Interim Report January - March 2009


Interim report for the three months ended 31 March 2009

- Revenue for the quarter fell by 28 per cent at fixed exchange rates and 17 per
cent in Swedish kronor (SEK), and amounted to SEK 1,351 M (1,632). 
- First quarter profit was charged with one-time costs of SEK 29 M related to
workforce reductions.
- As a result of significantly decreased volumes, operating profit for the
quarter declined to SEK 95 M (403).
- Operating margin was 7.0 per cent (24.7).
- Profit after tax was SEK 54 M (274).
- Earnings per share were SEK 0.37 (1.89).

Comments from the CEO

“Seco Tools posts a sharp drop in revenues for the first quarter. The weaker
demand situation is fairly evenly spread across both mature and emerging
markets. Our opinion is however that we continue to develop stronger than the
average market.

The cost adaptations we announced in November and February are proceeding
according to plan, and will all in all reduce the company's annual cost level by
around SEK 500 M. The cost reduction programmes include among other things a
reduction of our global work-force by around 800 positions. Consolidated profit
for the quarter includes one-time costs of SEK 29 M arising from the
redundancies that were announced in February.  

Operating margin for the first quarter was 7.0 per cent (24.7) including the
one-time costs described above. The decrease compared to the previous year is
otherwise mainly attributable to the fall-off in sales and a lower production
volume. The period's lower earnings have been somewhat offset by the effects of
the cost-cutting programme and positive foreign exchange effects.

Present demand situation is affected by inventory reduction among our
end-customers, a trend that is expected to continue until after the summer. The
outlook for the full year is very difficult to assess and we see no indications
of an improved demand scenario at present.” says Kai Wärn, President and CEO of
Seco Tools.

For additional information contact Kai Wärn, President and CEO, (Tel: +46
223-401 10) or Patrik Johnson, CFO, (+46 223-401 20. E-mail can be sent to 

Previously published financial information can be found under “Investor
Relations & Corporate Governance” on the Seco Tools website (
Seco Tools AB's corporate registration number is 556071-1060 and the company's
address is Seco Tools AB, SE-737 82 Fagersta, Sweden. The telephone number to
the Group head office is +46 223-400 00.