Fielmann: Press releases

Interim report as at 30 September 2012

1st - 3rd quarter: unit sales and revenue increase by 5 per cent
3rd quarter 2012: profit up on previous year
Training: all national and federal state winners

Our expectations for the first nine months of 2012 have been met. With its consumer-friendly services, glasses at a reasonable price and comprehensive guarantees, Fielmann expanded its market shares.

While the rest of the optical industry suffered a decline in unit sales of -3% in the first nine months of the year, Fielmann was able to increase its unit sales by 4.8% to 5.2 million pairs of glasses. External sales including VAT rose by 5.1% to € 978.8 million (previous year: € 930.9 million) and consolidated sales by 5.1% to € 836.6 million (previous year: € 795.8 million). The pre-tax profit grew to € 143.5 million (previous year: € 140.1 million) and profit after tax to € 102.0 million (previous year: € 101.3 million).

In the third quarter, Fielmann increased unit sales to 1.8 million pairs of glasses (previous year: 1.7 million), generated external sales of € 331.6 million (previous year: € 315.5 million) and consolidated sales of € 285.6 million (previous year: € 272.1 million). Fielmann increased its pre-tax quarterly profit to € 54.4 million (previous year: € 53.7 million) and its profit after tax to € 38.4 million (previous year: € 38.9 million).

As at the end of the third quarter, Fielmann employed 14,911 members of staff, of which 2,819 are trainees. With a 5% share of specialist optical stores, Fielmann accounts for 36% of all trainees in the optical industry in Germany. Our trainees are the qualified specialists of tomorrow. The high standard of our training is confirmed by national awards. In 2012, Fielmann again accounted for all national and federal state winners in the training competition of the German optical craftsmen’s trade.

We see growth opportunities in many areas: expansion, larger stores, hearing aids and contact lenses as well as varifocals and prescription sunglasses. For 2012, Fielmann is anticipating a further gain in market shares. The first nine months of the current financial year support our optimism here.

Hamburg, November 2012

Fielmann Aktiengesellschaft
The Management Board

For more information, contact:
Dr. Matthias Branahl, Head of Press and Public Relations, tel.:+49 (0)40 270 76 - 457
Ulrich Brockmann, Head of Investor Relations, tel.: +49 (0)40 270 76 - 442

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