PRELIMINARY 2000 FINANCIAL RESULTS: IMPROVEMENT CONFIRMED Paris, February 6, 2001 - The Board of Directors of Eridania Béghin-Say met on February 6, 2001 under the chairmanship of Stefano Meloni to review the initial figures of the unaudited consolidated accounts for 2000. The Board will meet again on March 13, 2001 to close the accounts for the year.