BWT Aktiengesellschaft

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Financial Figures/Balance Sheet
BWT presents the annual financial statements for 2005

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05.04.2006

Reporting net income of EUR19.0 million, BWT, Europe´s leading residential water treatment technology group, completes a historic year 2005. Effective November 8, 2005, the division AST (Aqua Systems Technologies) was spun-off into Christ Water Technology comprising the industrial and municipal water treatment technology business meaning that these activities are included only for a period of 10 months in the BWT Group.

Consolidated sales for the BWT Group totaled EUR463.5 million in the 2005 financial year, 5% below the previous year’s figure of EUR488.1 million. The sales decline is attributed to the absence of sales in the "AST" - Aqua Systems Technologies segment for the final two months of the 2005 financial year following the spin-off of this segment. Growth in the AET segment slowed to 1% after several years of above-average growth.

@@start.t2@@Sales (excl. internal sales, in EUR million)         2005    2004    +/- %
Aqua Ecolife Technologies (AET)                         315.0      312.1    +0.9%
Aqua Systems Technologies (AST) *)                    147.3      173.2    -15.0%
Fuel Cell Membrane Technologies (FCMT)                 1.2         2.8    -57.1%
Total                                                                  463.5      488.1    -5.0%
*) Note: 2005 only January to October@@end@@

EBIT increased, consolidated earnings at record level  In spite of the results of the AST segment, which was only consolidated for 10 months, earnings from operating activity (EBIT) and consolidated earnings after minority interests both performed positively in the 2005 financial year as compared with 2004.  EBIT increased by 8.4% from EUR24.9 million to EUR27.0 million and consolidated earnings improved by 11.1% from EUR17.1 million to EUR19.0 million despite the loss of the important months of November and December in the AST segment.

@@start.t3@@EBIT (EUR million)                                                2005      2004      +/- %
Aqua Ecolife Technologies (AET)                          26.3      31.1      -15.4%
Aqua Systems Technologies (AST)                            1.3      -5.5      -
Fuel Cell Membrane Technologies (FCMT)                -0.7      -0.7      +0.0%
Aqua Finance (AFI)                                                 0.1        0.0      -
Total                                                                    27.0      24.9      +8.4%
In the AET segment, EBIT declined by 15.4% from EUR31.1 million to EUR26.3
million. This was the result of declining sales in France accompanied by
capacity additions in servicing and extra costs associated with the spin-off of
the AST segment (around EUR1.0 million). As expected, the industrial business in
the "AST - Aqua Systems Technologies" segment achieved the turnaround. Until the
spin-off of the business, that is to say the period January to October 2005,
positive EBIT of EUR1.3 million was generated with customer-specific systems in
the AST segment, in the 2004 financial year (January to December), a loss of
EUR5.5 million was recorded here. Due to the sales decline, there was no
improvement in EBIT in the FCMT segment, fundamental research and development
work for special membranes for use in fuel cells were continued as planned and
resulted in negative EBIT of EUR-0.7 million.@@end@@

Healthy balance sheet structure - increased dividend As a result of the operating cash flow (EUR26.4 million) and the spin-off of CHRIST, the net debt of the BWT Group has decreased from EUR74.7 million at the end of 2004 to EUR36.3 million on December 31, 2005. Consequently, gearing (net debt in relation to equity) improved from 53.9% to 38.9%. The Management Board is planning to propose to the Annual General Meeting that the dividend be increased to EUR0.30 per share (previous year: EUR0.27).

Outlook Quoting Chairman of the Management Board of BWT, Andreas Weißenbacher: "Following the spin-off of the "AST - Aqua Systems Technologies" segment, the BWT - Best Water Technology - Group is to concentrate in future on developing, producing, marketing and servicing of series products for water treatment under the slogan "Safety, hygiene and health - BWT Water Technologies for a better Life". BWT’s management has declared its goals to be geographical expansion with increased growth beyond the European Union (primarily in the growth markets of Europe and Asia) as well as the expansion of the product range. The robust balance sheet situation and a strong cash flow form the financial basis for the successful implementation of our growth strategy."

An above-average sales and earnings increase in the "AET - Aqua Ecolife Technologies" segment is expected to be achieved in the second half of 2006. For the 2006 financial year as a whole, the BWT Group expects sales of EUR330 million and consolidated earnings in excess of EUR20 million following the spin-off of the "AST - Aqua Systems Technologies" segment.

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Further inquiry note:
BWT Aktiengesellschaft
Ralf Burchert, CEFA
ralf.burchert@bwt.at
Tel.: +43 (0)6232/5010-1113

Branche: Water Supply
ISIN:      AT0000737705
WKN:        884042
Index:    ATX Prime
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