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Rosenbauer International AG

EANS-Adhoc: Rosenbauer International AG
Revenues up by 14% and EBIT by 10%, despite challenging business environment
Improved capital structure by greater optimization of the working capital
Dividend proposal: EUR 1.20 per share / Outlook for 2014:

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KEY COPORATE FIGURES                               2013     2012    Diff. in %
Revenues                            in EUR mill.   737.9    645.1       + 14%
EBIT                                in EUR mill.    42.3     38.6       + 10%
EBT                                 in EUR mill.    41.7     38.8        + 7%
Net profit for the period           in EUR mill.    30.8     32.0         (4%)
Cash flow from operating activities in EUR mill.    82.2     (3.7)        -
Total assets                        in EUR mill.   415.6    432.9         (4%)
Equity in % of total assets                         45.2%    38.8%        -
Investments                         in EUR mill.    25.4     14.7       + 73%
Earnings per share                     EUR           3.9      4.5        (13%)
Dividend per share (Proposal AGM)      EUR           1.2      1.2          0%
Employees as at Dec 31                             2,651    2,432        + 9%
Order intake                        in EUR mill.   760.6    533.2       + 43%
Order backlog as at Dec 31          in EUR mill.   590.1    580.5        + 2%

The Rosenbauer Group posted exceptionally good revenues and earnings figures in
Financial 2013. The EUR 737.9 million in revenues (2012: EUR 645.1 million) was
the highest such figure in the company's history, making 2013 another record
year. This equates to a year-on-year rise of 14% and is largely attributable to
international export business - primarily in the form of increased shipments to
the Middle East and Asia.

EBIT came to EUR 42.3 million in Financial 2013, 10% above the previous year
(2012: EUR 38.6 million). This includes previously posted one-off effects of EUR
4.5 million which were allowed as additional provisions for settling damages in
connection with the anti-trust case in Germany. Adjusted for these one-off
costs, the EBIT margin of 6.3% lies above the 6.0% originally forecast.

Earnings in the reporting period were affected by the even fiercer price

competition in Germany and the narrower margins which resulted, and by the
start-up costs for the new locations in Saudi Arabia. The American companies
were successful in boosting their earnings performance by optimizing their
chassis-fabrication operations and modifying their product mix.

The capital structure was improved last year by greater optimization of the
working capital. These measures focused on optimizing inventories and client

The Group's net indebtedness, meaning the balance of interest paying liabilities
less cash and securities, decreased last year to EUR 48.8 million (2012: EUR
93.6 million). This is also reflected in the gearing ratio, which improved to
25.9% (2012: 55.7%).

Rosenbauer follows a growth- and sustainability-oriented dividend policy which
is in line with the company's performance. The aim is to distribute a secure and
attractive dividend, based on a performance component that depends on revenues,
earnings and free cash flow. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board will
propose to the General Meeting that the dividend for 2013 should be left
unchanged at EUR 1.2 (2012: EUR 1.2) per share. Accordingly, the sum for
distribution for 6.8 million non-par-value shares is EUR 8.2 million (2012: EUR
8.2 million). In terms of the share's closing price of EUR 59.28, this
corresponds to a dividend yield of 2.0% (2012: 2.6%).

In view of the buoyant trend in incoming orders over the past few months, the
favorable outlook for project business and the enlarged production capacity,
Management's expectation for the current financial year is for revenues that are
at the same high level as, or even moderately higher than, last year's.

However, the substantial investments being made in the future, the costs of
installing the two new production lines at Plant II Leonding, and the still
fierce price competition on the market, will all weigh on earnings. The
additions to production space, and an optimization program launched in the main
production zones in 2012, will counter this margin trend. Management is aiming
for an improvement upon the EBIT margin of 5.7% attained in 2013.

Further inquiry note:
Rosenbauer International AG
Mag. Gerda Königstorfer
Tel.: 0732/6794-568

end of announcement                               euro adhoc 

issuer:      Rosenbauer International AG
             Paschingerstrasse 90
             A-4060 Leonding
phone:       +43(0)732 6794 568
FAX:         +43(0)732 6794 89
sector:      Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:        AT0000922554
indexes:     WBI, ATX Prime
stockmarkets: free trade: Berlin, Stuttgart, official market: Wien 
language:   English

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