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ÅF has come to an agreement to divest the company's 75 percent share in the
Russian subsidiary Lonas Technologia (Lonas), a move which is expected to have a
positive effect on ÅF's profitability during the second half of 2014.
ÅF is divesting shares in Lonas for a total of SEK 30 million. The buyer is the
Russian company AlmazInvest, a minority shareholder in Lonas. The share transfer
will be completed in July 2014. The sale will result in a capital gain of about
SEK 20 million. The transaction will in parallel have a negative impact on the
income statement in the third quarter due to a translation loss of about SEK 35
million, which was previously recognised in the translation reserve in equity.
The decision to divest Lonas was based on the operation's problems with
profitability and insufficient synergies with the rest of ÅF.
Lonas' accumulated sales for January-June 2014 amounted to SEK 60 million, with
a negative result.
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