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Fiberweb posts interim results for the six months ended June 30
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Aug '08
Fiberweb plc, the leading international nonwoven fabrics producer, announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2008.

Highlights:
- Steady performance improvement despite challenging
macroeconomic environment
- Total revenue increase of 10% to £260.0 million (H1 2007: £236.7 million) – up 2.6% at constant currency
- Underlying(1) operating profit increase of 38% to £8.8 million (H1 2007: £6.4 million)
- Underlying(1) operating profit margin increase of 0.7 points to 3.4% (H1 2007: 2.7%)
- Net operating cash inflow increase of 25% to £26.2 million (H1 2007: £20.9 million)
- Debt reduced again by £18.7 million to £118.9 million through successful disposals and further working capital reduction
- Further cost reductions by the end of 2009 with annual benefits of at least £5 million on a full year basis
Interim dividend maintained at 1.7 pence.
- New medium-term target for debt of 2x EBITDA

Commenting on the results, Daniel Dayan, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Fiberweb has delivered a solid half-year of continuing margin recovery and debt reduction against a challenging economic backdrop.

The benefits of on-going simplification and investment are clearly evident. Hygiene has benefited from strong sales growth in developing markets, while Industrial has seen higher margins from portfolio rationalisation and efficiency improvements.

Management actions to increase efficiencies and reduce costs further are expected to benefit the second half, mitigating an uncertain macroeconomic environment and volatility in raw material prices. The Board continues to anticipate progress in the Group's turnaround for the year as a whole.”

Fiberweb plc

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