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Hawesko Holding AG: Hawesko Holding slightly exceeds expectations

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Hawesko Holding AG: Hawesko Holding slightly exceeds expectations

·    Sales in 2016 higher than anticipated
·    Management board expects adjusted EBIT of approximately € 29 million 
·    EBIT margin at a five-year high

Hamburg, 31 January 2017. Hawesko Holding AG (HAW, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) announced today that, based on preliminary figures, results for the last fiscal year (1.1. to 31.12.2016) were slightly higher than expected. Thorsten Hermelink, the chief executive officer of the Group, was satisfied with the business performance: “For 2016, we had expected only that sales would remain stable compared to the previous year, as some structural changes in the supplier portfolio had initially put pressure on sales development. However, thanks to the booming holiday business, we were able to compensate fast and well for these effects.” Hermelink added, “With regard to the adjusted operating result (EBIT), we assume that we will reach the upper end of our expected range. We have not only slightly surpassed our financial targets, but have also made progress strategically: We achieved our goals for the digitalisation of the Hawesko Group in 2016 and prepared sustainable growth initiatives, including the acquisition of an online marketplace and the expansion of our fine wine business. Thus we’ve created good conditions to grow more strongly in 2017. Although the growth initiatives will require investment initially, we expect EBIT in 2017 to improve compared to the adjusted EBIT in 2016.”

Consolidated sales in 2016 rose slightly from € 476.8 million in the previous year to € 480.9 million, corresponding to an increase of 0.9%. Excluding the online marketplace WirWinzer (wirwinzer.de), which was consolidated as of 1 October 2016, consolidated sales rose by 0.5%, and were thus slightly higher than the expectations of the management board. According to preliminary calculations, the result from operations (EBIT) of the Hawesko Group on an adjusted basis will be in the range of € 29 million (previous year, adjusted: € 26.9 million). In this regard as well, the upper end of the management board’s target range was reached. In both years, the figure is adjusted for non-recurring amounts resulting from personnel-related matters; unadjusted reported group EBIT for 2016 is expected to be on the order of € 30 million (previous year: € 20.1 million). An adjusted EBIT margin of 6% is expected – the highest figure since 2011.

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Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and champagnes. In fiscal year 2015, the Group achieved sales of € 477 million and employed 933 persons in the company’s three sales channels: specialty retail (Jacques’ Wein-Depot), wholesale operations/distribution (Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft) and distance selling (especially Hawesko.de and Vinos.de). The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the prime standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The complete 2016 annual report and accounts will be presented at the annual press conference on 20 April 2017.

Publisher:
Hawesko Holding AG
Elbkaihaus
Grosse Elbstrasse 145d
22767 Hamburg

Internet: 

hawesko-holding.com (Company information)
hawesko.de (online shop)
jacques.de (Jacques’ Wein-Depot information and online shop)
vinos.de (Spanish wines sold through Wein & Vinos)
wirwinzer.de (German wines directly from producers)

Investor Relations and Press Contact:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Phone: +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00
Fax +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05
E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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Hawesko Holding AG: Hawesko Group strengthens positioning in fine wine segment with ultra-premium specialist WeinArt

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Hawesko Holding AG: Hawesko Group strengthens positioning in fine wine segment with ultra-premium specialist WeinArt

Hamburg, 12 January 2017. The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) acquired a 51% interest in WeinArt Handelsgesellschaft mbH in Geisenheim as of 1 January 2017. WeinArt specialises in ultra-premium wines, particularly French vintages from the Bordeaux and Burgundy appellations. Moreover, WeinArt holds a 75% interest in the Rüdesheim-based Grand Cru Select Weinhandelsgesellschaft mbH, which sells exclusive wines from the Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne regions as a wholesaler.

Sales figures for the two companies are in the low double-digit million euro range. The business development is expected to be stable in the coming years. The sellers are Tocos Beteiligung GmbH – the majority shareholder of Hawesko Holding AG – and WeinArt‘s managing director Nedjelko Mrcela. He will retain a 49% interest in the company.

