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28.02.2003 – 08:04

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euro adhoc: Rosenbauer International AG
* Forecasts considerably exceeded * Result soars to EUR 15.6 m (EBT) * High level of capacity utilisation at Group’s main production facilities (E)

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2002 was the best year ever in Rosenbauer’s 137-year history. The preliminary figures for the 2002 financial year show a year-on-year increase of 9 % in revenues, taking the total to EUR 297 m (2001: EUR 273.7 m). EBT (earnings before tax) trebled, soaring from EUR 5.1 m to EUR 15.6 m and yet again surpassing the previous forecast (EUR 13 m).

This massive improvement over the previous year’s result is due to the successful turnaround of the German Metz Group, the restructuring and rationalisation measures undertaken at the Austrian production facilities and good results of the Group’s subsidiaries in the USA and Spain.

At EUR 319.1 m (2001: EUR 354.0 m), the value of new orders received by the Group in 2002 was higher than the revenues for that entire year. This means a high level of capacity utilisation at the Group’s main production facilities.

The final figures for the 2002 financial year are to be announced on April 25, 2003.

Key figures (preliminary)                 2002  2001
Revenues                            in EUR m. 297.0 273.7
EBIT                                  in EUR m. 21.4  10.1
EBT                                    in EUR m. 15.6  5.1
Workforce (per 31.12.)                      1260  1288
Incoming orders                 in EUR m. 319.1 354.0
Order books per 31.12.      in EUR m. 240.4 260.2

end of announcement            euro adhoc 28.02.2003

Further inquiry note: Marlene Schneider

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      AT0000922554
WKN:        092255
Index:    ATX Prime, WBI
Börsen:  Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Wiener Börse AG / official dealing

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