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For fiscal year 2010, Dräger is expecting an increase in net sales in the range of 10 percent (net sales 2009: EUR 1,911 billion). Net of currency effects, growth would then be in the mid single-digit range. After the company increased the forecast for the EBIT margin in June 2010 from originally 5 to 6 percent up to 7 to 8 percent, Dräger is now expecting an EBIT margin of 8 to 9 percent. As the cash settled option was replaced by an equity settled option on August 30, 2010, the impact from the Siemens cash option component has now been determined at EUR 11.8 million and is now included in this new guidance. The option component will not impact earnings in the future.
Now increased expectations for net sales and earnings are attributable to unexpectedly strong order intake, the unchanged positive development in the Americas and Asia-Pacific as well as favorable currency effects. The continuingly large share of high-margin equipment business in the medical division is a main contributor to higher profitability. The turnaround program is also having a highly positive effect and according to current estimates will contribute at least EUR 100 million to net earnings in 2010 against 2008. Originally the plan was to achieve a positive earnings effect of around EUR 70 million net in the current fiscal year and about EUR 100 million from 2011 on.
For 2011, Dräger intends to invest more into R&D, to implement projects more quickly and in particular to improve the marketing and sales organization. The company also assumes that one-time effects from the fiscal year 2010 will not recur. These include high levels of orders on hand from the previous year, strong order intake from large-scale projects, the sale of a deep-sea diving system for which an impairment charge was recorded for the full amount in 2009, the sale of software rights as well as the exceptionally advantageous product mix. External factors such as exchange rates are probably not going to benefit business in 2011 to the same degree. For 2011, Dräger is therefore not expecting to exceed the EBIT margin of the fiscal year 2010 amid slightly higher net sales. In the medium-term, the company is planning to grow stronger than the market and to achieve a sustained EBIT margin of at least 10 percent.
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Moislinger Allee 53-55
23558 Lübeck, Deutschland
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This ad-hoc 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 at www.draeger.com under Investor Center/Financial Calendar.
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