Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG

EANS-Adhoc: Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG
PWO reports strong second quarter of 2010 and raises annual forecast

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6-month report


- Continued high level of customer call-off orders - Revenue and EBIT further improved in Q2 2010 - 2010 full-year forecast raised: more than EUR 250 million of revenue and around EUR 15 million of EBIT anticipated

Oberkirch, August 2, 2010 - Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG has continued to benefit from strong demand recovery, particularly for the international automotive market's premium models in the second quarter. Consequently, the Group has again achieved a good de-velopment during this period. Revenue and EBIT have improved further compared with the first quarter. Customer call orders notified for the second half of 2010 point to a con-tinued positive development.

We are consequently now assuming that we will significantly exceed our previous forecast of 15 percent revenue growth for the full 2010 year and are now expecting consolidated revenue growth of more than 20 percent compared to 2009, to more than EUR 250 million, and EBIT of around EUR 15 million. Following EBIT of EUR -4.9 million in the 2009 financial year, this means that the announced turnaround will have been realised more rapidly than expected, thereby significantly exceeding the previous budget.

PWO will release its full interim financial report on the second quarter and first half of 2010 tomorrow. We are already re-attaining precrisis levels with Group revenue in the second quarter of 2010 of EUR 63.4 million (p/y: EUR 49.1), total output of EUR 65.3 million (p/y: EUR 51.2) and EBIT of EUR 4.5 million (p/y: EUR -2.2). The net result for the period amounted to EUR 2.0 million (p/y: EUR -3.2), and earnings per share stood at EUR 0.82 (p/y: EUR -1.27). In the first half-year, revenue of EUR 124.8 million (p/y: EUR 90.5), total output of EUR 130.1 million (p/y: EUR 94.2), EBIT of EUR 8.7 million (p/y: EUR -7.2), and a net result for the period of EUR 3.6 million (p/y: EUR -7.7) were achieved. Earnings per share amounted to EUR 1.45 (p/y: EUR -3.09).

This positive trend is the result of the Group's higher capacity utilisation in combination with the last two years' cost-reduction measures, which continue to take effect during the upturn. Currency gains were also reported in the first half of 2010, following currency hedging charges in 2009.

All PWO sites contributed to growth in revenue and earnings. Revenue growth and profitability remains good at our largest site at Oberkirch. As announced, the Czech site is meanwhile on path to a clearly positive EBIT in 2010. We have now passed the peak of start-up losses in the NAFTA region, and production is ramping-up in China.

With our established PWO-production-system, we are in a position to actively manage the increase in current assets, particularly in the current upturn phase, thereby limiting liquidity requirements. As a consequence, the equity ratio of 30.1 percent at the end of the first half of 2010 remained at the level of 30.0 percent at the end of 2009. Net debt, which was EUR 76.2 million at the end of the first quarter, rose slightly in line with nor-mal business fluctuations, and amounted to EUR 79.0 million as of June 30, 2010.

In the first half of 2010, cash flow from operating activities of EUR 12.0 million significantly exceeded investment cash outflows of EUR 6.4 million, and interest paid of EUR 2.4 million. Free cash flow correspondingly amounted to EUR 3.2 million.

Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG The Management Board

PWO company profile PWO is one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced metal components for automobile safety and comfort. The company has developed unique knowledge in the forming and joining of metals over the course of its over 90-year history since it was founded in 1919. The German location at Oberkirch today employs around 1,100 staff members. The Group is globally represented with fur-ther sites in China, Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic, and employs around 2,000 staff around the world.

PW0 is a partner to the global automotive industry for the development and production of innova-tive products in the areas of "Mechanical components for electrical and electronic applications", "Safety components for airbags, seats and steering" and "Components and systems for vehicle bodies and chassis".

Series orders currently on hand will result in significant growth at all sites over the next two years, irrespective of full market recovery.

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Further inquiry note:

Bernd Bartmann (CFO)
Phone: +49 7802 / 84-347
Fax: +49 7802 / 84-789

Branche: Automotive Equipment
ISIN: DE0006968001
WKN: 696800
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