers features simultaneous dual carrier operation - ideal for operating on two satellite transponders simultaneously for spatial diversity or reliability and/or to achieve high data throughputs in excess of 275 Mbps. The new DUO product line permits IDC's current SFX2100, 3100 and the new 4100 receivers to be configured for dual carrier DVB-S or S2 operation. - Expanded SFX Pro Video receivers - developed specifically for professional video distribution applications, the SFX Pro Video line of DVB-S/S2 receivers feature hardware decoding of MPEG2 and MPEG4 AVC SD and HD video in a single 1 RU high 19-inch rack configuration complete with an integrated hard drive for drop and insert store and forward applications. The product features a choice of IP, DVB-S or S2 satellite and ASI inputs and a multiple outputs that include IP, ASI, component video, HDMI and HD-SDI. Ideal for SD and HDTV broadcast as well as live digital and e-cinema applications. The product also includes a new transport stream to IP transcoding capability ideal for IPTV applications. - Expanded SFX Pro Audio Receivers - the latest family of IDC's IP based DVB-S/S2 digital audio receivers for professional radio broadcast networks. Now available in a 2 stereo pair configuration with an integrated hard drive for split copy insertion. Audio codecs include MPEG2 Layer 2, 3 and AAC as well as MPEG4 LC-AAC, HE-AAC/aacPlus versions 1 & 2 plus Enhanced apt-X. Livewire is included for low delay and high reliability distribution of digital audio over Ethernet to minimize cabling and eliminate audio distortion caused by high electrical noise environments. - Expanded PROFline professional audio product line- the latest family of professional radio networks products from PROFline including FM radio demodulators, stereo encoders, and RDS encoders as well as solutions for CATV radio distribution and FM emergency warning systems. The updated family of receivers, including a new triple channel receiver, now features MPEG4 HE-AAC/acc Plus V1 and V2 for the highest professional audio quality. All of these products comply with the new Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) environmental guidelines that are now standard in Europe and starting to be enforced in the US and other regions of the world. "We continue to develop new and innovative products to meet the growing demands for reliable content delivery that are being insisted upon by broadcasters and multimedia service providers around the world. These exciting additions to our product portfolio represent another step forward in cutting-edge technology developed by IDC," said Ron Clifton, CEO and President of IDC. "With these new products and applications, we have shown that we listen to our customers and develop the type of feature rich, robust products that they demand," Mr. Clifton continued. About International Datacasting Corporation (IDC): IDC (TSX: IDC) provides advanced products, systems and services for the implementation of broadband wireless infrastructure networks used to distribute broadband multimedia data. IDC is at the forefront of delivering IP-based datacasting solutions via satellite and content distribution technologies with installations in more than 100 countries worldwide. IDC's products are in demand for radio and television broadcast networks, enterprise networks, distance learning, digital signage and digital cinema, high-speed Internet infrastructure and other multimedia content distribution applications. IDC is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Canada Export Award for Innovation and Technology Achievement. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, operates in Europe through its wholly owned subsidiary PROFline B.V. in Arnhem, the Netherlands and has an established international network of value-added partners and distributors. Visit IDC on the web at www.datacast.com and www.profline.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements that may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, competitive developments, risks associated with IDC's growth, the development of the satellite datacasting market, regulatory risks, intellectual property infringement and other factors. IDC assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC's financial and business results is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Contacts: International Datacasting Corporation Tracy Trottier 613-596-4120 x 274 ttrottier@intldata.ca


 

London, 21st August 2007. London Mining Plc is pleased to announce that it has signed a long term off-take agreement for 4 million tonnes of iron ore per annum with Suns Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suns International Holdings Ltd. London Mining has signed a long term iron ore purchasing agreement with Suns Trading Ltd. whereby Suns will purchase on a "take or pay" basis the Company's available production exports up to a committed quantity of 4 million tonnes per year. The contract pricing is based on CVRD benchmark prices and an additional marketing fee will be payable for managing the ongoing commercial and supply arrangements with steel mills in China directly on behalf of London Mining. Suns and its end-users have expressed demands of more than 4mtpa which will be at the Company's discretion. Suns Trading currently manages iron ore buying for over 12 steel mills in China and supplies approximately 15m tonnes of iron ore lump and fines per year to mills in various provinces in southern and northern China. Suns Chairman, Wilson Chen said: "We are very happy to have agreed this important purchasing contract with London Mining. We have high and rapidly growing demand for this essential commodity amongst our steel mill clients and the relationship with and supply from London Mining is important for meeting their expanding needs for high quality iron ore in the future." Graeme Hossie, Corporate Development and Deputy Managing Director for London Mining said: "This deal gives London Mining multiple customers in China providing a diversified purchasing base so as not to be reliant on one steel group. It also provides capable and seasoned commercial management of the end user relationships allowing London Mining to focus on expanding production in its mines worldwide. As Suns is a Hong Kong based group long established in international business and supplying Chinese companies, the relationship resolves cultural, language and bureaucratic issues for London Mining in supplying Chinese customers and extends London Mining's customer reach and relationships within China." For further information, please contact: Crux Kommunikasjon AS Lars Erik Lund +47 41 33 13 69 London Mining Plc. Christopher Brown, Managing Director +44 (0) 20 7495 6210 Graeme Hossie, Corporate Development & Deputy Managing Director +44 (0) 20 7495 6210 Notes to the Editors: About Sun Trading Ltd Suns Trading Ltd. is Hong Kong registered and based and is the principal trading company of the SUNS group of companies headquartered in Guangzhou, China. The company is directed by its founder and Chairman, Mr. Wilson Chen and the CEO, Dr Gordon Tsang, former Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and former Assistant General Manger of the Heng Seng Bank. Dr. Tsang currently sits on the Board of Directors of 6 public listed companies in Hong Kong. The iron ore international trading division is managed by Mr. DeQuan Bai, a former Manager of Guangdong Metals & Minerals, China Import & Export (Group) Corporation for 32 years. The Group is extensively involved in commodity and general trading into China, mining, oil production, project management and mobile phones franchises in which it has the highest selling franchise of Samsung worldwide. It employs approximately 900 employees. About London Mining Plc London Mining Plc is incorporated and registered in the UK, and is a UK-based iron ore mining company with assets in Brazil, Sierra Leone, Greenland and Mexico. The company has a diversified portfolio with existing production and significant planned expansion. London Mining's management and board of directors have extensive mining and finance experience. The company has already raised privately approximately USD 70 million in equity and an additional USD 60 million in debt and acquired an operating iron ore mine in Brazil in May 2007. Currently London Mining is registered on the Norwegian OTC list under the ticker LOND. The Company has engaged Norwegian-based Pareto Securities seeking to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2007. Please also visit our website www.londonmining.co.uk for more information about our company and our operations.


 

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WW) has the pleasure of inviting analysts, investors and members of the press to attend its Capital Market Day on Monday 17 September 2007 in the company's premises at Strandkanten, Lysaker Brygge Due to limited parking space, please consider using public transportation to/from Lysaker. Programme: 07.30 Registration and a light breakfast 08.00 Welcome Cecilie Stray, group vice president corporate communications, WW Nils P Dyvik, chief financial officer, WW (chair) 08.05 The WW group's maritime industry development Ingar Skaug, group CEO, WW 08.30 WW group's financial strength Nils P Dyvik, chief financial officer, WW 09.00 Break 09.20 Trends in shipping and the market for rolling cargo Arild B Iversen, president, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics 10.20 Logistics engagement in a global market Stephen Cadden, group vice president logistics, WW 10.50 Break 11.10 Competitive advantages and challenges in the maritime services market David Tandy, president, Barwil Unitor Ships Service, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services 11.45 Summing up Ingar Skaug, group CEO, WW 12.00 Conclusion, followed by buffet lunch Presentations will be given in English. The proceedings and PowerPoint files will be transmitted as a webcast on the group's website at www.wilhelmsen.com. Please register no later than Friday 7 September to: WW corporate communications by e-mail: ww@wilhelmsen.com Please indicate whether you will be staying for lunch. Kind regards per Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA Cecilie Stray Group vice president corporate communications tel: +47 97 70 08 02 (mobile), +47 67 58 41 60 (office)


 

Summary The financial performance was highly satisfactory in the first half-year and business activity continued to perform strongly. H1 revenue was up by 40% to EUR 73.5m (excluding the impact of the recently divested IT2 business). The H1 EBIT was EUR 16.5m, an improvement of EUR 6.8m. SimCorp upgrades expectations and now projects 2007 revenue of EUR 150-160m against the previous forecast of around EUR 146m and an EBIT margin around 24% against the previous forecast of around 20%. - - - SimCorp's Board of Directors today reviewed and approved the Group's interim report for H1 2007 and the three months ended 30 June 2007. After the sale of the IT2 business effective at the beginning of July 2007, see announcements no. 9 and 11, the IT2 business is recognised under assets held for sale and is not included in revenue and EBIT. Comparative historical financial information has been restated to reflect the sale of the IT2 business. Highlights of the report are: * H1 revenue was up by 40% over H1 2006 to EUR 73.5m. Page 5 * The H1 order intake was EUR 21.6m, which was 5% less than in H1 2006. The order book decreased by EUR 3.5m during the half-year to stand at EUR 20.8m at 30 June 2007. Income recognised from licences and add-on licences amounted to EUR 24.9m in H1, a 51% improvement relative to H1 2006. Page 5 * The level of sales and supply of professional services remained high. Professional fees were EUR 25.5m in H1, up 44% relative to the year-earlier period. Maintenance income was up by 26% relative to H1 2006. Page 5 * H1 EBIT was EUR 16.5m, an improvement of EUR 6.8m, or 70%, relative to the same period of last year. Page 6 * The sale of the IT2 business in July improved liquidity by EUR 11m and added EUR 7.5m to equity. Page 7 * SimCorp now projects 2007 revenue of EUR 150-160m and an EBIT margin around 24%. At 30 June 2007, contracts equalling EUR 117.8m of the revenue projected for 2007 had been secured, EUR 24.7m more than at the same time last year. The Group's pipeline of potential licence contracts is performing satisfactorily. Page 7 Investor meeting SimCorp's Management Board will present the interim report at an investor presentation to be held on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 at 2 p.m. at OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen, Nikolaj Plads 6, 1067 Copenhagen K. The meeting will be open to the public. An electronic meeting facility has been set up through webcast (link: http://webcast.zoomvision.se/denmark/clients/simcorp/070822/). Fifteen minutes after conclusion of the meeting, Peter L. Ravn, CEO of SimCorp, tel. +45 4076 1841 and Thomas Bry, Senior Vice President of SimCorp, tel. +45 2092 7454 will be available for questions. The presentation will be available afterwards via SimCorp's website www.simcorp.com.


 

Hafslund ASA has the 21st of August bought 12 500 Hafslund shares of class B at a price of NOK 143.02 per share. After this transaction, Hafslund`s balance of own shares is 37,184 Hafslund class A- shares and 193,550 Hafslund class B-shares. The share buy back is made under the general power of attorney provided by the General Assembly to acquire Hafslund B shares equivalent to maximum 2% (3,904,469 shares) of the company`s share capital. The power of attorney is effective until the ordinary General Meeting in 2008. The lowest remuneration that can be paid per B-share is NOK 10.-, while the highest remuneration that can be paid is NOK 300.- per share. The shares shall primarily be used in programs directed towards employees. Hafslund ASA Oslo, 21st of August 2007


 

For further information: Jonas Wiström, President/CEO +46 (0)10-505 11 15 / +46 (0)70-608 12 20 Viktor Svensson, Director, Corporate Information +46 (0)10-505 12 01 / +46 (0)70-657 20 26 The Board of Directors of AB Ångpanneföreningen has issued the following formulation of the Group's overall financial objectives: ÅF is to be the most profitable among the closest comparable companies in the industry and achieve an operating margin (EBIT) of at least 10 percent over a business cycle. ÅF is to be a net debtor. Net debt shall not exceed 40 percent of equity. The earlier formulation for the Group's growth target, which specifies that ÅF is to attain sales of at least SEK 5 billion by 2010, remains unchanged. Corporate Information AB Ångpanneföreningen The ÅF Group is a leader in technical consulting, with expertise founded on more than a century of experience. We offer highly qualified services and solutions for industrial processes, infrastructure projects and the development of products and IT systems. We are also one of the leading names in testing and inspection. Today the ÅF Group has 3,500 employees. Our base is in Europe, but our business and our clients are found all over the world.


 

Gunnar Páll Gunarsson, Member of the Board of Kaupthing bank hf., has today 21 August 2007, bought 1,764 shares in the bank on the rate 1,125 kr. pr share. Gunnar Páll has 6,074 shares in the bank after the trade. Parties financially connected to Gunnar Páll have 6,115 shares in the bank. Gunnar Páll holds no options for shares in the bank.


 

(Press Release) Alcro-Beckers AB, part of Kemira's paints and coatings business, has signed an agreement to sell its 50% stake in the Swedish filler producer Scanspac to Gyproc AB, part of the Gypsum Activity of Saint-Gobain. Revenue of Scanspac's operations totaled approximately SEK 241 (EUR 26) million in 2006. The parties have agreed on not disclosing any financials details. "This divestment is a perfect strategic fit for all parties," says Niklas Frisk, Managing Director of Alcro-Beckers AB. "With Scanspac becoming part of a large corporation, which specializes in fillers and similar materials, we can now focus our efforts on paint manufacturing only and on concentrating operations in our new plant at Nykvarn." Scanspac is currently owned 50/50 by Alcro-Beckers AB, a subsidiary of Tikkurila Oy, and maxit Group. Scanspac is the leading filler producer in the Nordic area with production units in Glanshammar and Sala in Sweden. The Gypsum Activity of Saint-Gobain is the world-leading producer of plasterboard systems and gypsum plasters, operating and selling in more than 50 countries, with sales of almost EUR 4 billion in 2006. Kemira Coatings is the leading supplier of paints in Northern and Eastern Europe, providing consumers and professionals with branded products approximately in 40 countries. The product range consists of decorative paints and coatings for the woodworking and metal industries. In 2006, Kemira Coatings business area had revenue of EUR 563 million and a payroll of 3,500 employees. For more information, please contact Alcro-Beckers AB Niklas Frisk, Managing Director Phone +46 8 775 6070, mobile phone +46 70 637 5734 Kemira Coatings Jukka Riihimäki, Group Vice President, Finance & IT Phone +358 9 8577 2280, mobile phone +358 40 520 4008 Arja Schadewitz, Communications Manager Phone +358 9 8577 2475 www.tikkurila.com, www.alcro-beckers.com, www.saint-gobain.com/en, www.scanspac.com Kemira is a chemicals group made up of four business areas: Kemira Pulp&Paper, Kemira Water, Kemira Specialty and Kemira Coatings. Kemira is a global group of leading chemical businesses with a unique competitive position and a high degree of mutual synergy. In 2006, Kemira recorded revenue of around EUR 2.5 billion and had a payroll of 9,000 employees. Kemira operates in 40 countries.


 
Hitt og þetta
21. ágúst 2007

EPT Disclosure

FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Company dealt in | Homeserve Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 1) | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Date of dealing | 20th August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price paid | | securities | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | | purchased | | | |--------------------------+--------------------+-------------------| | 1200 | 1,721.25p | 1,721.25p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |-------------------------+--------------------+--------------------| | 3783 | 1,705p | 1,700p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 21st August 2007 | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Contact name | Muz Petkar | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 991 6187 | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which | Domestic & General Group | | connected | Plc | |---------------------------------------+---------------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 
Hitt og þetta
21. ágúst 2007

EPT Disclosure

FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Company dealt in | Freeport Plc | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note 1) | | |------------------------------------------------+------------------| | Date of dealing | 20th August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price | | securities | (Note 3) | paid | | purchased | | (Note 3) | |---------------------------+--------------------+------------------| | 500 | 376p | 376p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |-------------------------+--------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 21st August 2007 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Contact name | Muz Petkar | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 991 6187 | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which connected | Freeport Plc | |----------------------------------------------+-------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Nokia's SNAP Mobile to launch Connected Casual Games in fall of 2007 Leipzig, Germany - Today at the GC Developers Conference (GCDC) 2007, Nokia announced that SNAP Mobile Games will be available to German consumers in the fall of 2007. The initial games offered include SNAP Mobile's flagship games of Pocket Party titles including JellyPop and Sudoku, which are already available in Asia Pacific and North America. The SNAP Mobile games will come pre-installed on select Nokia handsets, such as the popular Nokia N73, Nokia N95 and Nokia 6300 in Germany. Consumers will be able to demo the games for free and decide whether or not to buy the full versions. Users only need to click the 'buy' link after reviewing the purchase details and then they receive a text message with a link to download the full version of the game. Antoine Doumenc, head of SNAP Mobile stated, "After continued success in Asia Pacific, we are clearly setting our sights on the European market. Germany is our first target country and we plan to expand our service availability in multiple European distribution channels within the year. In addition, we will be offering many more opportunities to German consumers to be connected through casual games in near future." Pocket Party Sudoku generates puzzles on the fly, so mobile users get a different puzzle every time with a multitude of challenges. Pocket Party JellyPop is a fast paced puzzle game that is easy to learn, but hard to master and boosts a unique multiplayer mode. The games include the standard connected SNAP Mobile features: single and multiplayer gameplay modes, high scores and rankings, friends list, choice of avatars, a token system, and integrated chat. GCDC attendees can meet SNAP Mobile and see live demonstrations of the games at the event. To arrange a meeting at GCDC and for more information, email: snapmobile@nokia.com. More information on the event can be found at: http://www.gcdc.eu/ About SNAP Mobile Nokia's SNAP Mobile is an industry leading mobile Java(TM) gaming solution that covers middleware and technology, hosting, maintenance, and online community management. It is available to 3rd parties for connected mobile game development and publishing, and also offers mobile game community development to operators. The SNAP Mobile platform currently supports a wide variety of Java(TM) MIDP2.0 compliant phones and has a rapidly growing selection of connected mobile games with the variety and level of challenge that appeals to players of all ages. For more information about SNAP Mobile, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com. About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. Trademarks: All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Media Enquiries: Nokia, Multimedia Communications Tel. +358 7180 45667 Nokia Communications Tel. +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

aap Implantate AG, a medical technology company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard segment has signed with Wright Medical Technology (WMT) a global comprehensive distribution and supply agreement for cannulated screw systems in the field of foot and ankle. The cannulated screw system of aap is one of the well established systems in the market. This product line which is more than ten years in the market is one of the main pillars of aap's trauma product line and is responsible for considerable revenue in the national as well as international business of the trauma & orthopaedics division. This distribution and supply agreement substantiates the strategy of the trauma & orthopaedics division not only to be present with direct sales but also to extend the business significantly through international OEM-partnerships with leading orthopaedic companies. First revenues out of the initial order are anticipated already in this year. Starting from 2008 aap expects significant contribution from ongoing annual revenues so that this partnership is one of the major steps in strengthening the trauma & orthopaedics division toward a profitable growth. This division achieved a 14% growth in sales in the first six months of the financial year to EUR 3.3 million (previous year: EUR 2.9 million) with almost balanced result. - aap is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets biomaterials and implants for trauma and orthopaedics. Its product portfolio includes bone cements, bone graft substitutes, antibiotical carriers, implants for fracture healing and joint replacement. In addition to its Berlin headquarters the company has locations in Dieburg and Obernburg near Frankfurt am Main as well as at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. aap Implantate AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment at the Frankfurt stock exchange since May 16, 2003. Please address any queries to: aap Implantate AG, Nanette Hüdepohl, Investor & Public Relations, Lorenzweg 5, 12099 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 7501 9133; fax: +49 30 7501 9290; n.huedepohl@aap.de --- End of Message --- aap Implantate AG Lorenzweg 5 Berlin Germany WKN: 506660; ISIN: DE0005066609; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 

With reference to the notice sent on the 20th of August with regards to Hafslund's purchase of 12,500 Hafslund shares of class B. The informed balance of own shares of class B owned by Hafslund was unfortunately wrong. After this transaction, Hafslund`s balance of own shares is 37,184 Hafslund class A- shares and 181,050 Hafslund class B-shares. Hafslund ASA Oslo, 21st of August 2007


 

SBS Entreprenad AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veidekke, has been commissioned by Alecta Pensionsförsäkring to refurbish facades and technical rooms in the Mektagonen building in Gothenburg. The contract price is approximately MSEK 72. Erected in the 1960s, the Mektagonen will be transformed into a modern office building with a modern exterior. This large building, which stands at the junction of Mölndalsvägen and Falkenbergsgatan in Gothenburg, will then be a positive landmark in the city. The building currently has about 25,000 sq.m. of offices, storage facilities, shops and multi-storey parking. The work will be performed under a coordinated general contract, commencing in August and scheduled for completion by March 2009. For more information, please contact: Bert Granberg, SBS Entreprenad AB, telephone +46 31 50 56 06 Johan Eriksson, SBS Entreprenad AB, telephone +46 31 50 56 26 Veidekke ASA is a leading Scandinavian building contractor and property developer with 6,350 employees and an annual turnover of NOK 16.4 billion (2006). Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. It has a wide group of shareholders and 14% of the shares are held by the company's employees. The company's activities cover a large range of building and construction contracts, development of housing and commercial projects for private and public customers, asphalt operations and road maintenance, and collection and recycling of waste. SBS Entreprenad AB and Veidekke Construction AB (Vecon) constitute Veidekke Region West in Sweden, and are among the leading building and construction companies in the district.


