EQT sells remaining shares in Symrise AG

EQT III (“EQT”) today announced that it has sold its remaining stake of 15.9% in Symrise AG via a placement by Deutsche Bank. EQT invested in the business more than four years ago, developed it into the 4th largest producer of flavours and fragrances worldwide and floated Symrise in December last year.

Bjørn Høi Jensen, Senior Partner at EQT Partners, said: “EQT acquired Haarmann & Reimer and Dragoco in 2002, successfully integrated the two companies and used their complementary core competencies and technologies to create one of the global leaders in this market. Over four years as shareholders, we saw the company prospering in market share, sales and profits, and we are very pleased about how Symrise has continued to develop since its stock market debut back in December 2006”.

Symrise was floated in December 2006 where EQT III reduced its initial stake of 52 percent to 15.9 percent of the share capital. Since its initial trading share price of EUR 17.25, the company increased its market value by 22%.

Bjørn Høi Jensen, Senior Partner, EQT Partners,
+45 33 12 12 36, bjorn.jensen@eqt.dk

Johan Hähnel, Communications & PR,
+46 706 056 334, johan.hahnel@eqt.se

This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation for an offer to buy any securities.

These materials are not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Any securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the Securities Act), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or pursuant to an available exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Any public offering of securities of Symrise AG to be made in the United States would have to be made by means of a prospectus that could be obtained from Symrise AG and that would contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements. Neither Symrise AG nor EQT III Fund intends to register any securities referred to herein in the United States.

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