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11 Feb 2013

SKG advises on devaluation in Venezuela

SKG advises on devaluation in Venezuela 

Smurfit Kappa advises that the Venezuelan Government announced the devaluation of its currency, the Bolivar Fuerte (‘VEF’), on 8 February, 2013.  

The official exchange rate was changed from VEF 4.3 per U.S. dollar to VEF 6.3 per U.S. dollar.

As a result of the devaluation the Group will record a reduction in net assets of approximately €142 million in relation to these operations and a reduction in the euro value of the Group’s cash balances by approximately €29 million in Quarter 1, 2013.

The impact of the devaluation on the Group’s 2013 pre-exceptional EBITDA is not expected to be material.

Forward Looking Statements 

Some statements in this announcement are forward-looking. They represent expectations for the Group’s business, and involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events.

The Group believes that current expectations and assumptions with respect to these forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which are in some cases beyond the Group’s control, actual results or performance may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

SKG Devaluation Venezuela 11 Feb 2013.pdf