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EANS-Adhoc: Balda AG within the expected targets in terms of turnover and result / Group reorganisation is proceeding apace

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6-month report


Balda AG within the expected targets in terms of turnover and result / Group reorganisation is proceeding apace

• Semi-annual net profit at 5.7 million euros—jump by 2.1 million euros in
      the second quarter

    • Sales revenues in the half-year at 63.3 million euros (previous year: 66.2
      million euros)

    • Delayed order calls, continuing price pressure on suppliers and one-off
      expenditures put a strain on the operational result (EBIT)

    • EBIT at minus 2.1 million euros at the close of the first half-year
      (period of previous year: plus 2.5 million euros)

    • Due to improved financial result EBT of 5.8 million euros (previous year:
      3.9 million euros)

    • Reorganisation systematically advanced: concentration of MobileCom
      production in Beijing

    • Forecast for 2010 confirmed with reservations

Bad Oeynhausen, 5 August 2010 - Balda AG, which is listed on the SDAX of the 

Frankfurt stock exchange, achieved sales revenues in its continued operations amounting to 63.3 million euros in the first half of the year in 2010, compared to 66.2 million euros in the same period of the previous year. The price pressure prevailing in the suppliers´ market as well as delayed commencements of production were essentially responsible for the decline in the business volume. The Group boosted sales to 37.4 million euros in the second quarter of 2010, following 25.9 million euros in the first quarter.

Both the one-off expenditures in the MobileCom segment for the reorganisation in the period in a continuing tough competitive environment, amounting to around 3 million euros, and the cost-intensive start-up phase for the manufacture of new products put a strain on the operational result (EBIT) in the first half of 2010. It stood at minus 2.1 million euros, after plus 2.5 million euros in the previous year. The EBIT covers one-off earnings as well.

The Group improved the EBIT to 0.2 million euros in the second quarter of 2010, compared to the first quarter (first quarter of 2010: minus 2.3 million euros).

The improved financial result contributed to the positive earnings before tax (EBT) of Balda in the first half of 2010 amounting to 5.8 million euros (previous year: 3.9 million euros).

The half-year net profit added up to 5.7 million euros (previous year: 2.8 million euros).

Segment development The development of the three segments took different courses yet stayed within the scope of the planning. The earnings of MobileCom declined, with a negative operational result. Above all, mounting cost pressure and delayed order calls have put a strain on growth in the MobileCom segment. Electronic Products boosted sales revenues, with a negative operational result. The segment had to cope with a massively growing material usage with expensive components that have to be purchased as well as costly production run-ups. By contrast, Medical posted a slight decline of revenues with an operational result that continues to be positive. The segment is well positioned in the market and aligned to sustainable growth.

|in million|Sales                |EBIT                 |
|euros     |                     |                     |
|          |1st half  |1st half  |1st half  |1st half  |
|          |of 2010   |of 2009   |of 2010   |of 2009   |
|MobileCom |35.3      |41.7      |-3.3      |5.2       |
|Electronic|14.9      |8.5       |-2.5      |-0.5      |
|Products  |          |          |          |          |
|Medical   |13.1      |16.0      |1.1       |2.3       |

Liquidity of the Group continues to be very good 

The Group had liquid assets amounting to 49.4 million euros at its disposal as of the end of the reporting period. Thus Balda is capable of financing the operational business in 2010 as well as further growth from its own resources.

Equity is increasing again The Group´s equity increased to 189.6 million euros (31 December 2009: 159.2 million euros). The equity ratio likewise rose to 64.7 percent, compared to 63.9 percent at the close of the 2009 financial year.

Prospect 2010 Balda is still assuming a stronger second half-year in the MobileCom segment. The actual sales volume, as well as the income side, depend on the sales result of customers´ products in the end consumer market, i. e. on the volume of the customers´ order calls. The definitive and reliable forecast for the operational business in China will be feasible only over the course of the third quarter. Despite the fact that this development in the MobileCom segment can be precisely assessed only later, Balda will stick to its current forecast of a sales growth of 10 to 15 percent and an operational result for the Group in the 2010 financial year that will remain on the same level as the previous year.


Key Figures of Balda Group, 1st half of 2010/2009 (Continued operations)

in million euros

|                   |1st half|1st half|Change in|2nd     |1st     |
|                   |of 2010 |of 20092|percent  |quarter |quarter |
|                   |        |        |         |of 2010 |of 2010 |
|Revenues           |63.3    |66.2    |-4.4     |37.4    |25.9    |
|MobileCom          |35.3    |41.7    |-15.3    |21.1    |14.2    |
|Electronic Products|14.9    |8.5     |75.3     |9.4     |5.5     |
|Medical            |13.1    |16.0    |-18.1    |6.9     |6.2     |
|Total operating    |73.9    |70.7    |4.5      |45.2    |28.7    |
|performance        |        |        |         |        |        |
|Operating result   |-2.1    |2.5     |         |0.2     |-2.3    |
|(EBIT)             |        |        |         |        |        |
|EBIT margin (in %) |-2.8    |3.5     |         |0.4     |-7.9    |
|Earnings before    |5.8     |3.9     |48.2     |3.7     |2.0     |
|taxes (EBT)        |        |        |         |        |        |
|Half-year/Quarterly|5.7     |2.8     |101.5    |3.9     |1.8     |
|net profit         |        |        |         |        |        |
|Earnings per share |10.8    |5.8     |86.2     |7.4     |3.5     |
|(in euro cents)1   |        |        |         |        |        |
|Employees          |3,731   |6,120   |-39.0    |3,731   |5,094   |

   1) Number of shares at balance sheet date in million: 54.157 (previous year´s
      balance sheet date: 54.157)

   2) Including Balda Medical GmbH & Co. KG and Balda
      Grundstücksvermietungsgesellschaft mbH, without Balda Motherson Solution
      India Ltd. 
end of announcement                               euro adhoc

Further inquiry note:

Clas Röhl
Tel.: +49 (0) 5734 922-2728

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