Eybl International AG

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Eybl International releases its preliminary figures for the 2005/2006 business year

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• Sales target attained at EUR 345.2 million • EBIT of EUR 10.4 million achieved despite a tough market environment • Management recommends dividend of EUR 0.85 per share to supervisory board

Krems, 26 May 2006 - The Austrian automotive supplier Eybl International has been able to extend its positive trend in recent years despite its sector's tough environment. The Eybl Group's sales earnings rose in the past business year (2005/06) when compared with its financial results the year before by about 4% to reach EUR 345.2m (2004/05: EUR 332.5m). EBIT remained practically the same at EUR 10.4m (2004/05: EUR 10.3m). This yields an EBIT margin of 3.0% (2004/05: 3.1%). EBITDA was EUR 25.3m (2004/05: EUR 20.2m). The annual net profit is expected to be about EUR 6.3m, burdened by a higher financial expenditure in the past business year (2004/05; EUR 7.3m).

"Changes in the automotive sector's value chain and the concomitant concentration process in the European automotive supplier industry has confronted the entire sector with major challenges in the past business year. Eybl International's good results, compared with the industry as a whole, clearly show that the Krems supplier company was able to assume a stable position in this tough environment and has been able to continue developing in line with its strategy." says Johannes M. Elsner, CEO Eybl International.

By firmly basing its efforts on the functions of market oriented value creation, value analysis and ongoing supplier trends it was possible to exert a positive impact on cost conditions.

The successful EUR 323m level of incoming orders eloquently reflects changes in our customers' policy in placing their orders in relation to lifetime commissions. Last year's level of EUR 541m was essentially the result of mass production orders with a duration of seven years. In this business year, on the whole, development and start-up orders and three-year mass production assignments up to the first facelift were placed.

On the basis of these preliminary financial results the board of directors are recommending a dividend of EUR 0.85 per share to the supervisory board. At the current share price this is equivalent to a 5.77% return on investment. The definite proposal will be submitted after confirmation by the governance boards at the annual shareholders' meeting in Stift Göttweig on 6 July 2006.

The final figures for the 2005/06 business year will be published and assessed by Eybl International on 5 July 2006 in connection with its annual report press conference.

Preliminary financial results for 2005/06 at a glance: (in million EUR)

                                  2005/06          2004/05
Sales                              345.2              332.5
EBIT                                 10.4                10.3
EBIT Margin in %                3.0                 3.1
Annual net profit              6.3                 7.3
EBITDA                              25.3                20.2
New Orders                         323                 541*
* Life-time orders

About Eybl International Eybl International AG, listed on the Vienna stock exchange, is an internationally recognised manufacturer of interior components for the interiors of cars that has specialised in production of automotive textiles, manufacture of seat covers made from textiles or leather or cloth/leather combinations and linings of special interior parts. The company, headquartered in Krems, employs about 4000 people at 12 operational sites in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Germany and Slovenia and in Morocco. Eybl International is currently the largest Austrian company in the automotive supplier sector as well as Austria's largest textile manufacturer by sales volume.

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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:  Wiener Börse AG / official market

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