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CENIT Annual Balance Sheet 2004

CENIT with 93 cents earnings per share and expects further growth

Ad hoc disclosure in accordance with Article 15 WpHG

Stuttgart – 22 March 2005 – 10 am – In 2004, CENIT turned in an extremely successful performance, recording the best result in the history of the Company. We succeeded in optimally orienting our services to future market requirements – we are focusing on consulting business to optimise the business processes of our customers in the manufacturing industry, banking and insurance sectors and the retail and utilities industry. In particular, we expanded our consulting business by 14%, concluded and won successful and major orders for the further development of the Company’s key business areas, such as product lifecycle management, enterprise content management and outsourcing.

In the 2004 financial year, CENIT generated Group sales of €74.9 million (2003: €70.5 million/+ 6 %). Gross profit improved disproportionately by 12% from €43.0 million to €48.0 million. Group EBITDA rose to €8.2 million EUR (2003: €3.5 million/+ 134%) while EBIT grew by 200% to €7.5 million (2003: €2.5 million). With EBT of €7.6 million (2003: €2.4 million/+ 217%) and consolidated EPS of €0.93 (2003: €0.41), CENIT AG has had an extremely successful year.

The Group equity ratio improved from 42% in 2003 to 49%. As of the end of 2004, equity amounted to €13.96 million (2003: €10.06 million). The Group’s cash and cash equivalents including securities amounted to €14.7 million (2003: €7.2 million/+ 104%) as of 31 December 2004.
As of the balance sheet date 31 December 2004, the number of people employed in the Group was 466 (2003: 442). As of 31 December 2004, booked business in the Group amounted to €16 million, with incoming orders of €78 million in 2004.


As a result of the excellent performance, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting the distribution of a dividend of 30 cents per share to shareholders.


Despite the continuing muted economic forecasts, CENIT is also optimistic for 2005. Our excellent positioning in the PLM consulting market will be further expanded in 2005. Thus, continuing to gain additional market share, particularly in Germany, Europe and North America is fixed as one of our core objectives for the coming years. The market for application and business process outsourcing also continues to be a growth market for CENIT. CENIT is also well positioned here, and we are assuming that we will be participating in this growth. Following the extremely successful 2004, steady growth is also forecast in the enterprise content management market. In 2004, a tangible propensity to make investments was ascertained in this market, from which CENIT was able to profit. In line with this, the Group is planning to increase employee numbers significantly in the consulting area by around 15%. As regards our foreign companies, in Switzerland we are forecasting an increase in sales in line with market conditions, allowing us to record a positive result. In North America, we are anticipating organic

Forward-Looking Statements
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Information about CENIT:
CENIT AG Systemhaus is an internationally operating consulting company which employs more than 470 people. Focusing Product Lifecycle Management Consulting, Outsourcing and Enterprise Content Management solutions, the company is listed in Germany’s Prime Standard. Customers are BMW, DaimlerChyrsler, Audi, VW, AIRBUS, CONTI, Allianz, Metro, REWE and others.

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CENIT AG Systemhaus
Prime Standard Listing - ISIN DE0005407100

Fabian Rau
Vice President Investor Relations & Marketing
Industriestraße 52-54, D-70565 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 7825-3185
Fax: +49 711 782544-4185
E-Mail: info@cenit.de