Financial Report July - September 2005

Stable Sales and Operating Margin

(Stockholm, Oct. 20, 2005) – – – During the quarter ended September 30, 2005, Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIV.sdb) – the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems –continued to meet its expectations. Compared to the corresponding quarter 2004, consolidated sales rose by 1% to $1,392 million despite a 6% drop in light vehicle production in Western Europe, Autoliv’s most important market. Operating income and margin stood unchanged at $104 million and 7.5% despite a .4% negative effect from on-going restructuring activities. Earnings per share declined, partly due to one-time tax effects, to 66 cents from 72 cents in the third quarter 2004. Cash flow from operations amounted to $124 million and $59 million after investing activities. Reported sales for the fourth quarter 2005 are expected to decline by 9% due to a 5% negative reporting-day effect and a 4% negative currency effect. Consequently, daily organic sales are expected to remain flat and operating margin approach the level recorded in the same quarter 2004 despite higher steel prices. An earnings conference call will be held today at 3.30 p.m. (CET); call (in Europe) +44-207-947-5033 and (in the U.S.) +1-866-432-7186 to listen in or access under Financial info.

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Autoliv, Inc. is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, and through its subsidiaries develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 66,000 associates in 27 countries. In addition, the Company has 12 technical centers around the world, with 19 test tracks. The Company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on Nasdaq Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at


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