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50% increase in sales in 2010 – return to sustainable profitable growth path

2011-02-24

Silicon Sensor accelerates growth: sales over €45 million – EBIT €3.5 million

According to preliminary figures, Silicon Sensor's sales reached €45.2 million in the last financial year. A good fourth quarter contributed to the company once again clearly surpassing the forecast for 2010, which had already been revised upward twice. Compared to the same period of the previous year, this corresponds to growth of 50%. Silicon Sensor's portfolio and positioning as an integrated industrial company for the development and production of high- quality sensor solutions along the entire value chain was particularly valued by existing customers. The operating result before interest and taxes (EBIT) is expected to be €3.5 million, in contrast to the loss totaling €1.1 million during the crisis year of 2009. The annual surplus amounts to minimum €2.0 million (previous year: -€1.7 million), which results in earnings per share of minimum €0.30 (previous year -€0.36). Five positive quarters in succession emphasize that Silicon Sensor has finally processed the effects of the worldwide financial crisis and accelerated the growth trend. This is underlined by the increase of 40% in orders at hand to €21.2 million as per 12/31/2010 compared with the previous year's closing date.

Liquid funds of €14 million ensure future growth financing and equity of €38 million (equity rate of 57%) forms a very solid basis for business. The effects of investments made in the past two years into expanding production efficiency, research and development expertise, reinforcing our technologically sound sales department as well streamlining measures within the organization are increasingly becoming noticeable. Business scalability is expected to increase further within the next years and be further extended by merging production processes and centralization.

All figures correspond to the current status of finalization processes and may have changed by the publication date of final figures.
The final results and complete business report will be published on March 30th at www.silicon- sensor.de/ir.php. For more information on the company, please visit com or call us on: +49 30 639923-710.

Silicon Sensor International AG
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First Sensor is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of sensor systems. In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Our goal here is to identify, meet and solve the challenges of the future with our innovative sensor solutions early on.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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Innovation, excellence, proximity – these are our values, our ambition, our drive. Anything less is not an option. Our sensor solutions stand for technical innovation and economic growth. As such, they form the basis for the development and application of new technologies in almost all areas of life. We aim to shape this future together with you.

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