DGAP-News: ARQUES takes over metal fabricator, Carl Froh, from Finnish Ruukki Corporation

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ARQUES Industries AG / Acquisition

30.04.2008 

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• Manufacturer of high-quality steel tubes with revenues of approximately
EUR 60 million
• Typical ARQUES transaction: Niche manufacturer with large value creation
potential

Starnberg, April 30, 2008 - ARQUES Industries AG (ISIN DE005156004) has
taken over all shares in the precision steel tube manufacturer, Carl Froh
GmbH, Sundern. The seller is the stock exchange listed Finnish Rautaruukki
Corporation (Ruukki) with headquarters in Helsinki, who is to concentrate
more on its core business in the future. Carl Froh is a leading
manufacturer of precision steel tubes and generated revenues of
approximately EUR 60 million in 2007. The parties agreed not to disclose
the purchase price. The transaction is subject to the usual approval of the
relevant cartel authorities.

With approximately 200 employees, Carl Froh produces high-quality, welded
precision steel tubes particularly for the household and automotive
appliance industries and generated revenues of approximately EUR 60 million
on a profitable basis in 2007. The company supports its customers
throughout the complete development process from concept analysis, project
planning and design to series production. Based on its location-bound
know-how, Carl Froh is in a position to manufacture welded tubes and
size-rolled tubes to the highest quality standards which simultaneously
contributes to a reduction in the customers’ production costs. The company
has a broad customer and supplier base. In accordance with its business
model, ARQUES takes over Carl Froh free of bank debts and, in addition,
acquires three real estate properties within the context of the
transaction.

'The takeover of Carl Froh proves that ARQUES has established itself as a
business partner of European conglomerates regarding spin-offs of
subsidiaries no longer belonging to the core business. Carl Froh is
extremely well positioned in the market and has a very large appreciation
potential', said ARQUES chairman of the executive board, Dr. Michael
Schumann.

The takeover is the second of a total of 10 to 15 acquisitions planned for
2008. In addition, ARQUES wants to sell between 5 and 7 successfully
restructured subsidiaries in the current year. With Missel, Oxiris and
Jahnel-Kestermann, ARQUES has already sold 3 companies from its investment
portfolio this year.


About ARQUES:
ARQUES Industries AG, Starnberg, (www.arques.de), is a business partner of
conglomerates regarding company spin-offs and a turnaround specialist who
focuses on the acquisition and the active restructuring of companies in
transitional situations, in order to develop these, with its own team and
own resources, to competitive enterprises with a positive yield. ARQUES
revitalises its subsidiaries' potential for creating value for the benefit
of all its stakeholders, taking on the relevant social responsibility. The
shares of ARQUES Industries AG are traded in the regulated market (Prime
Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 'AQU' (ISIN:
DE0005156004) and are listed in the MDAX as of October 1, 2007. 

ARQUES Industries AG
Investor Relations & Corporate Communication 
Anke Lüdemann, CEFA/CIIA
Email: luedemann@arques.de    

Public Relations
Christian Schneider
Email: schneider@arques.de

Tel.: +49 (0) 8151/ 651 0


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Language:     English
Issuer:       ARQUES Industries AG
              Münchner Str. 15a
              82319 Starnberg
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)8151 651-0
Fax:          +49 (0)8151 651- 500
E-mail:       luedemann@arques.de
Internet:     www.arques.de
ISIN:         DE0005156004
WKN:          515600
Indices:      MDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, München, Stuttgart
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