Augusta Technologie AG

ots Ad hoc-Service: Augusta Technologie AG AUGUSTA's high earnings continue in 2000

Ad hoc-announcement edited and sent by DGAP. The sender is solely responsible for the contents of this announcement. ----------------------------------------------------- Frankfurt (ots Ad hoc-Service) - AUGUSTA's high earnings continue in 2000 Record dividend of EUR 0.35, earnings per share EUR 0.82; Booked business in February 2001 up 168,7% to EUR 144,1 million; Increased share buy-back planned Neuer Markt-listed AUGUSTA Technologie AG (German Securities Code Number (WKN) 508 860) once again demonstrated its growth and earnings power in fiscal year 2000. The company's respectable increase in earnings of 18.6% to EUR 204.3 million (prior year: EUR 172.2 million) is accompanied by earnings per share of EUR 0.82. At the same time, these figures confirm the preliminary results for fiscal year 2000 which AUGUSTA announced at the end of February. As a result of the AUGUSTA Group's excellent financial position, the Managing Board will propose to the General Meeting to distribute a new record dividend of EUR 0.35 (prior year: EUR 0.31). In the short term, the Managing Board will also take advantage of the AUGUSTA share price which it considers to be low at present to buy back more of the company's shares. 2000 was a particularly encouraging year for the Sensors Technology division, which recorded a 59.5% sales increase to EUR 76.6 million and an exceptional increase in earnings before taxes, holding costs and goodwill amortization of 72,0% to EUR 12,9 million. The AUGUSTA Group generated EBITDA of EUR 41.4 million (prior year: EUR 43.2 million) and a net profit for the year after minority interests of EUR 9.7 million (prior year: EUR 13.6 million). This decline is primarily due to an extremely profitable major order settled in fiscal year 1999 which was implemented by AUGUSTA's subsidiary DLoG, as well as to costs of EUR 1.2 million incurred in November 2000 as a result of postponing Data Display AG's IPO. AUGUSTA's positive outlook on the current fiscal year is based on the high level of its subsidiaries' booked business. At end of February 2001 this stood at EUR 144,1 million, a year-on-year increase of 168,7%. This more than compensates for orders received by the Communications Technology division which are now being postponed. The Managing Board is predicting sales growth of at least 50% for 2001. The complete annual financial statements can be downloaded at www.augusta-ag.de. For further information: Lena Stippich, Investor Relations; Tel. +49 (0)69 24 26 69-19; e-mail: stippich@augusta-ag.de The Managing Board WKN: 508 860; Index: Listed: Neuer Markt in Frankfurt; Freiverkehr in Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, München, Stuttgart End ----------------------------------------------------- Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de Original-Content von: Augusta Technologie AG, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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