euro adhoc: GESCO AG
Dividend Announcements/Distribution
Record year for GESCO: Earnings per share of EUR 3.39, dividend increase of 40%

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Wuppertal, 23 May 2006 - Based on the unaudited figures for financial year 2005/2006 ended on 31 March 2006, Prime Standard-listed holding company GESCO AG will exceed its forecast, which was last revised upwards in December 2005.

At EUR 234 million, Group sales are around 22% up on the previous year’s figure of EUR 192 million. The rise in Group net income for the year was even more significant at around 50% to EUR 9.3 million (previous year: EUR 6.2 million). Based on the total number of shares of 2,749,000, this produces earnings per share of EUR 3.39 (previous year: EUR 2.49 with a total of 2,500,000 shares). These are the best sales and earnings figures recorded in the company’s history.

On the basis of the preliminary figures, the Executive Board assumes a proposed dividend of EUR 1.25 EUR per share, which represents an increase of around 40% compared with the previous year (EUR 0.90). As a result, the pay-out ratio is also at a record high.

The financial statements for the 2005/2006 financial year and the forecast for financial year 2006/2007 will be presented at the accounts press conference on 29 June 2006.

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Oliver Vollbrecht
Leiter Investor Relations
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Branche: Economy, Business & Finance
ISIN:      DE0005875900
WKN:        587590
Index:    CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
Börsen:  Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing/prime standard
              Börse Berlin-Bremen / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade

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