EANS-Adhoc: Westag & Getalit AG / Slow first quarter 2009

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The economic environment deteriorated markedly in the first quarter of 2009. According to the Federal Statistical Office, incoming orders in the building construction sector dropped by 27.4%. Against this background, Westag & Getalit AG also reported a decline in sales, which were down 12.9% on the prior-year quarter to EUR 50.2 million (2008: EUR 57.7 million). Export sales were under extreme pressure and fell by 34.0% to EUR 9.9 million. Accordingly, the export share declined to 19.7% in the first quarter.

Earnings before income taxes amounted to EUR 1.8 million in the first quarter (2008: EUR 4.0 million). The reduction in earnings was mainly attributable to the negative sales trend. Lower raw materials prices brought some relief on the procurement side. Earnings per share declined to EUR 0.22 (2008: EUR 0.49).

We believe that the economic downturn will continue in 2009 - and maybe even intensify - both in Germany and abroad. This is the main risk to which our company will be exposed. In view of the measures taken, we are optimistic that we will be able to continue to generate positive results. While the timing of a recovery is still uncertain, it will clearly benefit us disproportionately thanks to our broad product range, our state-of-the-art production facilities and our extremely motivated workforce.

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emitter: Westag & Getalit AG Hellweg 15 D-33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück phone: +49 (0)5242 17 0 FAX: +49 (0)5242 17 75000 mail: ir@westag-getalit.de WWW: http://www.westag-getalit.de sector: Building materials ISIN: DE0007775207, DE0007775231 indexes: Prime All Share stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Börse Frankfurt, free trade: Börse Berlin, Börse Stuttgart, regulated dealing: Börse Düsseldorf language: English

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Felix Huisgen
Tel.: +49 (0)5242 17 5350
E-Mail: huisgen@westag-getalit.de