SEB has, through redemption, divested all its 344,653,288 class C-shares in Gambro AB ("Gambro"). SEB thereafter owns a total of 442,749 class A-shares and 1,200,485 class B-shares, which together represent 0.5 per cent of the share capital and 0.2 per cent of the voting rights of Gambro.
The class C-shares have been redeemed as part of Gambro's share redemption program, adopted by the Gambro General Meeting on 12 April, 2005.
According to the Listing Agreement with the Stockholm Stock Exchange and the Swedish Industry and Commerce Stock Exchange Committee's Rules concerning the disclosure of acquisitions and transfers of shares etc, a holding of securities in a listed company exceeding or falling below certain specified percentage thresholds shall be disclosed. Apart from strategic acquisitions, this can for SEB occur as part of SEB's securities operations, assistance at share redemption and repurchases programmes or as part of SEB taking over participations for the protection of claims.
The SEB Group is a North European financial group for corporate customers, institutions and private individuals with ten home markets in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Germany, Poland and the Ukraine. SEB has 680 branch offices and 5 million customers, of whom approximately 2 million use the internet for their banking transactions. On 30 June 2005, the Group's total assets amounted to SEK 1,800bn while its assets under management totalled SEK 1,012bn. The Group is represented in some 20 countries around the world and has a staff of about 20,000. Read more about SEB at www.sebgroup.com.