GESCO AG

EANS-News: GESCO strengthens balance sheet during the recession and expects growth

 2009/2010 figures fall within forecast  A high level of equity and sufficient liquidity  Strong start to the new financial year: Incoming orders up 43 % -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corporate news transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer/originator is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Financial Figures/Balance Sheet Subtitle:  2009/2010 figures fall within forecast  A high level of equity and sufficient liquidity  Strong start to the new financial year: Incoming orders up 43 % Wuppertal (euro adhoc) - Wuppertal, 29 June 2010 - The SDAX listed investment holding company GESCO AG is announcing its results for financial year 2009/2010 (1 April 2009 - 31 March 2010) at its annual accounts press conference today. As expected, figures at the end of the year showed a decrease in sales and earnings but also a stronger balance sheet. The company is forecasting growth for the new financial year 2010/2011. The number of incoming orders already went up considerably in the first quarter. While the previous year still showed the effects of an economy that had been lively until autumn 2008, financial year 2009/2010 was dominated by recession - the effects of which GESCO Group, like many others, was unable to escape. At the end of 2008, the Group already took preventive action by implementing cost saving programmes and starting various sales and innovation campaigns. Total Group sales in financial year 2009/2010 dropped from EUR 378.4 million to EUR 277.7 million. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) amounted to EUR 16.5 million compared to EUR 38.9 million in the previous year. Group net income after minority interest reached EUR 8.9 million (previous year: EUR 21.6 million). Earnings per share according to IFRS came to EUR 2.95 (EUR 7.16). These figures fell within the forecast published in June 2009. GESCO Group closed the crisis year with an exceptionally strong balance sheet structure. The equity ratio now amounts to 42.7 %, liquid assets to EUR 26.9 million and the debt ratio is comfortably low with a ratio between net liabilities to banks and EBITDA of 1.7. In addition, goodwill poses just a small risk to the company´s finances, as it totals only 6.4 % of equity. For the first time, the Group´s staff of 1,733 includes the 42 employees of Georg Kesel GmbH & Co. KG, acquired in April 2009. On the previous year´s reporting date, GESCO Group employed 1,795 people. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of EUR 1.30 per share to the Annual General Meeting on 2 September 2010. The Company distributed EUR 2.50 per share in the previous year. In view of the improved economic situation, the company is forecasting Group sales between EUR 290 million and EUR 320 million and Group net income after minority interest of between EUR 9 million and EUR 11 million, corresponding to earnings per share according to IFRS between EUR 2.98 and EUR 3.64, for the new financial year 2010/2011 (1 April 2010 - 31 March 2011). Business livened up considerably in the first quarter of financial year 2010/2011, which comprises the operating months January to March for the Group´s subsidiaries. Incoming orders came to EUR 87.8 million, up 42.9 % on the same quarter in the previous year (EUR 61.4 million), and with EUR 76.8 million, sales were 4.3 % higher than in the previous year (EUR 73.6 million). Dr. Hans-Gert Mayrose, member of the Executive Board, on the company´s outlook: "GESCO has come through the crisis rather well compared to others. We naturally lowered our costs considerably, but we did not "save the group to death" either. Our subsidiaries have retained their full supply capacities and some have gained new customers and tapped into new markets. Although there are still economic risks, there are plenty of signs pointing to an upturn at present." The complete Annual Report is available online at www.gesco.de. About GESCO AG GESCO AG is a financial holding for a group of industrial SMEs. It acquires successful, established niche providers, mainly in the form of a business succession agreement, with the objective of retaining long-term involvement in the companies while developing their business. GESCO AG is listed on the Prime Standard and SDAX and offers private and institutional investors the opportunity of accessing SMEs. Investor Relations / Public Relations • Oliver Vollbrecht Phone: +49 (0)202 24820 - 18 • Fax: +49 (0)202 24820 - 49 E-mail: info@gesco.de • Internet: www.gesco.de end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: GESCO AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch 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: SDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share Börsen: Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Berlin / free trade Hamburg / free trade Stuttgart / free trade Düsseldorf / free trade München / free trade

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