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NASDAQ OMX welcomes SEMAFO Inc. to its main market


Stockholm, October 20, 2011 — NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ) announces that the shares of SEMAFO Inc. (ticker symbol: SMF) today start trading on the main market of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. SEMAFO is a Large Cap company within the Materials sector. SEMAFO will be the 11th company to list on NASDAQ OMX European main markets in 2011. The company has its primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and will be dual-listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The company currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea. SEMAFO’s strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities. For more information about SEMAFO, visit

Jenny Rosberg, Senior Vice President at NASDAQ OMX, said: “SEMAFO will make an exciting investment case for investors looking for opportunities within the mining segment. We have a strong track record of cross listing companies from the Toronto exchange, and can offer an investor audience that is well educated in the commodities space. The dual-listing trend is global, and it is interesting to see how companies can utilize it to complement a regional investor base with a new European audience.”

Mr. Benoit La Salle, CEO of SEMAFO, commented: “Today’s listing on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm is a logical step in our value-creation strategy and will enable us to reach a new investor-base. We have experienced significant growth in the past year and a secondary listing on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm allows us to access a knowledgeable pool of investors looking for exposure in the gold sector.”

Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag is the financial adviser and liquidity provider for SEMAFO.

To view video from today's opening bell with SEMAFO, click here.

To view video interview with SEMAFO's CEO Benoit La Salle, click here.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ OMX's products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

NASDAQ OMX Media contact:

Carl Norell +46 (8) 405 66 39

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