Sanoma Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, 18 December 2014 at 9:00 CET+1

Sanoma has today signed a sale and purchase agreement with the owners of Hearst Shkulev Media to divest Sanoma Independent Media’s 50% stake in Fashion Press, which publishes popular magazines in Russia such as Cosmopolitan and Esquire.

The transaction is part of the broad strategic review announced by Sanoma in October 2013 to redesign its consumer media operations and assess future options.

The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals including Government Commission on Monitoring Foreign Investment in Russian Federation. Sanoma estimates that the net impact on equity will be around EUR -10 million.

Commenting on the agreement, Sanoma’s President and CEO Harri-Pekka Kaukonen said: “This is another key milestone in implementing our strategy, as we look to focus our resources on our core markets, where we believe we can create the most value for our shareholders. We are confident that the Fashion Press brands, such as Cosmopolitan and Esquire, will be in good hands, and we will continue to assess our strategic options for the remaining assets within Sanoma Independent Media’s portfolio.”

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