Rosenbauer International AG

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• All-times high of the order backlog with EUR 310.5 m • Record year 2006 expected - Growth of revenue by 10% (2005: EUR 321.3 m) - Increase in earnings by 15% (

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The Rosenbauer Group kept up last year’s successful momentum.

KEY FIGURES                                         1-6/2006 1-6/2005
Revenue                                 in m EUR 147.5      147.1
EBIT                                      in m EUR 7.3         6.1
EBT                                        in m EUR 5.7         4.7
Consolidated profit              in m EUR 4.3         3.4
Investments                          in m EUR 4.8         2.3
Order backlog as at June 30 in m EUR 310.5      200.0
Order intake                         in m EUR 220.0      152.4
Employees                                            1,428      1,399
Earnings per share                in EUR    1.5         0.8

The Rosenbauer Group posted revenues of EUR 147.5 m in the first half of 2006 (1 6/2005: EUR 147.1 m). It should be remembered that there has also been a sharp increase in the volume of the order backlog. Shipments under these orders will be made during the last two quarters of 2006.

While revenues of the Austrian companies, totalling EUR 78.3 m, remained at the same level as last year (1-6/2005: EUR 80.2 m), the US segment once again scored revenue growth of 7%. This is attributable to stepped-up shipments on the US market.

The Group’s Spanish company also performed well, more than tripling its half-year revenues to EUR 9.1 m (1-6/2005: EUR 2.6 m), mainly from shipments to its home market.

The operating result (EBIT) rose to EUR 7.3 m, as against EUR 6.1 m in the same period last year. This improvement in the result is largely due to the international export business of Rosenbauer International AG, and to the greatly improved result at Metz Aerials. EBT for the first half-year 2006 rose correspondingly, from EUR 4.7 m to EUR 5.7 m.

The joint venture ROSENBAUER YongQiang, launched in 2005 in the Province of Guangdong, China, is running to plan and is already in the black, having closed the first half of 2006 with a slight surplus of EUR 0.1 m.

New logistics centre in Leonding The first six months of the year were marked by the commissioning of the new logistics centre. Implementation of the zoning plan for the Leonding site rises to the challenges presented by our increased capacity utilisation and by the resultant necessity of creating urgently needed extra space for our production operations. This expansion and reorganisation of production capacity has equipped the facility to meet the demands of the years ahead.

ORDERS The Group’s order intake climbed by over 44% in the first half of 2006 to a record of EUR 220.0 m (1-6/2005: EUR 152.4 m). This very satisfactory order intake trend is true of all product segments, markets and regions. There are currently no large-scale major orders such as the one from Saudi Arabia that was fulfilled in 2002 and 2003. Instead, the order-book structure at present is made up of a large number of small and medium-sized orders.

At EUR 310.5 m, order backlog per June 30 were also at an absolute record level in 2006 (June 30, 2005: EUR 200.0 m).

OUTLOOK The usual pattern in the fire-equipment sector is for the lion’s share of revenues to be realised in the second half of the year, and 2006 will be no exception. On the basis of the large volume of orders on hand, and of the continued growth in our US business, Group Management is confident that 2006 has the makings of another record year. Driven by an approx. 10% increase in Group revenues, the result is expected to climb by around 15% (2005 EBIT: EUR 19.6 m).

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Further inquiry note:
Robert Kastil, Member of the Executive Board
Gerda Königstorfer, Investor Relations
Phone: +43 732 6794-568
Mobile: +43 664 4547636

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      AT0000922554
WKN:        892502
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Börse Berlin-Bremen / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Wiener Börse AG / official dealing

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