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Tom Johnstone, President and CEO:

“Our cash flow was good in the quarter. We continued to improve our operating margin sequentially despite the negative mix and a stronger than expected currency headwind. This shows that the actions which we are taking to improve our product portfolio, invest in our business and reduce costs are giving results.

SKF sales in the quarter developed well within our automotive business but were somewhat lower than expected in our industrial business. Within industrial we see a positive development in our aerospace, renewable energy and railway businesses. However, we see some lack of traction in a number of other industrial markets - not getting worse but not getting better yet either. The automotive business benefitted from an improved demand and better mix of sales particularly within trucks and the vehicle service market and this, combined with the steps we are taking, positively helped their margin.

During the quarter we took another important step to strengthen SKF through announcing the agreement to acquire Kaydon Corporation. Kaydon is an excellent fit for SKF in so many ways and will enable us to better serve our customers and distributors. The tender offer for the shares closes today and hopefully we can quickly complete the acquisition.

Looking forward into the fourth quarter we expect to keep our sales and manufacturing on the same level overall.”


Key figures
    Q3 2013       Q3 2012       YTD 2013       YTD 2012    
Net sales, SEKm 15,623 15,486 47,167 49,591
Operating profit, SEKm 1,923 1,908 5,240 6,093
Operating margin, % 12.3 12.3 11.1 12.3
Operating margin excluding one-off costs, % 12.9 12.3 12.2 12.6
Profit before taxes, SEKm 1,717 1,709 4,581 5,439
Net profit, SEKm 1,165 1,251 3,087 3,821
Basic earnings per share, SEK 2.47 2.67 6.57 8.11

The operating profit was affected by one-off costs in the third quarter by around SEK 85 million, mainly write-down and impairment not part of the previously announced restructuring programme. The operating profit in the first nine months was affected by one-off costs by around SEK 525 million (140).

Net sales change y-o-y, in SEK, attributable to:     Volume       Price/
mix
      Structure       Currency
effect
      Total    
Q3 2013 2.2% -0.2% 1.1% -2.2% 0.9%
Year to date 2013 -3.0% 0.0% 1.8% -3.7% -4.9%

Sales in the third quarter in local currencies and excluding structure increased by 1% in Europe, by 9% in Latin America, by 5% in Asia and by 8% in Middle East and Africa. In North America they decreased by 2%.

Manufacturing in the third quarter was slightly higher compared to last year.

Sales in the first nine months in local currencies and excluding structure decreased by 4% in Europe and North America, by 3% in Asia and are relatively unchanged in Middle East and Africa. In Latin America they increased by 10%.

Manufacturing in the first nine months was relatively unchanged compared to last year.

Outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013

Demand compared to the fourth quarter 2012

The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be slightly higher for the Group, Asia and Europe and relatively unchanged for North America and Latin America. It is expected to be slightly higher for Strategic Industries and Regional Sales and Service and higher for Automotive.

Demand compared to the third quarter 2013

The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be relatively unchanged for the Group, Europe, North America and Latin America as well as for all the business areas. It is expected to be slightly higher for Asia.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is expected to be higher year over year and relatively unchanged compared to the third quarter

Gothenburg, 15 October 2013

Aktiebolaget SKF

(publ)

A teleconference will be held on 15 October at 13.00 CEST, 12.00 (UK), 07.00 (US):

SE: +46 (0)8 506 307 79

UK: +44 (0)844 571 8957

US: +1 866 682 8490

You will find all information regarding SKF Nine-month results 2013 on

the IR website.

investors.skf.com/quarterlyreporting

AB SKF is required to disclose the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at around 12.00 on 15 October 2013.

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings , seals , mechatronics , lubrication systems , and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2012 were SEK 64,575 million and the number of employees was 46,775. www.skf.com

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