A new dimension following the acquisition of Pure World. Q3 Sales: +84.1% in constant dollars. Half-yearly net income up 19.4%

10/17/2005
  30/06/2005 30/06/04*  
In EUR millions IFRS IFRS Change
Sales in constant dollars 19.27 17.50 +10.1%
Sales 18.7 17.50 +6.9%
Operating income 2.22 2.48 -10.5%
as a % of sales 11.9% 14.2%  
Consolidated net income 1.60 1.34 +19.4%
as a % of sales 8.6% 7.7%  
Group net income 1.55 1.23 +24.0%
*2004 figures restated in accordance with IFRS standards.

Sharp increase in net income and groundwork for the integration of Pure World

Sales for the first half of the year for Naturex totaled EUR 18.7 million in line with Group targets.
 Accordingly, growth stood at +10.1% in constant dollars, bolstered by the company's activities in both the Americas (+14.4%) and Europe (+17.0% excluding toll extraction) and as much in terms of food and flavor industry sales (+9.4%) as sales in nutraceutics (+15.9%).
 Operating income came in at EUR 2.22 million, down 10.5% on the first half of 2004. Indeed, while Naturex has implemented the necessary structural measures to facilitate the smooth integration of Pure World, its activities have yet to be integrated within the Group's accounts.
 Net income stood at EUR 1.55 million, representing 8.6% of sales and a 19.4% increase on H1 2004.

Q3 sales (EUR 16 million, i.e. +84.1% in constant dollars) are the first to reflect the Group's new dimension.

In EUR millions In current dollars In constant dollars
IFRS standards 2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change
First quarter 8.3 7.7 +8.2% 8.7 7.7 +12.5%
Second quarter 10.4 9.8 +5.7% 10.6 9.8 +8.3%
Third quarter* 15.9 8.7 +83.5% 16.0 8.7 +84.1%
9 months 34.6 26.2 +32.3% 35.3 26.2 +34.7%
Dollar rate 1.272 1.237   1.237 1.237  
*Pure World sales are integrated within the accounts as of July 1, 2005.

Over the first nine months of the year, sales for Naturex totaled EUR 34.6 million, representing growth of nearly 35% in constant dollars.
 Excluding the integration Pure World, organic growth for Naturex remained high at +9.1% in constant dollars.

Outlook for 2005

The acquisition of Pure World ranks Naturex as a global frontrunner in plant extraction and natural ingredients.
 Given the integration of Pure World as of July 1, Naturex has revised its forecasts for 2006 upwards and is now targeting yearly sales of EUR 50 million for a net income of approximately EUR 4 million.

Naturex will publish its yearly sales for 2005 on January 17, 2006.

About our company

 Naturex manufactures and sells 100% natural ingredients for the food, flavor and nutraceutical and cosmetic industries. Based in Avignon, France, the Group has an international reach, with over 90% of its sales realized in 30 different countries outside France, 70% of which are generated on the US market. Naturex has facilities in France, Morocco and the United States and a representative office in Singapore.

If you would like to receive financial information about Naturex by e-mail, contact: www.kaparcafinance.com

Naturex Contact, Thierry Lambert, Tel.: +33 (0)4 90 23 96 89, t.lambert@naturex.com
 Kaparca Finance Contact, Laurence Marquézy, Tel.: +33 (0)1 72 74 82 23, lmarquezy@kaparcafinance.com
 Actus Press Contact, Agnès Villeret, Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 67 36 39, avilleret@actus.fr
 
 NATUREX is listed since October 1996 on the Eurolist by Euronext Paris, Segment C
 ISIN Code: FR0000054694
 Reuters: NATU.LN
 Bloomberg: NTRX
 KAPARCAFINANCE - 18/10/05

 
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