LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

euro adhoc: LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
Quarterly or Semiannual Financial Statements
LPKF reports further increase in turnover and orders received and has new member of Managing Board of Directors

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The Group generated the following results after nine months:
                                      2004 (9 mon.)    2003 (9 mon.)        Change
Turnover KEUR                    17,179                16,200                + 6.0%
EBIT KEUR                                676                 1,129                -40.1%    
EBIT margin                          3.9%                  7.0%
Result KEUR                            132                    730                -81.9%      
EPS EUR                                 0.01                  0.07                -85.7%
Cash and cash
equivalents KEUR                 6,124                 5,627                + 8.8%
Capital ratio                      72.5%                 72.2%
Orders received by AG
per 16. Nov. KEUR              18,501                14,810                +24.9%
Orders in hand at AG
per 16. Nov. KEUR                3,886                 3,431                +13.3%
Notes on the quarterly results:
LPKF’s turnover has grown in the first nine months of the financial
year despite the weak dollar. The growth in turnover is largely
attributable to the Laser segment that grew by approx. 10%. The new
and further developments in this segment, especially of the Laser
Drilling and Cutting Systems, had a positive impact on sales. This
year’s figures should be seen in the light of the two major orders
totalling EUR 2.7 million closed in the third quarter last year which
had a significant influence on the turnover and results in 2003. EBIT
per 30.09.04 was depressed in particular by the higher marketing and
distribution costs (EUR 0.6 million), the generally high development
costs for laser systems and ProtoMats (EUR 2.3 million) not
capitalisable according to the strict IFRS criteria, the weak dollar
(EUR 0.3 million), and the rise in the profit offsetting (EUR 0.3
million) by subsidiaries.

Outlook: The management is very confident that the positive development of orders received and the increased marketing and distribution activities for a product range customised to the needs of the market will accelerate LPKF’s growth. The recently developed products for PCB production will be presented at major trade fairs around the world and will open up new markets. The main engine of growth is considered to be Asia where turnover rose around 55% in the first nine months of 2004. Management is forecasting a rise in turnover of approx. 10% year-on-year for 2004. Based on the new product range the management aims at a turnover of EUR 30 million in 2005 and a doubling of the 2004 turnover until 2007.

New member of Managing Board of Directors: Bernd Lange, who has been Business Development Manager at LPKF for a long time now with responsibility for marketing, is appointed to the Board of Managing Directors with immediate effect. His main responsibilities will be for development and marketing.

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG Shares are quoted in the Prime Standard at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN 0006450000, WKN 645000).

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG Osteriede 7 D-30827 Garbsen

end of announcement                                euro adhoc 18.11.2004 08:45:00

Further inquiry note: Ulrike Thoms-von Meding LPKF Laser & Electronics AG Tel.: +49(0)5131 7095 382 u.thomsvonmeding@lpkf.de

Branche: Semiconductors & active components
ISIN:      DE0006450000
WKN:        645000
Index:    Prime Standard, CDAX, Prime All Share, Technologie All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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