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Annual Results for 2009-2010: Miba´s Strategy Stands the Test in the Crisis

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Miba Annual Results for 2009-2010
Annual Results for 2009-2010: Miba´s Strategy Stands the Test in the 
-       Miba focuses on technologically sophisticated key components for future
generations of drives
-       Positive EBIT of EUR 16.4 million despite sharp decline in demand
-       Equity ratio rises to 60.1 percent
-       Miba gains market share and invests in new business segments
Miba, a strategic partner to the international engine and automotive industry,
generated consolidated sales of EUR 311.8 million in the 2009-2010 business
year. With earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 16.4 million, Miba´s
performance was excellent in comparison to other companies in its sector. The
new business year is off to a strong start:
-       Miba takes over the British coatings specialist Teer Coatings Ltd. in
-       Miba Sinter Group opens a new site in McConnelsville, Ohio, USA in June
-       Miba Bearing Group starts production of high-performance engine bearings
for trucks in the USA
"The business year 2009-2010 was one of the most challenging in the 
history of Miba," says Miba CEO Peter Mitterbauer. "We have proven 
that we can hold our own in hard times - Miba posted positive results
in every quarter. At the beginning of the year we concentrated on the
right things: quickly adjusting our cost structure to our customers´ 
call-off volumes and securing our liquidity for the long term. Our 
clear strategic orientation to technologically sophisticated products
and technologies for the future is proving its worth."
The first three quarters of 2009-2010 were marked by the global 
recession. The fourth quarter, on the other hand, showed signs of an 
improving economic situation. In the 2009-2010 business year Miba 
generated group sales totaling EUR 311.8 million, a 16.8 percent 
decline from the previous year. Miba performed well in comparison to 
others in its industry. Thanks to quick and resolute action at the 
beginning of the business year, in 2009-2010, Miba was able to 
generate positive earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 
16.4 million. The EBIT margin stands at 5.3 percent. Earnings before 
interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled EUR 
45.6 million.
Liquidity Secures Independence In 2009-2010, Miba particularly 
focused on strengthening liquidity for the long term. At EUR 50.8 
million, cash and cash equivalents were significantly up from the 
previous year´s figure of EUR 24.6 million. Successful liquidity 
management is also reflected in Miba´s net cash of EUR 7.1 million as
of the reporting date January 31, 2010. In comparison, the Miba Group
posted net debt of EUR 19.3 million as of January 31, 2009. The 
equity ratio rose further, reaching 60.1 percent. This ratio 
underscores Miba´s robust capital structure and secures the company´s
financial independence.
Growth Through Technology Expenditures to secure and expand our 
technology leadership remained high. In the 2009-2010 business year, 
Miba invested EUR 18.7 million in R&D despite a decrease in revenue. 
This represents a research budget of approximately six percent of the
total sales volume. Miba focuses on the development of components for
high-performance, efficient and alternative drives:
?       Miba Bearing Group´s heavy-duty and fully lead-free engine bearing
solutions are used in modern and fuel-efficient diesel motors for trucks. The
features of new materials make it possible for future generations of bearings to
meet stricter environmental regulations. Beyond combustion engines, the area of
wind power stations offers major potential for the application of Miba engine
bearings technology; the first patents are pending.
?       Miba is a strong technological partner in the development of smaller,
economical and energy-efficient motors and transmissions. Miba Sinter Group
components for double-clutch transmissions and servo synchronizers make a
crucial difference in increasing shifting comfort and fuel economy.
?       Miba Friction Group scores with its developmental know-how in the area
of wind turbines. A new friction material with a higher energy load rating
contributes to the improved performance of wind power stations.
?       The consistent further development of functional component coatings for
minimized friction also brings Miba a step closer to fulfilling our vision: No
power train without Miba technology.
Strategically Targeted Investments A total of EUR 19.5 million was 
invested within the Miba Group in production capacity and product 
quality (compared with EUR 43.1 million the previous year). About 72 
percent of investments in the past year went to the sites in the USA 
and China. These investments serve the further expansion of Miba´s 
position in these strategically significant markets.
Cash flow from operations fell to EUR 48.1 million, down from EUR 
51.6 million a year earlier. This is essentially due to the decrease 
in operating income. Once again, Miba fully financed its capital 
investments out of the company´s own capital resources.
2009-2010       2008-2009
Sales (in million EUR)  311.8   374.6
EBIT (in million EUR)   16.4    34.5
EBT (in million EUR)    15.5    30.9
Investments in fixed assets (in million EUR)    19.5    43.1
Number of employees (yearly average)    2,613   2,855
Miba Holds Onto its Core Staff
In 2009-2010, Miba had an average of 2,613 employees worldwide, 
compared with 2,855 the previous year. As of the reporting date of 
January 31, 2010, the headcount totaled 2,620 (compared with 2,825 on
January 31, 2009). Staff cuts resulted from capacity adjustment 
measures. Personnel expenses in 2009-2010 totaled EUR 108.8 million, 
an 11 percent decrease from the previous year (EUR 121.7 million).
