Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG

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Pfeiffer Vacuum announces results for the full 2010 fiscal year

• All major financial metrics post clear double-digit growth • Best net income in the company’s history • Dividend proposal: Maintain high distribution ratio

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Financial Figures/Balance Sheet/annual result/Dividend Proposal

Subtitle: • All major financial metrics post clear double-digit growth • Best net income in the company’s history • Dividend proposal: Maintain high distribution ratio

Aßlar (euro adhoc) - As already announced in the form of preliminary results, Pfeiffer Vacuum´s now audited sales revenues totaled EUR 220.5 million in fiscal 2010. All major financial metrics posted clear double-digit growth rates. Given Pfeiffer Vacuum´s highly positive development of business, the Management and Supervisory Boards will propose that the previous years´ high dividend distribution ratio of around 75 percent of consolidated net income be retained. This will result in a proposed dividend of EUR 2.90 per share. Continuity is very important to the Management and Supervisory Boards; this does not manifest itself only in the form of in a stable dividend distribution ratio. Moreover, the Supervisory Board extended the term of office of Chief Executive Officer Manfred Bender which was to have expired at year-end for a further five years.

Highlights at a glance:

2010 2009 Change

Sales revenues              EUR 220.5 million     EUR 182.0 million     21.1 %
Operating profit (EBIT)      EUR 52.9 million      EUR 37.8 million     40.1 %
Net income                   EUR 38.3 million      EUR 27.7 million     38.4 %
Earnings per share             EUR 4.40              EUR 3.24           35.8 %
Dividend per share             EUR 2.90*             EUR 2.45           18.4 %

Order intake                EUR 223.7 million      EUR 161.2 million    38.8 %
Orders on hand              EUR 45.0 million**     EUR 40.2 million     11.9 % 

* Subject to approval by the Annual Shareholders Meeting ** Without adixen

Sales revenue growth came from all regions. Sales revenues in Germany, for example, improved by 2.3 percent year on year in 2010 to EUR 70.7 million (2009: EUR 69.1 million). The initial consolidation of new subsidiary Trinos Vakuum- Systeme as well as growth in the company´s core business is the reason for this development. Both compensated for a positive non-recurring effect from the year before stemming from a major contract from the solar industry. At the international level, sales revenues grew at a double-digit pace. In the other countries of Europe, sales revenues of EUR 57.0 million were up 16.4 percent from the previous year (2009: EUR 49.0 million). New customers in the Analytical and Industrial market segments contributed to this rise. Sales in the USA, as well as Asia and the rest of the world, grew at a double-digit rate. In the USA, strong demand from the Semiconductor, Analytical and Industrial market segments, in particular, produced a 43.2-percent rise to EUR 53.4 million (2009: EUR 37.2 million). In Asia, it was Japan, China and Korea who led the list of successful countries for Pfeiffer Vacuum. Sales revenues from Asia and the rest of the world rose by 47.7 percent to EUR 39.4 million (2009: EUR 26.7 million).

In terms of the sales mix by markets, the Analytical market segment saw sales revenue growth of 40.5 percent to EUR 63.3 million (2009: EUR 45.1 million). The Industrial market segment posted a growth rate of 33.3 percent to EUR 48.6 million (2009: EUR 36.4 million). After a very good previous year, growth in the Research & Development market segment, too, did not falter in fiscal 2010 and totaled 23.0 percent, which represents sales revenues of EUR 42.9 million (2009: EUR 34.9 million). The above-mentioned non-recurring effect from the previous year which consisted of sales growth under a major contract from the solar industry and, as expected, was unable to be repeated in fiscal 2010 resulted in a sales revenue decline of 32.2 percent in the Coating segment to EUR 32.1 million (2009: EUR 47.3 million). Fueled by the strong recovery in the semiconductor industry worldwide, on the other hand, Pfeiffer Vacuum´s sales revenues in this market segment advanced by 121.9 percent to EUR 23.8 million (2009: EUR 10.7 million). The Chemical & Process Technology market segment grew by 29.0 percent to EUR 9.8 million (2009: EUR 7.6 million).

The good development of sales revenues, effects from the product mix and efficiency gains in production operations improved gross margin by 3.7 percentage points to 46.7 percent (2009: 43.0 percent). Consequently, gross profit for the past fiscal year stood at EUR 102.9 million, representing a 31.4- percent rise (2009: EUR 78.3 million). This development essentially led to a 40.1- percent increase in operating profit to EUR 52.9 million (2009: EUR 37.8 million). That corresponds to an EBIT margin of 24.0 percent for fiscal 2010 (2009: 20.8 percent).

With financial income of EUR 1.6 million (2009: EUR 0.7 million) and a higher tax ratio of 29.7 percent (2009: 27.9 percent) after-tax earnings totaled EUR 38.3 million. With a gain of 38.4 percent, this was the highest net result in Pfeiffer Vacuum´s history (2009: EUR 27.7 million). Earnings per share of EUR 4.40 were achieved (2009: EUR 3.24). The growth rate of 35.8 percent was down moderately from that of net income. This was attributable to the fact that the average number of shares in circulation has to be taken into consideration in calculating earnings per share. As a result of the 10-percent increase of capital and the sale of treasury shares (5.1 percent of former capital stock) in November 2010, this value was up slightly from the year before.

As at December 31, 2010, Pfeiffer Vacuum´s cash and cash equivalents totaled EUR 85.0 million, up 37.1 percent from the previous year´s level of EUR 62.0 million. The reason for this consisted of various factors stemming from the acquisition of the adixen vacuum technology business unit from the Alcatel-Lucent group effective December 31, 2010. In this connection, the balance sheet total of EUR 472.7 million at the close of the past fiscal year nearly tripled from its level of EUR 159.1 million as at December 31, 2009. While this nearly doubled equity capital to EUR 270.0 million as of December 31, 2010 by comparison with the year before (EUR 138.3 million), the equity ratio decreased from 87.0 percent to 57.1 percent.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Chief Executive Officer Manfred Bender comments as follows: "The 2010 fiscal year was one of the most significant in the history of Pfeiffer Vacuum. Our plans to sell the products of subsidiary Trinos, which was acquired at the outset of 2010, through our distribution network without any major additional effort came to fruition. On the heels of the global economic crisis the year before, our core business posted unbelievable development which manifested itself in particular in outstanding profitability. And at the end of the year, we acquired what had formerly been our strongest competitor, adixen, thus more than doubling ourselves." Manfred Bender adds: "the first steps in the integration of adixen as well as new orders in the first two months of 2011 give us every reason to be optimistic that the development of our business will not be disappointing this year."

Short profile of Pfeiffer Vacuum Pfeiffer Vacuum (Stock Exchange symbol PFV, ISIN DE0006916604) is a leading supplier of vacuum solutions worldwide. Besides a complete range of hybrid and magnetically mounted turbo pumps, the range includes booster pumps, measuring and analysis tools, components, and vacuum chambers and systems. Since the invention of the turbo molecular pump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and highly technical products which are used in analysis, research and development, environmental technology, chemistry and semiconductor production in the automobile industry and many other fields. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum today employs around 2200 staff and has 28 subsidiaries in operation around the world.

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Contact:

Brigitte LooĂź
Leiterin Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (6441) 802-346
E-Mail: Brigitte.Loos[at]pfeiffer-vacuum.de

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN: DE0006916604
WKN: 691660
Index: TecDAX, CDAX, HDAX, Prime All Share, DAXsector All Industrial
Börsen: Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard
Berlin / free trade
Hamburg / free trade
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MĂĽnchen / free trade



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