Nabaltec AG: Revenues up 61.3% in the first half of 2010, to EUR 53.4 million

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- Record revenues in the second quarter: EUR 29.1 million
- EBIT up by EUR 5.5 million over the first half of last year, to EUR 3.5 million
- Earnings per share back into the positive
- 2010 revenue and earnings forecast raised considerably

Nabaltec AG's revenues in the second quarter of 2010 were the highest in the company's history, as consolidated revenues grew by 73.2%, to EUR 29.1 million. The second quarter of 2009 was near the low point of the demand crisis, with revenues falling to EUR 16.8 million. "With this record quarter, coming after a very strong first quarter, we have succeeded in making up our 2009 revenue losses faster than expected and we are now back on our longterm growth track" said Gerhard Witzany, member of the Nabaltec AG Management Board. Revenues in the first half of 2010 came to EUR 53.4 million, up 61.3% over the first half of 2009.

In terms of earnings as well, the first half of 2010 brought a clear improvement and a return to profitability on all levels of the income statement. Nabaltec's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) improved from EUR 1.1 million to EUR 7.3 million in the first half of the year. The EBITDA margin (EBITDA as a percentage of total performance) was 13.9%. Consolidated EBIT came to EUR 3.5 million in the first half of 2010, for a margin (EBIT as a percentage of total performance) of 6.7%, following a loss of EUR 2.0 million in the first half of 2009. After a strong improvement in earnings in the first quarter, Nabaltec's earnings grew at an ever faster pace in the second quarter. Nabaltec's EBIT in the second quarter, EUR 2.5 million, represented the strongest quarterly earnings in the history of the company. Nabaltec was also able to post positive consolidated result after taxes (EUR 0.5 million) in the first half for the first time since the financial crisis (after noncontrolling interests), corresponding to earnings per share of EUR 0.06 in the first half.

Strong growth in both divisions

Both of the company's business divisions reported growth in the first half, with the "Functional Fillers" business division reporting 59.5% growth over the first half of last year and the "Technical Ceramics" business division reporting 65.4% growth. Revenues in the "Functional Fillers" business division improved from EUR 22.7 million to EUR 36.2 million, and revenue growth in the "Technical Ceramics" business division was faster and stronger than even Nabaltec itself expected, as revenues grew by EUR 6.8 million to EUR 17.2 million. Accordingly, both business divisions contributed to the company's earnings growth, in terms of both EBITDA and operating profit (EBIT).

Nabaltec was able to generate particularly strong growth in the US and Asian regions. Nabaltec's US subsidiary, Nashtec, increased output once again in the first half of 2010 and is now operating at maximum capacity. Nabaltec's US revenues in the second quarter of 2010, for example, were almost three times as high as in the second quarter of 2009.

In the first half of 2010 sales of boehmite has given noticeably impetus to the revenues for the first time.

Boehmite is a product which Nabaltec first introduced in 2009. This product is generating growing demand in three target markets: catalysis (the field for which the boehmite was developed), the electronics industry and energy storage. Nabaltec is therefore planning to substantially expand its production capacity in this product segment. The company's key investment project for the year 2010 is progressing as planned: the new boehmite production plant is scheduled to go online in October at the Schwandorf site.

Earnings forecast doubled

Due to the very positive course of business, Nabaltec has now increased its 2010 revenue and earnings forecast for the second time and indications are good that 2010 revenues will exceed the previous record, set in 2008. Revenues for 2010 as a whole are now expected to reach EUR 100-108 million and operating profit (EBIT) is expected to total at least EUR 6 million. This EBIT forecast is twice as high as the previous forecast, and Nabaltec expects to report positive earnings in 2010 even after interest and taxes.

Market conditions are right for a sustained positive business trend in all of Nabaltec's product segments. For example, recent market studies from Frost & Sullivan project that the halogenfree flame retardant market, Nabaltec's highestrevenue segment, will grow at a rate of 8.1% a year through 2014. Nabaltec plans to generate strong growth in this market by replacing the heavy metalbased flame retardants which are still in use with halogenfree, ecofriendly products and by taking market share away from competitors thanks to its highquality and innovative products. In the market for technical ceramics and refractory products as well, the company expects to see growth in 2010 following a period of significant stabilization, as global steel production, the largest direct target sector for these products, is showing clear signs of recovery.
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