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AGRANA Preliminary Results for the Financial Year 2006|07

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AGRANA/Preliminary Results 2006|07

07.05.2007

Based on preliminary data, AGRANA, the international sugar, starch and fruit group, achieved revenue growth of 28% to EUR 1,915.8 million in the 2006|07 financial year (2005|06: EUR 1,499.6 million). Operating profit after exceptional items rose by 41% to EUR 105.8 million, from EUR 75.0 million in the previous year. Despite higher tax expenses, net profit for the period expanded by 10% to EUR 71.1 million (2005|06: EUR 64.7 million).

For the financial year ended 28 February 2007, AGRANA presents the following preliminary results:

EURmn except per share data                2006|07        2005|06        + (-)
Revenue                                              1,915.8        1,499.6         + 28%
Operating profit                                  107.0            99.5         +  8%
Exceptional items                                  (1.2)         (24.5)
Operating profit
(after exceptional items)                    105.8            75.0         + 41%
Profit before tax                                  93.5            71.7         + 30%
Net profit for the period                      71.1            64.7         + 10%
  - Attributable to equity holders
      of the parent                                  68.9            62.7
  - Minority interests                            2.2              2.0
Earnings per share (EUR)                        4.85            4.42         + 10%

The key driver of the good revenue trend was the strong organic growth in the Starch and Fruit segments, with Fruit for the first time becoming the Group´s revenue leader. As well, the change in financial year end of the Fruit companies from a calendar-year basis to the AGRANA year end led to the inclusion of an additional two months´ results and thus contributed to the sales increase. Added to this were effects from the full-year consolidation of the former Atys Group, which in the 2005|06 comparative data was only included for nine months, and the first-time inclusion of the German fruit preparations business, the former DSF. Hence, about 48% of revenue came from the Fruit segment, 41% from the Sugar segment and 11% from the Starch segment.

Despite adverse impacts from the reform of the EU sugar regime and the higher energy and raw materials costs, operating profit before exceptionals increased by 8% to EUR 107.0 million (prior year: EUR 99.5 million). The start-up costs of construction of the AGRANA bioethanol plant in Pischelsdorf, Austria, gave rise to a net negative effect of EUR 1.2 million from exceptional items, resulting in operating profit after exceptional items of EUR 105.8 million (prior year: EUR 75.0 million). After income taxes calculated at a rate of 23.9% (prior year: 9.8%), net profit for the period was EUR 71.1 million, up 10% compared to the prior year´s EUR 64.7 million.

The final results for the 2006|07 financial year will be published on 21 May 2007.

This press release is also available at www.agrana.com.

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Further inquiry note:
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
Doris Schober
Investor Relations/Corporate Communications
Phone: +43-1-211 37-12084
e-mail:investor.relations@agrana.com

Branche: Food
ISIN:      AT0000603709
WKN:        779535
Index:    ATX Prime, WBI
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official market



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