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02.05.2019 – 07:30

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EANS-News: ANDRITZ GROUP: Results for Q1 2019

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Quarterly Report

Graz -
MAY 2, 2019. International technology Group ANDRITZ saw satisfactory business
development overall in the first quarter of 2019. Order intake amounted to just
under 1.7 billion euros and was thus approximately 8% higher than the previous
year's reference period. Sales and EBITA each increased by around 15%.

The key financial figures developed as follows:

* At 1,658.1 million euros (MEUR), order intake reached a good level and was
  8.2% higher than the figure for the previous year's reference period (Q1 2018:
  1,532.8 MEUR). The Pulp & Paper business area was mainly responsible for this
  increase and succeeded in enhancing its order intake by over 75% compared to
  the previous year's reference figure. A decline was noted in the order intake
  by the Hydro and Metals business areas, which were both confronted with a
  continuing difficult market environment.

* The order backlog as of March 31, 2019, amounted to 7,260.9 MEUR and has thus
  risen further compared to the end of 2018 (December 31, 2018: 7,084.3 MEUR).

* Sales saw favorable development and were 15.4% higher than the previous year's
  reference period at 1,489.2 (Q1 2018: 1,291.0 MEUR). With the exception of
  Hydro, all business areas were able to achieve an increase in sales - in some
  cases substantially - compared to last year's reference figures.

* EBITA increased in line with sales and reached 82.8 MEUR (+15.5% compared to
  Q1 2018: 71.7 MEUR). As a result, the Group's profitability (EBITA margin)
  remained unchanged at 5.6% (Q1 2018: 5.6%). While the Pulp & Paper business
  area was able to achieve a significant increase in earnings and profitability
  compared to the reference figures of the previous year, the EBITA in the
  Metals business area dropped considerably. The main reasons for this are
  processing of low-margin projects on the one hand and under-utilization in the
  Metals Forming sector on the other hand.

* The EBIT decreased from 64.4 MEUR to 52.9 MEUR, mainly as a result of
  increased depreciation and amortization of intangible assets (including
  goodwill impairment in the amount of 4.5 MEUR).

* The financial result decreased to -6.4 MEUR due to the lower average net
  liquidity compared to the previous year as well as interest expenses for the
  Schuldscheindarlehen issued in the third quarter of 2018 (Q1 2018: -1.4 MEUR).
  As a result, net income (without non-controlling interests) declined to 33.6
  MEUR (Q1 2018: 44.0 MEUR).

From today's perspective, the ANDRITZ GROUP continues to expect a significant
increase in sales for the 2019 business year compared to the previous year. The
main reasons for this are the continuing positive trend in orders and the
resulting high order backlog as of the end of March 2019 as well as the sales
contributions made by the companies acquired in 2018.

In terms of profitability, ANDRITZ now only expects a largely unchanged
operative EBITA margin from today's perspective compared to the previous year
(EBITA margin 2018 before extraordinary items: 6.9%). The reason for this is
improvements not being realized in the Metals Forming sector as well as slightly
lower profitability in the Pulp & Paper business area compared to the
extraordinarily high level in the previous year.

Wolfgang Leitner, President & CEO of ANDRITZ AG: "Business development in the
first quarter was satisfactory and in line, by and large, with our expectations.
As we expect the global automotive market to remain weak in the medium term, in
the next few weeks we will extensively evaluate the need to implement possible
restructuring measures in the Metals Forming sector. The goal is the sustained
adjustment of capacities and cost structures to the difficult market conditions
and thus to ensure the competitiveness of our products on the market.

|Order backlog                      |MEUR|7,260.9|6,553.2|+10.8% |7,084.3|
|Earnings Before Interest           |MEUR|52.9   |64.4   |-17.9% |321.6  |
|Net income                         |MEUR|33.6   |44.0   |-23.6% |222    |
|Cash flow from                     |MEUR|56.0   |-23.4  |+339.3%|7.8    |
|Employees                          |    |       |       |       |       |
|(as of end of period;              |-   |29,398 |25,822 |+13.8% |29,096 |

All figures according to IFRS. Due to the utilization of automatic calculation
programs, differences can arise in the addition of rounded totals and
percentages. MEUR = million euros. EUR = euros.

                                    - End -

ANDRITZ is an international technology group providing plants, systems,
equipment, and services for various industries. The company is one of the
technology and global market leaders in the hydropower business, the pulp and
paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and in solid/liquid
separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of
business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where
ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT
(Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In
addition, the company is active in power generation (steam boiler plants,
biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and
environmental technology (flue gas and exhaust gas cleaning plants) and offers
equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as
well as recycling plants.

ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility - core
values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in
Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, over 29,000 employees, and
more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable
and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and
sustainability goals.

Annual and Financial reports are available for download at the ANDRITZ web site [], and printed editions can be requested
free of charge by e-mail to [].

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking
statements". These statements, which contain the words "believe," "intend,"
"expect," and words of a similar meaning, reflect the Executive Board's beliefs
and expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially. As a result, readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The company disclaims
any obligation to publicly announce the result of any revisions to the forward-
looking statements made herein, except where it would be required to do so under
applicable law.

Further inquiry note:
Dr. Michael Buchbauer
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +43 316 6902 2979
Fax: +43 316 6902 465

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