Mühlbauer Holding AG

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Mühlbauer announces preliminary financial figures 2004 - Significant increase in sales and profitability

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Roding, February 03, 2005: The Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA (listed in the German Prime Standard) is a global manufacturer of technology solutions for the security industry. The company's provisional and unaudited financial figures posted a significant increase in sales and profitability in fiscal year 2004.

With sales of EUR37 million in Q4, the technology company managed to significantly improve its y-o-y performance (EUR25 million) and reached a new alltime high of EUR128 million in 2004. This is the best result in the company's 25-year history and is even 35% higher than the previous year's total of EUR95 million.

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) honored the positive development and will, according the provisional estimate of the general partner, amount to at least EUR24 million. With sales of EUR10 million in Q4, the company did not only generate higher results than in the previous year (EUR3 million) but almost tripled its profitability y-o-y. The expected sharp increase in net sales will be distributed to shareholders in the form of significantly higher dividends.

In 2004, the global company registered a significant increase in order income. New orders in Q4 amounted to EUR38 million (previous year: EUR26 million). For the total year, new orders stood at EUR175 million - which corresponds to an increase of 76% compared to the previous year (EUR99 million). Order backlog was worth EUR68 million at the end of the reporting period and is thus significantly higher than last year (EUR28 million) - a plus of 145%.

This positive business trend was supported by increased activities in all four business segments. The biggest contributors to growth were the areas of Smart identification and semiconductor related products.

At the capital markets day on March 15, 2005 at the company's headquarter, financial details will be given after its pre-market disclosure. Apart from the analyst and press conference held on that day, detailed information on the company's value chain will be provided to investors, analysts and the financial press.

The Mühlbauer Group is a leading manufacturer of innovative and refined ID system solutions for the security industry. The company develops and manufactures high-tech machine lines for producing Smart cards (multi-purpose chip cards) and Smart labels (intelligent labels) and is the world's only provider for turnkey solutions - from chip bonding to personalization processes. Contact and additional information: Investor Relations, Tel.: +49 (0) 9461-952-653, Fax: +49 (0) 9461-952-8520, investor-relations@muehlbauer.de, Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA, Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 3, D-93426 Roding, www.muehlbauer.de

end of announcement                                euro adhoc 03.02.2005 06:30:00

Further inquiry note: Hubert Forster CFO +49(0)9461-952-141 hubert.forster@muehlbauer.de

Branche: Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:      DE0006627201
WKN:        662720
Index:    Nemax 50, Prime Standard, CDAX, Prime All Share, Technologie All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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