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ISRA reinforces its strategy of long-term value enhancement, maintaining dividend continuity

ISRA VISION AG: Dividend proposal 0.15 Euro per share

(PresseBox) (Darmstadt , ) ISRA VISION AG (ISIN DE 0005488100), globally one of the top five suppliers of industrial image processing (Machine Vision) and the world market leader for surface inspection systems, is maintaining its policy of dividend continuity even in these economically uncertain times. It's Supervisory Board and Executive Board decided to propose a dividend of 0.15 EUR per share at the General Meeting taking place on March 24th, 2009. Subject to the approval of the General Meeting, ISRA will thus distribute 0.15 EUR per share to shareholders for the third time in a row.

Enis Ersü, Chairman of the Board of ISRA VISION AG, explains the decision for the fixed dividend payout rate. "ISRA is a successful, solidly financed company which continued its profitable growth in the last fiscal year. We want to use this fixed annual dividend payout to further incite long-term private shareholders to invest. We continue our policy of a fixed dividend payout in order to reinforce our strategy of sustainable, long-term value enhancement. We are convinced that there are also opportunities in this global economic crisis. This is especially true for ISRA solutions, which optimize our customers' production and output, thus sharpening their competitiveness. We want to identify these opportunities and take advantage of our potential." In just a few weeks, the ISRA management will be publishing a detailed forecast for the current 2008/2009 fiscal year.

ISRA VISION

Together with its subsidiaries, ISRA VISION AG is globally one of the top five suppliers of industrial image processing (Machine Vision) and the market leader in Europe. ISRA employs around 400 employees at 20 locations around the world. In the last eleven years, the mid-sized technologies firm has grown continuously. In these eleven years, the company's total output has risen annually by an average (CAGR) of 31 percent, and its EBT has increased annually by an average of 36 percent. ISRA teaches machines intelligent vision and recognition. Brainware is the core of ISRA's solutions for automating production, production inspection and quality control. Brainware combines ISRA's self-designed software and strategically important hardware components.

ISRA focuses on the areas of surface inspection, robot vision and quality inspection. ISRA thus enables industrial robots, for example, to autonomously recognize and grab a component with the aid of only a small camera. When it comes to surface inspection systems, the Darmstadt-based company is the world market leader. At top speeds, ISRA's systems inspect surfaces of metal, glass, paper, plastic, non-wovens, all (even color) printed surfaces and other materials, and 100% detect even the smallest defects.

ISRA solutions allow the customer to boost their efficiency and productivity through automation, thus sharpening their competitive edge. ISRA products provide a high ROI (return on investment) in both old and new production lines. It usually takes less than a year for an ISRA system to pay for itself. Automated inspection furthermore guarantees a pre-defined level of quality. Innovative yield management solutions allow the customer to optimize their profits. ISRA's key customers include: Daimler, KUKA, ABB, BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Schott, Saint Gobain, Pilkington, MAN Roland, Asahi, 3M, DuPont, Stora Enso, Weyerhaeuser, International Paper, Ahlstrom Crane ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel, Thyssen Krupp, SeverStal and China Steel.

In the 2007/2008 fiscal year (September 30), ISRA experienced hefty growth and succeeded in reaching all revenue and profit goals, to the point of slightly exceeding expectations. The revenue grew by 33 percent to more than 68 million Euros. The EBIT more than doubled to just under 13 million Euros. The EBIT margin increased by seven percentage points to 17 percent. The EBT grew by 79 percent to 11.3 million Euros, and the EBT margin rose by 4 percentage points to 15 percent. As of September 30, 2008, ISRA is securely bankrolled with an equity ratio of 51 percent, liquid assets of 12.5 million Euros and plenty of available financing options.