ECO Business-Immobilien AG

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ECO Business-Immobilien AG with record half-year: rental revenues +74%, EBIT +143% to EUR 25.7 mill.

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ECO Business-Immobilien AG with record half-year: rental revenues +74%, EBIT +143% to EUR 25.7 mill.

Vienna, 24 August 2007. ECO Business-Immobilien AG, which is listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange, set new records for revenues and earnings and also continued the selective expansion of its business activities during the first half of 2007. Rental revenues rose by 74% to EUR 23.4 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) improved by 143% to EUR 25.7 million. The acquisition of high-quality properties in the company´s core markets of Austria and Germany increased the property portfolio to a total of EUR 739.1 million.

The favourable development of financial indicators was supported by an increase in the space owned by the company and the subsequent rise in rental income as well as the steady optimisation of the properties in the portfolio and profits from trading activities (EUR 5.9 million), which generated a sound 23% of EBIT. The adjustment of the property portfolio to reflect fair value in accordance with IFRS made a contribution of EUR 5.5 million (or 0.8% of the investment portfolio) to the growth in earnings.

Profit before tax (EBT) rose from EUR 6.8 million to EUR 16.9 million, for an increase of 149%. Income tax expense totalled EUR 4.3 million for the reporting period, whereby this item was comprised primarily of deferred taxes and only EUR 0.4 million represented cash outflows. Profit for the period (after minority interest) increased to EUR 12.6 million, which represents an improvement of 163% over the first six months of the previous year. Earnings per share rose by 65% to EUR 0.51 for the reporting period, despite a substantial increase in the number of shares outstanding.

Selective expansion of the property portfolio

ECO expanded its property portfolio through the acquisition of selected objects during the reporting period. As of 30 June 2007 the company owned property with a total value of EUR 739.1 million, compared with EUR 641.4 million at the end of June 2006.

Together with well-known partners, ECO also increased its investments in development projects. This will place the company in an even better position to profit from the added potential for an increase in value and improvement in earnings as well as the many growth opportunities that are provided by a balanced portfolio strategy. These development projects have a total investment volume of roughly EUR 47 million.

ECO also successfully sold a number of objects from the trading portfolio: 12 properties, one development project and apartments with a combined value of approx. EUR 36.8 million were sold at a profit during the first six months of 2007.

Acquisition pipeline and growth financing

The ECO property portfolio is expected to increase to more than EUR 1 billion by the end of this year. Over the coming months investment opportunities totalling approx. EUR 300 million will be realised on the company´s core markets in Austria and Germany. The company´s subsidiary ECO Eastern Europe Real Estate AG also plans to complete projects with a value of EUR 150 million in the CEE region. The selective realisation of projects in the investment pipeline will also lead to a sustainable improvement in the inherent value (NAV) of the ECO share.

In addition to growth through acquisitions, ECO will also improve its revenue and earnings indicators by generating attractive cash flows on its trading activities and through the active management of objects in the portfolio. Interest rate risk will be minimised by the company´s strong equity-debt structure, which was exemplified by a solid equity basis of 47.6% as of 30 June 2007. As an additional protection against rising interest rates, ECO has also concluded interest rate hedges that will hold the base interest rates for roughly two-thirds of the credit volume below an average of 4% per year over the long-term.

The Management Board expects earnings for the full 12 months of 2007 will exceed the prior figures by a significant amount.

Company Data in TEUR (in accordance with IFRS)

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Rental revenues                                              23,356              13,452            38,803
Thereof rental income                                    19,276              11,311            32,129
Operating profit (EBIT)                                 25,685              10,569            38,280
Profit before tax (EBT)                                 16,853                6,759            24,739
Profit after tax                                            12,638                4,798            17,900
Cash flow from operating activities                1,379              -1,475              1,533
FFO (Funds from operations)*)                        10,966                3,808            16,957

Earnings per share (EUR)                                  0.51                 0.31                0.99
Average number of shares outstanding        25,000,000        15,562,500    17,997,115

*) Profit before tax + depreciation and amortisation +/- fair value adjustments - income tax payments

Property Data

                                                                01-06/2007        01-06/2006      01-12/2006
Number of objects                                                121                  144                 126
Thereof investment portfolio                                60                    66                  54
Thereof trading portfolio                                    60                    77                  71
Thereof CEE portfolio                                            1                      1                    1
Total rentable space in m² *)                      482,186            441,779          463,431
Thereof trading portfolio                              47,380              46,999            57,444
Garage spaces (number)                                    2,462                2,427              2,339
Thereof trading portfolio                                  294                  344                 289
Property portfolio (in TEUR)                        735,499            641,400          697,223
Thereof properties under construction          21,402                      0              3,892
Thereof trading portfolio                              62,965              73,817            94,445@@end@@

*)Garage spaces were included at 20m² each

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Further inquiry note:
ECO Business-Immobilien AG, Friedrich Scheck, CEO, Tel: +43(1)535 21 99, Fax:
+43(1)535 21 99-99,,

Hochegger|Financials, Roland Mayrl, Tel +43 1 504 69 87-31,

Branche: Real Estate
ISIN:      AT0000617907
WKN:        A0D8RY
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / Regulated free trade

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