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HELMA Eigenheimbau AG presents its half-yearly figures 2007


HELMA Eigenheimbau AG / Half Year Results

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+++ HELMA Eigenheimbau AG presents its half-yearly figures 2007 +++
- New orders climb by 12.3 percent despite negative trend in the sector; increase in market share

- Important goal of shortening the order processing time not achieved; performance and profit targets not attained

- Management Board revises its forecast for 2007; project initiated to sustainably improve performance and profitability


Isernhagen, September 26, 2007 – In the first half-year of 2007, HELMA Eigenheimbau AG made headway in pursuing its growth strategy and held its ground well despite the sectoral trend in a difficult market environment. The construction of more show houses raised awareness of the company's presence in existing and new sales regions, thereby creating attractive future sales potential.

Market share raised:

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG’s order intake came to EUR 35.5 million in the first six months of the current financial year, which was 12.3 % higher than the previous year's figure. HELMA has thereby captured new market share by comparison with its competitors recording significant declines in new orders over the period under review. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of building permits for one and two-family houses in Germany fell 47.3 % in the first six months of 2007.
Sales revenue and profit targets not achieved:

Pursuant to the accounting standards laid down under the German Civil Code (HGB), HELMA Eigenheimbau AG’s sales revenues stood at EUR 9.31 million by mid-year 2007 (first half of 2006: EUR 6.79 million). Total performance came in at EUR 17.30 million (first half of 2006: EUR 18.87 million). The cause of the company’s failure to raise total performance was attributable in main not only to the difficult market environment but also to the fact that the company was unable to substantially shorten order processing times, which would have enabled it to invoice more sales with the resulting impact on sales revenue and profit. Lower total performance and a marginal increase in the ratio of materials used resulted in lower gross profit which fell by 15 % in a year-on-year comparison. Furthermore, restructuring measures to support the growth of the company and the development of new sales regions required a greater outlay than originally expected, which had a negative impact on margins and profit. This caused operating costs to rise to EUR 6.33 million (first half of 2006: EUR 4.92 million) over the period from January 1 to June 30, 2007. All in all, EBIT came to EUR -2.97 million (first half of 2006: EUR -0.96 million).
Forecast for 2007 revised:

Based on the insights from the first half-year figures and the fact that the declared goal of shortening order processing times had not yet been achieved, the Management Board of HELMA Eigenheimbau AG substantially revised the forecast for 2007 as a whole. Accordingly, the Group is now expected to achieve a total output of around EUR 60 million and an EBIT of EUR -1.0 million according to IFRS.

Owing to recent events, the Management Board of HELMA Eigenheimbau AG has initiated a project to sustainably raise performance and profitability which is already in the process of being implemented. The Management Board will present the project in the months ahead as part of an international road show.

The Management Board considers the outlook for the financial year 2008 to be positive. Based on the increase in new orders and impulses generated by the successful implementation of the project components, sales revenue in the double-digit growth range have been forecast for 2008, and EBIT is expected to improve considerably. The Board will give more specific details on this forecast at the start of 2008.
 
The investors of HELMA Eigenheimbau AG and analysts and journalists are most welcome to address their questions to the company directly. Today, on Wednesday, the Chief Financial Officer will be available to answer any questions from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. under the telephone number +49 (0)511 – 901 90 13.

The 6M Report 2007 will be published on September 28, 2007, on the company’s web site under www.helma.de.

About HELMA Eigenheimbau AG:

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG is a customer-oriented full-service construction service provider. The company’s focus lies on the development, planning, sale and construction management of turn-key or partly finished single-occupancy and semidetached houses in massive construction or element massive construction. The company’s tailored planning and individualisation at no extra cost as well as its in-depth expertise in the field of energy-efficient construction are particularly perceived by the market as a unique selling point of HELMA Eigenheimbau AG. As a property developer, the HELMA Wohnungsbau GmbH & Co. KG subsidiary complements the service range of the HELMA Group. HELMA Eigenheimbau AG (ISIN: DE0000A0EQ578) has been listed in the Entry Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 19 September 2006.

Investor relations contact:

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG
Torsten Rieger (CFO)
Jathostrasse 10
D-30916 Isernhagen
Telephone: +49 (0)511 - 901 90 – 0
Facsimile: +49 (0)511 - 901 90 – 11
Email: info@HELMA.de     

UBJ. GmbH
Gerrit Janssen
Haus der Wirtschaft, Kapstadtring 10
D-22297 Hamburg
Telephone: +49 (0)40 – 63 78 – 54 14
Facsimile: +49 (0)40 – 63 78 – 54 23
Email: gerrit.janssen@ubj.de


26.09.2007  Financial News transmitted by DGAP

 
Language:     English
Issuer:       HELMA Eigenheimbau AG
              Jathostrasse 10
              30916 Isernhagen
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)511 90190 13
Fax:          +49 (0)511 90190 11
E-mail:       rieger@helma.de
Internet:     www.helma.de
ISIN:         DE000A0EQ578
WKN:          A0EQ57
Listed: Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart; Entry               Standard in Frankfurt
 
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