EANS-Adhoc: LPKF reports jump in profits in first half year

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LPKF reports jump in profits in first half year

Company performance

The Group enjoyed a 15 % rise in turnover year-on-year to EUR 22.5 million in the first half, and improved earnings from EUR 0.5 million the previous year to EUR 2.8 million. The EBIT margin after six months was 12 %. The earnings per share (EPS) rose from EUR 0.00 to EUR 0.15. The level of orders received at EUR 23.2 million almost matched last year´s high level of EUR 24.1 million.

After a good first quarter, the LPKF Group boosted turnover and earnings further in the second quarter. Compared to the same period the previous year, turnover in Q2 rose by 11 % to EUR 12.4 million, and EBIT climbed from EUR 0.8 million to EUR 1.6 million. Earnings were positively influenced by the rise in turnover as well as the changed product mix, and cost savings.

The company performance overall exceeded expectations in the first half. Growth was generated by the Cutting & Structuring Laser segment - where there was particularly strong demand for structuring lasers for the production of MIDs. Turnover in the other segments was either down or barely changed as a consequence of the current economic situation.

Outlook 2009

Even though there are the first signs of an end to the global economic crisis, it is still very difficult to make a reliable forecast for the fourth quarter 2009 in particular.

Given the good order situation in some segments, the Board of Managing Directors expects the LPKF Group to generate an annual turnover matching last year´s level, and a considerably improved level of earnings.

The half-year financial report will be published on 14 August 2009.

The shares in LPKF Laser & Electronics AG are quoted in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN 0006450000).

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emitter: LPKF Laser & Electronics AG Osteriede 7 D-30827 Garbsen phone: +49(0)5131 7095 382 FAX: +49(0)5131 7095 90 mail: investorrelations@lpkf.de WWW: http://www.lpkf.de sector: Semiconductors & active components ISIN: DE0006450000 indexes: CDAX, Prime All Share, Technologie All Share stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt, free trade: Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Hannover, München language: English

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LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
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