Both Nedjelko Mrcela as well as Thomas Haenle, who is managing partner of Grand Cru Select, will continue to support the companies with their expertise and competence as managing directors. Nedjelko Mrcela said, “The Hawesko Group’s majority interest in WeinArt is the right step at the right time, as the pooling of competences in the ultra-premium segment provides us with even greater opportunities for further sustainable development.” Thomas Haenle added: “To be sure: our relationships with customers and producers will not change and we will maintain continuity.”

Regarding the potential of the acquisition, Thorsten Hermelink, CEO of Hawesko Holding AG, commented, “With the interest in WeinArt and thus in Grand Cru Select as well, we are adding an important component – in accordance with our long-term strategy – to our expertise in fine wine in both the B2B and B2C segments. The individuality and character of both companies, especially with respect to relationships with customers and producers, will be maintained. Both WeinArt and Grand Cru Select as well as our existing B2B and retail brands will benefit from joining together. At the same time, we are strengthening our positioning of the Hawesko Group as the No. 1 in premium wines.”

Additional information as well as the online shop of WeinArt at weinart.de.

Publisher:

Hawesko Holding AG

Elbkaihaus

22767 Hamburg

Investor Relations and Press Contact:

Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG

Phone: +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00

Fax +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05

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Hawesko appoints two new members to management board

Hawesko appoints two new members to management board

Hamburg, 6 January 2015. Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) announces that Alexander Borwitzky and Nikolas von Haugwitz have been appointed to the management board effective 1 January 2015. Mr. Borwitzky succeeds Bernd Hoolmans, who retired at the end of 2014.

Mr. Borwitzky will be responsible primarily for the stationary specialist wine retail segment.
Mr. von Haugwitz will represent the mail order segment on the management board in the future. The composition of the management board reflects a long-standing decision of the supervisory board that each of the three business segments should be represented in the corporate management board. Consequently, this body now consists of five members. The other members are, as before, chief executive officer Alexander Margaritoff, chief financial officer Ulrich Zimmermann and Bernd G. Siebdrat, who is responsible for the wholesale segment.

Alexander Borwitzky, born 1968, completed his MBA at Nottingham University Business School in 1992. He has been the head of Marketing, Sales and IT at Jacques’ Wein-Depot since January 2013. Prior to that, he held various management positions in international retail groups over the past 20 years.

Nikolas von Haugwitz, also born 1968, completed his degree in economics at the Free Univerisity of Berlin in 1968. Since 2003 he has held management positions at Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor HAWESKO GmbH, and since 2008 he has been Managing Director for marketing und purchasing. He is also Managing Director of Carl Tesdorpf GmbH.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and champagnes. In fiscal year 2013, the Group achieved sales of € 465 million and employed 925 persons in the company’s three sales channels: specialty retail (Jacques’ Wein-Depot), wholesale operations (Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft) and mail order (especially Hanseatisches Wein- and Sekt-Kontor and Wein & Vinos). The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the Prime Standard Segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Publisher:
Hawesko Holding AG, 20247 Hamburg
Internet:
https://www.hawesko-holding.com (Company information)
https://www.hawesko.de          (Online shop)
https://www.jacques.de          (Jacques’ Wein-Depot locations and online shop)
https://www.vinos.de        (Spanish wines sold through Wein & Vinos)

Press/Media Contact and Investor Relations:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Phone: +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00
Fax +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05
E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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Hawesko Holding AG: Clarification of the deadline for accepting Tocos’ tender offer

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Hawesko Holding AG: Clarification of the deadline for accepting Tocos’ tender offer

Hamburg, 30 December 2014 – By the act of convening an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708), the deadline for accepting the tender offer of Tocos Beteiligung GmbH has been extended  to midnight of 30 January 2015 local time in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It does not end on 29 January 2015 as was reported in various publications.
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Publisher:
Hawesko Holding AG, 20247 Hamburg

Internet:
https://www.hawesko-holding.com

Press/Media Contact and Investor Relations:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Phone: +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00
Fax +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05
E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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Hawesko Holding invites shareholders to an extraordinary general meeting

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Hawesko Holding invites shareholders to an extraordinary general meeting

Hamburg, 19 December 2014 – In view of the takeover offer of Tocos Beteiligung GmbH, the management board of Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) is inviting the shareholders of the company to an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting. It will take place on 26 January 2015 at 11:00 at Stage Operettenhaus, Spielbudenplatz 1, 20359 Hamburg.

