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Eckert & Ziegler’s Annual Report 2014: Weak Therapy segment puts a strain on consolidated profit

Berlin, March 26, 2015 – Berlin-based Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG (ISIN DE0005659700), a specialist for isotope technology applications in medicine, science and industry, generated earnings of € 2.3 million in the 2014 fiscal year, which is 25 % less than in the prior year. The decline in consolidated profit after taxes and minority interests to € 6.8 million, or € 1.28 per share, was mainly attributable to reduced sales in markets affected by the crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, among others. In addition, the Radiation Therapy segment was negatively impacted by restructuring expenses, tax adjustments and the absence of extraordinary income that had contributed to the prior year’s positive result.

While the Radiation Therapy segment’s result declined overall by € 4.8 million year on year, the rest of the Group reported positive development. The Isotope Products segment increased profits by € 0.6 million to € 9.6 million. The Radiopharma segment nearly compensated in full for the absence of positive one-off effects from the prior year and generated profit of € 0.6 million. The Others segment includes Holding as well as Environmental Services, which was reported separately in the prior year. This segment benefited from the absence of negative one-off effects and was able to cut losses from € 3.4 million to € 1.0 million.

The Group increased overall sales in 2014 by 9 % to € 127.3 million. This development was mainly attributable to organic growth in the Isotope Products segment as well as in the Radiopharma segment. Acquisition-related growth in the Radiation Therapy segment was weaker than expected and sales of existing products also declined in this segment.

Due to lower profits, cash flow from operating activities of € 10.7 million is down € 4.0 million year on year. Cash outflows from investment activities, which declined by € 6.6 million to € 10.8 million as a result of fewer acquisitions, provided support in this context. Accordingly, there was less need for financing, so that the Group reduced loans in 2014 by net € 4.1 million. Together with the dividend payment of € 3.2 million, cash outflows from financing activities amounted to € 8.5 million. Cash and cash equivalents stood comfortably at € 21.8 million as of the balance sheet date.

In the 2015 fiscal year, sales of more than € 133 million are expected and net profit will likely exceed the amount generated in 2013 of € 1.71 per share.

The complete annual report is available here.

The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting on June 3, 2015 an unchanged dividend of € 0.60 per share.

About Eckert & Ziegler
With more than 700 employees, Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG (ISIN DE0005659700) is one of the world's largest providers of isotope technology components for radiation therapy and nuclear medicine.
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