R. STAHL announces key data for fiscal year 2010

R. STAHL AG / R. STAHL announces key data for fiscal year 2010 Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Forecast for the full year exceeded - Sales 10 % above previous year's figures - EBT increased by 73 %- Executive Boards expects another double-digit growth for 2011 Waldenburg, March 1(st), 2011 - According to preliminary calculations, R. STAHL generated consolidated sales amounting to € 222.6 m in the past fiscal year. This means an increase of 9.9% compared to last year (€ 202.6 m). The forecast given in spring 2010 (€ 210 to € 220 m) could be exceeded. Earnings before taxes of the expert in explosion protection rose above average - by 73% compared to last year - and amounted to € 15.4 m (previous year: 8.9) This figure also increased significantly more than the values that were predicted, € 14 to 15 m. The group achieved an EBIT of € 19.3 m (previous year: 12.6), which means 53% more than in the previous year. Return on sales based on EBT reached 6.9% for the full year (previous year: 4.4%). During the first half of 2010, R. STAHL still felt the effects of the economic crisis, but, as expected, the market for the company located in Waldenburg revived significantly with the third quarter. The most important customer industries, the oil and gas industry as well as the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry, placed more orders. Especially from the installed basis (maintenance, repair, extensions), R. STAHL recorded an increasing number of orders in the second half of the year. The investments in system competence contributed decisively to the positive development in the past fiscal year. Due to the decision to keep the core workforce during the crisis, the complete team has been available as the markets revived. During the last five years, R. STAHL has greatly expanded the ability to use synergies and to develop customized solutions by combining different safety technologies. Here the company has a unique position on the market. During the last years R. STAHL could significantly increase its market leadership in the field of electrical system solutions for explosion protection. The company distinguishes itself from its competitors. The markets that are relevant for R. STAHL show a lot of potential for the current year and for the coming years. The order books of the international plant manufacturers are filling up which will be seen in the order situation of R. STAHL with a time delay of six to twelve months. Continuous process optimizations will help to realize the coming growth without much increase of personnel. Small, strategic acquisitions, like those that have been realized last year, are meant to offer additional potential. The leading position in the system business will be further increased internationally. On the basis of these scenarios, the Executive Board expects another double-digit growth of sales and results for the current year. All the figures are provisional and may change with the progress of the auditing. R. STAHL will present the final annual financial statements in a balance sheet press conference on 13 April 2011. +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ | in € million | 2010* | 2009 | Changes in % | +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ | Order intake | 225.8 | 208.1 | + 8,5 | +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ | Sales | 222.6 | 202.6 | + 9,9 | +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ | EBIT | 19.3 | 12.6 | + 53 | +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ | EBT | 15.4 | 8.9 | + 73 | +--------------+-------+-------+--------------+ * preliminary If you have any questions please contact: R. STAHL AG Communications / Investor Relations Judith Schäuble Am Bahnhof 30, 74638 Waldenburg (Württ. ) Phone: +49 7942.943-1217, Fax: +49 7942.943-40 1217 e-mail:judith.schaeuble@stahl.de --- End of Message --- R. STAHL AG Am Bahnhof 30 Waldenburg Germany Listed: Freiverkehr in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin, Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München, Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Regulierter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Regulierter Markt in Börse Stuttgart; This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: R. STAHL AG via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1493434]