Stock Exchange release February 5, 2004 02:19:21 PM CET

RATING ON METSO CORPORATION PLACED ON CREDIT WATCH BY MOODY'S

Moody's Investors Service has placed the Baa3 long-term debt ratings of Metso Corporation on Credit Watch with negative implications.
 
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.