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Eckert & Ziegler: Result Increased, Sales Volume Stable

Berlin, 19.02.2004. Eckert & Ziegler AG (ISIN DE 0005659700) has, according to a preliminary assessment, achieved an after-tax result per share (without consideration of changes in balance-sheet rules) of 0.25 EUR in fiscal year 2003, compared with 0.11 EUR the previous year. The sales volume of the medical technology company increased by about 5%, when adjusted for the dollar exchange rate, yet in nominal terms totaled only 29.2 million EUR compared with 31.2 million EUR the previous year. Liquid assets increased by 15%, despite a share repurchase program and discharge of debts, and reached 9.8 million EUR, compared with 8.4 million EUR the previous year. The company forecasts a result of 0.40 EUR per share for 2004.

The detailed figures are to be published on March 29 2004.

The Board of Directors