MatchNet plc

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The Capital Group Companies take 5,25 percent stake in MatchNet MatchNet to become component of SDAX Investor Conference Call on the occasion of results 2003 and 1st Quarter 2004 (E)

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Los Angeles, Mai 24th 2004 - MatchNet plc, a leading provider of online personals, today announced that certain funds managed by The Capital Group Companies, Inc., a Los Angeles-based equity management firm with approximately USD 500 billion under management, have purchased 1.175.000 shares of MatchNet.  Based on MatchNet’s 22.372.692 shares outstanding, Capital Group’s share position represents a 5,25 percent stake in the company.

MatchNet in SDAX Separately, MatchNet said that on June 21 the company will become a component of the Deutsche Börse’s SDAX small cap index.

Results 2003 und Q1/2004 MatchNet will report its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2004 and the fiscal year, ended December 31st, 2003 on Thursday, May 27, 2004.  The news release will be followed by an investor conference call available to interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US & Canada) and 6:00 p.m. Frankfurt Time. Call Title: MatchNet First Quarter 2004 Financial Results Toll-Free (United States): +1-877-241-6722 International: +1-706-634-2477 Interested parties may join the call or listen to the replay that will begin approximately three hours after completion of the call and run for one week.

About MatchNet plc: MatchNet plc is one of the world’s largest providers of online dating services. MatchNet is traded on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol "MHJG." The Company’s Global Depository Shares trade under the symbol "MHNZF". The MatchNet network includes AmericanSingles®.com, JDate®.com, JDate.co.il, MatchNet.de, MatchNet.co.uk, MatchNet.com.au, Glimpse.comTM, CollegeLuvTM.com,  Date.caTM, and FaceLink®.com.  MatchNet was incorporated in England in 1998. More information is available at www.MatchNet.com

IR Contact: Ken Ross Tel.: + 1 (323) 658-3010 E-Mail: kross@matchnet.com

Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@matchnet.com URL: http://www.MatchNet.com

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Further inquiry note: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@matchnet.com

Branche: Online
ISIN:      US5766601042
WKN:        930129
Index:    Classic All Share, Prime All Share, Prime Standard
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade



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