Sanoma divests its business information services operations Esmerk

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Press Release 13/06/2012  13:15

Sanoma Learning has today sold its business information services company Esmerk Oy to M-Brain Oy for an enterprise value of EUR 10 million. The transaction takes effect immediately.

Esmerk is a provider of information and media monitoring services and it has operations in Finland, France, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, the UK and the US. In 2011, Esmerk's net sales were EUR 10.6 million and EBIT excluding non-recurring items was EUR 1.0 million. Company employs some 190 persons (FTEs).

The divestment is in line with Sanoma's strategy to focus its operations and to concentrate on consumer media and learning. As a result of the transaction, Sanoma will recognise in the second quarter of 2012 a non-taxable non-recurring capital gain of some EUR 6 million.

Additional information: Sanoma's Investor Relations Martti Yrjö-Koskinen, tel. +358 40 684 4643 or ir@sanoma.com

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