TAKKT AG announces preliminary guidelines for the financial year 2008 and decides on fixed price public share buy-back tender offer

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Stuttgart, 15 January 2009 

The Management Board of TAKKT AG, Stuttgart, has published today the
following preliminary guidelines for the financial year 2008:

Due to the significant economic decline during the last quarter of 2008
TAKKT will only achieve an organic turnover growth in 2008 (adjusted for
currency and divestment effects) of 0.7 percent. In October 2008 the
Management Board still expected an organic growth of about 2 percent. The
EBITDA margin for the whole year will be slightly above last year’s level
of 14.4 percent – despite the significant economic downturn especially
during the last two months of the year 2008.

In addition, the Management Board decided today based on the Annual General
Meeting approval dated 7 May 2008 and on the general approval of the
Supervisory Board of the company dated 7 May 2008 to offer to purchase from
all TAKKT shareholders up to 7,290,000 no par value bearer TAKKT AG shares
which amounts to up to ten percent of the company's current share capital.

The acceptance period for the tender offer begins on 21 January 2009 and
ends on 10 February 2009 at 24:00 hours (CET). During this period the
existing shareholders of TAKKT AG will be able to tender their shares at a
fixed price of EUR 7.90 per no par value bearer TAKKT AG shares (excluding
any settlement costs). This offer price represents a premium of approx.
2.07 percent to the reference share price of EUR 7.74, being the official
closing share price in Xetra trading at Deutsche Börse AG on 12 January
2009. If more than 7,290,000 TAKKT shares are submitted to this offer
(over-subscription), then the declarations of acceptance will be considered
on a pro rata basis.

There are three main reasons for launching a share buy-back tender offer: 

1. TAKKT will achieve a positive effect on the balance sheet structure with
regards to the total cost of capital. The high and stable free cash flow
generation – one of the strengths of the TAKKT business model – will allow
the company taking advantage of a higher financial leverage through an
increased debt structure i.e. a lower equity ratio. In addition, the Group
will after this tender offer and a further planned special dividend payment
maintain full financial flexibility for future external growth.

2. Furthermore, the currently low valuation of TAKKT AG on the stock
exchange (historically as well as compared to its Anglo-American peers)
offers the opportunity for an attractive repurchase price of the acquired
TAKKT shares.

3. Finally, the company plans to cancel the repurchased shares which will
result in a positive effect on the future earnings and the cash flow per

According to the Management Board's knowledge, Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH,
Duisburg, TAKKT AG's major shareholder, intends to participate in this
offer. Therefore the tender offer is likely to increase the free float
(currently 27.3 percent).

The offer document is written in German and will be published under the
section 'Aktie' on the website of TAKKT AG at http://www.takkt.de and in
the electronic Federal Gazette at http://www.ebundesanzeiger.de.
Additionally, for convenience, a non-binding English translation will be
published under the section 'Share' on the website of TAKKT AG at

Conference Call

TAKKT AG will host a conference call on 16 January 2009 at 15:00 hours
(CET) during which the Management Board will reply to all questions. You
are invited to dial into this conference call under the telephone number
+49-711-9659-9628 (Access Code: 779134#).

Stuttgart, 15 January 2009

Presselstraße 12
70191 Stuttgart


Georg Gayer, CEO
Phone +49 711 34658-201

Dr Florian Funck, CFO
Phone +49 711 34658-207

E-mail: investor@takkt.de

15.01.2009  Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Language:     English
Issuer:       TAKKT AG
              Presselstr. 12
              70191 Stuttgart
Phone:        +49 (0)711 346 58 -0
Fax:          +49 (0)711 346 58 - 10
E-mail:       investor@takkt.de
Internet:     www.takkt.de
ISIN:         DE0007446007
WKN:          744600
Indices:      SDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Stuttgart;
              Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, München
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