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The HOMAG Group plans to expand restructuring measures and expects to improve earnings in the medium term as a result / Ad hoc announcement

Homag Group AG  / Key word(s): Miscellaneous/Change in Forecast

06.10.2011 20:08
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Schopfloch, October 6, 2011. At its meeting today, the supervisory board of HOMAG Group AG approved the management board's proposal to expand the restructuring measures already planned without prejudice to the rights of the co-determination bodies. As a consequence of this decision, the production and administration activities of the subsidiary FRIZ Kaschiertechnik GmbH, Weinsberg, are to be discontinued; while a development and service unit is to be kept. The Löhne site is to be closed down completely with operations at the subsidiary TORWEGGE Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH and the service branch of WEEKE Bohrsysteme GmbH located there. The restructuring of BÜTFERING Schleiftechnik GmbH, Beckum, which is to be linked to WEEKE Bohrsysteme GmbH, is progressing as planned. About 180 jobs are expected to be lost as a result of all these measures. The restructuring measures are scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The objective of these measures is to generate a sustained improvement in operative EBITDA (before expenses from employee participation and before extraordinary expenses) ranging between EUR 6 million and EUR 8 million each year from 2013 onwards.

Owing to the expansion of restructuring measures, the HOMAG Group's extraordinary expenses are now expected to total about EUR 20 million in 2011. Of these, about EUR 16 million will affect liquidity. The largest part of this amount shall be effective 2012. In light of this and the anticipated very high effective tax rate, the HOMAG Group expects to incur a small loss after taxes for 2011. By contrast, the forecast operative EBITDA remains unchanged, and is still expected to match the prior-year level in 2011 (EUR 65.1 million).

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Background information
With its 17 specialized production and assembly companies worldwide, 21 group-owned sales and service companies and approximately 60 exclusive sales partners, HOMAG Group AG's market position is excellent and its portfolio as a comprehensive system supplier and technology partner makes it unique. Backed by a workforce of some 5,000 employees, the company sees itself as the leading global manufacturer for plants and machinery for the woodworking and wood materials industry for the production of furniture and construction elements as well as timber frame houses. The group also offers its customers a wide range of services in related areas for production machines and equipment. HOMAG Group AG shares have been trading on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 13, 2007.

This press release contains certain statements relating to the future. Future-oriented statements are all those statements that do not pertain to historical facts and events or expressions pertaining to the future such as 'believes', 'estimates', 'assumes', 'forecasts', 'intend', 'may', 'will', 'should' or similar expressions. Such future-oriented statements are subject to risks and uncertainty since they relate to future events and are based on current assumptions of the company, which may not occur in the future or may not occur in the anticipated form. The company points out that such future-oriented statements do not guarantee the future; actual results including the financial position and the profitability of the HOMAG Group as well as the development of economic and regulatory framework conditions may deviate significantly (and prove unfavorable) from what is expressly or implicitly assumed or described in these statements. Even if the actual results of the HOMAG Group including the financial position and profitability as well as the economic and regulatory framework conditions should coincide with the future-oriented statements in this press release, it cannot be guaranteed that the same will hold true in the future.


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Language: English
Company: Homag Group AG, Homagstr. 3-5, 72296 Schopfloch, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)7443 / 13 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)7443 / 13 – 2300
ISIN: DE0005297204
WKN: 529720
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, München, Stuttgart


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