SGS 2009 FULL YEAR RESULTS

1/15/2010, 7:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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The SGS Group delivered a 6.3% increase in operating profit for the year largely
as a result of the improvement of full year operating margin by 50 basis points
to 17.3% (constant currency basis). In a challenging growth environment for many
of the Group's services and geographies, the Group was able to post revenue
growth of 2.5% (constant currency basis) to CHF 4.7 billion. Through the
introduction of new service offerings and proactive cost control measures, the
Group's preexceptional EBITDA at CHF 1 billion, increased 6.8% (constant
currency basis) at a margin of 22%. Reported net profit before exceptional items
remained constant at CHF 579 million (up 5.6% at constant currencies). As a
result of the Group's ability to increase profits and cash generation during the
year, the SGS Board of Directors proposes a dividend of CHF 60 per share, CHF
30 of which reflects the exceptional cash generation performance of the Group.





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