Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA: C-QUADRAT Investment AG planning move to Prime Standard before the end of the year; Capital increase to finance international expansion

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C-QUADRAT Investment AG, a listed portfolio company of Heliad Equity Partners, which claims to be Austria’s largest investment company not tied to any bank or insurance company active throughout Europe, is planning to list its shares for official trading on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company intends to move to the Entry Standard of the Open Market before the end of this year. The move is expected to be accompanied by a capital increase to finance further growth. The transaction is being supported by Sal. Oppenheim (lead manager) and Bank Austria/CA IB (co-lead manager).
C-QUADRAT intends to use the issue proceeds to further accelerate growth and the expansion of its position on key markets and to capture new markets. In addition to various Eastern European markets, particular emphasis will be placed on achieving even deeper market penetration in Germany. C-QUADRAT also aims to extend its range of investment products and assets classes through a series of targeted acquisitions.  
C-QUADRAT is an asset manager. The company’s corporate activities focus on the management of the company’s own funds of funds and the design of structured products. The company was founded in 1991 and has its own investment company. Many C-QUADRAT funds have received renowned national and international awards as a result of their outstanding performance. The company has been active in asset management for institutional clients in Germany for more than two years. Market entry has already been successfully achieved in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary during the course of 2006, and is currently being planned for other countries.  
Sales activities are being stepped up in Germany, C-QUADRAT’s most important market after Austria, where the company’s products are now established as the underlying for the unit-linked life assurance products of many major insurance companies. Sales agreements are also in place with a number of renowned finance service companies, who provide comprehensive cover of the German market. The company’s own sales force in Germany is also constantly being expanded.
Including associates, C-QUADRAT reported a revenue-generating volume of EUR 3.2 billion as at 30 June 2006. Sales in the 2005 financial year totalled almost EUR 31 million, while net income increased to EUR 3.0 million. Revenues increased by 83 percent year-on-year to EUR 21 million in the first half of 2006. The net income for the period quadrupled in the first six months of the current year to EUR 2.8 million.

Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA 
Christiane Kriesche
Leiterin Marketing & Kommunikation
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 31
60323 Frankfurt

Tel.: +49(0)69 719 15 965 17
Fax: +49(0)69 719 15 965 17
E-Mail: christiane.kriesche@sigma-capital.de

DGAP 26.10.2006 

Language:     English
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA               Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 31
              60323 Frankfurt am Main Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)69 719 15 965 0
Fax:          +49(0)69 719 15 965 11
E-mail: christiane.kriesche@sigma-capital.de WWW:          www.heliad.de
ISIN:         DE0006047293
WKN:          604729
Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin-Bremen, München, Stuttgart  
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