SCA to appeal tax authorities decision

SCA to appeal tax authorities decision The tax authorities in Gothenburg have resolved to disallow a tax loss that was recognized by SCA in 1996 in relation to the restructuring of the Group's operations in France. The loss crystallised when the then SCA Mölnlycke AB sold its majority shareholding in Peaudouce SA to Mölnlycke Holding BV, in the Netherlands. Peaudouce SA conducted the branded diaper operations that were sold to Kimberly-Clark in 1996. In accordance with the common interpretation of the relevant laws, legal precedence and that stated view of the Swedish National Tax Board, the loss was reported as a tax-deductible item in the filing for 1996. Due to the tax authorities' decision to disallow the loss, SCA will be subject to a claim for additional tax in an amount of approximately SEK 370 million as well as penalties and fees totalling approximately another SEK 100 million. SCA believe there is no prospect that the decision will stand being contested in legal proceedings and the company will appeal on the decision. As a consequence and after having consulted the Group Auditors, SCA will not reflect the authorities claim in the 1998 financial statements. Stockholm, 23 December 1998 SVENSKA CELLULOSA AKTIEBOLAGET SCA (publ) Corporate Communications For further information please contact: Jan Friman, Accounting and Financial Control. Phone: +46-8-788 5164. ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/12/23/19981223BIT00290/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/12/23/19981223BIT00290/bit0002.pdf

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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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