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SGS SA announces today the successful issuance of an 8 year CHF 375 million straight bond with a coupon of 2.625 %. SGS SA will use the net proceeds of this transaction for general corporate purposes. SGS SA will apply for the listing of the bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Key data

Issue amount: CHF 375 million with re-opening clause
Payment date: March 8, 2011
Maturity: 8 years
Coupon: 2.625%
Issue price: 100.832 %
Redemption price: 100%
Joint Lead-Managers: Zürcher Kantonalbank, Credit Suisse SA

Co-Lead Managers: UBS Investment Bank, BNP PARIBAS (Suisse) SA ,Banque Cantonale de Genève, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Deutsche Bank SA

This press release is not being issued in the United States of America and should not be distributed to United States persons or publications with a general circulation in the United States. This document does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for or purchase any securities nor does it constitute a prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or 1156 of the Swiss code of obligations or a listing prospectus pursuant to the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Any decision to purchase any securities referred to herein should be solely based on the relevant prospectus. In addition, the bonds of SGS SA have not been or will not be registered under the United States securities laws and may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States or to U.S. persons absent from registration under or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the United States securities laws.

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This press release is not directed to Italian residents other than Italian qualified investors.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development,
Communications & IR

SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH - 1211 Geneva 1
t: (+41-22) 739 95 93
f: (+41-22) 739 98 61
Website: www.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.