EANS-News: BAUER Aktiengesellschaft / BAUER AG half-year performance hampered by weak machinery business and extraordinary effects

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Subtitle: • Total Group revenues up 9.6 percent to EUR 701.5 million • Orders in hand up 16.0 percent to EUR 778.6 million
• After-tax result of EUR -3.1 million (previous year: EUR +5.6 million) negatively impacted by extraordinary effects totalling EUR 7.5 million • Earnings forecast for 2012 adjusted

Healthy levels of orders in hand and a number of
ongoing large-scale projects in the Construction and Resources segments characterized the first half of the year for BAUER Aktiengesellschaft. Earnings were hampered by the weak performance of the Equipment segment as well as by some extraordinary effects.

Total Group revenues of the international construction and machinery manufacturing concern for the half-year were in line with planning at EUR 701.5 million, up 9.6 percent on the previous year comparative period (EUR 639.9 million). Orders in hand increased by 16.0 percent to EUR 778.6 million (previous year: EUR 671.1 million) thanks to very positive trends in the Construction and Resources segments. Half-year earnings are well down against the planned target. While EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) declined from EUR 28.3 million to EUR 19.0 million, an after-tax loss of EUR 3.1 million was made (previous year: profit of EUR 5.6 million). A factor in this was that approximately EUR 7.5 million in respect of expected losses from large-scale projects in the Construction and Resources segments was taken into account. Excluding those extraordinary effects, a net profit of around EUR 3.8 million would have been made.

As a consequence, and in view of the weak machinery business, the Group is adjusting its full-year after-tax profit forecast for 2012 to a figure between EUR 25 and 30 million. The previous forecast had been around EUR 35 million. The forecast for total Group revenues remains unchanged at EUR 1.45 billion. As a number of major projects will be fully operational in the second half of the year, the Group expects to see a positive trend in revenues through to the year-end.

Business segments

A number of major projects - especially in the Far East - drove total Group revenues in the Construction segment up 18.4 percent in the first half of the year, from EUR 270.5 million to EUR 320.3 million. Segment EBIT rose from EUR 3.3 million to EUR 6.4 million. The earnings growth was attributable to the improved ratio of fixed costs to revenues resulting from the large number of projects in progress all over the world.

The machinery business recorded much weaker sales than expected. In the first half of the year the total Group revenues of the Equipment segment fell 7.4 percent against the previous year comparative period to EUR 291.2 million (previous year: EUR 314.4 million). There is a measure of uncertainty and reluctance to place orders among customers due to the problems being faced by many economies around the world. Markets in Europe and China, especially, are in decline. Segment EBIT fell by EUR 11.4 million to EUR 11.6 million.

The Resources segment saw positive growth, increasing its total Group revenues by 29.4 percent to EUR 123.6 million (previous year: EUR 95.5 million). The segment's EBIT of EUR 1.0 million for the first half-year is EUR 1.8 million down against the previous year comparative. The on-going problems on the well drilling project in Jordan, the company has taken into account.

Orders in hand

Group-wide orders in hand increased in the reporting period by 16.0 percent to EUR 778.6 million (previous year: EUR 671.1 million). "We are currently seeing a very positive trend in order receipts in the Construction and Resources segments," comments Chairman of the Management Board Professor Thomas Bauer. "We have succeeded in acquiring major projects in a number of regions around the world, and we have good prospects to acquire more." Orders in hand in the Construction segment totalling EUR 484.6 million are above the 2011 year-end level and 30.3 percent up on the previous year comparative period. The Resources segment likewise has outstanding levels of orders in hand, amounting to EUR 158.7 million. The level is below the previous year comparative figure of EUR 180.3 million because of the large-scale projects currently being handled. Orders in hand in the Equipment segment totalling EUR 135.4 million are on the same level as in the previous year comparative.

Our full Half-Year Interim Report, including a detailed analysis of the individual segments and markets, can be found on our website at http://www.bauer.de.

About Bauer

Bauer is a provider of services, machinery and ancillary products for ground and groundwater. The Group markets its products and services all over the world. Its global spread allows it to remain largely unaffected by fluctuating business cycles.

Its business is divided into three segments: Construction, Equipment and Resources. The Construction segment carries out specialist foundation engineering work for complex excavation pits and foundations on major infrastructure and building projects all over the world, installing cut-off walls and carrying out ground improvement works as well as providing related project development services. Bauer's Equipment segment, a world market leader, offers a comprehensive range of construction machinery, equipment and tools for the specialist foundation engineering sector as well as for other underground drilling operations, such as for mines, water wells, geothermal energy sources, and oil and gas extraction. The Resources segment bundles the Group's activities in the fields of water, energy, mineral resources and environmental technology.

Bauer profits greatly from the collaboration between its three separate segments, enabling the Group to position itself as an innovative, highly specialized provider of complete solutions and services for demanding projects on the specialist foundation engineering and related markets.

Founded in 1790, Bauer today generates around three quarters of its total revenues outside of Germany. Employing some 9,700 people, the Group's total revenues in 2011 were approximately EUR 1.4 billion (previous year: EUR 1.3 billion). BAUER Aktiengesellschaft has been listed on the official market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 4, 2006 (Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005168108).

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GROUP KEY FIGURES - 1st half 2012 (IFRS)

| |H1 2011 |H1 2012 |Change | | |in EUR million |in EUR million | | |Total Group revenues |639.9 |701.5 |+9.6 % | |of which | | | | |- Germany |168.0 |177.7 |+5.8 % | |- International |471.9 |523.8 |+11.0 % | |of which | | | | |- Construction* |270.5 |320.3 |18.4 % | |- Equipment* |314.4 |291.2 |-7.4 % | |- Resources |95.5 |123.6 |+29.4 % | |- Other/Consol. |-40.5 |-33.6 |n/a | |Consolidated revenues |626.1 |678.7 |+8.4 % | |Sales revenues |550.1 |605.4 |+10.1 % | |Orders received |696.1 |730.1 |+4.9 % | |Orders in hand |671.1 |778.6 |+16.0 % | |EBITDA |68.3 |63.4 |-7.2 % | |EBITDA margin (as % of sales |12.4 % |10.5 % |n/a | |revenues) | | | | |EBIT (earnings before interest |28.3 |19.0 |-32.8 % | |and taxes) | | | | |EBIT margin (as % of sales |5.1 % |3.1 % |n/a | |revenues) | | | | |Net profit or loss |5.6 |-3.1 |n/a | |Shareholders' equity |425.2 |462.0 |+8.6 % | |Equity ratio |29.4 % |28.3 % |n/a | |Earnings per share in EUR |0.26 |-0.13 |n/a | |Employees (on average over the |9,656 |10,126 |+4.9 % | |year) | | | |

* Previous year figures adjusted

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Investor Relations
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