Salzgitter AG

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Salzgitter Group posts record results in the first nine months of 2005

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13.11.2005

Against the backdrop of ongoing satisfactory development in the rolled steel and tubes businesses, Salzgitter AG has set new sales and profit records for the first nine months of a financial year thanks to the outstanding results of the first half year and a better-than-expected third quarter.

Consolidated external sales rose to EUR 5.38 billion (9 months 2004: EUR 4.30 billion) and Group profit before taxes to EUR 595.2 million (9 months 2004: EUR 157.2 million). Earnings in the third quarter of 2005 came to EUR 131.8 million before tax and were a significant improvement on the figure of the year-earlier quarter which was EUR 75.6 million. Owing to the capitalization of EUR 130 million worth of future positive tax-related effects with the concurrent impact on cash, the after-tax result reached a level of EUR 556.3 million (9 months 2004: EUR 110.4 million). Return on capital employed (ROCE) reached 38.2 % (9 months 2004: 15.7 %).

External sales at the new structured divisions (EUR million)

                                 9 Months 2005  (9 Months 2004)
Steel                                      1,634                (1,409)
Tubes                                      1,039                  (726)
Trading                                  2,465                (1,921)
Services                                    240                  (244)
Consolidation/Others
Group                                      5.378                (4.300)

Pre-tax results at the new structured divisions (EUR million)

                                 9 Months 2005  (9 Months 2004)
Steel                                      330.6                 (60.2)
Tubes                                      216.2                 (52.6)
Trading                                    59.9                 (72.6)
Services                                    5.7                  (8.5)
Consolidation/Others              -17.2                (-36.7)
Group                                      595.2                (157.2)

On the basis of the information currently available and estimates concerning the trends in the procurements and sales markets as well as the general conditions, and taking account of the effects of the Profitability Improvement Program, the Salzgitter Group’s pre-tax result is expected to post at least EUR 700 million in the current year. Express reference is made to the fact that opportunities and risks from developments currently not foreseeable and distortions in currency parity may still affect performance in the financial year 2005. Additional positive or negative effects may arise owing to structural or methodological changes, for instance in inventory valuation pursuant to revised IFRS standards or the manner in which they are treated.

For further details and an outlook on the current financial year, please refer to today’s press release (see www.salzgitter-ag.de).

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ots Originaltext: Salzgitter AG
Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.de

Further inquiry note:
Bernhard Kleinermann
Tel.: +49 (0) 5341-21-3783
E-Mail: kleinermann.b@salzgitter-ag.de
Tel.:49 (0) 5341-21-01
FAX: +49 (0) 5341-21-2727
Email: gersdorff.b@salzgitter-ag.de

Branche: Iron & Steel
ISIN:      DE0006202005
WKN:        620200
Index:    MDAX, CDAX, HDAX
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing/prime standard
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / official dealing



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