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DGAP-News: VTG demonstrates strength in the first quarter 2009 despite the challenging market environment

VTG Aktiengesellschaft / Quarter Results


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VTG demonstrates strength in the first quarter 2009 despite the challenging
market environment

- Group sales of EUR 145.2 million similar to the previous year
- EBITDA increased by 5.1 percent to EUR 38.3 million 
- Continued development in the business divisions

Hamburg, 27 May 2009. The Hamburg-based wagon hire and rail logistics
company, VTG Aktiengesellschaft (SCI: VTG999), performed solidly in the
first three months of the 2009 financial year, despite a challenging market
environment. Revenue fell slightly by 1.5 percent to EUR 145.2 million,
thus reaching the same level as last year. The EBITDA increased by 5.1
percent to EUR 38.3 million. Operating cash flow increased 17.2 percent to
EUR 36.4 million, well above last year's value.

'Our good figures for the first quarter of this year, show that we are also
capable of working successfully in difficult economic times. Sustained
success also means adapting oneself early to a continuingly weak market,
and having the respective measures well prepared,' states Dr. Heiko
Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft. 'This is the why we intend to keep
the speed and volume of our investments in 2009 below the level of last
year. In the middle-term, we will continue to pursue our international
strategy of growth.'

Wagon Hire Division with stable development

The Wagon Hire Division performed well in the first quarter of the
year. The demand for wagons remained at a satisfactory level, although not
all returns can be rehired currently. The utilization rate for the fleet
lies at the high level of 90.0 percent. VTG does not sense any
significant decrease in the demand for wagon hire currently. The division's
revenue of EUR 71.2 million remained at the same level as the comparative
period last year (EUR 71.7 million). The EBITDA actually rose by 5.7
percent, from EUR 36.4 million to EUR 38.5 million. The EBITDA margin,
which relates to revenue, improved correspondingly, from 50.7 percent to
54.1 percent.

Rail Logistics Division continues with solid growth 

The Rail Logistics Division profited from constant demand, in particular in
cross-border block train transport from and to South-East and Eastern
Europe. This was underlined by an increase in revenue of 9.9 percent to EUR
47.1 million. The EBITDA increased significantly by 12.1 percent to EUR 1.3
million. The EBITDA margin, which relates to gross income, reached 36.3
percent, compared to 37.8 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

Tank Container Logistics Division affected by drop in demand in the
chemicals industry

As an integral part of the supply chain in the chemicals industry, the Tank
Container Logistics Division has been strongly affected by the global
economic crisis. Drastically sinking transport volumes worldwide, coupled
with continuingly high capacities in the market, have led to a clear drop
in revenues. Correspondingly the revenue fell by 18.4 percent to EUR 26.8
million. The EBITDA of EUR 1.6 million was 24.6 percent under that for the
previous year. The EBITDA margin, calculated on the basis of gross income,
reached 41.2 percent, a similar level to the comparative quarter of the
previous year (41.4 percent).

Outlook: solid development in business despite tense short-term economic

VTG assumes that the economic climate will hardly improve during the rest
of the financial year, but do not expect a larger drop in demand at the VTG
business divisions. In line with this the business development for Wagon
Hire will continue to decrease moderately, the economic crisis will make
itself noticeable in the Rail Logistics Divisions in the course of the
year, and VTG will adjust itself to the prospect of a sustained lower level
of demand at the Tank Container Logistics Division. Preventive and flexible
measures to ensure results are planned at all three divisions and will be
implemented in line with developments in the market. These range from the
incremental implementation of cost-saving measures, to adjustments in

Key figures for VTG Aktiengesellschaft


                                   01.01.-31.03.   01.01.-31.03.   Change
                                            2009            2008     in %
Revenue in EUR million                     145.2           147.4     -1.5
EBITDA in EUR million                       38.3            36.4      5.1
EBIT in EUR million                         18.4            17.4      5.7
EBT in EUR million                          10.8             9.4     14.6
Group profit in EUR million
(adjusted for tax effects)                   6.9             6.3      8.4
Depreciation and amortization
in EUR million                              19.9            19.1      4.5
Capital expenditure in EUR million          24.5            31.8    -23.1
Cash flow in EUR million                    36.4            31.1     17.2
Earnings per share in EUR
(adjusted for tax effects)                  0.31            0.29      6.9
Wagon Hire Division
Revenue in EUR million                      71.2            71.7     -0.6
EBITDA in EUR million                       38.5            36.4      5.7
EBITDA margin in %                          54.1            50.7
Rail Logistics Division
Revenue in EUR million                      47.1            42.9      9.9
EBITDA in EUR million                        1.3             1.2     12.1
EBITDA margin in %                          36.3            37.8
Tank Container Logistics Division
Revenue in EUR million                      26.8            32.9    -18.4
EBITDA in EUR million                        1.6             2.1    -24.6
EBITDA margin in %                          41.2            41.4

                                          31.03.          31.03.   Change
                                            2009            2008     in %
Number of employees                        1,016             831     22.3
in Germany                                   677             508     33.3
Abroad                                       339             323      5.0

                                          31.03.          31.03.   Change
                                            2009            2008     in %
Balance sheet total in EUR million       1,260.5         1,240.5      1.6
Non current assets in EUR million        1,087.2         1,081.2      0.6
Current assets in EUR million              173.3           159.3      8.8
Shareholders' equity in EUR million        289.6           288.4      0.4
Total liabilities in EUR million           970.9           952.1      2.0
Equity ratio in %                           23.0            23.3


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 about 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
transport and comprehensive multi-modal logistics services mainly around
rail transport.

With the combination of its three interrelated divisions Wagon Hire, Rail
Logistics and Tank Container Logistics VTG offers its clients a
high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The
Group has many years of experience and specific know-how in particular in
the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous
well-known companies from almost all industrial sectors such as, for
example, chemicals, mineral-oil, the automotive or paper industries.

In the financial year 2008 VTG generated operating revenues of EUR 608.7
million and an operating result (EBITDA) of EUR 156.4 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 2008 VTG employed 1,004 employees worldwide in consolidated
companies. Since June 2007 VTG AG has been listed on the official Prime
Standard market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange - since September 2008 also
on the SDAX (SCN: VTG999).

Media contact:
Tanja Laube
Head of Corporate Communications
Telephone: +49 (0) 40 23 54-13 41
Fax: +49 (0) 40 23 54-13 40

Felix Zander
Head of Investor Relations
Telephone: +49 (0) 40 23 54-13 51
Fax: + 49 (0) 40 23 54-13 50 

Further information at
DGAP 27.05.2009 
Language:     English
Issuer:       VTG Aktiengesellschaft
              Nagelsweg 34
              20097 Hamburg
Phone:        040 2354 0
Fax:          040 2354 1199
ISIN:         DE000VTG9999
WKN:          VTG999
Indices:      SDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Berlin, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, München, Stuttgart
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