SCA Interim Report 1 January-30 September 2003

Interim Report 1 January-30 September 2003 03:3 03:2 03:1 ¹ 0309 ¹ 0209 ² Earnings per share, SEK 4.88 4.87 6.02 15.77 18.21 Cash flow from current 10.70 5.56 7.45 23.17 27.93 operations per share, SEK Net sales, SEK M 21,064 21,231 21,890 64,185 65,617 Earnings after financial 1,603 1,604 1,974 5,181 6,025 items, SEK M Net earnings, SEK M 1,131 1,130 1,395 3,656 4,225 1 Including items affecting comparability, SEK 197 M before taxes and SEK 154 M after taxes. ² Including items affecting comparability, SEK 88 M. Compared with first nine months of 2002 * Net sales amounted to SEK 64,185 M (65,617). * Earnings after tax (net earnings) amounted to SEK 3,656 M (4,225). * Earnings per share amounted to SEK 15.77 (18:21). * The Group's operating profit declined by 16%, of which 9 percentage points as a result of currency movements and 4 percentage points due to higher pension costs. Compared with second quarter of 2003 * Earnings per share amounted to SEK 4.88 (4.87). * Group operating profit unchanged with retained margins for all business areas. Other * Reorganization and rationalization measures in the European hygiene operations. * Nomination Committee appointed. For further information please contact Jan Åström, President and CEO, phone: +46 8 788 5125 Peter Nyquist, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, phone: +46 8 788 5234 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2003/10/30/20031030BIT00540/wkr0001.doc The full report http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2003/10/30/20031030BIT00540/wkr0002.pdf The full report

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The core of SCA’s business is the forest, 2.6 million hectares in northern Sweden. Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others’ forests. We offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. 2016 the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 15,4 bn (EUR 1,6 bn). SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. More information at www.sca.com.

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