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Mar 13, 2017--The combination of Ahlstrom and Munksjö is approved by the European Commission and expected to be completed in the beginning of April 2017.

The European Commission has today approved the merger between Ahlstrom Corporation ("Ahlstrom") and Munksjö Oyj ("Munksjö"). Ahlstrom and Munksjö have now received all pre-closing competition approvals required for completing the merger.

The merger is currently expected to be completed on or about April 1, 2017. As communicated earlier, the completion of the merger is subject to certain customary conditions concerning, among other things, the availability of financing and the absence of events that would have a material adverse effect on either company

Ahlstrom and Munksjö have agreed to distribute funds to their respective shareholders prior to the completion of the merger in the amount of approximately EUR 23 million each, corresponding to EUR 0.49 per share in Ahlstrom and EUR 0.45 per share in Munksjö. The Boards of Directors of Ahlstrom and Munksjö intend to resolve on the distributions on or about March 16, 2017. If the distributions are resolved upon on March 16, 2017, their record date would be March 20, 2017 and payment date March 27, 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Satu Perälampi
Vice President, Communications
Tel. +358 10 888 4738

Juho Erkheikki
Investor Relations & Financial Communications Manager
Tel. +358 10 888 4731

Ahlstrom in brief

Ahlstrom provides innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday life. We are committed to growing and creating stakeholder value by proving the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials. Our products are used in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings, tapes, and food and beverage packaging. In 2016, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.1 billion. Our 3,200 employees serve customers in 22 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the Nasdaq Helsinki. More information is available at www.ahlstrom.com.

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