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Strapped for Cash, Xeikon Engages Investment Bank to Raise $40 Million

Press release from the issuing company

MORTSEL, Belgium---June 18, 2001--Xeikon N.V., the world's leading supplier of production digital printing systems for a wide range of commercial and industrial printing applications, today announced that it intends to raise approximately $40 million in convertible debt securities in a private placement. The Company has engaged an investment banking firm to assist it in this offering. The issuance of convertible debt securities will be subject to the approval of the shareholders of the Company, who will be convened for an extraordinary shareholders meeting in the third quarter of 2001. "The current challenges caused by our recent operating losses and our high level of working capital have put pressure on our cash position'' commented Gino Despeghel, the Company's Executive Chairman. "This transaction to raise additional capital complements our ongoing measures aimed at bringing us back to growth and profitability.'' Xeikon N.V. develops, produces and markets commercial digital color printing systems and related consumables specifically designed to meet the quality, speed, reliability, cost, variable content and on-demand requirements of the global digital color printing market. Xeikon supplies both original equipment manufacturers, as well as a global network of approximately 40 value-added distributors (VADs) operating in more than 40 countries. Xeikon is also a major manufacturer of digital black and white printers, which use a proprietary "magnetography'' technology most suited for use in heavy-duty printing applications. Additional information on XeikonN.V. can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.xeikon.com

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