SMT Scharf AG publishes H1 figures

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- H1 revenue totals € 18.8 million, EBIT totals € 2.5 million
- Order book up by 72% year on year by 30 June
- Managing Board confirms full-year forecast

SMT Scharf AG (German Securities Code (WKN) 575198, ISIN DE0005751986), technology leader and world market leader for rail-bound railway systems for the mining sector, grew in line with forecasts in the second quarter of fiscal year 2007. The growth strategy communicated as part of the IPO in April of this year and the company's associated further internationalisation are continuing to make progress. The Managing Board has thus confirmed its forecast for full-year revenues and profits. Revenues are supposed to exceed the figure for the previous year and consolidated profit should be up slightly year-on-year.

SMT Scharf AG generated revenues of € 18.8 million in the first half of 2007, after € 22.8 million in the previous year (-17%). At the same time the order book enjoyed above average growth: it amounted to € 20.6 million as at 30 June 2007, an increase of 72% compared to one year ago (€ 12.0 million). Profit from operating activities (EBIT) amounted to € 2.5 million, after € 3.2 million in the previous year (-22%). The EBIT margin fell slightly from 13.4% to 14.1%. Consolidated profit totalled € 2.2 million (previous year: € 2.4 million).

"We are experiencing strong demand in foreign high-growth markets," explained Dr. Friedrich Trautwein, SMT Scharf AG's CEO. However, these regions are characterized by shorter lead times for projects and a stronger overall focus on annual budgets. "This means that a substantially larger proportion of revenues will be recorded in the second half of the year than was the case last year."

Dr. Trautwein is confident that the downturn in German business to be expected as a result of the German government's compromise on hard coal mining will be more than compensated by continued rapid expansion in fast-growing foreign markets. The major orders received from Russia in the second quarter, including from the Severstal Group, form solid foundations for the company to continue to grow faster than the global market for mining technology on the whole, which is enjoying dynamic growth.
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