YEAR-END REPORT FOR 2005

Quarter Full year MSEK 4-05 3-05 4-04 2005 2004 Net 4,235 4,082 4,042 16,319 15,653 turnover Operating 570 590 352 1,973 1,952 profit Profit 397 371 249 1,256 1,275 after tax Earnings 4.7 4.4 2.9 14.8 15.1 per share (after dilution), SEK Return on 10.0 9.6 6.5 8.0 7.9 equity, % The Group’s net turnover amounted to MSEK 16,319 (2004: 15,653). Profit after tax was MSEK 1,256 (1,275). Earnings per share after dilution amounted to SEK 14.8 (15.1). The return on equity was 8.0 % (7.9). The operating profit was MSEK 1,973 (1,952). Higher prices for newsprint and magazine paper had a favourable effect on the result, while costs of energy, chemicals and transports increased significantly. The fourth quarter operating result was MSEK 570, which was MSEK 20 lower than for the previous quarter. The Board proposes that a dividend of SEK 11 per share be paid. For the previous year the dividend paid was SEK 10. The market situation for newsprint in Europe remained good during the fourth quarter. Holmen Paper’s full-year deliveries increased by 2 % in relation to the previous year. Negotiations on price increases are in progress. The market situation for virgin fibre board in Europe remained good during the fourth quarter. Iggesund Paperboard’s full-year deliveries were 2 % lower than in the previous year owing to lower production. Prices were stable. Stockholm 2 February 2006 Magnus Hall President and CEO This report has not been examined by the company’s auditors. The interim report for January-March 2006 will be published on 27 April. The 2006 AGM will be held in Stockholm at 4.00 pm on 28 March. For further information please contact: Magnus Hall, President and CEO, tel +46 8 666 21 33 Anders Almgren, CFO, tel +46 8 666 21 16 Christer Lewell, Public Relations Director, tel +46 8 666 21 15

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Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures paperboard, paper and wood products and runs forestry and energy production operations. In 2016 Holmen’s net sales were SEK 15.5 billion and the group has approx. 3 000 employees. Holmen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. For more information, visit holmen.com

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