Tocos Beteiligung GmbH is offering to buy the shares of each shareholder at a price of EUR 40.00 per share. The management board and supervisory board of Hawesko Holding designated this offer as financially inadequate in separately reasoned opinions and recommended that the shareholders refrain from submitting their shares for sale.

At the general meeting the shareholders will have the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about all important aspects of the offer as well as the latest developments in conjunction with the offer and to discuss these. This includes the appropriateness of the offer price, the intended reduction of the dividend and the future orientation of business operations and strategy as well as the plan for generational change in the management board and its effect on the company. The management of the company will naturally be available to the shareholders to answer questions on all of these aspects. No formal resolutions on these matters will be made at the extraordinary general meeting.
‘We want to ensure that our shareholders have plenty of time to think their decisions through thoroughly. In addition, the principles of good management require that we offer shareholders a platform for the exchange of opinions and discussion, so that they can make a decision based on the best information available as whether to accept or to reject the offer from Tocos,’ said Ulrich Zimmermann, CFO of Hawesko Holding.

The convening of the extraordinary general meeting will extend the acceptance period for the takeover offer presumably until 29 January 2015.

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Publisher:

Hawesko Holding AG, 20247 Hamburg

Internet:

https://www.hawesko-holding.com

Press/Media Contact and Investor Relations:

Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG

Phone: +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00

Fax +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05

E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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Hawesko increases dividend to € 1.65 per share

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Hawesko increases dividend to € 1.65 per share

– Tenth consecutive rise in the ordinary dividend

– Final figures slightly higher than the preliminary announcement

Hamburg, 22 March 2013.  The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) expects to increase the dividend to € 1.65 per share for fiscal year 2012 (previous year: € 1.60). At its meeting yesterday, the supervisory board of the company approved the corresponding dividend proposal of the management board, on which the annual general meeting will vote on 17 June 2013. With the proposed rise, the ordinary dividend will be raised for the tenth consecutive year since 2002. A total of € 14.8 million will be paid out to the shareholders (previous year: € 14.4 million). 

Furthermore, the supervisory board reviewed, discussed and ratified the annual and consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2012; the annual financial statements were approved. As previously announced, Group sales in 2012 (1 January to 31 December) rose by 9.0% to € 448.6 million (previous year: € 411.4 million).  The final consolidated financial statement shows a result from operations (EBIT) of € 26.1 million (previous year: € 26.8 million).  Consolidated net income after deductions for taxes and non-controlling interests amounted to € 22.5 million and € 2.51 per share in 2012; adjusted for the non-recurring positive effects in the financial result, € 17.9 million and € 1.99 per share (previous year: € 17.9 million and € 1.99 per share). The free cash flow (cash flow from ongoing business activities minus investments and interest paid out) amounted to € -8.6 million after the acquisition of the majority interest in Wein & Vinos; adjusted for this extraordinary item it amounted to € 11.1 million and € 1.23 per share.  In the previous year it reached a level of € 12.3 million and € 1.37 per share.

The management board will present details of the results of fiscal year 2012 as well as the business performance in the first three months of the current fiscal year 2013 at the annual press conference of Hawesko Holding AG on 7 May 2013.

