Hawesko plans to pay a dividend of € 1.60 per share

3/23/2012, 3:46 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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- Ninth consecutive rise in the ordinary dividend
- Best results ever for sales and EBIT in 2011
- Final accounts confirm preliminary figures

Hamburg, 23 March 2012.  The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR,
HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) will raise its regular dividend for the past 2011 fiscal
year to € 1.60 per share (previous year: € 1.50); last year, as a result of an
extraordinary gain, an additional bonus of € 0.25 per share had been paid. At
its meeting today, the supervisory board of the company approved the
corresponding dividend proposal of the management board which will be put to a
vote of the annual general meeting on 18 June 2012. With the proposed rise of
7% the ordinary dividend will be raised for the ninth consecutive time since
2002. A total of € 14.4 million will be paid out to the shareholders from the
tax contribution account (previous year: € 13.5 million plus € 2.2 million
bonus).  For most private investors domiciled in Germany the dividend will be

Furthermore, the supervisory board reviewed, discussed and approved the annual
and consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2011; the annual financial
statements of the parent company were officially approved. As previously
announced, Group sales in 2011 (1 January to 31 December) rose by 8.9% to
€ 411.4 million (previous year: € 377.7 million).  The final approved accounts
show a result from operations (EBIT) of € 26.7 million (previous year: € 25.7
million).  This is once again the best result in the company's history.
Consolidated net income after deductions for taxes and non-controlling interests
amounted to € 17.9 million or € 1.99 per share in 2011 (previous year: adjusted
for the non-recurring gain, € 16.7 million or € 1.88 per share; including the
extraordinary gain these figures were € 20.0 million or € 2.24 per share). The
consolidated balance sheet total amounted to € 217.1 million, and the equity
ratio was 44% (previous year: € 201.8 million and 46%).  The free cash flow
(cash flow from current operations minus investments and interest paid out)
amounted to € 12.3 million or € 1.37 per share.  In the previous year it
amounted to € 23.8 million or € 2.67 per share including the extraordinary gain;
on a comparable basis - i.e. excluding the extraordinary gain - to
€ 16.5 million or € 1.85 per share.

The management board will present details of the complete fiscal year 2011 as
well as the business performance in the first three months of the current fiscal
year 2012 at the annual press conference of Hawesko Holding AG on 10 May 2012.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and champagnes. In
fiscal year 2011, the Group achieved sales of € 411 million and employed 750
persons in the company's three sales channels: specialty retail (Jacques' Wein-
Depot), wholesale operations(Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner- und Wein-
Distributionsgesellschaft) and mail order (especially Hanseatisches Wein- and
Sekt-Kontor). The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock
Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the SDAX small-cap index of the Frankfurt
Stock Exchange.

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The complete 2011 annual report and accounts will be presented on 10 May 2012.

Hawesko Holding AG, 20247 Hamburg
http://www.hawesko-holding.com (Company information)
http://www.hawesko.de  (Online shop)
http://www.jacques.de       (Jacques' Wein-Depot information and online shop)
http://www.vinos.de  (Wein & Vinos online shop with Spanish wines)
http://www.chateauclassic.com (Online shop with outstanding Bordeaux wines of
older vintages)

Vera Maria Bau, VMB Consulting
Phone: +49 (0)228 4496 406
Fax:   +49 (0)228 4496 9406
E-Mail: vmb(at)veramariabau-pr.de

Investor Relations:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Phone:  +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00
Fax:    +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05
E-Mail: ir(at)hawesko.com

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Postfach Hamburg Deutschland

WKN: 604270;ISIN: DE0006042708;Index:GEX,CLASSIC All Share,SDAX,Prime All Share,CDAX;
Listed: Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart,
Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin,
Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf,
Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München,
Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover,
Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse,
Regulierter Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse,
Regulierter Markt in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg;

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