Gambro and ProfilGruppen win Best Financial Reporting award for 2003 Gambro has been awarded first prize in the large company category of Stockholm Stock Exchanges Best Financial Reporting in 2003 competition. First prize in the small company category went to ProfilGruppen AB. The aim of this annual competition is to encourage companies to improve and develop their market information. The role of the jury is to make an overall assessment of the companys reporting to the market in order to assess which companies best satisfy the requirements of shareholders and other readers. The market information assessed by the jury consisted mainly of annual reports. Gambro, a rookie on the list of the best annual reports among large companies in Sweden, skyrocketed directly to first place. The companys annual report satisfies virtually all of the requirements for good shareholder information. Among other strong points, the annual report includes a comprehensive review of the market situation for Gambro and its competitors, a well-developed risk section and a detailed account of the work conducted by the companys Board of Directors. After having been awarded a distinction for four consecutive years, ProfilGruppen was named the winner of the Small Companies class. ProfilGruppen presents an attractive, reader-friendly annual report with well-delineated sections about the companys business, market, human resources and environment, as well as a risk analysis. In the large company category, five distinctions were awarded for 2003. These went to AB Electrolux, Ratos AB, SAS AB, Securitas AB and AB SKF. In the small company category, distinctions were awarded to Broström AB, Renova AB, Sardus AB and VLT AB. The Best Financial Reporting contest is part of Stockholm Stock Exchanges efforts to encourage listed companies to provide high-quality information. Among other activities, this is achieved by means of this contest, by providing training for the listed companies Boards members and senior executives and by monitoring the companies day-to-day operations. Stockholm Stock Exchange thanks the jury for its excellent work, which has been of great significance to the improvement of the annual reports of both private and public companies, says Anders Ackebo, Head of Listing and Surveillance at Stockholm Stock Exchange, OMX Exchanges. During this years competition, the 39th in succession, 297 companies were assessed. The contestants consisted of all of the companies listed on Stockholm Stock Exchange and 15 companies that competed at their own initiative. The jury consisted of Ulf Strömsten, chairman, Hans Edenhammar, Anders Haskel and Hans Johnsson. The dividing line between the large and small company classes consisted of a market capitalization (or reported equity in the case of non-listed companies) of SEK 2 billion on December 31, 2003. For further information, please contact Annika Molander, Vice President Communications, OMX Exchanges +46 8 405 6610 The Best Financial Reporting 2003 brochure can be ordered free of charge via Stockholm Stock Exchanges website, omx.webshop.strd.se. Among other information, the brochure includes general comments about the annual reports for 2003 and specific comments about the winners and a list of the companies awarded distinctions. About OMX Exchanges | OMX owns and operates the largest securities market in the Northern Europe and is a leading provider of marketplace services and solutions for the financial and energy markets. OMX consists of two divisions: OMX Technology and OMX Exchanges. Through the OMX Exchanges division, OMX owns and operates the exchanges in Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius as well as the central securities depositories in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Through OMX Exchanges, OMX offers access to 80 percent of the Nordic and Baltic Securities market. For more information please visit www.omxgroup.com.
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