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and champagnes. In fiscal year 2012, the Group achieved sales of € 449 million and employed 847 persons in the company’s three sales channels: specialty retail (Jacques’ Wein-Depot), wholesale operations(Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft) and mail order (especially Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor and Wein & Vinos). The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the SDAX small-cap index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Hawesko reports preliminary figures

Hawesko reports preliminary figures

(January 24, 2013)

– Sales in 2012 up by 9% to € 449 million

– EBIT expected at approx. € 25.9 million (prev. year € 26.7 million)

– 2013: Continuing growth

Hamburg, 24 January 2013.  The wine trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) published its preliminary results for the fiscal year just completed (1 January-31 December 2012) today. Consolidated sales (before taxes) rose by 9.0% to € 448.6 million (2011: € 411.4 million).  The mail order segment grew by a particularly strong 34.4% – due primarily to the initial consolidation of the Spanish wine specialists Wein & Vinos. The specialist retail segment (Jacques’ Wein-Depot) also increased sales by 3.8% (2.4% on a like-for-like basis). As expected, the wholesale segment posted a decline in sales for the year (-2.6%) due to the stagnant demand for premium Bordeaux wines in the Far East and the resulting impact on the Bordeaux-based subsidiary Château Classic.

Consolidated sales in Germany accounted for 89% (previous year: 86%) of total sales, increasing by 12.9% in absolute terms over the previous year.  In contrast, the wine market in Germany grew in terms of value by only 1.2% in 2012, according to information of the German Wine Institute (DWI). Thus Hawesko once again increased its share of the market.

According to preliminary calculations, the consolidated operating result (EBIT) of the Hawesko Group is in the range of € 25.9 million (previous year: € 26.7 million). The financial result is expected to be income of € 2.4 million (previous year: expenditure of € 0.5 million), resulting primarily from the revaluation of a financial liability in accordance with IAS 39. This procedure will also influence the tax rate: instead of the previously expected level of 31%, a rate of 27% is now anticipated. Consequently, consolidated earnings after deductions for taxes and non-controlling interests are currently expected to be in the range of € 20.3 million and approximately € 2.26 per share. This is above the level of the corresponding period in the previous year (€ 17.9 million and € 1.99 per share). Hawesko’s consolidated financial statements will be audited in March 2013 and submitted to the supervisory board for review.

Previously, the Hawesko management board had anticipated an increase in sales of approximately 10% and a consolidated EBIT on the order of € 28.5 million. The lower figures were due to an atypical course of the holiday season: the extremely late placement of orders in the mail order segment meant that sales were only partially realized. At the same time, the efforts to catch up in time for the holidays involved additional expenses.

For 2013, the management board anticipates further increases in sales and EBIT compared to 2012. Alexander Margaritoff, CEO: ‘In the current fiscal year 2013 we will continue working on the new concepts for our online business in the mail order segment and advancing the integration of our on-and offline business in the specialist retail segment. In the wholesale segment we are expanding our foreign operations with a recently completed complementary acquisition in western Switzerland. These and other initiatives will enable us to consistently pursue the continuation of profitable and sustainable growth.’

Hawesko Holding AG is a leading supplier of premium wines and champagnes. In fiscal year 2011, the Group achieved sales of € 411 million and employed 750 persons in the company’s three sales channels: specialty retail (Jacques’ Wein-Depot), wholesale operations (Wein Wolf and CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft) and mail order (especially Hanseatisches Wein- and Sekt-Kontor). The shares of Hawesko Holding AG are listed on the Hanseatic Stock Exchange in Hamburg as well as in the SDAX small-cap index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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AD-HOC Hawesko : Temporary earnings weakness in 3rd quarter

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AD-HOC Hawesko : Temporary earnings weakness in 3rd quarter

(October 30, 2012)

– No recovery in premium older-vintage Bordeaux wines
– Higher investments in business expansion
– Full-year forecast still positive

Hamburg, 30 October 2012. The wine merchant and trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) announces today on the basis of preliminary numbers for the third quarter that it expects EBIT to be € 1.9 million for the period July to September 2012, thus falling below the previous year’s figure of € 3.6 million. The main reason for the drop in earnings is the continued weak demand worldwide for premium Bordeaux wines, especially in the Far East, and its effect on business at the subsidiary Château Classic. Beyond this, investments in business expansion have been boosted – above all with regard to a re-alignment of products and offerings as part of focusing Carl Tesdorpf – Weinhandel zu Lübeck strategically on even higher-quality wines and rarities, and to expansion generally of e-commerce activities. According to preliminary calculations, earnings development of the other subsidiaries will not suffice to compensate the profit-reducing effects in the third-quarter.  Group EBIT for the nine-month period is nevertheless expected to be € 13.9 million, nearly 2 % above the previous year (€ 13.7 million). A detailed analysis as well as the complete interim accounts to 30 September 2012 will be published in the upcoming nine-month interim report on 6 November 2012.

