NOTE- Interim report January-September 2005

Quarter 3: Stable operating profit

Operating profit in the third quarter was SEK 21.3 million (17.6). Any effects of reversals of reserves or write-downs had no impact on results. Net revenue for the entire period increased by 30% to SEK 1,075.9 million (826.3). The company is reporting an operating loss of SEK -87.7 million (63.8). As previously reported, restructuring costs and the costs of asset impairment reserves negatively affected operating profit by an approximate total of SEK 128 million.

“The third quarter was characterized by consolidation. We concentrated on capital and cost efficiency and the impact of that effort is evident in the stability of ongoing results. We have also reviewed and improved internal procedures and control systems to secure the business and built a stable platform for future growth,” says CEO Kjell-Åke Andersson.

Arne Forslund was appointed the new chief executive officer effective 1 November 2005. Immediately prior to joining the company, Mr Forslund was Operations Director Europe for Teleflex Morse. He has also held executive positions at companies including Danaher Motion, Ortivus and Siemens-Elema.
Kjell-Åke Andersson remarks: “Now that we are standing on solid ground, I feel confident in handing over the reins to a younger force eminently capable of further developing the company.” Mr Andersson will be available to executive management until summer to ensure continuity and the smooth transfer of industry expertise.

For additional information, please contact:
Kjell-Åke Andersson, CEO, NOTE AB, +46 (0)46-286 92 10 or +46 (0)708-60 81 23
Gunilla Olsson, CFO, NOTE AB, +46 (0)176- 799 05 or +46 (0)709-50 80 71

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