Hawesko at the annual shareholders' meeting: Continued strong growth in sales and EBIT

6/16/2008, 3:44 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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Hamburg, 16 June 2008. The wine-trading group Hawesko Holding AG
(HAW, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) is continuing to post strong growth in
sales and EBIT in the current 2008 fiscal year. At the company's
annual general meeting of shareholders in Hamburg today, CEO
Alexander Margaritoff reported that by the end of May (1 January - 31
May 2008) Hawesko had increased sales by 10 % and more than doubled
its operating profit (EBIT). As a result, this year's path to growth
has been maintained: As previously reported, Hawesko had posted a
sales increase of 10 % and a more-than-doubled EBIT for the first
three months of the current year (1 January - 31 March 2008) as well.
For the full 2008 fiscal year the Board of Management expects an
increase in sales of 5 %, percentage growth in EBIT well in the
double-digit range and a doubling of net income (after taxes and
minority interests). The Board of Management is assuming a further
increase in sales as well as in EBIT for 2009. In fiscal year 2007
the Hawesko Group had achieved sales of ¤ 334 million, EBIT of ¤ 18.3
million and earnings per share of ¤ 0.76 (adjusted for one-off
additional tax expense, ¤ 1.07).

The annual shareholders' meeting of the company approved, among other
things, the proposed dividend of ¤ 1.00 per share (previous year:
¤ 0.85). This will be paid out to German-domiciled shareholders
without deduction of investment income tax and solidarity surcharge.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and
champagnes. Its three sales channels are 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). The Group employs 609 people.
The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock
Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the prime standard segment of the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Published by:
Hawesko Holding AG,
P.O. Box 20 15 52,
20205 Hamburg

(Company profile)
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(Locations of and information about Jacques' Wein-Depot)

Vera Maria Bau, VMB Consulting
Phone: +49 (0)228 4496 240
Fax +49 (0)228 4496 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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WKN: 604270; ISIN:
DE0006042708; Index: CDAX, Prime All Share, SDAX, CLASSIC All Share,
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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