Metso Corporation has been informed about a decrease in the holding of Marathon Asset Management LLP of the paid up share capital of the company. On August 25, 2006, Marathon Asset Management LLP had 7,032,235 Metso shares, which corresponds to 4.96 percent of the paid up share capital. Out of this holding, Marathon Asset Management LLP was in possession of 4,885,862 shares to which they had voting rights. This voting authority represents 3.45 percent of the total voting rights in Metso Corporation.
On the basis of their previous announcement, Marathon Asset Management LLP 's holding was 5.0 percent of the share capital and voting rights on October 8, 2004.
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. www.metso.com
For further information, please contact: Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 204 84 3253 Aleksanteri Lebedeff, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 204 84 3240
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