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Cost increases affect Hydro’s second quarter results

Norsk Hydro ASA expects to report an underlying EBIT of approximately NOK 1.6 billion for the second quarter compared to an underlying EBIT of NOK 2.0 billion in the first quarter. While Hydro is realizing a higher aluminium price during the quarter, Hydro is experiencing significant cost increases in the Aluminium Metal business area. The cost increases are mainly related to alumina prices, alumina freight, petroleum coke and other costs.

The Aluminium Products business area will deliver a strong result well above the first quarter while a lower spot price for electricity in Norway will have a negative impact on the results in the Energy business area.

Hydro’s reported EBIT will be significantly negatively impacted by unrealized derivative effects related to Hydro’s long-term power sourcing contracts. The negative effects are a result of increased forward prices for coal and aluminium. Unrealized effects on LME derivatives are positive for the quarter.

Hydro will publish its second quarter results July 22 at 07:30 CET.

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No assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct.  Hydro disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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