SCA carries out hygiene products acquisition in Asia

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SCA carries out hygiene products acquisition in Asia SCA has acquired the Asia-based baby diaper company Drypers for a purchase price on a debt-free basis of SEK 640 M (USD 87 M). The company has its registered office and production in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had sales in 2003 of SEK 550 M. Drypers is the market leader in baby diapers in Malaysia (27%) and Singapore (32%) and also has fast-growing market positions in Thailand and the Philippines. In recent years, markets in the area have shown growth exceeding 5%. Drypers also holds a strong position in the incontinence segment. The company formerly comprised the Asian unit of the Drypers corporation. The operations were purchased in 1999 by Navis Investment Partners, a private-equity company, and the management of Drypers Asia. Through operations being limited to a few product versions and brands, it was possible to significantly reduce complexity in the manufacturing and distribution processes and contributed to Drypers having achieved a costleading position in its markets. Synergies will arise in the incontinence area as the Group's production in the region can be concentrated to the Philippines, as well as in the form of technology support from SCA's other operations in Personal Care. In addition, SCA's sales organization in the area will be coordinated with Drypers'. The acquired company could also form a future platform for an introduction of feminine hygiene products in the area. The acquisition increases SCA's total sales in Australia and Asia to slightly less than SEK 2,000 M, of which about two-thirds is related to hygiene products. Based on an operating surplus in 2003, the EBITDA multiple amounts to 8.3 and the acquisition provides a CVA index of 1.6. The transaction is assessed to have a marginal positive impact of the Group's earnings per share in the first 12 months. Stockholm, 1 March 2004 SVENSKA CELLULOSA AKTIEBOLAGET SCA (publ) Communications and Investor Relations For further information, please contact: Jan Åström, President and CEO. Phone: +46 70-586 07 01. Peter Nyquist, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations. Phone: +46 70-575 29 06. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker The following files are available for download: