Stock Exchange release February 17, 2004 02:42:08 PM CET

RATING ON METSO CORPORATION DOWNGRADED TO Ba1 BY MOODY'S

Moody's Investors Service has lowered the long-term ratings of Metso Corporation to Ba1 from Baa3. Ratings were also removed from credit review and the outlook on ratings is considered negative.
 
 
Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). In 2003, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.3 billion and the personnel totaled approximately 27,400. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.
 
 
For additional information, please contact:
Pekka Hölttä, Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasurer, Metso Corporation,
tel. +358 20 484 3195