Stock Exchange release December 8, 2006 12:02:45 PM CET
Metso draws EUR 100 million EIB loan
Metso Corporation has drawn a EUR 100 million loan from the European Investment Bank. The purpose of the loan, which was agreed in 2004, is to finance R & D activities carried out within Metso. The loan has a floating interest rate, its tenor is 10 years and amortizing will begin in 2010.
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.
For further information, please contact:
Pekka Hölttä, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Treasurer, tel. +358 20 484 3195
Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation,
tel. +358 20 484 3253
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Such factors include, but are not limited to:
(1) general economic conditions, including fluctuations in exchange rates and interest levels which influence the operating environment and profitability of customers and thereby the orders received by the company and their margins
(2) the competitive situation, especially significant technological solutions developed by competitors
(3) the company's own operating conditions, such as the success of production, product development and project management and their continuous development and improvement
(4) the success of pending and future acquisitions and restructuring.