SOURCE: EUROTECH S.p.A

March 16, 2010 04:42 ET

EUROTECH S.p.A : THE BOARD APPROVES THE DRAFT STATUTORY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR 2009

AMARO, ITALY--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - Positive EBITDA and percentage decrease in sales limited to a single-digit



- Consolidated revenues: from EUR 91.73 million to EUR 83.53 million, - 8.9%,

- Consolidated gross profit: From EUR 50.41 million to EUR 42.97 million

- Consolidated EBITDA: From EUR 5.92 million to EUR 1.29 million

- Consolidated EBIT: From EUR -13.52 million to EUR -6.63 million

- Consolidated pre-tax profit (loss): from EUR -15.68 million to EUR -8.99 million

- Group net profit (loss): from EUR -12.71 million to EUR -9.60 million

- Net financial debt: EUR 10.11 million

- Group shareholders' equity equal to EUR 116.90 million

- Eurotech S.p.A. net profit (loss): from EUR -12.00 million to EUR -9.22 million

The Board of Directors of Eurotech S.p.A has today examined and approved the draft Statutory Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements at 31 December 2009, and these will be presented to the Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting.

Group consolidated revenues were EUR 83.53 million, compared to EUR 91.73 million in 2008. The decrease of 8.9% is wholly attributable to the global economic crisis that has had an impact throughout 2009 through a reduction in orders. The global macroeconomic situation has impacted most of all on the Japan region, where the falls in Group revenues have been concentrated, and partially on the European region.

Gross profit amounted to EUR 42.97 million and remained in line with management forecasts throughout the whole of 2009, recording 51.4% on sales. This is lower than 55.0% of 2008 but is, however, above the 50% that is the target level for the Eurotech business model. This fluctuation in gross profit reflects the business trend for the Group in terms of product mix and is, in particular, influenced by the significant fall in sales revenues, and the consequent contribution to consolidated profits, of the Japanese region, that has historically shown high profit margins.

During the 2009 financial year operating costs, gross of related adjustments for internal increases, were reduced by EUR 2.74 million, equivalent to 5.7%, decreasing from EUR 48.11 million in 2008 to EUR 45.37 million in 2009. During 2009 the Group executed a strategy for containing fixed costs, for rationalising existing resources and for proceeding in the identification and activation of synergies between the various subsidiaries. The flexibility of some units made it possible to contain the impact of prevalently fixed costs in the year, in which - due to the causes outlined above - the level of revenues was lower than that feasible with the Group's current organisation, which is properly scaled to support future growth.

The policy of cautious cost reduction has also made it possible to achieve a positive EBITDA of EUR 1.29 million, compared to EUR 5.92 million in 2008.

The ratio of EBITDA to revenues fell from 6.5% in 2008 to 1.5% in 2009. This trend can be attributed mainly to a reduced contribution from gross profit following lower sales revenues, and to a lesser extent to some provisions made to cover potential bad debts regarding various customers.

EBIT for the financial year 2009 showed an improvement on 2008, moving from EUR -13.52 million to EUR -6.63 million. 2008 EBIT was significantly impacted by the non-recurring and non-monetary effects of the write-off of the ADS and Arcom brands by a total amount of EUR 10.77 million.

The pre-tax loss was EUR 8.99 million (vs. a loss of EUR 15.68 million in 2008). This performance, apart from being influenced by the factors explained above, was also affected by exchange rate fluctuations, as well as by the trend for net financial position. A significant impact on financial management derived from the effects of accounting for and assessing foreign currency liability, already recorded since December 2007. This regarded the valuation of a put option for the acquisition of a further 25% of the shares of Advanet Inc. and involved financial charges of EUR 937 thousand. The impact on results before taxes deriving from "price allocation" and charges relating to the put option was EUR 3.99 million in 2009 and EUR 18.59 million in 2008.

Financial year 2009 recorded a net loss for the Group of EUR -9.60 million vs. EUR -12.71 million the previous year. Eliminating the non-monetary effects of "price allocation" and, unique to 2008, of the write-downs and non-recurring costs incurred in that year, the loss would amount to EUR - 6.99 million (EUR -0.38 million in 2008).

The Group, as at 31 December 2009, showed net financial debt of EUR 10.11 million compared to a positive net financial position of EUR 0.57 million at the end of 2008. This trend reflects, apart from the use of funds to manage the business, two main factors: on the one hand an increase in the put option liability following an improved performance of the Japanese subsidiary in terms of EBITDA than that forecast, and on the other a much more marked concentration of 2009 sales revenues in the month of December than had been shown by the Group in the past.

