Mühlbauer Holding AG

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'Ad-hoc message pursuant to § 15 WpHG' Mühlbauer presents final results for fiscal 2004 EBIT tripled year-over-year - significantly higher dividend intended

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Roding, March 09, 2005: Mühlbauer Holding AG & Co. KGaA quoted on the Prime Standard (ISIN: DE0006627201) and active worldwide provider of innovative technology solutions for safety-related industries posted record financial figures for fiscal 2004. Thus both sales and with it the volume of business increased and earnings as well as liquidity improved significantly. An EBIT of EUR25.6 million in the reporting period tripled last year's EUR8.5 million. In the same period of time, the group's Earnings before tax rose 177.2% to EUR26.3 million (previous year EUR9.5 million). Return on sales improved significantly year-over-year to 20.5% (previous year 10.0%). Net Earnings increased by 160% from EUR6.5 million to EUR16.9 million. The company's profitability becomes apparent in the sharp rise in earnings per share. With a figure of EUR1.17, last year's value of EUR0.41 was boosted by 185.4%. The dividend will also increase: for fiscal 2004, a rise in dividends to EUR0.60 per no-par share will be proposed to the Annual Shareholders' Meeting scheduled to take place on April 28, 2005 at the company`s headquarters. Year-over-year (0.35 EUR), the dividend increased by 71.4%.

Mühlbauer achieved another stellar performance in free cash flows rising by 156.6% to EUR27.2 million from last year's EUR6.2 million despite higher investments of EUR11.7 million.

In 2004, the technology company's sales of EUR128.2 million hit an all-time high and outperformed last year's EUR95.2 million by 34.6%. The order books of the global technology company posted an increase in volume. With an order volume of EUR174.7 million, an 75.9% increase in order income was reported compared to the previous reporting period (EUR99.3 million). The order backlog at the end of the reporting period amounted to EUR68.0 million and was up 144.5% year-over-year (EUR27.8 million).

The strategic positioning of the Mühlbauer technology company will continue to focus on manufacturing chip-based and security-related technology solutions for passport and identification systems. With its innovative and user-oriented products as well as its pronounced customer proximity, the company is well prepared to substantially profit from the projected increase in growth and to more than offset the estimated drop in demand for semiconductor-related products in the first half of 2005.

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 09.03.2005 07:00:00

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
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              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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