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PALFINGER extended its strategy for success

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annual report

26.02.2008

PALFINGER extended its strategy for success

o Record revenues and earnings once again reported in the 2007
financial year  o Revenue increased by 18.9 percent, EBIT rose more
than expected by      29.4 percent  o Acquisition of MBB will increase
Group revenue for 2008 by around 10 percent  o The Group continued to
pursue its growth strategy

@@start.t2@@|in million EUR              |2007      |%          |2006      |2005      |
|                                    |            |            |            |            |
|Revenue                         |695.6    |+ 18.9% |585.2    |520.0    |
|EBITDA                          |115.3    |+ 25.1% |92.1      |77.5      |
|EBIT                              |99.6      |+ 29.4% |77.0      |65.1      |
|EBIT margin                  |14.3%    |-          |13.2%    |12.5%    |
|Consolidated net profit|74.0      |+ 30.6% |56.6      |48.1      |
|for the period              |            |            |            |            |
|Earnings per share in  |2.09      |+ 30.6% |1.60      |1.37      |
|EUR 1)                          |            |            |            |            |
|Dividend per share in  |0.70 2) |+ 27.3% |0.55      |0.45      |
|EUR 1)                          |            |            |            |            |

    1) Previous year's figures converted pursuant to stock split     2) Proposal to the Annual General Meeting

Bergheim, Salzburg, 26 February 2008

The PALFINGER Group once again achieved record results  in  the  2007  financial year. On the basis of  enormous  demand  and  the  consequential  high  capacity utilisation, PALFINGER succeeded in improving both  revenues  and  earnings,  as well as its key performance indicators.

Revenue rose to EUR 695.6 million, which is 18.9 percent  above  the  figure  of EUR 585.2 million for the same period of the previous year.  EBIT  increased  by 29.4 percent to EUR 99.6 million, up from EUR 77.0 million  in  2006.  The  EBIT margin amounted to 14.3 percent as compared to  13.2  percent  in  the  previous year, reaching the highest level ever achieved in the history  of  the  Company. ROCE was 25.7 percent, highlighting the profitability of PALFINGER.

Equity increased  by  21.9 percent  as  compared  to  the  previous  year,  from EUR 242.0  million  to  EUR 295.1  million,  the  equity    ratio    amounted    to@@end@@

55.8 percent. The gearing ratio went up due to  the  need  for   increased  funds generated by the comprehensive investment programme and  the  acquisitions  made by the Company, but at 26.7 percent, up from 4.2 percent in the  previous  year, it is still at a very low level.

In the 2007 financial year the cash flow from operating activities   amounted  to EUR 53.0 million, compared to EUR 59.5  million  in  the previous  year.  As  a consequence of the high investment  volume   the  free  cash  flow  decreased  by EUR 66.9 million to EUR - 23.2 million during the 2007 financial year.

With the take-over of the German company MBB LIFTSYSTEMS AG, one of the  world's leading suppliers of tail lifts, in the  fourth  quarter 2007,  PALFINGER  took another important step towards the fulfilment of  its  internationalisation  and diversification strategy. As a result of this take-over Group revenue will  rise by slightly under 10 percent.

For the years to come PALFINGER proceeds from  the  assumption  of  a continued strong market environment, with partially weaker markets   being  compensated  by the strongly growing markets in Eastern Europe. This  is  the  basis  on  which, from 2008 onwards, the Company will be placing its strategic focus  increasingly on the development and expansion of areas and  product  divisions  of   strategic importance. To this end, PALFINGER will  set  up  a   separate  business  segment referred to as VENTURES. Segment   reporting  will  be  changed  accordingly  and starting from the first quarter 2008 PALFINGER will  break  down  its  reporting into the following three segments: CRANES, HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS and   SERVICES,  and VENTURES.

Management expects that the development of the market in 2008 will   support  and ensure the profitable growth strategy.

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Further inquiry note:
Hannes Roither, PALFINGER AG
Company Spokesperson
Phone +43 662 46 84-2260
h.roither@palfinger.com

Anton Graf, PALFINGER AG
Investor Relations
Tel. +43 662 46 84-2275
a.graf@palfinger.com

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      AT0000758305
WKN:        919964
Index:    ATX Prime
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official market



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