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HELMA Eigenheimbau AG reports significant growth in new orders in 2008 financial year


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HELMA Eigenheimbau AG reports significant growth in new orders in 2008 financial year

Lehrte, January 9, 2009 – With 425 units sold in the 2008 financial year (previous year: 390), HELMA Eigenheimbau AG achieved the highest new order flow in the history of the company. Given an average net sales price of TEUR 163 (previous year: TEUR 153), this corresponds to a net inflow of new orders of around EUR 69.2 million (previous year: EUR 59.8 million).
This positive trend particularly reflects the completed expansion of the network of showhouses, and the company's strong positioning in the energy-efficient construction technique area. In the new sales regions of Bavaria and Baden Württemberg, for instance, there was a significant rise in the number of houses sold by around 150 percent to over 50 units, and there was an increase in the sales share of KfW 40/60 and solar houses sold across the whole of Germany from around 13 percent to approximately 45 percent.

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG consequently managed to achieve renewed growth in new orders in a market environment that continues to be challenging, and which remains characterised by a fall in the number of building permits issued. Despite the detectable uncertainty among the public precipitated by the current financial and economic crisis, the company's order situation remained robust in the fourth quarter of 2008. December, for example, was last year's strongest month in terms of sales.

FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTER GABRIEL VIEWS HELMA SOLAR HOUSE:
HELMA Eigenheimbau AG together with SOLVIS GmbH & Co. KG will be welcoming Federal Environmental Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) to its showhouse park in Lehrte on January 12, 2009. A special focus of Mr Gabriel's visit will be a viewing of the HELMA solar house with the aim of gaining a first-hand impression of this forward-looking house construction technique.
'It gives us particular pleasure that the HELMA solar house is now attracting attention at the level of national government,' were HELMA CEO Karl-Heinz Maerzke's words of comment on the environmental minister's visit. 'This underscores the great interest shown in all quarters in this innovative type of house, which will allow us to further strengthen our leading position in the area of energy-efficient construction techniques over coming years,' he went on to say.

NOTE CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF SALES FIGURES:

In order to enhance transparency, HELMA Eigenheimbau AG is publishing the number of units sold very shortly after the conclusion of the financial year ending December 31, 2008. It should be noted that cancellations of recently concluded sales agreements may occur up to the publication of the annual report in April 2009, consequently potentially giving rise to different sales figures compared with those contained in this announcement. The company estimates the potential deviation to be in a range of 10 to 20 units.

ABOUT HELMA EIGENHEIMBAU AG:

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG is a customer-oriented, full-service construction service provider. The company’s focus lies in the development, planning, sale, and construction management of turnkey or partly finished detached and semi-detached houses in solid construction or element solid construction. The tailored planning and individualisation that the company offers at no extra cost, as well as its in-depth expertise in the field of energy-efficient construction, are perceived by the market as a particularly 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: DE000A0EQ578) has been listed in the Entry Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 19 September 2006.


INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:

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


09.01.2009  Financial News transmitted by DGAP

 
Language:     English
Issuer:       HELMA Eigenheimbau AG
              Zum Meersefeld 4
              31275  Lehrte
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)5132/8850-0
Fax:          +49 (0)5132/8850-111
E-mail:       info@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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