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Catalis N.V.: Preliminary Figures 2002 (E)

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Eindhoven, March 24, 2003 - According to preliminary figures, Catalis N.V.,s financial result for the fiscal year 2002 is in line with forecasts previously published. In the fiscal year 2002 Catalis N.V. has generated consolidated revenues of EUR 6.4 million (previous year EUR 7.3 million). The pre-tax loss increased to EUR -2.4 million (previous year: EUR -14.7 million), net loss improved to EUR -2.4 (previous year: EUR -14.8 million), which corresponds to EUR -0,33 (previous year: EUR -2,27) per share. The net loss for the fiscal year 2002 and the decline in sales resulted from the exit of the "Test Equipment" business. Cash and cash equivalents were EUR 1.7 (previous year: EUR 3,0) million.

For the current fiscal year the management of Catalis N.V. expects sales of between EUR 4.8 and EUR 5.2 million. Due to reorganization efforts and an improved cost structure management forecasts a positive pre-tax result for the fiscal year 2003. The successful turnaround should be achieved in the first quarter 2003.

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Further inquiry note: Sarah McTweed Catalis N.V. (UK Office) Eastside Complex Pinewood Studios Pinewood Road Iver, Buckinghamshire UK SLO 0NH Tel No: + 44 (0)1753 783330 Fax No: + 44 (0)1753 783332

Branche: Semiconductors & active components
ISIN:      NL0000233625
WKN:        927093
Börsen:  Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing



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