GESCO AG

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Dividend Announcements/Distribution
Record year for GESCO: Earnings per share of EUR 3.39, dividend increase of 40%

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23.05.2006 Wuppertal, 23 May 2006 - Based on the unaudited figures for financial year 2005/2006 ended on 31 March 2006, Prime Standard-listed holding company GESCO AG will exceed its forecast, which was last revised upwards in December 2005. At EUR 234 million, Group sales are around 22% up on the previous year’s figure of EUR 192 million. The rise in Group net income for the year was even more significant at around 50% to EUR 9.3 million (previous year: EUR 6.2 million). Based on the total number of shares of 2,749,000, this produces earnings per share of EUR 3.39 (previous year: EUR 2.49 with a total of 2,500,000 shares). These are the best sales and earnings figures recorded in the company’s history. On the basis of the preliminary figures, the Executive Board assumes a proposed dividend of EUR 1.25 EUR per share, which represents an increase of around 40% compared with the previous year (EUR 0.90). As a result, the pay-out ratio is also at a record high. The financial statements for the 2005/2006 financial year and the forecast for financial year 2006/2007 will be presented at the accounts press conference on 29 June 2006. end of announcement euro adhoc 23.05.2006 18:59:59 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: GESCO AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.de Further inquiry note: Oliver Vollbrecht Leiter Investor Relations T.: +49(0)202 24820 18 info@gesco.de Branche: Economy, Business & Finance ISIN: DE0005875900 WKN: 587590 Index: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share Börsen: Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin-Bremen / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Bayerische Börse / free trade

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