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BWT reports first quarter 2011 figures

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3-month report

06.05.2011

• Start of the Point of Use investment programme • Disposal of the zeta Group • Results of the first three months 2011: Sales +3.2% to EUR 115.6 million, EBIT -20.2% to EUR 6.2 million, net income -33.8% to EUR 3.6 million

In the first quarter 2011, consolidated Group sales of BWT grew by 3.2% from EUR 112.0 million to EUR 115.6 million. The recent consolidation of the zeta Group in particular had a dampening effect on growth, organic revenues growth for the BWT Group was 6.1% in Q1.

Effects arising out of zeta, additional marketing expenses and declining earnings in Italy / Spain had their mark on the results in the first quarter of 2011. In the first three months, the BWT Group achieved an EBITDA of EUR 10.1 million, EUR 1.2 million (10.9%) less than last year. EBIT reached EUR 6.2 million after EUR 7.8 million in the same quarter of last year, net earnings after minorities were EUR 3.6 million (-33.8%) due to a lower financial result and higher tax ratio.

Elevated capital expenditure, the build-up of working capital and the share buyback led to gearing increasing to 18.4% (last year: 16.5%), the equity ratio amounted to 46.8% as at March 31st. Due to the disposal of the zeta Group, the number of employees declined to 2,692 (after 2,820 as at December 31st, 2010).

Andreas Weissenbacher, CEO of the BWT Group, says: "In the first three months, organic growth is in line, the previous revenues target of EUR 500 million for 2011 is to be revised in light of the disposal of the zeta Group to around EUR 470 million. Our target for earnings remains at EUR 1 per share. Since the first quarter, the EUR 75 million investment programme, the largest in the history of BWT, expanding production, logistics and development capacities in Mondsee is underway. The patented Magnesium Mg2+ technology is the foundation representing a revolutionary milestone in water technology. Advertising activities for the launch of the brand "BWT" with end consumers supporting the promotion of Point of Use devices like coffee machine and table water filters will commence shortly."

The Quarterly Report is available on our homepage www.bwt-group.com in section Investor Relations.

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Contact:

BWT Aktiengesellschaft
Mag. Ralf Burchert
ralf.burchert@bwt-group.com
Tel.: 06232/5011-1113

Branche: Water Supply
ISIN: AT0000737705
WKN: 884042
Index: ATX Prime
Börsen: Wien / official market



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