HOMAG Group remains on track

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- Order intake increased slightly in the second quarter, contrary to the trend in the industry
- Operative key earnings figures improved in the first half of the year
- Management board confirms 2012 forecasts despite ever more difficult market environment

HOMAG Group, the world's leading manufacturer for plant and machinery for the woodworking industry and for cabinet makers, performed well on the market despite the more challenging business environment and increased its order intake to EUR 156.6 million (prior year: EUR 151.3 million) in the second quarter of 2012. "In this way we were able to grow somewhat - contrary to the trend in the industry - particularly thanks to a material contribution made by the project business," explains Dr. Markus Flik, CEO.

According to the management board, the decrease in sales revenue between April and June to EUR 188.3 million (prior year: EUR 198.7 million) is due to two aspects. On the one hand, this is due to the application of the percentage-of-completion (PoC) method according to which sales revenue and earnings from large-scale projects are recognized based on their percentage of completion. Based on the stronger project business at the start of 2011 there was more plant and machinery in process in the prior-year quarter. This resulted in a EUR 12.5 million higher overall positive effect on sales revenue than in the reporting quarter. On the other, in the prior-year period, nearly EUR 7 million more sales revenue was earned on account of the large-scale project for our customer Mekran.

In spite of this lower sales revenue, operative EBITDA before employee participation expenses and before extraordinary expenses increased slightly to EUR 14.2 million (prior year: EUR 14.0 million). "In the quarter-on-quarter comparison it should be noted that there was a negative effect of EUR 5.1 million on earnings resulting from the application of the PoC method that had an impact on all key earnings figures," emphasizes CFO Hans-Dieter Schumacher. EBT after employee participation expenses and after extraordinary expenses came to EUR 1.6 million, as in the prior year. The net loss for the period after non-controlling interests came to EUR 0.2 million (prior year: net profit EUR 0.0 million), and leads to earnings per share of EUR -0.01 (prior year: EUR 0.00). The net loss for the period resulted from the very high tax expense rate of 126 percent. "Above all, this is due to losses incurred at some subsidiaries for which no deferred tax assets could be recognized," says Schumacher.

Compared to 5,141 employees at year-end 2011, the Group's headcount decreased to 5,038 employees as of June 30, 2012 (prior year: 5,075 employees).

First six months of 2012

In the first six months of the year, the HOMAG Group's sales revenue rose slightly to EUR 376.0 million (prior year: EUR 374.3 million). Order intake decreased to EUR 327.2 million (prior year: EUR 339.1 million). The Group was able to improve all key earnings figures for the period from January to June 2012 compared to the prior year. For instance, operative EBITDA before employee participation expenses and before extraordinary expenses climbed to EUR 30.9 million (prior year: EUR 28.6 million). EBT after employee profit participation expenses and after extraordinary expenses rose to EUR 8.3 million (prior year: EUR 5.0 million). The net profit for the period after non-controlling interests improved to EUR 3.0 million (prior year: EUR 1.5 million), leading to earnings per share of EUR 0.19 (prior year: EUR 0.10).

Outlook

The management board has confirmed forecasts made to date for fiscal 2012. "Even though our targets are in the meantime considered ambitious based on the ever more challenging business environment, we nevertheless aim to realize them," explains Dr. Markus Flik. The objective is to reach an order intake that is roughly at the same level as 2011. As regards sales revenue, the aim is to reach about EUR 750 million in 2012 and also thereby match the level of 2011 - adjusted for the special effect of the large-scale project Mekran. Subject to these conditions, the management board expects at the level of the Group an operative EBITDA (before employee participation expenses and before extraordinary expenses) of around EUR 65 million and expects a net profit for the year. These forecasts are still subject to the condition that the euro crisis does not deteriorate further and that there are no further disruptions on the financial markets or in economic conditions.

Disclaimer

This press release contains certain statements relating to the future. Future-oriented statements are all those statements that do not pertain to historical facts and events or expressions pertaining to the future such as "believes", "estimates", "assumes", "forecasts", "intend", "may", "will", "should" or similar expressions. Such future-oriented statements are subject to risks and uncertainty since they relate to future events and are based on current assumptions of the Company, which may not occur in the future or may not occur in the anticipated form. The Company points out that such future-oriented statements do not guarantee the future; actual results including the financial position and the profitability of the HOMAG Group as well as the development of economic and regulatory framework conditions may deviate significantly (and prove unfavorable) from what is expressly or implicitly assumed or described in these statements. Even if the actual results of the HOMAG Group including the financial position and profitability as well as the economic and regulatory framework conditions should coincide with the future-oriented statements in this announcement, it cannot be guaranteed that the same will hold true in the future.

Homag Group AG

With its 17 specialized production companies, 21 group sales and service companies and approximately 60 exclusive sales partners worldwide, HOMAG Group AG's position as a complete system supplier is unique. Backed by a workforce of some 5,100 employees worldwide, the company sees itself as the leading global manufacturer of plant and machinery for the woodworking and wood materials processing industry and cabinet makers active in the production of furniture and construction elements as well as timber frame houses. The group also offers its customers a wide range of services, including software and consulting services. HOMAG Group AG's shares have been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt stock exchange since July 13, 2007.

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