Six-months report January - June 1999

Interim Report ¤ Net sales increased by 55% to SEK 398.2 million (257.4). ¤ Profit after financial items increased to SEK 29.0 million (10.1). ¤ Profit per share after taxes increased to SEK 2.76 (0.96). ¤ The electronic company HP Tronic was consolidated on July 1, 1999. ¤ A warrant program for employees was implemented during this period. Net Sales, Profit and Profitability PartnerTech has continued to experience positive growth even during the second quarter, mainly in the industry areas Telecommunications and Information technology. The primary reason is the increased general demand in the market, but also PartnerTech´s success to increase it´s volumes with a number of important customers. Volume growth is the main reason for the profit trend, however, a number of cost-saving projects have also had some importance. The group's net sales for the first six months in 1999 were SEK 398.2 million (257.4). Profit after financial items for the period January - June 1999 were SEK 29.0 million (10.1). Return on operating capital was 43.8% (17.8%), where the return on equity also rose to 44.2% (19.8%). Market Trends The fast growth, where more and more large companies subcontract their production to contract manufacturers, continues with increased strength. PartnerTech's position as one of the most complete subcontractors in the swedish market provides the company with an excellent position for continuing its growth. The customers expect the suppliers to follow and manufacture in those countries where the customers run businesses. PartnerTech intends to participate in this internationalization. Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Investments On June 30, 1999, working capital was SEK 67.5 million (114.1), which is a decrease of 40.8% compared with the corresponding time in 1998. The explanation for this can be found, for instance, in that a number of business transactions that required large inventories have been discontinued or have been changed at the same time as accounts payable have increased, which is mainly due to an increase in sales volume. Since the turn of the year the decrease was SEK 28.9 million. The group's liquid assets for June 30, 1999 were SEK 45.9 million (0.5), which is an increase of SEK 45.5 million during the period. Net loan debt decreased during the first six months by SEK 42.4 million and amounted to SEK 22.1 million (74.5) on June 30. Net investments during the period amounted to SEK 10.9 million (5.2). The equity/assets ratio was 33.1% (30.8%) on June 30, 1999. Employees The average number of employees during the first six months was 572 people (521). Acquisitions The assets and liabilities from the electronic company HP Tronic AB were acquired in June. The acquired business will be consolidated from July 1, 1999. Payment for the acquisition will be made in the third quarter. The acquisition broadens the group's customer base with customers such as Astra Zeneca, Bentone, Electrolux, Getinge, Kalmar Industries, Strålfors, Svedala, and creates conditions for improving production flexibility and structure. The acquired business has annual sales of SEK 100 million and will already this year have some positive impact on the profit per share. Financial Information The interim report for the third quarter will be released on October 26, 1999. PartnerTech AB, August 11, 1999 Mikael Jonson President & CEO Telephone: +46 120 810 01 Cell phone: +46 70 678 10 01 Fax: +46 120 815 82 E-mail: Internet: ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit for further information The following files are available for download: The full report The full report

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PartnerTech develops and manufactures products under contract for leading companies, primarily in Defense and Maritime, Industry, Information Technology, MedTech and Instrumentation, CleanTech and Point of Sale Applications. With upwards of 1,300 employees at its plants in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China, PartnerTech reports annual sales of more than SEK 2 billion. PartnerTech AB (, the parent company, has its head office in Vellinge, Sweden, and is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm Exchange.