Managers' Transactions & Directors' Dealings | 08.11.2007



RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG: Analyst vonference in Frankfurt

RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG / Forecast/Miscellaneous


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Results for the first nine months of 2006

(already published) explained

Trend result for 2007

Market position and future strategy

Forecast for 2008

Bad Neustadt/Saale, 8 November 2007 ----- At Rhön-Klinikum AG's analyst

conference held today in Frankfurt/Main, the Group's results for the first

nine months of 2007 (already published on 25 October) were once again

briefly explained and the parameters underpinning the expected results

discussed. For the first nine months of 2007 the Group reported revenues of

EUR 1.5 billion (same period last year: EUR 1.4 billion / +5.9%). With

reference to the third quarter, consolidated revenues rose compared with

the same period in 2006 by 3.2% to reach EUR 505.6 million (previous year: EUR

489.8 million). Net consolidated profit in the first nine months of 2007

(before minority interests in profit) reached EUR 86.9 million (previous

year: EUR 70.1 million / + 24%). With reference to the first nine months of

2007, earnings per share rose to EUR 0.80 (previous year: EUR 0.65). The

chairman of the Board of Management also confirmed the forecast already

given for full-year 2007, with aggregate revenues expected to reach EUR 2

billion and net consolidated profit slightly exceeding EUR 110 million.

Market position and future strategy

Regarding the acquisition strategy, Pföhler observes: 'We are well prepared

from a personnel, organisational and financial standpoint to admit further

hospitals to our Group.' Given the worsening financial situation of public

hospitals, the Group expects the privatisation of hospitals to once again

be resorted to more frequently as an alternative. The need for public

grants will mount as a result of the burdens from higher wages and changes

in legislation. The gap between investment requirement and available

funding continues to widen with many hospitals. The result is an investment

policy that depends on the state of finances. Necessary structural

investments are being put off in many places.

RHÖN-KLINIKUM Group announced that in 2008 it would further develop its

strategic concept of 'quality through standardisation and service volumes'.

The measures include greater use of technology and rationalisation of

clinical processes, the creation of new professional perspectives for

doctors as well as the establishment of medical service networks. As one

example of the greater use of technology, Pföhler cited the WEB-based

electronic patient file (WebEPA) that the Company will launch Group-wide.

Moreover, the Group will expand measures for ongoing and

further-qualification training. To enhance medical efficiency within the

Group's hospital network, a centre for ongoing and further-qualification

training at the University Hospital of Marburg is to be established. Junior

physicians are to be given the possibility of completing their training as

specialist physicians at the Group hospitals of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG within the

shortest possible time - as a rule five years. Pföhler also announced that

the medical performance networks would be expanded across sectors and that

the interaction between research and teaching at the university hospitals

with the Group's other facilities would be stepped up.

Forecast for 2008

For financial year 2008 the Board of Management have set the goal for

revenues at slightly above EUR 2 billion. For 2008 the Board of Management

puts net consolidated profit at EUR 123 million. Compared with 2007, that

translates into an absolute rise in profit of EUR 12.5 million. Since the tax

effects in 2007 and in 2008 - each at roughly EUR 10 million to EUR 11 million

- are about as high, Pföhler stated: 'The expected growth in profit of 11.3

% will be generated in 2008 entirely from the operative business.'

Brigitte Sallwey

Sallwey & Partner

Telemannstr. 18

D-60323 Frankfurt

Tel.: 069-97203628

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Language: English


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ISIN: DE0007042301

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Indices: MDAX

Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), München;

Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart

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