 

Nokia Intellisync to complement du's mobility strategy Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that du, the new telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is set to offer Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email to its consumer and business customers in summer 2007. The service is aimed at providing secure, easy-to-set-up mobile email and PIM (personal information management) functionalities for users ranging from individuals to businesses. du is the UAE's second national telecommunications provider and started its mobile service in February 2007. To distinguish itself in a well-saturated mobile market like the UAE, du has committed to deliver highly innovative and user-friendly services to its customers. "Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email perfectly fits into our strategy and underlines the ambition to be an integrated service provider offering voice, data and content services over fixed and mobile networks," Andrew Grenville, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Division, du, said. According to the Telecommunications Authority (TRA), the mobile penetration rate in UAE is approximately eight times higher than the Internet subscriber rate*. "Given the increasing worldwide acceptance of mobile email, we firmly believe that this service for UAE is tremendously important," says Scott Cooper, senior vice president, Mobility Solutions Unit, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. "Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email provides du with a flexible and scalable solution that allows the company to bring mobile email to the mass market." "We selected Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email platform not only for the extensive range of device support but also for its advanced functionality," Grenville continued. "With Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email, we are able to provide a solution for every market sector, from a consumer offering through to SME and large corporations' behind-the-firewall requirements. This solution complements du's mobility strategy and gives us the flexibility needed to meet the needs of our full range of customers." Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email is part of Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite that provides access to powerful collaboration tools such as email, contacts, calendar, device management and synchronization of file and data and enterprise applications. Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email works in any groupware environment - ISP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes or Groupwise and can run on any kind of device platform - Symbian, Windows, Palm or Pocket PC. The highly scalable email solution supports industry's widest range of different devices in addition to the Nokia portfolio of business devices. Offering unmatched multi-device support, Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite is the No. 1 "white label" email solution, with more than 35 new operator wins in the last 16 months. Nokia has sold more than 1.5 million user licenses to date. * www.tra.ae/telecom_statistics About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. Media Enquiries: Nokia, Enterprise Solutions Communications Tel. +358 7180 64549 Nokia Communications Tel. +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

For further information: Jonas Wiström, President/CEO +46 (0)70-608 12 20 Viktor Svensson, Director, Corporate Information +46 (0)70-657 20 26 Second quarter 2007 * Net sales totalled SEK 968 million (Q2 2006: SEK 771 million) * Operating profit was SEK 85 million (SEK 30 million) * Operating profit, excluding other operating income, was SEK 85 million (SEK 30 million) * Profit after tax rose to SEK 58 million (SEK 15 million) * Earnings per share, before dilution, amounted to SEK 3:53 (SEK 1:10) First half-year 2007 * Net sales totalled SEK 1,900 million (Jan-June 2006: SEK 1,394 million) * Operating profit totalled SEK 159 million (SEK 74 million) * Operating profit, excluding other operating income, was SEK 159 million (SEK 55 million) * Profit after tax rose to SEK 107 million (SEK 46 million) * Earnings per share, before dilution, amounted to SEK 6.54 (SEK 3.45) A few words from the President, Jonas Wiström 2007 has got off to an excellent start for ÅF. Sales have risen by 36 percent, and the operating margin was 8.4 percent, compared to 4.0 percent last year. Capacity utilisation (the proportion of time debitable to clients relative to the time that all the Group's employees spend at work) rose by more than three percentage points to 75.4 percent. It is especially gratifying that the profit for the second quarter has exceeded the profit for the first quarter, despite the fact that the second quarter this year is one working week shorter. Truly admirable efforts from ÅF's co-workers have enabled us to report a profit after just six months that is equal to the full-year figure for 2006. During the summer, we have completed the realignment of the Process Division, with the sale of two companies. This restructuring work will improve our opportunities to continue to achieve higher earnings, and we will once again be able to focus on growth, not least within the expanding energy area. Other divisions performed above or in line with expectations, and the immediate future looks promising. As things stand today, our operations are well positioned in a market that remains buoyant. This all adds up to a promising outlook for the ÅF Group as a whole. Corporate acquisitions and disposals ÅF increased its stake in the Danish technical consulting firm Hansen & Henneberg, which has a workforce of 55, from 49 percent to 80 percent. The acquisition was a natural consequence of the positive collaboration between ÅF and Hansen & Henneberg over recent years. ÅF acquired 49 percent of the shares in 2001. ÅF acquired the Swedish technical consulting firm Cordinor, with 15 members of staff in Luleå and Kiruna. Cordinor provides advanced engineering services, first and foremost for the mining industry. ÅF sold its Finnish subsidiary ÅF-CTS Oy with 130 co-workers, for EUR 4 million (a value in line with the carrying amount) to ÅF-CTS Oy's management team. Previously, on 1 January 2007 a total of 70 of ÅF-CTS Oy's co-workers had transferred to ÅF-Enprima Oy. The buy-out was approved by an extraordinary general meeting of AB Ångpanneföreningen on 14 August. There was also a management buy-out of ÅF's French subsidiary, AF Chleq Froté S.A., which has 50 members of staff. The purchase price was EUR 3 million. This disposal will have no impact on results, since a provision was made in the 2006 accounts. The buy-out was approved by an extraordinary general meeting of AB Ångpanneföreningen on 14 August 2007. Important events during the second quarter ÅF won a major consulting assignment involving a new co-generation plant in Tartu, Estonia. The project will be carried out by ÅF's units in Estonia and Finland. ÅF's share of the order is worth more than SEK 30 million. ÅF won a substantial consulting assignment relating to a new peat and biomass-fuelled CHP plant to be built in the town of Jyväskylä in central Finland. The order is worth around SEK 80 million to ÅF. ÅF has recruited Jonas Ågrup as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ågrup, who will take up the post as CFO on 3 September 2007, is a graduate in economics with many years' experience of working in listed companies and international business. He joins ÅF from WM-Data Sweden, where he has been Vice President with responsibility for Finance and Administration since 2006. Important events after the close of the period ÅF received a very large order from Banverket, the Swedish National Rail Authority, in respect of the Stockholm City Line rail link. ÅF's assignment is estimated to total around SEK 200 million, and is expected to continue until 2016. The assignment comprises three technical projects: Tomteboda freight yards, the double-track tunnel and new commuter stations, and a risk and safety management assignment. ÅF's involvement with regard to the Tomteboda project and the twin-track tunnel relates to the project engineering of all aspects of the technical rail installations, including ground survey work, track, electrics, signalling and telecommunications, SCADA and channelling as well as technical support up to the time when the facilities are taken into use. In conjunction with the first conversion opportunity for the ÅF co-worker convertibles programme for 2005/2008, a new issue has been made of a total of 523,608 of a possible 625,000 class B shares. This gives a 3.1 percent dilution of the share capital and a 2.2 percent dilution of the votes. The new share total in ÅF is now 16,892,534, of which 804,438 are class A shares, and 16,088,096 class B shares. Sales and profits Net sales for the period totalled SEK 1,900 million (Jan-Jun 2006: SEK 1,394 million), an increase of 36 percent. Sales in the second quarter amounted to SEK 968 million (SEK 771 million), an increase of 25 percent. Operating profit for the period was SEK 159 million (SEK 74 million), and the operating margin rose to 8.4 percent (5.3 percent). For the second quarter, operating profit was SEK 85 million (SEK 30 million), and the operating margin was 8.8 percent (3.9 percent). When comparing these results with those from 2006 it is important to bear in mind that the figures for the first quarter of 2006 were positively affected by a capital gain of SEK 19 million following the sale of the software company PX Business Solutions. If the profits from this sale are excluded from last year's figures, operating profit totalled SEK 55 million and the operating margin was 4.0 percent. Capacity utilisation for the period was 75.4 percent (72.1 percent). For the second quarter, capacity utilisation was 76.6 percent (70.5 percent). Profit after net financial income/expense was SEK 156 million (SEK 72 million) with a profit margin of 8.2 percent (5.1 percent). For the second quarter, profit after net financial income/expense rose to SEK 84 million (SEK 29 million), and the profit margin was 8.7 percent (3.7 percent). Profit after tax amounted to SEK 107 million (SEK 46 million). For the second quarter, profit after tax was SEK 58 million (SEK 15 million). Earnings per share before dilution amounted to SEK 6.54 (SEK 3.45). For the second quarter, earnings per share before dilution were SEK 3.53 (SEK 1.10). Cash flow and financial position Cash flow for the period was SEK 65 million (SEK 17 million). Before dividends and borrowings, cash flow was SEK 129 million (compared to a negative cash flow of SEK -454 million for the corresponding period in 2006). Cash flow for the second quarter was SEK 57 million (SEK 4 million). The Group's liquid assets totalled SEK 322 million (SEK 260 million). Equity per share totalled SEK 72, and the equity/assets ratio was 49 percent. At the beginning of the year, equity per share was SEK 67 and the equity/assets ratio was 48 percent. The Group's net loan debt (cash and cash equivalents minus interest-bearing liabilities) at the close of the half-year totalled SEK 24 million (SEK 390 million). Investments Gross investment in machinery and equipment totalled SEK 17 million for the period January-June 2007 (Jan-Jun 2006: SEK 16 million). Divisional performance Engineering Operating margin 6 mths: 9.5% (7.9%) The Engineering Division, which offers services within automation, industrial IT and mechanical engineering, is a leader in its field in the Nordic countries. The market remained strong during the second quarter, and this contributed to the high level of capacity utilisation experienced by the division. The introduction of a new tender database and a new sales support system has boosted the efficiency of sales work. The inflow of orders was very good in the second quarter. Mechanical engineering operations with a staff of around 150, which were amalgamated into the Engineering Division on 1 January 2007, have developed well. The acquisition of the technical consulting firm Cordinor represents another step into the field of mechanical engineering consulting operations. This acquisition is strategically important, as it strengthens the division's leading position in the Norrbotten region of northern Sweden and expands the range of services the division can offer to LKAB and other mining concerns. During the second quarter, the Engineering Division's involvement at the Forsmark nuclear power plant was expanded. Consequently, a decision was made to establish a local presence at the plant. The division also won a major assignment from Vägverket Färjerederiet, the Swedish Road Administration's ferry operation, which will call upon the division's technical expertise in control systems and hydraulics. In addition, there was a marked increase in activity in paper and pulp, including assignments from Iggesund in connection with the refurbishment of a lime kiln, and projects for Metso Paper in Portugal, India and China. Infrastructure Division Operating margin 6 mths: 11.6% (8.8%) The Infrastructure Division offers infrastructure consulting services in the following business areas: Communications & Maintenance, Installations, Infrastructure Planning and Electric Power. The market remained very strong during the second quarter, and in consequence capacity utilisation was at least as high as during the preceding quarter. The division grew in Denmark by expanding its stake in the Danish technical consulting company Hansen & Henneberg from 49 to 80 percent via an agreement that also includes an option to acquire the remaining shares. Hansen & Henneberg contributes highly specialised technical expertise in lighting systems, traffic control and electrical engineering. During the second quarter, the Sound & Vibrations business area was contracted to carry out two noise surveys for the Swedish Road Administration and the Municipality of Norrköping respectively. The division also won contracts to plan electrical, heating, water and sanitation installations at the Psychiatric Unit at Uppsala University Hospital. At the end of the period, the division was entrusted with the planning of key aspects of the projected City Rail Link in Stockholm. This assignment is estimated to be worth around SEK 200 million to ÅF. Inspection Division Operating margin 6 mths: 11.6% (8.1%) The Inspection Division works with technical inspections, chiefly in the form of periodic inspections, testing and certification. Major clients include the engineering and nuclear power industries. Strong demand helped ensure that the division had a significantly higher level of capacity utilisation during the second quarter of 2007 than over the corresponding period last year. Demand was especially strong in the nuclear power and petrochemical industries. Organic growth was good, strengthening the Inspection Division's market position. Inspection won a number of exciting assignments during the second quarter. These included extensive condition monitoring of harbour installations at Valetta on Malta and in Venice. In addition, the division secured a major training contract for the Swedish construction company Peab on working environment safety. Process Division Operating margin 6 mths: 6.2% (0.5%) The Process Division offers consulting services for every aspect of an industrial process and possesses world-leading expertise in certain specialist areas of the pulp and paper industry and in the energy sector. The market continued to remain strong in the second quarter, especially with regard to the energy industry. Demand from the pulp and paper industry increased slightly. As a result, the division's overall capacity utilisation showed a rising tendency during the second quarter. Internationally, the level of economic activity in the energy sector is high. The inflow of orders was very good for ÅF in the second quarter, not least in Finland and the Baltic countries. Demand for consulting services in biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plants was particularly good. ÅF is a market leader in this area, and has already signed four major contracts for this type of CHP plant this year. As an important step in the previously announced strategy of realigning operations within the Process Division, two subsidiaries, ÅF-CTS in Finland and AF Chleq Froté in France with a combined total of 180 co-workers, were sold during the second quarter. Systems Division Operating margin 6 mths: 7.5% (6.7%) The Systems Division offers services in the field of embedded systems, mechanical engineering and IT systems. The market continued to strengthen in the second quarter, with visible improvements across all of the division's customer segments: telecoms, vehicles, life science and engineering. Activity during the period was highest in the telecoms segment, where by way of example, the division won a test systems development assignment from Ericsson. In life science, the division took on a development project for a new generation of products from Raysearch. Organic growth remained excellent and now exceeds 20 percent over the most recent 12 month period. The strongest growth took place in the Öresund region (Copenhagen-Malmö). Parent Company Parent company sales totalled SEK 91 million (SEK 99 million) and related primarily to intra-group services. There was a loss after net financial income/expense of SEK 15 million, as opposed to a profit of SEK 13 million for the corresponding period in 2006. Cash and cash equivalents totalled SEK 139 million (SEK 23 million), and gross investment in machinery and equipment for the period January-June 2007 amounted to SEK 3 million (Jan-Jun 2006: SEK 6 million). Accounting principles This interim report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 ("Interim Financial Reporting"). The report has been drawn up in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as statements on interpretation from the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), as they have been approved by the European Commission for use in the EU, and in accordance with the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council's Recommendation RR 31 ("Interim Reporting for Groups"), and the relevant references to Chapter 9 of the Swedish Annual Accounts Act. The report has been drawn up using the same accounting principles and methods of calculation as those in the Annual Report for 2006 (see Note 2, page 52). The parent company has implemented the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council's Recommendation RR 32:06, which means that the parent company shall apply all the IFRS and related statements approved by the EU as far as this is possible while continuing to apply the Swedish Annual Accounts Act in the preparation of the legal entity's accounts. Risks and uncertainty factors The significant risks and uncertainty factors to which the ÅF Group is exposed include business risks linked to the general economic situation, the propensity of various markets to invest, the ability to recruit and retain qualified co-workers and the effect of political decisions. The Group is further exposed to a range of financial risks such as currency risk, interest-rate risk and credit risks. No significant risks are considered to have arisen over and above those risks described on pages 36-38 in ÅF's annual report. ÅF shares The ÅF share price was SEK 188 at the close of the report period, which represents a rise of 28.3 percent since the beginning of the year. The Stockholm Stock Exchange all-share index (OMXSPI index) grew by 8.4 percent during the same period. Capital Market Day ÅF will hold its annual Capital Market Day on 20 September from 14.00 (2 p.m.) onwards at the Hotel/Restaurant J at Nacka Strand in Stockholm. For more detailed information and registration, please contact the ÅF Group's Director of Corporate Information, Viktor Svensson, by phone on +46 (0)8-657 12 01 or by e-mail, viktor.svensson@afconsult.com Next reporting date ÅF's interim report for the period January-September 2007 will be published on 9 November 2007. The Board of Directors and the President/CEO confirm that the interim report gives a true and fair view of the operation, performance and position of the company and the Group, and describes the significant risks and uncertainty factors to which the company and the companies comprising the Group are exposed. Stockholm Sweden - 21 August 2007 AB Ångpanneföreningen (publ) Jonas Wiström, President & CEO This report has not been subjected to scrutiny by the company's auditors. The information in this interim report is that which ÅF is required by law to disclose under the Securities Exchange and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication at 09.30 CET on 21 August 2007. The full report including tables can be downloaded from the following link:


 

Amsterdam - 21st August 2007 - Head N.V. (NYSE: HED; VSX: HEAD), a leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment, announces record and payment date for capital repayment. According to the resolution approved at the last Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Head N.V. on May 30th, 2007, the Company amended the Articles of Association to reduce the nominal value of the shares from Euro 0.20 to Euro 0.01 and as a consequence will make a payment of Euro 0.19 per share to its shareholders. The capital repayment is payable to Shareholders on record as of August 30th, 2007. The euro payment date will be September 4th, 2007. The ex-date for the Head N.V. shares will be August 28th, 2007. About Head HEAD NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment. HEAD NV's ordinary shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange ("HED") and the Vienna Stock Exchange ("HEAD"). Our business is organized into four divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Licensing. We sell products under the HEAD (tennis, squash and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, badminton products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, snowboards, bindings and boots), Penn (tennis and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski bindings), and Mares/Dacor (diving equipment) brands. We hold leading positions in all of our product markets and our products are endorsed by some of the world's top athletes including Andre Agassi, Hermann Maier, Bode Miller, Amelie Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andrew Murray, Ivan Ljubicic, Didier Cuche, Marco Büchel, Patrick Staudacher, Maria Riesch and Sárka Záhrobská. For more information, please visit our website: www.head.com Analysts, investors, media and others seeking financial and general information, please contact: Vicki Booth, Investor Relations Tel: +44 207 499 7800 Fax: +44 207 491 7725 E-mail: headinvestors@aol.com Ralf Bernhart, Chief Financial Officer Tel: +43 1 70 179 354 Fax +43 1 707 8940


 

Please find enclosed the press release issued today by RHJ International announcing that its portfolio company, D&M Holdings Inc., has completed the acquisition of Calrec Audio Limited. Based in England, Calrec is a leading designer and manufacturer of premium audio products and live-to-air consoles for the broadcast market. RHJ International (Euronext: RHJI) is a diversified holding company focused on creating long-term value for its shareholders by acquiring and operating businesses in attractive industries. For further information visit www.rhji.com. Arnaud Denis Investor Relations Director RHJ International Tel. +32 2 643 60 13 http://www.rhji.com investor-relations@rhji.com


 

CEO ARNE KARLSSON COMMENTS ON THE REPORT AT www.ratos.se TELEPHONE CONFERENCE 10.00 a.m. CET, tel no. +46 8 505 201 10 * Profit before tax SEK 2,480m (1,048) * Earnings per share SEK 13.24 (4.57) * Five new holdings in the portfolio - AH Industries, Contex, EuroMaint, HÅG/RH/RBM and MCC * Strong development and high transaction activity in holdings * Entire holding in Bluegarden sold * Property sale within Arcus Gruppen - capital gain SEK 731m * Total return on Ratos shares +41% Stockholm, 21 August 2007 Ratos AB (publ) This report has not been reviewed by Ratos's auditors. For additional information, please contact: Arne Karlsson, CEO, +46 8 700 17 00 Clara Bolinder-Lundberg, Head of Corporate +46 8 700 17 63 Communications, Financial calendar: Interim report January - September 9 November 2007 2007 Year-end report 2007 21 February 2008 AGM 2008 9 April 2008 Interim report January - March 2008 8 May 2008 Interim report January - June 2008 22 August 2008 Interim report January - September 2008 7 November 2008 The full report including tables can be downloaded from the following link:


 

Gunnar Strömblad, Executive Vice President of Schibsted ASA, has on 20 August acquired 500 shares at the price of NOK 255.00. Strömblad now holds 3,545 shares. Oslo, 21 August 2007 SCHIBSTED ASA --- End of Message --- Schibsted Apotekergt 10, Pb 1178 Sentrum Oslo Norway ISIN: NO0003028904; ;


 

- Wienerberger continues growth course and generates record results - Group revenues +21% to ¤ 1,227.3 million - EBITDA +30% to ¤ 256.6 million - At least 15% improvement in earnings expected for full year Vienna, August 21, 2007 - In its final report on the first half of 2007, Wienerberger AG confirms the preliminary results that were announced on July 30, 2007 based on monthly reporting. After a successful start during the first quarter of 2007, Wienerberger continued its profitable growth course during the second quarter and generated outstanding results. Group revenues rose by 21% during the first six months to ¤ 1,227.3 million, EBITDA by 30% to ¤ 256.6 million and EBIT by 43% to ¤ 166.6 million. The development of free cash flow was also excellent, rising from ¤ 15 million in the first half of 2006 to ¤ 76.0 million for the first six months of 2007. Growth driven by favorable weather and strong construction activity in Europe as well as profitable growth strategy The strong earnings for the first half of 2007 resulted from favorable weather at the beginning of the year as well as the high pace of construction activity throughout large parts of Europe, above all Central-East Europe. The increase in revenues for the first half-year splits in 13% of higher sales volume and 8% of price effects. In spite of continuing weakness on the US housing market and a decline in new residential construction in Germany, the Group was also able to report two-digit growth for the second quarter of 2007 because of significantly higher sales volumes in Central-East Europe and North-West Europe as well as higher prices. "These excellent results highlight the success of our profitable growth strategy and the strength of our geographic portfolio. We continued to pursue this approach during the first six months of 2007 with the realization of bolt-on projects as well as major acquisitions, in particular the takeover of the English brick company Baggeridge and the Canadian manufactured stone producer Arriscraft", explained Wolfgang Reithofer, Chief Executive Officer of Wienerberger AG. "As indicated three weeks ago, I expect Wienerberger will report strong earnings growth for the full year because of the excellent results recorded during the first two quarters and our optimistic outlook for the second half year." Improvement in earnings, above all in Central-East Europe The largest growth was recorded by Central-East Europe with an increase of 58% in revenues to ¤ 427.6 million and 130% in EBITDA to ¤ 126.8 million. The growing importance of this segment for Wienerberger is reflected in an increase to 35% of Group revenues and 49% of EBITDA. The Central-East Europe region profited from favorable weather at the beginning of the year as well as a booming construction market and increasing demand, above all in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Revenues recorded in Central-West Europe rose by 14% to ¤ 221.3 million, but EBITDA declined slightly by 2% to ¤ 36.5 million. The growth in revenues was supported primarily by consolidation effects in Germany as well as sound development in the clay roof tile segment and higher exports. Earnings were negatively influenced in particular by higher freight costs. The North-West Europe segment reported an increase of 13% in revenues to ¤ 440.8 million and 10% in EBITDA to ¤ 89.5 million for the first half of this year. The sound development of revenues resulted from higher sales volumes in all product areas, above all in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, as well as moderate price adjustments, especially in Great Britain. Revenues recorded by the USA segment declined 3% to ¤ 165.9 million and EBITDA fell by 41% to ¤ 18.8 million because of the sharp decline in residential construction and the weakness of the US dollar, in spite of the initial consolidation of Robinson Brick. Expansion in Great Britain and the USA, market entry in Canada In addition to organic development, growth projects represent a key element of the Wienerberger expansion strategy and an investment volume of roughly ¤ 500 million is planned for these projects in 2007. Part of the funds will be used to finance the acquisition of Baggeridge Brick PLC in Great Britain and Arriscraft in Canada, and more than ¤ 250 million will be directed to bolt-on projects. As a result of synergies and high raw material reserves, Baggeridge will create substantial growth opportunities over the coming years in Great Britain, the largest facing brick market in Europe. With the acquisition of Arriscraft, which also marks the entry of Wienerberger on the Canadian market, the Group has taken another important expansion step with a potential for synergies through the use of the direct sales network in the USA and a potential for new bolt-on projects. Korevaar, the third largest producer of clay pavers in the Netherlands, will support the further expansion of capacity in this growth segment. These acquisitions will make a contribution to earnings during the second half of 2007. The bolt-on projects include investments in East European growth markets such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Russia as well as North-West Europe, for example in France. Profit before tax + 65% to ¤ 171.6 million The strong growth in operating profit supported an increase of 65% in profit before tax to ¤ 171.6 million. An added positive effect was the improvement in financial results from ¤ -12.9 to +5.1 million, which was related to a book gain of ¤ 10.1 million on the sale of securities and higher income from associates (Pipelife and Tondach Gleinstätten). Profit after tax rose by 73% to ¤ 140.1 million, whereby the deductibility of the hybrid coupon for tax purposes also led to a reduction in the Group's tax rate. Adjusted earnings per share increased 44% from ¤ 1.09 to ¤ 1.57. Operating cash flow increases from ¤ 53.3 to 117.7 million In addition to the highly positive development of free cash flow, gross cash flow totaled ¤ 233.5 million for the first half of 2007 or 59% higher than in the previous year. Cash flow from operating activities increased significantly from ¤ 53.3 to 117.7 million. Cash outflows for investments and acquisitions of ¤ 150.5 million comprise ¤ 55.2 million of maintenance, replacement and rationalization investments (maintenance capex) and ¤ 95.3 million of new plant construction, capacity extensions and acquisitions (growth investments). A dividend of ¤ 94.9 million was paid to the shareholders of Wienerberger AG during May. Gearing of approx. 45% expected by year-end The proceeds from the hybrid bond issued in February 2007 more than offset the seasonal increase in receivables as well as the dividend payment and investments, and resulted in a decrease of 22% in net debt to ¤ 900.2 million. Group equity rose by 34% to ¤ 2,129.2 million following the issue of the hybrid capital and high profit recorded for the period, in spite of the dividend payment and negative foreign exchange effects. Gearing fell sharply from 72.9% as of December 31, 2006 to 42.3% for the same reasons, and is expected to equal approximately 45% at the end of 2007. Earnings target for full year raised from +10% to +15% "I can only underscore the statement I made in connection with our announcement of preliminary results. The sound demand in Europe will support a continuation of the positive earnings trend, even if the development of residential construction in the USA and Germany is expected to remain weak. However, growth rates will not reach the levels recorded during the first six months. Based on the information available today as well as the outstanding results for the first two quarters and an optimistic outlook, I assume EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share will increase by at least 15% in 2007", summarized Wolfgang Reithofer. The interim financial report with detailed information is now available for download and a webcast of the press conference will be provided at 10:00 am CET under: www.wienerberger.com For additional information contact: Thomas Melzer, Public and Investor Relations T +43(1)60192-463 | communication@wienerberger.com If you do not wish to receive the Wienerberger newsletter any longer, send an e-mail with subject: "unsubscribe newsletter" to communication@wienerberger.com --- End of Message --- Wienerberger AG Wienerbergstraße 11 Vienna Austria ISIN: AT0000831706; Index: WBI; ;


 

Acquisition in Belgium opens door to finance markets in Belgium and Luxembourg Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, 21 August 2007 Ordina has acquired the full share capital of Belgian-based ITG Consulting Group. ITG offers expertise and projects in the area of business consultancy, particularly in the finance market, with strong focus on high-end accounts and finance banks. Having been established in 1995, ITG Consulting expects to generate a revenue of approximately EUR 8 million for 2007. ITG Consulting has more than 80 employees in Brussels and Luxembourg. ITG focuses its service provision on operating activities, clearance & settlement, business analysis, process design, and implementation of applications. It counts Fortis, ING, Dexia and Euroclear among its strategic clients. Says Ronald Kasteel: "The acquisition of ITG Consulting opens up opportunities for us to enter the finance markets in Belgium and Luxembourg, in which we only had a very limited presence until now. Our ambition is to realise strong growth in this market over the next few years, in which process we certainly intend to fall back on the knowledge and long-standing experience that we have gained in the Netherlands. In addition, we will undertake a targeted effort to review the opportunities for our BPO services in Belgium and Luxembourg." "The acquisition of ITG is in line with Ordina's ambition to be Belgium's Number 1 provider of ICT services in 2010," says Hans Vets, CEO of Ordina in Belgium. "The acquisition of ITG will singlehandedly propel us towards building a strong position in the French-speaking part of the country." "Joining Ordina allows us to capture a larger slice of the Benelux market," says Carmelo Bardare, founder and CEO of ITG Consulting. "But it is especially the end-to-end solution that makes Ordina a very interesting partner for us. From now on, we can offer our clients a comprehensive service range, including technological expertise and solution development." The acquisition price will be partly cash and partly share-based. Part of the acquisition price will be based on an earn-out scheme that is contingent on ITG's performance in 2007 and 2008; as a result, part of the acquisition price will not be paid until the first quarter of 2009. The acquisition price is in line with the usual range of 0.8 to 1.5 times sales. About Ordina With our approximately 5,500 employees, Ordina aims to improve the business processes of Dutch and Belgian enterprises by providing advisory services, developing supporting applications or taking on a wide range of processes, including ICT. Ordina N.V. was incorporated in 1973. Our shares are listed on Amsterdam's Euronext Stock Exchange, where they are included in the Midkap Index. For more information, please contact: Ordina N.V. Mr Ronald Kasteel, CEO Tel: +31 (0)30 663 7006 www.ordina.nl