From the standpoint of the Hawesko Management Board there is only a slight change in full-year 2012 targets due to the earnings weakness in this quarter: The Board expects a sales increase of approximately 10 % against the previous year (€ 411 million). Regarding the EBIT margin, the Board now assumes that the previous year’s figure (6.5 %) will not be surpassed. According to Board’s current estimate, group EBIT is expected on the order of € 28.5 million (previous year: € 26.7 million), whereby a normal course of business is assumed for the important pre-Christmas trading period in the fourth quarter.

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Hawesko Holding AG
20247 Hamburg

Investor Relations:
Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG
Telephone (+49 40) 30 39 21 00
Fax (+49 40) 30 39 21 05
E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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Hawesko: Successfully integrated acquisition boosts Group growth

Hawesko: Successfully integrated acquisition boosts Group growth

(November 06, 2012)

Hamburg, 6 November 2012. Today the wine-trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) published its report on the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as well as the figures for the third quarter.  During the quarterly period from 1 July to 30 September the Group increased its sales compared to the same quarter in the previous year (€ 88.1 million) by 5% to € 92.3 million before VAT. The increase came primarily from the mail order segment, where the initial consolidation of the Spanish wine specialist Wein & Vinos resulted in a sales increase of 33%. In the specialist wine-shop retail segment (Jacques’ Wein-Depot), sales rose by 1%. In contrast, the wholesale segment posted a decline in sales due to the significantly lower global demand for older Bordeaux vintages. This development, originating primarily in East Asia, affected mainly the subsidiary Château Classic: Despite increases in Switzerland and stable figures in Germany, sales in this segment declined by 8% compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The consolidated operating result (EBIT) declined to € 1.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 (previous year: € 3.6 million). This was due to the drop in sales at Château Classic as well as increased investments in the expansion of operations, e.g. in conjunction with the strategic reorientation of Carl Tesdorpf – Weinhandel zu Lübeck and the general expansion of e-commerce activities.  Consolidated net income after deductions for taxes and non-controlling interests for the quarter amounted to € 1.2 million and € 0.13 per share (same quarter in the previous year: € 2.3 million and € 0.25 per share).

During the first nine months (January to September) of 2012 sales of the Hawesko Group rose by 10% compared to the previous year (€ 276.1 million) to € 304.7 million. The operating result (EBIT) of Hawesko Holding AG for the first nine months amounted to € 13.9 million, thus rising by 2% over the equivalent period of the previous year. Consolidated earnings after deductions for taxes and non-controlling interests amounted to € 8.8 million and € 0.98 per share, remaining roughly at the previous year’s level of € 8.9 million and € 0.99 per share.

The demand for premium Bordeaux wines of the pre-2009 vintages remains very quiet around the globe, and there are no signs that this market will recover any time soon. That has an impact particularly on the outlook for our Bordeaux-based subsidiary Château Classic, which achieved sales of just under € 27 million in fiscal year 2011. Based on its current estimate, the management board expects that sales at Château Classic will not exceed € 10 million in 2012. For the rest of the Group, the main sales territory is Germany, where the general economic and business conditions are still classified as good. This assessment also applies to the sales territories of Sweden and Switzerland.

