H1 2009: Maintains growth momentum; Confirms outlook

Bad Homburg, (PresseBox) - .
- Sales € 6.9 billion, +21 % at actual rates, +15 % in constant currency
- EBIT € 985 million, +26 % at actual rates, +20 % in constant currency
- Adjusted net income[1] € 240 million, +13 % at actual rates, +10 % in constant currency
- Strongly improved Operating and Free Cash Flow
- Fresenius Medical Care and Fresenius Kabi confirm guidance for 2009, Fresenius Helios and Fresenius Vamed raise their outlook

Group outlook for 2009 confirmed

Based on the Group's strong H1 financial results, Fresenius fully confirms its positive outlook for 2009. Group sales are expected to grow by more than 10 % in constant currency. Organic growth is projected to be in a 6 to 8 % range. Adjusted net income[1] is expected to increase by approximately 10 % in constant currency.

Fresenius plans to invest € 700 to 750 million in property, plant and equipment.

Strong sales growth across all business segments

Group sales increased by 15 % in constant currency and by 21 % at actual rates to € 6,895 million (H1 2008: € 5,710 million). Organic sales growth was 8 %. Acquisitions contributed a further 7 %. Currency translation had a positive impact of 6 %. This is mainly attributable to the average US dollar rate improving 13 % against the euro.

Sales growth in the business segments was as follows: See attachment

In Europe sales grew by 11 % in constant currency with organic sales growth contributing 7 %. In North America sales grew by 21 % in constant currency, mainly due to the consolidation of APP Pharmaceuticals from September 2008. Strong organic growth rates were achieved in the emerging markets, reaching 14 % in both Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Continued strong earnings growth

Group EBITDA increased by 21 % in constant currency and by 26 % at actual rates to € 1,260 million (H1 2008: € 998 million). Group operating income (EBIT) grew by 20 % in constant currency and by 26 % at actual rates to € 985 million (H1 2008: € 781 million). The Group's EBIT margin increased to 14.3 % (H1 2008: 13.7 %).

Group net interest was € -294 million (H1 2008: € -167 million). Lower average interest rates on liabilities of Fresenius Medical Care were more than offset by incremental debt relating to the acquisitions of APP Pharmaceuticals and Dabur Pharma and currency translation effects.

The other financial result was € 43 million and includes valuation changes of the fair redemption value of the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds (MEB) of € 33 million and the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) of € 10 million. These effects are not cash relevant.

The adjusted Group tax rate[2] was 30.5 % (H1 2008: 34.2 %).

Noncontrolling interest increased to € 240 million (H1 2008: € 192 million), of which 94 % was attributable to the noncontrolling interest in Fresenius Medical Care.

Adjusted net income[3] grew by 10 % in constant currency and by 13 % at actual rates to € 240 million (H1 2008: € 212 million). Adjusted earnings per ordinary share increased to € 1.49 and adjusted earnings per preference share increased to € 1.50 (H1 2008: ordinary share € 1.36, preference share € 1.37). This represents an increase of 7 % for both share classes in constant currency.

Reconciliation to net income according to US GAAP

The Group's US GAAP financial results as of June 30, 2009, include the effects of mark-to-market accounting of the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds (MEB) and the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) relating to the acquisition of APP Pharmaceuticals. Those special items are recognized in the financial result of the "Corporate/Other" segment. Adjusted earnings represent the Group's business operations in the reporting period.

The table below reconciles adjusted net income to net income according to US GAAP in H1 and Q2 2009: See attachment

Both the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds and the Contingent Value Rights are viewed as liabilities and therefore recognized with their fair redemption value. Valuation changes will lead to gains or expenses on a quarterly basis until maturity of the instruments.

Net income[4] (including special items) was € 274 million or € 1.69 per ordinary share and € 1.70 per preference share.

Continued investments in growth

Fresenius Group spent € 283 million for property, plant and equipment (H1 2008: € 332 million). Acquisition spending was € 156 million (H1 2008: € 292 million).

Operating cash flow increased by 25 %

Operating cash flow increased by 25 % to € 600 million (H1 2008: € 481 million), driven by strong earnings growth and tight working capital management. Net capital expenditure was € 292 million (H1 2008: € 332 million). Cash flow before acquisitions and dividends more than doubled to € 308 million.

Balance sheet Fresenius Group's total assets increased by 2 % to € 20,953 million (December 31, 2008: € 20,544 million), there was no significant currency translation effect. Current assets increased by 6 % to € 5,400 million (December 31, 2008: € 5,078 million). Non-current assets grew by 1 % to € 15,553 million (December 31, 2008: € 15,466 million).

Total shareholders' equity increased by 3 % to € 7,169 million (December 31, 2008: € 6,943 million). The equity ratio (including noncontrolling interest) improved to 34.2 % (December 31, 2008: 33.8 %).

Group debt increased by 1 % to € 8,859 million (December 31, 2008: € 8,787 million). As of June 30, 2009, the net debt/EBITDA ratio (pro forma the acquisition of APP Pharmaceuticals and excluding special items) improved to 3.4 (December 31, 2008: 3.6).

Number of employees increased As of June 30, 2009, Fresenius increased the number of its employees by 4 % to 127,692 (December 31, 2008: 122,217).

[1] Net income attributable to Fresenius SE; adjusted for the effects of mark-to-market accounting of the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds (MEB) and the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) relating to the acquisition of APP Pharmaceuticals. These effects are not cash relevant.
[2] Adjusted for the effects of mark-to-market accounting of the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds (MEB) and the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) relating to the acquisition of APP Pharmaceuticals.
[3] Net income attributable to Fresenius SE; adjusted for the effects of mark-to-market accounting of the Mandatory Exchangeable Bonds (MEB) and the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) relating to the acquisition of APP Pharmaceuticals. These effects are not cash relevant.
[4] Net income attributable to Fresenius SE.

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