Dräger remains on path to success

Thursday, 04. November 2010 07:30
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA /
Dräger remains on path to success
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* Significant rise in order intake, net sales and EBIT
* Equity ratio at 32.4 percent
* Company expects best fiscal year on record


Lübeck - Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA continued to develop extremely well in the
third quarter of 2010 and again increased its net sales and earnings forecasts
for the entire fiscal year on October 13. In the first nine months of 2010,
order intake rose by 6.8 percent (net of currency effects) year-on-year to EUR
1,568.4 million. Orders on hand remained almost the same as in prior year with
EUR 478.6 million, dropping by just 0.4 percent (net of currency effects). Net
sales went up by 10.2 percent (net of currency effects) to EUR 1,542.0 million.
Dräger Group's EBIT rose significantly to a total of EUR 136.7 million, more
than four times as high than in the same period in the prior year (9 months
2009: EUR 28.4 million). With 8.9 percent, the EBIT margin also was considerably
up on the prior year's figure of 2.1 percent.

Reasons for profitability increasing are the continuous positive development in
the Americas and Asia/Pacific regions, favorable currency effects and the
continuously high percentage of equipment business, which has strong margins, in
net sales in the medical division. The turnaround program also had a
considerable positive effect. In the first nine months of 2010, it generated
additional EUR 36.6 million in savings and efficiency gains (before
implementation costs of EUR 0.5 million) compared to the prior year's period (9
months 2009: EUR 35.3 million compared to 2008). Main contributors were savings
in Purchasing as well as in Marketing and Sales costs.

Stefan Dräger, Chairman of the Executive Board of Drägerwerk Verwaltungs AG,
explains: We are already certain that 2010 will be the best fiscal year Dräger
has ever recorded. We have been working hard to improve our competitive edge
compared to 2009, and we have proven that we are quick to catch up."

Equity ratio exceeds 30 percent
The company's equity ratio was 32.4 percent at the end of September 2010
(December 31, 2009: 20.9 percent). This increase is mainly due to the capital
increase carried out in June 2010 and the positive result of the first nine
months.

Outlook
Dräger expects net sales growth for fiscal year 2010 in the region of 10 percent
(net sales 2009: EUR 1,911 million). Net of currency effects, growth came in
around the medium one-digit percentage range. Due to the positive development in
the first nine months of 2010, Dräger anticipates an EBIT margin between 8
percent and 9 percent for all of 2010. This forecast includes the impact from
the possible cash settled option to the amount of EUR 11.8 million agreed with
Siemens. This component will no longer have a negative impact on earnings in the
future.

In 2011, Dräger will invest even larger sums into research and development,
implement projects even more quickly and improve its marketing and sales
organization in particular. In addition, the company anticipates that the one-
off effects from fiscal year 2010 will not be repeated, including a large number
of orders on hand carried over from the previous year, high order intake from
large projects, the sale of a deep sea diving system that was fully written off
in 2009, the sale of software licenses and the extremely favorable product mix.
External factors such as exchange rates are not expected to have the same
positive impact in 2011 than in the current year.

In view of these facts, Dräger forecasts net sales to increase slightly in 2011
but does not expect for the EBIT margin to exceed that of fiscal year 2010. "In
the medium term, we plan to grow faster than the market and achieve a minimum
EBIT margin of 10 percent in the long term," comments Stefan Dräger.

Key figures for the first nine months of 2010 (in EUR millions)
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|  | Third | Third | Nine | Nine | Change | Net of |
| | quarter | quarter | months | months | nine | currency |
| | 2010 | 2009 | 2010 | 2009 | months | effects |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Order intake| 519.5| 481.7| 1,568.4| 1,414.5| +10.9 %| +6.8 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Medical | | | | | | |
|division | 357.5| 323.0| 1,056.3| 928.4| +13.8 %| +9.9 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Safety | | | | | | |
|division | 167.7| 166.1| 532.8| 506.0| +5.3 %| +0.9 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Net sales | 525.3| 454.4| 1,542.0| 1,348.3| +14.4 %| +10.2 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Medical | | | | | | |
|division | 351.7| 293.5| 1,028.9| 871.1| +18.1 %| +14.2 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Safety | | | | | | |
|division | 178.6| 167.7| 531.6| 496.4| +7.1 %| +2.7 %|
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|EBIT[1] | 34.1| 13.3| 136.7| 28.4| +381.3 %|  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Medical | | | | | | |
|division | 35.2| 9.1| 128.2| 20.2| +534.7 %|  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Safety | | | | | | |
|division | 17.8| 10.1| 47.1| 28.1| +67.6 %|  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|EBIT margin | 6.5 %| 2.9 %| 8.9 %| 2.1 %|  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|Earnings | | | | | | |
|after income| | | | | | |
|taxes | 14.3| 3.5| 70.2| 4.8|  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|EPS[2] | | | | | | |
|preferred | | | | | | |
|share | 0,75| 0,14| 4,27| 0,01|  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
|EPS[2] | | | | | | |
|common share| 0,73| 0,12| 4,22| -0,04|  |  |
+------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------+
 [1] EBIT = Earnings before interest and taxes
 [2] EPS = Earnings per share (in €)

Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the future
development of the Dräger Group. These forward-looking statements are based on
the current expectations, presumptions, and forecasts of the Executive Board as
well as the information available to it to date and have been prepared to the
best of its knowledge and belief. No guarantee or liability for the occurrence
of the future developments and results specified can be assumed in respect of
such forward-looking statements. Rather, the future developments and results are
dependent on a number of factors. They entail risks and uncertainties beyond the
Company's control and are based on assumptions which could prove to be
incorrect. Notwithstanding any legal requirements to adjust forecasts, we assume
no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this report.
You will find all other financial dates on our website atwww.draeger.com under
Investor Center/Financial Calendar.


Contact

Corporate Communications:
Burkard Dillig
Tel. +49 451 882-2185
burkard.dillig@draeger.com

Investor Relations:
Vanina Herbst
Tel. +49 451 882-2685
vanina.herbst@draeger.com

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Moislinger Allee 53-55
23558 Lübeck, Germany
www.draeger.com


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