's-Hertogenbosch, 25 October 2007 - Liffe, the derivatives market of
NYSE Euronext, announced that trading in options on Heijmans N.V.
shares will begin today. The options, which were introduced in
response to the shares' increased popularity and trading volumes,
will enhance the shares' appeal to investors that wish to hedge their
share positions in order to limit the risks associated with sharp
price fluctuations or, alternatively, benefit from such fluctuations.
Responding to the options listing, Guus Hoefsloot, chairman of the
board of directors of Heijmans, said, "The introduction of options on
Heijmans shares is an important milestone in Heijmans' development as
a listed company, and reflects the growing demand for Heijmans shares
since the company's IPO in 1993. Investors will be able to use the
options to manage risks better, which is completely in line with our
Alan van Griethuysen, executive director of Liffe (NYSE Euronext),
commented, "Heijmans has now taken its rightful place among the group
of successful midcap classes. Heijmans is quintessentially an
international operating Dutch company, and we are delighted with the
introduction of Heijmans options."
The market for Heijmans options will be supported by the much-praised
full-screen central market model that was pioneered in Amsterdam and
has now also been introduced in Brussels, Paris and London. The model
gives investors access to competitive prices throughout the trading
day by ensuring a constant display of bid and offer prices, thus
improving on-screen liquidity, enhancing the quality of the market
and providing added value for customers.
For more information, please contact:
+ 31 73 543 5169
Fons van Lith
+31 6 51314952
+31 20 550 4098
Notes to Editors
Heijmans is a listed Property Development, Building, Infrastructure
and Installation company. Outside the Netherlands, Heijmans operates
in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. At the end of 2006 our
9,189 employees together achieved a revenue of almost ¤ 3 billion and
a profit after tax of ¤ 82.5 million. Our strength lies in the
combination of Property Development, Building, Infrastructure and
Installation. We are a major leading company in this sector,
combining professional and conceptual skills.
Liffe is the NYSE Euronext international derivatives business
comprising derivatives markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Lisbon
and Paris. Liffe offers an unrivalled range of global futures and
options products, which are made available to customers worldwide on
its state-of-the-art trading platform, LIFFE CONNECT®. Business in
derivatives on equities and interest rates, indices and commodities
worth over ¤1,600 billion in total is traded through Liffe every
day, making it the world's second largest derivatives exchange, by
value of transacted business.