STRONG PROFITABLE SALES GROWTH IN 2013

The COMET Group's consistent execution of its organic growth strategy brought results in 2013.

The strategic focus on intensified marketing of existing products and technologies and on the accelerated development of high-growth business segments brought results as all three of the Group's operating segments saw growth. Aided by a recovery in demand from the semiconductor market, the Group generated substantial, profitable sales growth of 16.4% to CHF 249.6 million (2012: CHF 214.4 million). Thanks to the sales growth and heightened operational excellence, EBITDA earnings jumped by 43.2% to CHF 36.0 million and the EBITDA margin increased to 14.4% (2012: 11.7%).

With its innovative technologies and products, the COMET Group is superbly positioned to exploit current market trends. The business strategy proved its worth in 2013. The Board and management are convinced that, unless there is a deterioration in the economic environment and currency situation, the Group will be able to steadily maintain its profitable growth. On this basis, the guidance for 2014 is for sales of CHF 270 million to CHF 290 million and an EBITDA margin of 14.5% to 15%.