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Successful conclusion of capital increase


Eglisau / Zurich, December 15, 2004

At the end of the subscription period on December 14, 2004, the Board of Directors of Forbo announces that the capital increase has been concluded successfully. The Board considers this a sign of shareholders’ trust in the company.

The capital increase was made through the issue of 1’356’576 new registered shares at a nominal value of CHF 20 each. The shareholders were offered a new registered share for the subscription price of CHF 150 per share for each registered share held so far. The capital increase brought Forbo gross proceeds of some CHF 200 million. Trading of the new shares started on December 15, 2004. All the new shares are equal to the old shares and entitled to dividend in case of a distribution for the business year 2004.

Following the conclusion of the transaction, Forbo will have the means necessary for the further development of its three businesses under the holding of the Forbo Group. Priorities are the restructuring of the flooring business and the acceleration of growth in the adhesives business to exhaust its value creation potential.

Forbo combines leading producers and suppliers of adhesives, belting and flooring under a single holding. The products and services are anchored and recognised worldwide. In the adhesives business, high-performance products ensure stable and permanent bonds between a wide range of materials. In the belting business, applications are developed and distributed under the „Siegling“ brand for transport, processes and drives.

In the flooring business, the company focuses on environmentally favourable and design-oriented linoleum and high-quality cushion vinyls.

The purpose of this publication is to inform Forbo Holding shareholders and the public. It contains information on the planned capital increases and related resolutions to be adopted by the extraordinary shareholders meeting of 2 December 2004. This press release does not constitute an offer to buy or to subscribe for shares or other securities of Forbo Holding and it does not constitute an offering circular within the meaning of Art. 652a of the Swiss Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of SWX Swiss Exchange. Should Forbo Holding make in the future one or more capital increases Investors should take their decision to buy or to subscribe to new shares or other securities solely based on the relevant offering circular. Investors are furthermore advised to consult their bank or financial adviser.

This publication contains specific forward-looking statements, e.g., statements including terms like "believe", "assume", "expect" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may result in a substantial divergence between the actual results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and those explicitly or implicitly presumed in these statements. Against the back-ground of these uncertainties readers should not rely on forward-looking statements. The company assumes no responsibility to update forward-looking statements or to adapt them to future events or developments.

These materials are not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, Japan or Australia.

They are not an offer to subscribe for or purchase securities in Forbo Holding, whether in the United States or elsewhere. The securities of Forbo Holding may not be offered or sold in the United States, Canada, Japan or Australia, unless they are registered or exempt from registration. There will be no public offer of securities in Forbo Holding in the United States, Canada, Japan or Australia.

Prices and values of, and income from, securities may go down as well as up and an investor may not get back the amount invested. It should be noted that past performance is no guide to future performance.


Corina Atzli
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: + 41 1 868 25 69
Fax: + 41 1 868 35 69

Gerold Zenger
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: + 41 1 868 25 25
Fax: + 41 1 868 25 26