Stock Exchange release April 7, 2006 10:16:36 AM CET

Standard & Poor's changed the outlook to positive on Metso's ratings

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has changed the outlook of Metso's credit ratings from stable to positive. It has confirmed Metso's existing long-term BB+ corporate rating, the BB rating on bonds issued and the EMTN program, as well as the B rating on short-term credits
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.

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