 

Highlights first half of 2007 * Robust growth: o EBITA: +38%, 62.1 million euro (organic +16%) o Net profit: +30%, 35.1 million euro o Revenue: +18%, 1,517 million euro o Order portfolio: +19%, 3,549 million euro o Operational EBITA margin: up from 4.0% to 4.6% * Recovery continued in the Benelux, Germany profited from the positive effects of economic growth, robust growth in the UK & Spain and explosive growth in ICT & Marine * An update of the successful growth strategy and refinancing enable further growth * Objective: revenue of 5 billion euro in 2012, whilst maintaining an operational EBITA margin of 6% * Intended share split (3:1) 21 August 2007 René van der Bruggen, Chairman of the Board of Management of the European technical services provider Imtech N.V.: 'During the first half of this year our development was excellent with a 38% increase in EBITA, of which 16% was organic. This robust growth was the result of our strong market positions in growing markets, our technological expertise and our successful acquisition policy. The operational EBITA margin rose from 4.0% to 4.6%. In the Benelux business continued to improve, in Germany we profited from the positive effects of the economic growth, in Spain, and in particular the UK, Imtech's growth was excellent. In the technological market of ICT & Marine our growth was explosive - EBITA rose by 66%. And we once again acquired a number of successful companies that fit in well with Imtech. The order portfolio reached a record high of over 3.5 billion euro. Our strategy is paying off. We want to continue this growth in the future, which is why we have updated our growth strategy. Our objectives: revenue of 5 billion euro in 2012 while maintaining our target of an operational EBITA margin of 6%. Robust growth Imtech N.V. can look back on an excellent first half of 2007 with EBITA, net profit, revenue and the order portfolio all making robust growth. The organic growth was robust and the contribution of the companies acquired last year and during the first half of this year was good. EBITA rose by 38% (17.0 million euro) from 45.1 million euro to 62.1 million euro, of which 16% was organic. Net profit in the first half of 2007 rose by 8.2 million euro to 35.1 million euro, an increase of 30%. Revenue rose to 1,517 million euro (first half of 2006: 1,290 million euro), an increase of 18%. This shows that EBITA growth was far greater than revenue growth. The order portfolio grew by 19% and reached the historic high of over 3.5 billion euro (3,549 million euro) compared with 2,978 million euro in the first half of 2006 (an increase of 571 million euro). There has also been a further improvement in the quality of this portfolio. The operational EBITA margin (before deducting group management expenses) rose from 4.0% to 4.6%. The combination of technologies (electrical engineering, ICT - information and communications technology - and mechanical engineering), innovation and positions attained in the various geographical and technological markets as well as technological expertise, rapidly increasing size and successful acquisition strategy meant that with improving market conditions Imtech's development during the first half of 2007 was excellent. The Imtech strategy, which has once again proven its worth, has been updated to enable us to continue to grow in the future. Imtech has also undergone a refinancing to create the right conditions for a healthy financing of its growth strategy. Acquisitions To further strengthen Imtech's strategic portfolio and achieving future growth, the following acquisitions, which fitted in with Imtech's strategy, were completed: * Strengthening of the position in the mobility market through the acquisition of Peek Traffic (April 2007). Peek Traffic offers high-tech and intelligent solutions to the fast-growing mobility markets in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and (parts of) Eastern Europe. Peek Traffic's annual revenue, with over 600 employees, is around 90 million euro; * Strengthening of the position in the UK through the acquisition of Aqua Group - a multidisciplinary technical services provider and maintenance specialist in the East England region (May 2007). Aqua Group's annual revenue is around 60 million euro with over 210 employees; * Strengthening of the marine position in the USA through the acquisition of Seacoast Electronics (March 2007). Seacoast is a full-service marine contractor and service provider with a strong position in the marine market of the USA. Seacoast's annual revenue, with 50 employees, is over 11 million euro; * Strengthening of the ICT activities in Germany through the acquisition of BMS Systems IT Solutions (May 2007). BMS is a strong regional player (Frankfurt) in the field of IBM software. BMS' annual revenue is around 6 million euro with 25 employees; * Strengthening of the position in Luxembourg through the acquisition of part of the activities of Cegelec (maintenance services and energy, January 2007) and all the activities of Hoffmann (specialist in electrical engineering and security, June 2007). Combined annual revenue of nearly 3 million euro and 53 employees. The total annual revenue of these acquisitions amounts to around 170 million euro. The acquired companies employ over 900 staff. The total purchase price (including earn-out) was 116 million euro. All these acquisitions contribute towards earnings per share. The expected annual EBITA of the companies acquired during the first half of 2007 is around 15 million euro. Only a small portion of this is included in the 2007 half-yearly figures. Segmentation Imtech is segmented into four clusters: * The Benelux (Buildings, Industry, Infra); * Germany & Eastern Europe (Buildings, Industry); * The UK & Spain (Buildings, Industry); * ICT & Marine (ICT, Technology, Marine, Mobility). Benelux: the recovery continues Imtech is one of the largest technical services providers in the Benelux. In the first half of 2007 the activities developed well and the good market position provides a solid basis for further growth. Revenue rose by 11% to 487 million euro (first half of 2006: 439 million euro) and EBITA rose by 31% to 15.9 million euro (first half of 2006: 12.1 million euro). The order portfolio showed a healthy development and increased by 8% to 1,100 million euro (first half of 2006: 1,015 million euro). In Belgium and Luxembourg growth continued while in the Netherlands, where market conditions have been difficult in recent years, the recovery continued and prices improved although competition remained fierce. Partly due to more selective project acquisition EBITA rose faster than revenue and resulted in an EBITA margin of 3.3% (first half of 2006: 2.8%). The 'Imtech heading for the top' recruitment campaign was successful and, in part due to this campaign the number of technical staff rose by 793 (13%) to 6,920 (30 June 2006: 6,127). Buildings The demand for a total approach increased, as did the number of building teams, partnering with customers and co-operation with suppliers. A successful start was made on the maintenance contract for all the Shell offices in the Netherlands. This contract is worth 100 million euro. For Corus a total approach was developed. Imtech is the technology partner for the new Stedelijk Museum (Museum of Modern Art) that will be built in Amsterdam. In Brussels orders were received for the Sheraton hotel, the technological renovation of a Fortis building and the upgrading of the Swedish Embassy. The mix of projects reflects Imtech's broad spectrum. Energy saving and improved air quality are key areas of interest. The acquisition of part of Cegelec and all the activities of Hoffmann has strengthened the position in Luxembourg. In the care sector Imtech is developing well, for example with orders for the large Jeroen Bosch hospital in the Netherlands and the Sint-Trudo hospital in Belgium. Excellent progress has been made in the field of security, for example in the financial sector. Imtech also maintains the X-ray security systems in several premises of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Industry The industry market improved across a broad front. Once again Imtech was able to strengthen its position in this market. The large (300 million euro) maintenance contract for Shell in Pernis and Moerdijk was started successfully. New orders were received from Teijin Twaron, BASF and for a bio-ethanol factory for sugar producer Südzucker. Growth was achieved in the industrial automation market with orders from, among others, Opel, Volvo and Audi. Growth was robust in the international oil and gas market. The export of technological solutions from the Netherlands to oil and gas producing countries increased. Special attention was paid to Eastern Europe and Imtech is now the technology partner for the Romanian national oil company, Petrom. Imtech focussed, with success, on innovative solutions in the fields of energy (saving) and the environment, such as biomass, heat/power combination and integrated power stations. At Schiphol airport Imtech is working on an innovative solution whereby harmful kerosene emissions are converted into electricity - a technology in which there is worldwide interest. Infrastructure The infrastructure market improved, a situation from which Imtech was able to benefit. After several slow years revenue and EBITA rose. Particularly good progress was made in the Dutch energy-saving lighting market, for example with an order for tailor-made energy-economical and safe lighting along the A50 motorway and public lighting based on sustainable LED technology (Light Emitting Diode). The market for traffic solutions also improved. Imtech developed innovative and safe traffic systems for the A2 motorway and, in co-operation with the acquired Peek Traffic, carried out a traffic signal project. This acquisition has considerably strengthened Imtech's market position. The 75 million euro maintenance contract at Schiphol airport started smoothly. Imtech acquired the technological maintenance of the flood barrier, which protects millions of residents from possible flooding. A good track record is being built-up in the railway infrastructure market. One new order is for the doubling of the track on the Woerden-Harmelen route. The co-operation with the Belgian network managers Eandis and Elia was expanded. Germany & Eastern Europe: positive effects from German economic growth Imtech experienced the first effects of the improving German economy right across the market. In 2006 the investment climate in the industry market improved as a result of a rising domestic demand and increasing exports. In the first half of 2007 the buildings market also improved. Imtech's position in several Eastern European countries was strengthened. With revenue 4% higher at 404 million euro (first half of 2006: 389 million euro) EBITA rose 21% to 15.9 million euro (first half of 2006: 13.1 million euro). As a result the EBITA margin also increased from 3.4% to 3.9%. The order portfolio showed a healthy 14% growth and reached well over a billion euro (1,117 million euro) compared with 984 million euro in the first half of 2006. At 4,062 the number of employees remained virtually unchanged (30 June 2006 4,031). Buildings Progress was achieved in several German market segments. Imtech is involved with the technological expansion of Frankfurt airport. In the banking segment more and more digital payment traffic is necessitating the renewal/expansion of existing computer capacity and Imtech offers total solutions, such as the one for Citibank's Frankfurt data centre. But Imtech is also active in the cultural sector (Deutsche Opera Düsseldorf), the education sector (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg), the leisure sector (high-tech Wellness centre in Berlin-Zehlendorf) and the private office market (an office of the music channel MTV). In the care sector Imtech also developed into a strong partner in Germany, for example through the acquisition of all the energy solutions in the Bayreuth hospital which, thanks to the Imtech approach, has reduced its energy consumption by 15% per annum. In Poland Imtech has built up a strong position organically and was, for example, responsible for all the technological solutions in a number of Polish mega-cinemas. Industry The market potential showed further growth and Imtech was active on many fronts. For Siltronic in Freiburg Imtech was responsible for the extension of a factory producing mono-crystals, which form the basis for micro and nano electronics. The core of the project was high-tech clean room technology, a technology with which Imtech is also active in the bio-technology and pharmaceutical segments. In the automotive industry Imtech, the market leader in the development, construction and exploitation of advanced test technology, equipped a high-tech research and innovation centre in Munich for BMW and also worked for Audi. Imtech is a major player in the growing energy management market. The demand for energy-economic, alternative and decentralised energy supplies is increasing. Imtech offers total solutions that lead to substantial energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Imtech was responsible for the technology in a bio-mass power station in Wittenberg-Piesteritz and also upgraded existing energy supplies for the city of Munich. Imtech is increasingly active in a number of Eastern European countries including Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. The orders from existing German customers carried out by Imtech in these countries included the technology in a new factory in Bulgaria for Liebherr and test technology in the Czech Republic for Skoda. The UK & Spain: robust growth Imtech developed positively in the UK & Spain cluster. Revenue and EBITA rose substantially, particularly in the UK, and further growth was also achieved in Spain. Revenue rose by 22% to 192 million euro (first half of 2006: 157 million euro) and EBITA rose by 19% to 13.4 million euro (first half of 2006: 11.3 million euro). The order portfolio showed robust growth and increased by 36% to 416 million euro (first half of 2006: 305 million euro). Because revenue rose faster than EBITA and the proportion of high-return maintenance contracts decreased, the EBITA margin fell slightly to a, still high, 7.0% (first half of 2006: 7.2%). The number of employees rose by 33% to 2,377 (30 June 2006: 1,786). Buildings In the UK, Imtech's excellent reputation and broad market scope made further growth possible. Imtech is active in the Greater London, the Midlands (around Nottingham) and south east England (around Cambridge). The prestigious redevelopment of the building which had formerly housed the Ministry of Defence (North Cumberland House Hotel) was completed. New projects included the technological renovation of the Royal Court Theatre and an extension of the Natural History Museum. In the Midlands various new buildings in the large-scale Clarence Dock development (an attractive urban waterfront) were acquired. Aqua Group, acquired in May 2007, made a good start as part of Imtech and was able to expand its position with Cambridge University. In Spain investments in offices continued to rise and the renovation and maintenance market improved. The newly-established separate maintenance unit made a good start by acquiring maintenance contracts for a large shopping centre in Cartegena and three hotels in Barcelona. New projects were the technology in an underground bus station in Madrid and the Alcalá Magna shopping centre. A new office was opened in the important Seville economic region. Industry Imtech's industrial activities are still only of a modest size in the UK. An automatic warehouse was equipped for manufacturer Boots. In Spain Imtech is one of the strongest players in the industrial assembly, maintenance, shutdowns and revamping market with a concentration on the (petro)chemical and steel industries. The customer base was expanded yet again. Many customers are preparing for major shutdowns and upgrading so as to meet the growing demand for oil products. Substantial tenders were prepared. Ongoing projects were major shutdowns for BP and Cepsa. Infrastructure Imtech occupies a very strong position in the UK water (treatment) market. One new project was the technology in a new water treatment centre to the northeast of London for the regional drinking water producer Anglian Water Services. This centre will provide around one million people with clean water produced in an environmentally-friendly manner. ICT & Marine: explosive growth Explosive growth was achieved in this technological cluster. Revenue rose by 42% to 434 million euro (first half of 2006: 305 million euro) and EBITA rose by 66% to 24.9 million euro (first half of 2006: 15.0 million euro). As a result, the EBITA margin increased substantially from 4.9% in the first half of 2006 to 5.7% in the first half of 2007. The order portfolio also showed good growth - it increased by 36% and, at 916 million euro (first half of 2006: 674 million euro), is approaching the one billion euro milestone. The number of employees rose by 28% to 4,232 (30 June 2006: 3,304) partly due to the acquisitions. ICT In the ICT market a growth spurt was achieved. ICT (information and communication technology) is increasingly forming a major component of Imtech's total solutions. The goals are to build-up an organic ICT position, improve profitability and develop innovative ICT solutions for and in co-operation with other Imtech companies. In this context the internal co-operation was intensified. The need for storage and bandwidth increased and this went hand-in-hand with a growing complexity in software, hardware and innovative web services. Both Imtech ICT Netherlandsand Imtech ICT Germany(the last year acquired Fritz & Macziol) responded to this trend. Partnerships with global market leaders IBM and Microsoft were strengthened, partly through the acquisition of BMS Systems IT Solutions in Frankfurt. Imtech received three prestigious Awards from IBM. Growth was achieved in the Swiss financial services for the public institutions segment. The demand for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) increased. This is an ICT concept that supports companies to analyse business processes and adapt them to changing market conditions. In the field of Business Intelligence Imtech, one of the strongest players, received a platinum Reseller Award from Cognos. The demand for ERP solutions also increased. Imtech developed innovative IBM solutions for companies in the paper industry. The fading of the line between 'home' and 'work' is increasing the need for mobility of information, for example through web 2.0 services and VoIP solutions (information and telephony via the Internet) for various lawyers and solicitors' offices. Technology The Technology activities achieved further growth, especially in the fields of access technology, energy-economical process technology (Fluid Bed Technology) and fire security. Imtech maintained all TNT's vehicle accesses. Imtech was also responsible for the fire security of oil tanks in Tunisia. The international parking activities showed a modest growth. Marine Imtech's solid market position (global top-5) enabled it to respond successfully to the trend towards further internationalisation. This meant Imtech was able to profit from the booming luxury mega-yacht market. Orders for a total of ten luxury mega-yachts (a length of between 100 and 160 metres) from Dutch, Russian, Chinese and German shipyards. Imtech worked on a number of large oil and gas projects (such as the high-tech 'Audacia' pipe layer for Allseas and mega-pontoons for Fairmount) and has several interesting tenders' outstanding. More and more navies are discovering the advantages of the innovative Imtech technology on board of their ships, for example the Turkish navy. The acquisition of Seacoast Electronics increased the number of marine offices in the USA to sixteen. The order portfolio in China increased to 240 vessels (tankers, crane ships etc.) with a combined value of over 120 million euro and Imtech is now active in tens of Chinese shipyards. Imtech has opened its own manufacturing facility which, as a result of the substantial order portfolio, has been busy right from the start. Mobility The acquisition of Peek Traffic has gained Imtech an excellent position in the fast-growing market for mobility, in which the ICT component is a major factor, in the UK, the Netherlands and parts of Eastern Europe. ICT is a fundamental driver for innovation and further margin increases. Co-operation with Imtech Infra and Imtech ICT will lead to a noticeable further strengthening of Imtech's position in the mobility market and this will generate a strong position for the development and execution of integrated projects in Europe. Imtech stands out due to its advanced project management, traffic management, and intelligent mobility solutions, ICT and execution capability. Peek Traffic's UK customers include the Highways Agency (manager of England's motorways and connecting roads) and Transport for London (manager of the road network in and around London). One important project is the NRTS project (National Roads Telecommunications Services), the high-tech data-backbone to which all the Highways Agency's roads are connected. This project is worth over 100 million euro. Imtech's position in the dynamic traffic solutions market is improving - 300 junctions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Coventry were equipped with this type of intelligent solutions. Peek Traffic is one of the first players offering digital speed cameras to the Dutch mobility market. At many road junctions in for example Brussels and Eindhoven Imtech's high-tech mobility solutions are ensuring a minimum number of stops and improving throughput, which reduces emissions of harmful gasses. In Eastern Europe, especially Poland and Croatia, further growth was realised. Personnel On 30 June 2007 the number of employees was 17,626 compared with 15,279 on 30 June 2006 - an increase of 15%. This increase was the result of both organic growth (10%) and acquisitions (5%). The availability of qualified and experienced staff is the primary concern for the future and in view of this new activities and recruitment campaigns have been implemented on many fronts. This resulted in hiring hundreds of new employees. Contacts with education establishments have been strengthened further. Capital and financing On 30 June 2007 the shareholders' equity : total shareholders' equity and liabilities ratio was 19% (30 June 2006: 21%). Interest coverage was 7.2 (first half of 2006: 9.9). The shareholders' equity rose to 344 million euro. The profit over the first half of 2007 amounted to 36 million euro and the dividend paid out over the previous financial year amounted to 29 million euro. During the first half year the Company sold 99,000 shares for the exercising of staff option rights and, to cover a portion of the balance of exercised and newly awarded options, purchased 27,313 shares. The balance sheet total was 440 million euro higher than on 30 June 2006. This increase was mainly due to the acquisitions completed during the past twelve months and also the result of the organic growth of work in progress and receivables. The net cash position was 200 million euro negative (30 June 2006: 69 million euro negative). At the beginning of the year under review this position was 25 million euro negative. At 20 million euro negative the net cash flow from operating activities was 35 million euro higher than in the same period of the preceding year, mainly due to a relative reduction of the working capital commitment. The net cash flow from investment activities was 98 million euro negative, mainly as a result of acquisitions and investments in property, plants and equipment. The net cash flow from financing activities was 68 million euro negative due to the payment of dividend to shareholders and loans repaid at acquisitions. Overall, cash and overdrafts decreased by 186 million euro, which meant that on 30 June 2007 the balance of cash and overdrafts was 157 million euro negative. Refinancing In July 2007 a new multi-currency credit facility of 300 million euro was arranged. This new, committed facility will be used to cancel or repay existing (stand-by) facilities and, at the same time, provide the financing for further growth, both organic and through acquisitions. The facility is unsecured and the interest margin is linked to the net debt/EBITDA ratio. The new credit facility also serves the need for additional working capital arising from the rapid increase in scale of the activities. Imtech will also set up a group bank guarantee facility of around 550 million euro on behalf of the divisions and operating companies. The existing uncommitted bilateral credit facilities of around 200 million euro will be retained. The group bank guarantee that will be set up will, like the credit facility, benefit from Imtech's favourable credit profile and will lead to a substantial reduction in bank guarantee costs. This refinancing will enable Imtech to concentrate on the further achievement of its ambitious growth strategy. Intended share split The price of an Imtech share, which is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, rose by 75% in 2006 and 32% in the first half of 2007. On 30 June 2007 the price of the share had risen to 64.26 euro. To increase the tradability of its shares Imtech is intending a share split in the ratio of three new shares for each existing share. This share split is partly based on Imtech's confidence in its further growth and the achievement of its strategic goals for 2012. The amendment to the Articles of Association required for the share split will be discussed during an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders that will take place on 1 October 2007 at the offices of Imtech N.V. in Gouda. Strategy update (scope: 2012) Imtech provides a cohesive package of technical services with a concentration on a number of European countries (the Benelux, Germany, Eastern Europe, the UK and Spain) and the, to an extent, international ICT & Marine market (ICT, Technology, Marine and Mobility). The combination of the technological core competencies electrical engineering, ICT (information and communication technology) and mechanical engineering is offered throughout the full depth (consultancy, design, engineering, implementation, maintenance management and maintenance services) in four markets (Buildings, Industry, Marine and Infrastructure/Mobility). This combination, together with the size of the company, distinguishes Imtech from the competition and gives it an unique profile. Continued growth since 1993 Since 1993 Imtech's strategy has been focussed on achieving increasing revenue with a higher EBITA margin and, therefore, improved profitability through: * robust organic growth in existing geographical and technological home markets; * strengthening its position through geographical acquisitions in the 'home' countries selected by Imtech in order to achieve at least a top-3 position in every Imtech country; * the acquisition of high-tech services in the, to some extent, international ICT & Marine market. This strategy has been successful: Imtech's revenue and EBITA have increased substantially every year since 1993. The CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) in the period 1993 - 2006 was as follows: * revenue: 13.7% * EBITA: 20.8% This track record makes Imtech one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe. Scope for further growth Imtech has updated this successful strategy for the period until 2012. The most important conclusion is that Imtech's strategy offers sufficient scope for further growth until 2012. The geographical and technological markets in which Imtech operates offer sufficient possibilities for further organic growth and acquisitions. Trends and Imtech's strategic response The demand for technological services, and especially technical total solutions, is increasing across a broad front and is characterised by several trends. Imtech's strategy is aimed at responding actively to these trends both organically from within existing competencies and expertise and by intensifying internal co-operation and through the acquisition of new companies. Market trends The following communal market trends, the consequence of which is a rapid rise in investment in technology, are relevant for Imtech: * an increased demand for energy saving, alternative resources and solutions that contribute towards a better environment; * an increased demand for security from the authorities and in both the business and domestic environment; * an increased demand for care, health and welfare coupled with changes in the way the care is organised; * increased congestion and, as a result, an urgent demand for mobility solutions. In the energy and environment market Imtech has proven itself capable of developing innovative concepts, for example for energy contracting and the use of alternative energy sources. In the security market Imtech focusses on integrated, certified solutions with a guaranteed continuity and operational reliability. The challenge facing the care sector is to reduce costs, improve the care process and professionalise the maintenance of buildings and technology. Here too Imtech's answer is the integration of all the technological solutions. The same integration offers good solutions for improving safe traffic throughput, for example in the field of traffic management and intelligent traffic systems. The positions already achieved in the energy & environment, security, care & cure and mobility markets will be strengthened substantially in the coming years. Changing customer attitude More often customers are specifying their desired output (generally in the form of financial indices) and asking technical services providers how and with which concepts, services and technologies they can best achieve this output. Imtech is taking over more and more responsibility from customers who are concentrating on their own core-business. The trend towards the increasing outsourcing of the responsibility for technology in customers' primary and secondary processes is accelerating, generally combined with an up-scaling of projects or trajectories. This is partly the result of the increasing consolidation of the market through co-operation, mergers and acquisitions. In this context Imtech wants to increase its added-value. In concrete terms this means Imtech wants to make services like project management, asset management, project financing, risk management and energy contracting an integral component of the total services package. ICT as dominant factor The importance of software services in the technical services provision market is growing fast. More and more frequently ICT is forming the core of technological total solutions. From a strategic point of view Imtech wants to operate at the heart of primary and secondary processes in the buildings, industry, marine and infrastructure/mobility markets where Imtech's solutions are increasingly dominated by ERP, Business Intelligence and ICT applications. Which is why partnerships with global market leaders like IBM and Microsoft are gaining in importance. Imtech's strategic portfolio contains two 'types' of ICT: * 'hardcore' ICT: the spearhead of Imtech with ICT as a core business and which acts as an innovation and knowledge centre; * 'embedded' ICT: the integration of more or less standard ICT solutions into Imtech's technology services. Continuous transfer of knowledge and co-operation between both 'types' will result in Imtech achieving a dominant ICT position in the market. ICT is becoming a driver for increasing success in both the technological and geographical Imtech markets. Imtech will focus on: * creating internal co-operation and intensifying the interaction between existing ICT activities; * acquiring high-value ICT companies that fit within the Imtech profile; * strengthening existing partnerships with the global market leaders IBM and Microsoft so as to develop into a leading European partner. The labour market The shortage of technically qualified staff is a critical success factor. Not only are the education centres delivering fewer young qualified people, but slowly and surely a generation of older but also extremely experienced technicians are reaching retirement age. The technical know-how of people entering the labour market is insufficient to answer the market's demands, which means supplementary training is needed. Increasingly the available capacity of trained and qualified staff is a determining factor when it comes to awarding projects. Without human expertise, technological innovation is almost impossible. Imtech aspires to be the best employer in the technical services provision market. Imtech will fight the 'war for talent' that exists at every level of the scarce technical staff market. Additional attention will be paid to reputation management, branding, recruitment and training programmes and contacts with education establishments. Expansion of the geographical and technological scope In addition to the strategic strengthening of its position in existing 'home' countries, especially the UK, Spain and Eastern Europe, in the future Imtech wants to build-up a geographical position that, in terms of both market volume and expectations regarding the investment climate, business culture and availability of good acquisition candidates, meets Imtech's stringent criteria in several other countries: * Ireland; * Austria; * Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Imtech also wants to further strengthen its technological position in the ICT, Technology, Marine and Mobility markets both organically and through acquisitions. Strategic action points Concrete action points for implementing this strategy are: * A focus on energy, environment, security, care and mobility; * Strengthening the industrial activities in the Netherlands; * Acquisitions in the field of ICT, especially in Belgium, the UK and Spain; * Strengthening the partnerships with IBM and Microsoft; * Strengthening the position in the UK, both geographically in the buildings and industry markets and in the water and waste water treatment market; * Strengthening the position in Spain, both technologically and geographically; * Building-up the desired positions in Ireland, Austria and Scandinavia through acquisitions; * Strengthening the position in a number of Eastern European countries; * Further strengthening of the position of the international marine activities through both organic growth and acquisitions; * Increasing the added-value by strengthening existing activities in the field of project management, asset management, project financing, risk management and energy contracting; * The development of a preferred position in the technical labour market. Objective On the basis of this strategic update Imtech has formulated the following objective: revenue to reach 5 billion euro in 2012, whilst maintaining an operational EBITA margin of 6%. Outlook Imtech has a strong strategic portfolio of cohesive activities that can profit from the, according to current expectations, improving market conditions in the countries and technological markets relevant for Imtech. Good quality acquisitions during the first half of 2007 have also resulted in a further strengthening of Imtech's European position. Imtech is in a good position for further growth during the second half of 2007, for one reason because the quality of the order portfolio has also been improved. The opinion regarding the outlook for 2007 expressed in February 2007 remains the same: according to its current views the Board of Management expects a further increase of the EBITA through organic growth and acquisitions. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 For further information Media Mark Salomons Company Secretary Telephone: Int. + 31 (0)182 54 35 14 E-mail: pers@imtech.eu www.imtech.eu Investors Boudewijn Gerner CFO Telephone: Int. + 31 (0) 182 54 35 06 E-mail: investors@imtech.eu www.investors.imtech.eu Imtech Profile Imtech N.V. is a European technical services provider in the fields of electrical engineering, ICT (information and communication technology) and mechanical engineering. With approximately 17,000 employees, Imtech realises annual revenue of 3 billion euro. Imtech holds strong positions in the buildings, industry, infrastructure and telecom markets in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Spain and the UK and in the global maritime market. Imtech provides services to a total of 12,000 clients. Imtech offers added value in the form of integrated and multidisciplinary total solutions that lead to improved operating processes and higher yields for clients and their clients in return. Imtech also provides solutions that contribute to a sustainable, liveable society, for example in the field of energy, mobility, safety and the environment. Imtech shares are listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange (Amsterdam), where Imtech is included in the Amsterdam SmallCap Index (AScX) and the Next 150 index. . Financial calendar * Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders 1 October 2007 * Publication annual figures 2007, press conference and analysts' meeting: 26 February 2008 * General Meeting of Shareholders: 10 April 2008 Press conference and analysts' meeting 21 August 2007, Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam A press conference will be held in the Hilton Hotel, Apollolaan 138, 1077 BG Amsterdam starting at 10.00 hours. The analysts' meeting will commence at 12.00 hours. To register call Astrid Marré on Int. + 31 (0)6 11 39 69 98. Live-transmission via Internet (Webcast) The analysts' meeting on 21 August 2007 will be transmitted live via the internet (www.imtech.eu) from 12.00 hours until around 13.00. Photography Photographs of the Chairman of the Board of Management are available to the media via Fotopersbureau Dijkstra. For further information: Fotopersbureau Dijkstra, telephone Int. + 31 (0) 297 56 68 83, E-mail: dykfoto@wxs.nl. The following copyright free (high resolution) photographs are available to the media via e-mail: * At many of Brussels' road junctions Imtech's high-tech mobility solutions are improving traffic throughput and reducing harmful emissions. * Imtech is the permanent technology partner of Audi in Ingolstadt, Germany. Imtech ensures the supply of energy, electricity, high-tension and low-tension, steam, water and cooling to every part of the automated assembly line. But Imtech is also responsible for the extraction of harmful materials and helps create a good working environment. At Audi Imtech has also installed innovative decentralised power stations that help reduce energy consumption. For more information: Imtech Corporate Communications, telephone: Int. + 31 (0) 182 54 35 25, E-mail: pers@imtech.eu. For the complete press release, including tables, see the attached pdf.


