SOURCE: DSM N.V.

March 29, 2006 06:25 ET

DSM : Trading Update First Quarter 2006

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2006 --

At today's Annual General Meeting, starting at 14.00 hrs, Peter Elverding, Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, will elucidate DSM's current expectations regarding the results for the first quarter of 2006.

During the first few months of 2006 the trading environment for DSM developed positively, as expected. In line with the guidance given earlier and based on current insights, DSM expects the operating profit from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2006 to approach the EUR 200 million level. The operating profit in the first quarter of 2005, corrected for activities which have meanwhile been divested, amounted to EUR 182 million.

DSM will publish its first-quarter results on 28 April 2006.

About DSM

DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found on www.dsm.com.

For more information:

DSM Corporate Communications       DSM Investor Relations
Médard Schoenmaeckers              Dries Ausems
tel. +31 (0) 45 5782035            tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864
fax +31 (0) 45 5740680             fax +31 (0) 45 5782595
e-mail investor.relations@dsm.com  e-mail media.relations@dsm.com

Copyright © Hugin ASA 2006. All rights reserved.

Contact Information