SOURCE: Smith & Nephew PLC

September 13, 2005 06:35 ET

Smith and Nephew announces Trading Statement

London, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 --

Smith & Nephew - Trading Update

13 September 2005

Ahead of an analysts visit to the US later this week, Sir Christopher O'Donnell, Group Chief Executive of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN) the global medical technology business, made the following comments on trading today:

"Sales growth over the summer has been below expectations, partly influenced by Hurricane Katrina during August. In Orthopaedics sales growth of knee products was slower following new product roll-outs by competitors. In consequence, and coupled with the continuing difficulties in Louisiana and Mississippi, Smith and Nephew is reducing its full year guidance for underlying sales growth for Orthopaedics by 1% to 17%. In Wound Management a continued decline in US distributor inventories has caused us to reduce full year guidance for underlying sales growth for Wound Management by 1% to 5%."

"The benefit of translational currency has reduced from 1 ½% to ½% of sales, for the full year, following the recent decline in the US dollar versus Smith and Nephew's reporting currency, sterling. A further consequence is that the trading margin for the full year will be slightly lower at approximately 20.6% and full year EPS growth will be 12 - 13%."

Smith & Nephew will start its close period on 30 September ahead of announcing results for the third quarter on 27 October.

A conference call for analysts will be held today at 12.00pm BST / 7.00am EST. For details contact Samantha Hardy on +44 (0) 20 7960 2257. The call will be audio webcast live at www.smith-nephew.com and a recording will be available shortly afterwards.

Enquiries

Investors
Peter Hooley                                     Tel: +44 (0) 20 7401 7646
Smith & Nephew Group Finance Director

Investors / Media
Liz Hewitt                                       Tel: +44 (0) 20 7401 7646
Smith & Nephew Group Director Corporate Affairs
About us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedics, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the fastest growing global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The company has over 8,500 employees and operates in 33 countries around the world generating annual sales of £1.25 billion.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, statements regarding expected revenue growth and operating margins discussed under "Outlook" are forward-looking statements as are discussions of our product pipeline. These statements, as well as the phrases "aim", "plan", "intend", "anticipate", "well-placed", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "target", "consider" and similar expressions, are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors (including, but not limited to, the outcome of litigation, claims and regulatory approvals) that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Smith & Nephew, or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Please refer to the documents that Smith & Nephew has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including Smith & Nephew's most recent annual report on Form 20F, for a discussion of certain of these factors.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date hereof. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew or any person acting on behalf of Smith & Nephew are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing. Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Smith & Nephew's expectation with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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