 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Alternative Energy Sources Inc. (OTCBB:AENS) announced today that all amendments to the company's certificate of incorporation submitted for approval by the company's stockholders have been approved: * An amendment to provide for the "exculpation and indemnification" of directors from liability to the company or its stockholders to the extent permitted by law. * An amendment to increase to 575 million the number of authorized shares of the company's common stock. * An amendment to create 100 million shares of "blank check" preferred stock. The amendment approvals were announced during a special stockholder meeting today at AENS's offices in Kansas City, Mo. Items of business at this reconvened special meeting were described in AENS's proxy statement to stockholders dated July 2, 2007. AENS (www.aensi.com) is developing "greenfield" sites, including constructing, owning and operating fuel-grade ethanol plants. The Alternative Energy Sources Inc. logo is available at http://www.primezone.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=2961 CONTACT: Alternative Energy Sources Inc. Media contact: Susan Pepperdine +1 (913) 262-7414 susan@pepperdinepr.com


 

VICTORIA, British Columbia, August 20, 2007 - Maple Seal Homes Ltd. "MSH" http://www.maplesealhomes.com the wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Maisonette International Enterprises Ltd. "the Company" (PINKSHEETS:MAEN) is pleased to announce that it is merging with its European partner on a 50-50 equal ownership basis. The merger will be made final no later than December 30th 2007 and will set the stage for the full operational push towards European export of MSH's Eco-Friendly panelized houses. As part of the merger, MSH will invest in a French wholly owned subsidiary which will in turn act as the importer of all homes in France. Other subsidiaries will be setup once MSH starts exporting housing to other European nations. MSH and the buyer have finalized several technical details for the first commercial project to be exported to France as soon as December 2007. MSH is expecting the order to come anytime after October of this year and is expecting another project as well to be exported in the beginning of 2008. The Company expects to generate a tremendous amount of leads if this project gets built. In light of these new developments, the Company is planning to buy back its own shares in the market with some of the proceeds it will get from the sale of MSH's products. The share buyback should start in 2008. The Company will keep its shareholders informed as more development arises. About Maisonette International Enterprises Ltd. Maisonette International Enterprises Ltd. is a publicly held holding company incorporated in Nevada, USA. Its primary asset is a 100% wholly owned Canadian company called Maple Seal Homes Ltd. (www.maplesealhomes.com) with its primary activity being the sale and distribution of panelized prefabricated housing and building materials for the general public and professionals. Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, products and prices and other factors discussed in the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be other factors not mentioned above that may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information. Inquiry Contact: Maple Seal Homes Ltd. sales@maplesealhomes.com www.maplesealhomes.com


 

Regional Support Office Opens at Tokyo's Haneda Airport TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - Bombardier Regional Aircraft Customer Support is strengthening its presence in Japan in response to the growing fleets, and requirements, of CRJ and Q-Series operators in the country. Bombardier has opened a Regional Support Office at Tokyo's Haneda Airport designed to provide a comprehensive support package encompassing aircraft technical expertise, flight operations support and customer account management functions. The support structure will replicate the main support functions in Canada, but will be able to respond to queries in a more timely fashion due to proximity to the operator base. Customer Support Representatives will be stationed at the Haneda facility as a liaison between the airlines and Bombardier. These representatives will work closely with each airline, monitoring fleet performance and Bombardier actions to strengthen product performance. While the new Regional Support Office is currently operational, official opening celebrations will take place in early September 2007. Another initiative is the opening of a CRJ and Q-Series Spares Depot at Narita International Airport, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2007. The Depot will be stocked with about 2,300 regional aircraft spare parts and will provide faster and more comprehensive spare parts service to Japanese airline customers. "We are following up on our commitment to provide additional facilities and technical personnel in Japan," said Todd Young, Vice-president, Customer Support, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "Our objective is to provide our customers with a more comprehensive and responsive service organization so that daily fleet operations can be executed with minimal or no schedule interruptions." Nine Bombardier Regional Aircraft customers in Japan operate, or have ordered, 55 CRJ or Q-Series aircraft: - A-Net (All Nippon Network), 14 Q400, 5 Q300 - Amakusa Airlines, 1 Dash 8-100 - IBEX, 2 CRJ100, 2 CRJ200 - J-Air, 9 CRJ200 - Japan Air Commuter, 11 Q400 - Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau, 1 Q300 - Japanese Coast Guard, 3 Q300 - Oriental Air Bridge, 2 Q200 - Ryukyu Airlines, 4 Dash 8-100, 1 Q300 About Bombardier A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com. Bombardier, CRJ200, Dash 8, Q-Series, Q200, Q300 and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. Notes to Editors Images of CRJ and Q-Series aircraft are available in our Multimedia Library at: www.aero.bombardier.com/htmen/F14.jsp Contacts: Bombardier Aerospace Bert Cruickshank 416-375-3030 www.bombardier.com


 

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (NASDAQ) confirms that the review of alternatives to divest its approximately 31% stake in the London Stock Exchange Group plc ("LSE") announced earlier today would not involve a sale by NASDAQ to any single purchaser (or to persons known to NASDAQ to be acting in concert in connection with the purchase) of an interest in shares carrying 30% or more of the voting rights of LSE. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth in this communication contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. NASDAQ cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about a possible sale transaction, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Additional risks and factors are identified in NASDAQ's filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 which is available on NASDAQ's website at http://www.nasdaq.com and the SEC's website at SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. NASDAQ undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise NDAQG CONTACT: The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. Media: Bethany Sherman 212.401.8714


 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 20, 2007 - Akzo Nobel (Euronext Amsterdam: AKZ; Nasdaq: AKZOY) has announced that, in line with the launch of its EUR 1.6 billion share buyback program on May 3, 2007, the company has repurchased 2,523,000 common shares in the period August 13 until August 17, 2007. Shares were repurchased at an average price of EUR 55.15 for a total amount of EUR 139.0 million. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the Akzo Nobel website at www.akzonobel.com/com/Investor+Relations/Financial+FAQ. The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 22,617,241 common shares for a total consideration of EUR 1.4 billion. The completion of the share buyback program is expected by the end of 2007. - - - Note to editors Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on both the Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ stock exchanges. It is also included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and FTSE4Good Index. Based in the Netherlands, we are a multicultural organization serving customers throughout the world with coatings, chemicals and human and animal healthcare products. We employ around 62,000 people and conduct our activities in these four segments, with operating subsidiaries in more than 80 countries. Consolidated revenues for 2006 totaled EUR 13.7 billion. The financial results for the third quarter will be published on October, 23, 2007. Internet: www.akzonobel.com Not for publication - for more information Akzo Nobel nv Corporate Media Relations, tel. +31 20 502 78 33 Contact: Tim van der Zanden


 

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - Elsevier announced today that it has signed an exclusive international distribution agreement with William Andrew for all territories outside of North America. Under the terms of the agreement, Elsevier will manage the sales, marketing and distribution of William Andrew handbooks, references, and databases beginning December 1, 2007 for all regions except Japan. Distribution in Japan commences with immediate effect. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of high-quality books, journals, electronic products and publishing services, with a well-established position in the international engineering community. William Andrew is highly regarded in the niche disciplines for which they publish, particularly plastics and rubbers; industrial chemicals; adhesives and sealants; coatings, paintings and ink; materials engineering; and formulations. The company is undertaking an aggressive growth strategy by adding to the number of books it is publishing as well as expanding into new subjects, such as micro and nano technologies, cosmetics and personal care. It will shortly be publishing the 5th edition of "Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens" as well as the 4th edition of the "Chemical Resistance" database. According to Elsevier Science and Technology Books Vice President of Business Development, Mark Dalton, the alliance with William Andrew is an important building block in Elsevier Science & Technology's strategy to bring the world's leading high-quality content to its customers. "This new agreement marks a significant step toward expanding our customers' resources in new and emerging disciplines and extending our core offering to engineering professionals, academics and students worldwide." Commenting on the agreement, the publisher of William Andrew, Martin Scrivener, said, "This is a significant development for William Andrew. We are delighted to be associated with Elsevier and we look forward to putting down roots. Elsevier's world wide sales reach will give WA and its authors a deeper penetration in current markets and expansion in adjacent and emergent markets." About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works. Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange). About William Andrew Based in Norwich, NY, William Andrew (http://www.williamandrew.com/) is a leading independent applied science publisher of handbooks, references, and databases. Started in 1989 with the launch of Plastics Design Library, William Andrew acquired Noyes Publications in 1999 which added a significant backlist and subject areas such as coatings, health and safety, industrial engineering, materials science, and semiconductors. Contact: Sheri Dean Allen (919) 471-5628 sheri.deanallen@elsevier.com


 

Geneva, August 20, 2007. A Boeing 763 of Alitalia was obliged to abort its flight on August 18, 2007 for technical reasons, and was forced to jettison fuel to bring its weight down to the maximum prescribed for landing. The fuel was jettisoned between 12.23 and 12.38 local time in the region between the Mont Blanc and Turin. The aircraft dumped a total of 30 tonnes of aviation kerosene during this procedure. The fuel was dumped at 27000 feet (approx. 8100 metres above sea level). The aircraft had taken off from Milan for Chicago. After dumping the fuel, it landed safely back at Milan. Further information: Please see the "Fuel Dumping" dossier at: www.skyguide.ch/en/Dossiers/Dossier_Laerm_und_Umwelt/FuelDumping/ According to various scientific investigations, including studies conducted in Germany (by TÜV Rheinland) and Canada (by the National Research Council), the kerosene involved in a fuel dump evaporates into the air and poses no threat to the environment or to people on the ground. skyguide swiss air navigation services ltd media relations contact (for media only): phone: +41 22 417 4008 e-mail: presse@skyguide.ch internet: www.skyguide.ch Skyguide is responsible for providing air traffic services within Swiss airspace and in the airspace of certain adjoining regions in neighbouring countries. Skyguide is a non-profit limited company under private law. The majority of its shares are held by the Swiss Confederation. The company employs some 1 400 people at 14 locations in Switzerland, and generates annual operating revenues of over CHF 341 million. The media release in three languages can be downloaded from the following link: --- End of Message --- skyguide Postfach 1518 Zürich-Flughafen Switzerland WKN: 1957462; ISIN: CH0019574620; Listed: Domestic Bonds in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

Awilco Offshore through Premium Drilling has entered into a Contract with Premier Oil Vietnam Offshore BV ("Premier") for the jack-up drilling rig, WilBoss. The contract with Premier is for 6 months operation offshore Vietnam. If the firm contract period is increased to 12 months prior to commencement, Premier will be given an option for a further 12 month period. The firm contract value for 6 months is approximately USD 40 mill. The contract is to commence during the first quarter 2008. WilBoss is under construction at KeppelFELS Shipyard in Singapore and is scheduled for delivery at the end of the fourth quarter 2007. WilBoss is Awilco Offshore's fourth jack-up newbuilding and is equipped for high pressure/ high temperature drilling in water depths up to 400ft. Oslo, August 20, 2007 For further information, please contact: Henrik Fougner, Managing Director Telephone: +47 22 01 43 00 Awilco Offshore has invested in eight jack-up drilling rigs (of which five are under construction), three semi submersible drilling rigs under construction and two accommodation units in operation. The company also holds one option for the construction of one further semi submersible drilling rig.


 

TGS Wavefield - Creating the next generation geophysical force The boards of directors of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA ( TGS ) and Wavefield Inseis ASA ( Wavefield Inseis ) have today completed the next major milestone in the creation of TGS Wavefield by signing the Merger Plan to combine the two companies. Oslo, Norway Monday 20 August, 2007 - On 30 July 2007, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA andWavefield Inseis ASA jointly announced that the boards of directors of both companies had entered into an Integration Agreement to merge and create TGS Wavefield. Today, 20 August 2007, TGS and Wavefield Inseis are pleased to announce that the boards of directors of both companies have entered into a formal Merger Plan. The Merger Plan is consistent with the Integration Agreement previously entered into by both companies. A copy of the Merger Plan and associated documentation has been mailed to shareholders in both companies. The Merger Plan will form the basis for a vote on the merger at General Meetings of both TGS and Wavefield Inseis. Both boards unanimously recommend that shareholders vote in favor of the merger of TGS and Wavefield Inseis. Following the signing of the Merger Plan today, the boards of both companies will continue to collaborate on preparing notices for the General Meetings which will be distributed to shareholders separately, together with an Information Memorandum about the merger. It is anticipated that the notification of the General Meetings and Information Memorandum will be mailed to shareholders in early September. The General Meetings are anticipated to be held on or around 20 September 2007. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of November 2007. Under the terms of the Merger Plan, and as previously agreed to under the terms of the Integration Agreement, the board of directors of TGS and Wavefield Inseis have agreed upon an exchange ratio whereby each Wavefield Inseis shareholder will receive 0.505 TGS shares for every 1 Wavefield Inseis share. Further information on the merger can be obtained at www.tgsnopec.com, www.wavefield-inseis.com and www.oslobors.no. About TGS TGS is a leading global provider of multi-client geoscientific data, associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. TGS specializes in the creation of non-exclusive seismic surveys worldwide. The company also provides advanced depth imaging solutions and software through its TGS Imaging division. A2D Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary, is the energy industry's well log data marketplace offering the largest online database, immediate delivery, conversion services, data management services and worldwide well log data sourcing. The TGS family of companies places a strong emphasis on providing high-quality data and the highest level of service to the industry. About Wavefield Inseis Wavefield Inseis is an innovative Norwegian marine geophysical company providing proprietary data acquisition services and offers portfolio of non-exclusive multi-client data to the global exploration community developed in partnership with oil companies and governments. Our range of products includes long offset 2D, high capacity 3D, 4D, multi-azimuth and wide-azimuth data acquired with highly specified vessels and the latest seismic equipment. From our main offices in Bergen and Oslo, Norway, and our other locations in London, Houston and Perth, Wavefield Inseis has a global reach, with activities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Media contacts and further information TGS Wavefield Inseis Arne Helland CFO CFO Tel: +47 66 76 99 32 / +47 91 88 78 29 Email: arne.helland@tgsnopec.no Erik Hokholt Tel: +47 67 82 84 09 / +47 90 75 60 64 Email: erik.hokholt@wavefield-inseis.com Important notice and disclaimer This press release is issued pursuant to the requirements of Norwegian law and the Oslo Børs and is not an offer to buy, sell or exchange any of the securities described herein. This press release may not be relied upon by any person to whom it was not intended to be provided. The press release is explicitly not an offer of securities for sale or exchange in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Neither TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA nor Wavefield Inseis ASA have registered, and neither company intend to register, any portion of their securities in the United States. The press release includes statements that may constitute forward-looking statements. Such forwardlooking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond TGS and Wavefield Inseis control. All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Although TGS and Wavefield Inseis believe that the expectations reflected in the forwardlooking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements involve risk. --- End of Message --- TGS-NOPEC Hagaløkkveien 13 Asker Norway ISIN: NO0003078800; ;


 

Dako enters into collaboration with Genentech, OSI Pharmaceuticals and Roche to study EGFR PharmDx(TM) for use as an aid in the assessment of patients with a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), who might benefit from Tarceva® treatment. Dako, world-leading provider of cancer diagnostic solutions, has entered into collaboration with Genentech, OSI and Roche for the clinical development and application for a Premarket Approval Supplement (sPMA) and CE marking of EGFR pharmDx for use of the EGFR pharmDx test as a potential aid in the assessment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients considered for treatment with Tarceva® (erlotinib). Dako possesses substantial technical knowledge regarding the utility of immunochemistry for use in characterization of EGFR protein expression in tumor cells and markets the product, EGFR pharmDx(TM), to assess clinical colon cancer tissue specimens for the presence of the EGFR protein, thereby aiding the physician in choosing appropriate therapy. Genentech, OSI and Roche have access to substantial proprietary and confidential technical and scientific information regarding their product Tarceva and were seeking a capable diagnostic collaborator. "We are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Genentech, OSI and Roche because we believe this working relationship will be a way to potentially extend the use of our pharmDx assays. These types of cancer diagnostic tests are developed as companion products for cancer drugs and we see a need for this collaborative approach, due to the demand for targeted therapies," says Patrik Dahlén, CEO and President of Dako Denmark A/S. -- ENDS -- About lung cancer Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide with 1.2 million new cases reported annually with someone, somewhere dying of the disease every 30 seconds. There are an estimated 370,000 people suffering from lung cancer each year in Europe and 161,000 new cases are expected in the US in 2007. NSCLC accounts for almost 80 percent of all cases of lung cancer and while there are several treatments, more research is needed to help identifying those patients likely to derive the greatest benefit from the treatment options available. (Source: Stakeholder Insight: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - The Need for Greater Product Differentiation in an Increasingly Crowded Market Datamonitor, Nov 2006, Pages: 237) Media contacts: Dako Denmark A/S Anne Thommesen, Corporate Communications, +45 40 63 95 93


 

ADVISORY, Aug. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- NASDAQ has scheduled an investor call for Monday, August 20, 2007. Who: Robert Greifeld, President & Chief Executive Officer David Warren, Chief Financial Officer What: Discuss NASDAQ's (Nasdaq:NDAQ) Announced Review of Alternatives to Divest Its Stake in the London Stock Exchange Group plc. When: Monday, August 20, 2007 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET Call: 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time. Senior management will be available for questions from shareholders following prepared remarks via the following telephone numbers: Telephone: 866.765.6327 (U.S.) 913.312.6621 (International) Leader: Vince Palmiere Password: NASDAQ All participants can access the conference via Internet webcast through the NASDAQ Investor Relations website at http://ir.nasdaq.com/. Media are invited to attend the call in listen-only mode. An audio replay of the conference will be available on the NASDAQ Investor Relations website at http://ir.nasdaq.com/ or by dialing 888.203.1112 (U.S.) or 719.457.0820 (International) and the replay pass code 2246253. NASDAQ is the largest U.S. electronic stock market. With approximately 3,200 companies, it lists more companies and, on average, its systems trade more shares per day than any other U.S. market. NASDAQ is home to companies that are leaders across all areas of business including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media and biotechnology. NASDAQ is the primary market for trading NASDAQ-listed stocks. For more information about NASDAQ, visit the NASDAQ Web site at http://www.nasdaq.com or the NASDAQ Newsroom at http://www.nasdaq.com/newsroom/. NDAQG


 

Transactions in Adecco securities by Directors and Senior Management 1. Details of the Liable Person 1.1 Family Name Dormann 1.2 Forename Jürgen 1.3 Street Adecco management & consulting S.A. Sägereistrasse 10 1.4 Postcode / City / Country 8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland 1.5 Function Chairman of the Board of Directors, non-executive 1.6 This transaction has been n.a. executed not by the liable person, but by or on behalf of a person closely associated with the liable person. 2. Details of the product acquired / sold 2.1 Type of transaction Purchase 2.2 Type of security Registered shares 2.3 Key conditions n.a. attached to unlisted conversion and purchase rights and financial instruments (e.g. exercise price, exercise period, duration, american/european style, etc.) 2.4 Number of units traded 6'700 2.5 Price paid / received CHF 74.30; CHF 497'810.-- 2.6 Date of trade and 17 August 2007 place ("relevant binding transaction") 2.7 Reason for n.a. transaction (optional) ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

aap Implantate AG, a leading European Bio-Implants company acquires WMT's products to inhibit post-surgical scarring and adhesions following lumbar surgery named Adcon® L with immediate effect. Included are all intellectual property, name and distribution rights. aap's Dutch subsidiary EMCM acted based on its innovative Hydrogel technology as producer of Adcon® L already before signing the agreement. Together with this product, successfully launched in a lot of countries already, aap takes over an established network of international distribution partners. aap intends to achieve an FDA registration and to develop under the brand Adcon® a broader product portfolio in the sector of adhesion control (prevention of organic tissue adhesion) within the coming years. For 2008 aap expects a revenue with Adcon® products of approx. EUR 1.5 million and a positive contribution margin to its results. _ aap is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets biomaterials and implants for trauma and orthopaedics. Its product portfolio includes bone cements, bone graft substitutes, antibiotical carriers, implants for fracture healing and joint replacement. In addition to its Berlin headquarters the company has locations in Dieburg and Obernburg near Frankfurt am Main as well as at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. aap Implantate AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment at the Frankfurt stock exchange since May 16, 2003. Please address any queries to: aap Implantate AG, Nanette Hüdepohl, Investor & Public Relations, Lorenzweg 5, 12099 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 7501 9133; fax: +49 30 7501 9290; n.huedepohl@aap.de --- End of Message --- aap Implantate AG Lorenzweg 5 Berlin Germany WKN: 506660; ISIN: DE0005066609; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the company to explore alternatives to divest its approximately 31% stake (61.3 million shares) in the London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSE). NASDAQ has retained J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and UBS Investment Bank to assist in its review of sale alternatives. In making the announcement, NASDAQ stated its belief that its current stock price does not adequately reflect the value of its stake in the LSE. NASDAQ will use approximately $1 billion of proceeds from any sale to retire senior term debt and intends to use the remainder to repurchase shares. NASDAQ estimates that selling the stake would increase its stand-alone earnings per share for 2008 by approximately $0.30 to $0.35. There can be no assurance that the exploration of sale alternatives for the stake will result in any transaction. NASDAQ undertakes no obligation to make any further announcements regarding the exploration of sale alternatives. This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire any shares in the capital of London Stock Exchange Group plc or NASDAQ. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth in this communication contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. NASDAQ cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the earnings impact of a possible sale transaction, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Additional risks and factors are identified in NASDAQ's filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 which is available on NASDAQ's website at http://www.nasdaq.com and the SEC's website at SEC's website at www.sec.gov. NASDAQ undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. NDAQG CONTACT: J.P. Morgan Fernando Rivas +1-212-622-6115 fernando.rivas@jpmorgan.com UBS Investment Bank Matthew Malloy +1 212-821-3007 matthew.malloy@ubs.com


 

At 3:00 p.m. on August 23, CashGuard will hold a telephone conference due to the release of the interim report for the second quarter of 2007. The telephone conference will start with a brief introduction and a summary of the report. Subsequently, opportunities to ask questions and make comments will be provided. Number to conference telephone: +46-8-672 81 50 Password: CashGuard Q2 All participants will be greeted by a telephonist who will provide information on how the conference will proceed. The participants will be placed in listening status and will be able to ask to speak by dialling 14 and to leave the question queue by dialling 15. Participants can start calling the meeting 15 minutes before the meeting starts. Presentation material will be available on www.cashguard.com in connection with the release of the interim report. For further information, please contact: Cecilia Banfors, Assistant to the Managing Director, CashGuard AB (publ); Tel: +46-8-732 22 36, cecilia.banfors@cashguard.com Facts about CashGuard AB (publ) CashGuard develops and sells products and services for secure and fully automatic cash handling and cash logistics. Via direct sales and distribution partners, CashGuard focuses on retail companies, post offices and banks, as well as on security companies. The CashGuard Group has approximately 170 employees and had sales of SEK 323 million in 2006. CashGuard shares are listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Further information on www.cashguard.com.