In the past five years, Miba has created approximately 750 new jobs. 
As a responsible employer, Miba set itself the declared goal of 
holding onto its qualified core staff despite the difficult months. 
The company reacted to the reduction in orders with a broad range of 
personnel policies such as reduced overtime and vacation time, 
educational leaves, reduced working hours and the introduction of new
models for working hours. Reduced working hours were ended at the end
of January 2010. Apprentice training remains highly significant: In 
2009, 28 young men and women began their training as production 
technicians at Miba.
Miba Bearing Group Expands Sites in China and the USA Miba Bearing 
Group generated revenues of EUR 132.6 million in the past year. It 
thus accounted for 42.4 percent of total Miba Group sales, making it 
the leading business unit. Targeted capital investments in research 
and development, the retention of qualified core staff, and the 
unwavering commitment to continuing strategic projects were key 
reasons why expenditures did not decrease to the same extent as 
revenue. In 2009-2010, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation 
and amortization (EBITDA) totaled EUR 24.1 million (compared to EUR 
33.4 million the previous year). As a leading development partner for
engine bearings, the Miba Bearing Group is there where the customer 
needs it. Series production of large bearings for boats and 
high-speed ferries started successfully in China in summer 2009. 
Production of high-performance engine bearings for diesel truck 
motors starts this June in McConnelsville, Ohio, USA.
Miba Sinter Group Raises Profitability At the end of the 2008-2009 
business year, Miba Sinter Group became the first business unit hit 
by the effects of the financial and economic crisis. The economic 
stabilization measures introduced in many countries around the world 
(such as "cash for clunkers" programs), along with a series of new 
projects, made it possible for Miba Sinter Group, with revenues of 
EUR 125.7 million (compared to EUR 135.4 million the previous year), 
to post a decrease of only seven percent, relatively low in industry 
comparison. The consistent implementation of measures introduced 
ahead of schedule, such as the temporary shutdown of systems, led to 
an increase in profitability despite declining revenue. EBITDA 
improved from EUR 18.6 to 19.7 million. Miba Sinter Group is opening 
a new site in McConnelsville, Ohio, in June. The USA is a future 
market for Miba technology in the area of energy-efficient and 
low-emissions motors and transmissions.
Miba Friction Group Increases Research Budget The revenue of the Miba
Friction Group totaled EUR 51.1 million in 2009-2010, a 33 percent 
decrease from the previous year. This business unit thus generated 
16.2 percent of total Miba sales. The decline in revenue was in part 
responsible for a negative EBITDA of EUR 0.5 million (compared to 
positive EBITDA of EUR 9.2 million the previous year). Despite the 
turbulent economic conditions, the Friction Group consistently 
invested in R&D. Investment accounted for seven percent of revenue in
the past year.
Outlook: New Opportunities for Miba Miba had a strong start in the 
2010-2011 business year. In some segments the volume of new orders 
nearly reached pre-recession levels. Customers´ call-off volumes, 
however, are subject to major fluctuations, and the planning horizon 
remains very limited. "We have a good overview of the first half of 
the year, but at the moment it is difficult to foresee how the second
half will develop," says CEO Peter Mitterbauer. Customer 
cancellations on short notice increase the complexity of planning and
require a high level of flexibility from the company.
"Miba is well equipped for the challenges and opportunities it 
confronts. A high level of technological skills, a solid liquidity 
base and qualified employees are the crucial factors that will enable
the company to emerge from this recession in stronger shape," 
Mitterbauer says. The situation on the markets abroad is positive, 
also in the USA. Markets such as China, India and Brazil also show 
major growth potential. Strategic investments in building and 
expanding the sites in China and the USA further strengthen Miba´s 
market position as a technology leader. In the area of coatings, the 
April takeover of the coatings specialist Teer Coatings in Droitwich,
UK, has expanded Miba´s expertise and product portfolio.
In the current business year we are focusing on the topics of 
quality, flexibility and health. Activities in the area of Business 
Excellence reflect our constant efforts for high business quality. 
"One of Miba´s strengths is our good reputation with our customers. 
Customer satisfaction is a high priority and stands at the center of 
our relentless striving for the highest quality and reliability," 
Mitterbauer concludes.
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====================================== The Miba Group With 
headquarters in Laakirchen, Upper Austria, Miba is a strategic 
partner to the international engine and automotive industry. Sintered
components, engine bearings and friction materials for motor 
vehicles, railways, ships, aircraft and power stations are produced 
at eleven sites worldwide. Miba products make vehicles more 
efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly. Miba has around 
2,600 employees, over half of whom work at the Austrian sites in 
Laakirchen, Vorchdorf and Roitham. In the 2009-10 business year, 
sales of the listed company totaled 311.8 million euros with an 
operating result (EBIT) of 16.4 million euros.
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