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Gerresheimer Achieves Sales Target for 2009
Date:2/9/2010

    DUSSELDORF, Germany, February 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
    - Profit Margin Better Than Expected

    - Sales on like-for-like basis almost at prior year level (-1.5 percent)
    - Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19.2 percent (on like-for-like basis) better
      than expected
    - CEO Dr. Axel Herberg: "We have demonstrated our stability and
      profitability in a difficult environment."
    - Outlook for 2010: sales increase of 2 to 4 percent and Adjusted EBITDA
      margin of mid 19 percent

In the economically challenging environment of the past year, Gerresheimer AG has achieved its sales target and turned in a better operating margin than expected.

Group sales in the past financial year (to the end of November) reached EUR1 billion. The pharma business, which now accounts for around three quarters of Group sales, again ensured a slight growth in sales in 2009. In contrast, the cyclical fields of cosmetics and Life Science Research suffered a fall in sales. On a like-for-like basis, i.e. excluding the Technical Plastics Systems business which was sold as per July 1, 2009, sales were 1.5 percent down on the prior year (forecast -1.5 to -2.5 percent).

The good operating margin (Adjusted EBITDA Margin), which at 19.2 percent exceeded the forecast of around 18.5 percent on a like-for-like basis, was achieved through early realignment of production capacity and cost reductions. Overall, however, there was a year-on-year fall in the operating result (Adjusted EBITDA) at EUR185.9m (2008: EUR206.4m). In contrast, net income rose substantially from EUR4.5m to EUR7.0m because of reduced one-off expenses. As a result, earnings per share increased from EUR0.02 to EUR0.18.

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