Metso Corporation's share capital increase resulting from the subscriptions of year 2000 and year 2001 stock option programs, totaling EUR 9,186,917.30, will be entered in the Trade Register by the end of this week, after which the new shares will be available for trading in the Helsinki Stock Exchange together with the old shares.
The number of shares subscribed through Metso Corporation's year 2000 and year 2001 stock option programs is respectively 4,538,869 and 865,200. The subscription period of shares for both programs expired on April 30, 2005. As a result of the share subscriptions, Metso obtained EUR 71,603,914.25 in new equity.
Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.