PRESS RELEASE No.2/2005

SEMPERIT PLANS TO INCREASE THE DIVIDEND TO 70 CENTS PER SHARE ON SETTING A NEW EARNINGS RECORD

The final approved version of the financial statements of the Semperit Group for 2004 has now been released. The operating profits show record earnings before tax (EBT) of EUR 52.0 million (+ 17.6 %), thus confirming the tentative figures published earlier. Semperit has therefore achieved its 14th consecutive year of improved earnings. Although the US dollar exchange rate developed unfavorably, sales also rose to a new high of EUR 477.4 million (+ 3.0 %). 

With the earnings situation brighter than ever, the Managing Board will propose that the upcoming General Shareholders' Meeting raise the dividend per share from its current 54 cents to 70 cents. This corresponds to a distribution of 67 % (2003: 52 %) based on the share capital. 

The Semperit Group's stable financial foundation is reflected in the solid financial ratios. The return on equity was 28.6 % and the return on total capital employed was 14.6 %. 

The annual report is available starting immediately on the Semperit homepage. (Annual Report

You may also request the annual report at the following address: 
Semperit AG Holding, Ms. Sabina Strassnig, Modecenterstrasse 22, 1031 Vienna, Austria. Phone: ++43-1-79777-214
e-mail: sabina.strassnig@semperitgroup.com 

 

Vienna,  29th April 2005

Contact

Monika Riedel
Director Group Communications and Sustainability
T +43 1 79777-620