MatchNet plc

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Restructuring & Recapitalisations / MATCHNET PLC CHANGES ITS NAME TO SPARK NETWORKS PLC
Company Believes the Move Will More Strongly Differentiate It in the Marketplace

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 10.01.2005 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., January 10, 2005 - MatchNet plc, a leading provider of online personals in the United States and internationally, today announced that the company has changed its corporate name to Spark Networks plc, effective today. The company’s shareholders approved the name change at its recent Annual General Meeting and, in accordance with the resolution passed at the meeting, the new name was filed and registered today at the Companies House office in London. The company’s Depositary Shares will continue to trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol "MHJG." The company said it believes the word "Spark" possesses imagery that makes it particularly relevant to the online personals business, and that it expects the Spark Networks name to more sharply distinguish the company in the marketplace. It also said that the new name will be communicated in a contemporary and stylized logotype with orange as its dominant color. About Spark Networks plc: Spark Network plc’s Global Depositary Shares trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) under the symbol "MHJG". The Spark Networks portfolio of consumer Web sites 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. The company was formed in England in 1998. IR Contact: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@matchnet.com URL: http://www.spark-networks.com end of announcement euro adhoc 10.01.2005 17:25:00 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Further inquiry note: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@matchnet.com Guido Pickert Branche: Online ISIN: US5766601042 WKN: 930129 Index: SDAX, Prime Standard, Classic All Share, Prime All Share Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade Bayerische Börse / free trade Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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