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2015-04-28

Ratos: Ratos sells Nordic Cinema Group - exit gain approximately SEK 900m

This information is disclosed in accordance with the Securities Markets Act,
the Financial Instruments Trading Act or demands made in the exchange rules.

Ratos has signed an agreement on the sale of the subsidiary Nordic Cinema
Group, the leading cinema operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions, to
Bridgepoint. The enterprise value amounts to approximately SEK 4,700m and
Ratos will receive approximately SEK 1,700m for its shareholding. The sale
generates an exit gain of approximately SEK 900m and an average annual return
(IRR) of approximately 42%. The sale is subject to approval from the relevant
authorities.

In 2011, Ratos acquired Finnkino, the leading cinema operator in Finland and
the Baltic countries. Nordic Cinema Group (NCG) was formed two years later
through a merger of Bonnier-owned SF Bio and Ratos-owned Finnkino and is
today the leading cinema operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions with 66
wholly owned cinemas with 444 screens in approximately 50 major towns. NCG is
also co-owner of an additional 48 cinemas. NCG operates with four strong
brands in six markets: SF Bio in Sweden, Finnkino in Finland, SF Kino in
Norway and Forum Cinemas in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 2014 Nordic
Cinema Group's sales totalled SEK 2,612m and EBITA amounted to SEK 366m.

Susanna Campbell, CEO of Ratos, comments: "Together with Bonnier we have
created a strong Nordic cinema operator with a leading market position and
good profitability. This provides good opportunities for the company in the
future and enables continued investment in modern cinemas and development of
the customer offering. The company is well positioned to continue to deliver
exciting film experiences in the future. A strong focus on value creation
throughout the entire holding period has generated a good return and led to a
successful transaction for Ratos."

In April 2011, Ratos acquired Finnkino and in May 2013 a merger took place
between SF Bio and Finnkino which formed NCG where Ratos received a holding
of 58% in the new group. Ratos's net invested capital amounts to
approximately SEK 360m. Co-owners are Bonnier (40%) and the company's board
and management.

Ratos has signed an agreement with Bridgepoint to sell its entire holding for
a price for Ratos's shareholding of approximately SEK 1,700m. The sale
generates an estimated exit gain of approximately SEK 900m and an average
annual return (IRR) of approximately 42%.

The sale is subject to approval from the relevant authorities and is expected
to be completed in the summer.

For further information, please contact:
Susanna Campbell, CEO, +46 8 700 17 00
Elin Ljung, Head of Corporate Communications, +46 8 700 17 20

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| Financial calendar from Ratos: |
| Interim report January-March 2015 7 May 2015 |
| Interim report January-June 2015 14 August 2015 |
| Interim report January-September 2015 6 November 2015 |
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Ratos is a private equity conglomerate. The company's mission is to maximise
shareholder value over time through the professional, active and responsible
exercise of its ownership role in primarily unlisted medium sized Nordic
companies. Ratos's holdings include AH Industries, Aibel, Arcus-Gruppen,
Biolin Scientific, Bisnode, DIAB, Euromaint, GS-Hydro, Hafa Bathroom Group,
HENT, HL Display, Inwido, Jøtul, KVD, Ledil, Mobile Climate Control, Nebula
and Nordic Cinema Group. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and market
capitalisation amounts to approximately SEK 21 billion.

Press release (PDF)
http://hugin.info/1180/R/1915676/684781.pdf

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Ratos via Globenewswire

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