Clichy, Wednesday June 29th, 2005 – 6.00 p.m.
The Board of Directors of L’Oréal, which met on June 29th, 2005 under the chairmanship of Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, noted that the share buyback programme launched on June 15th, 2004, under which twenty one millions eight hundred and forty thousand shares have been bought back for an amount of one billion two hundred and fifty millions euros, had been completed. The Board of Directors decided, in application of the resolution approved by the Annual General Meeting of April 26th, 2005, to carry out further buybacks of L'Oréal shares over the next twelve months for a maximum amount of one billion two hundred and fifty millions euros.
The shares thus bought back will be cancelled. This programme could of course be interrupted in the event of a strategic opportunity.
"This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, L'Oréal shares. If you wish to obtain more comprehensive information about L'Oréal, please refer to the public documents registered in France with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (also available in an English language version on our Internet site www.loreal-finance.com). This news release may contain some forward-looking statements. Although the Company considers that these statements are based on reasonable hypotheses at the date of publication of this release, they are by their nature subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated or projected in these statements."
Contacts at L'ORÉAL
Shareholders and market authorities
Mr Jean-Régis CAROF
Analysts and institutional investors
Mrs Caroline MILLOT
Mr Mike RUMSBY
tel : +18.104.22.168.76.71
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