Hawesko will pay dividend of ¤ 1.20 per share

3/27/2009, 7:59 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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* EBIT, net profit and free cash flow at record level
* Final accounts for 2008 confirm preliminary figures




Hamburg, 27 March 2009. The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG
(HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) will declare a dividend for fiscal
year 2008 of ¤ 1.20 per share, thus exceeding the previous year's
dividend of ¤ 1.00. 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
15 June 2009. The proposed increase in the dividend corresponds to
a rise of 20 %: A total of ¤ 10.6 million will be paid out to the
shareholders (previous year: ¤ 8.7 million).

Beyond this, the supervisory board reviewed, discussed and ratified
the annual and consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2008;
the annual financial statements were thus approved. As previously
announced, Group sales in 2008 (1 January to 31 December) were up
by 1.5 % to ¤ 338.8 million (previous year: ¤ 333.7 million). In
the final group accounts the operating result (EBIT) is even higher
than originally reported based on preliminary figures, rising to ¤
25.5 million (previous year: ¤ 18.3 million). Consolidated
earnings after deductions for taxes and minority interests amount
to ¤ 14.6 million (previous year: ¤ 6.7 million). This corresponds
to earnings per share of ¤ 1.67 (previous year: ¤ 0.76). The Group
balance sheet total amounts to ¤ 170.1 million (previous year:
¤ 176.6 million). Free cash flow (cash flow from ongoing business
activities minus investments and interest paid out) registers an
increase in 2008 to ¤ 17.5 million (previous year: ¤ 13.6 million).

The results of fiscal year 2008 as well as the course of business
in the first three months of the current 2009 fiscal year will be
presented in detail at the annual balance sheet press conference of
Hawesko Holding AG on 29 April 2009.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and
champagnes. In fiscal year 2008 the Group achieved sales of ¤ 339
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 610 people.
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Published by:
Hawesko Holding AG
20247 Hamburg, Germany

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

Press/Media:
Vera Maria Bau, VMB Public Relations
Tel. +49 228/ 44 96 406
Fax +49 228/ 44 96 9406
E-mail: vmb (at) veramariabau-pr.de

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.com





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HAWESKO Holding AG
Postfach 201552 Hamburg Germany

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