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Baldwin Technology Q2 Net Income Up 75%

Friday, January 27, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

SHELTON, Conn.--Jan. 26, 2006-- Baldwin Technology Company, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of press accessories and control equipment, announced today that net income for the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2005 rose 75% to $1,383,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, up from $788,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, from the comparable quarter last year. Currency translation negatively impacted quarterly net income by $208,000. Net sales for the quarter were $43,826,000, compared to $41,232,000 for the second quarter last year, an increase of more than 6%. However, excluding the unfavorable effects of currency translation of $3,524,000 in the quarter, sales would have increased by close to 15%. Net sales for the six months ended December 31, 2005 of $86,471,000 represented an increase of more than 6% from net sales of $81,229,000 for the six months ended December 31, 2004. Excluding the effects of currency translation, net sales grew by more than 11%. Year-to-date net income was $2,576,000, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $1,507,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the comparable six-month period in the prior year. The currency impact decreased year-to-date net income by $213,000. Backlog at the end of the quarter was $51,580,000, essentially flat when compared to the level at September 30, 2005, but up approximately 7% from the beginning of the fiscal year. Vijay C. Tharani, Vice President and CFO, commented, "Earnings improved significantly in comparison to the same quarter last year despite the loss of royalty income from expired patents. Our gross margin percentage improved by about 3% quarter over quarter, and our interest expense was less than half of the comparable quarter's figure of a year ago. I am particularly pleased with the strength of our top-line growth, which was approximately 15% excluding the effects of currency. In addition, our operating cash flows for the quarter were approximately $2,800,000." President and COO Karl S. Puehringer, said, "The second quarter results reflected another strong business performance by Baldwin Technology. Printing markets worldwide continued to see steady, stable growth. At the same time, however, market dynamics are driving a growing need in the industry to aggressively reduce costs and improve press productivity. This translates into more demand for the type of process automation that Baldwin Technology's products provide the market." Chairman and CEO Gerald A. Nathe added, "Our products and their benefits will be on display during the next several months at exhibitions such as Graphitec in France and IPEX in England as well as other shows in America and Asia. We remain optimistic about our business prospects, and we see additional opportunities in the global printing accessory and controls business." Baldwin will review its second quarter results and discuss its business outlook during a conference call today beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Call-in information is available on the company's website at http://www.baldwintech.com under the Investor Relations section. Interested investors are encouraged to log onto the website and either participate in the call or access the webcast and replay of the call. Participating in the call will be Baldwin Technology Chairman and CEO Gerald Nathe, President and COO Karl Puehringer and Vice President and CFO Vijay Tharani.




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