Third quarter 2008

The quarter (Unless otherwise stated, this report relates to continuing operations, i.e. excluding the tubular business)*)
• Sales increased by 29% to SEK 13,399 (10,358) million, of which the North American Division accounted for SEK 4,244 (2,510) million
• Operating profit was SEK 2,640 (1,380) million, of which the North American Division accounted for SEK 827 (543) million. Excluding non-recurring items, the operating profit was SEK 2,640 (1,939) million
• Profit after financial items was SEK 2,734 (885) million and, excluding non-recurring items, was SEK 2,734 (1,705) million
• Profit after tax was SEK 1,943 (643) million, an increase of 202%, entailing earnings per share of SEK 5.91 (2.11)
• Cash flow from current operations for the entire operation was SEK 903 (557) million, an increase of 62%
• The net debt/equity ratio increased during the quarter from 42% to 46% due to the negative impact the foreign currency translation had on the USD-based financing

Nine months (Unless otherwise stated, this report relates to continuing operations, i.e. excluding the tubular business)*)
• Sales increased by 46% to SEK 41,266 (28,237) million, of which the North American Division accounted for SEK 12,262 (2,510) million
• Operating profit was SEK 8,537 (5,349) million, of which the North American Division accounted for SEK 2,162 (543) million. Excluding non-recurring items, the operating profit was SEK 8,423 (5,870) million
• Profit after financial items was SEK 8,112 (4,871) million and, excluding non-recurring items, was SEK 7,852 (5,653) million
• Profit after tax was SEK 5,675 (3,523) million, an increase of 61%, entailing earnings per share of SEK 17.23 (11.97)
• Cash flow from current operations for the entire operation was SEK 4,021 (2,230) million, an increase of 80%
• The return on capital employed for the most recent twelve-month period was 19 (18)% and, on equity, 25 (22)%


*)The discontinued operations have been removed from the income statements and are reported solely as Profit after tax for discontinued operations. The balance sheet includes the discontinued operations up until divestment on 12 June 2008. The result for the discontinued operations has been affected by interest expenses corresponding to the net sale proceeds received in conjunction with the disposal. The North American Division is included in the Group commencing 18 July 2007.

The CEO's comments
Notwithstanding that the third quarter is normally a weak quarter, SSAB demonstrated a continued, very positive earnings trend. The North American operations made a very significant contribution to the positive trend and the integration is going according to plan. With the third quarter, we have fully compensated ourselves for the significant price increases on raw materials earlier this year.
The cash flow for the quarter was satisfactory, particularly taking into consideration the negative impact of payment during the quarter of retroactive price increases on raw material attributable to the first half of the year in the amount of approximately SEK 750 million.
It is our assessment that there will be a decrease in our volumes for the rest of the year. It appears that the prices of our niche products will continue to be stable while the prices of our commercial steels are expected to decrease slightly.
It is very difficult to evaluate the impact of the financial instability on the steel industry. The fact that the steel industry's co-operation organization, World Steel Association, recently declined to make a forecast regarding the performance of the steel market during 2009 underscores the difficulty in assessing how the world market for steel will develop.
Our concentration on niche products makes us less sensitive to negative economic trends. Even if growth in steel consumption as a whole declines, the motivating forces for a substitution from simpler steel to more advanced high strength steel remain.

Olof Faxander, President and CEO

About Us

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products and servicesdeveloped in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainableworld. SSAB has employees in over 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finlandand the US. SSAB is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm and has asecondary listing on the Nasdaq OMX in Helsinki. www.ssab.com

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