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26.08.2005 – 08:01

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Financial Figures/Balance Sheet
• First half of 2005 progressed satisfactorily • Notable results in Austria and the USA • Slight increase in Group revenues for 2005 expected (2004: 299.4 m EUR) • EBT 2005 simil

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The first half of 2005 progressed satisfactorily for the ROSENBAUER Group. The main elements in this positive situation were provided by the implementation of large-scale orders from Australia, Eastern Europe and the USA, the high use of production capacity in Austria and the USA and notable success at the INTERSCHUTZ fire brigade trade fair.

KEY FIGURES                                                            1-6/2005 1-6/2004
Revenue                                                    in m EUR 147.1      140.0
EBIT                                                         in m EUR 6.1         4.7
EBT                                                          in m EUR 4.7         3.4
Profit after tax                                      in m EUR 3.4         2.3
Consolidated profit                                 in m EUR 1.3         0.7
Net cash flow from operating activities in m EUR (24.1)    (20.6)
Investments                                              in m EUR 2.3         2.4
Order backlog as at June 30                    in m EUR 200.0      199.5
Order intake                                            in m EUR 152.4      158.0
Employees                                                                1,399      1,345
Market capitalisation as at June 30        in m EUR 102.0      80.8

Another important focal point of the current year is comprised by the expansion of the ROSENBAUER YongQiang joint venture in the province of Guangdong, PR China. The production facilities were completed in May 2005 and with its own local production centre, ROSENBAUER now has a location advantage in the growing Chinese market. The first vehicles manufactured in China will be delivered during this year.

The present situation in Germany, Europe’s largest single market, had a negative effect on the company development. The stagnation in the turntable ladder segment, which has continued for a number of years, resulted in an underuse of capacity.

Therefore, in the first half-year 2005, ROSENBAUER introduced short-time working at the Metz Aerials turntable ladder plant in Karlsruhe and initiated a programme for an adjustment in production capacity and a reorganisation of the administrative sector. The deteriorating order situation led to a reduction in deliveries during the first six months of the year, which had an unfavourable influence on the operating result.

REVENUE AND RESULTS TRENDS During the first half of 2005, ROSENBAUER Group revenues increased to 147.1 m EUR (1-6/2004: 140.0 m EUR). Sales of the Austrian companies remained roughly on a par with those of the preceding year at 80.3 m EUR (1-6/2004: 82.5 m EUR), however, the US segment showed a rise of 42%. This can be traced to additional deliveries within the framework of the US Army order for a total of 170 vehicles.

The operating result (EBIT) amounted to 6.1 m EUR, which was up on the 4.7 m EUR of the comparable period of the previous year. Above all, this improved result derived from the Austrian and US companies. In the period under review, the EBT rose in an analogous manner from 3.4 m EUR to 4.7 m EUR.

ORDERS In the first half of 2005, Group order intake was on the scale of the preceding year, amounting to 152.4 m EUR (1-6/2004: 158.0 m EUR). Order backlog at June 30, 2005, totalled 200.0 m EUR and was also at the level of the previous year (June 30, 2004: 199.5 m EUR). This backlog secures good use of capacity at the most important production centres.

OUTLOOK On the basis of the positive order situation and taking into account the expenses required for the restructuring of Metz Aerials in Karlsruhe, the management assumes that following a slight increase in Group revenues (2004: 299.4 m EUR), last year’s EBT (2004: 10.5 m EUR) can be emulated.

end of announcement                                                 euro adhoc 26.08.2005 07:30:00

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Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      AT0000922554
WKN:        092255
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
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