Interim Management Statement January-September 2017

Highlights during the third quarter

  • Adjusted net asset value*, based on estimated market values for the major wholly-owned subsidiaries and partner-owned investments within Patricia Industries, amounted to SEK 380,140 m. (SEK 497 per share) on September 30, 2017, an increase of SEK 3,404 m., or 1 percent, during the quarter.
  • Reported net asset value1)* amounted to SEK 335,581 m. (SEK 439 per share) on September 30, 2017, an increase of SEK 4,343 m. (SEK 6 per share), or 1 percent, during the quarter.
  • Listed Core Investments generated a total return* of 2 percent. Shares in Ericsson were purchased for SEK 1,245 m., increasing our ownership to 6.6 percent of the capital and 22.2 percent of the votes.
  • Within Patricia Industries, reported sales growth for the major wholly-owned subsidiaries was 7 percent. Organic growth was 3 percent. Mölnlycke distributed EUR 450 m. to Patricia Industries.
  • The value of Investor’s investments in EQT increased by 3 percent in constant currency. Net cash flow from EQT amounted to SEK 340 m.

Financial information, year to date 2017

  • Adjusted net asset value growth and reported net asset value growth, including dividend added back, amounted to 14 percent and 15 percent respectively.
  • Contribution to reported net asset value amounted to SEK 35,504 m. (18,881), of which: Listed Core Investments SEK 43,602 m. (23,595), Patricia Industries SEK -121 m. (2,838), and EQT SEK 1,774 m. (1,392). Dividends paid amounted to SEK 8,411 m.
  • Leverage* (net debt/reported total assets) was 3.4 percent on September 30, 2017 (5.3).
  • Consolidated net sales for the period was SEK 25,430 m. (22,995). Consolidated profit/loss for the period, which includes unrealized change in value, was SEK 45,314 m. (SEK 59.28 basic earnings per share), compared to SEK 24,485 m. (SEK 32.08 basic earnings per share) for the same period 2016.

For further information:

Stefan Stern, Head of Corporate Relations, Sustainability and Communications, Phone 46 8 614 2058, 46 70 636 7417
Magnus Dalhammar, Head of Investor Relations, Phone 46 8 614 2130, 46 73 524 2130

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Investor is the leading owner of Nordic-based international companies, founded by the Wallenberg family a hundred years ago. We own significant minority or majority interests in high quality companies. Through our participation on the boards of directors, we work for continuous improvement of the performance of the companies. With our industrial experience, network and financial strength we strive to make our companies best-in-class. Our cash flow allows us to support strategic initiatives in our companies, capture investment opportunities and provide our shareholders with a dividend. Our Core Investments include listed holdings Atlas Copco, SEB, ABB, Ericsson and the operating subsidiary Mölnlycke Health Care.