SOURCE: VAN DER MOOLEN HOLDING N.V.

January 24, 2008 01:22 ET

Van der Moolen announces intention to buy back shares

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) -



Van der Moolen Holding NV announces its intention to buy back its common shares upto a maximum of 10%, or 4.6 million shares. At the current market price this represents a total amount of Euro 9.2 million.

The share buy back initiative is following the release of the net liquid asset requirements in the US. This requirement was lifted when the US subsidiary of VDM terminated its market making activities at the New York Stock Exchange in December 2007.

The purpose of the share buy back is to further optimize the capital structure of the group, reduce the cost of capital, while retaining sufficient capital to fund the significant growth plans as well as to retain a small war chest for potential acquisitions.

The share buy back is expected to be effectuated in the nearby future. VDM will provide regular progress updates on its website.

For more information about Van der Moolen, please visit www.vandermoolen.com or contact Investor Relations/Corporate Communications, telephone +31 (0)20 535 6789.


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