Eybl International AG

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quarterly or semiannual financial statement / Eybl International publishes results for first three quarters of financial 2005/06

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- Eybl’s innovation and process orientation confirmed by good performance in third quarter 2005/06  - "Masters in own house" — Eybl returns Krems Competence Centre to Group ownership

Eybl International has successfully evened out the effects of cyclical reductions of output in the auto industry: revenues for the first three quarters of financial 2005/06, at EUR 254.0m, were slightly up on the EUR 251.7m achieved in the same period last year. Broken down by technologies, the picture was as follows: with 63.4%, fabrication accounted for EUR 161.0m of the total. textiles production made up approximately 22.4%, or EUR 57.0m. Interiors and services contributed around EUR 36.0m, or 14.2%, to the total.

As a result of strong interest, Eybl’s corporate bond at the end of October 2005 was increased to EUR 60m. The proceeds of the issue have been and will be applied — in accordance with the Group’s strategy — as a defence against concentration in the industry and for long-term improvement in the Group’s financing structure. By paying back its loans ahead of time, Eybl has gained its independence from the banking syndicate. Both the site in Krems, where the Group is headquartered, and the cutting and logistics centre in Körmend, western Hungary, have become the Group’s property.

Order intake of EUR 260m in the first three quarters of the financial year fell short of expectations: the main reason was that fewer orders were placed in the last quarter of 2005, as the result of cyclical factors. For 2006, however, a series of model relaunches and new models have been announced or are being planned. It is reasonable to hope that this will mean a significantly higher order intake in the last quarter of financial 2005/06.

Group EBIT for the first three quarters of 2005/06 reached EUR 7.0m, down on the EUR 7.9m achieved in the comparable period last year. Profit from ordinary activities (POA) of EUR 3.4m was also less than EUR 5.8m for the same period last year. Net profit for the period amounted to EUR 4.8m, as against the comparable EUR 5.5m. Operating cash flow for the third quarter increased from EUR 4.6m in 2004/05 by some 65% to EUR 7.6m in 2005/06.

Eybl Group’s total assets at 31 December 2005 were EUR 241.3m, up 24.7% on EUR 193.6m a year earlier. This results in a reduction in the equity ratio to 26.3%, compared with 32.1% at the same point in the previous financial year. At 31 December 2005, Eybl Group employed 4,178 people at a total of 16 sites in Europe and Africa (Morocco).

Global Insight’s production forecasts for the automobile industry see output in 2006 stagnating at the levels of the last three years. In order to build on the success it has achieved as an innovative partner to the European auto industry, Eybl International will continue to pursue its strategy of innovation based on knowledge oriented added value.

Summarised results for first three quarters EUR m

                                        2005/06            2004/05            2003/04
Sales revenue                      254.0                251.7                251.5
EBIT                                        7.0                  7.9                  7.4
EBIT margin (%)                      2.8                  3.2                  2.9
Net profit for period            4.8                  5.5                  4.1
Order intake                        260.0                448.0                451.0

Staff                                  4,178                4,406                3,780

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Further inquiry note:
Eybl International AG
Investor Relations
Robert Gabriel
Tel.: +43 (0) 2732 881-300
Fax: +43 (0) 2732 881-79

Branche: Speciality stores
ISIN:      AT0000908157
WKN:        914117
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Börse Berlin-Bremen / free trade
              Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Wiener Börse AG / official market

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