Mühlbauer Holding AG

euro adhoc: Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co.KGaA
Financial Figures/Balance Sheet / 'Ad-hoc message pursuant to § 15 WpHG' Consistent growth in sales and earnings continued - Consolidation of order income

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02.11.2005

Roding, November 03, 2005. The Mühlbauer technology company quoted on the Prime Standard showed consistent growth in sales and earnings. Mainly due to the project business in the company's SmartID core business, the resulting natural volatility between the quarters and the weak trend in the semiconductor industry, the order income - after high growth rates in the past quarters - worth 30.6 million EUR (36.9) reported their first-ever decline. The 40.0 million EUR sales figure almost maintained last quarter's all-time high and even topped the comparable quarter of last year (34.4) by 16.4% during the reporting period. The 29.0% rise of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to 9.1 million EUR (7.0) over the same period of time was disproportionately high. The positive sentiment in the capital market and the consequent improvement in interest result lifted earnings before taxes (EBT) to 9.8 million EUR - 35.8% more than in the comparable period of last year (7.2). Q3 pretax profit margin stood at 24.4% - as against 20.9% in the previous year. Net earnings climbed to 6.5 million EUR (4.8) over the same period of time. Earnings per share rose to 0.45 EUR - 36.4% more than last year (0.33).

Seen over a period of 9 months, the Mühbauer Group's sales volume worth 105.7 million EUR is once again 16.5% higher than last year's 90.7 million EUR. The EBIT increased 30.6% to 18.9 million EUR (14.4) over the same period of time and earnings per share improved 36.4% to 0.90 EUR (0.66). The accumulated order income amounted to 115.8 million EUR. That equals an increase of 3.8% compared to last year's value (111.5) adjusted by a major order worth 25.0 million EUR. The order backlog at the end of the reporting period amounted to 74.6 million EUR and was 8.0% up on last year's 69.1 million EUR.

During the reporting period, free cashflow decreased mainly due to increased financial needs for tax payments by 5.5 million EUR, but maintained its high level of 9.3 million EUR (19.5) seen over a period of 9 months. Net working capital rose YoY from 25.6 to 29.0 million EUR. At the end of the reporting period, the equity ratio stood at 72.5% - compared to 72.0% at the end of last year.

The demand for our products and the 25 years of accumulated expertise continue to be on a high level. An increased focus on our TECURITY solutions for country-specific and individual security projects as well as their project-volumes contains the risk of an increasingly high volatility between the quarters. On the basis of higher sales, we expect the EBIT 2005 to improve once again on last year's very positive performance.

The figures in brackets represent the comparable period of last year, if not stated otherwise. Please find the complete Q3 report 2005 on the Internt at www.muehlbauer.de.

Contact and additional information: Investor Relations, Tel.: +49 (0) 9461-952-653, Fax: +49 (0) 9461-952-8520, investor-relations@muehlbauer.de, Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA, Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 3, D-93426 Roding, www.muehlbauer.de.

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Further inquiry note:
Hubert Forster
CFO
+49(0)9461-952-141
hubert.forster@muehlbauer.de

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      DE0006627201
WKN:        662720
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