euro adhoc: MatchNet plc / Restructuring & Recapitalisations / MATCHNET PLC CHANGES ITS NAME TO SPARK NETWORKS PLC / Company Believes the Move Will More Strongly Differentiate It in the Marketplace (E)

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10.01.2005

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., January 10, 2005 - MatchNet plc, a leading provider of online personals in the United States and internationally, today announced that the company has changed its corporate name to Spark Networks plc, effective today. The company’s shareholders approved the name change at its recent Annual General Meeting and, in accordance with the resolution passed at the meeting, the new name was filed and registered today at the Companies House office in London. The company’s Depositary Shares will continue to trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol "MHJG."

The company said it believes the word "Spark" possesses imagery that makes it particularly relevant to the online personals business, and that it expects the Spark Networks name to more sharply distinguish the company in the marketplace. It also said that the new name will be communicated in a contemporary and stylized logotype with orange as its dominant color.

About Spark Networks plc:
Spark Network 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.comTM, CollegeLuvTM.com, Date.caTM, and FaceLink®.com. The company was formed in England in 1998.

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

Further inquiry note:
Elmar Bob
Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88
Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87
E-Mail: elmar@matchnet.com
Guido Pickert

emitter: MatchNet plc Arndtstrasse 51 D-60325 Frankfurt phone: +49(0)69 74093788 FAX: +49 (0) 69 74093787 mail: elmar@matchnet.com WWW: Http://www.matchnet.com ISIN: US5766601042

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