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paragon Aktiengesellschaft develops, produces, and sells electrical, electronic, and electromechanical components, devices, and systems for the automotive industry in Germany and internationally. It operates in five segments: Sensors, Acoustics, Cockpit, Electromobility, and Body Works Kinematics. The Sensors segment develops and markets solutions for improving air quality within the vehicle cabin. This segment’s products, including climate control systems prevent toxins from penetrating into the vehicle interior or actively eliminate negative influences on air quality. It also develops, produces, and markets solutions for optimizing drivetrain control systems. The Acoustics segment develops and markets products designed to ensure the transmission of speech from its point of origination to its destination without los of quality. This segment also offers various microphones offering optimal audio quality; and seatbelts with integrated microphones. The Cockpit segment develops and markets a portfolio of products for the cockpit, including various media interfaces, control elements, backup camera systems, display instruments, and special stepper motors. This segment also supplies the elements for onboard communication. Its offerings range from a mobile telephone cradle and various interfaces to integration of a tablet computer. In addition, this segment provides display instruments and control elements for the cockpit area. The Electromobility segment develops and markets battery packs for utility vehicles and buses. The Body Works Kinematics segment develops and markets technical solutions for increasing the efficiency and comfort of the moving parts of the automobile body, both exterior and interior. This segment’s products include spoiler systems and steering column paddle shifters. The company markets its products directly to the automotive manufacturers. paragon Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Delbrück, Germany.

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Paragon AG Reports Consolidated Earnings Results for the First Half Ended June 30, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Second Half of 2014 and Reiterates Earnings Guidance for the Year 2014

Paragon AG reported consolidated earnings results for the first half ended June 30, 2014. For the period, the company reported consolidated revenue grew by 5.9% to EUR 37.8 million in the first six months against EUR 35.7 million a year ago. Although earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) declined from EUR 2.9 million to EUR 1.5 million due to substantial capital investment in new business segments, they were still ahead of budget. Net profit for the first half of 2014 amounted to EUR 0.4 million calculated in accordance with IFRS against EUR 1.8 million a year ago. Earnings per share came to EUR 0.09 against EUR 0.43 a year ago. The company also reported that its Managing Board reiterated its forecast for the year 2014, with revenue growth of around 8% and an EBIT margin of approximately 10%. The company currently seeing an encouraging trend in the business segments and therefore remain optimistic for the second half of 2014. Adjusted for the significant level of investment for the future, EBIT would have been at the same level as in the first half of 2013 with an EBIT margin of 7.7%.

Paragon AG Announces Executive Changes

The annual general meeting of paragon AG held on May 14, 2014, has elected Professor Lutz Eckstein as a new member of the company's Supervisory Board. Following the general meeting, the Supervisory Board, in the first meeting of its new period of office, selected Prof. Eckstein as its new Chairman. With this appointment, he replaces Hans J. Zimmermann, who has resigned for personal reasons. His successor, Lutz Eckstein, brings many years of professional experience in the automotive industry. Since 2010 he is heading the Institute of Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, the key current research areas of which notably include electromobility, lightweight design, and networking of driver assistance systems with vehicle control systems.

Paragon AG Reports Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014; Reaffirms Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of 2014

Paragon AG reported earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. In the first quarter, the company reported revenues rose by 15.2% to approx. EUR 19.0 million against EUR 16.5 million a year ago. EBIT for the quarter declined from EUR 0.9 million to EUR 0.6 million because of the large investment into new business areas it was nevertheless above plan. The company's net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and determined in accordance with IFRS, was EUR 0.1 million or EUR 0.02 earnings per share compared to EUR 0.5 million or EUR 0.11 earnings per share for the same period last year. In particular, capital investment into the body-kinematics division rose by EUR 0.5 million compared to the first quarter of 2013, and by EUR 0.2 million in the electromobility division including expansion of production in the company's U.S. subsidiary Voltabox Texas Inc. Excluding these additional expenditures, EBIT would have been EUR 1.3 or some 44% above the prior-year figure of EUR 0.9 million and EBIT margin for the quarter would have been 6.8%. The company's net debt thus rose to EUR 10.9 million compared to EUR 7.1 million for the same period last year. For the full year 2014, the company managing board has reaffirmed guidance for revenue growth of about 8% and an EBIT margin of roughly 10%.


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