 

Update August 13-17 Amsterdam (August 20, 2007) - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services and publishing company, today announces that in line with the launch of its ¤475 million share buy-back program on June 15, 2007, the company has repurchased 1,858,409 ordinary shares in the period August 13 until August 17, 2007. Shares were repurchased at an average price of ¤21.19 for a total amount of ¤39.4 million. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the Wolters Kluwer website at http://www.wolterskluwer.com/WK/Investors/Share+Information/Share+Buy-back+Program/ The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 12,462,756 ordinary shares for a total consideration of ¤275.8 million. About Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2006) of ¤3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,450 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com. Contact: Caroline Wouters Kevin Entricken Vice President, Vice President, Corporate Communications Investor Relations Wolters Kluwer nv Wolters Kluwer nv + 31 (0)20 6070 459 + 31 (0)20 6070 407 press@wolterskluwer.com ir@wolterskluwer.com Forward-looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect," "should," "could," "shall," and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer's businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


 

Simrad Optronics ASA's subsidiary Vinghøg AS has been awarded a 25 MNOK contract by CRANE div, Naval Surface War Center in USA.The frame agreement is for the development and deliveries of a trainer system for the MK-47 Grenade launcher. Maximum value of the frame agreement is USD 11,475,000. The first order with a value of USD 544,000 has been received and will be delivered during Q1-08. For further information, please contact: Jon Asbjørn Bø, CEO, (+47) 930 86 932 E-mail: jab@simrad-optronics.no.


 

On 7 August 2007, the Board of Directors of Teligent AB (publ) published its decision to carry out a new share issue on the basis of preferential rights, worth MSEK 231, subject to approval by the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on 6 September 2007. The decision for a new share issue was a consequence of the blocking of a previously announced and completely secured new share issue by a group of owners at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 6 August 2007. - Major shareholders in Teligent, representing 41 percent of the shares, have announced their intention to support the decision and proposal of the Board of Directors and have announced their intention to vote in favour of this at the Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on 6 September. - Teligent's election committee proposes that the present Board be enlarged by the addition of Dag B. Sørsdahl from Kistefos, one of Teligent's largest owners - The Board deems that the new share issue, in its entirety, will be secured by letters of intent and underwriting guarantees Teligent's Board has received confirmation from the Company's major shareholders, representing approximately 41 percent of the shares, that they support the Board's decision regarding the new share issue and those proposed changes to the Company's Articles of Association as are deemed necessary for the new share issue and, additionally, intend to vote in favour of the Board's decision and proposals at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 6 September 2007. These owners include Visionalis, Kistefos, Skandia Liv and Öhman Fonder, among others. The Board of Directors has decided to withdraw the point in the proposal for new Articles of Association regarding the change of the location of the Company's registered offices. Teligent's election committee has prepared a new proposal to the Board for the Extraordinary General Meeting, entailing that the present Board of Directors be enlarged by the addition of Dag B. Sørsdahl, who represents Kistefos, one of Teligent's largest owners. The election committee's proposal is supported by Visionalis, Kistefos, Skandia Liv and Öhman Fonder, among others. Major shareholders in Teligent, including Visionalis, Kistefos, Skandia Liv and Öhman Fonder, among others, have declared their intention to sign the equivalent of approximately 41 percent of the new shares issued. In addition, a consortium including Kistefos among others has secured the remaining portion of the new share issue, equivalent to approximately 59%, through subscription guarantees. Newly issued shares in Teligent will be paid as remuneration for the subscription guarantees. Teligent has also obtained bridge financing from a consortium of lenders which will cover the Company's liquidity requirements during the period until the new share issue has been carried out. This implies that Teligent's operations are financed in the short and long term. Compensation for the bridge financing, which amounts to MSEK 4, is to be paid as new shares in the Company. The Board intends to issue an adjustment to the notice and proposes that the Extraordinary General Meeting authorises the Board to resolve in favour of a directed share issue to these lenders. The price of subscription for the shares which are to be issued to the lenders shall correspond to the average closing price during the last five days of the subscription period for the preferential rights issue. A press release from Pekka Peltola dated 16 August 2007 indicates that the group of owners represented by Pekka Peltola currently supports the Board's proposal for a new share issue, and that a majority of the group of owners intends to subscribe for shares in the issue. This group of owners is not included in the figures reported above. In view of the other content in the press release, Teligent's Board also wishes to clarify that no agreements other than those detailed in this Teligent press release have been made. Furthermore, the potential effects of a sale of Teligent's business areas have not yet been determined, nor when such a sale would be likely to take place. For other information regarding the imminent new share issue, please refer to the press release dated 7 August 2007 and the notice to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting, published on 9 August 2007, as well as the addendum to the notice which is expected to be published on 23 August 2007. For further information please contact: Jan Rynning Chairman on the Board Teligent AB Tel. 08 520 660 50 Tomas Duffy, CEO and President Teligent AB Tel. 0733 11 70 50 tomas.duffy@teligent.se


 

Reference is made to the Letter of Intent disclosed to the Oslo Stock Exchange July 10, 2007 regarding the assignment awarded to the ultra deepwater semi-submersible drilling unit West Aquarius. Seadrill today confirms that the operator ExxonMobil has signed the award for the long-term contract to utilize West Aquarius for international exploration activities. The contract has a firm duration of three years and estimated contract value is approximately US$ 570 million. West Aquarius is currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea and is scheduled for commencement of operations at the end of the third quarter of 2008. Analyst contact: Jim Dåtland Vice President Investor Relations Seadrill Management AS +47 51 30 99 19 Media contact: Kjell E Jacobsen Chief Executive Officer Seadrill Management AS +47 51 30 99 19 Seadrill Limited Hamilton, Bermuda August 20, 2007


 

ING announced today that, in line with the launch of its EUR 5.0 billion share buy back programme on 4 June 2007, the company has repurchased 905,000 (depositary receipts for) shares during the week of 13 August until 20 August. The (depositary receipts for) shares were repurchased at an average price of EUR 29.18 for a total amount of EUR 26,404,112.50. For detailed information on the daily repurchased shares, see the ING website at www.ing.com/investorrelations. The total number of (depositary receipts for) shares repurchased under this programme to date is 36,104,009 ordinary shares for a total consideration of EUR 1,171,934,169.43. To date approximately 23.4% of the repurchase programme has been completed. The repurchase programme is expected to run until June 2008. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Press enquiries: | | Carolien van der Giessen, +31 20 541 6522, | | carolien.van.der.giessen@ing.com | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to over 60 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce in excess of 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.


 

Press Release - 20th August 2007 LONDON, United Kingdom: Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew" or "the Company") (TSX: CRU) (OSE: CRU) (Frankfurt: KNC) (OTC-BB-Other; CRUGF.PK) today announced:- Notification of Trade On August 17, 2007, Converto AS, a Company controlled by Board Director Hans Christian Qvist, sold 900.000 shares in Crew Gold at a price of 9,22 per share to reduce the overall financial gearing in the company. Mr Qvist's total exposure after this transaction totals 850.000 options. Jan A Vestrum President & CEO Safe Harbour Statement This news release contains forward-looking statements which reflect the expectations of management and the board of directors, and are made pursuant to applicable and relevant national legislation (including the Safe-Harbour provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) in countries where Crew Gold Corporation is conducting business and/or investor relations. Forward looking statements typically contain words such as "believes", "anticipates", "continue", "could", "expects", "indicates", "plans", "will", "may", "projects", "would" or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current beliefs of management and the board of directors based on information currently available to them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and Crew cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause Crew's actual results to differ materially from the beliefs and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in Crew's Annual Information Form dated October 10, 2006, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management and the board of directors believes to be current and reasonable assumptions, Crew cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Crew undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Cautionary Note to US Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits US mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms on this website (or press release), such as "measured", "indicated", and "inferred" "resources", which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit US registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. US Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. --- End of Message --- Crew Gold Corporation Abbey House, Wellington Way, Weybridge Surrey United Kingdom WKN: 226534105 ; ISIN: CA2265301036; ;


 

Stockholm - Tele2 AB, ("Tele2"), (Stockholm Stock Exchange: TEL2 A and TEL2 B), Europe's leading alternative telecom operator, today announced that its subsidiary Versatel has sold its Belgian operations Versatel Belgium and Tele2 Belgium, including fixed telephony and broadband, to KPN. KPN will pay in cash approximately MSEK 890 on a cash and debt free basis. The companies expect to complete the deal following approval from Belgian Competition Authorities. At the end of June 2007, Versatel's Belgian operations reported approximately 200,000 fixed telephony customers and 125,000 broadband customers. In 2006 the operations generated revenues of SEK 1.38 billion and EBITDA of MSEK -56. For H1 2007, the operations had revenues of MSEK 610 and EBITDA of MSEK -34. The transaction will have a negative one-time P&L effect on Tele2 of MSEK 70-90. _____________________________________________________________________ Further information can be obtained from: Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, President and CEO Tele2 AB, Telephone: +46 8 5626 4000 Lena Krauss, Investor inquiries, Telephone: +46 8 5620 0045 Lars Torstensson, Investor inquiries, Telephone: +46 702 73 48 79 Tele2 is Europe's leading alternative telecom operator Tele2's mission is to provide cheap and simple telecoms for everyone in Europe. Tele2 always strives to offer the market's best prices. We have 29 million customers in 21 countries. Tele2 offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband, data network services and cable TV. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on OMX Nordic Exchange since 1996. In 2006 we had operating revenue of SEK 50.3 billion and we reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 5.7 billion.


 

An Extraordinary General Meeting of KappAhl Holding AB (publ) will be held at the Company's head office in Mölndal, Idrottsvägen 14, on Monday 17 September 2007, at 2 p.m. Notification of attendance should be made no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 11 September 2007. Notification can be made via email to gm@kappahl.com. Notification can also be made by phoning +46 (0)31 771 55 00, or by faxing +46 (0)31 771 58 15, or by post to KappAhl Holding AB, GM, Box 303, SE-431 24 Mölndal, Sweden. The notification should state the shareholder's name, address, phone number, civil registration or corporate identity number, and registered shareholding. For the full notification, please go to: http://investors.kappahl.com/en/agm/ For more information, please contact: Annette Ravenshorst, Manager Public Relations, tel: +46 704 71 56 31 Håkan Westin, CFO, tel: +46 704 71 56 64 KappAhl Holding AB (publ) Box 303, SE-431 24 Mölndal, Sweden KappAhl is a leading Nordic fashion chain with more than 270 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland. We design, market and sell clothes for the entire family, but our primary target group is women aged 30 to 50 who buy for the entire family. KappAhl's head office and distribution centre, which handles transport to all stores, are located in Mölndal, on the outskirts of Göteborg, Sweden. KappAhl employs around 3,700 people and more than 90 per cent are women. During the 2005/2006 financial year, KappAhl reported sales of SEK 4.2 billion, with an operating profit of SEK 530 million. KappAhl is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Further information about the company is available on www.kappahl.com and financial information is available on www.kappahl.com/ir.


 

RRECOMMENDED CASH OFFER OF ¤ 55.00 PER NUMICO SHARE OFFER MEMORANDUM AVAILABLE This is a joint press release of Groupe Danone S.A. ("Danone") and Royal Numico N.V. ("Numico") in connection with the recommended public offer by Danone for all outstanding ordinary shares in the share capital of Numico. This announcement and related materials do not constitute an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares. Any offer will be made only by means of the Offer Memorandum as defined below. Nowhere outside the Netherlands any actions have been taken (nor will any actions be taken) to make a public offer possible in any jurisdiction in which actions would be required to that effect. Not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy and Japan. Schiphol and Paris, 20 August 2007 With reference to the press releases dated 9 July 2007 and 8 August 2007, Danone and Numico announce that Danone is making a recommended public offer (the "Offer") for all the ordinary shares in the share capital of Numico, with a nominal value of ¤ 0.25 each, issued and outstanding on the Settlement Date (the "Shares", holders of such Shares being referred to as "Shareholders"). Highlights * The Offer is an offer in cash on all Shares against an offer price of ¤ 55,00 per Share. * Numico's Supervisory Board and Executive Board fully support the Offer and unanimously recommend that the Shareholders accept the Offer and tender their Shares pursuant to the Offer. * Numico's central works council has rendered a positive advice with regard to the Offer. * A condition to the Offer is that at least 66.67% of the aggregate of Numico's issued share capital has been tendered under the Offer as set out in the Offer Memorandum. * The acceptance period under the Offer commences at 9:00 hours CET on 21 August 2007 and expires at 15:00 hours CET on 31 October 2007, unless extended. * Numico will convene an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders on 26 September 2007 during which the Offer will be discussed. The Offer Danone is making a cash offer for all of the Shares on the terms and subject to the conditions and restrictions as described in the offer memorandum dated 20 August 2007 (the "Offer Memorandum"). The Offer Memorandum will be available as of 20 August 2007, as described below. Shareholders tendering their Shares under the Offer will be paid, on the terms and subject to the conditions and restrictions as described in the Offer Memorandum, in consideration of each Share validly tendered (or defectively tendered provided that such defect has been waived by Danone) and transferred (geleverd) a cash amount of ¤ 55.00 (the "Offer Price"). In the event that between 9 July 2007 and the Settlement Date any dividends or other distributions are declared in respect of the Shares, the Offer Price per Share will be decreased by an amount per Share equivalent to any such dividend or other distribution per Share. Recommendation The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board of Numico - having received legal and financial advice and having given due and careful consideration to the strategic, financial and social aspects of the Offer - have unanimously reached the conclusion that the Offer is reasonable and fair and in the best interests of Numico, the Shareholders and other stakeholders in Numico. Numico's Boards therefore fully support the Offer and unanimously recommend that the Shareholders accept the Offer and tender their Shares pursuant to the Offer. Central works council Numico The central works council of Numico has rendered a positive advice with regard to the Offer. In rendering its positive advice, the central works council has given consideration to Danone's undertakings relating to the social aspects of the intended transaction. Extraordinary general meeting of shareholders The Offer will be discussed during an extraordinary general meeting of Shareholders which will be held on 26 September 2007, at 15:00 hours CET at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center, Schiphol Boulevard 101, Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport), the Netherlands, in accordance with the provisions of article 9q Bte 1995. The extraordinary general meeting of shareholders will be convened in accordance with Numico's articles of association. The required information for Shareholders, as referred to in article 9q Bte 1995, is included in the Offer Memorandum. Existing shareholdings of Danone As of the date of the Offer Memorandum, Danone holds 29.54% of the Shares which it has acquired after the initial announcement of the proposed Offer. Acceptance Period The acceptance period (the "Acceptance Period") under the Offer commences at 9:00 hours CET, on 21 August 2007 and expires at 15:00 hours CET on 31 October 2007 (the "Acceptance Closing Date"), unless extended. Shares tendered on, or prior to, the Acceptance Closing Date may not be withdrawn, subject to the right of withdrawal of any tender during an extension of the Acceptance Period in accordance with the provisions of article 9o paragraph 5 of the Bte 1995. Danone reserves the right to extend the Acceptance Period. If the Acceptance Period is extended, Danone will make an announcement to that effect within three Euronext trading days following the Acceptance Closing Date, in accordance with the provisions of article 9o paragraph 5 of the Bte 1995. Declaring the Offer unconditional; Offer conditions Within five Euronext trading days following the Acceptance Closing Date, Danone will announce whether the Offer is declared unconditional in accordance with article 9t paragraph 4 Bte 1995 (the "Unconditional Date"). The Offer shall be subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions as set out in the Offer Memorandum under the section 'Offer Conditions' including, but not limited to, the offer condition that at least 66.67% of the aggregate of the Company's issued share capital has been tendered under the Offer as set out in the Offer Memorandum. In the event that one or more offer conditions is not fulfilled, Danone has the right to waive such conditions in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Offer. Post-acceptance period In the event that Danone announces that the Offer is declared unconditional (gestand wordt gedaan), Danone has the right to continue the Offer by way of a post-acceptance period (na- aanmeldingstermijn) of fifteen business days and accept for payment each Share that is validly tendered (or defectively tendered provided that such defect has been waived by Danone) within such post-acceptance period. During the post-acceptance period, no Shareholder will have the right to withdraw any tender of Shares. Acceptance Shareholders who hold their Shares through an admitted institution are requested to make their acceptance known in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions and restrictions of the Offer via their bank or stockbroker to ING Wholesale Banking Securities Services, Paying Agency Services, Van Heenvlietlaan 220, 1083 CN Amsterdam, The Netherlands, location code BV 06.01, F +31 20 7979 607 (the "Exchange Agent") no later than the Acceptance Closing Date. The bank or stockbroker may set an earlier deadline for communication by Shareholders in order to permit the bank or stockbroker to communicate their acceptance to the Exchange Agent in a timely manner. In tendering the acceptance, the admitted institutions are required to declare that (i) they have the tendered Shares in their administration, (ii) each Shareholder who accepts the Offer irrevocably represents and warrants that the Shares tendered by him or her are being tendered in compliance with the restrictions set out in Section 1 (Restrictions and Important Information) of the Offer Memorandum and (iii) they undertake to transfer these Shares to Danone prior to or ultimately on the Settlement Date, provided that the Offer has been declared unconditional. Shareholders who are individually recorded in their name in Numico's shareholders register and holders of depository receipts for shares in physical form (K-stukken) wishing to accept the Offer in respect of the Shares are referred to the Offer Memorandum for further instructions. Settlement In the event that Danone announces that the Offer is declared unconditional, the Shareholders who have tendered and delivered their Shares for acceptance pursuant to the Offer will receive - within five business days following the Unconditional Date (the "Settlement Date") - the Offer Price in respect of each Share validly tendered (or defectively tendered provided that such defect has been waived by Danone) and delivered. Delisting of Shares and squeeze-out measures Should the Offer be declared unconditional, it is intended that Numico's listing on Euronext Amsterdam will be terminated as soon as possible after consultation with Euronext Amsterdam and in accordance with the applicable listing rules. Furthermore, also dependent on the number of Shares obtained by Danone as a result of the Offer, Danone expects to initiate a squeeze-out procedure as referred to in article 2:92a of the Dutch Civil Code in order to acquire all Shares held by minority shareholders or to take other steps to terminate the listing and/or to acquire all Shares that were not tendered under the Offer including, among other measures, effecting a legal merger and/or demerger and/or entering into an asset sale transaction. Announcements Announcements contemplated by the Offer will be issued by press release or public announcement and will be published in at least Het Financieele Dagblad and the Daily Official List as appropriate. No publication Q3 2007 results Given the expected timetable, Numico does not intend to prepare nor to publish its results for the third quarter 2007. Offer Memorandum and other information This press release contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and this press release does not replace the Offer Memorandum. The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is included in the Offer Memorandum. For information on the Offer, reference is made expressly to the Offer Memorandum. In order to come to a sound judgement in respect of the Offer and the contents of the Offer Memorandum, shareholders are advised to read the Offer Memorandum completely and carefully and to seek, if necessary, independent advice. Copies of the Offer Memorandum, Numico's articles of association, the interim financial information of Numico relating to the Financial Year 2007 and the annual financial statements of Numico for the Financial Year 2006, the Financial Year 2005 and the Financial Year 2004 - as adopted by the general meeting of shareholders of Numico, which documents are incorporated by reference in, and form an integral part of the Offer Memorandum - are available free of charge at the offices of Numico and the Exchange Agent and can be obtained by contacting Numico or the Exchange Agent at the addresses below. A copy of the Offer Memorandum can also be obtained through the websites of Numico (www.numico.com) and Danone (www.danone.com). Koninklijke Numico N.V. Exchange Agent: ING Bank N.V. Attn: Investor Relations ING Wholesale Banking Securities Services P.O. Box 75538 Attn: Paying Agency Services 1118 ZN Schiphol Airport Location code BV 06.01 The Netherlands Van Heenvlietlaan 220 1083 CN Amsterdam The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0) 20 456 9032 Tel: +31 (0) 20 7979 398 Fax: +31 (0) 20 456 8032 Fax: +31 (0) 20 7979 607 Email: investor-relations@numico.com Email: iss.pas@mail.ing.nl Indicative Time Table - 21 August 2007 - Acceptance Period commences - 26 September 2007 - Extraordinary general meeting of shareholders - 31 October 2007 - Anticipated closing of the initial acceptance period Within five Euronext trading days following closing of the - Announcement whether Offer declared unconditional Acceptance Period, unless exended - First half November 2007 - Anticipated settlement date Restrictions General restrictions The Offer is not being made, and the Shares will not be accepted for purchase from within any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities or other laws or regulations of such jurisdiction or would require any registration, approval or filing with any regulatory authority not expressly contemplated by the terms of the Offer Memorandum. Persons obtaining the Offer Memorandum are required to take due note of and observe all such restrictions and obtain any necessary authorisations, approvals or consents. Neither Danone nor Numico, nor any of their advisers accepts any liability for any violation by any person of any such restriction. Any person (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) who would or otherwise intends to forward the Offer Memorandum or any related document to any jurisdiction outside the Netherlands should carefully read Section 1 (Restrictions and Important Information) of the Offer Memorandum before taking any action. The distribution of the Offer Memorandum and any separate documentation regarding the Offer in jurisdictions other than the Netherlands may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this document and any separate documentation regarding the Offer comes should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction. If a Shareholder is a non-Dutch Shareholder or resident and in doubt about its position, the Shareholder should consult its independent professional adviser in the relevant jurisdiction. United States, Canada, Australia, Italy and Japan The Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy or Japan and the Offer Memorandum, and any and all materials related thereto, should not be sent in or into the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy or Japan, whether by use of United States, Canadian, Australian, Italian or Japanese interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a United States, Canadian, Australian, Italian or Japanese national securities exchange (including, but without limitation, electronic mail, post, facsimile transmission, telex and telephone), and the Offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means or instrumentality, in or from within the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy or Japan. Accordingly, copies of the Offer Memorandum and any related materials are not being, and must not be, mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into or from the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy or Japan or, in their capacities as such, to custodians, trustees or nominees holding Shares for United States, Canadian, Australian, Italian or Japanese persons, and persons receiving any such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send them in, into or from the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy or Japan and doing so will render invalid any relevant purported acceptance of the Offer. Furthermore, in respect of Italy, the Offer and the Offer Memorandum have not been submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) pursuant to Italian laws and regulations. Accordingly, Shareholders are hereby notified that, to the extent such Shareholders are resident in Italy and/or located in Italy, the Offer may not be accepted in or from within Italy and acceptances received from within Italy will be void and ineffective. Neither the Offer Memorandum nor any offering material relating to the Offer or the Shares may be distributed or made available in or into Italy. This announcement is a public announcement as meant within section 9b(1) of the Dutch Securities Markets Supervision Decree (Besluit toezicht effectenverkeer 1995). Royal Numico is a high-growth, high-margin specialised nutrition company with leading positions in Baby Food and Clinical Nutrition and brings products to the market under the brand names Nutricia, Milupa, Cow & Gate, Mellin and Dumex, among others. The company serves customers in over 100 countries and employs approx. 13,000 people (see also: www.numico.com). For any questions you might have, please contact: Royal Numico N.V. Corporate Communications tel. +31 20 456 9077 Royal Numico N.V. Investor Relations tel. +31 20 456 9032 Groupe Danone: Press Office tel. +33 (0)1 44 35 20 75 / +33 (0)1 44 35 39 99 Groupe Danone: Investor Relations tel. +33 (0)1 44 35 20 76 Please click the link below to read the PDF-version of this release:


