Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsges. AG

DEWB sells its stake in 4flow AG

Takeover of 4flow AG by the management Sale impacts on the financial result for 2007

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Jena (euro adhoc) - Jena/Berlin, 18 February 2008 - Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel- Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB) has sold its shareholding in 4flow AG 4flow), Berlin, to the company´s management. The purchase price for the 44.4 percent investment totaled 6.5 million euros. The purchase price will be paid in several tranches and affect sales revenues for the 2007 business year in the discounted sum of 5.6 million euros. The disposal of the shareholding provided a significant contribution to earnings. The companies also concluded an enhancement agreement which will lead to a subsequent increase in the purchase price if the underlying corporate plan is exceeded. This gives DEWB the opportunity to participate in the continuing potential of 4flow to create added value.

"We are pleased that the sale of 4flow has enabled us to realize another of the exits that we announced to take place in 2007. With a valuation of approx. 15 million euros, a figure that represents 20 times the operating result and 2.5 times the 2007 sales, we have successfully achieved higher than average proceeds from this exit. Markedly lower multiples of around seven and one respectively are being reached for comparable transactions," explains Bertram Köhler, Member of the DEWB Management Board. "This exit is further proof of a successful and value-enhanced disposal of investment holdings which do not form part of our technology focus on photonics and sensor systems," continues Köhler.

DEWB had held a stake in 4flow since 2000. Over the past years the company has successfully established itself as a leading provider of logistics consulting and supply chain management software. Based on the business model and its strong dependency on key individuals an owner-managed company offered the best structure for 4flow. The corresponding desire of the management to effect a full takeover of the company by way of a Management Buyout (MBO) opened up an attractive exit opportunity for DEWB.

DEWB will be announcing the figures for the 2007 business year with the publication of its Annual Report on 28 February 2008.

About 4flow The Berlin/Germany based 4flow AG is leading provider of logistics consulting and supply chain management software. 4flow consulting offers one-stop management consulting, concept creation and support in the implementation of logistics and supply chain management. 4flow vista is the standard software for supply chain design and optimisation. 4flow turn is the webbased standard software for inventory optimisation.

About DEWB Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB AG, Prime Standard, Securities No.: 804100 / ISIN: DE0008041005) is an investment company that specialises in young and established medium-sized companies. The focus of our investments is on strong growth companies from the areas of photonics and sensor systems for which we provide support through shareholders´ equity, expertise in corporate development and our sector network. Our regional focus lies in the German speaking countries (D, A, CH). Since 1997 we have invested more than 300 million Euros in 53 companies and realized more than 400 million Euros through 35 exits, eight of which were in the form of IPOs. The company is located in Jena, one of the most successful technology and science regions in Germany, with a long tradition in the field of optical technologies and one of the most important European centres for photonics.

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Branche: Financial & Business Services
ISIN:      DE0008041005
WKN:        804100
Index:    CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
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