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DGAP-News: VTG Aktiengesellschaft: VTG enters 2011 with confidence and expects positive development

VTG Aktiengesellschaft / Key word(s): Preliminary Results/Forecast
23.02.2011 / 07:30

- Revenue and EBITDA for 2010 much improved on previous year - Capacity utilization in Wagon Hire rises to 89.1 percent - Strong growth in logistics divisions 
- Strategic acquisitions enable growth in new market segments - Forecast for 2011: expected increase in revenue and EBITDA - Proposed dividend increase to EUR 0.33 

Hamburg, February 23, 2011. VTG Aktiengesellschaft (WKN: VTG999) today presented its preliminary, unaudited figures for 2010. According to these figures, group revenue rose by 8.2 percent from the previous year, to EUR 629.4 million. Operating profit (EBITDA) increased from the previous year by 3.4 percent, rising to EUR 154.4 million, achieving the higher end of management's previous forecast.

'2010 was a successful year for VTG, characterized by growth, internationalization and entry into new markets and market segments', comments Dr. Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft. 'We have again continued to expand our fleet through acquisitions, and capacity utilization of the wagons rose significantly', adds Fischer. The VTG Group successfully made use of the economic environment in 2010 not only for getting back on its path of growth but also for implementing innovative transport concepts and pressing ahead with its orientation towards more efficient processes.

Clear upward trend in all operational divisions
The level of capacity utilization provides clear evidence of the upswing in Wagon Hire. It was at its lowest as of March 31, at 87 percent, rising to 89.1 percent as of December 31, 2010. Along with increased utilization, important customer contracts were extended. The division strengthened itself with the purchase of 700 wagons from the Rexwal Group and 1,100 grain hopper wagons. The total revenue reported for Wagon Hire was EUR 283.6 million, 1.9 percent below the 2009 figure. The slight drop in revenue is largely due to the business activity of the Graaff wagon manufacturing plant. After a major external contract in 2009, Graaff went on in 2010 to produce a much larger number of wagons for VTG. Only the Graaff revenue from contracts from outside the Group is entered in our annual financial statements.

In Rail Logistics, intensive marketing and sales activity led to new customers. The purchase of the TMF Group enabled VTG to enter the market for transports of agricultural products as well as creating new potential for synergies with the Wagon Hire Division. VTG's international positioning benefits the division, 70 percent of whose transports are now cross-border. Revenue rose compared to the previous year by 12.2 percent, to EUR 201.4 million.

In 2010, Tank Container Logistics benefited from a high demand for transport services in all regions. It saw significant growth in its transport services business, primarily between Asia, Europe and North America as well as transports to Turkey and Russia. This resulted in an increase in revenue of 27.7 percent to EUR 144.5 million. However, the significant rise in demand also led to bottlenecks in transport capacities.
As of December 31, 2010, VTG had 999 employees worldwide, an increase of 36 from 2009. The increased number of staff is largely due to the takeover of the French rail logistics company TMF and the setting up of rail logistics branch offices in the Czech Republic and Serbia.

Further growth, greater capacity utilization, and benefits from acquisitions expected in 2011
With economic experts expecting moderate growth in the global economy in 2011, the VTG Group also anticipates an upward business trend in all three operational divisions. The Executive Board thus expects revenue of between EUR 720 and 760 million and EBITDA of between EUR 165 and 170 million. It is expected that both the acquisitions made in 2010 and a further increase in capacity utilization in Wagon Hire will contribute to this rise in revenue and EBITDA. The logistics divisions are also expected to continue on their path of growth.

The Executive Board intends to propose to the 2011 Annual General Meeting the payment of a dividend of EUR 0.33 for the financial year 2010. This is an increase of 10 percent and is in keeping with the VTG AG policy of reliable, continued payment of dividends.

About VTG:

VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe's leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies. The company has the largest private wagon fleet in Europe. Globally, the fleet consists of some 50,000 wagons, with a focus on tank cars and state-of-the-art high capacity freight cars and flat cars. In addition to the hiring of wagons, the Group offers global tank container transports and comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around rail transport.

With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Wagon Hire, Rail Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The Group has many years of experience and specific expertise, in particular in the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous well-known companies from almost every industrial sector, for example the chemical, petroleum, automotive, paper and agricultural industries.
In the financial year 2009, VTG generated revenue of EUR 581.5 million and operating profit (EBITDA) of EUR 149.4 million. Via its subsidiaries and affiliates the company, which has its head office in Hamburg, is mainly present in Europe, Asia and North America. As at 31 December 2009, VTG had 963 employees worldwide in consolidated companies. Since June 2007, VTG AG has been listed on the official Prime Standard market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and also on the SDAX (WKN: VTG999).

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