EANS-News: Balda plans additional special dividend of EUR 88 million (with document)


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Bad Oeynhausen (euro adhoc) – * Supervisory Board and Management Board plan
proposing distribution of EUR 1.50 per share to Annual General Meeting in autumn
* Proceeds from the sale of remaining stake in TPK to be passed on to
shareholders in full
* CEO Dominik Müser: ‘Even after the distribution, Balda will be able to keep

Bad Oeynhausen, 14 March 2013 – Balda AG plans its third special dividend in two
years. The Supervisory Board of the international manufacturer of high-quality
plastics products for various industrial applications voted in today’s meeting
to approve the Management Board’s plan to pay a special dividend of EUR 1.50 per
share for the current financial year 2012/2013 (reporting date: 30 June).

Assuming that the Annual General Meeting votes in favor, EUR 88.3 million would
be distributed this autumn. This corresponds to nearly the full proceeds of EUR
89.2 million (final amount after translation of proceeds into euros) from the
sale in January of the Balda Group’s remaining two-percent stake in touch screen
manufacturer TPK Holding.

The Supervisory Board issued its approval after a thorough analysis of the
medium-term planning for the Balda Group submitted by the Management Board based
on the growth strategy approved in 2012, which projects a medium-term increase
in consolidated sales to EUR 150 to 200 million to be achieved mainly by making
focused acquisitions. This buy-and-build strategy is based on the Group’s
excellent liquidity, which provides the Group ample room to maneuver.

In the 2012 calendar year, Balda AG distributed two special dividends totaling
EUR 3.30 per share after the sale of the blocks of TPK shares. Along with the
planned additional special dividend, the distribution would amount to EUR 4.80
per share or around EUR 283 million. This would be approximately 59% of the
total of roughly EUR 482 million accruing since February 2012 from the three
sales of TPK shares.

Dominik Müser, Chief Executive Officer of Balda AG: ‘The Group’s excellent
financial position allows us to once again pass on the gains from the TPK sales
to our shareholders. This correlates with our belief that our shareholders are
entitled to funds not required to implement operations or strategy. Despite the
planned additional distribution, we are in a position to further pursue our
corporate expansion and value-growth strategy as planned. Initial successes are
already evident.’

About Balda
Balda is a provider of first-class solutions for demanding, high-quality
applications in the fields of medical technology, optics, the automotive
industry and other specialist industrial sectors. The Group’s Balda Medical and
Balda Technical operating divisions have operations worldwide, and the company
maintains production facilities in Germany, the USA and Malaysia. The success of
Balda, which employs more than 1,700 people, is based on the deployment of
leading-edge, cost-effective technologies, coupled with the trust-based
collaboration with customers. The Balda AG share (ISIN: DE0005215107) is listed
on the SDAX segment of Deutsche Börse.

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Attachments with Announcement:

company: Balda Aktiengesellschaft
Bergkirchener Str. 228
D-32549 Bad Oeynhausen
phone: +49 (0) 5734 9 22-0
FAX: +49 (0) 5734 922-2604
mail: info@balda.de
WWW: http://www.balda.de

sector: Semiconductors, active components
ISIN: DE0005215107
indexes: SDAX, Prime All Share
stockmarkets: free trade: Berlin, München, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart,
regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt
language: English