Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA

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Ad hoc-announcement edited and sent by DGAP. The sender is solely responsible for the contents of this announcement. ----------------------------------------------------- Roding (ots Ad hoc-Service) - Final results 2000 of Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA: Mühlbauer has continued to improve its earning power in business year 2000, contributing to the companys ongoing organic growth. Earnings before taxes increased in comparison with the previous year (EUR 17.5 million) by 43.4 percent to EUR 25.1 million; the EBIT rose even more than sales, with a plus of 58 percent for a total of EUR 24 million (previous year: EUR 15.2 million). The pretax profit margin in the reporting year of 22.7 percent clearly demonstrates the continued profitability of the company. The group annual net income reported in the statements of income is EUR 17.7 million, which is 28.3 percent higher than in the previous year (EUR 13,8 million). Due to the excellent result development, the annual general meeting will be recommended to issue a dividend of EUR 0.35 for the business year 2000 (previous year: EUR 0.30). With sales of more than EUR 110 million, Mühlbauer was able to increase the value of the previous year (EUR 71 million) by 56 percent. This exceeds the companys original sales target of EUR 85 million by 30 percent. An order backlog of EUR 56.4 million, which is an increase of 84.4 percent as compared with the previous year (EUR 30.6 million), provides an extremely favorable basis for business developments in the current business year. Order income of EUR 136.3 million significantly exceeded last years value (EUR 92.2 million) by 48 percent. Issuer's information/explanation remarks concerning this ad hoc announcement: Final Results 2000 of Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA: CONTINUOUS RISE IN EARNING POWER EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES INCREASED BY 43.4 PERCENT Mühlbauer has continued to improve its earning power in business year 2000, contributing to the companys ongoing organic growth. Earnings before taxes increased in comparison with the previous year (EUR 17.5 million) by 43.4 percent to EUR 25.1 million; the EBIT rose even more than sales, with a plus of 58 percent for a total of EUR 24 million (previous year: EUR 15.2 million). The pretax profit margin in the reporting year of 22.7 percent clearly demonstrates the continued profitability of the company. The group annual net income reported in the statements of income is EUR 17.7 million, which is 28.3 percent higher than in the previous year (EUR 13,8 million). Due to the excellent result development, the annual general meeting will be recommended to issue a dividend of EUR 0.35 for the business year 2000 (previous year: EUR 0.30). With sales of more than EUR 110 million, Mühlbauer was able to increase the value of the previous year (EUR 71 million) by 56 percent. This exceeds the companys original sales target of EUR 85 million by 30 percent. In the core area of Smart Identification, sales of EUR 48.6 million exceeded the figures of the previous year (EUR 35 million) by 38.8 percent. This means that Mühlbauer is growing faster than the market. Sales in the area of Semiconductor Related Products rose by 91.5 percent to EUR 42.4 million (previous year: EUR 22.2 million). A strong growth of 58.9 percent to EUR 8.6 million (previous year: EUR 5.4 million) is reported in the area of Board Handling. The area of Parts & Systems rose its sales by 27.7 percent to EUR 11 million (previous year: EUR 8.6 million). An order backlog of EUR 56.4 million, which is an increase of 84.4 percent as compared with the previous year (EUR 30.6 million), provides an extremely favorable basis for business developments in the current business year. Order income of EUR 136.3 million significantly exceeded last years value (EUR 92.2 million) by 48 percent. With EUR 59.7 million (previous year: EUR 39.5 million), orders in the core area of Smart Identification climbed by 51.3 percent. The area of Semiconductor Related Products experienced an increase of 39.9 percent for an order volume of EUR 49.1 million (previous year: EUR 35.1 million). In the area of Board Handling, orders of EUR 8.8 million rose by 45.1 percent as compared with the previous year (EUR 6.1 million). An increase of 61.7 percent resulted in an order volume of EUR 18.7 million for the area of Parts & Systems (previous year: 11,5 Mio. EUR). The Mühlbauer Group develops, manufactures and sells turnkey solutions for the production of SmartCards, SmartLabels and LEDs. With tailor-made complete solutions for all imaginable SmartCard products, the company has gained the pole position in one of the strongest growth markets in the world. Through intensive research and development work, as well as extremely short production times, a high quality standard and maximum flexibility, the company is well-prepared for the challenges of the world market. The complete Annual Report 2000 can be downloaded in the internet at www.muehlbauer.de. End ----------------------------------------------------- Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de Original-Content von: Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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