Leif Östling comments his sale of options
At today’s press conference announcing the Scania Year-End Report for 1998, President and CEO Leif Östling issued the following comment regarding his sale of options:
"For personal financial reasons, I have wished to free up capital for a while. On 8 February, I sold 245,000 Scania call options, which was a small portion of my Scania security holdings. This sale occurred after the preliminary report for 1998 was published on 18 January. The sale took place in accordance with the applicable set of rules. I understand that the timing of the sale now appears unfortunate, creating a symbolic value that was never my intention. I very deeply apologize for all of this.
"The sale does not affect my commitment to Scania in any way. My faith in Scania and in our future remains firm and strong. I still own 50,000 shares in the Company which I intend to keep.
"I will be donating the surplus from my sale of options, after capital gains taxation, to the Scania personnel foundation.
"I have informed my Board of Directors and have no other comments."
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