AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG

EANS-Adhoc: AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
Good trend in financial results continues in first nine months

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9-month report

13.01.2011

-) Revenue growth of 5.8% to EUR 1,624.4 million (Q1-Q3 2009|10: EUR
1,535.8      million) -) Operating profit improvement of 32.8% to EUR
104.8 million (Q1-Q3 2009|10:      EUR 78.9 million) -) Increase in
operating margin to 6.5% (Q1-Q3 2009|10: 5.1%) - While raw      
material costs rose in the third quarter as anticipated, increases in
selling      prices partly made up for this, thus keeping the strain on
margins milder      than expected, especially in the Sugar and Starch
segments. -) Improvement of 12.5% in profit for the period to EUR
65.0 million (Q1-Q3      2009|10: EUR 57.8 million) -) Gearing of 41.4%
(28 February 2010: 41.6%) -) For the 2010|11 financial year, revenue
is projected to grow to more than      EUR 2 billion. The good third
quarter now leads AGRANA to expect a significant increase in
full-year operating profit before exceptional items.

Results at a glance (IFRS):

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(except margin and staff count)
Revenue                                        551.0 m    501.6 m    1,624.4 m    1,535.8 m
Operating profit before                40.0 m      35.0 m        104.8 m         78.9 m
exceptional items
Operating margin                            7.3%         7.0%            6.5%            5.1%
Profit before tax                        35.8 m      27.6 m          84.5 m         74.0 m
Profit for the period                 27.7 m      23.0 m          65.0 m         57.8 m
Earnings per share                        1.85         1.58             4.43           4.04 
Purchases of property, plant        8.8 m        9.2 m          28.0 m         25.5 m
and equipment and intangibles
(other than goodwill)
Staff count                                                                      8,558            8,117@@end@@

This ad-hoc release is available in English and German on the internet at www.agrana.com.

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Further inquiry note: AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG Hannes Haider Investor Relations Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905 e-mail: hannes.haider@agrana.com

Mag. Ulrike Middelhoff Public Relations Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084 e-mail:ulrike.middelhoff@agrana.com

Branche: Food
ISIN:      AT0000603709
WKN:        779535
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Berlin / Präsenzhandel
              Frankfurt / Präsenzhandel
              Stuttgart / Präsenzhandel
              Wien / official market



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