Group shareholders' equity amounted to EUR 116.90 million (2008: EUR 134.06 million) and, taking minority interests into consideration, consolidated shareholders' equity is EUR 120.07 million (2008: EUR 137.47 million).

Statutory Financial Statements of the Eurotech S.p.A. Parent Company

Revenues amounted to EUR 9.13 million, vs. EUR 9.99 million in 2008. The net profit (loss) was EUR -9.22 million, vs. EUR -12.00 million in 2008.

Shareholders' Equity at 31 December 2009 was EUR 108.12 million, vs. EUR 117.45 million in 2008. The Parent company recorded a positive net financial position of EUR 1.92 million vs. EUR 12.16 million at the end of 2008.

Proposal to the Shareholders' Meeting for own shares buyback

The Board of Directors also decided to submit a proposal for approval to the Shareholders' Meeting to authorize purchase and disposal of the Company's own shares. This request for authorization aims to enable the Board possibly to use treasury shares, in compliance with current regulations, for the purposes contemplated by market practice concerning share buyback to create a so-called "securities inventory", as allowed by the CONSOB (Italian securities & exchange commission), pursuant to Article 180, paragraph 1, letter c), of Italian Legislative Decree 58/1998, with its resolution no. 16839 of 19 March 2009 and thus (i) for the purposes of possible use of the shares as payment in extraordinary operations, also involving equity swaps with other parties as part of deals in the Company's interest, or (ii) for the purposes of using any such treasury shares to service programmes for distribution, with or without consideration, of stock options or shares to directors, employees and outside staff of the Company, or of the latter's subsidiaries, as well as for bonus stock grant programmes for shareholders.

Authorization is requested for the purchase, also in several tranches, of ordinary shares up to a maximum amount not exceeding, in total, the maximum limit established by the regulations applicable at any given time and for a period of 18 (eighteen) months, as from the date of the Ordinary General Shareholder Meeting resolution. Authorisation for disposal of treasury shares is requested without any time limits.

The Board of Directors also proposes that own shares buybacks be performed observing the operating conditions established for the market practice mentioned above, meaning that the limits and restrictions referred to in such practice are also applicable, in particular those concerning the price of purchase proposals and volume of trades. In addition, the Board proposes that, in any case, the unit amount be not more than 15% lower and not more than 15% higher than the official price recorded for Eurotech stock on the market trading day preceding each single purchase transaction or, if purchases are made by means of a public tender or exchange offer, the amount be not more than 15% lower and not more than 15% higher than the official price recorded for Eurotech stock on the market trading day preceding announcement to the public.

It is further specified that, at present, the Company owns 420,140 treasury shares, accounting for 1.1830% of share capital, whereas Eurotech's subsidiaries do not own Company shares.

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The Board also approved the Corporate Governance Report, which also contains information of ownership status as required by Article 123-bis of the Italian Consolidated Finance Act. The Report will be published according to the timing and procedures established by current regulations.

Pursuant to Article 154-bis, Paragraph 2, of the Italian Consolidated Finance Act (Legislative Decree 58/1998), the Financial Reporting Manager of Eurotech SpA, Sandro Barazza, herewith declares that the financial disclosure contained in this press release corresponds to documentary evidence, corporate books, and accounting records.

Pursuant to Article 2.2.3, Paragraph 3 (a) of the Regulations for Markets Organised and Managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., the Company avails itself of the option not to publish the report relating to the fourth quarter of the financial year 2009, having made public the draft Statutory Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements within 75 days of the closure of the financial year 2009.

This document has been translated into English for the convenience of readers outside Italy. The original Italian document should be considered the authoritative version.

ABOUT EUROTECH

Eurotech (ETH.MI) is a global company based in Italy and with offices and subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. The Eurotech group develops and markets miniaturised computers for special uses (NanoPCs) and computers featuring superior computing capacity (HPCs - High-Performance Computers). With these two product categories, Eurotech aims to become a leader in the implementation of the pervasive computing infrastructure commonly known as Cloud or Grid, capable of enabling an entire range of value-added services and functions in the transport, defence, industrial, medical and scientific-research sectors.

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Andrea Barbaro

Tel. 0433-485411

e-mail: andrea.barbaro@eurotech.com

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Cristiana della Zonca

Tel. 0433-485411

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53, Davies Street - London W1 K5JH

Tel.: +44 (0)20 71526425

e-mail: G.Sanfelice@barabino.co.uk

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