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Oriola Corporation's Interim Report January-March 2017

28.4.2017

Oriola Corporation Stock Exchange Release 28 April 2017 at 8.30 a.m.

Oriola Corporation's Interim Report January-March 2017

Financial performance January-March 2017

  * Invoicing decreased by 2.6 (increased 5.2) per cent to EUR 812.5 (834.4)
    million
  * Net sales decreased by 4.9 (decreased 2.4) per cent to EUR 381.7 (401.3)
    million
  * Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 7.9 (increased 7.6) per cent to EUR 18.5 (20.1)
    million
  * Adjusted EBIT was EUR 11.6 (13.9) million
  * Profit for the period totalled EUR 8.0 (10.1) million and earnings per share
    were EUR 0.04 (0.06)


Outlook for 2017

Oriola is undergoing a major development phase which started in 2015 and is
estimated to be completed by the end of 2018. The costs related to these
development projects and the intensified competition in the Swedish retail,
especially online, will negatively impact the 2017 profitability.

Adjusted EBIT on constant currency basis is estimated to remain at 2016 level.

President and CEO Eero Hautaniemi:

The beginning of 2017 was characterized by intense competition in the Swedish
retail market. Especially this was the case in Traded Goods. We are developing
and improving our competitiveness in the Consumer business with a number of
programs focused on Rx availability, pricing and with a new, more streamlined
regional organization. We are also actively developing our pharmacy chain and
online operation. These programs will have a positive effect from the end of the
second quarter onwards.

In the Services business the discontinuation of the distribution of Abbvie
pharmaceuticals in Sweden contributed to lower net sales as expected. For the
full year 2017 this will be partly offset by the start of distribution of Meda
in Sweden, during the second quarter of this year. Profitability was supported
by high efficiency in logistic operations. Our new IT-system will go live in
Finland in June.

In the Healthcare business dose dispensing for the Norrland region commenced,
adding some 19,000 patients and roughly doubling our Swedish dose dispensing
volume. The ramp-up of dose production had a negative impact in the first
quarter, but will result in a positive effect in the second half of 2017.

Together with Kesko Oyj in Finland, we are planning to enter the Finnish
consumer market with a chain of health, beauty and wellbeing stores. The
establishment of a joint venture was announced in March 2017, and is subject to
the approval of the competition authorities.


Key figures                           2017    2016        Change            2016

EUR million                            1-3     1-3           %              1-12
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Invoicing                            812.5   834.4                  -2.6 3,420.0

Net sales                            381.7   401.3                  -4.9 1,642.1

Adjusted EBITDA(1))                   18.5    20.1                  -7.9    86.8

Adjusted EBITDA %                      4.9     5.0                           5.3
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Adjusted EBIT( 1))                    11.6    13.9                 -16.9    61.1

EBIT                                  11.1    13.9                 -20.4    58.8

Adjusted EBIT %                        3.0     3.5                           3.7

EBIT %                                 2.9     3.5                           3.6

Profit for the period                  8.0    10.1                 -20.7    42.8
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Earnings per share, EUR               0.04    0.06                 -20.8    0.24

Net cash flow from operating
activities                           -14.6   -26.8                          40.1

Gross capital expenditure             13.5    25.6                          88.8



Total assets                         908.4   950.5                         925.4

Net interest-bearing debt            100.7    50.9                          72.3

Gearing, %                            53.5    28.2                          35.2

Net debt / 12-month EBITDA             1.1     0.6                           0.8



Equity per share, EUR                 1.04    1.00                          1.13

Equity ratio, %                       21.2    19.6                          22.7

Return on equity (ROE), %             17.2    23.2                          21.4

Return on capital employed (ROCE),
%                                     14.3    18.3                          17.8

Average number of shares, 1000
pcs( 2))                           181,389 181,362                       181,389



Average number of personnel          2,851   2,404                         2,582

Number of personnel at the end of
the period                           2,865   2,425                         2,821



(1)) Adjustment items are specified in table "Adjusting items included
in EBIT"

(2)) Treasury shares held by the company not
included




Disclosure procedure

This stock exchange release is a summary of Oriola Corporation's Interim Report
January-March 2017.
The complete report is attached to this release in pdf format and is also
available on Oriola's website at www.oriola-kd.com/investors.

Analyst and investor meeting

Oriola Corporation will organize a meeting for investors, analysts and the press
on Friday, 28 April 2017 at 10.00 a.m. at Hotel Scandic Simonkenttä, meeting
room Bulsa, Simonkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland.

A teleconference on the financial information will be held by Oriola Corporation
on the same day starting at 2.00 p.m. Finnish time, tel. +44 20 3059 8125,
confirmation code "Oriola". The event can be followed live as an audiocast
accessible at www.oriola-kd.com/investors. The language of the teleconference
will be English.

Next financial report

Oriola Corporation will publish the half year financial report of 2017 on 21
July 2017.


Further information:

Eero Hautaniemi,
President and CEO
tel. +358 (0)10 429 2109
e-mail: eero.hautaniemi@oriola.com

Sari Aitokallio
CFO
tel. +358 (0)10 429 2112
e-mail: sari.aitokallio@oriola.com

Distribution:
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Released by:
Oriola Corporation
Corporate Communications
Orionintie 5, 02200 Espoo
www.oriola-kd.com



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