Year end report 2008

Lund, 2009-Feb-04
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Weak growth ended 2008

• Net sales for the year amounted to SEK 1 975 M (1,671), and to SEK 500 M (479) for the fourth quarter.
• Operating profit for the year totaled SEK 341 M (368), and SEK 49 M (104) for the fourth quarter.
• Profit before tax for the year amounted to SEK 340 M (367), and to SEK 49 M (104) for the fourth quarter.
• Profit after tax for the year totaled SEK 252 M (259), and SEK 45 M (67) for the fourth quarter.
• Earnings per share for the year amounted to SEK 3,64 (3.73), and to SEK 0,65 (0.97) for the fourth quarter.
• The Board of Directors proposes an unchanged ordinary dividend of SEK 1.25 (1.25 ordinary dividend and an extra dividend of 3.25)


President’s comments
Net sales in 2008 were SEK 1,975 M (1,671), corresponding to annual growth of 18 percent. SEK 1,885 M was attributable to the Video product area, corresponding to growth of 23 percent within Axis’ focus area.
The current financial turmoil has in certain cases meant that decisions on security installations have been deferred. The market is difficult to forecast in the near-term and we are currently seeing lower activity on the global network video market. In the long-term, we continue to see great growth potential for network video products. Axis continues to offer innovative competitive products and is well-represented globally through a local presence with a large number of partners.
Ray Mauritsson, President

The slide presentation is available on:
www.axis.com/corporate/investor/interim_report.htm
Invitation to telephone conference
Time: Wednesday, February 4, at 10 AM CET.
To join the conference:
Dial: +44 (0)20 7162 0077
Access code: Axis Communications
Axis AB participants: Ray Mauritsson, CEO and Fredrik Sjöstrand, CFO.

A recorded version of the presentation will be available for seven working days on:
+44(0)20 7031 4064. Access code: 823820.


About Axis Communications
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. The company is the global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analog to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring, and are based on innovative, open technology platforms.

Axis is a Swedish-based company, operating worldwide with offices in more than 20 countries and cooperating with partners in more than 70 countries. Founded in 1984, Axis is listed on the NASDAQ OMX, under the ticker AXIS. For more information about Axis, please visit our website at www.axis.com.