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2017-02-03

ÅF AB: ÅF AB Interim Report January-December 2016

For further information:

Jonas Wiström, President and CEO, +46 70 608 12 20
Stefan Johansson, CFO, +46 70 224 24 01

Increased profit and continued growth

Comment from Jonas Wiström:
ÅF's operating profit for both the fourth quarter and the full year was the
highest ever. The high profit and pace of acquisitions, coupled with the fact
that this year Universum ranked us Sweden's most popular employer among
postgraduate engineers gives us a solid platform for continued growth in
2017.

Fourth quarter 2016

* Net sales amounted to SEK 3,138 million (2,717)
* Operating profit, excl. items affecting comparability, was SEK 297 million
(257)
* Operating margin, excl. items affecting comparability, was 9.5 percent
(9.5)
* Operating profit totalled SEK 302 million (261)
* Operating margin was 9.6 percent (9.6)
* Profit after tax totalled SEK 221 million (191)
* Earnings per share, before dilution: SEK 2.84 (2.46)

January-December 2016

* Net sales amounted to SEK 11,070 million (9,851)
* Operating profit, excl. items affecting comparability, totalled SEK 964
million (832)
* Operating margin, excl. items affecting comparability, was 8.7 percent
(8.4)
* Operating profit totalled SEK 965 million (839)
* Operating margin was 8.7 percent (8.5)
* Profit after tax totalled SEK 711 million (609)
* Earnings per share, before dilution: SEK 9.32 (7.81)
* The Board proposes a dividend for 2016 of SEK 4.50 per share (3.75)

COMMENTS BY THE CEO

ÅF's operating profit for both the fourth quarter and full year 2016 was the
highest ever. Excluding items affecting comparability, operating profit for
the quarter amounted to SEK 297 million (257), a rise of 16 percent.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to see healthy growth, with a sales increase of
15 percent. In line with ÅF's strategy, a number of acquisitions were carried
out in Q4 that have reinforced the company's presence in Denmark and
Switzerland. Norway is seeing persistent growth, which totalled over 40
percent in 2016.

ÅF believes there is a slight improvement in the market outlook compared with
the year-earlier period. There is continued strong demand from certain parts
of the industrial sector, primarily in the automotive, pulp, food and
pharmaceutical industries. Meanwhile, demand in infrastructure planning is
strong in both roads and railways, as well as the construction sector. There
has been a rise in demand within renewable energy, transmission and
distribution, and there were indications that the weak mining, steel and
nuclear power industries were stabilising.

The Industry Division is exhibiting profitable growth. The automotive business
in China is continuing to perform well and in the fourth quarter ÅF also won
a three-year assignment for AB Volvo in Brazil. The Industry Division
strengthened its offering through the acquisition of Reinertsen's Swedish
chemicals and petrochemicals business, with just over 100 employees.

The Infrastructure Division is gaining market share on the robust
infrastructure market and experiencing healthy growth of 27 percent.
Profitability remains stable at over 10 percent, although investments mainly
in Norway have had a negative impact on profitability in the short term.
Demand for the division's services is high throughout Scandinavia. Growth in
Norway is continuing and the business in Denmark is being strengthened
through the acquisition of the company Midtconsult.

The International Division finished the year on a high, as is usual for this
time of year. The market for power production in Europe remains weak, while
demand in Africa and Southeast Asia is persistently strong. Q4 saw the
acquisition of Edy Toscano, a leading engineering and consultancy firm in
Switzerland, operating primarily within infrastructure. The acquisition makes
ÅF one of the largest engineering and consultancy companies in Switzerland.
ÅF is also broadening its energy offering via the acquisition of the
international solar energy company Aries.

The Technology Division continues to grow, mainly organically, with
persistently healthy profitability. Demand for embedded systems and digital
solutions remained high, particularly in the automotive industry. ÅF's wide
ranging industry expertise and the Technology Division's in-depth knowledge
of application and systems development for the interconnected world combine
to produce a solid offering within digital transformation. This
digitalisation expertise will be an increasingly significant feature of ÅF's
overall offering for clients within the fields of industry, infrastructure
and energy.

The strong end to the year meant that operating profit excluding items
affecting comparability amounted to SEK 964 million (832) in 2016, an
increase of 16 percent. The pace of acquisitions has been high in 2016 and a
total of 15 companies were acquired, with combined sales totalling SEK 1.5
billion. The acquisitions have positioned ÅF for further growth primarily in
Norway, Denmark and Switzerland, as well as in new fields, such as
architecture with the acquisition of sandellsandberg.

The acquisitions completed in 2016 secures a good growth in 2017. Combined
with our financial earnings and ÅF's strong ranking as an attractive employer
for postgraduate engineers, this provides the company with a solid platform
for continued growth in 2017. The target for 2020 remains: generate net sales
of at least EUR 2 billion and achieve an operating margin of at least 10
percent over a business cycle.

Group Head Office:
ÅF AB (publ), SE-169 99 Stockholm, Sweden
Visitors' address: Frösundaleden 2, 169 70 Solna, Sweden
Tel. +46 10 505 00 00 Fax +46 10 505 00 10
www.afconsult.com/info@afconsult.com

Corporate ID number 556120-6474

This information is information that ÅF AB (publ) is obliged to make public
pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for
publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 3
February at 11.30 am CET.

All assumptions about the future that are made in this report are based on the
best information available to the company at the time the report was written.
As is the case with all assessments of the future, such assumptions are
subject to risks and uncertainties, which may mean that the actual outcome
differs from the anticipated result.

This is a translation of the Swedish original. The Swedish text is the binding
version and shall prevail in the event of any discrepancies.

The full report including tables (pdf) is available for download.

Interim Report January-December 2016
http://hugin.info/1253/R/2075851/780583.pdf

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