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Agfa-Gevaert's 2010 results in line with its guidance

Monday, March 28, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

The Agfa-Gevaert Group's revenue grew 7.0 percent compared to the previous year. About half of the increase was related to Agfa Graphics' joint venture in China and the Pitman acquisition. The exchange rate conditions had a beneficial impact of 3.8 percent on the Group's top line business performance.

The Group's efficiency programs resulted in an improvement of the recurring gross profit margin from 32.2 percent in 2009 to 33.9 percent, partially offset by unfavorable raw material effects in the last quarter.

As a percentage of revenue, Selling and General Administration expenses slightly decreased to 19.9 percent, versus 20.1 percent in the previous year.

The Group's recurring EBITDA (the sum of Graphics, HealthCare, Specialty Products and the unallocated portion) increased from 284 million Euro to 361 million Euro. Recurring EBIT improved strongly from 182 million Euro (6.6 percent of revenue) to 266 million Euro (9.0 percent of revenue).

Restructuring and non-recurring items resulted in an expense of 32 million Euro, versus an expense of 12 million Euro in 2009. The 2009 figures were positively influenced by changes in the post-retirement medical plans in theUSAand by changes in other defined benefit plans in theUSAandGermany.

The net finance costs decreased from 114 million Euro in 2009 to 94 million Euro, mainly due to the substantial decrease of the net financial debt, lower interest rates and the evolution in other non-operating results.

Income tax expense amounted to 36 million Euro, compared to 49 million Euro in 2009. Current tax expense amounted to 27 million Euro and deferred tax expense amounted to 9 million Euro.

A positive net result of 105 million Euro was booked, compared to 6 million Euro in 2009.

Agfa Graphics' revenue increased by 16.7 percent (12.2 percent excluding currency effects) to 1,565 million Euro.

In the first half of the year, prepress revenue increased significantly in spite of the strong competitive pressure. The growth was due to a marked upturn in the digital computer-to-plate (CtP) business and the business group's success in the analogue computer-to-film (CtF) market. In the second half of the year, prepress revenue growth was driven by the acquisition of the Harold M. Pitman Company, as well as the go-live of the Agfa Graphics Asia joint venture.

In the industrial inkjet segment, increasing equipment and ink volumes contributed to the strong revenue growth.

Agfa Graphics' revenue increase mainly comes from theUSAand the emerging countries, whereas the recovery in most European countries was lagging behind the rest of the world.

As a result of the increased volumes, the efficiency programs and favorable raw materials effects, Agfa Graphics' gross profit margin improved from 28.0 percent in 2009 to 30.9 percent.

Recurring EBITDA amounted to 177.1 million Euro (11.3 percent of revenue). Recurring EBIT improved strongly to 134.5 million Euro or 8.6 percent of revenue.

Agfa HealthCare's full year revenue remained almost stable at 1,180 million Euro. Excluding currency effects, a decrease of 3.3 percent would have been posted. As expected, the growth in the IT division did not yet offset the revenue decline in the traditional business. The business group expects to see the turning point in the course of the second half of 2011.

In IT, the Imaging IT business performed according to expectations, with strong growth figures in the emerging markets and growing market shares in North America and Europe. The Enterprise IT business performed well in the German speaking part of Europe, where Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS solution is well established. In France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the business is still in the investment phase. In Imaging, the market for traditional film products continued to decline, whereas Computed Radiography and Direct Radiography performed well.

The business group's gross profit margin stood at 39.7 percent (39.6 percent in 2009). The improved service efficiency in IT compensated for the unfavorable raw material conditions, which started to show their effects in the course of the second half of the year. Agfa HealthCare's recurring EBITDA amounted to 174.3 million Euro (or 14.8 percent of revenue). Recurring EBIT improved to 125.6 million Euro, or 10.6 percent of revenue, versus 9.9 percent in 2009.

Agfa Specialty Products' revenue decreased by 33 million Euro, mainly due to the shift of part of its film business to Agfa Graphics and the market-driven decline for some of the Classic Film products. The Printed Circuit Board film business performed well.

The recurring EBITDA amounted to 12.3 million Euro and the recurring EBIT to 8.3 million Euro. The business group's efforts to reduce operational costs were counterbalanced by the revenue impact, the continued R&D efforts for New Business products and the impact of a specific bad debt write-down in the second half of the year.

The Agfa-Gevaert Group's fourth quarter revenue increased 9.7 percent (4.5 percent excluding currency effects) compared to the corresponding period in 2009. The growth is attributable to Agfa Graphics.

The Group's gross profit margin started to be impacted by the high raw material costs and decreased slightly from 33.2 percent in 2009 to 32.4 percent.

As a result of higher selling expenses, Selling and General Administration expenses increased from 18.9 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 19.9 percent.

The Group's recurring EBITDA increased from 97 million Euro in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 99 million Euro. Recurring EBIT amounted to 75 million Euro (9.3 percent of revenue), versus 73 million Euro (9.9 percent of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Group's net result amounted to 32 million Euro.

Agfa Graphics' revenue increased by 20.5 percent to 429 million Euro (14.5 percent excluding currency effects) as a result of external growth. In prepress, CtF film sales were influenced by the uncertainties in the graphic markets related to the high silver price. In spite of the competitive pressure, digital CtP prepress and industrial inkjet performed according to expectations.

