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Heidelberg Reports Increased Profits, 70 million Euro from tax credit

Press release from the issuing company

Dec 12, 2006 -- In the third quarter of financial year 2006/2007, Heidelberg will post additional earnings from the capitalization of a corporate income tax credit of approx. 70 million Euro. This corporate income tax credit, which results already from previous years, will be capitalized for the first time as a claim for refund based on revised Section 37 para. 5 of the Corporate Income Tax Code. The amount will be paid out in ten equal annual amounts over the period from 2008 to 2017. The claim for refund becomes valid in full upon expiration of December 31, 2006. Heidelberg will therefore capitalize this claim with effect on the income statement as of December 31, 2006 with a net present value of around 70 million Euro and thus increase profits accordingly in its quarterly financial statements. Since the new version of the Code will merely result in a change in the statement of existing tax credits, it will not have an impact on the level of future dividends.