Dr. Hönle AG

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Quarterly or Semiannual Financial Statements
Good Start to the New Financial Year (E)

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After Hönle (ISIN: DE 0005157101), a leading systems provider of industrial UV technology, successfully closed financial year 2002/2003, the Company continued its course of success during the first three months of the new financial year with a sales increase of 41 % in comparison to the first quarter of the previous year. Sales revenues rose from TEUR 3,434 to TEUR 4,854.

The start to the new financial year which was significantly better than in the previous year is reflected in the income figures: earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose at Group level from TEUR -72 in the previous year to TEUR 423, earnings before taxes (EBT) climbed from TEUR 3 to TEUR 540, and net income for the period rose from TEUR 81 to TEUR 315. Relative to 5.24 million shares, earnings per share improved from EUR 0.02 in the previous year’s period to EUR 0.06 in the first quarter of the current year.

With an equity ratio of 83 percent, the Hönle Group continues to be very solidly financed. Taken together, liquid funds and financial investments amount to TEUR 16,152 as at 31 December 2003. This corresponds to a cash proportion of EUR 3.08 per share.

Forecast: The Company assumes that the positive business development will continue in the second quarter. Order intake in the first quarter of the financial year developed successfully, in particular in the printing applications segment so that an increase in sales in comparison to the previous year is expected for the second quarter as well.

end of announcement            euro adhoc 13.02.2004
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Further inquiry note: Peter Weinert Tel.: +49 (0)89 856 08 173 E-Mail: peter.weinert@hoenle.de

Branche: Instrument Engineering
ISIN:      DE0005157101
WKN:        515710
Index:    CDAX, Prime All Share, Prime Standard, Technologie All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade



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