24-Feb-2012

Press release

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Please find attached a press release concerning the annual results 2011 of Bekaert.

Summary:

Bekaert achieved sound sales growth in all markets but China in 2011. After a solid first half of the year the company faced changing business conditions as a result of dramatic developments in the PV solar business, economic uncertainty and increased competition in most markets. Bekaert succeeded in realizing 5% organic growth for the year as a result of higher sales volumes, but saw aggressive competition in PV solar markets erase the profitability of the sawing wire platform in the 2nd half of 2011.

- Consolidated sales of € 3.3 billion (+2.4%) and combined sales of € 4.6 billion (+2.9%)
-  Gross profit of € 651 million (19.5% margin) compared with € 904 million (27.7%)
-  EBIT of € 268 million (8.0%) compared with € 534 million
-  EBITDA of € 476 million (14.2%) compared with € 725 million
- EPS: € 3.27 compared with € 6.21

The company further accelerated its longer-term growth initiatives in 2011:
- R&D expenses totaled € 90 million, representing 2.7% of sales
- Capital expenditures reached € 278 million

The Board of Directors will propose a gross dividend of € 0.5.  Including the interim dividend of € 0.67 which was payable as of 17 October 2011, the total gross dividend for 2011 thus amounts to € 1.17.

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