Ahlstrom assesses a possible IPO on the Helsinki Stock Exchange

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Ahlstrom Corporation, a global manufacturer of high performance fiber-based materials, has engaged financial advisors in connection with its consideration of expanding the company's ownership structure. One potential outcome of the evaluation process is an Initial Public Offering and listing of the shares of Ahlstrom on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
"The structural change of Ahlstrom from an industrial conglomerate to a manufacturer of high performance fiber-based materials has now been finalized. The focused business operations together with improved financial performance create a basis for Ahlstrom's owners to evaluate and decide on future options", says Jukka Moisio, President and CEO of Ahlstrom Corporation.
Ahlstrom's financial advisor in the evaluation process is Enskilda Securities.
Ahlstrom is specialized in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance fiber-based materials. Nonwovens and specialty papers produced by Ahlstrom are used in a variety of everyday products, e.g. in filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. The company, whose heritage spans more than 150 years, employs approximately 5 400 people and serves customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on five continents. In 2004, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.57 billion. Ahlstrom Corporation currently has appr. 270 shareholders, the largest shareholder being Antti Ahlströmin Perilliset Oy  (9.4% of the shares). For more information, please visit www.ahlstrom.com.

Ahlstrom Corporation
Jukka Moisio, President & CEO, tel. + 358 10 888 4700, jukka.moisio@ahlstrom.com

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