Eybl International AG

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Eybl International announces results for third quarter 2004/05

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• Order intake again highly gratifying • Sales stable • Further boost to productivity and earnings

Krems, 28 January 2005 - Despite continuing stagnation in the European automobile industry, Eybl International AG can be pleased with its performance in the first three quarters of financial 2004/05.

Following a record order intake in the first quarter and a satisfactory level of new orders in the second, orders in the third quarter were a very acceptable EUR 47m, bringing the total for the first three quarters of 2004/05 to EUR 448m, almost up to last year’s level.

Eybl Group sales revenues and profits in the first three quarters of 2004/05 were reasonably satisfactory; however, in the third quarter such factors as prolonged holiday closures (German premium OEMs, French system suppliers) and low year end inventories noticeably depressed turnover. Sales revenues of almost EUR 252m for the first three quarters were approximately at the same level as last year, but reflect the current low levels of production in the European automotive industry. The increases in volumes in respect of product start-ups as a result of the improved order book were negatively affected in the short run by long-term quantity reductions on existing orders for series models. The fabrication business contributed EUR 175.4m or around 69.7% of overall sales revenue. Textile production posted revenues amounting to EUR 48.6m, or 19.3 % of the total, and the interiors and services businesses contributed a combined 11.0%, with EUR 27.7m.

Consolidated EBIT for the first three quarters reached EUR 8.0m, about 8.0% up on the same period last year (EUR 7.4m). With an EBIT margin of 3.2%, earnings were broadly in line with budgeted expectations. Profit from ordinary activities (POA) rose by 15.8%, from EUR 5.0m to EUR 5.8m. Net profit for the period increased by EUR 1.4m to EUR 5.5m.

As of 31 December 2004, the Group’s total assets were EUR 193.6m — 17.6% up on the previous year’s EUR 164.6m. The equity ratio rose from 30.4% as of 31 December 2003 to roughly 32.0% this year, an increase of some 5.3%.

As of the end of the period, Eybl Group employed 4,406 people at a total of 15 locations.

Eybl’s positive performance in the first three quarters of financial 2004/05 is also reflected in the performance of its shares — up 38% since September 2004. Listed in the Prime Market section of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 19 September 2003, Eybl’s stock shows an annual increase of 10.6% (31 December 2003 to 31 December 2004).

Prospects for financial 2004/05 Despite the continuing difficulties of the automotive industry as a whole, management is confident that Eybl’s results for financial 2004/05 will be close to target, and that the Group will continue to consolidate its position in the marketplace.

For financial 2004/05, management is budgeting for sales revenues nearly as high as last year’s and for a total order intake of some EUR 565m, a 10% increase on 2003/04. On the basis of current market conditions, the forecast for the current financial year is for an EBIT margin slightly higher than in the comparable period last year.

About Eybl International Vienna listed Eybl International is an internationally recognised manufacturer of automotive interior parts. It specialises in the production of autotextiles, the fabrication of cloth, leather and combination cloth/leather seat covers and the covering of special interior trim parts. Headquartered in Krems, Austria, the Group employs some 4,400 people at 15 locations in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Today, Eybl International is Austria’s largest automotive components supplier, and the country’s leading textile manufacturer in terms of revenue.

end of announcement                                euro adhoc 28.01.2005 08:30:00

Further inquiry note: Contact Eybl International AG Press Office Robert Hurtak PLEON PUBLICO, Neulinggasse 37, A-1030 Vienna Tel: +43 (1) 71786 138, fax: +43 (1) 71786 60

Branche: Textiles & Clothing
ISIN:      AT0000908157
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
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