 

Nationale Suisse has so far been very cautious about investing in asset-backed securities (ABS). We expect to sustain only minimal impact from the mortgage crisis in the US. August's bad weather has affected Nationale Suisse to the tune of between CHF 7.5 and 10 million gross, representing an increase in claims ratio of some 0.8 to 1.0%. The Group's reinsurance arrangements and the impending payments from the natural disasters pool (the sum of which is not yet known) mean that the adverse weather to date is not likely to have a substantial impact on the Group's results for 2007. The exposure of international insurance groups to the mortgage crisis in the US and its effects on the subprime market are the subject of current speculation among shareholders and analysts. As at 31 December 2006, Nationale Suisse had assets of CHF 6.49 billion, 53.2% made up of fixed-interest securities (bonds), 25% of real estate and buildings, 8.6% of shares, 6.7% of mortgages, 3.2% of alternative investments and 3.3% of other investments (time deposits etc). The composition of these has undergone no significant change as at 30 June 2007, and will be published with the interim results for 2007. Our bond portfolio does not include investments in the American subprime market. Alternative investments include CHF 22 million in structured products partly connected to ABS or credit derivatives, of which 7.8% are on the US ABS market (AAA rating) and 1.2% on the US mortgage market (AAA rating, first quality mortgages only). In our alternative investments, we avoid, as a matter of principle, strategies with inherent event risks. We have therefore invested only CHF 1.7 million in hedge funds based on subprime loans or mortgages. According to information currently available, we have sustained losses of between 5 and 10% in this area to date. It follows that our exposure is very marginal in relation to the Group's total investment volume. Nationale Suisse is carrying only minimal risks from the US subprime loan and mortgage market, so no significant effects are expected on its balance sheet or profit and loss account. According to initial estimates, the effects of the adverse weather conditions in Switzerland in August 2007 have impacted the Group's non-life business to the tune of between some CHF 7.5 and 10 million, with all of 450 claims having been made so far. Over 95% of these relate to property insurance, which is covered by the natural disasters pool, and just under 5% relate to motor vehicle insurance, which is not covered by the pool. Just what net burden National Suisse will ultimately have to bear will depend on how many of the claims are apportioned via the natural disasters pool and how many, over and above those, are covered by the reinsurers. The gross burden of between CHF 7.5 and 10 million amounts to a claims ratio of between approximately 0.8 and 1.0%, which is within the total claims ratio expected for the year. Assuming no further major natural disasters occur, we do not expect the loss events that have occurred to date to result in any material change in the projected results. The current weather forecasts lead us to work on the assumption that the situation has settled down but not finally been resolved. Further loss events may occur, and we have prepared for them. Nationale Suisse has a newly-developed crisis management plan that has proved its worth over recent weeks. We have, since 1 January 2007, had a completely remodelled and even more customer-friendly claims organisation on the Swiss market, which is notable for its improved provision of immediate and on-the-spot help when major loss events strike and for ensuring that we are always within reach of our clients and able to help them. Further information will be provided, if required, when the interim results are published on 12 September 2007. Brief profile Nationale Suisse is an innovative, subsidiaries in Germany, international Swiss insurer providing France, Belgium, Italy and first-rate risk and pension solutions and Spain. The headquarters of tailored niche products. The Group has the Swiss National gross premiums of CHF 1.74 billion, 35.0 % Insurance Company is in of which come from their Basel. Nationale Suisse is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (NATN). On 31 December 2006 the Group employed 2,013 persons (1,884 FTEs). Downloads You can access this media release on our website www.nationalesuisse.ch under Medien/Medienmitteilung. Information Remo Meier Head of Investor Relations Tel. +41 61 275 22 45 Fax +41 61 275 22 46 remo.meier@nationalesuisse.ch Nationale Suisse Steinengraben 41 CH-4003 Basel www.nationalesuisse.ch --- End of Message --- Nationale Suisse Steinengraben 41 Basel WKN: 1081197; ISIN: CH0010811971; Index: SMCI, SPI, SPIEX; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange;


 

20 August 2007 AIM ANNOUNCEMENT MONTO MINERALS LIMITED (The "Company") UPDATE ON COMMISSIONING OF THE GOONDICUM INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PROJECT Further to its last announcement on 31 July, 2007, Monto Minerals Limited advises that wet commissioning of the processing plant at the Goondicum industrial minerals project in central Queensland commenced on 7 August, 2007 and is continuing. Leaks in the purpose-built water pipeline supplying the plant caused the pipeline to be shut for repairs in July. Following resumption of pumping in late July, further leaks in the pipeline, owned and developed by the Queensland Government-owned corporation SunWater, were detected and pumping again ceased. These leaks have now been repaired and pumping has been resumed without substantive delay to the commissioning schedule. The company expects to commence processing ore next week with commercial production and first sales to be achieved during September. Enquiries to: +-----------------------------------------------+ | Geoffrey Moore | | |--------------------------+--------------------| | Monto Minerals Ltd | +61 (0)7 3034 3100 | |--------------------------+--------------------| | | | |--------------------------+--------------------| | Richard Brown | | |--------------------------+--------------------| | Ambrian Partners Limited | 020 7776 6400 | +-----------------------------------------------+ For further information on Monto Minerals and recent photographs of work at the mine site please visit the Company's website at http://www.montominerals.com ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Í fréttum Stöðvar 2 í kvöld var greint frá því að kaupsýslumennirnir Pálmi Haraldsson og Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson væru að skoða kaup á enska úrvalsdeildarliðinu Newcastle United. Fyrir skömmu keypti kaupsýslumaðurinn og stofnandi Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, Newcastle og aðstoðaði Kaupþing banki Ashley við kaupin.Kaup Ashleys áttu sér stað í júní síðastliðnum og veitti Kaupþing Ashley ráðgjöf við yfirtökuboð hans í  Newcastle United.


 

* Shown to be highly effective in strengthening bones and protecting against osteoporosis-related fractures, including spine and hip * Unique once-yearly dosing provides potential for significant compliance benefits * Osteoporotic fractures affect one in two women over 501 and are associated with increased morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs * European Union approval under brand name Aclasta® anticipated by end 2007 Basel, August 18, 2007 - Reclast® (zoledronic acid) Injection has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as the first and only once-yearly medicine for postmenopausal osteoporosis, offering an important new approach to the treatment of a bone disease affecting eight million women in the US[1]. Unlike oral bisphosphonate therapies that have to be taken daily, weekly or monthly, Reclast is given as a once-yearly 15-minute intravenous (IV) infusion. This means with a single treatment, a patient can receive a full year's protection against the effects of osteoporosis - a disorder that causes bones to break easily. "The fact that Reclast is highly effective and can be administered once-yearly represents a major milestone in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis," said Felicia Cosman, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University in New York. "For the first time we can ensure women receive a full year of the treatment they need to protect their bones," said Dr Cosman. The US approval comes a few weeks after the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) issued a positive opinion in July 2007 recommending approval for the medicine in the European Union, under the brand name Aclasta®. The European Commission generally follows the CHMP's recommendations and is expected to issue a final decision within three months. The regulatory submissions were based on efficacy and safety data from the three-year Pivotal Fracture Trial, showing that Reclast increases bone strength and reduces fractures in areas of the body typically affected by osteoporosis, including the hip, spine and non-spine (e.g. wrist and rib)[2]. Reclast is the only treatment proven to reduce fractures across all these key sites. In this study involving more than 7,700 women, Reclast reduced the risk of spine fractures by 70% and hip fractures by 41% (The New England Journal of Medicine, May 3, 2007)[2]. The reduction in spine fractures was sustained over three years (60% in year one, 71% in year two, and 70% in year three). Bone mineral density increased significantly in the spine by 6.7% and in the hip by 6% in women on Reclast compared to placebo[2]. "Reclast has shown significant efficacy in protecting women against fractures in all the common osteoporotic fracture sites, while demonstrating a favorable safety profile," said James Shannon, MD, Global Head of Development at Novartis Pharma AG. "It is our hope that this innovative once-yearly dosing regimen will have a positive impact on the management of this potentially devastating condition." The need for effective treatments is pressing, with one out of every two women over age 50 suffering an osteoporotic fracture in her lifetime[1]. The disease is responsible for 1.5 million fractures in the US every year[1], some of which have severe consequences. Approximately 20% of women over the age of 50 who suffer a hip fracture will die within one year[1]. Osteoporotic fractures are responsible for an estimated 800,000 emergency room visits, 500,000 hospitalizations, 180,000 nursing home placements, and 2.6 million physician visits in the US each year3, costing the healthcare system approximately USD 12.2 to 17.9 billion annually[3]. "Osteoporosis is a serious disease affecting millions of people in this country," said Leo Schargorodski, executive director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). "NOF welcomes new FDA-approved treatment options, such as Reclast, that give patients a choice when it comes to taking their osteoporosis therapy." Reclast/Aclasta is approved in more than 60 countries including the US, Canada and the EU for the treatment of Paget's disease, the second most common metabolic bone disorder. Additional studies are ongoing to examine the use of Reclast to prevent fractures following a hip fracture in men and women, treatment of corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis, and male osteoporosis. The active ingredient in Reclast is zoledronic acid, which is also available in a different dosage under the brand name Zometa® (zoledronic acid 4 mg) Injection for use in certain oncology indications. Reclast was found to be generally safe and well tolerated in clinical trials. In the Pivotal Fracture Trial an increased number of cases of serious atrial fibrillation were observed in women given Reclast compared to those on placebo (1.3% vs. 0.4% respectively)[2]. However, this finding has not been observed in other clinical studies or in post-marketing experience with over 1.5 million patients treated with zoledronic acid for oncology indications. No spontaneous reports of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) - a rare occurrence in the osteoporosis population treated with bisphosphonates - were seen in the Pivotal Fracture Trial. Disclaimer The foregoing press release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "potential", "anticipated", "generally follows", "expected", "hope", "will", or similar expressions, or by express or implied discussions regarding potential future regulatory approvals of Reclast/Aclasta, or potential future sales of Reclast/Aclasta. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Novartis regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that Reclast/Aclasta will be approved for sale, or for any additional indications or labeling in any market, or that Reclast/Aclasta will reach any particular level of sales. In particular, management's expectations regarding Reclast/Aclasta could be affected by, among other things, unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; unexpected clinical trial results, including unexpected additional analysis of existing clinical data, and unexpected new clinical data; competition in general; government, industry, and general public pricing pressures; the company's ability to obtain or maintain patent or other proprietary intellectual property protection; as well as the additional factors discussed in Novartis AG's Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Novartis is providing this information as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. About Novartis Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) is a world leader in offering medicines to protect health, cure disease and improve well-being. Our goal is to discover, develop and successfully market innovative products to treat patients, ease suffering and enhance the quality of life. We are strengthening our medicine-based portfolio, which is focused on strategic growth platforms in innovation-driven pharmaceuticals, high-quality and low-cost generics, human vaccines and leading self-medication OTC brands. Novartis is the only company with leadership positions in these areas. In 2006, the Group's businesses achieved net sales of USD 37.0 billion and net income of USD 7.2 billion. Approximately USD 5.4 billion was invested in R&D. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ more than 100,000 associates and operate in over 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com. References [1] National Osteoporosis Foundation. About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts. Available at: http://www.nof.org/osteoporosis/diseasefacts.htm Accessed on June 7, 2007. [2] Black D, Delmas S, Eastell R et al for the HORIZON Pivotal Fracture Trial. Once-Yearly Zoledronic Acid for Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. NEJM 2007; 356(18): 1809-22. [3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004. # # # Novartis Media Relations Corinne Hoff Irina Ferluga Novartis Global Media Relations Novartis Pharma Communications +41 61 324 9577 (direct) + 41 61 324 2422 (direct) +41 79 248 5717 (mobile) + 41 79 824 1121 (mobile) corinne.hoff@novartis.com irina.ferluga@novartis.com e-mail: media.relations@novartis.com Novartis Investor Relations International North America Ruth Metzler-Arnold Ronen Tamir Katharina Ambuehl +1 212 830 2433 Nafida Bendali Jill Pozarek Pierre-Michel Bringer +1 212 830 2445 Jason Hannon Edwin Valeriano +1 212 Thomas Hungerbuehler 830 2456 Richard Jarvis Central phone no: +41 61 324 7944 e-mail: investor.relations@novartis.com e-mail: investor.relations@novartis.com --- End of Message --- Novartis International AG Posfach Basel WKN: 904278; ISIN: CH0012005267; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SLIFE; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange, ZLS in BX Berne eXchange;


 

FindEx.com Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results OMAHA, Neb.August 17, 2007. FindEx.com, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FIND), a leading software provider for Bible study through its QuickVerse® brand, and financial and data management for churches and non-profit organizations through its Membership Plus® brand, announced today the financial results of its operations for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007. For the three months ended June 30, 2007, gross revenue was approximately $710,100, a 1% increase of $9,500 compared to gross revenue of approximately $700,600 for the three months ended June 30, 2006. For the six months ended June 30, 2007, gross revenue was approximately $1,980,100, a 5% increase of $97,400 from the gross revenue of approximately $1,882,700 for the six months ended June 30, 2006. Gross profit for the second quarter 2007 was 53%, a 96% improvement compared to the 27% gross profit for the second quarter 2006. For the six months ended June 30, 2007, gross profit increased to 56% from 45% for 2006, a 24% improvement. Total operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2007 decreased to approximately $693,000, a 13% improvement over the approximately $793,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2006 and decreased to approximately $1,379,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2007, a 14% improvement over the approximately $1,603,500 for the same period in 2006. Total sales, general and administrative costs were approximately $540,000 or 76% of gross sales and approximately $1,075,600 or 54% of gross sales for the three and six months ended June 30, 2007, respectively. These 2007 numbers compare to the approximately $648,000 or 92% of gross sales and approximately $1,312,000 or 70% of gross sales for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006. The net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2007 was approximately $343,500, a decrease of approximately $1,205,000 compared to a net income of approximately $862,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2006. The net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2007 was approximately $349,000, a decline of approximately $324,000 compared to a net loss of approximately $25,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2006. It should be noted that included in the net results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2007 are derivative valuation gains of approximately $27,200 and $53,700, respectively, compared to valuation gains of approximately $1,481,400 and $872,500, respectively for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006, and non-recurring expenses related to registration rights penalties of approximately $-0- and $49,300, respectively for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006 compared to zero for the same periods of 2007. During the first six months of 2007, the company has incurred total software development costs of approximately $191,000, compared to approximately $238,00 for the same period in 2006. In the second quarter of 2007, the company released QuickVerse Windows content additions from Geoffrey W. Bromiley, commonly know as "Little Kittel", and Kenneth S. Wuest. During the first quarter of 2007, the company launched a new release of QuickVerse Mac®. QuickVerse Mac, a leading Bible study software, applies best in class technology with a Mac interface to bring Biblical knowledge to all Apple Mac users. QuickVerse Black Box Edition, White Box Edition and Gold Box Edition Universal Application are available and current registered users of QuickVerse Mac can obtain this new version at QuickVerse.com. Full details of the company's financials are contained in the company's Form 10-QSB for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2007, filed on Edgar, which is available at www.sec.gov. Kirk Rowland, FindEx.com's Chief Financial Officer commented," We were pleased to continue improvements in our gross revenue, gross profit and reduction of our operating expenses. We have continued to be an efficient and productive enterprise and we are projecting operating expenses to remain flat in the third quarters of 2007 before picking up in our busy fourth quarter. Our focus remains to improve top line growth by continuing to introduce new products and platforms, as well as enhancing and upgrading our existing product lines. We believe we remain positioned to ramp revenue in the third and fourth quarters that will bring us back to profitability by year end." About FindEx.com, Inc. FindEx.com, Inc. is focused on becoming the premier worldwide Bible study software provider. The company develops and publishes church and Bible study software products designed to simplify biblical research, streamline church office tasks, provide easy access to Bible-related stories, and enhance the user's understanding of the Bible. The company also publishes a product for the financial and data management of churches and non-profit service organizations. The company's one operating division called The Parsons Church Group was acquired in July 1999 from The Learning Company, a division of Mattel, Inc. Key Products The company's main product is QuickVerse, a Bible study search engine tool. Over 1,000,000 copies of QuickVerse have been sold since the product's conception. Significant and also growing in importance is the Membership Plus product, a Windows-based financial and data management product for churches and other non-profits. All products are available at the company's website www.quickverse.com. This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Findex to be materially different from the statements made herein. Among others, these risks include but are not limited to the following: (i) limited liquidity and capital resources; (ii) serious business competition, (iii) fluctuations in operating results may result in unexpected reductions in revenue and stock price volatility; (iv) delays in product releases and introductions may result in unexpected reductions in revenue and stock price volatility, and (v) errors or defects in products may cause a loss of market acceptance and result in fewer sales. These, as well as other risks are described in the company's annual report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2006. Contact: FindEx.com, Inc. Kirk Rowland (402) 333-1900 Email: investor@quickverse.com


 
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Rule 26

Glencar Mining plc ("Glencar Mining" or the "Company") AIM RULE 26 17 August 2007 Announcement made in accordance with Rule 26 of the AIM and IEX Rules: Glencar Mining plc advises that the information required to be made available in compliance with rule 26 of the AIM Rules is available on the following website address: www.glencarmining.ie For further information contact: Davy: Brian Corr Tel: +353 1 6796363 ---END OF MESSAGE---


 
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17 August 2007 SHANTA GOLD LIMITED ("Shanta Gold" or the "Company") Shanta Gold is pleased to announce that the information required by AIM Rule 26 is available on the Company's website at http://www.shantagold.com/investors_media/aim_rules.htm. For further information contact: Walter Vorwerk, Shanta Gold Ltd Tel: +27 (0) 83 308 0080 ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

aap Implantate AG, a medical technology company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard segment, was intending to table at the Annual General Meeting on August 27 a number of motions in connection with the company's restructuring and its future focus on biological implants business. The company's Supervisory Board and Management Board now announce that they will dispense for the time being with votes on the following motions: * Agenda Item No. 4 - Resolution to change the company's name * Agenda Item No. 5 - Resolution to change the company's purpose * Agenda Item No. 6 - Resolution to approve a divestiture and takeover agreement * Agenda Item No. 7 - Resolution to approve an intercompany agreement aap is planning within the next 12 months to focus the company on the biological implants segment. In their analysis of possible strategic options to spin off or sell the Trauma & Orthopaedics division, aap Implantate AG's executive bodies came to the conclusion that transferring this division to a separate subsidiary at the present time might lead to negative fiscal consequences arising from the pursuit of individual future alternatives. The Management Board and Supervisory Board intend to present to an extraordinary general meeting to be called at a later date an overall concept that maximizes share value. - aap is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets biomaterials and implants for trauma and orthopaedics. Its product portfolio includes bone cements, bone graft substitutes, antibiotical carriers, implants for fracture healing and joint replacement. In addition to its Berlin headquarters the company has locations in Dieburg and Obernburg near Frankfurt am Main as well as at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. aap Implantate AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment at the Frankfurt stock exchange since May 16, 2003. Please address any queries to: aap Implantate AG, Nanette Hüdepohl, Investor & Public Relations, Lorenzweg 5, 12099 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 7501 9133; fax: +49 30 7501 9290; n.huedepohl@aap.de --- End of Message --- aap Implantate AG Lorenzweg 5 Berlin Germany WKN: 506660; ISIN: DE0005066609; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 
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AIM Rule 26

ANGUS & ROSS PLC (the "Company") 17 August 2007 AIM Rule 26 compliant website and change of adviser name The Company today announces that the information required by Rule 26 of the AIM Rules for Companies (February 2007) is available on the Company's website at www.angusandross.com. The Company today also announces that, following its change of name from Teather & Greenwood Limited to Landsbanki Securities (UK) Limited with effect from 9 August 2007, the name of the Company's nominated adviser and broker has changed to Landsbanki Securities (UK) Limited. Enquiries: +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Robin Andrews, Chairman | 01751 430988 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Paul Williams, Finance Director/Company | 01606 855022 | | Secretary | | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Fred Walsh / Sebastian Jones | 020 7426 9000 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

17 August 2007 Immediate Release PayPoint plc ("the Company") As a result of transactions on 16 August 2007 by the PayPoint plc Share Incentive Plan (an Inland Revenue approved all employee share purchase plan), the executive directors and persons discharging management responsibility of the Company have the following interests as a result of their personal participation in the Plan:- +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Partnership | Matching | Total number of | | | Shares | Shares | Partnership, | | | purchased on 16 | awarded on | Matching and | | | August 2007 at | 16 August | Dividend Shares | | | £5.675 per | 2007 at | held on 16 August | | | share | £5.675 per | 2007 | | | | share | | |----------------+-----------------+------------+-------------------| | Tim | 22 | 22 | 2,276 | | Watkin-Rees | | | | |----------------+-----------------+------------+-------------------| | George Earle | 22 | 22 | 2,180 | |----------------+-----------------+------------+-------------------| | Mike Igoe | 23 | 23 | 1,124 | |----------------+-----------------+------------+-------------------| | Dominic Taylor | 22 | 22 | 2,232 | |----------------+-----------------+------------+-------------------| | Ivan Donn | 22 | 22 | 364 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ In accordance with the rules of the Plan the persons named above have been awarded the Matching Shares on the basis of one Matching Share for each Partnership Share. The beneficial ownership of the Matching Shares will pass to the persons listed above in three years time subject to continued employment and the retention of the underlying Partnership Shares. -ends- ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Hafslund ASA has the 17th of August bought 12 500 Hafslund shares of class B at a price of NOK 140.29 per share. After this transaction, Hafslund`s balance of own shares is 37,184 Hafslund class A- shares and 168,550 Hafslund class B-shares. The share buy back is made under the general power of attorney provided by the General Assembly to acquire Hafslund B shares equivalent to maximum 2% (3,904,469 shares) of the company`s share capital. The power of attorney is effective until the ordinary General Meeting in 2008. The lowest remuneration that can be paid per B-share is NOK 10.-, while the highest remuneration that can be paid is NOK 300.- per share. The shares shall primarily be used in programs directed towards employees. Hafslund ASA Oslo, 17th of August 2007


 

Attached please find presentation material to the 2Q 2007 results presented at Shippingklubben 17.08.2007 at 15:00 hrs. --- End of Message --- Camillo Eitzen & Co ASA P.O. Box 216 Norway ISIN: NO0010227036; ;


 

Transactions in Adecco securities by Directors and Senior Management 1. Details of the Liable Person 1.1 Family Name Dormann 1.2 Forename Jürgen 1.3 Street Adecco management & consulting S.A. Sägereistrasse 10 1.4 Postcode / City / Country 8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland 1.5 Function Chairman of the Board of Directors, non-executive 1.6 This transaction has been executed n.a. not by the liable person, but by or on behalf of a person closely associated with the liable person. 2. Details of the product acquired / sold 2.1 Type of transaction Sale 2.2 Type of security Registered shares 2.3 Key conditions attached to unlisted n.a. conversion and purchase rights and financial instruments (e.g. exercise price, exercise period, duration, american/european style, etc.) 2.4 Number of units traded 3'300 2.5 Price paid / received CHF 75.05; CHF 247'665.- 2.6 Date of trade and place 16 August 2007 ("relevant binding transaction") 2.7 Reason for transaction (optional) n.a. ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

We are pleased to inform that Deep Sea Supply today has taken delivery of "Sea Otter", a 6,500 BHP AHTS-vessel from ABG shipyard in India. The vessel will go directly to Indonesia for a four months time charter with Conoco Philips at a rate of USD 17,500 per day or equal to an estimated value of USD 2,1 mill. The previously announced contract for the vessel "Sea Wolverine" with Swiber at rate USD15,000/day has been cancelled. "Sea Wolverine" is the next vessel to be delivered from ABG Shipyard. "Sea Wolverine" will be converted to a DP1 vessel, and due to such conversion, the agreed delivery date is scheduled to December 2007 as opposed to September as previously announced. "Sea Otter" is the 1st of 9 AHTS newbuildings from ABG Shipyard in India, and the 6th newbuilding delivered to Deep Sea Supply this year. Deep Sea Supply Plc.


