On September 16, 2008 the Board of Directors of SSAB decided to convene an extra general meeting to be held on October 22, 2008 (se press release; SSAB extra general meeting, September 17, 2008). The proposal was made in consideration of the strengthening of the Company's balance sheet, following the disposal of the tubular business and the strong operating cash flow since the acquisition of IPSCO.

The exceptional developments on the global financial markets that have taken place since the announcement of the proposal, have led to a significantly higher instability and uncertainty within the global money and credit markets.

The Board believes that the Company’s development and financial situation are unchanged since the share buy-back program was announced. However, due to the extreme developments in the financial markets since then, the Board prefers to await the upcoming AGM in March 2009 with a proposal regarding distribution of capital to its shareholders.

The cancelled extra general meeting was to take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74, Stockholm, Sweden.