Reference is made to previous notices to the Oslo Stock Exchange, concerning Orkla`s derivatives position in connection with hedging of the Group`s option programmes.
On 12 January 2009 Orkla reduced its hedge position in financial, cash-settled derivatives linked to the Orkla share price, by the equivalent of 500 000 underlying shares, to 900 000 underlying shares. The transaction was effected at a share price of NOK 46,08.
Orkla has a total of 10 277 000 options currently issued in addition to 459 000 synthetic options in the remaining part of the cash bonus programme.
Orkla currently holds 11 917 004 treasury shares.
Oslo, 13 January 2009
Lars Røsæg, Investor Relations,
Tel.: +47 2254 4426