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Eckert & Ziegler and Supervisory Board Decide on Investment Priorities for 2024: Focus on Core Competencies and Split-Off of Pentixapharm AG

Berlin, 20 October 2023. Berlin, xx.10.2023. The Executive Board of Eckert & Ziegler AG (ISIN DE0005659700, SDAX) resolved at its meeting today, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, the strategy and investment priorities for the coming years. In this context the Supervisory Board of Eckert & Ziegler AG  has given its approval to the Executive Board to examine and prepare a split-off of up to 100 percent of the shares in the Pentixapharm AG (PTX).

In view of the enormous growth forecast for active pharmaceutical ingredients, which is already reflected in the order intake, Eckert & Ziegler intends to bundle its financial resources to expand its global manufacturing capacities. Eckert & Ziegler is concentrating on its core competencies in order to further expand its position as a leading supplier of radioisotopes for the manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals.

As a result, Eckert & Ziegler will withdraw from further financing of the drug developer Pentixapharm next year and will either float the wholly owned subsidiary, which now also includes Myelo Therapeutics GmbH, on the stock market in 2024 via a split-off or sell it as a whole. The decision on the final procedure is expected to be made at the balance sheet meeting of the Supervisory Board of Eckert & Ziegler AG in March 2024. Until then, the Executive Board will have discussions with interested parties as well as prepare the split-off by mandating appropriate service providers and taking other measures.

In accordance with the regulations of IFRS 5, the Executive Board will in any case report PTX as a discontinued operation in the annual financial statements 2023.

"PTX holds enormous potential, both for diagnostics and for the therapy of cancer and other diseases. At the same time, the financing to exploit this potential requires a high level of funding, which we do not intend to finance through EZAG. Our focus is on the production as well as the distribution of isotopes. Here we are the market leader and want to remain so," explained Dr. Harald Hasselmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Eckert & Ziegler AG.

"The exit from the financing of Pentixapharm solves a strategic dilemma and offers EZAG's shareholders the opportunity to receive a significant premium on the estimated value of PTX reflected in EZAG's share price prior to the transaction, or the opportunity to return capital to shareholders through a special dividend and/or share buyback program," added Dr. Andreas Eckert, founder, major shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

After extensive discussion, Executive Board and Supervisory Board agree that the proposed measures are in the best interest of shareholders to achieve immediate value by minimizing risk in the longer-term implementation of EZAG's business plan.

About Eckert & Ziegler.
Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG with more than 1.000 employees is a leading specialist for isotope-related components in nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. The company offers a broad range of services and products for the radiopharmaceutical industry, from early development work to contract manufacturing and distribution. Eckert & Ziegler shares (ISIN DE0005659700) are listed in the SDAX index of Deutsche Börse.
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Eckert & Ziegler AG, Karolin Riehle, Investor Relations
10, 13125 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 / 94 10 84-138,
karolin.riehle@ezag.de, www.ezag.com 

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Language: English
Company: Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG
13125 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 941084-138
Fax: +49 30 941084-112
E-mail: karolin.riehle@ezag.de
Internet: www.ezag.de
ISIN: DE0005659700
WKN: 565970
Indices: SDAX,
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1754229


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