- Group net sales were EUR 329.8 (295.6) million, up by 11.6%.
- Operating profit rose by 26.9% to EUR 105.8 (83.4) million.
- Profit before taxes was EUR 105.9 (82.7) million.
- Earnings per share were EUR 0.56 (0.45).
- Equity ratio was 72.8% (65.2%).
- Return on capital employed (ROCE) was 54.2% (44.4%).
Espoo, 7 August 2006
Board of Directors of Orion Corporation
Jukka Viinanen Jari Karlson
President and CEO CFO
Jukka Viinanen, President and CEO, phone +358 10 426 3710
Jari Karlson, CFO, phone +358 10 426 2883, gsm +358 50 966 2883
Press conference in Finnish
A Finnish press conference for the media and institutional investors will be held today, Monday, 7 August 2006, starting at 14.30 p.m. at the VR Auditorium, Helsinki. The language of the event is Finnish.
The Finnish presentation can be followed on-line via the Internet homepage www.orion.fi/sijoittajille, or via the Kauppalehti Live web service, www.kauppalehti.fi/live.
Teleconference in English
A teleconference in English for questions and answers will be arranged today, Monday, 7 August 2006 starting at 17.00 p.m. Finnish time (15.00 GMT). Advice for participating the conference is provided on the front page of www.orion.fi.
A webcast presentation of this proforma financial review will become available in English later in the evening of 7 August on www.orion.fi/investors, on www.kauppalehti.fi/live, as well as via Thomson/CCBN's web service www.fulldisclosure.com or Thomson's extranet service for institutional investors, www.streetevents.com.
Meeting of the shareholders
of the demerged Orion
Monday, 16 October 2006 at 16.00 p.m. (18.00 GMT), Helsinki Fair Center
Interim Report 7-9/2006
(proforma figures for 1-6/2006 and 1-12/2005)
Thursday, 2 November 2006
Capital Markets Day
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 at 13.00 p.m. GMT, London
The financial reviews, reports and the related presentation material of Orion are available on the homepage www.orion.fi/investors as of publication. The homepages also provide a facility for registration on the respective companies' mailing lists for publications and news releases.