Wuppertal, 27 August 2009 – Today’s Annual General Meeting of the SDAX listed investment holding company GESCO AG passed a dividend of € 2.50 per share for the financial year 2008/2009 (1 Apr. 2008 – 31 Mar. 2009). This is the highest dividend in the company’s history. In the previous year a dividend of € 2.42 was paid out, which consisted of a basic dividend amounting to € 2.20 and a ten percent bonus of € 0.22 to mark the ten year anniversary of the company’s IPO. Executive Board members Dr. Hans-Gert Mayrose and Robert Spartmann reported on the financial year 2008/2009, which again resulted in record values for both sales and earnings, to about 500 shareholders and guests who came to the Historische Stadthalle (historic town hall) in Wuppertal. As already announced at the accounts press conference, the company anticipates declines in both sales and earnings for the new financial year 2009/2010 given the recession. The Executive Board explained the details of the Q1 report published on 12 August 2009 and confirmed the forecast for the full year on this basis. All items on the agenda were passed as proposed by the management.
About GESCO AG
GESCO AG is the parent company of a group of highly profitable small and medium-sized companies in the field of industrial Base Technologies. GESCO acquires successful niche providers, generally as part of succession arrangements, in order to retain and further develop these long term. As an SDAX listed company GESCO AG offers private and institutional investors access to SMEs.Investor Relations · Oliver VollbrechtTel. +49 202 2 48 20 - 18 · Fax +49 202 2 48 20 - 49E-Mail: email@example.com · Homepage: www.gesco.de