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SKF Half-year report 2010

2010 Juli 15, 08:00 CET

Tom Johnstone, President and CEO:
"Our sales developed positively in the quarter driven primarily by a continued strong automotive business and an improvement in the industrial business. The very good sales development and higher manufacturing level combined with the cost reduction activities undertaken resulted in a strong result for the SKF Group, a record in terms of operating profit and operating margin.

In the third quarter we expect a continued good level of sales for the Group being significantly higher than last year. All regions and divisions will see good growth even if we expect lower sales to the car industry in Europe. Manufacturing will be kept at the same level as the second quarter which means it will be significantly higher than last year."

Q2 2010
Q2 2009
YTD 2010
YTD 2009
Net sales, SEKm15,70914,16730,15529,016
Operating profit, SEKm2,2394743,9411,242
Operating margin, %14.33.413.14.3
Operating margin excl. restructuring, %14.36.913.46.6
Profit before taxes, SEKm2,0473123,551843
Net profit, SEKm1,4513232,521717
Basic earnings per share, SEK3.090.695.361.55
The increase of 10.9% in net sales for the quarter, in SEK, was attributable to:
volume 16.6%, price/mix -0.5% and currency effects -5.2%.

For the first half year, the increase of 3.9%, in SEK, was attributable to:
volume 10.8%, price/mix -0.4% and currency effects -6.5%.

Outlook for the third quarter of 2010
Development compared to third quarter last year
The demand for SKF products and services is expected to be significantly higher for the Group, the divisions and for the different geographical areas.

Development compared to the second quarter 2010 and adjusted for normal seasonality
The demand is expected to be slightly higher for the SKF Group in total. It is expected to be unchanged in Europe, slightly higher in North America and higher in Asia and Latin America. For the Automotive Division it is expected to be relatively unchanged and for the Industrial Division and Service Division it is expected to be slightly higher.

Manufacturing level
The manufacturing level will be significantly higher year on year and relatively unchanged compared to the second quarter, adjusted for normal seasonality.

Göteborg, 14 July 2010

Aktiebolaget SKF

Tom Johnstone                                        
President and CEO, Board member              

Leif Östling
Ulla Litzén
Board member
Winnie Fok
Board member
Hans-Olov Olsson
Board member
Lena Treschow Torell
Board member
Peter Grafoner
Board member
Lars Wedenborn
Board member
Joe Loughrey
Board member
Jouko Karvinen
Board member
Lennart Larsson
Board member
Kennet Carlsson
Board member


AB SKF may be required to disclose the information provided herein according to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.00 (CEST) on 15 July 2010.

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