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Jenoptik Executive Board revises its forecast for year 2000 net
Record level in order intake for first quarter of 2000.
Dividend for fiscal 1999 to be increased to EURO 0.50.
A major restructuring scheme in the past fiscal year of 1999 has
had a positive effect on the Jenoptik Group revenue situation.
Compared to the previous year, the Group's net income rose by 50
percent to EURO 33.3 million (1998: EURO 22.2 million), a turnout
which is ten percent higher than the preliminary figure announced in
January this year. Earnings before interest and tax somewhat
increased to EURO 55 million (previous year: EURO 54.3 million),
declared Dr. h.c. Lothar Späth, the Chairman of the Executive Board
of JENOPTIK AG at an accounts press-conference held on Tuesday in
With a figure of EURO 1,395 million, Jenoptik Group sales were
slightly better (up 2.2 percent) on a comparable basis. Foreign sales
in total Group turnover increased to 60.3 percent. Domestic sales
decreased to 39.7 percent. Under the corporate reconstruction scheme,
some business parts were sold off, which resulted in a reduction of
the corporate sales potential by approximately EURO 242 million. As
was pointed out by Jenoptik chief Dr. Späth, the efforts to improve
on the Group's profit earning capacity had priority over sales
New record level in order intake in fiscal 1999.
The Jenoptik Group is able to boast a new record level in order
intake for fiscal 1999. With EURO 1,552 million, orders received were
up 21 percent on the previous year (EURO 1.279 million). By
comparable standards (adjusted for Group restructuring effects), this
latest figure is even higher by 67 percent. Due to the favourable
order intake situation, the order backlog was also positively
affected despite the fact that the calculated figure for total order
backlog does not account for the order backlog portions of those
business entities which were sold off. It increased by 7.1 percent to
EURO 1,179 million (EURO 1,101 million the year before).
DVFA-performance strongly improved.
By DVFA valuation standards (German Association of Financial
Analysis and Investment Counselling), earnings after taxes on income
significantly increased to EURO 16.8 million in the fiscal year 1999
(previous year: EURO 7.5 million). On a per-share basis, the DVFA
result improved from EURO 0.15 to 0.43 in the fiscal year 1999. This
DVFA-based ratio was determined for the two reference years of 1998
and 1999, following the basic calculation criteria formula which also
takes into account fictitious potential taxes and goodwill
Loss providers consequently removed.
"1999 has proved a difficult yet successful year for our corporate
business. Difficult - because we had to make some more fundamental
changes in the Group's business division structure. Successful -
because this Group restructuring worked out well in very little time.
We have divested ourselves from such low-profit heavy-risk business
fields as wireless tele-communication systems, while other business
fields were focusedand trimmed for profitability" said Jenoptik chief
In addition to the Group's reorganisation, he cited two more
reasons for the positive revenue situation. The operating result of
the Clean Systems and Photonics business divisions has distinctly
improved and Jenoptik holding costs were considerably reduced.
Dividend to increase from EURO 0.39 to 0.50 per share.
Jenoptik shareholders are to profit from this leap in earnings.
The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of JENOPTIK AG will
propose to the general shareholder meeting on June 7, 2000 in Erfurt
that a dividend of EURO 0.50 per share be paid out for the fiscal
year 1999 (against EURO 0.39 for the previous year). This corresponds
to a rise by about thirty percent on the preceding year.
New record in order intake during first quarter of 2000.
The first quarter of the new fiscal year has provided an excellent
start for the Jenoptik Group. According to figures available up until
now, the Jenoptik Group has achieved the highest ever quarterly order
intake level in its company history. The preliminary order intake
figure for quarter I of 2000 amounts to roughly EURO 670 million,
which signifies a growth of 24 percent on a comparable basis. Each of
the two business divisions Clean Systems and Photonics have
contributed their share to this result. In terms of requested volume,
the biggest orders account for the Clean Systems division. Not
included in the quarter I balance is an Infineon order for a new chip
factory in Dresden, which falls within the second quarter.With a lot
of enthusiasm, the Asset Management business division has started in
the current fiscal year. During the three first months of 2000, the
venture capital subsidiary of Jenoptik, Deutsche Effecten- und
Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB) acquired equity shares in
three more innovative enterprises. ASCLEPION-MEDITEC AG was the first
affiliated company to be successfully launched on the New Frankfurt
Stock Exchange Market by DEWB on March, 22 this year.
Jenoptik set for growth in the year 2000.
In view of this excellent start, Jenoptik chief Späth expects that
there will be a substantial growth in Jenoptik corporate sales.
According to his words, sales are to go up by 15 percent on a
comparable basis. Sales in the Clean Systems division are to rise by
at least 15 percent to a level between EURO 1.15 and 1.2 thousand
million. For the Photonics division, sales are anticipated to grow by
twelve to sixteen percent to a level between EURO 200 and 210
million. Asset Management plans to launch three more companies on the
stock market in 2000 through its venture capital provider DEWB with
the proviso that the capital market will provide the basic conditions
to back these plans.
Forecast for Jenoptik Group net income revised upwards.
Earnings of the Jenoptik Group are to rise even more than sales in
the fiscal year 2000. According to Späth, Jenoptik will reap the
actual benefits of its corporate restructuring efforts in the current
fiscal year 2000. It has entered into the new fiscal year without any
old liabilities and business in each of the three business divisions
has started well. With the present boom in the semiconductor industry
and the proceeds from the Asclepion initial stock offering in Asset
Management, the Jenoptik Group anticipates a clearly better operating
result for first quarter of 2000 than in the same quarter of last
year. For the first quarter of 2000, the Executive Board of Jenoptik
expects a Group result that is on a level with the net income for
fiscal 1999. Späth pointed out that this high profit contribution
rate cannot be sustained over the coming three quarters because the
Asset Management business has a more intermittent character.
The Executive Board revises its January 2000 forecast upwards,
stating that the Group's net income will grow by thirty to forty
percent. "In any case, the Jenoptik Group net income for 2000 is
going to be 50 percent above the previous year level", said Späth
Further acquisitions to consolidate the market positions of the
Clean Systems and Photonics divisions are strategically conceivable.
"However, everything must fit when we decide for a commitment. In any
case, there is enough financing scope."
Public Relations Jörg Hettmann Phone / Fax +49-3641-652255/ 2484
Investor Relations Sabine Barnekow Phone / Fax +49-3641-65 2156 /
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