Stockholm, Sweden, April 25, 2008: The Board of Directors of Atlas Copco AB has decided to utilize the mandates to purchase and sell own shares granted yesterday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The decision was taken at the Statutory Board meeting, held immediately after the AGM.
The AGM authorized the Board to decide on the purchase and sale of the company's own shares in order to be able to continuously adapt the capital structure of the company and to give the possibility to transfer shares to the employees and to secure the costs, including social security payments, in connection with the personnel option programs for 2008 and 2006 and with the allocation of synthetic shares as part of the remuneration to the Board members.
The mandates, which are granted until the next AGM, gives the Board authority to decide, on one or more occasions, on the purchase and sale of shares. The shares may only be purchased or sold on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and only be purchased or sold at a price per share within the registered interval at any given point in time. The purchase of shares may be made by maximum the number of series A shares or series B shares or a combination of those that the company’s possession of shares after each purchase does not exceed 10% of the total number of the shares issues by the company.
The company has issued in total 1,229,613,104 shares of which 839,394,096 are series A shares, of which the company holds 6,400,000, and 390,219,008 are series B shares, of which the company holds 2,428,400.
Anders Ullberg, Ulla Litzén and Sune Carlsson will form a Board committee to provide support to Group Management in the implementation of this decision.
For further information please contact:
Love Liman, Media Relations
+46 (0)8 743 8060 or +46 (0)73 231 8060
Atlas Copco discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:45 on April 25, 2008.