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Krems, 28 October 2004 – Despite the continuing lackluster performance of the automobile industry in Europe, Eybl International AG is looking at a very successful first half 2004/05.
Following a record order intake in the first quarter (five times the level of the same period last year), new orders in the second quarter reached a very satisfactory EUR 57m, bringing the total for the first half of financial 2004/05 to EUR 401m, the highest level in Eybl Group’s history. As of 30 September 2004, around 95% of budgeted sales for the current financial year was already covered by orders, an improvement of roughly a third on the position at the same time last year.
In the first half of 2004/05, Eybl Group posted significant increases in sales revenues and profits: sales of EUR 167.8m were roughly 2% higher than the EUR 165.3m achieved in the comparable period last year. The fabrication business made up EUR 116.3m, or around 69% of total sales revenue, textile production generated sales of EUR 33.40m, or about 20% of the total, and the interiors and services businesses contributed a combined 11%, with EUR 18.1m.
Consolidated EBIT for the first half of 2004/05 hit EUR 5.1m, an increase of 26% in comparison with the same period last year. The EBIT margin of 3.1% was broadly in line with budgeted expectations, while the increase in POA was impressive: in comparison with the first half of 2003/04, it was up 30% from EUR 2.8m to EUR 3.6m. Net profit has risen EUR 1.3m to EUR 3.4m for the current period.
As of 30 September 2004, the Group’s total assets were EUR 184.2m — 9% up on the previous year’s EUR 168.7m. The equity ratio rose from 29.1% as of 30 September 2003 to 32.4% this year, an increase of some 11%.
Return on capital employed (ROCE) advanced from 7,0% last year to 8,5% for the half year to 30 September 2004.
As of the end of the half year, Eybl Group employed 4,315 people at its 15 sites.
Eybl’s positive performance in the first half of financial 2004/05 is reflected in the performance of its shares in the market (up 6% in the most recent quarter). A year after listing in the Prime Market section of the Vienna Stock Exchange, Eybl’s stock has gained 14% overall.
Prospects for financial 2004/05
Although the coming year is likely to confront the entire automotive sector with severe challenges, management is confident that Eybl will meet its targets for financial 2004/05, and will continue to expand its share of its core West European market. In order to be able to serve its markets in France and Spain better, Eybl International will shortly be opening a new production facility in Morocco.
For financial 2004/05, management is budgeting sales revenues of some EUR 350m, assuming current market conditions, and is forecasting an EBIT margin of around 4%.
About Eybl International
Vienna listed Eybl International is an internationally recognised manufacturer of automotive interior parts. It specialises in the production of autotextiles, the fabrication of cloth, leather and combination cloth/leather seat covers and the covering of special interior trim parts. Headquartered in Krems, Austria, the Group employs some 4,400 people at 15 locations in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Today, Eybl International is Austria’s largest automotive components supplier, and the country’s leading textile manufacturer in terms of revenue.

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