Wärtsilä, SKF and Rautaruukki to sell Ovako

Wärtsilä Corporation, Stock exchange release, 17 July 2006 at 09:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation, AB SKF and Rautaruukki Corporation have signed an agreement to sell the operating companies owned by Oy Ovako Ab to a company owned by the shareholders of Hombergh Holdings BV, WP de Pundert Ventures BV and Pampus Industrie Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG. The transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals and is expected to close in September 2006.

The total price for the shares is approximately EUR 660 million, comprising a cash payment at closing of approximately EUR 535 million, a deferred cash payment of EUR 15 million to be paid in July 2008 and an interest-bearing vendor note of EUR 110 million to be paid within 3-6 years from closing. In addition, the buyer will assume estimated net debt of EUR 40 million at closing, making Ovako’s Enterprise Value approximately EUR 700 million. As a result of the transaction and the subsequent liquidation of Oy Ovako Ab, Wärtsilä will make a tax-free capital gain of approximately EUR 52 million.

The new Ovako was established in May 2005, when the owners combined their long steel businesses into a jointly owned new company. Rautaruukki, SKF and Wärtsilä own 47.0%, 26.5% and 26.5% of Ovako, respectively. With 16 production sites and some 4,600 employees in Europe, Ovako is a leading producer of engineering long steel products for the European rolling bearing, heavy vehicle, automotive and general engineering industries. Pro forma net sales in 2005 amounted to EUR 1.3 billion and pro forma EBIT to EUR 150 million.

Hombergh Holdings BV and WP de Pundert Ventures BV are Dutch holding companies active in among others precast concrete, steel and energy sectors. Pampus Industrie Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG a major player in the German steel industry with 18 factories in Germany and one in Canada.

For further information:

Raimo Lind, Executive Vice President, CFO, Wärtsilä Corporation, phone: +358 400 504 321.