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Metso Records a EUR 57 Million One-time Deferred Tax Asset
Helsinki, Finland, 14 June 2006 -- Metso's operating tax loss carry-forwards relating to the U.S. operations amounted to approximately EUR 154 million as of 31 December 2005. Furthermore, Metso had approximately EUR 150 million of deductible temporary timing differences and unused tax credits attributable to its U.S. subsidiaries.

On the basis of Metso's U.S. corporate income tax rate of 39%, the unrecorded deferred tax assets relating to these items amounted to EUR 119 million as of 31 December 2005. The deferred tax assets had remained unrecorded due to the losses of Metso's U.S. operations in previous years and the uncertainty relating to the use of such losses.

Following applicable accounting guidance, Metso has decided to record a one-time deferred tax asset of EUR 57 million through income statement in the second quarter of 2006. The decision is based on the fact that Metso's U.S. operations turned clearly profitable in 2005, and the latest management forecast indicate that the profit before tax in Metso's U.S. operations will continue to be clearly positive in 2006 and 2007.

Excluding this one-time deferred tax asset, Metso Corporation's tax rate in 2006 is estimated to be about 24%. After recording this one-time deferred tax asset, the unrecorded deferred tax assets related to Metso's U.S. operations are estimated to amount to approximately EUR 30 million. These deferred tax assets will be recognized when it is probable that there will be sufficient future taxable income against which they can be used.

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.


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