Interim Report January – September 2004

• Sales in Swedish crowns increased by 1%, to 9,797 MSEK (9,692). In local currencies, sales were up 4%

• Operating income excluding item affecting comparability amounted to 1,628 MSEK (1,693)

• Items affecting comparability amounted to 1,281 MSEK (0) and include a gain from UST settlement of 1,521 MSEK as well as impairment charges and provisions in match operations of 240 MSEK

• Net profit, including items affecting comparability, amounted to 1,596 MSEK (1,228)

• EPS, including items affecting comparability, increased to 4.88 SEK (3.68)


For further information, please contact:

Sven Hindrikes, President and Chief Executive Officer
Office +46 8 658 02 82, Mobile +46 70 567 41 76

Lars Dahlgren, Chief Financial Officer
Office +46 8 658 04 41, Mobile +46 70 958 04 41

Bo Aulin, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Office +46 8 658 03 64, Mobile +46 70 558 03 64

Emmett Harrison, Vice President, Investor Relations (IR)
Office +46 8 658 01 73, Mobile +46 70 938 01 73

Richard Flaherty, Vice President, Business Control & CFO, IR (US)
Office +1 804 302 1774, Mobile +1 804 400 1774

About Us

Swedish Match develops, manufactures, and sells quality products with market-leading brands. Swedish Match’s product areas are Snus and moist snuff, Other tobacco products (cigars and chewing tobacco), Lights (matches, lighters, and complementary products), and Other operations. Production is located in six countries, with sales concentrated in Scandinavia and the US. The Swedish Match share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (SWMA). Swedish Match’s vision is a world without cigarettes. Some of its well-known brands include: General, Longhorn, White Owl, Red Man, Fiat Lux, and Cricket.

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