On 4 June 2004, in connection with its option programme, Orkla exercised 8,333 options; at a strike price of NOK 135. A total of 1,981,105 options have currently been issued.
Moreover, Orkla has an exposure through a cash-settled financial derivative of 450,000 underlying shares in the hedge position related to the remaining part of the cash bonus programme.
Orkla currently holds 7,590,423 shares. The resolution adopted by the Annul General Meeting to amortise 1,607,151 shares is expected to be carried out in August this year. When the amortisation has been implemented, Orkla will hold a total of 5,983,272 of its own shares.