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Wed, 23.07.2014
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AT&S opens financial year 2014/15 with rise in profits
Results for the First Quarter 2014/15

Leoben (pts018/23.07.2014/18:30) - AT&S reports further increase in profitability in the first quarter of 2014/15. Revenue largely in line with the same period a year earlier.

The AT&S Group generated revenue of EUR 141.3 million in the first three months of the financial year 2014/15, which was in line with the previous year's total (Q1 2013/14 EUR 142.5 million). Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 29.1 million, an increase of 3.6% on the Q1 2013/14 total of EUR 28.1 million. Consolidated net income for the first quarter rose by 14.6% to EUR 7.6 million.

"Like last year, the new financial year has got off to a successful start. The main factors behind this are the continued growth in sales in the Automotive, Industrial and Medical Technology segments. At this point I would like to emphasise that we were able to successfully make up for a decline in demand - which was considerable in the case of certain Mobile Devices customers. Capacity utilisation was strong and reaffirmed AT&S's strong standing on the market. We expect this positive performance to continue particularly in light of the traditionally strong demand for mobile devices in the second half of the calendar year," explained CEO Andreas Gerstenmayer.

The results in detail:

1 April 2014 - 30 June 20141 April 2013 - 30 June 2013in %
Gross profit28.526.86.7%
EBITDA29,128.1 3.6%
EBITDA margin (%)20.6%19.7% 4.6%
EBIT margin (%)9.4%7.3%28.8%
Profit before tax10.77.650.1%
Consolidated net income7.66.614.6%
Profit per weighted average of shares issued1) (in EUR)0.190.28 -32.1%

1) 2014/15: Lower profit largely attributable to issue of new shares.

Mobile Devices successfully manages change in customer base

Mobile Devices' sales reached Eur 68 million, down by around 9% on the previous year's total (Q1 2013/14: Eur 74.5 million). Comparatively lower volumes resulted from different time periods for the ramp-up of new projects. While the same period of 2013/14 was characterised by the introduction of the BB10 platform, this year reflects normal seasonal patterns with new product ramp-ups taking effect a quarter later. However, in our view first quarter revenues are encouraging as we have already achieved an attractive level compared to the long-term average.

Industrial & Automotive growth continues

Industrial & Automotive's sales for the first quarter of 2014/15 reached EUR 72.6 million, an increase of around 9% on the comparative period (2013/14: EUR 66.4 million). Increased use of innovative electronics in cars has fuelled rising demand for high-value printed circuit boards. The growth in industrial applications remains steady, primarily due to positive demand for applications used e.g. in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, industrial automation or LEDs. In Medical Technology revenue gains were primarily attributable to increased demand for therapeutic applications.

IC substrate plant in Chongqing

Development of the Chongqing plant with a strategic focus on the new integrated circuit (IC) substrates business is progressing according to plan. The installation and qualification process has been launched for production equipment and machinery. Thanks to its Chongqing facility, AT&S is among the first companies to enter high-volume IC substrate production in China.

AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG - first choice for advanced applications

AT&S is the European market leader and one of the leading manufacturers of high-value printed circuit boards. The Group produces forward-looking technologies on an industrial scale for its core markets: mobile devices, automotive and aviation, industrial electronics, medical and health care, and advanced packaging. In 2013 AT&S took the next logical step towards implementing its high-tech strategy by entering the IC substrate business, through a collaboration agreement with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer. As an international growth enterprise AT&S has a global presence, with two production facilities in Austria (Leoben and Fehring) and one each in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing under construction) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). It currently employs about 7,300 people.
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