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LPKF Laser & Electronics AG LPKF increases turnover in first quarter2004 and gives positive outlook
The Group generated the following results inthe first three months:^ 2004 (3 months) 2003 (3 months) Change Turnover KEUR 5,085 4,563 +11.4%Profit KEUR-84-217 +61.3%Net margin-1.7% -4.8%EBIT KEUR-85-299 +71.6%EBIT margin-1.7% -6.6%EPS EUR-0.01-0.02 +50.0%Cash and cashequivalents KEUR 5,114 4,805 + 6.4%Capital ratio 73.5% 68.0%Current ordersin hand KEUR 3,638 4,189-13.2%Orders received KEUR 7,968 5,139 +55.1%°Notes on the Q1 results:The first positive effects of the global economic recovery in theelectronics industry are happily reflected in the development of LPKFLaser & Electronics AG?s turnover in the first quarter 2004. Comparedto the same period the previous year, turnover has risen by 11.4% toKEUR 5,085 (KEUR 4,563). The growth in turnover would have been evenhigher year-on-year if there had not been such a decline in the valueof the Dollar compared to the Euro in the meantime. The consolidatedprofit is slightly negative at KEUR-84 (KEUR-217). This isattributable in part to one-off human resource costs. The developmentin turnover is particularly satisfactory in the Laser Systems segmentwhich posted an increase of 32.7%. The profitability of this segmentof KEUR 82 is not satisfactory because of an investment in the newplastic laser welding technology. However, the development of thisproduct line is completely on schedule and will generate much betterresults in future.
Outlook for 2004:Orders received in recent weeks, from Asia in particular, underpinLPKF Laser & Electronics AG?s growth strategy. There has been anincrease in demand for the new laser technologies such as MicroLineDrill and MicroLine Cut. The investment climate has improved again.There is also a high demand for the high-end systems in the Rapid PCBPrototyping segment which can lead to an improvement in thisdivision. The 3D-MID technology is enjoying a high demand thanks toits special market position. This confirms LPKF Laser & ElectronicsAG?s global marketing activities in this sector. The unique characterof 3D-MID technology and the first successes in series applicationshave already generated many orders for samples - opening up excellentopportunities for moving on to series production.
Further inquiry note:Ulrike Thoms-von MedingLPKF Laser & Electronics AGTel.: +49(0)5131 7095 email@example.comTel: +49(0)5131 7095 382FAX: +49(0)5131 7095 90Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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