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Ahlstrom Oyj: Ahlstrom announces its redefined strategy and new long-term financial targets

Ahlstrom Corporation STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE January 29, 2016 at 08.15

Ahlstrom announces its redefined strategy and new long-term financial targets

Ahlstrom announces its redefined strategy and new long-term financial targets
extending to the year 2018 following a comprehensive review. We are committed
to growing and creating stakeholder value by providing the best performing
sustainable fiber-based materials. Our vision is to be our customers' first

The needs of our customers are affected by end-user behavior, which challenges
us to constantly develop and improve fiber-based material solutions. Global
trends -growing global population and scarcity of resources, increased demand
greener and resource-efficient materials, emerging needs in healthcare,
changes in demographics and urbanization
- faced by our customers steer our product offering and provide us with a
wealth of opportunities.

"To be the first choice of our customers, we need to be even better in
anticipating end-user needs," says Ahlstrom's President&CEO Marco Levi. "By
providing innovative solutions, we help our customers succeed."

New roadmap

Ahlstrom's strategy is built on three key success factors:customer focused
solutions with tailor-made products, leading technology and
manufacturing platforms, global reach and local insights.
Our mission is to provide innovative fiber-based materials with a function in
everyday life.

As part of the implementation the company's business structure was simplified
as of the beginning of this year and reorganized into two business areas:
Filtration&Performance and Specialties. The aim of this change is to increase
market and customer focus. Both segments have business unit specific
strategies and operating models. This enables us to provide customer-driven
product development and tailored customer service, cost efficiency, better
allocation of resources, and specific go-to-market approaches.

"We believe that with our strategy we can achieve our vision," Levi
continues. "However, for us to be the best possible partner for our
customers, we need to make a shift in the execution."

The roadmap for execution outlines the change in strategy and is focused on
commercial excellence, a new lean operating model, organic growth via higher
asset turnover and growth via new platforms.

As part of the redefined strategy, the Board of Directors has approved
Ahlstrom's new long-term financial targets over the economic cycle:

* Operating profit margin: Adjusted operating profit margin to be above 8% by
* Gearing: Gearing to be maintained below 100%
* Dividend policy: We aim for a stable dividend, increasing over time, based
on the annual net income performance

The adjusted operating profit margin excludes restructuring costs, impairment
charges, capital gains or losses, and discontinued operations.

Ahlstrom's President&CEO Marco Levi will present the company's strategy and
financial statements today at an analyst and press conference in Helsinki on
Friday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. Finnish time. The event will take place
atAhlstrom's head office, Alvar Aallon katu 3 C
, second floor, Antti meeting room. Financial statements bulletin 2015 will be
presented as well at the event.

The combined webcast and teleconference will be held in English and can be
viewed at the following

Conference call details:

In Finland +358 (0)9 2313 1619
In Sweden +46 (0)8 5065 3933
In the U.K. +44 (0)20 3427 1929

To participate via telephone, please dial a few minutes before the conference
begins. A list of phone numbers for other countries is available
atwww.ahlstrom.com/Investors. The confirmation code is 5738142.

The full strategy presentation in PDF form will be available later today on
the company's websitewww.ahlstrom.com/en/About-Ahlstrom/Strategy/.

For more information, please contact:
Satu Perälampi
VP, Communications
Tel. +358 10 888 4738

Juho Erkheikki
Financial Communications&Investor Relations Manager
Tel. +358 10 888 4731

Ahlstrom in brief

Ahlstrom provides innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday
life. We are committed to growing and creating stakeholder value by proving
the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials. Our products are used
in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and
diagnostics, wallcoverings, tapes, and food and beverage packaging. In 2014,
Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1 billion. Our 3,400 employees serve
customers in 22 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.


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Source: Ahlstrom Oyj via Globenewswire


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