MatchNet plc

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Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers / Criterion Capital Management Has Taken a 7.4% Equity Stake in MatchNet® (E)

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BEVERLY HILLS, California, September 2, 2004 - MatchNet plc, a leading provider of online personals, today announced that Criterion Capital Management, a San Francisco based equity management firm, has purchased 1,708,450 shares of MatchNet. Based on MatchNet’s 23,197,942 shares outstanding, Capital Group’s share position represents a 7.4 percent stake in the company.

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

Media and Investors: Ken Ross Tel.: +1 (323) 658-3010 E-Mail: kross@matchnet.com URL: http://www.MatchNet.com

Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@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, SDAX
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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