SAS Interim Report Jan-Sep 01

SAS AB GROUP www.scandinavian.net January - September 2001 On October 8, flight SK686 crashed in Milan and 118 people lost their lives in the worst air disaster in SAS's history. · Recession and weaker demand, which intensified considerably after September 11, are the main reasons for SAS's weak result in the third quarter. · Operating revenue rose 11.2% to MSEK 38,623. · Earnings before depreciation and leasing costs for aircraft (EBITDAR) decreased during the period January-September by 13.3% to MSEK 3,290 (3,794). · Income before taxes amounted to MSEK 7 (1,108). Income for the third quarter was MSEK -213 (343). · Earnings per share for January-September for the SAS AB Group amounted to SEK -0.41 (4.78) and equity per share amounted to SEK 101.78 (98.15). · In addition to the capacity reductions announced earlier of 12%, further capacity cutbacks of 3-5% corresponding to 5 aircraft are under way. · SAS is initiating an extensive action program with an earnings impact of MSEK 3,500 on an annual basis, which will be implemented in 2002 and will counteract an otherwise highly negative earnings trend in 2002. · There is major uncertainty surrounding the future development of passenger traffic. SAS is basing its assessment of results for the full year on traffic volume for the rest of the year remaining at the same level in relation to the previous year as in October. The SAS AB Group's income before taxes, excluding capital gains, is thus expected to be a loss of MSEK 1,500-2,000. This interim report has not been reviewed by the Company's auditors. The complete report can be accessed on www.scandinavian.net PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS In autumn 2001, SAS suffered the worst air disaster in its history. On October 8, flight SK686 crashed in Milan and 118 people lost their lives. Since then, grief and sadness have been felt throughout the company. Our thoughts go to the relatives of those who died and many employees at SAS today are doing their utmost to assist and support the bereaved. External events have also caused severe strain. A weak economy, the terrorist attacks in the U.S., and the subsequent acts of war, have meant that the airline industry finds itself in perhaps its most dramatic period ever. Developments in society - economic, political and social - are fast reflected in travel patterns. Today, uncertainty in this respect is substantial and demand for air travel has fallen significantly. Profitability is being undermined and SAS is forced, in common with other airlines, to take powerful action to minimize the damage and avoid significant losses in 2002 as well. The changes which we are now planning are intended to have a total earnings impact of SEK 3.5 billon on an annual basis by the start of 2003. A large number of SAS employees, approximately 2,500 people, will be redundant in addition to the 800-1,100 already announced. These measures are motivated by an absolute need to achieve a more efficient and less costly structure, which will allow us to conduct a growth strategy when air traffic returns to normal. SAS's financial position remains strong and provides scope for continued implementation of the investment program now under way with replacement and renewal of the aircraft fleet. We have reason, despite the present strained situation, to believe in the future. With one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the industry and through offers which meet customers' expectations with even greater precision, SAS's strengths in areas such as safety, quality and service-minded employees will contribute to a strong, competitive and profitable SAS. SAS AB GROUP NEW GROUP STRUCTURE On May 8, 2001, SAS AB, a newly formed Swedish company, made offers to the shareholders of SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA and SAS Sverige AB to exchange their shares for the same number of newly issued shares in SAS AB. As of June 28, 2001, the offers to shareholders of SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA and SAS Sverige AB had been accepted by shareholders representing more than 90% of the shares in each company. The first day for listing and trading of shares in SAS AB was July 6, 2001. The Board of Directors of SAS AB has requested delisting, and compulsory redemption of outstanding shares in SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA and SAS Sverige AB is under way. When the offers have been implemented and accepted in their entirety, the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish states will own 14.3%, 14.3% and 21.4% respectively of the shares in SAS AB. The remaining 50% of the shares will be owned by private interests Ownership structure after the offers [REMOVED GRAPHICS] NEW ORGANIZATION Starting with the interim report for the period January-September 2001, the SAS AB Group reports on three business areas. · SAS Airline, comprises passenger transport including SAS Commuter, Widerøe's Flyveselskap, Air Botnia and participations in affiliated companies, which are airlines, as well as freight transport (SAS Cargo). · Hotels, consists of Rezidor SAS Hospitality (formerly SAS International Hotels) which conducts hotel operations under the Radisson SAS and Malmaison brands. · Other operations, comprises airport sales (SAS Trading) and a number of business units such as Scandinavian IT Group, SAS Flight Academy, SMART and Jetpak. IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE LAST THREE QUARTERS FIRST QUARTER 2001 · SAS signed an agreement on evaluation of a communications system for wireless Internet access on board aircraft. · The Swedish Market Court decided that EuroBonus points earned on Swedish domestic routes exposed to competition may not be used for bonus offers. SECOND QUARTER 2001 · SAS Cargo was set up as an independent limited liability company. · The shareholders of the three SAS parent companies were invited to exchange their shares for the same number of shares in SAS AB, the newly formed holding company for the SAS Group domiciled in Stockholm. · SAS announced, in agreement with the principal owner of the Norwegian company Braathens, its intention to acquire Braathens' airline operations, excluding Malmö Aviation. THIRD QUARTER 2001 · The first day for listing and trading with shares in SAS AB was July 6, 2001. · The European Commission fined SAS and Maersk Air MEUR 39.375 and MEUR 13.125 respectively for infringement of the EU's competition rules. · The first aircraft from a total of eleven new, larger aircraft for intercontinental traffic, an Airbus A340-300, was delivered. · The Board of Directors of SAS AB announced its intention to resign in conjunction with presentation of the Commission of Inquiry's report on the SAS/Maersk affair. EVENTS AFTER SEPTEMBER 30, 2001 On October 8, flight SK686 crashed in an accident at Milan's Linate airport and 118 people died. SAS is now doing its utmost to support the bereaved. · SAS lowered its forecast for the full-year 2001 due to declining traffic revenues and lower occupancy in Business Class. · SAS decided to reduce its capacity by 12% compared with plan, to introduce measures to improve earnings and to implement a general price increase of 5%. · The Norwegian Competition Authority approved SAS's acquisition of Braathens, thus meeting one of several conditions for completion of this deal. · Rezidor SAS Hospitality has sold its property at Manchester Airport. The capital gain from the sale amounts to approximately MSEK 130. · SAS announced that an agreement had been concluded to increase its holding in Spanair from 49% to 74% of the shares. · At an Extraordinary General Meeting of SAS AB on November 6, a number of major shareholders will propose Egil Myklebust, Berit Kjøll, Fritz H. Schur, Anitra Steen, Lars Reiben Sørensen and Jacob Wallenberg as new members of the Board. Egil Myklebust will be proposed for appointment as Chairman of the Board. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/11/06/20011106BIT00570/bit0001.doc The full report http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/11/06/20011106BIT00570/bit0001.pdf The full report

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