FACC AG

EANS-Adhoc: FACC AG
Acquisition of FACC finalised ISIN: AT0000A05TW8

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03.12.2009

Acquisition of FACC finalised

• FACC to accelerate growth under new ownership
      • Customers of FACC welcome the change of ownership
      • A share capital increase of 40 million Euros is carried out

Ried/Vienna - 3. December 2009 - The acquisition of the majority of FACC AG by the international aerospace company Xi´an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd. (XAC) and the private equity company Advanced Treasure Limited (ATL), announced in October, was finalised today: XAC, headquartered in Xian (China), and ATL, headquartered in Hongkong, now formally are the majority owners of FACC AG, holding 91.25% of the shares of the leading Austrian aerospace supplier in which XAC holds 90% and ATL holds 10% shares. 5% remain in the possession of the Austrian holding company ACC Kooperationen und Beteiligungen GmbH and 3.75% are owned by Stephan Ges.mbH.

After all conditions for the transaction closing have been cleared by both sides, the majority acquisition by XAC has today been formally completed. Following the closing of the transaction today, the newly formed supervisory board will now take up its function. It consists of four representatives of the new owner, one member from Goodrich Corporation, one from Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM), and three representatives of the FACC works council. All former supervisory board members have resigned.

Growth strategy The new owner will reinforce the successful international growth strategy that FACC persecuted under the former owners and provide the company access to new capital as well as to the fast growing markets of China and the Asia-Pacific region. FACC will remain a stand-alone independent corporate entity with the current management team under the leadership of CEO Walter Stephan. The headquarters in Ried im Innkreis and the other Austrian and international locations with a workforce of 1,560 people will be retained.

Management committed to new ownership The management of FACC is fully committed to the new ownership structure and the opportunities it presents for future business development. Walter Stephan, CEO of FACC AG, will remain invested in the company and says: "In the past years, FACC has achieved impressive development. XAC will strengthen our position as an internationally successful development and systems supplier to the OEMs and first tiers in the aviation industry. This is an unique opportunity to step up the growth path, supported by the new owner. XAC has a long-term strategic interest in the aviation industry, has excellent contacts in the growth market of China and long-term commitment to FACC and its customers. "

Share Capital Increase Dr. Bernhard Matzner, CFO of FACC AG, underlines that the partnership with XAC provides access to the huge Chinese market and at the same time offers opportunities to increase the share of USD based manufacturing by outsourcing projects to China which will also lead to a better hedge against the ever weakening dollar. In addition, the share capital increase will significantly strengthen the company's position among the Tier 1 suppliers.

FACC and XAC combine their strengths FACC and XAC enter into this strategic partnership  with  the  goal  to  provide high-quality, cost effective solutions to the global aviation industry. The  two companies combine their individual strengths. On one hand,  FACC  as a  Tier  1 supplier  has  an  established  global  customer  base,   an  extensive    product portfolio - including the new aircraft programs - and  a  well-developed  supply chain and is among the market leaders in  composite  design  and  manufacturing. Moreover, FACC is very well represented on the European and American market.

XAC, on the other hand, plans to make high investments in the aviation sector  - both in the form of the above mentioned share capital increase  as  well  as  in new programs and technologies. The Chinese aviation company offers a  favourable operating cost structure and production capacity in a USD based region. XAC  has many years experience in the manufacture of wings and  side   stabilizers.  Being located in the fast-growing Chinese aviation market, for which in  the  next  20 years a demand for more than 3,000 new aircraft is  projected,  offers  a  great business potential.

Globally positioned FACC and XAC are forging a partnership to provide the  worldwide  customers  in the aerospace market a wide range of business offerings  that  are  based  on  a global network of engineering, manufacturing and customer support sites as  well as supply chain partners in Europe, China, Malaysia, India and Abu   Dhabi.  This creates an ideal condition to best meet customer needs and to  provide  leading- edge technology for ready-to-install solutions. FACC wants  to  be  a  preferred Tier 1 supplier to OEMs for aerostructures, engine and  nacelle  components  and interior furnishings. The objectives of FACC are to  provide  turn-key   business solutions ranging from risk-sharing  participation  through program  financing, R&D, engineering, to industrialization and global sourcing networks;  to  expand market share by emphasizing  the   research  and  engineering  resources  and  to

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About XAC As part of the AVIC  group,  XAC  is  a  large,  global  industrial  group  with headquarters  in  Xi´an,  China.    XAC  specializes  in  the    development    and@@end@@

manufacture of large and medium-sized aircraft.  As a supplier of   the  fuselage and the wing, the majority-owned subsidiary of XAC, Xi´an Aircraft International Corporation ("XAIC") is  heavily   involved  in  the Chinese regional jet program ARJ21.  XAIC will also play a significant  role  in the development and production of the planned medium-range aircraft C919.  Since 1980, XAC has been a supplier to international customers, including  Boeing  and Airbus, for various structural components such as A320 wing box and  the   Boeing 737 vertical fin.  Further information can be found under www.xac.com.cn.

About FACC FACC AG is  one  of  the  world´s  leading  companies  in the  development  and production of advanced fibber reinforced composite components  and  systems  for the  aviation  industry.   Their  product  portfolio    ranges    from    structural components   for  the  fuselage  and  wings  to  engine  components  to  complete passenger cabins for passenger planes, business jets and helicopters. FACC is  a supplier  to  all  large  aircraft  manufacturers  such     as    Airbus,    Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and ACAC as  well  as  for engine  manufacturers  and  sub- suppliers of manufacturers. Further information can be found under www.facc.at.

For further information please contact:

Walter A. Stephan CEO, FACC AG Tel: 059-616-1100, E-Mail: w.stephan@facc.at

Andrea Schachinger Corporate Communication Tel: 059/616-1194, E-Mail: a.schachinger@facc.at www.facc.at

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Further inquiry note:
Dr. Bernhard Matzner
Chief Financial Officer/FACC AG
Tel. 059-616-1324
b.matzner@facc.at

Branche: Industrial Components
ISIN:      AT0000A05TW8
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Börsen:  Wien / Regulated free trade



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