ABB shareholders approve share capital increase to raise about US$ 2.5 billion

Zurich, Switzerland, November 20, 2003 – ABB shareholders today approved a share capital increase expected to raise about US$ 2.5 billion, at an extraordinary general meeting held in Zurich.

ABB now plans to issue and list 840 million new shares, at an offer price of CHF 4 per share on the SWX, Stockholm, London and Frankfurt stock exchanges.

A total of 1,241 shareholders attended the extraordinary general meeting, representing 48.7 percent of the total share capital entitled to vote. Holders of about 99 percent of the shares represented at the meeting voted in favor of the plan.

The share capital increase is the key part of a three-component capital-strengthening program announced by ABB on October 28, 2003. Under the program, ABB has already signed a three-year US$ 1 billion credit facility agreement with a group of banks, and yesterday successfully sold EUR 650 million bonds.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

Some of the information contained in this press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. ABB undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

The information contained herein is not for publication or distribution into the United States. The material set forth herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended, and should not be construed, as an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the laws of any state, and may not be offered or sold within the United States, except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws. There is no intention to register any portion of the offering described herein in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.

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