Stock Exchange Release

Altia lowers its guidance for 2018

Altia Plc Stock Exchange Release 14 December 2018 5:00 pm EET

Altia lowers its guidance for 2018

Altia lowers its earlier guidance for the comparable EBITDA in 2018. Altia estimates that its comparable EBITDA is expected to be below last year’s level.

Altia Plc Stock Exchange Release 14 December 2018 5:00 pm EET

Altia lowers its guidance for 2018

Altia lowers its earlier guidance for the comparable EBITDA in 2018. Altia estimates that its comparable EBITDA is expected to be below last year’s level.

Underlying sales is developing according to expectations. However, the earlier reported challenging operating environment has put some additional pressure on Altia’s fourth quarter and impacted profitability more than anticipated.

Additionally, based on a preliminary outcome of a tax audit in Finland Altia is making a provision of EUR 0.5 million on excise tax class revision of two products. Altia is considering measures to contest the outcome.

To improve profitability, Altia has decided to take steps with further price adjustments on top of ongoing revenue management at the beginning of the year in consumer products according to the pricing windows in the monopolies. Further, Altia has already initiated measures to improve cost efficiency.

Updated guidance for 2018:

The comparable EBITDA for 2018 is expected to be below last year’s level.

The comparable EBITDA for 2017 was EUR 42.4 million.

Earlier guidance from 23 February 2018:

The Group’s comparable EBITDA is expected to improve or be at the 2017 level.

Next financial report:

Altia publishes its financial statements bulletin for 2018 on 7 February 2019. The silent period preceding the publication of the financial statements bulletin begins on 9 January 2019.

ALTIA PLC

Pekka Tennilä

Further information:

Pekka Tennilä, CEO

Contacts:

Analysts and investors: Tua Stenius-Örnhjelm, Investor Relations, tel. +358 40 748 8864

Media: Petra Gräsbeck, Corporate Communications, tel. +358 40 767 0867

Distribution:

Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd

Principal media

www.altiagroup.com

More information and contact:
Tua Stenius-Örnhjelm
Investor Relations Manager
tua.stenius-ornhjelm [at] altiagroup.com