Sartorius AG

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Currency-adjusted sales revenue up 3.8% | EBITA margin at 8.9% | Increase in sales revenue and profitability forecasted for the second half

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Preliminary Figures for the First Half of 2008 28.07.2008 To ensure the best possible comparability, the figures of the year-earlier period are presented on a pro forma basis and adjusted for non-operating effects ("underlying"). In the first half of the current financial year, the Sartorius Group achieved currency-adjusted growth in sales revenue of 3.8%. At current exchange rates, sales revenue is at EUR304.0 million and thus at the previous year´s level (EUR304.8 mn; -0.2%). For the Biotechnology Division, the temporarily quite challenging US market environment played a significant role. Therefore, currency-adjusted global sales revenue rose a comparably low 2.8%. In the reporting currency, the division´s revenue at EUR184.1 mn is 1.3% lower than the year-earlier figure (EUR186.6 mn). The Mechatronics Division increased its currency-adjusted sales revenue by 5.5% (current exchange rates: +1.5%) to EUR119.9 mn (2007: EUR118.2 mn). On the basis of constant currencies, Group order intake attained approximately the same level of the strong first half in 2007 (+0.1%). In the reporting currency, order intake is at EUR311.3 mn (2007: EUR324.0 mn). This corresponds to a decrease of 3.9% (Biotechnology: -5.6%, currency-adjusted: -1.6%; Mechatronics: -1.2%, currency-adjusted: +2.7%) and can be primarily attributed to fluctuations in the Biotechnology Division´s project business. Operating earnings (EBITA) were EUR27.0 mn (2007: EUR28.9 mn); the Group´s EBITA margin was 8.9% (2007: 9.5%). EBITA of the Biotechnology Division declined from EUR21.3 mn to EUR20.4 mn (margin: down from 11.4% to 11.1%) and that of the Mechatronics Division from EUR7.7 mn to EUR6.6 mn (margin: down from 6.5% to 5.5%). On the basis of the previous year´s exchange rates, the EBITA margin for both divisions and the group is approximately one percentage point higher than in current exchange rates. Consolidated net profit after minority interest was likewise impacted by the less favorable exchange rates and by the higher euro base interest rate, and is at EUR7.3 mn (2007: EUR9.7 mn). Earnings per share, excluding the two non-cash items of amortization and interest for the share price warrants granted, were EUR0.57 (2007: EUR0.67). In the second half, we expect that sales revenue for both divisions will be above the first-half level. For the Biotechnology Division, we forecast a higher growth rate than in first half, whereas for the Mechatronics Division, we project that slower economic activity will slightly dampen its pace of growth. For both divisions, profitability should be higher in the second half than in the first. However, we do not expect to reach our ambitious full-year targets. Because of the present uncertainties concerning the US biotechnology market and the global economic climate, a more precise quantitative forecast is currently not possible. in millions of EUR 1st half 2008 1st half 2007 Change (unless otherwise specified) pro forma in % Sartorius Group Sales revenue 304.0 304.8 -0.2 (+3.8) Order intake 311.3 324.0 -3.9 (+0.1) EBITA 1) 27.0 28.9 Net profit for the period 1) 7.3 9.7 Earnings per share 1)2) in EUR 0.57 0.67 Biotechnology Division Sales revenue 184.1 186.6 -1.3 (+2.8) Order intake 187.1 198.3 -5.6 (-1.6) EBITA 1) 20.4 21.3 Mechatronics Division Sales revenue 119.9 118.2 +1.5 (+5.5) Order intake 124.1 125.6 -1.2 (+2.7) EBITA 1) 6.6 7.7 in parentheses: currency-adjusted 1) underlying for 2007 2) excluding non-cash amortization and, for 2008, additionally excluding non-cash interest expenses for share price warrants Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO of Sartorius, will discuss the first-half results for Sartorius with analysts and investors in a teleconference on June 29, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. CET. You may dial into this teleconference starting at 3:15 p.m. CET at the following numbers: Germany: +49 (0)69 5007 1317 France: +33 (0)1 70 99 43 03 UK: +44 (0)20 7806 1966 USA: +1 718 354 1390 The dial-in code is 4161181. To view the webcast, log onto end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Sartorius AG Im Internet recherchierbar: Further inquiry note: Andreas Wiederhold Treasury & Investor Relations Telefon: +49 (0)551 308-1668 E-Mail: Branche: Biotechnology ISIN: DE0007165607 WKN: 716560 Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, Technologie All Share Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin / free trade Börse Hamburg / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Börse Hannover / free trade Börse München / free trade

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