Regulatory 2012-06-13 08:00 CET Financial information

Clas Ohlson: Year-end report 1 May 2011 – 30 April 2012

Fourth quarter

* Sales totalled SEK 1,272 M (1,164), up 9%

* Operating profit amounted to SEK 10 M (4)

* Profit after tax was SEK 7 M (0)

* Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.11 (0)

12 months

* Sales totalled SEK 6,260 M (5,828), up 7%

* Operating profit amounted to SEK 561 M (507), up 11%

* Profit after tax was SEK 400 M (364), up 10%

* Earnings per share amounted to SEK 6.29 (5.71), up 10%

* Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 965 M (350)

* Dividend of SEK 4.25 per share (3.75) proposed

Events after the end of the reporting period

* Sales in May totalled SEK 434 M (414), up 5%.

* Resolution by the Board of Directors to exercise the Annual General Meeting’s authorisation to repurchase shares to guarantee LTI 2012.

CEO Klas Balkow comments:

“Higher growth and increased profit in the fourth quarter summarise the 2011/2012 financial year – a year when we continued to strengthen Clas Ohlson in a number of areas. We are capturing market shares in a retail sector that remains weak, improving our earnings and have a strong financial position on which to continue our quest to become a leading European retail chain.

“At the end of the quarter, we launched our new e-commerce platform in Sweden and Norway, which was well received. Continued deployment in Finland and the UK is planned for summer 2012 and we will also initiate preparations to expand into additional markets, initially with e-commerce,” says Klas Balkow, President and CEO.

Analyst and media conference

An analyst and media conference will be held today, Wednesday 13 June. For participation, please visit or

For more information, please contact:

Klas Balkow, CEO and President, Clas Ohlson AB: +46 (0)247-447 55

John Womack, Director of Information and IR, Clas Ohlson AB: +46 (0)247-444 05


The information in this press release comprises information that Clas Ohlson AB (publ) is required to disclose pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on Wednesday, 13, June, 2012.

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