LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

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Quarterly or Semiannual Financial Statements
LPKFÂ’s second quarter 2004 confirms positive development in turnover (E)

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The Group generated the following results in the first six months:
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                                                2004 (6m)  2003 (6m)  Change
Turnover KEUR                          11,159        9,538         + 17.0%              
EBIT KEUR                                      229         -292         +178.4%
EBIT margin                                 2.1%        -3.1%
Result KEUR                                  -36          -99         + 63.6%
EPS EUR                                        0.00        -0.01
Cash and cash equivalents KEUR 6,262        5,264         + 19.0%
Capital ratio                            72.7%        70.1%
Orders received by AG
per 10 Aug. KEUR                      11,851        8,547         + 38.7%
Orders in hand at AG
per 10 Aug. KEUR                        3,168        3,011         +  5.2%
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Notes on the quarterly results:                                                    
The development in turnover in the second quarter shows a clear
upwards trend. The increase in turnover is particularly satisfactory
in the Laser Systems segment which - pushed by the cutting and
drilling laser systems - boasts a growth of 28%. The Rapid PCB
Prototyping segment also posted clear growth with an increase in
turnover of 16%. This rise was largely attributable to the
developments and market launch of the new H100, a fully automatic
system for the production of prototype PCBs.                              
The consolidated performance is still depressed by the new laser
welding technology of Laserquipment AG. For 2005, however, it is
LaserquipmentÂ’s aim to produce a break even, when the new products
are launched onto the market. The successful installation of welding
systems in the medical technology and automotive sectors in
particular are promising signs of the planned expansion in growth.

Outlook 2004:
Orders received in the last few weeks, from Asia in particular,
confirm that LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is pursuing the right growth
strategy. LPKF Laser & Electronics AG generates its highest turnover
in the second half of the financial year, which is also reflected in
the current high level of orders in hand and confirms the Board of
Managing DirectorsÂ’ forecast. The major growth in orders received and
orders in hand is all the more significant considering that a large
volume order was received in the comparable period the previous year.
In the 3D-MID segment, the technology is establishing itself more and
more. Additional systems were sold in the reporting period. The
demand for 3D-MID samples and services also reflects a considerable
rise in interest by the relevant industries so that a further
increase in turnover can be expected here in the future.          
All of LPKFÂ’s product segments feature an exclusive range of
innovative products tailored to todayÂ’s and tomorrowÂ’s demand. The
greater willingness of industry to invest opens up excellent
opportunities worldwide.                  

end of announcement            euro adhoc 12.08.2004
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Further inquiry note: Ulrike Thoms-von Meding LPKF Laser & Electronics AG Tel.: +49(0)5131 7095 382 u.thomsvonmeding@lpkf.de

Branche: Semiconductors & active components
ISIN:      DE0006450000
WKN:        645000
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 DĂĽsseldorf / free trade
              Baden-WĂĽrttembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade



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