R. STAHL presents its 9-month report for fiscal 2007 - Strong third quarter confirms the success of the group's new growth strategy

Sales leapt 28 percent and order intake 31 percent - Management is confident that the group will outperform its guidance for fiscal 2007 as a whole Waldenburg, 12 November 2007 - The final 9-month report confirms the preliminary key figures for R. STAHL Technologies. It is now clear that the explosion protection specialist has accelerated its growth pace in the third quarter of this year. The group's vigorous operating development in the first nine months of 2007 benefited from the robust business growth particularly in key sectors like the oil and natural gas, the chemical and pharmaceutical, and the shipbuilding industries. R. STAHL's consistent implementation of its new growth strategy is also increasingly bearing fruit. One indication of this is that the group's sales in North America (+43 percent) and Asia/Pacific (+77 percent) have increased substantially in the first three quarters of fiscal 2007. The group's European sales also showed gratifying growth at +22 percent. Sales and order intake grew substantially In the first nine months of 2007, sales grew 28.2 percent to a total of EUR 153.5m (previous year: EUR 119.7m). Order intake improved 30.9 percent to EUR 166.6m (previous year: EUR 127.2m) in the period from January to September 2007. In the third quarter of fiscal 2007, R. STAHL's growth pace accelerated appreciably. In the period from July to September 2007, group sales surged 36 percent year-on-year and order intake 53 percent. At EUR 45.3m as of 30 September 2007, our books showed a considerably higher order volume than the year before (9M 2006: EUR 25.8m). Thanks to our fast growth, orders on hand piled up especially fast in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, we have adjusted our processes and procedures to take account of the higher business volume and optimised delivery times. As such, we managed to slightly ease the order backlog quarter-on-quarter from the 30 June 2007 level of EUR 45.4m. Operating profitability solidified Pre-tax earnings (EBT) rose to EUR 17.8m (previous year: EUR 12.6m) between 1 January and 30 September 2007. This figure includes EUR 1.5m in extraordinary income from divesting our IT services subsidiaries. Adjusted for this one-off effect, the operating EBT margin came to 10.6 percent ahead of the 8-10 percent target range. The EBT margin was relatively high in the third quarter because we delivered several large-scale projects that were still in progress in the preceding months. Our earnings after taxes for the first three quarters of fiscal 2007 came to EUR 9.0m (previous year: EUR 8.9m) including a non-recurrent tax provision of EUR 2.5m made in the second quarter. This figures to earnings per share from continuing activities of EUR 1.45 (previous year: EUR 1.18). Solid finance structure forms the basis for future growth Our liquidity of EUR 27.9m exceeds our short and long-term interest-bearing financial liabilities by EUR 11.8m. This gives R. STAHL Technologies a strong balance-sheet basis to forge ahead with its organic and external growth including strategic acquisitions. Outlook As already reported in our preliminary financials release, management now expects the group to slightly outperform its guidance range for fiscal 2007 as a whole of EUR 190-200m in sales and an operating earnings margin of 8-10 percent of sales. Management based this assessment on the positive corporate development in the third quarter of this year and a continuing stable global economy. Contact: R. STAHL AG Communication / Investor Relations Am Bahnhof 30, D-74638 Waldenburg, Germany Phone: +49 (7942) 943-1217, Fax: +49 (7942) 943-1364 E-mail: judith.schaeuble@stahl.de --- End of Message --- R. STAHL AG Am Bahnhof 30 Waldenburg WKN: 725772; ISIN: DE0007257727 ; Index: CDAX, CLASSIC All Share, Prime All Share, GEX; Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Gate-M in Börse Stuttgart, Geregelter Markt in Börse Stuttgart, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin, Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf;