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16.11.2007 – 08:05

BWT AG

euro adhoc: BWT Aktiengesellschaft
quarterly or semiannual financial statement / BWT growth driven by water hygiene and security continued in the third quarter

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9-month report
16.11.2007
•       Sales +10.1% to EUR 289.3 million
•       EBIT +11.2% to EUR 28.6 million
•       Net income +11.1% to EUR 20.1 million
The BWT - Best Water Technology - Group continued its expansion also in Q3.
"Drinking water quality and hygiene are elementary concerns of our customers and
again in the headlines of media. Recognition of BWT and its central position in
water technology is increasing," says Andreas Weissenbacher, CEO of the BWT
Group.
With revenues of EUR 94.1 million, the previous year´s figure of EUR 
88.5 million was exceeded by 6.3% and EBIT increased 
disproportionately by 8% to EUR 7.8 million. In the first nine months
of the 2007 financial year, the BWT Group increased its consolidated 
revenues by 10.1% from EUR 262.8 million to EUR 289.3 million and 
EBIT by 11.2% from EUR 25.7 million to EUR 28.6 million. "BWT´s 
leading role on the European water treatment market was further 
consolidated", says Andreas Weissenbacher.
In addition to the creation of the "Point-of-Use" business, Asia and 
Eastern Europe represent focal points for the BWT growth strategy. In
the first three quarters of 2007, revenue in Eastern Europe increased
by 20% from EUR 18.4 million last year to EUR 22.1 million. Revenues 
in Asia increased by 27% to EUR 2.8 million.
Good results in high-tax countries led to an increase in the average 
consolidated tax rate from 27.5% to 30.3%. Consolidated earnings 
after minority interests increased by 11.1% to EUR 20.1 million. The 
number of shares issued remained unchanged, so that earnings per 
share came to EUR 1.13 after EUR 1.01 in the previous year.
Despite the improved earnings, cash flow from operating activities 
fell year-on-year from EUR 17.4 million to EUR 10.2 million in the 
period from January to September 2007. The expansion of working 
capital for delivery requirements and stock is primarily responsible 
for this. There was increased demand for stock in the production 
companies in Austria, Germany and France. This is due to 
stockbuilding as a precautionary measure in the light of rising raw 
material prices and the new Point-of-Use product range.
Higher investments in tangible assets (EUR 9.0 million after EUR 6.4 
million the previous year) led to cash flow from investment 
activities of EUR -9.3 million (previous year: EUR -7.3 million). The
higher dividend payment also contributed to the increase in net debt 
as at September 2007 compared with the end of the previous year (from
EUR 24.7 million to EUR 31.1 million). Gearing as at September 30, 
2007 increased compared with the previous year from 20.8% to 25.5% 
and was 22.6% at the end of the previous year. Group equity totaled 
EUR 121.9 million at the end of September 2007, thus resulting in an 
equity ratio of 42.1% (previous year: 40.4%).
Outlook
"We expect for the current financial year with the prevailing market 
conditions consolidated revenues in excess of EUR 390 million and 
consolidated net earnings of EUR 25 million. Further potential 
material price hikes and a continued flattening of growth in some 
markets we accept as challenges. Our comprehensive technological 
capabilities in water treatment, innovative products like our new 
softener AQA perla and our technologically leading Point-of-Use 
filters as well as international expansion should allow us to grow 
disproportionately in the next quarters," says Andreas Weissenbacher.
end of announcement                               euro adhoc 16.11.2007 07:30:00

Further inquiry note:

BWT Aktiengesellschaft
Ralf Burchert, CEFA
ralf.burchert@bwt.at
Tel.: 06232/5011-1113

Branche: Water Supply
ISIN: AT0000737705
WKN: 884042
Index: ATX Prime
Börsen: Wiener Börse AG / official market

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