Hawesko at its 2012 annual general meeting:

6/18/2012, 4:44 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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- Sales and EBIT after five months up in double-digit percentages
- Dividend of € 1.60 passed

Hamburg, 18 June 2012. The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) is posting figures in the current fiscal year 2012 well above those of the previous year. At the company's annual general shareholders' meeting in Hamburg today, CEO Alexander Margaritoff reported that by the end of May Hawesko's sales had surpassed the previous year's by 12 % and the operating result (EBIT) likewise by a figure in the double-digit percentage range. As previously reported, an increase of 11 % in sales with EBIT at the previous year's level had been reached at the end of the first three months. The Hawesko management board continues to expect increases in both sales and EBIT clearly within the double-digit percentage range for the full 2012 year.

The resolutions proposed by the management and supervisory boards at the Hawesko shareholders' meeting were resoundingly approved by the attending shareholders, including the proposal to raise the dividend for fiscal year 2011 to € 1.60 per share (previous year: € 1.50; moreover, a bonus of € 0.25 had been paid out in the previous year). The dividend is payable from 19 June 2012 and will be paid out of a tax-free equity reserve without deduction of tax on dividends and solidarity surcharge.

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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Publisher:
Hawesko Holding AG, 20247 Hamburg, Germany
Internet:
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                       
(Wide assortment of Spanish wines by Wein & Vinos)
http://www.chateauclassic.com     
(Online offer of excellent vintage Bordeaux wines)

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Vera Maria Bau,VMB Consulting   
Tel. +49 228 4496 406    
Fax  +49 228 4496 9406    
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Investor Relations:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Tel. +49 40 30 39 21 00
Fax  +49 40 30 39 21 05
E-Mail: ir(at)hawesko-holding.com




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HAWESKO Holding AG
Plan 5 Hamburg Germany

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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