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Wednesday 26 August, 2009

United Internet Ag

EANS-Adhoc: United Internet sells its directly ...

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EANS-Adhoc: United Internet sells its directly held freenet shares

  ad-hoc disclosure pursuant to section 15 of the WpHG transmitted by euro
  adhoc with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution. The issuer is solely
  responsible for the content of this announcement.


In an over-the-counter transaction, United Internet AG (ISIN DE0005089031) today
sold the 10,798,817 shares (corresponding to 8.43% of voting rights) which it
held directly in freenet AG, Büdelsdorf. The proceeds from the sale amounted to
EUR 93.95 million, corresponding to a price of EUR 8.70 / share.

United Internet expects to post an extraordinary income from the sale of the
freenet shares. Contrary to this positive result, it is currently expected that
the carrying value of shares held by United Internet in Versatel will be written
down in the third quarter due to the falling market price of Versatel shares.
The size of the write-down will depend on the closing Xetra price of the
Versatel AG share on September 30, 2009. As of the current date, United Internet
expects the two aforementioned divergent effects to result in an extraordinary
positive income of around EUR 20 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Together with Drillisch AG, Maintal, United Internet continues to hold
12,751,183 shares (corresponding to 9.96% of voting rights) in freenet AG via
the jointly held company MSP Holding GmbH, in which each company holds a 50%
stake. In addition, Drillisch AG holds shares in freenet AG. The contractual
voting commitment between United Internet and Drillisch remains unchanged, so
that the share of voting rights held by United Internet AG still about 17 %
after the sale of the freenet shares it held directly.

Further inquiry note:
Marcus Schaps
Head of Press and Public Relations
United Internet AG
Elgendorfer Strasse 57
56410 Montabaur
Tel: +49 2602/96-1076
Fax: +49 2602/96-1013
E-mail: [email protected]

emitter:      United Internet AG
              Elgendorfer Straße 57
              D-56410 Montabaur
phone:        +49 (0) 2602 96-1100
FAX:          +49 (0) 2602 96-1013
mail:         [email protected]
sector:       Telecommunications Services
ISIN:         DE0005089031
indexes:      Midcap Market Index, TecDAX, CDAX, HDAX, Prime All Share,
              Technologie All Share
stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt, free trade: Berlin,
              Hamburg, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Hannover, München 
language:     English
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