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Above-average increase in sales and profit – operating result more than doubles

2011-08-25

August 25, 2011

First Sensor AG (formerly Silicon Sensor International AG) was repeatedly able to record above-average results with publication of its half year report. Sales in the first six months of the current year increased by 41% compared to the first half of the previous year to EUR 27.2 million, even after a full year sales increase of 50% in 2010 compared to 2009. Operating result before taxes (EBIT) more than doubled to EUR 2.4 million (1.1 million in the previous year period). The result for the period rose by 151% to EUR 1.7 million. Earnings per share rose by 160% to 26 Cent (previous year period: 10 Cent).

The increase in the operating margin (EBIT) from 6% in the previous year period to 9% reflects the first effects of our investments in the scalability of our business model.

Besides, in the past weeks major increases in production volume and extension of contract periods of two bulk orders were announced. With its increase in size, First Sensor becomes more attractive to major customers. Moreover, the marketing of own products will start in the second half of the year.

The good results achieved in the in the first half of the year and the beginning success of our investments in scalability and growth confirm our short and mid-term forecast issued at the beginning of the year: the company continues to expect sales in the 2011 business year to exceed the EUR 50 million threshold and reach levels of between EUR 51 and 55 million, while the operating margin (EBIT margin) should amount to at least 10%. In the subsequent years, too, the strong growth in sales of 20% is expected to be maintained. In the long term, the realization of economies of scale from the investments we have made should give rise to a 15% increase in the operating margin (EBIT margin).

The full report will be published on August 25, 2011 at www.first-sensor.com.

Further information about the First Sensor Group can be found on our website
www.first-sensor.com or at 0049-30-639923-710.

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About First Sensor
First Sensor AG is a leading supplier of custom sensor solutions for highly sophisticated requirements addressing Life Science, Industrial, Mobility, Security and Aerospace markets. In 2010 First Sensor had € 45.2 million in sales, employing more than 400 people worldwide. Founded 1991 in Berlin, Germany, First Sensor AG has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 1999 [Prime Standard Ι WKN 720190 Ι ISIN DE0007201907 Ι SIS].

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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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