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Friday, 25. May 2012 Satisfied shareholders at the R. STAHL Annual General Meeting:

A dividend of 70 cents per share will be distributed - Activities of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board were given formal approval with a large majority - Waltraud Hertreiter newly appointed to the Supervisory Board - Conversion of bearer shares to registered shares decided - Optimistic look to the future

Waldenburg, 25 May 2012 - "Looking back on 2011, R. STAHL can be satisfied with many developments", CEO Martin Schomaker explained the business development in the past year at today's Annual General Meeting. At € 259.4 million, order intake exceeded last year's figure by 14.9%. Compared to the previous year, sales increased by 9.1% to € 242.9 million. A number of one-off expenses was the reason why this could not be felt to the same extent in earnings - at € 13.1 million, EBT was € 2.3 million below last year's figure.

Broad approval to all agenda items
Despite the result, that has been burdened by one-off expenses, operational growth shows that the expert in explosion protection, based in Waldenburg, is on a very good path. Consequently, the shareholders decided on a dividend of 70 cents per share entitled to dividend, as in the previous year. So the company adheres to its continuous dividend policy and gives a sign of continuity and stability.

At the harmonious Annual General Meeting, the other suggestions of the management found broad approval as well. The activities of the Executive Board and of the Supervisory Board have been approved with a large majority and company Ebner Stolz Mönning Bachem GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart, has again been appointed as auditor.

New member of the Supervisory Board
The shareholder meeting elected Mrs Waltraud Hertreiter to the Supervisory Board, as successor of Mr Eberhard Knoblauch. Mrs Hertreiter works as free-lance management consultant, accompanies textile group Hof AG as chairwoman of the supervisory board, is chairwoman of the advisory committee of Südbayerische Portand-Zementwerk Gebr. Wiesböck & Co GmbH as well as member of the Regionalbeirat Süd (regional advisory committee south) of Commerzbank AG.

Conversion of bearer shares to registered shares
Furthermore, the meeting decided that the shares of R. STAHL AG are to be listed as registered shares. This enables the company to communicate even better and more directly with the shareholders in future. Furthermore, the request of many shareholders for an easier handling of the registration process and power of proxy for the Annual General Meeting will be complied with.

Positive business development expected for 2012
R. STAHL started well into 2012 and already won several major projects during the first quarter. This success confirms that the company is on the right track. "We acquired an excellent market position and we have a very good position in regard to finance and strategy" Schomaker is confident at the Annual General Meeting. The major customer industries still develop positively - consequently, a sound development of orders and sales may be expected. Predominance in system business of the Waldenburg-based expert in explosion protection, the acquisitions that have been made in the past and strengthened sales structures in the major markets, as well as the innovation process will make important contributions to growth in future as well. Moreover, the group plans further investments. Especially in India, activities will be gradually pushed. From today's point of view, the Executive Board expects sales between € 250 million and € 255 million in 2012.
R. STAHL also aspires an increase of EBT and expects a figure between € 14 million and € 16 million.

Detailed documents regarding the Annual General Meeting can be found at www.stahl.de.

If you have any questions please contact:
R. STAHL AG

Communications / Investor Relations

 

Kerstin Wolf

Am Bahnhof 30, 74638 Waldenburg (Württ.)
Phone: 07942.943-4300, Fax: 07942.943-40 4300
e-mail: kerstin.wolf@stahl.de