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SMURFIT-STONE REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2004 RESULTS

CHICAGO, July 23, 2004 – Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC) today reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $10 million, or $.04 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2004.  These results benefited $.01 per diluted share from the net impact of a non-cash foreign currency translation gain and restructuring charges for plant closures.  For the year ago period, the company reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $8 million, or $.03 per diluted share.  Sales for the three month period were $2,038 million, compared to $1,988 million in the second quarter of 2003.

For the first half ended June 30, Smurfit-Stone reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $76 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to a year ago net loss of $41 million, or $.17 per diluted share.  Sales were $3,980 million, compared to $3,865 million in the first half of 2003.

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