 

Pearl Street Holdings plc ('Pearl' or 'the Company') Acquisition Agreement Pearl Street Holdings plc (PLUS: PSHO), the PLUS investment vehicle which seeks investments in the property support services sector, is delighted to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Camelot Realty Limited and Emerald City Holdings Limited (both being 'the Vendors'). The assets include a database of 120 existing UK and Irish high net worth 'property' investors, business equipment and a management team. The proposed purchase is for a total consideration of £10,000, together with the issue and allotment to the Vendors of up to 360,000,000 Consideration Shares in the Company. For the maximum consideration to be achieved, the Vendors must achieve combined pre-tax profits of £1,000,000 over the five years from the date of the agreement. The acquired database includes contacts and relationships with professional organisations who advise clients on investment strategies and are keen to promote and introduce clients to quality property investments. The acquisition will enable the Company to aggressively launch an off-plan property business over the next three months. The acquisition of the database means the Group can immediately begin recruiting suitably experienced property sales staff to leverage the newly-acquired database and launch The Global Property Support Network ('GPSN'). The development of the business will be spearheaded by a management team, with a significant track record for selling investment opportunities in various markets and also providing 'world class' client services and support. This management team will utilise the support of external consultancy to provided qualified investment property opportunities. In the short-term GPSN will focus on the off-plan property market, with a longer term view towards identifying a 'support' service that can be offered to all property investors. Although GPSN will review all off-plan property markets that are presented to them by their consultants, its initial intention is to make the UK a primary focus. The directors believe that a UK focus on off-plan property should allow investors to benefit from a mature market that provides a variety of investment opportunities, with the flexibility enabling investors to achieve short, medium or long term exits depending on an individual's requirements. The directors believe that not only does the UK present a scope for varied off-plan property investments, but it also presents a mature market with sustained rental demand, providing good rental returns on investments. The products that GPSN will offer clients should attract an initial discount from the developers, presenting opportunities for attractive growth margins for investors and access to areas of sustained property demand. The Directors believe that the combination of carefully selected products that offer realistic investment returns and the right approach and network to selling these products should facilitate returns that should be immediately reflected in the Group in the next twelve months. GPSN will provide a profit related incentive scheme, whereby the key consultants and managers will share in 380 new shares for each £1 of profit earned post-tax by Pearl over the next five years. In the longer term, GPSN will seek to grow its expertise in both mature and emerging overseas property markets, providing clients with the prospect of creating a balanced property investment portfolio. Chairman Vince Nicholls said today- "The Directors believe that this investment has the potential to bring rapid returns to Pearl and it is the intention it will enable the Group to return value to shareholders as quickly as possible following a series of unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances in the last 12 months. I am confident the development of the new off-plan property business can bring the Group forward significantly". For further information please contact: Contact details: PEARL STREET HOLDINGS PLC Vince Nicholls, Director +44 (0) 1732 836 180 PLUS CORPORATE ADVISER Liam Murray City Financial Associates Limited + 44 (0) 20 7090 7800 INVESTOR RELATIONS Melissa Gilmour +44 (0) 1732 836 180 Notes to Editors Pearl Street Holdings Plc's Shares were admitted to PLUS on 16 October 2006. At the EGM convened on 15 February 2007 shareholders voted to broaden the investment criteria to allow the Company to invest in businesses in the property support services sector in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as in the health care sector. The subscription of 30,000,000 new ordinary shares at 1p each and the conversion of loan notes into equity has provided the Company with net proceeds of GBP300,000 which the directors believe is adequate for the Company's present requirements. The Directors believe that the Company is now in a position to pursue suitable new investment opportunities. The press release can be downloaded from the following link:


 

With over 16 million clients and one of the largest financial services group in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Erste Bank Group has chosen SimCorp Dimension as its strategic platform for investment management.


 

(Oslo, 17 August 2007) Siri Hatlen (50) has been hired as Executive Vice President of Statkraft AS. She will be responsible for the New Energy business area and will begin this autumn. The business area New Energy has responsibility for the Statkraft Group's initiatives involving innovation, research and development, and the planning and construction of new plants powered by water, wind and gas, as well as ensuring further growth in the Group's power generation both nationally and abroad. "Statkraft's vision is to be a European leader in environment-friendly energy," says Hatlen. "With the climatic challenges the world now faces, I see this as a very exciting and future-oriented assignment - and I'm anxious to get started. I look forward to working full time as the leader of an internationally oriented firm, and working with skilled colleagues towards finding commercial solutions to complex energy challenges." Siri Hatlen is a civil engineer from NTH (now NTNU / The Norwegian University of Science and Technology) (1980). She earned her MBA from INSEAD in France (1991) and has 15 years' experience in offshore activities, including the administration and management of large oil and gas projects. Since 1996 Hatlen has run her own business in connection with board work and management tasks. She is currently board chair for SIVA SF, AS Vinmonopolet, Undervisningsbygg KF, Det Norske Samlaget and Statens Lånekasse (Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund). Furthermore, Siri Hatlen is a board member of NTNU, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and PGS ASA, and was board chair of Helse Øst RHF (Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority) from 2001 until May 2007. The Statkraft Group is a leading player in Europe within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2006 Statkraft recorded a profit after tax of NOK 6.3 billion, and employed more than 2,100 employees in nine countries. The world needs pure energy. Statkraft works to deliver this every day. For further information: EVP Ragnvald Nærø, tel: +47 24 06 71 00 / +47 900 80 303 Siri Hatlen, tel: + 47 91744863 or www.statkraft.com


 

The Interim Report January - June 2007 will be released on Tuesday, 21 August around 08:30 a.m. (CET). A recorded interview with CEO Arne Karlsson's comments on the report will be available on Ratos's website www.ratos.se following its release. At 10:00 a.m. CEO Arne Karlsson is commenting the report by a telephone conference, telephone number +46 8 505 201 10. Slides for use as material for the conference can be accessed at www.ratos.se as soon as the report is released. The telephone conference will be recorded and available at www.ratos.se. For further information: Clara Bolinder-Lundberg, Head of Corporate Communications, +46 8 700 17 63 Financial calendar from Ratos: Interim report January - June 21 August 2007 Interim report January - September 9 November 2007 Year-end report 2007 21 February 2008 AGM 2008 9 April 2008 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 equity of Ratos's investments is approximately SEK 11 billion. Ratos's holdings include Anticimex, Arcus Gruppen, Bisnode, Camfil, DIAB, GS-Hydro, Haendig, Haglöfs, HL Display, HÅG/RH/RBM, Hägglunds Drives, Inwido, Jøtul, Lindab, MCC, Medifiq Healthcare, Superfos and Other holdings.


 
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EPT Disclosure

FORM 38.5(a) DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(a) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Bank Plc | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Company dealt in | Atrium Underwriting Plc | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary Shares | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note | | | 1) | | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Date of dealing | 16th August 2007 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. DEALINGS (Note 2) (a) Purchases and sales +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price paid | Lowest price | | securities | (Note 3) | paid | | purchased | | (Note 3) | |---------------------------+--------------------+------------------| | 0 | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Total number of | Highest price | Lowest price | | securities | received | received | | sold | (Note 3) | (Note 3) | |-------------------------+--------------------+--------------------| | 1,438 | 355.25p | 355p | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, | Long/short | Number of | Price per | | e.g. CFD | (Note 4) | securities | unit | | | | (Note 5) | (Note 3) | |----------------+------------+---------------------+---------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of securities to|Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option | |name,e.g|selling, |which the option |price |American, |date |moneypaid/received| |call |purchasing,|relates (Note 5) | |European | |per unit (Note 3) | |option |varying etc| | |etc. | | | |--------+-----------+-----------------------+--------+----------+------+------------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit | | | | (Note 3) | |-----------------------+----------------------+--------------------| | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 3. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be stated. .................................................. .................................................. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 17th August 2007 | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Contact name | Seema Soni | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Telephone number | 0207 992 1565 | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which | Atrium Underwriting Plc | | connected | | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 6) | Connected Advisor | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(a) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---


 

Norwegian Property ASA will present today's announcement regarding voluntary offer on Norgani Hotels ASA. The presentation will be held by CEO Petter Jansen and CIO Dag Fladby. Location: Felix Konferansesenter, "Norges Brannkasse", Bryggetorget 3, Oslo Time: 11:00. Webcast The presentation will be broadcasted live on www.norwegianproperty.no and www.oslobors.no/webcast


 

KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 17.08.2007 AT 10.30 1(1) By using their K-Plussa cards, Finns have already collected nearly ¤300,000 to support children's and youths' healthy lifestyle. Kesko has promised to donate 0.25 cents for the promotion of children's physical activity and healthy eating habits each time a customer uses his or her K-Plussa card in a K-Group store during 2007. The total amount is estimated to reach approximately ¤500,000 by the end of the year. The collected funds will be used to buy exercise equipment for school-children, among other things. In cooperation with the experts of the Young Finland Association, Kesko will compile a package of equipment to meet the needs of schools. The packages will be distributed in a lottery arranged in October for all primary school classes that participate in the campaign promoting school break activity. There will be 2,600 exercise equipment packages and the total value of the donation will be ¤250,000. In addition to donating exercise equipment, Kesko and the K-stores will arrange various events in different parts of Finland. These include lectures on children's and young people's healthy eating habits by dietician Hanna Partanen, whom many people know from TV. "Kesko and the K-stores want to support projects that are socially responsible, help improve the quality of life and, above all, children's and young people's healthy lifestyle. Kesko and the K-stores want to promote this through practical actions," says Matti Halmesmäki, Kesko's President and CEO. Kesko has supported children's and young people's physical activities since 1998 as one of the main sponsors of the Young Finland Association. The cooperation helps activate hundreds of thousands of children annually. Further information: Marketing Director Juha Andelin, Kesko Food Ltd, tel. +358 1053 37180. Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is a Finnish retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers through valued products and services at competitive prices. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and Russia.


 

Royal DSM N.V. has repurchased 870,659 of its own shares in the period from 9 August 2007 up to and including 15 August 2007 at an average price of EUR 36.34. This is in accordance with the second phase of the share buyback program, announced on 27 April 2007. The consideration of this repurchase was EUR 31.6 million. The total number of shares repurchased under the second phase of this program to date is 11,393,657 shares for a total consideration of EUR 418.8 million. DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over ¤8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com. For more information: DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations Elvira Luykx Dries Ausems tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864 5782035 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595 fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail 5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com e-mail media.relations@dsm.com


 

17 August 2007 - Aker Kvaerner has been awarded a contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for delivery of drilling equipment and system for an ultra deepwater drilling semisubmersible unit. The contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately USD 128 million. "This first delivery of drilling equipment systems into the Chinese offshore market is a breakthrough for Aker Kvaerner. We are very pleased that CNOOC has chosen us and are committed to execute this project to a high quality and on schedule", says Mads Andersen, executive vice president in Aker Kvaerner. The contract is undertaken by the Aker Kvaerner subsidiary, Aker Kvaerner MH in Kristiansand. The scope of work is to deliver drilling equipment package, installation and commissioning supervision. "This contract proves Aker Kvaerner MH's competitiveness and our reputation as a dependable and experienced supplier of drilling equipment packages", says Roald Amundsen, President of Aker Kvaerner MH. This delivery is similar to previous drilling equipment packages delivered from Aker Kvaerner MH and will be a highly efficient system designed for deep water operations. The drilling rig will be the most advanced semisubmersible drilling rig designed for use in Chinese waters. The ultra deepwater drilling rig is scheduled for delivery early 2011. ENDS For further information, please contact: Media: Siw Anett Enerud, Communications manager, Aker Kvaerner Products & Technologies. Tel: +47 22 94 71 92 Mob: +47 951 93 415 Investor relations: Lasse Torkildsen, VP Investor Relations, Aker Kvaerner. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39 Suppliers: For further information about sourcing and potential subcontracts for this project, please contact Richard Reynolds, vice president global supply chain. Tel.: +44 1224 424868 Career opportunities: Visit http://www.akerkvaerner.com/Internet/CareerCentre AKER KVÆRNER ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Aker Kvaerner"), is a leading global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products and integrated solutions. The business within Aker Kvaerner comprises several industries, including Oil & Gas, Refining & Chemicals, Mining & Metals and Power Generation. The Aker Kvaerner group is organised in a number of separate legal entities. Aker Kvaerner is used as the common brand/trademark for most of these entities. The parent company in the group is Aker Kværner ASA. Aker Kvaerner has aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 50 billion and employs approximately 23 000 people in about 30 countries. Aker Kvaerner is part of Aker (www.akerasa.com), a group of premier companies with a focus on energy, maritime and marine-resources industries. The Aker companies share a common set of values and long traditions of industrial innovation. As an industrial owner with a 40.1 per cent holding in Aker Kvaerner, Aker ASA takes an active role in the development of its holdings. Aker Kvaerner MH is a market leader in designing drilling equipment and drilling facilities. The company is recognised for developing new technology for deepwater drilling based on field-proven drilling equipment. Aker Kvaerner MH provides the international onshore and offshore industry with complete drilling equipment packages/modules (drilling and/or mud related systems, RamRig or conventional), full range of itemised drilling equipment, well intervention packages, drilling support modules, drilling control system, and monitoring systems as well as land rigs packages, workover rigs and products. Aker Kvaerner MH's competitiveness is based on a unique combination of equipment deliveries, project execution capabilities and excellent after sales service. This press release may include forward-looking information or statements and is subject to our disclaimer, see our web-pages www.akerkvaerner.com


 

Hafslund ASA has the 16th of August bought 12 500 Hafslund shares of class B at a price of NOK 139.73 per share. After this transaction, Hafslund`s balance of own shares is 37,184 Hafslund class A- shares and 156,050 Hafslund class B-shares. The share buy back is made under the general power of attorney provided by the General Assembly to acquire Hafslund B shares equivalent to maximum 2% (3,904,469 shares) of the company`s share capital. The power of attorney is effective until the ordinary General Meeting in 2008. The lowest remuneration that can be paid per B-share is NOK 10.-, while the highest remuneration that can be paid is NOK 300.- per share. The shares shall primarily be used in programs directed towards employees. Hafslund ASA Oslo, 17th of August 2007


 

Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced it has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Qualcomm has engaged in unfair trade practices through infringing 5 Nokia patents in its CDMA and WCDMA/GSM chipsets. Nokia is requesting that the ITC initiate an investigation and issue an exclusion order to bar importation to the United States of infringing Qualcomm chipsets, and products such as handsets, containing the infringing chipsets. Qualcomm's unfair trade practices include importing products, selling products for importation, and/or selling products after importation, and inducing others to import products such as handsets, that infringe Nokia patented technology in certain Qualcomm GSM/WCDMA and CDMA2000 chipsets. The patents in question relate to technologies that improve the performance and efficiency of wireless communication devices as well as enabling lower manufacturing costs, smaller product size and increased battery life. These technologies are important to Nokia's success as they allow its products to have competitive advantages over those of competitors. "There is significant evidence to warrant an ITC investigation into Qualcomm's business conduct," said Rick Simonson, chief financial officer, Nokia. "We are taking this action to stop Qualcomm's practice of copying Nokia's patented technology, without permission, and making these innovations available to its chipset customers. "We are seeking the same remedies Qualcomm has sought against Nokia in multiple venues around the world. Nokia will continue to ensure its rights and competitive advantage is protected," Simonson added. Nokia has built one of the strongest and broadest IPR portfolios in the wireless industry over the last 15 years through extensive investments in research and development. Nokia will continue to vigorously defend itself against the infringement and unauthorized use of its intellectual property. **A podcast with Rick Simonson, Nokia Chief Financial officer will be available at www.nokia.com/press/ipr About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. It should be noted that certain statements herein which are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those regarding: A) the timing of product, service and solution deliveries; B) our ability to develop, implement and commercialize new products, services, solutions and technologies; C) expectations regarding market growth, developments and structural changes; D) expectations regarding our mobile device volume growth, market share, prices and margins; E) expectations and targets for our results of operations; F) the outcome of pending and threatened litigation; and G) statements preceded by "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "foresee," "target," "estimate," "designed," "plans," "will" or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's best assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Because they involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from the results that we currently expect. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: 1) competitiveness of our product portfolio; 2) our ability to identify key market trends and to respond timely and successfully to the needs of our customers; 3) the extent of the growth of the mobile communications industry, as well as the growth and profitability of the new market segments within that industry which we target; 4) the availability of new products and services by network operators and other market participants; 5) our ability to successfully manage costs; 6) the intensity of competition in the mobile communications industry and our ability to maintain or improve our market position and respond successfully to changes in the competitive landscape; 7) the impact of changes in technology and our ability to develop or otherwise acquire complex technologies as required by the market, with full rights needed to use; 8) timely and successful commercialization of complex technologies as new advanced products, services and solutions; 9) our ability to protect the complex technologies, which we or others develop or that we license, from claims that we have infringed third parties' intellectual property rights, as well as our unrestricted use on commercially acceptable terms of certain technologies in our products, services and solution offerings; 10) our ability to protect numerous Nokia patented, standardized, or proprietary technologies from third party infringement or actions to invalidate the intellectual property rights of these technologies; 11) our ability to manage efficiently our manufacturing and logistics, as well as to ensure the quality, safety, security and timely delivery of our products, services and solutions; 12) inventory management risks resulting from shifts in market demand; 13) our ability to source quality components and sub-assemblies without interruption and at acceptable prices; 14) Nokia's and Siemens' ability to successfully integrate the operations, personnel and supporting activities of their respective businesses as a result of the merger of Nokia's networks business and Siemens' carrier-related operations for fixed and mobile networks forming Nokia Siemens Networks; 15) whether, as a result of investigations into alleged violations of law by some current or former employees of Siemens, government authorities or others take actions against Siemens and/or its employees that may involve and affect the carrier-related assets and employees transferred by Siemens to Nokia Siemens Networks, or there may be undetected additional violations that may have occurred prior to the transfer, or ongoing violations that may occur after the transfer, of such assets and employees that could result in additional actions by government authorities; 16) the expense, time, attention and resources of Nokia Siemens Networks and our management to detect, investigate and resolve any situations related to alleged violations of law involving the assets and employees of Siemens carrier-related operations transferred to Nokia Siemens Networks; 17) any impairment of Nokia Siemens Networks customer relationships resulting from the ongoing government investigations involving the Siemens carrier-related operations transferred to Nokia Siemens Networks; 18) developments under large, multi-year contracts or in relation to major customers; 19) general economic conditions globally and, in particular, economic or political turmoil in emerging market countries where we do business; 20) our success in collaboration arrangements relating to development of technologies or new products, services and solutions; 21) the success, financial condition and performance of our collaboration partners, suppliers and customers; 22) any disruption to information technology systems and networks that our operations rely on; 23) exchange rate fluctuations, including, in particular, fluctuations between the euro, which is our reporting currency, and the US dollar, the Chinese yuan, the UK pound sterling and the Japanese yen, as well as certain other currencies; 24) the management of our customer financing exposure; 25) allegations of possible health risks from electromagnetic fields generated by base stations and mobile devices and lawsuits related to them, regardless of merit; 26) unfavorable outcome of litigations; 27) our ability to recruit, retain and develop appropriately skilled employees; and 28) the impact of changes in government policies, laws or regulations; as well as the risk factors specified on pages 12-24 of the company's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2006 under "Item 3.D Risk Factors." Other unknown or unpredictable factors or underlying assumptions subsequently proving to be incorrect could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Nokia does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required. Media enquiries: Nokia, Communications Anne Eckert Tel. + 44 7917 231 929 Nokia Communications, USA Laurie Armstrong Tel. +1 914 368 0423 Email: communication.corp@nokia.com Nokia Communications Tel. +358 7180 34900 Email: press.office@nokia.com www.nokia.com --- End of Message --- NOKIA P.O. Box 226<br>FIN-00045 NOKIA GROUP Espoo WKN: 870737; ISIN: FI0009000681; Index: DJ STOXX Large 200, DJ STOXX 50; Listed: Nordic list (Large Cap) in THE HELSINKI STOCK EXCHANGE;


 

Highlights for the first six months of 2007 * The turnover has grown by 34% to ¤ 46.4 million compared to the first six months of 2006. * The gross margin for the first six months was 26% compared to 23.5% for the first half-year of 2006. * The gross margin development showed an upward trend in the second quarter. * An increase in the trading profit (EBITDA) of 21% to 2.3 million. * A restructuring of the internal organisation was carried out for which a reserve of EUR 750,000 was taken at the expense of the profits of the first half-year. Peter Smit, CEO: "Our turnover growth is in line with our expectations. We even grew more than the sector average. Our margin is developing in a positive way and costs will decrease. DPA has achieved an upward trend - prospects are positive and I am very pleased about that." Financial highlights for first six months of 2007 +-------------------------------------------------------+ | X million euro | HY1 2007 | HY1 2006 | % difference | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Turnover | 46.4 | 34.7 | 34% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Margin | 12.1 | 8.2 | 48% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Running costs | (10.7) | (29.9) | (64%) | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | EBITDA | 2.3 | 1.9 | 21% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Trading profit | 1.4 | (21.8) | | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Net profit | 1.0 | (22.2) | | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | In ¤ | | | | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Profit per share | 0.08 | (2.25) | | +-------------------------------------------------------+ Figures of the first six months of 2007 compared to the first half-year of 2006 Normalised pro forma figures of the combination including Geos IT Professionals (recurring EBIT). +-------------------------------------------------------+ | X million euro | HY1 2007 | HY1 2006 | % difference | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Turnover | 46.4 | 40.2 | 15% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Margin | 12.1 | 10.0 | 21% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Running costs | (9.9) | (8.2) | 21% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | EBITDA | 3.1 | 2.5 | 24% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Trading profit | 2.2 | 1.8 | 22% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Net profit | 1.6 | 1.2 | 33% | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | In ¤ | | | | |------------------+----------+----------+--------------| | Profit per share | 0.15 | 0.12 | 25% | +-------------------------------------------------------+ Normalised figures for the first six months of 2007 compared to the pro forma figures for the first half-year of 2006 for the combination with Goes IT Professionals (excluding the impairment of ¤ 23 million in 2006, ¤ 700,000 UWV (Employed Persons Insurance Administration Agency) benefit and the reorganisation reserve for 2007 of ¤ 750,000). Explanation of the normalised financial results for the first six months of 2007 Turnover specification * Turnover DPA Netherlands increased by 12.1% to ¤ 35.5 million. * Turnover DPA Supply Chain People increased by 103.2% to ¤ 3.3 million. * Turnover Geos IT Professionals increased by 10% to ¤ 6.1 million. * Turnover in Spain increased by 16.6% to ¤ 1.6 million. The turnover increase amounted to 15%. With this growth percentage DPA performed better than the sector average in the first half-year of 2007 (14%, source: ABU). Thus the growth in turnover is still in line with the growth opportunities provided by the market. The turnover over the first six months of 2007 compared to 2006 has been positively influenced by a higher number of seconded staff, the higher average hourly tariff and improved productivity. The business units DPA Supply Chain People, Geos IT Professionals and Spain contributed 7%, 13% and 3% respectively to the group turnover. Margin specification The following table gives the margin and the margin share for the various groups of interim professionals. These include the group of interim professionals permanently or temporarily employed by DPA, the group of interim professionals employed elsewhere and seconded by DPA (third parties) and the group of self-employed interim professionals who can be seconded the client. For the last group, DPA fulfils the role of broker for the customer concerned. Margin of DPA Flex Group N.V. +---------------------------------------+ | In % | HY1 2007 | HY1 2006 | FY 2006 | |-------+----------+----------+---------| | Total | 26.0 | 24.8 | 26.3 | +---------------------------------------+ Margin of DPA Netherlands per turnover group +-----------------------------------------------+ | In % | HY1 2007 | HY1 2006 | FY 2006 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | DPA people | | | | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - secondment | 27.2 | 25.2 | 28.1 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | Third Parties | | | | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - secondment | 16.9 | 17.7 | 14.5 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - broker | 2.3 | 3.3 | 3.6 | +-----------------------------------------------+ As can be seen from the table above, the margin for DPA personnel has increased by 200 basic points. The margin for the group of interim professionals via third parties has decreased, although when compared with 2006 (the entire year) the margin has increased by 240 basic points. Margin distribution of DPA Netherlands per turnover group +-----------------------------------------------+ | In % | HY1 2007 | HY1 2006 | FY 2006 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | DPA people | | | | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - secondment | 79.2 | 76.5 | 74.5 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | Third Parties | | | | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - secondment | 19.6 | 22.4 | 24.3 | |---------------+----------+----------+---------| | - broker | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 | +-----------------------------------------------+ Specification of the running costs The running costs compared to the turnover have slightly increased, 21.3% in 2007 compared with 20.4% in 2006. This can be mainly attributed to the higher marketing expenses in the first half-year. As a result of the cost saving restructuring started in June, personnel costs will decrease during the year by approximately ¤ 400,000. Specification of the trading profit After normalising, the trading profit before deductions (EBITDA) is 24% higher than in the first half-year of 2006. Reduction of internal costs, further growth in the average invoice rate and reduction of the variation of contracted interim professionals are the most important performance indicators on which a stronger focus will be made during the second half-year. The measures taken in the area of personnel costs, becoming effective in 2008, must result in savings of at least ¤ 1 million on a yearly basis. Specification of the profit per share The profit per share has risen by 25% compared with the first half-year of 2006. The profit per share amounts to ¤ 0.15 over the first half-year of 2007 compared to ¤ 0.12 over 2006. Expectations for 2007 DPA has kept to its pronounced expectations for 2007. On the basis of the figures for May and June and the approach of the traditionally best part of the year, DPA expects a continuation of the upward trend in turnover, gross margin and trading profit. The financial consequences of the decision to divest Spain are not yet known and are not included in the pronounced expectations. To further stimulate the improved profits, DPA has raised its visibility using TV and radio commercials and a more professional image on its web site. The message targets potential interim professionals considering a career move - DPA must be top-of-mind in this consideration. The fact is that the shortage in the labour market will further increase. Finding qualified and experienced interim professionals will be a challenge also in the second half-year and will receive our utmost attention. Strategy DPA is investing in sustainable capacity for long-term growth, meanwhile striving for a solid balance. Both autonomous growth and growth by means of acquisitions are desired. Growth in existing and new markets is necessary to remain at the top of the secondment market, but it must not be at the cost of focus and gross margin. Newly purchased companies are either carefully integrated or fitted in as independent business units within the existing structure. This method of working is no different from the first half-year, but the increased focus on Financial and IT services however is different. DPA has specialised in Finance and IT and wants to have a more pronounced profile and more recognition with customers and (potential) interim professionals. The combination of Finance and IT forms the distinctive strength of DPA. Certain statements in this document relate to forecasts regarding the future of the financial condition and profits from activities by DPA Flex Group N.V. and certain plans and objectives. Naturally such forecasts include risks and a degree of uncertainty, because they involve events in the future and are dependent on circumstances that will then apply. Many factors could cause actual profits and developments to deviate from the forecast as described in this document. Such factors could be: general economic conditions, shortages in the labour market, changes in the demand for (flexible) personnel, changes in the labour regulations, future currency and interest changes, future takeovers, acquisitions and divestments and the speed of technological developments. The forecasts are thus only valid on the date on which this document was drawn up. No audit or assessment has been made on these figures Profile DPA Flex Group N.V. is a specialist secondment provider listed on Euronext. The operating companies that trade under the names DPA Flex Professionals, DPA Supply Chain People and Geos IT Professionals, meet the demand within companies and institutions for temporary knowledge and expertise in the areas of Finance, IT and Procurement & Logistics. DPA Flex is an ambitious and leading knowledge provider of value-creating flex professionals. For more information please visit www.dpaflex.com Note to the editors (not designed for publication): For more information: DPA Alexander Reuvers, Director of Marketing & Communications 020-5151560 / 06-53462244 16 augustus 2007 / DPA Flex Group N.V.


