BWT Aktiengesellschaft

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Release of preliminary figures: 2006 - A successful year for BWT

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Company Information

02.03.2007

•  Sales: +14.5% to EUR362 million •  EBIT:  +26.7 % to EUR32.6 million

In 2006, the BWT Group increased its consolidated sales by 14.5% from EUR316.2 million (adjusted for the Christ Water Technology Group which was spun off at the end of October 2005) to EUR362.0 million, thus exceeding the planned figures. All segments contributed to this positive performance which consolidates and expands the BWT Group’s leading position in the residential segment of the European water treatment market.

The significant sales growth accompanied by a below-average increase in personnel and other operating expenses in the 2006 fiscal year led to an above-average increase in income. EBIT increased by 26.7% from EUR25.7 million to EUR32.6 million, thus totaling 9.0% (PY: 8.1%) of sales. Preliminary net profit increased by 18.9% to EUR22.2 million, with earnings per share at EUR1.24 compared with EUR1.06 in 2005.

Net debt in the BWT Group was reduced in 2006 by 32% from EUR36.3 million to EUR24.7 million. Gearing therefore improved (net debt/equity ratio) from 38.9% to 22.6%. As at December 31, 2006, Group equity totaled EUR109.2 million, equivalent to a very robust equity ratio of 42.6% (PY: 37.7%). For this reason, the Management Board intends to propose increasing the dividend from EUR0.30 to EUR0.35 to the Annual General Meeting on May 24.

The number of employees in the BWT Group was 2,202 as at December 31, 2006 (PY: 2,007).

Outlook Geographical expansion, predominantly in the growth markets of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as the extension of the product range, particularly at the Point-of-Use, continue to be the objectives of the BWT management. For 2007, the Management Board expects favorable economic conditions and an increase in Group sales to EUR380 million. As was the case in 2006, consolidated earnings are again expected to grow at a quicker rate than sales in 2007. Consolidated net earnings of EUR25 million are planned.

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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
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official market



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