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Interim report on Q4 and full-year 2008 summary

February 2, 2009

Tough end to a record year

(unaudited)



Organic order intake declined 19% following significant drop in world-wide demand.


   - 27% decline including cancellations, mainly in mining.


   - Continued aftermarket growth in all business areas.


• Revenues up 12% to MSEK 19 731 (17 549), organic growth 3%.


• Operating profit reached MSEK 3 288 (3 361).


   - Forceful actions to reduce capacity and costs; redundancy costs of MSEK 258 booked in   the quarter.


   - Adjusted operating margin at 18.0% (19.3)


   - Positive currency effect of MSEK 350 compared to previous year.


• Profit before tax amounted to MSEK 3 508 (2 134).


   - Includes an MSEK 939 tax-free capital gain.


• Profit for the period was MSEK 2 919 (1 376).


• Basic and diluted earnings per share were SEK 2.39 (1.12).


• Operating cash flow was MSEK 2 401 (926).


• The Board proposes a dividend of SEK 3.00 per share.


Near-term demand outlook

The current economic situation makes the outlook very uncertain but demand is expected to remain very weak in most industries and regions.


Measures to adapt capacity and costs

The fourth quarter’s actions to adapt capacity and costs to the rapidly deteriorating business environment led to a reduction of employees with about 1 350 in total, and MSEK 258 in redundancy costs. Further reductions will take place, affecting more than 3 000 people globally. Associated redundancy costs are estimated to about MSEK 400, most of which will be affecting the first quarter of 2009. The total reductions in work¬force are expected to give about MSEK 2 000 in annual savings.


Analysts

Ingrid Andersson, Investor Relations Manager,


Phone: +46 8 743 8290 or +46 70 497 8290 ir@se.atlascopco.com


Media

Daniel Frykholm, Media Relations Manager, Corporate Communications,


Phone: +46 8 743 8060 or +46 70 865 8060


media@se.atlascopco.com


Atlas Copco discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act .