RHI Magnesita

Favourable RHI half-year balance shows new, focussed Group

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Following the Heraklith sale effective 13 June 2006 RHI’s half-year consolidated balance sheet shows the structure adjusted for Heraklith with a balance sheet total of EUR 1.1 billion. The results of the group contain a book profit from the sale in the amount of EUR 60.8 million, profit for the first half of 2006 amounts to EUR 107.0 million. Equity, which is still negative in the RHI balance sheet, subsequently improved significantly in the first half of 2006 by EUR 94.9 million and amounted to EUR -86.2 million. Taking into account the outstanding RHI convertible bonds, equity is positive again. In late 2001, this figure was approx. EUR -500 million after the write-down and deconsolidation of the US refractories companies. Since that time, financial liabilities have been cut by more than half from more than EUR 1 billion to now EUR 488.6 million; including cash and cash equivalents, this figure is now only EUR 454.1 million. This roughly corresponds to the 2.5-fold EBITDA of the new and focused RHI, this key figure illustrates the group’s regained financial scope.

Overall, the RHI Group reported revenue in the amount of EUR 666.8 million in the first half of 2006 (previous year, comparable to the new structure 2006: EUR 601.9 million), an increase by 10.8%. EBITDA amounted to EUR 86.4 million (EUR 75.9 million); EBIT, at EUR 64.6 million (EUR 56.0 million), was up 15.4%. Profit before income taxes rose by 17.6% to EUR 51.4 million, profit from continuing operations (Refractories, other) was EUR 46.2 million (EUR 40.3 million). Profit from discontinued operations (Insulating) amounted to EUR 60.8 million (EUR 3.5 million); the RHI Group’s half-year profit, at EUR 107.0 million (EUR 43.8 million), reached a historic high amounting to 2.5 times the figure of the previous year.

RHI Refractories reported revenue amounting to EUR 660.0 million in the first half (previous year: EUR 596.8 million), an increase by 10.6%. Refractories sales volume rose 5.2% to 900,000 tonnes. EBIT amounted to EUR 67.7 million (EUR 66.5 million); the EBIT margin was 10.3% (11.1%). The increase in revenue was accounted for by a slightly under-proportional contribution from global business with steel customers and a disproportionately high contribution from business with customers in the industrial segment. Steel once again realised significant increases in revenue with key accounts in North America and, parallel to production of local steel customers, slight declines in South America. Industrial recorded satisfactory growth in the business units nonferrous metals, environment, energy, chemicals as well as cement and lime as compared to the previous year. Only business with glass customers was still down on the level of the previous year. Incoming orders and the good economic situation of RHI’s customer industries indicate a positive business development for refractories.

                                                            1st Half          Change
in EUR million                                    2006        2005      in %
Revenue                                              666.8      601.9      10.8
EBITDA                                                 86.4        75.9      13.8
EBITDA margin                                      13.0%      12.6%      2.8
EBIT                                                    64.6        56.0      15.4
EBIT margin                                          9.7%        9.3%      4.1
Profit before income taxes                 51.4        43.7      17.6
Profit from continuing operations      46.2        40.3      14.6
Profit from discontinued operations  60.8         3.5
Profit                                                107.0        43.8    144.3

The complete Half-year Report 2006 is available on RHI’s website under www.rhi-ag.com for downloading.

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Further inquiry note:
Investor Relations
Dkfm. Markus Richter
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Email: markus.richter@rhi-ag.com

Branche: Refractories
ISIN:      AT0000676903
WKN:        874182
Index:    ATX Prime
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