OMX refinances subsidiaries and makes a provision for premises
OMX refinances subsidiaries and makes a provision for premises As a result of the proposed authorization for the Board of Directors of OMX to issue new shares in conjunction with the public offering to the shareholders of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange A/S, OMX has compiled a report on events of material importance to OMXs financial position that have previously been announced via press releases. The report will be available at OMX from January 20, 2005 and will be distributed upon request to shareholders. In conjunction with the issuance of the report, OMX has decided to make a provision for premises and to refinance certain subsidiaries. Refinancing of subsidiaries The parent company will refinance certain subsidiaries as per December 31, 2004, at an amount of approximately SEK 630 million, due to accumulated deficits. OMXs group results and total shareholders equity will not be affected by these measures, as the subsidiaries earlier deficits are included in the groups shareholders equity brought forward and the years deficits are included in the years results. The parent company, OMX ABs, results and shareholders equity will, however, be affected. The Board of Directors proposes that the resulting deficit in OMX AB shall be covered by utilization of restricted reserves. As a result of the refinancing and utilization of restricted reserves, the OMX groups unrestricted reserves will increase, thereby improving future dividend capacity from 2005 and onwards. A decision regarding the abovementioned utilization of restricted reserves will be made at the OMX Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2005. Provision for premises During 2004, OMX has continued to focus on cost savings and streamlining of operations, resulting in a lower number of employees and, consequently, unused office space. The number of employees has decreased by more than 300 during 2004, which is more than was anticipated when launching the restructuring program in 2003. Due to weakened market conditions for subleasing, certain unutilized OMX office space has also been subleased at a lower rent than OMXs contractual lease. As a result, OMX has decided to make a provision of SEK 130 million related to auxiliary premises. The auxiliary premises concern mainly OMX offices in New York and London. The provision will result in a negative effect on OMXs operating income for the fourth quarter 2004. For more information, please contact: Anna Rasin, VP Marketing & Communications +46 8 405 66 12 PDF
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