The forecast of the Hawesko management board for fiscal year 2012 has changed only slightly compared to the situation described in the 2011 annual report: it expects an increase in Group sales by 10% compared to the previous year (€ 411 million). The EBIT margin is not expected to exceed the figure of the previous year (6.5%). According to the current assessment of the management board, consolidated EBIT on the order of € 28.5 million (compared to € 26.7 million in the previous year) is expected, assuming normal development of the important pre-Christmas holiday business in the fourth quarter. After deduction of the outpayment for the acquisition of Wein & Vinos, free cash flow in the magnitude of € 2-4 million for 2012 is expected.

CEO Alexander Margaritoff:  ‘Our originally higher expectations for sales and results of the nine-month period were not fulfilled, above all due to the persistently weak demand for Bordeaux wines of older vintages. However, we reaffirm our positive assumptions for the other parts of the Group. We are now focusing fully on the most important season of the year and aiming for further increases in sales and profit in 2013.’



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The third-quarter financial report to 30 September 2012 is available at https://www.hawesko-holding.com, ‘Investor Relations’ –> ‘Financial Info’ –> ‘Financial Reports’.

Publisher:

Hawesko Holding AG

20247 Hamburg

Internet:
https://www.hawesko-holding.com (Company information)
https://www.hawesko.de (Online shop in German)
https://www.vinos.de (Wein & Vinos selection of Spanish wines in German)
https://www.jacques.de (Jacques’ Wein-Depot: Information and online shop in German)
https://www.chateauclassic.com (Online shop with outstanding Bordeaux wines of older vintages)
https://www.ninetyninebottles.de (Online shop: The perfect wine for every occasion – in German)
https://www.weinlet.de (Online shop: The outlet site for wine fans – in German)



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Phone: +49 (0)228 4496 406    

Fax:     +49 (0)228 4496 9406    

E-mail: vmb(at)veramariabau-pr.de   

Investor Relations:

Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG

Phone:  +49 (0)40 30 39 21 00

Fax:      +49 (0)40 30 39 21 05

E-mail: ir(at)hawesko-holding.com

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AD-HOC Hawesko : Temporary earnings weakness in 3rd quarter

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AD-HOC Hawesko : Temporary earnings weakness in 3rd quarter

(October 30, 2012)

– No recovery in premium older-vintage Bordeaux wines

– Higher investments in business expansion

– Full-year forecast still positive

Hamburg, 30 October 2012. The wine merchant and trading group Hawesko Holding AG (HAW GR, HAWG.DE, DE0006042708) announces today on the basis of preliminary numbers for the third quarter that it expects EBIT to be € 1.9 million for the period July to September 2012, thus falling below the previous year’s figure of € 3.6 million. The main reason for the drop in earnings is the continued weak demand worldwide for premium Bordeaux wines, especially in the Far East, and its effect on business at the subsidiary Château Classic. Beyond this, investments in business expansion have been boosted – above all with regard to a re-alignment of products and offerings as part of focusing Carl Tesdorpf – Weinhandel zu Lübeck strategically on even higher-quality wines and rarities, and to expansion generally of e-commerce activities. According to preliminary calculations, earnings development of the other subsidiaries will not suffice to compensate the profit-reducing effects in the third-quarter.  Group EBIT for the nine-month period is nevertheless expected to be € 13.9 million, nearly 2 % above the previous year (€ 13.7 million). A detailed analysis as well as the complete interim accounts to 30 September 2012 will be published in the upcoming nine-month interim report on 6 November 2012.

From the standpoint of the Hawesko Management Board there is only a slight change in full-year 2012 targets due to the earnings weakness in this quarter: The Board expects a sales increase of approximately 10 % against the previous year (€ 411 million). Regarding the EBIT margin, the Board now assumes that the previous year’s figure (6.5 %) will not be surpassed. According to Board’s current estimate, group EBIT is expected on the order of € 28.5 million (previous year: € 26.7 million), whereby a normal course of business is assumed for the important pre-Christmas trading period in the fourth quarter.

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Published by:

Hawesko Holding AG

20247 Hamburg

Investor Relations:

Thomas Hutchinson, Hawesko Holding AG

Telephone (+49 40) 30 39 21 00

Fax (+49 40) 30 39 21 05

E-mail: ir@hawesko-holding.com

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