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Kemira Oyj's Interim Report January-March 2014: Solid performance in core businesses

Kemira Oyj

Stock Exchange Release
April 23, 2014 at 8.30 am (CET+1)
This is a summary of the January-March 2014 Interim report. The complete
January - March 2014 Interim report with tables is attached to this release
and available

* Reported revenue decreased 6% to EUR 529.9 million (560.9), due to
divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Organic revenue growth
reached 2%.
* Operative EBIT decreased 14% to EUR 36.3 million (42.2) with a margin of
6.9% (7.5%), mainly due to decreased result in ChemSolutions.
* Operative EBIT, excluding the impacts of food and pharmaceuticals business
(divested on March 1, 2013) and formic acid business (divested on March 6,
2014), increased 12% to EUR 37.0 million (33.0) with a margin of 7.3%
(6.5%). The corresponding operative EBITDA improved to EUR 58.3 million
(53.0) with a margin of 11.4% (10.4%).
* The reported earnings per share increased to EUR 0.28 (0.01), mainly due to
a capital gain related to the divestment of formic acid business.
Comparable period was impacted by a write-down related to the divestment of
shares in the Joint Venture Sachtleben.
* Kemira maintains its outlook for 2014.

Kemira's President and CEO Wolfgang Büchele:

"Kemira's reported revenue declined due to the divestments announced in the
fourth quarter of 2013 and due to continued unfavorable currency development.
As a result of the divestments, Kemira continued to shift towards businesses
with a higher growth profile.

The financial performance of our core segments was solid with organic revenue
growth of 4% and operative EBIT improvement of 12%. Stable profitable growth
continued in Paper and organic growth accelerated in Oil&Mining.
Municipal&Industrial reported a fifth consecutive quarter with improved
operative EBIT margin (year-on-year comparison).

Group's operative EBIT was impacted by a very weak de-icing season, resulting
in a reduced operative EBIT of ChemSolutions' formic acid business. The
divestment of formic acid business was completed during the quarter, marking
the last major step of our transformation into a company that focuses on
water quality and quantity management. Going forward, Kemira's business
portfolio will be based on three core segments; Paper, Oil&Mining and
Kemira is currently the only global chemical company committed to the water
intensive pulp and paper industries. During the quarter, we further
strengthened our position by announcing the acquisition of BASF's AKD
emulsion business. The transaction will support our leading market position
in sizing chemicals and enable an improved offering to our Paper customers on
the continental European market. In addition, we are investing in the
expansion of our sizing and strength chemicals production at our Telêmaco
Borba plant in Paraná, Brazil.

As an important milestone of our continuous efficiency measures, we
inaugurated in March our Business Service Center in Gdansk, an excellent
example of the process optimization and cross-functional collaboration.

Looking ahead, we are confident that we will reach the set organic revenue
growth and operative EBIT targets for 2014. This is supported by a
streamlined strategic portfolio and a clear focus on growth in Paper and
Oil&Mining, as well as on cash optimization in Municipal&Industrial."


|EUR million Jan-Mar 2014 Jan-Mar 2013 2013 |
|Revenue 529.9 560.9 2,229.1 |
|Operative EBITDA 57.5 63.5 251.9 |
|Operative EBITDA, % 10.9 11.3 11.3 |
|EBITDA 77.7 61.1 141.9 |
|EBITDA, % 14.7 10.9 6.4 |
|Operative EBIT 36.3 42.2 164.2 |
|Operative EBIT, % 6.9 7.5 7.4 |
|EBIT 54.3 39.2 42.6 |
|EBIT, % 10.2 7.0 1.9 |
|Share of profit or loss of associates 0.0 -1.2 -1.1 |
|Financing income and expenses -5.3 -24.7 -39.0 |
|Profit before tax 49.0 13.3 2.5 |
|Net profit 43.1 2.8 -25.9 |
|Earnings per share, EUR 0.28 0.01 -0.21 |
|Operative earnings per share, EUR 0.15 0.17 0.70 |
|Capital employed* 1,322.2 1,595.6 1,366.5 |
|Operative ROCE* 12.0 9.9 11.9 |
|ROCE* 4.4 2.2 3.0 |
|Capital expenditure 25.6 29.0 197.5 |
|Cash flow after investing activities 130.3 189.9 195.7 |
|Equity ratio, % at period-end 50 50 51 |
|Gearing, % at period-end 30 30 41 |
|Personnel at period-end 4,267 4,662 4,453 |
*12-month rolling average (ROCE, % based on the reported EBIT)
Definitions of key figures are available>Investors>Financial
information. Comparative 2013 figures are provided in parentheses for some
financial results, where appropriate. Operative EBITDA, operative EBIT,
operative earnings per share and operative ROCE are excluding non-recurring

Kemira will continue to focus on improving its profitability and reinforcing
positive cash flow. The company will also continue to invest in order to
secure future growth in the water quality and quantity management business.

The company's financial targets for 2016 are:

* revenue EUR 2.6-2.7 billion
* EBITDA-% of revenue 15%
* gearing level<60%.

In addition, Kemira expects its medium-term operating tax rate to be in the
range of 22%-24%. The operating tax rate excludes non-recurring items and the
impact of the income from associated companies.

The basis for growth is the expanding market for chemicals related to water
quality and quantity management and Kemira's strong expertise in this field.
The need to increase operational efficiency in our customer industries
creates opportunities for Kemira to develop new products and services for
both current and new customers. Research and Development is a critical
organic growth enabler for Kemira and it provides differentiation
capabilities in the water quality and quantity management markets. Kemira
will invest in innovation, technical expertise, and competencies in the
targeted focus areas.


In 2014, Kemira expects its revenue in local currencies and excluding
acquisitions and divestments to be slightly higher than in 2013 and its
operative EBIT to be higher than in 2013.

The guidance for 2014 is defined as follows:

|Kemira guidance Definition |
|Slightly higher/lower from 0% to 5% or from 0% to -5% |
|Higher/lower from 5% to 15% or from -5% to -15% |
|Significantly higher/lower more than 15% or less than -15% |
Helsinki, April 23, 2014

Kemira Oyj
Board of Directors


Interim report January-June 2014 July 22, 2014
Interim report January-September 2014 October 22, 2014

Kemira Capital Markets Day will be held in London on September 9, 2014.

Press and analyst conference and conference call
Kemira will arrange a press conference for analysts and the media starting at
10.30 am (8.30 am UK time) at Kemira House, Porkkalankatu 3, Helsinki. In the
conference, Kemira's President and CEO Wolfgang Büchele and the CFO Petri
Castrén will present the results. The press conference will be held in
English and will be webcasted Webcast will be
available after the event. Presentation
material will be available on Kemira's website Investors in English and Finnish at about 10.00 am.
Conference call in connection to the press and analyst conference

You can also listen to the conference live over the phone and attend the Q&A
session via a conference call. In order to participate in the call, please
dial ten minutes before the conference begins:

FI: +358 9 817 10468
SE: +46 85 1999 362
UK: +44 20 7660 2079
US: +1 855 2692606

No PIN code requested.

For more information, please contact
Kemira Oyj

Tero Huovinen, VP, Investor Relations
+358 10 862 1980
is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries.
We provide expertise and chemicals that improve our customers' water, energy
and raw material efficiency. Our focus is on pulp&paper, oil&gas, mining and
water treatment. In 2013, Kemira had annual revenue of EUR 2.2 billion and
around 4,500 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki

Kemira's Interim Report January-March 2014


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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Kemira Oyj via Globenewswire


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