Hawesko plans to pay a dividend of 1.00 euro per share

4/8/2008, 1:44 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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- Increase over the previous year reflects performance and outlook
- Audited annual figures for 2007 confirm preliminary figures



Hamburg, 8 April 2008. The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW
GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) expects to increase its dividend to 1.00
euro per share for fiscal year 2007 (previous year: 0.85 euro). At
its meeting yesterday, the supervisory board of the company approved
the corresponding dividend proposal of the management board, on which
the annual general meeting will vote on 16 June 2008. The proposed
increase in the dividend corresponds to a rise of 18%, and reflects
both the performance of the Hawesko Group in fiscal year 2007 as well
as the outlook for the current fiscal year 2008. For fiscal year 2007
a total of 8.8 million euros will be paid out to the shareholders
(previous year: 7.5 million euros); it is expected that the dividend
payment to shareholders domiciled in Germany will be tax-free. Beyond
this, in the period from 2 October 2007 to 31 March 2008, an amount
of 2.8 million euros was returned to shareholders via the share
buyback program.

Furthermore, the supervisory board reviewed, discussed and approved
the annual and consolidated financial statements for fiscal year
2007; the annual financial statement was approved. As previously
announced, Group sales in 2007 (1 January to 31 December) rose by
10.3% to 333.7 million euro (previous year: 302.6 million euro). The
Group's operating result (EBIT) was slightly higher than originally
reported based on preliminary figures, rising to 18.3 million euros
(prior year: 18.6 million euros). Consolidated earnings after
deductions for taxes and minority interests amounted to 6.7 million
euros in 2007 (previous year: 10.8 million euros). This corresponds
to a profit per share of 0.76 euros and on a comparable basis - i.e.
adjusted for a non-recurring tax effect - 1.07 euros (previous year:
1.23 euros). The Group balance sheet total amounted to 176.6 million
euros (previous year: 171.9 million euros). The free cash flow (cash
flow from ongoing business activities less capital spending and
interest paid out) in 2007 amounted to 13.6 million euros (previous
year: 5.6 million euros).

The management board will give a detailed presentation of the results
of fiscal year 2007 as well as the outlook for fiscal year 2008 on 29
April 2008 at the balance sheet press conference of Hawesko Holding
AG.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and
champagnes. In fiscal year 2007 the Group achieved sales of Euro 334
million through its three sales channels - specialist wine retail
(Jacques' Wein-Depot), wholesale (Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner und
Wein Distributionsgesellschaft) and mail order (in particular
Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor), and employed 609 people.

Publisher:
Hawesko Holding AG
Postfach 20 15 52
20205 Hamburg, Germany

Internet:
http://www.hawesko.com (Company information)
http://www.hawesko.de (Online shop)
http://www.jacques.de (Information about Jacques' Wein-Depot in
German)

Press/Media:
Vera Maria Bau, VMB Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)228 44 96 240
Fax: +49 (0)228 44 96 298
E-mail: vmb@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@hawesko.com



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HAWESKO Holding AG
Postfach 201552 Hamburg

WKN: 604270; ISIN:
DE0006042708; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, SDAX, CLASSIC All Share,
GEX;
Listed: Amtlicher Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Prime
Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse,
Freiverkehr in Börse Berlin, Freiverkehr in Bayerische Börse München,

Freiverkehr in Börse Düsseldorf, Freiverkehr in Börse Stuttgart,

Amtlicher Markt in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg,
Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover;
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