Agfa Graphics' gross profit margin was positively influenced by improved service and manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by an unfavorable raw material impact. Agfa Graphics' recurring EBITDA margin amounted to 10.6 percent and the EBIT margin to 8.1 percent.

In the fourth quarter, Agfa Graphics met or exceeded its expectations at various trade shows, including IFRA Expo 2010 (Hamburg, Germany), Graph Expo 2010 (Chicago, USA) and SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, USA).

In prepress, one of the major highlights was the IFRA newspaper trade show, where the business group sold no less than 17 CtP platesetters.
The Agfa Graphics Asia joint venture and Heidelberg China entered into an agreement by which the latter will sell Agfa Graphics' :Energy Elite printing plates under its own brand.

Also in the fourth quarter, Agfa Graphics launched a number of additions to its broad prepress portfolio. These include :Apogee 7, the new version of Agfa Graphics' workflow management suite and :Advantage N XXT, the fastest of the :Advantage N family of platesetters to date. The system helps high-end newspaper printers to save on costs while improving image quality and productivity.

In the field of industrial inkjet, several new wide-format systems were introduced in the fourth quarter. Using Agfa Graphics' revolutionary new ink drying technology, the :Jeti 3348 HSS high-speed, low cost wide-format system is ideally suited for the production of billboards, banners and posters. The :Jeti 3020 Titan is a new high-production flatbed printer. Its modular format allows users to extend the system's color and speed capabilities when needed. The system immediately attracted a lot of attention. For instance, Ardent Displays & Packaging (USA) purchased Agfa Graphics' new :Jeti 3020 Titan on the SGIA Expo 2010 trade show floor.

The market leading high-end flatbed press :M-Press Tiger was upgraded with new greyscale technology and faster production modes, addressing market requests for even higher quality and faster throughput.

The extensive range of :Anapurna large format printers continued to sell well. Globally, over 750 :Anapurna systems were installed at the end of 2010.

Revenue was almost stable at 317 million Euro. Excluding currency effects, a decrease of 4.7 percent was posted. In Imaging IT, the European markets are starting to show signs of recovery from the effects of the economic crisis. The North American Imaging IT business was soft compared to the previous quarters, but Agfa HealthCare's order book is well-filled. In the field of Imaging, a significant amount of orders were booked for Computed Radiography and Direct Radiography solutions, as well as for hardcopy printers.

The sales mix and the unfavorable raw material conditions impacted the margins. The business group's recurring EBITDA margin amounted to 14.7 percent of revenue and the recurring EBIT margin reached 10.9 percent of revenue.

A major highlight in the fourth quarter was the annual RSNA event held in Chicago (US). With over 5,000 visitors to its booth and hundreds of concrete leads, this was one of the best events for Agfa HealthCare in years. Also in the quarter, the business group received two Information Technology Association of Canada health awards for its contribution in shaping the future of Canadian healthcare.

In Imaging, two of Agfa HealthCare's Computed Radiography (CR) digitizers received Mammographic Type Test certification by EUREF, the European Reference Organization for Quality Assured Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services. In the US, an agreement was signed with National Health Distributors. They will promote Agfa HealthCare's CR systems to their broad customer base. Also in Imaging, Agfa HealthCare extended its portfolio of Direct Radiography (DR) systems. The new DX-D 100 system, for instance, is a mobile digital X-ray unit which is ideally suited for bedside imaging.

In Imaging Informatics, Agfa HealthCare introduced a number of additions to its IMPAX portfolio of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS). The IMPAX Kiosk, for instance, enables patients to check-in to hospitals without going through the traditional administration desks. The solution reduces wait times and increases patient satisfaction.

Already installed in large healthcare organizations in North America and a number of European countries, the proven IMPAX Data Center also became available for customers in the Nordic region. The solution provides large-scale multimedia storage for all types of medical images and diagnostic results for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national medical archives.

At the end of 2010, Agfa HealthCare served over 2,300 care facilities in over 30 countries with its IMPAX solutions.

In Enterprise IT, Agfa HealthCare launched its HYDMedia healthcare document management system in the UK. HYDMedia enables hospitals and care facilities of all sizes to archive their paper-based documentation, laboratory data and diagnostic images electronically.

In November, an important milestone was reached in the execution of Europe's largest Clinical Information System contract to date. The Ambroise Paré hospital became the first of the 37 Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris hospitals to go live with Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS solution.

At the end of 2010, ORBIS was successfully installed at over 900 care centers in Europe.

Due to the shift of part of the film business to Agfa Graphics and the market-driven decline for some of the Classic Film products, Agfa Specialty Products' revenue decreased by 3.2 percent (5.3 percent excluding currency effects) to 60 million Euro.

The business group's recurring EBITDA margin improved to 8.0 percent of revenue and the recurring EBIT margin to 6.0 percent of revenue.


Agfa-Gevaert confirms the comments given in the preliminary results press release published in February.

In 2010, the Group only saw limited effects of the high raw material costs. The raw material related impact on the margins is expected to be more substantial as from the first quarter of this year. The effects of price increases for Agfa-Gevaert's film products are expected to become more visible in the course of the second half of the year. In spite of the adverse situation on the raw material markets, the Group maintains - for the medium term - its average EBIT guidance.


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