Gerresheimer achieves solid growth in core markets – outlook confirmed

-Group sales in the first quarter of 2009 at prior year level; sales up almost 3% in the core business despite difficult market environment -Adjusted EBITDA margin of 17.1% in the core busi­ness, continued operating earnings strength -CEO Dr.

Axel Herberg: "Despite the difficult overall economic environment we continue to aim for prof­itable sales growth of around 6% to 7% in our core business for 2009."

Düsseldorf, April 2, 2009 – In the first quarter of 2009 (December 2008 to February 2009) Gerresheimer AG maintained its total sales figure of €237.3m (Q1 2008: €239.1m) almost at the prior year level despite the difficult overall situation in the world economy. In the core business, however, sales by the MDAX company actually rose by 2.8 % to €228.7m.

The operating result (adjusted EBITDA) fell in comparison with the prior year period from €43.0m to €38.3m. This is attributable to a slightly negative result in the segment of Technical Plastics and temporary capacity adjustments. The operating margin (adjusted EBITDA margin) of Gerresheimer AG came to 16.1 % for this period (Q1 2008: 18.0%), although in the core business it reached a solid 17.1 %.

Adjusted net income for the Group in the first quarter of 2009 totaled €6.4m (Q1 2008: €9.9m). Despite the difficult overall economic environment Gerres­heimer achieved profitable growth in its core markets in the first quarter. It is advantageous that the global pharma markets continue to be robust. "We still assume that we will achieve sales growth of 6% to 7% in the financial year 2009 with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 19.0% to 19.2% in our core business," says Dr. Axel Herberg, CEO of Gerres­heimer AG.

Further growth in the core markets of pharma & life science

Sales by the core businesses increased again in the first quarter of 2009. This development highlights the strategic importance of Gerresheimer’s focus on the markets of pharma & life science. In the first quarter 2009, 78% of Gerresheimer’s total sales were attribut­able to this market segment. In contrast, sales for the Technical Plastics business, which is up for sale, halved in the first quarter to €8.6m.

In the first quarter of 2009 some customers in the pharma & life science industry reduced their inventories as expected. In addition, demand for high-quality cosmetics was substantially lower. In contrast, the Tubular Glass and Plastic Systems Divisions further increased their sales in the months of December 2008 to February 2009. The busi­ness in RTF® syringe systems, inhalation devices and insulin pens again experienced a high level of demand. Thanks to the launch of the third RTF® syringe line and further investments in expansion of production for drug delivery systems Gerresheimer will generate further growth.

Gerresheimer consistently continues its growth strategy

Gerresheimer AG stands by its objective of further profitable growth in the financial year 2009. Gerresheimer will continue in 2009 to invest extensively in new product lines and capacity expansion. We are therefore fully on plan in implementing our growth strategy. As a leading partner for companies in the pharma & life science indus­try, Gerres­heimer expects further increasing worldwide demand for safe and user-friendly medical treatment.

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600450 Gerresheimer achieves solid growth in core markets – outlook confirmed
Date: 7 April 2009
Source: Gerresheimer AG

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