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Year 2022

Key figures 2022

External fair value (EFV) per share and dividend per share, EUR

Balance sheet total, MEUR and net gearing, EFV-adjusted %

Revenue and comparable operating profit, MEUR

Profit for the period, MEUR

CEO’s review: New investments in the Forest & fiber sector

During 2022, we continued the sustainable development of our portfolio and increased focus on the Forest & Fiber sector. Munksjö was acquired and we made a strategic investment in Bast Fibre Technologies. Enics was merged with GPV to create a more competitive European electronics giant. In the real estate portfolio, a new development project in Kumpula, Helsinki, was announced

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Main events in our industrial portfolio

During 2022, we increased our focus in the Forest & Fiber sector with the acquisitions of Munksjö and Bast Fibre Technologies and created a leading European electronics manufacturing services company by merging Enics with the Denmark-based family company GPV

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2022 In our portfolio companies

Ahlström Invest – Successfully managing the Ahlstrom holding and investment portfolio

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M&J – Impressive first year as a standalone company

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Detection Technology – A positive end to an exceptional year

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Glaston – Strong demand improved profitability

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Suominen – Sustainability at the core of strategy

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Real estate – Investing in high-quality and sustainable properties

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Forest – Sustainable forestry as the basis for operations

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We invest in a sustainable future

Sustainability is a prerequisite for long-term value creation, and we continue to support our portfolio companies in their ESG development. During the spring, we will have dialogues with each of the portfolio companies about ESG Key Performance Indicators and long-term target levels.

In 2022, Ahlström Collective Impact (ACI) made an investment of EUR 770,000 in UNICEF’s Global Education Program. In addition, the companies, employees, foundations, and shareholders within ACI have raised nearly EUR 300,000 for children in Ukraine. In 2022, Ahlström Invest, Detection Technology, M&J Recycling and Avain Yhtiöt joined the initiative, and all our portfolio companies, as well as our former company Destia are part of the ACI collaboration. We assume the total investment to ACI remaining at the previous year’s level in 2023 and are thus proposing to the Annual General Meeting that EUR 200,000 be donated by A. Ahlström Oy to ACI this year in addition to portfolio companies’, Ahlström foundations’ and individual family members’ donations.

Our financial position is solid despite the global geopolitical and financial environment is expected to remain challenging also during 2023. There are short-term headwinds, especially in parts of the Forest & Fiber businesses.

Read our Annual Report 2022 here.

Read previous years’ overview here.