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Baldwin Reports Increase in Sales and Earnings in 2006

Press release from the issuing company

SHELTON, Conn.--Aug. 10, 2006-- Baldwin Technology Company, Inc., a global leader in accessories and controls technology for the printing industry, announced today that net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 rose 3.6% to $179,380,000, compared with net sales of $173,185,000 for the year ended June 30, 2005. Currency exchange rates had an unfavorable impact of approximately $8,400,000 on annual sales. Excluding the impact of translation, sales would have been up 8.4% from the prior year. For the full year, Baldwin recorded net income of $6,258,000, or $0.40 per diluted share, up 24% over net income of $5,035,000, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the prior year. Currency translation negatively impacted net income by approximately $500,000. Excluding the effects of currency, net income would have increased by 34%. For the fiscal fourth quarter, net sales were $47,462,000, compared to $48,283,000 for the fourth quarter in the prior year, representing a decrease of 1.7%. Excluding the unfavorable currency impact of approximately $900,000, sales would have been approximately the same as last year's quarter. Fourth quarter net income was $1,937,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2,019,000, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter in the prior fiscal year. Included in the prior year's net income figures for the fourth quarter was a favorable one-time pre-tax customer cost reimbursement of approximately $700,000 for an order that had been re-negotiated. Orders for the fiscal fourth quarter were approximately $43,100,000, compared to $38,900,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005, representing an increase of approximately 11%. Backlog as of June 30, 2006 was $49,200,000, up from $48,100,000 a year earlier. Strong order intake subsequent to year-end has further increased the backlog to more than $55,000,000. President and COO Karl Puehringer said, "We achieved excellent results in fiscal 2006 in a rapidly changing environment. Despite challenges to print media in general and tough price competition in particular, we again expanded our market share as a provider of accessories and controls for the global offset printing industry. By aggressively focusing on our core competencies, including our ability to deliver well-designed, reliable products at a competitive price, we continued to achieve our goal of creating added value for our customers. We also benefited from strong individual efforts from the many Baldwin employees around the world who are engaged, energized and involved in building our business." "Moreover, we are off to an excellent start to the new fiscal year. During July, we were awarded a large order from the Nikkei Newspaper Group in Japan which was in excess of $5,000,000," Puehringer added. Baldwin Vice President and CFO Vijay Tharani stated, "This was another good year for Baldwin. For FY '06, our revenues on a currency-adjusted basis grew by about 8%. Also gross margins were at 33.6% in a price competitive market, up from 33% in FY '05, reflecting gains achieved through several strategic sourcing initiatives. Our results for FY '06 compare even more favorably against FY '05 if we take into consideration the approximately $700,000 received last year as a one-time reimbursement for a re-negotiated customer order and the royalty income stream that contributed approximately $1,500,000 more in pre-tax income in FY '05 than in FY '06." "Furthermore, our balance sheet today is stronger than it has been for quite some time. We ended the year with our long-term debt paid down by another $5,664,000 during the year and with a net cash position of $4,431,000 at year end," Tharani concluded.