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Financial Figures/Balance Sheet
AGRANA Preliminary Results for the 2007|08 Financial Year

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annual report


Based on preliminary data, in the 2007|08 financial year AGRANA, the international sugar, starch and fruit group, generated revenue of EUR 1,892.3 million (2006|07: EUR 1,915.8 million). The slight revenue decrease resulted from a base effect, as the prior year, unlike 2007|08, included an additional two months of results in the Fruit segment to align the segment's year end with that of AGRANA. Based on a straight twelve-month comparison that removes this effect, Group revenue grew by 6%. Operating profit before exceptional items rose from EUR 107.0 million to EUR 111.4 million or by 4%, driven largely by the benign trend in the Starch and Fruit segments. Due to restructuring costs and other exceptional items in all segments, operating profit after exceptional items eased from the prior year's EUR 105.8 million to EUR 101.5 million in the 2007|08 financial year.

After taxes, profit for the period was EUR 63.8 million (prior year: EUR 71.1 million). The net financial items deficit rose by EUR 16.1 million, reflecting the capital expenditures and the financing expenses for more working capital as a result of the higher commodity costs.

Preliminary financial results for the year ended 29 February 2008:

2007|08            2006|07
Revenue                                              EURm      1,892.3            1,915.8
Operating profit before exceptional EURm         111.4                107.0
Exceptional items, including            EURm          -9.9                 -1.2
Operating profit after exceptional  EURm         101.5                105.8
Profit before tax                              EURm          73.1                 93.5
Profit for the period                        EURm          63.8                 71.1
- Attributable to equity holders of
the parent                                                          64.3                 68.9
- Minority interests                                          -0.5                  2.2
Earnings per share                            EUR            4.53                 4.85

In the 2007|08 financial year, AGRANA remained on a growth trajectory in the Starch and Fruit segments, while business performance in Sugar was affected by the profound changes in the European sugar market and the accompanying need for consolidating measures. Fruit was the largest segment at 45% of Group revenue, followed by Sugar with a share of 40% and Starch with 15% of revenue.

The final results for the 2007|08 financial year will be published on 21 May 2008.

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AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
Mag. Maria Fally
Investor Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905

Mag. Ulrike Pichler
Public Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084

Branche: Food
ISIN:      AT0000603709
WKN:        779535
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime
Börsen:  Börse Berlin / Präsenzhandel
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