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Stora Enso: Announcement with a reference to Chapter 9, paragraph 10 of the Finnish Securities Markets Act

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stora Enso Oyj has on 31 December 2015 received an announcement under Chapter 9, Section 10 of the Securities Markets Act, according to which BlackRock Inc.'s indirect holding in Stora Enso shares has reached the threshold of 5% on 30 December 2015.

The shareholding of BlackRock, Inc. in Stora Enso has increased to 34 458 320 shares, corresponding to 5.00% of Stora Enso's shares. The share of voting rights remains under 5%. The total number of Stora Enso shares owned directly or through financial instruments by BlackRock, Inc. and its funds was 5.00% on 30 December 2015. The holdings of BlackRock Inc have been calculated according to Stora Enso's registered number of shares of 788 619 987 and votes of 237 740 879.

Total positions of BlackRock, Inc. and its funds according to the notification:

% of shares and voting rights (total of A) % of shares and voting rights through financial instruments (total of B) Total of both in %
(A + B)
Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached 4.36% of shares
Below 5% voting rights
0.63%
Below 5% voting rights
5.00%
Below 5% voting rights
Position of previous notification (if applicable) N/A N/A N/A

Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reached:

A: Shares and voting rights

Class/type of shares Number of shares and voting rights Number of shares and voting rights % of shares and voting rights % of shares and voting rights
ISIN code (if possible) Direct (SMA 9:5) Indirect (SMA 9:6 and 9:7) Direct (SMA 9:5) Indirect (SMA 9:6 and 9:7
FI0009005961 34 458 320 shares
Below 5% voting rights
4.36% of shares
Below 5% voting rights
SUBTOTAL A 34 458 320 shares
Below 5% voting rights
4.36% of shares
Below 5% voting rights

B: Financial Instruments according to SMA 9:6a

Type of financial instrument Expiration date Exercise/
Conversion period
Physical or cash settlement Number of shares and voting rights % of shares and voting rights
Securities Lent N/A N/A Physical 1 748 700 shares
Below 5% voting rights
0.22%
Below 5% voting rights
CFD N/A N/A Cash 3 219 160 shares
Below 5% voting rights
0.40% shares
Below 5% voting rights
Total Return SWAP 22 June 2016 N/A Cash 67 000 shares
Below 5% voting rights
0.00% shares
Below 5% voting rights
SUBTOTAL B 5 034 860 shares
Below 5% voting rights
0.63% shares
Below 5% voting rights

Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and financial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity is presented in the enclosed Annex.


For further information, please contact:
Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, SVP, Investor Relations, tel. +358 2046 21242

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace non-renewable materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 27 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2014 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) on the International OTCQX over-the-counter market . www.storaenso.com

STORA ENSO OYJ

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