Report January - May 2001

Report January - May 2001 HL Display AB (publ) The Group's net sales for January to May increased by 22% to SEK 422.7 m (346.4) compared to corresponding period 2000. Profit before tax for the period amounted to SEK 31.3 m (16.5). [REMOVED GRAPHICS] January to May 2001 in brief The consolidated sales for January to May increased by 22.0 per cent to SEK 422.7 m (346.4). Operating profit for the period increased by 37.1 per cent and amounted to SEK 29.0 m (21.2). Profit before tax was SEK 31.3 m (16.5). The result was positively affected by exchange gains due to the weakened Swedish Krona. The period's net investments in fixed assets amounted to SEK 21.3 m (24.8). Europe's 500 listing For the forth consecutive year HL Display has been listed on Europe's 500, the list of the 500 fastest growing companies in Europe. The list has been published since 1997 by GrowthPlus, an organisation for European entrepreneurs. Key figures for the Group 1) SEK (000s) 5 months 5 months 5 12 12 12 Full Jan - Jan - May months months months months year May 2001 2000 Jan - June June June 2000 May 2000 1999 - 1998 - 1999 - May May 2000 May 2001 1999 Net sales 422 694 346 444 303 571 950 171 811 324 692 090 873 921 Operating 29 022 21 175 19 778 55 578 56 798 54 999 47 731 profit Profit before 31 293 16 520 15 528 58 868 48 117 52 664 44 095 tax Profit margin, 7.4 4.8 5.1 6.2 5.9 7.6 5.0 % Equity/assets 44.6 48.7 51.0 44.6 48.7 51.0 47.6 ratio, % Investments, 21.3 24.8 30.5 54.6 62.2 66.8 58.1 SEK m Return on - - - 13.0 13.1 15.8 11.0 capital, % Return on - - - 14.8 15.6 16.7 11.6 shareholders' equity, % Shareholders' - - - 32.16 29.02 26.02 31.07 equity per share, SEK Earnings per - - - 5.51 4.53 4.94 4.13 share after standard tax, SEK Earnings per - - - 4.54 4.30 4.12 3.48 share after full tax, SEK 1) For definitions, see the Annual report Reporting dates: Interim report 6 months 2001 16.07.2001 Monthly report 7 months 2001 15.08.2001 Monthly report 8 months 2001 17.09.2001 Interim report 9 months 2001 16.10.2001 Monthly report 10 months 2001 15.11.2001 Monthly report 11 months 2000 17.12.2001 Stockholm 15.06.2001 Anders Remius Managing Director ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/06/15/20010615BIT00540/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/06/15/20010615BIT00540/bit0001.pdf

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