Basler Vision Technologies AG

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Basler announces financial figures for 2007: Turnover on previous year's level, earnings suffering from downward trend in the flat screen industry; turnover and earnings in the fourth quarter ...

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- annual report 12.03.2008 Ad hoc announcement according to §15 WpHG Financial Figures / Annual Accounts Ahrensburg, 12 March 2008 - Basler AG, one of the most innovative high-growth companies in Vision Technology, today published its audited Annual Report for 2007. The figures at a glance: |in millions of Euros |2007 |2006 |+/- % | |Turnover |51.5 |52.1 |-1% | |Incoming Orders |56.6 |57.5 |-2% | |Gross Results |25.3 |27.3 |-7% | |Gross Margin (in %) |49 |52 |-3 percentage | | | | |points | |Net Results |1.1 |3.0 |-63% | |Earnings per Share (in |0.31 |0.85 |-64% | |Euros) | | | | In the fiscal year 2007, the components business experienced a double-digit growth in turnover and incoming orders whereas in the solutions business those two figures declined significantly. Unfavorable developments of the exchange rate between the Euro and the US Dollar and production-related additional costs in the components business affected the result. In the fourth quarter, the group's turnover increased by 5% to EUR 14.7 million compared to the previous year's quarter. Hence, in terms of turnover, the fourth quarter was by far the most successful quarter of the fiscal year 2007. In Q4/2007, incoming orders amounting to EUR 16.4 million also improved considerably compared to the previous year (2006: EUR 14.6 million; +12%). Earnings before taxes amounted to EUR 2.2 million (Q4/2006: EUR -64 million) Only ten years after its foundation, the Basler Components business unit (industrial digital cameras) generated more than half of the group's turnover. As a result of its strong growth in an otherwise stagnant market, Basler Components has become the world's number two in the market for digital camera solutions for capital goods manufacturers in 2007. Hence, the components business remains the most important growth driver within the Basler group. The Basler Components figures at a glance: |in millions of Euros |2007 |2006 |+/- % | |Turnover |27.5 |23.3 |+18% | |Incoming Orders |30.7 |24.7 |+24% | |EBIT |3.0 |4.3 |-30% | Turnover in the Basler Solutions business unit (turnkey inspection systems for mass production) fell by approximately 17% to EUR 24.0 million in the fiscal year 2007 (2006: EUR 28.8 million). This decline was mainly due to a 35% reduction in investments in the flat screen industry compared to 2006. Basler's market entry into the solar industry was very successful. In 2007, several new products generated incoming orders by key accounts and for the first time produced considerable turnover. As the demand in the flat screen industry began to grow again, the fourth quarter was the most successful quarter of the fiscal year 2007 in terms of turnover and incoming orders. The Basler Solutions figures at a glance: |in millions of Euros |2007 |2006 |+/- % | |Turnover |24.0 |28.8 |-17% | |Incoming Orders |25.9 |32.8 |-21% | |EBIT |-1.2 |1.5 |-180% | Considering the slowing global economy and risk of recession in the United States we are planning a low to mid single-digit growth in turnover and a mid to high single-digit growth in earnings before taxes while generating positive free cash flow . The Annual Report is available as a download at www.baslerweb.com/financialreports. Basler AG, Dr. Dietmar Ley (CEO), An der Strusbek 60 - 62, 22926 Ahrensburg, Tel. +49 (0)4102-463100, ir/baslerweb.com, www.baslerweb.com, ISIN DE 0005102008 end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Basler Vision Technologies AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Verena Fehling Assistant to the Board/Investor Relations Telefon: +49 (0) 4102 463 0 E-Mail: Verena.Fehling@baslerweb.com Branche: Semiconductors & active components ISIN: DE0005102008 WKN: 510200 Index: CDAX Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin / free trade Börse Hamburg / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Börse München / free trade

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