 

aap Implantate AG, a medical technology company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard segment, achieved after consolidation with the Dutch Fame Medical Group a 38% growth in sales in the first six months of the financial year to EUR 12.7 million (previous year: EUR 9.2 million), and an operating result of EUR 0.8 million (previous year: EUR 1.7 million). This trend in results is due to a weak first quarter. However, the Q2 result already marks a return to the previous year's high level. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | In EUR million | Q2/2007 | Q2/2006 | Change on | | | including Fame | | Year | | | | | | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | Sales | 12.7 | 9.2 | +38% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | EBITDA | 1.9 | 2.4 | -23% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | EBIT | 0.8 | 1.7 | -51% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | EBT | 0.7 | 1.7 | -61% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | Net period result | 0.4 | 1.0 | -64% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | Equity (Ratio) | 22.1 (38%) | 21.6 (77%) | +3% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | Balance sheet total | 59.0 | 28.0 | +111% | |---------------------+----------------+------------+---------------| | Employees | 270 | 161 | +68% | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ In the first half of 2007 the Group earned an EBITDA of EUR 0.8 million (previous year: EUR 1.7 million). Group EBIT was EUR 0.8 million (previous year: EUR 1.7 million), and EBT EUR 0.7 million (previous year: EUR 1.7 million). With total assets of EUR 59.0 million (previous year: EUR 28.0 million) the equity ratio is currently 38% because the capital increase has not yet been implemented. After the capital increase it would be 72%. In the second quarter aap succeeded in laying the groundwork for a successful financial year. aap showed a double-digit increase in international sales in the Trauma & Joint Reconstruction segment, while in the Biomaterials segment the company signed exclusive worldwide (excluding the U.S.) sales agreements with Zimmer (new Hi-Fatigue® bone cement) and Medtronic (Nanostim® nano-based bone replacement material). These two companies are world market leaders in their fields (orthopedics and spine), and aap expects the two new partnerships to generate substantial product sales in the future. aap is currently in the process of taking over another product in the spine segment with a view to further expanding its biological implants business. For the full year 2007 aap anticipates sales of EUR 28 million to EUR 30 million (previous year: EUR 18.5 million) and an EBIT margin in excess of 10%. However, since business depends on product approvals and large international customers, this may be subject to fluctuations. The full report on aap Implantate AG's second quarter of 2007 is available to download at www.aap.de. _ aap is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets biomaterials and implants for trauma and joint reconstruction. Its product portfolio includes bone cements, bone graft substitutes, antibiotical carriers, implants for fracture healing and joint replacement. In addition to its Berlin headquarters the company has locations in Dieburg and Obernburg near Frankfurt am Main as well as at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. aap Implantate AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment at the Frankfurt stock exchange since May 16, 2003. Please address any queries to: aap Implantate AG, Nanette Hüdepohl, Investor & Public Relations, Lorenzweg 5, 12099 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 30 7501 9133; fax: +49 30 7501 9290; n.huedepohl@aap.de --- End of Message --- aap Implantate AG Lorenzweg 5 Berlin Germany WKN: 506660; ISIN: DE0005066609; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, TECH All Share; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin Bremen, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart;


 

Camillo Eitzen & Co ASA (OSE: CECO) today reported its best quarter ever. The Company posted EBITDA of USD 86.2 million for the second quarter of 2007, up from USD 41.6 million in the previous quarter. Net profit for the second quarter was USD 31.9 million, compared to USD 14.7 million in the first quarter. CECO's total revenue for the quarter came in at USD 319.6 million, up from USD 187.3 in the first quarter. The main reason for CECO's high growth is the consolidation of Eitzen Chemical ASA, where CECO increased its holdings to slightly above 50% in the quarter. However, also the gas and bulk business areas demonstrated considerable progress in the quarter, with Eitzen Gas delivering its best quarter to date. "I am extremely pleased to see good progress in all our shipping areas. We have developed sufficient critical mass in all segments to be able to be an important player and benefit from economies of scale. Along with a positive market outlook in all our shipping segments we will grow further and renew our fleet through a series of newbuildings," said Axel C. Eitzen, CEO of Camillo Eitzen & Co ASA. For further information, please call Axel C. Eitzen, CEO, telephone +47 9925 0035 or Snorre Krogstad, CFO, telephone +47 9085 8393. --- End of Message --- Camillo Eitzen & Co ASA P.O. Box 216 Norway ISIN: NO0010227036; ;


 

* Substantially higher level of activities leads to an increase in income from operating activities by more than 30% to ¤ 335.4 million * Net profit rises 9.5% to ¤ 101.6 million * Earnings per share up (+1.1%) despite the issue of new shares * Expected growth in earning per share for 2007 in line with strategic objective * Combination of Van Lanschot's asset management and securities business with that of Kempen & Co finalised * Intention to conclude collaboration agreement with De Goudse NV; * De Goudse NV to take a 51% interest in Van Lanschot Assurantiën * Exclusive 20-year distribution agreement * Agreements about management and advice regarding De Goudse NV's investment portfolio by Kempen & Co "We can look back on a great first half year", said Floris Deckers, chairman of Van Lanschot NV's Board of Managing Directors. "The assets managed for private clients and savings accounts showed solid growth. Securities commission experienced a strong rise as well. The alliance between Van Lanschot and Kempen & Co developed even better than expected. This indicates that we are well on our way to realising our private banking ambitions in the Netherlands and Belgium. The quality of the results realised in the first six months gives us confidence for the remainder of the year." KEY FIGURES +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | (x ¤ million) | H1 2007 | H1 2006 | % | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Income from operating activities | 335.4 | 253.4 | 32.3% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Operating expenses | 212.5 | 136.8 | 55.3% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Impairments | -2.3 | 2.0 | -217.8% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Operating profit before tax | 125.2 | 114.6 | 9.2% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Net profit from continuing | | | | | operations | 99.3 | 89.5 | 11.0% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Net profit | 101.6 | 92.8 | 9.5% | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Earnings per ordinary share (x ¤ 1) | 2.80 | 2.77 | 1.1% | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Amount available to shareholders (x | 2.85 | 2.87 | -0.7% | | ¤ 1) | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Efficiency ratio (%) | 63.3 | 54.0 | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | Return on average shareholders' | 15.9 | 18.2 | | | funds (%) | | | | | | | | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | BIS total capital ratio (%) | 12.4 | 13.2 | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | BIS Tier I ratio (%) | 8.9 | 9.4 | | |-------------------------------------+---------+---------+---------| | BIS Core Tier I ratio (%) | 6.5 | 6.8 | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Developments in first half of 2007 Van Lanschot's private banking strategy, which was fine-tuned last year, is paying off. The number of private banking clients rose by 2.6% in the first half of 2007. Assets under discretionary management for private clients climbed by 10.7% to ¤ 6.4 billion. Savings accounts and deposits of private clients rose by ¤ 0.7 billion (19.7%) to ¤ 4.8 billion. The inflow of new funds entrusted in particular was positively impacted by the takeover battle in the Dutch financial sector. The optimistic mood on the stock exchanges and the good performance of the in-house funds resulted in a strong growth of commission income. Commission climbed by 107.0% to ¤ 159.0 million compared with the first half of 2006. A further slight contraction of the interest margin led to a decline in net interest income by 2.7% to ¤ 131.5 million compared with the first half of 2006. However, there was a clear improvement compared with the second half of 2006 (+5.5%). The bank is further refining its service model for high net-worth private clients. Ultra high net-worth clients (with freely investable assets exceeding ¤ 5 million) of Van Lanschot and Kempen & Co are being given the option of being served under the label "Van Lanschot Kempen". In the first six months of 2007, Van Lanschot's activities in the field of the securities trading and asset management were combined with those of Kempen & Co in Amsterdam. This led to the loss of about forty jobs. Business Banking experienced a considerable rise in loans and advances from ¤ 4.1 billion at year-end 2006 to ¤ 4.7 billion at the end of June 2007, in part thanks to a 6.1% increase in the number of clients. In Belgium, our second home market, the positive trend continued. The number of target group clients of Van Lanschot Belgium was up by 5.2% in the first half of 2007. Gross profit climbed from ¤ 3.6 million in the first half of 2006 to ¤ 3.9 million in the first half of 2007. International Private Banking (Luxembourg, Switzerland, Curacao) also developed satisfactorily; gross profit rose from ¤ 6.6 million to ¤ 7.5 million. Net profit of the bank was up from ¤ 92.8 million to ¤ 101.6 million, a rise of 9.5%. As expected, Kempen & Co made a positive contribution to earnings per share; earnings per share rose from ¤ 2.77 to ¤ 2.80, despite the issue of new shares. As at 2 January 2007, 2.4 million new shares were issued. The total number of outstanding shares at 30 June 2007 is 34.9 million, a 7.6% increase compared with 30 June 2006. Low risk profile and active balance sheet management Van Lanschot consciously strives for a low risk profile. The quality of the loans portfolio is high thanks to our strict lending policy. The percentage of non-performing loans covered by the impairment provision is 146.5% (30 June 2006: 132.9%). The impairment provision, expressed as a percentage of risk-weighted assets, is 0.79% (30 June 2006: 0.97%). In the first half of 2007, the bank's funding ratio (the ratio of public and private sector liabilities to total loans and advances) rose from 77.4% to 85.1%. The loan-to-deposit ratio (being the reverse of the funding ratio) declined from 129.2% to 117.5%. Standard & Poor's reconfirmed Van Lanschot's credit rating in July 2007: Single A with stable outlook. On 1 June 2007, Van Lanschot realised its first RMBS (Residential Mortgage-Backed Security) transaction for an amount of ¤ 1.5 billion in mortgage loans. These 'eligible assets' can serve as collateral with De Nederlandsche Bank. Van Lanschot intends to perform another few securitisation transactions in order to reinforce its solvency position further. The aim of the securitisation programme is to reduce Van Lanschot's exposure on the mortgage market. Given its low risk profile and the nature of the activities pursued by the bank, Van Lanschot has not been impacted by the recent turbulence on the financial markets. Reduced focus on mortgages Van Lanschot's mortgage portfolio totalled ¤ 7.9 billion at the end of June 2007. The quality of these loans is very high: at 30 June 2007, an amount of ¤ 16.4 million in provisions was formed for these loans, which is only 0.02% of the portfolio. In general, the mortgage loans granted by the bank are customized solutions tailored to the specific wishes of high net-worth clients, instead of standard products. Applications are assessed on more factors than solely income; the client's assets and complete financial position also play a role. The average mortgage amount at Van Lanschot of ¤ 415,000 is relatively high. Fierce competition on the mortgage market has put increasing pressure on the margins in the past few years, both for new lending as well as for existing loans. Since the rates in the Netherlands are still favourable compared with those in other countries such as Belgium or France, we expect margins in the Netherlands to decrease further. For this reason, Van Lanschot is reducing its focus on mortgages. The bank will continue to be active in this market, but only for its own clients as part of the bank's full-service approach. Collaboration agreement with De Goudse NV Within the scope of its full-service approach, Van Lanschot wants to be able offer its clients insurance products. However, to do so it does not have to be the owner of an insurance broker. The bank's insurance broker, Van Lanschot Assurantiën BV, currently operates within the bank as a relatively autonomous unit. Firstly, as an insurance broker it has another client approach and service model than the bank. Secondly, Van Lanschot Assurantiën primarily focuses on the corporate market (65% of revenues) and secondly on the private market (35% of revenues), while the bank focuses primarily on the market for private individuals. Van Lanschot intends to conclude a collaboration agreement with De Goudse NV for Van Lanschot Assurantiën. This agreement will be twofold. Firstly, De Goudse NV will acquire a 51% interest in Van Lanschot Assurantiën BV. This is expected to result in a gain of approximately ¤ 20 million for Van Lanschot in the second half of 2007. The operations of Van Lanschot Assurantiën will be continued under the name Van Lanschot Chabot BV. This agreement is expected to become effected as at 1 November 2007. Van Lanschot and Van Lanschot Chabot have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for a period of 20 years. We believe that the new shareholder structure will give a positive boost to the distribution of insurance products. In addition, under the collaboration agreement De Goudse NV will transfer the management of part of its investments and the advice on its investments to Kempen & Co. It has been agreed that Kempen Capital Management will manage ¤ 350 million of the investment portfolio of De Goudse NV. Moreover, Kempen Capital Management, as strategic investment partner, will be responsible for providing advice on matters such as asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management, as well as transaction execution and administration of the investment portfolio worth ¤ 1.5 billion. Investing in people and systems The acquisition of Kempen & Co led to an increase in staff by 342 employees at 2 January 2007. The number of staff at Van Lanschot declined slightly. The workforce totals 2,684 employees at the end of June 2007 (31 December 2006: 2,370). The bank will continue unabated with its investments in staff. The budget for training and education was increased from 2.8% of total wage costs in 2006 to 3.8% of total wage costs in 2007. The bank's upgrading of the IT environment is in full swing; several modules have already been implemented. In the first six months, a renewed system for Internet banking and the second module of the Management Information System were taken into use. Implementation of the Customer Relationship Management system (CRM) will start in September. All commercial units will work with CRM by the end of the year. In the first half of 2007, an amount of ¤ 1.0 million was charged to profit for the IT project. To date, ¤ 38.0 million has been capitalised. Specific projects, such as Mifid, Basel II and SEPA, also require a major effort in terms of staff and resources. This is currently putting upward pressure on the efficiency ratio, i.e. the ratio of operating expenses to income from operating activities. OUTLOOK for 2007 We expect a continuation of the inflows in assets under management and savings accounts in the second half of this year. Commission income strongly depends on market conditions and is therefore difficult to predict. We expect the interest margins not to contract further in view of the recent unrest on the credit markets. In mortgage lending, we will continue to be somewhat reticent. The bank's cost level is expected to stay at approximately the same level as in the first half year. The tax burden for 2007 as a whole is expected to be in line with last year. In addition, a gain on the sale of the 51% interest in Van Lanschot Assurantiën is expected to be realised in the second half of the year. On balance, based on unchanged market conditions, we expect earnings per share for 2007 to rise in line with the bank's strategic objective. PROFIT FOR FIRST HALF OF 2007 Net profit for the first half of 2007 totalled ¤ 101.6 million, which is a 9.5% rise compared with the first half of 2006 (¤ 92.8 million). The earnings per share land at ¤ 2.80, a slight improvement compared with the first six months of 2006 (¤ 2.77). With effect from 2 January 2007, Kempen & Co became a 100% subsidiary of Van Lanschot NV. In order to allow a proper comparison between the periods, the table below contains the pro forma results of Van Lanschot for the first half of 2006 including the results of Kempen & Co. On a pro forma basis, net profit for the first six months of 2007 shows a 7.6% decline compared with the first six months of 2006 (¤ 109.9 million). This can be mainly attributed to a number of exceptional items, i.e. the release of the provision for healthcare costs (¤ 19.5 million) in 2006 and the amortisation of the intangible assets of Kempen & Co (¤ 8.2 million) in 2007. The intangible assets include among other things the Kempen & Co brand name, the client base and the pipeline of current corporate finance assignment. In addition, the figures have been adjusted for Van Lanschot Assurantiën. Van Lanschot Assurantiën's net profit is disclosed separately under 'discontinued operations'. This adjustment leads to a reduction in income from operating activities by ¤ 14.1 million in the first six months of 2007 and ¤ 15.0 million in the first six months of 2006. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | (x ¤ million) | H1 | H1 | H1 2006 | H1 2006 | % | | | 2007 | 2006 | Kempen | pro-forma | (A / B) | | | (A) | | & Co | (B) | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Interest | 131.5 | 135.1 | 2.3 | 137.4 | -4.3% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Income from | | | | | | | securities and | | | | | | | associates | 14.8 | 14.7 | 0.1 | 14.8 | 0.0% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Commission | 159.0 | 76.8 | 50.0 | 126.8 | 25.4% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Profit on | | | | | | | financial | | | | | | | transactions | 30.1 | 26.8 | 6.2 | 33.0 | -8.8% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Income from | 335.4 | 253.4 | 58.6 | 312.0 | 7.5% | | operating | | | | | | | activities | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Staff costs | 129.4 | 79.1 | 25.0 | 104.1 | 24.3% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Other | | | | | | | administrative | | | | | | | expenses | 64.0 | 48.7 | 9.9 | 58.6 | 9.2% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Depreciation and | | | | | | | amortisation | 19.1 | 9.0 | 1.1 | 10.1 | 89.1% | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Operating | 212.5 | 136.8 | 36.0 | 172.8 | 23.0% | | expenses | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Impairments | -2.3 | 2.0 | 0.0 | 2.0 | -217.8% | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Total expenses | 210.2 | 138.8 | 36.0 | 174.8 | 20.3% | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Operating profit | 125.2 | 114.6 | 22.6 | 137.2 | -8.7% | | before tax | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Income tax | 25.9 | 25.1 | 5.5 | 30.6 | -15.4% | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | NET PROFIT from | 99.3 | 89.5 | 17.1 | 106.6 | -6.8% | | continuing | | | | | | | operations | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | Discontinued | 2.3 | 3.3 | 0.0 | 3.3 | -30.3% | | operations | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-------------------+-------+-------+---------+-----------+---------| | NET PROFIT | 101.6 | 92.8 | 17.1 | 109.9 | -7.6% | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ To enhance the comparison of results, reference is made in this section to the pro forma figures as included above. Income from operating activities was up by ¤ 23.4 million (7.5%) from ¤ 312.0 million in the first six months of 2006 to ¤ 335.4 million in the first half of 2007. With a sharp increase of ¤ 32.2 million, commission income was the major driving force behind the increase in income from operating activities. Commission income went up 25.4% from ¤ 126.8 million in the first half of 2006 to ¤ 159.0 million in the first half of 2007. Growth in securities commission in particular contributed to this, thanks to the positive mood on the stock exchanges, higher management fees and performance fees received. Securities commission rose 28.6% from ¤ 111.3 million to ¤ 143.1 million. Other commission (commission on cash transactions and funds transfers and other commission) remained at a level of about ¤ 15.5 million. Net interest income decreased by 4.3%, from ¤ 137.4 million to ¤ 131.5 million. This decline can mainly be attributed to the substantially lower penalty interest on early repayment of loans, from ¤ 6.7 million in the first six months of 2006 to ¤ 2.6 million in the first six months of 2007. The positive trend of the underlying volumes was partly offset by a further declining interest margin. The interest margin narrowed from 1.42% at year-end 2006 to 1.31%. Savings accounts and deposits of private clients rose by ¤ 0.7 billion (18.6%) to ¤ 4.8 billion. Mortgages were slightly up by ¤ 0.1 billion to ¤ 7.9 billion and loans to private clients also rose slightly by ¤ 0.2 billion to ¤ 1.6 billion. On the corporate side, deposits grew by ¤ 0.4 billion (18.2%) to ¤ 2.6 billion and the volume of corporate loans climbed by ¤ 0.6 billion to ¤ 4.7 billion. Income from securities and associates remained stable at the 2006 level of ¤ 14.8 million. Gains on 'available-for-sale' investments dropped by ¤ 7.5 million to ¤ 4.3 million. Dividend payments on shares in the investment portfolio, reported in this item, totalled ¤ 7.1 million (first six months of 2006: ¤ 11.3 million). These lower gains on the sale of investments and the lower dividend flow were offset by higher valuation gains. Profit on financial transactions decreased by 8.8% from ¤ 33.0 million in the first half of 2006, to ¤ 30.1 million in the first half of 2007. Profit on financial transactions comprises realised and unrealised valuation differences on the trading portfolio, exchange differences and realised and unrealised gains and losses on derivatives. In the first six months of 2007, operating expenses grew by ¤ 39.7 million (23.0%) from ¤ 172.8 million in the first six months of 2006 to ¤ 212.5 million. When ignoring exceptional items, operating expenses were up by 6.2%. The exceptional items comprise the release of the provision for healthcare costs of ¤ 19.5 million in the first half of 2006 and the amortisation of intangible assets of ¤ 8.2 million, resulting from the acquisition of Kempen & Co, in the first half of 2007. Staff costs were 24.3% higher from ¤ 104.1 million to ¤ 129.4 million, an increase of ¤ 25.3 million. Adjusted for the release of the provision for healthcare costs in the first half of 2006, staff costs rose 4.7% from ¤ 123.6 million to ¤ 129.4 million. The higher staff costs are the result, on the one hand, of a 3.3% increase in the number of employees (from 2,361 at the end of June 2006 (exclusive of Van Lanschot Assurantiën) to 2,440 at the end of June 2007 (exclusive of Van Lanschot Assurantiën), and on the other hand of regular pay increases, further alignment of remuneration with the market situation, and further investments in staff quality. Other administrative expenses increased by 9.2% from ¤ 58.6 million to ¤ 64.0 million. The increase was mainly caused by a rise in IT costs. This mainly concerned the costs of external staff who were hired because many internal employees were working on the IT project. This concerned 164 external staff members in the first half of 2007 (first half of 2006: 113). Within the scope of this IT project, ¤ 1.0 million was charged to profit in the first half of 2007. An amount of ¤ 38.0 million has been capitalised up to and including the first half of 2007. In the first half of 2007, ¤ 0.6 million was depreciated on the modules taken into use. Depreciation and amortisation charges shot up by 89.1% from ¤ 10.1 million to ¤ 19.1 million. This increase was caused by the amortisation of the intangible assets arising on the acquisition of Kempen & Co. In the first half of 2007, this involved an amount of ¤ 8.2 million. For the second half of the year, this will be ¤ 5.4 million. On balance, the item impairments showed a release of ¤ 2.3 million. The provisions formed in previous year