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Results of the first quarter 2001

Jenoptik Group first quarter net profit rose 9.1 percent over the last year's high figures. Group operating profits rose to 48.1 million euros including one item of other operating income. Group sales increased 27.1 percent in the first three months to 226.2 million euros.

The technology group, JENOPTIK AG, began fiscal year 2001 with success. The group net income of 39.9 million euros surpassed its excellent figures in the previous first quarter by 9.1 percent. Group operating profits (EBIT) more than doubled to 48.1 million euros. The group EBIT included as other operating income the sale of 44 percent of Jenoptik's shares in MicroLas GmbH to Lambda Physik AG, a company based in Göttingen, Germany. Even without this item, the group's operating profits would have still surpassed last year's figures slightly.

In the first quarter of 2001, the Jenoptik Group achieved sales of 226.2 million euros, 27.1 percent higher than the previous first quarter. The Jenoptik Group started the new fiscal year with a new record in order backlog, contributing to this considerable sales growth.

With 2,178.2 million euros in order backlog as of 31 March 2001, the Jenoptik Group surpassed last year's high figures by 24 percent. During the first three months of the fiscal year, the group's 607.5 million euros in order intake was only 12.8 percent less than in the first quarter of 2000 and did not include the major order for the Clean Systems business division to engineer a chip fab in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany amounting to over 250 million euros. That order is to be included in the second quarter figures. The first quarter of 2000 had also set a company quarterly record for order intake - including a major Clean Systems business division order received from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing of Singapore.

The Jenoptik Group expects a strong sales increase of at least 25 percent in fiscal year 2001. Net income is expected to increase by more than 30 percent over the previous year's total of 54.5 million euros (excluding revenue from the sale of company stock last year and without similar items of other income in 2001).