MatchNet plc

euro adhoc: Spark Networks plc
Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers / US-Investment Firm Criterion continues to invest in Spark Networks plc
Stake reaches 11,07 percent

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31.05.2005

Los Angeles, May 31, 2005 - Criterion Capital Management, a San Francisco based Investment Firm further invested in shares of Spark Networks plc (MHJG: Prime Standard Frankfurt) a leading provider of online personals services. Criterion disclosed to Spark Networks on May 23, 2005, that they have reached the 10-percent stake on April 19, 2005 and currently hold 11,07 percent of Spark Networks' outstanding 25.540.982 shares.

Spark Networks is very pleased with these investments and the confidence this institutional investor has into the companies’ strategy to concentrate on highly profitable niches.

IR Contact: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@spark.net URL: http://www.spark-networks.com

About Spark Networks plc Spark Networks 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.com, SilverSinglesTM.com, CollegeLuv.com, Date.caTM, and FaceLink®.com. The company was formed in England in 1998.

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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@spark.net

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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