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DGAP-News: Flughafen Wien AG in H1/2014: Ongoing positive development of the company despite challenging business environment - higher net profit, EBITDA and EBIT

August 18, 2014

DGAP-News: Flughafen Wien AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results Flughafen Wien AG in H1/2014: Ongoing positive development of the company despite challenging business environment - higher net profit, EBITDA and EBIT 19.08.2014 / 08:00 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Flughafen Wien AG in H1/2014: Ongoing positive development of the company despite challenging business environment - higher net profit, EBITDA and EBIT - 2.9% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2014 and 2.3% rise in July - Gratifying earnings growth: net profit for the period of EUR 44.0 million (+7.6%) in spite of stagnating revenue - Substantial improvement of EBITDA to EUR 126.5 million (+5.0%) and EBIT to EUR 63.1 million (+6.2%) - Revenue remains stagnant at EUR 304.7 million (-0.1%) as a result of lower revenue from de-icing services in Q1 2014 - Further reduction of net debt to EUR 585.1 million - Positive outlook for 2014 confirmed: passenger increase expected to be at the upper end of the predicted 1-3% range, revenue up to more than EUR 630 million, net profit anticipated to exceed EUR 75 million The positive business development of the Flughafen Wien Group continued in the first half of 2014. EBITDA climbed 5.0% to EUR 126.5 million (H1/2013: EUR 120.4 million), EBIT rose 6.2% to EUR 63.1 million (H1/2013: EUR 59.4 million) and the net profit for the first half-year increased by 7.6% to EUR 44.0 million (H1/2013: EUR 40.9 million). After an extremely mild winter in the first quarter of 2014 and the related decline in revenue from aircraft de-icing services, revenue of Flughafen Wien AG picked up again in the following months to reach EUR 304.7 million in the first half of 2014 and thus at virtually the same level (-0.1%) as in the previous year. In spite of stagnating revenue, earnings significantly improved as a consequence of cost reductions and enhanced productivity. Net debt was once again substantially reduced in the second quarter of 2014 to EUR 585.1 million as at June 30, 2014. Accordingly, net debt at present is already at about 2.5 times EBITDA, and will be lowered even further by the end of the year. This important objective originally targeted for 2016 has already been reached. The Flughafen Wien Group remains optimistic with respect to prospects for the entire year 2014. Passenger traffic is expected to rise between 1% and 3%, with the increase likely to be at the upper end of the predicted range from today's perspective. The number of flight movements will remain largely stable between -1% and +1%. Total revenue in 2014 should climb to over EUR 630 million, whereas EBITDA is anticipated to clearly surpass EUR 240 million and the Group net profit will be above EUR 75 million. "The positive corporate development could be continued in spite of the negative crisis-related effects on global travel", says GÜnther Ofner, Chief Financial Officer of Flughafen Wien AG. "Although revenue stagnated, the company generated an improvement in EBITDA, EBIT and net profit. Net debt has further decreased. As a consequence, Flughafen Wien AG is once again on a sounder economic footing, which is also reflected in the share price showing a 127% rise in value since the beginning of 2012. We are confident that we will be able to achieve our designated targets for the entire year 2014", CFO Ofner adds. "In spite of international political crises, passenger traffic developed very well in the first half of 2014, rising by 2.9%. This was mainly driven by new flight connections, destinations and frequency increases on flights from Vienna. At the same time, we are successfully implementing our service strategy. Numerous new shops such as Victoria's Secret and Philipp Plein were opened at the airport, the Heinemann Duty Free Shop was enlarged and an operating agreement for future new restaurants at Pier West was concluded with DO & CO. Modernisation work in this terminal area is in full swing and should be completed by the end of the year", explains Julian JÄger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. 2.9% rise in passenger traffic in H1/2014 Following restrained passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2014, a strong increase in passenger volumes was recorded in the following months. On balance, passenger traffic was up 2.9% to 10,543,235 in the first six months of 2014. The number of local passengers increased by 4.5% in this period, whereas the number of transfer passengers declined slightly by 1.1%, which can be primarily attributed to a 2.7% drop in passenger traffic to Eastern Europe caused mainly by the Ukraine crisis. In contrast, there was a rise in the number of passengers travelling to Western Europe and North America by 3.9% and 25.2% respectively. Passenger traffic to the Middle East was up 5.2% in H1/2014, while the number of passengers flying to destinations in the Far East rose by 10.4%. Against the backdrop of this considerable growth in passenger traffic, the number of flight movements fell marginally by 0.3% to 112,461 starts and landings in H1/2014. However, the total maximum take-off weight was up 2.6% to 3,910,328 tonnes, and capacity utilisation of the aircraft improved as reflected in an increased