EQT Scandinavia II Fund Acquires Salcomp

The agreement is subject to the approval of relevant anti trust authorities and is expected to be completed once the required approvals have been received. In August, Nokia announced plans to divest its Salcomp subsidiary, as Nokia will continue to focus on its core business areas - telecommunications and Internet technologies.

Salcomp is one of the world's largest manufacturers of mobile phone battery chargers. Following the change in ownership, Salcomp will have good opportunities to further develop its partnership with telecommunications companies. The contract signed with EQT Scandinavia II does not affect the terms of employment for Salcomp personnel. In Finland, Salcomp has approximately 600 employees in Kemijärvi and Salo. Sales offices are located in Hong Kong, China, and in Irving, Texas, and company contract manufacturing is based in China and Mexico. In 1998, Salcomp's net sales totaled EUR 140 million.

EQT is a group of private equity funds with equity commitments totalling SEK 11 billion. EQT's Finnish investments to date include Perlos, Vaasan & Vaasan and ADR-Haanpää. EQT Partners, acting as an investment advisor to all funds, has offices in Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark. EQT realizes its business concept by acquiring medium-sized companies in the Nordic countries and serving as an active owner in close co-operation with the management of the companies acquired.

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 51 000 people.