Skandia Confirms Sampo Sale

April 30, 2004

Sweden’s Skandia has issued a bulletin announcing that details of the sale of its19.36 percent stake in If P&C Insurance to Finland’s Sampo plc have been completed.

The two companies first announced the sale last February. As part of the transaction, Sampo will also acquire Skandia Liv’s [life] 10.06 percent stake and Storebrand Asa’s 22.47 percent stake in If. The transaction was conditional upon customary regulatory approvals.

“The terms of the agreements have now been fulfilled, and the transaction will be carried out in about a week,” said the bulletin. “The agreement between Sampo and Skandia contains no guarantees or commitments from Skandia with respect to If.

“The net sales price of SEK 4.5 billion [$ 584 million] will be paid in cash. The shareholding in If was valued as per 31 December 2003 in accordance with applicable accounting rules at the same amount, which entailed an increase in the result for the fourth quarter 2003 by SEK 1.5 billion [$194.7 million]. The execution of the transaction will not have any further result impact in 2004. ”

Skandia also announced that it plans to release its first quarter results on 26 May 2004, but “since market statistics will be available prior to this, Skandia has decided to release the group’s sales figures on 5 May.”

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