seat load factor of 73.1%. Cargo volume (air cargo and trucking) also rose by 6.4% to 130,795 tonnes. Revenue development of the segments In the first six months of 2014, external revenue of the Airport Segment climbed by 4.5% year-on-year to EUR 163.5 million. The Handling Segment reported an 8.9% drop in external revenue to EUR 72.2 million due to the mild winter and the resulting decline in income from aircraft de-icing services. The Retail & Properties Segment generated a 1.1% revenue rise to EUR 61.3 million. External revenue of the Segment Other Segments fell by 9.9% to EUR 7.7 million. Capital expenditure The total investments of EUR 31.0 million in the first half of 2014 included EUR 8.3 million for construction of a new maintenance hangar, EUR 3.4 million for technical noise protection and EUR 2.0 million for modernisation work at Pier West. Capital expenditure is expected to amount to EUR 110 million in the entire 2014 financial year. Traffic development in July 2014: passenger increase of 2.3% In July 2014 the number of passengers handled by Vienna Airport was up 2.3% in a year-on-year comparison to 2,214,208 people. Total flight movements climbed by 1.1%, whereas growth was also recorded for the maximum take-off weight (+5.4%) and cargo volume (+10.3%). The number of transfer passengers at Vienna Airport fell by 5.4% from the prior-year level. One major factor underlying this development was the passenger decline to Eastern European destinations as a consequence of the crisis situation in the Ukraine. The number of local passengers rose by 5.6% in the same period, which largely compensated for the crisis-related drop in transfer passenger traffic. The number of passengers departing for Western Europe in July 2014 was up 1.9%, in contrast to the 4.9% decrease in passengers travelling to Eastern Europe. The Middle East reported a 2.0% drop in July 2014, whereas passenger traffic to the Far East was up 26.5%. Passenger volumes to North America rose sharply, climbing by 30.2% compared to July 2013. This development is mainly due to the launch of flight service to Newark, USA by Austrian Airlines and the increase in the frequency of its flights to Chicago. Results in detail July 2014 Change January Change in % July 2014 in % Passengers 2,214,208 +2.3 12,757,598 +2.8 Local passengers 1,525,708 +5.6 8,999,618 +4.7 Transfer passengers 679,916 -5.4 3,728,530 -1.9 Maximum take-off weight (in tonnes) 758,902 +5.4 4,669,209 +3.1 Flight movements (arrival + departure) 21,367 +1.1 133,826 -0.1 Cargo in tonnes (air cargo and trucking): 22,540 +10.3 153,335 +7.0 Key Indicators of the Consolidated Interim Financial Statement Indicators as of June 30, 2014 Change in Income statement in EUR million H1/2014 H1/2013 % Revenue 304.7 304.8 -0.1 Other operating income 7.5 13.9 -46.1 Operating income 312.2 318.7 -2.1 Consumables and services used -19.7 -26.3 -25.0 Personnel expenses -123.3 -125.5 -1.8 Other operating expenses -42.7 -46.5 -8.2 Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) 126.5 120.4 5.0 Depreciation and amortisation -63.3 -61.0 3.8 Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) 63.1 59.4 6.2 Income from investments excl. companies at equity 0.1 2.3 -97.0 Interest income 0.7 1.1 -31.5 Interest expense -12.2 -13.2 -8.0 Financial results excl. companies at equity -11.4 -9.8 15.8 Result from companies accounted for using the equity method 5.3 2.1 149.8 Financial results -6.1 -7.7 -20.7 Earnings before taxes (EBT) 57.0 51.7 10.3 Income taxes -13.0 -10.8 20.2 Net profit for the period 44.0 40.9 7.6 Thereof attributable to: Equity holders of the parent 44.0 40.9 7.6 Non-controlling interests 0.0 0.0 -27.9 Earnings per share (in EUR, basic = diluted) 2.10 1.95 7.6 Balance sheet indicators June 30, Dec. 31, Change in EUR million 2014 2013 in % ASSETS Non-current assets 1,825.9 1,857.6 -1.7 Current assets 90.5 96.3 -6.0 EQUITY AND LIABILITIES Equity 924.6 905.9 2.1 Non-current liabilities 704.0 748.2 -5.9 Current liabilities 287.9 299.8 -4.0 Balance sheet total 1,916.4 1,953.9 -1.9 Net debt 585.1 633.4 -7.6 Gearing (in %) 63.3 69.9 n.a. Cash flow statement in EUR million H1/2014 H1/2013 Change in % Cash flow from operating activities 104.3 93.1 12.0 Cash flow from investing activities -30.3 -24.8 22.1 Cash flow from financing activities -74.8 -101.3 -26.1 Free cash flow 74.0 68.3 8.4 CAPEX 31.0 36.9 -16.1 The report by Flughafen Wien AG on the first half-year 2014, from January 1 to June 30, 2014, is available to the general public at the company's offices at 1300 Flughafen Wien and at Bank Austria, 1010 Vienna, Schottengasse 6-8. It is also available on the Internet at ports/quarterly_ reports. The Management Board Flughafen Wien AG, August 19, 2014 Contact: Judit HelenyiFlughafen Wien AG Investor Relations Tel: +43 1 7007/23126 e-mail: --------------------------------------------------------------------- 19.08.2014 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at and --------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Flughafen Wien AG Postfach 1 1300 Wien-Flughafen Austria Phone: +43-1-7007/22826 Fax: +43-1-7007/23806 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: AT0000911805 WKN: 884216 Indices: ATX Listed: Freiverkehr in Berlin, MÜnchen, Stuttgart; Frankfurt in Open Market ; London, Wien (Amtlicher Handel / Official Market) End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 282789 19.08.2014

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