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Amsterdam, 16 August 2006. SMARTRAC N.V. continued along its growth path in the first half of 2006 and further strengthened its earnings. SMARTRAC, the leading RFID manufacturer and supplier of components for contactless credit cards (ePayment) and passports (ePassports), increased its total revenues in the first six months of this year compared with the same period of 2005 from EUR 8.3 million to EUR 22.5 million. The Group's first-half EBITDA increased to EUR 4.7 million, more than triple the figure for the prior-year period (EUR 1.5 million). At EUR 3.3 million, net profit for the first half of 2006 was already higher than the figure of EUR 3.0 million reported for full-year 2005. The company has posted a net profit every year since its foundation.

Part of this positive development was the performance in the Standard segment including the areas of Mass Transportation, Access Systems and Logistics, which increased its revenues compared with the prior-year period by 69 percent (from EUR 7.4 million to EUR 12.6 million). The main contribution however came from the High Security segment (ePayment and ePassport), which increased its revenues to EUR 9.9 million, more than tenfold compared with the prior-year period. With approximately EUR 3.3 million, the High Security segment made an important contribution to EBITDA in the first half of 2006.

First-half EBITDA in the Standard segment (EUR 1.5 million) grew at a lower rate than revenues during the same period and at a lower rate than EBITDA in the first half of last year. This was due to regional changes in the order structure and the strategic expansion of chip sourcing in the Standard segment. Chip sourcing in the Standard segment burdened the ratio between revenues and earnings compared with the prior-year period due to the fact that only a low proportion of SMARTRAC's value creation is accounted for by the purchased memory chips. However, it enables SMARTRAC to improve its long-term customer retention.

In addition to preparing the successful IPO, the main strategic focus in the first half of 2006 was on expanding production capacity, in particular in the High Security segment. With investments of EUR 4.4 million (H1 2005: EUR 1.3 million), SMARTRAC expanded its production capacity with a new facility in Germany and an additional plant in Thailand, that should be fully operational by the end of this year.

Expanding production capacity and further increase investment in research and development are the main goals of SMARTRAC N.V. for the second half of the year. For full-year 2006, SMARTRAC anticipates substantial growth in revenues and EBITDA compared with 2005.


@@start.t2@@|EUR thousand      |H1 2006      |H1 2005          |Change            |Change in %    |
|Revenues            |22,471        |8,280              |+14,191          |+171.4            |
|EBITDA                |4,681         |1,502              |+3,179            |+211.7            |
|Net profit         |3,324         |827                 |+2,497            |+301.9            |
|Earnings per      |0.33          |0.08                |-                    |-                    |
|share                 |                 |                      |                      |                      |@@end@@


SMARTRAC is a leading supplier of inlays for contactless credit cards (ePayment) and passports with integrated contactless chips (ePassports). The company, which was founded in 2000, is incorporated under Dutch law and has its head office in Amsterdam. SMARTRAC has its main production and R&D center in Bangkok (Thailand), as well as subsidiaries in Germany and Singapore. Through an agreement with Xytec Solutions (Kulim, Malaysia), in which SMARTRAC holds a 30% stake, the company has exclusive access to proprietary manufacturing equipment. In two product segments - Standard and High Security - SMARTRAC manufactures components for RFID applications in public transport, access control and logistics, as well as in the high-security applications of ePayment and ePassport.

Further information: ISIN: NL 0000186633 Official market (Amtlicher Markt) / Prime Standard; Frankfurt Stock Exchange Company Headquarters: Amsterdam

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To the extent that this ad hoc release contains forward-looking statements, such statements

are based on assumptions, planning and forecasts at the time of publication of this ad hoc release. Forward-looking statements always involve uncertainties.

Business and economic risks and developments, the conduct of competitors, political decisions and other factors may cause the actual results to be materially different from the assumptions, planning and forecasts at the time of publication of this ad hoc release.

Therefore, SMARTRAC N.V. does not assume any responsibility relating to forward- looking statements contained in this ad hoc release. Furthermore, SMARTRAC N.V. does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this ad hoc release.

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Branche: Technology
ISIN:      NL0000186633
WKN:        A0JEHN
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing/prime standard
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