Good growth in sales and earnings for financial year 2014

SAF-HOLLAND: Good growth in sales and earnings for financial year 2014

* Group sales increased by 12 percent to EUR 959.7 million
* Earnings per share significantly increased
* Dividend of EUR 0.32 per share proposed
* Sales and earnings targets for 2015 confirmed

Luxembourg, March 12, 2015 - SAF-HOLLAND made good progress in both sales
and earnings in financial year 2014. In total, the globally-active
commercial vehicle industry supplier increased Group sales by 12 percent to
EUR 959.7 million (previous year: EUR 857.0 million) and thus surpassed the
defined target corridor of EUR 920 to EUR 945 million. Adjusted EBIT
increased by 19.2 percent to EUR 70.7 million (previous year: EUR 59.3
million) and achieved with an adjusted EBIT margin of 7.4 percent (previous
year: 6.9 percent) the target set for 2014. Earnings per share increased
significantly to EUR 0.72 (previous year: EUR 0.54) while average number of
shares remained the same at 45.4 million.

Share of sales increased outside core markets in particular
All sales regions and Business Units contributed to the positive business
development. Not least as a result of forward-looking capacity planning,
SAF-HOLLAND was able to benefit extensively from the continued recovery in
the European market and from strong demand in North America. Europe again
strengthened its position as a primary source of sales. Here, with EUR
496.5 million (previous year: 447.9 million), the company generated a 51.7
percent share of Group sales (previous year: 52.3 percent). From the second
quarter 2014, North American quarterly sales were continually above the
comparable figures from the respective prior-year period. In total, sales
increased to EUR 363.9 million (previous year: EUR 339.1 million). 37.9
percent of Group sales thus come from this region (previous year: 39.5
percent). Detlef Borghardt, CEO of SAF-HOLLAND: "We are very pleased with
the strong market growth for both class 8 trucks and for trailers in the
important North American market as we continue to grow our sales through
our excellent market position and the quality of our innovative products
and will be able to gain further market share, especially in the trailer

In regions outside the core markets, including the BRIC countries,
SAF-HOLLAND increased sales to EUR 99.3 million (previous year: EUR 70.0
million). It was possible to compensate for regional market weaknesses in
Russia and Brazil with higher volumes in other emerging markets. Sales
growth resulted both from organic growth and from the inclusion of Corpco
Beijing Technology and Development Co., Ltd. (Corpco) in the consolidated
financial statements. The Chinese company, which is specialized in
suspension systems for buses, has been included in the scope of
consolidation of SAF-HOLLAND since January 2014. Overall, the share of
Group sales outside the core markets of Europe and North America increased
to 10.4 percent (previous year: 8.2 percent).

Positive development of the Business Units
All three of SAF-HOLLAND's Business Units contributed to the growth in
total sales. The Trailer Systems business unit increased sales by 12.1
percent to EUR 544.4 million (previous year: EUR 485.7 million) despite the
effects of the Russia-Ukraine crisis which took hold from the second half
of the year, thus contributing 56.7 percent of Group sales as in the
previous year. The Business Unit was able to benefit from the positive
market development in Europe and North America. The Business Unit's
adjusted EBIT more than doubled compared to the previous year, reaching EUR
20.5 million (previous year: EUR 10.6 million). The adjusted EBIT margin
improved to 3.8 percent (previous year: 2.2 percent). In addition to the
successes of the operational business, growth in earnings reflects the
first positive effects of the package of measures to improve the
profitability of the Business Unit. With the initiatives bundled in this
package, the adjusted EBIT margin of Trailer Systems should improve by the
end of 2015 to around 6 percent.

The Powered Vehicle Systems Business Unit increased its sales in the
reporting year to EUR 169.5 million (previous year: EUR 144.7 million) and
thus contributed 17.7 percent (previous year 16.9 percent) to Group sales.
Adjusted EBIT totaled EUR 11.8 million (previous year: EUR 12.4 million),
which corresponds to an adjusted EBIT margin of 7.0 percent (previous year:
8.6 percent). Growth drivers were the strong market growth for class 8
trucks as well as the share of sales contributed by Corpco Beijing
Technology and Development Co., Ltd. (Corpco). The Business Unit's expected
weaker earnings figures are mainly influenced by an unfavorable customer
and product mix. Primarily, the reluctance of the public sector in the USA
regarding investments in equipment of its transport fleets had an impact on
sales and adjusted EBIT of the Business Unit.

Despite a slight decline in business volume in the fourth quarter of 2014
related to the impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, full-year sales in the
Aftermarket Business Unit increased by 8.5 percent to EUR 245.8 million
(previous year: EUR 226.6 million), thus generating a 25.6 percent share of
Group sales (previous year: 26.4 percent). Adjusted EBIT for the Business
Unit reached EUR 38.4 million (previous year: EUR 36.3 million) despite the
further expansion of sales structures. In addition, the Business Unit's
earnings in the fourth quarter 2014 were affected by negative currency
effects caused by the Russia-Ukraine crisis. In relation to sales, this
results in an adjusted EBIT margin of 15.6 percent for financial year 2014
(previous year: 16.0 percent), thus achieving the defined margin corridor
of 15 to 16 percent. In terms of both sales and earnings, the Aftermarket
business benefited from contributions from our our brand, SAUER GERMANY
QUALITY PARTS. These are targeted toward regions in which vehicles
generally have a high service age.

Investments in intensified market activities, production and IT systems
In the reporting year, SAF-HOLLAND invested a total of EUR 30.1 million
Group-wide (previous year: EUR 23.2 million). In relation to sales volume,
this corresponds to an investment ratio of 3.1 percent (previous year: 2.7
percent). The expanded investment volume is influenced by the acquisition
of Corpco. In addition, there were investments in the expansion of our
business activities in Dubai and Malaysia, the plant consolidation in
Europe and for information technology systems.

Cost structures reflect enhanced efficiency
Primarily as a result of increased business volume, the Group's gross
profit rose to EUR 174.6 million (previous year: EUR 155.6 million) with a
constant gross margin of 18.2 percent (previous year: 18.2 percent). In
relation to the key cost categories, our expenses rose at a lower rate than
sales. Selling expenses of EUR 57.7 million (previous year: EUR 53.3
million) were 6.0 percent of Group sales (previous year: 6.2 percent). In
the reporting year, a total of EUR 19.6 million was spent on research and
development activities (previous year: EUR 18.0 million). Despite intensive
activities in this area, the share of R&D expenditures in total sales, not
including capitalized development costs, were 2.1 percent (previous year:
2.1 percent). General administrative expenses in 2014 amounted to EUR 44.6
million (previous year: EUR 38.0 million). In comparison with the previous
year, it should be taken into consideration that in 2013 this position was
relieved by capitalized project costs in the amount of EUR 2.1 million. In
contrast, in 2014 one-time costs of EUR 2.3 million occurred related to a
phantom share program created in financial year 2010.

Advantageous company financing
In financial year 2014, SAF-HOLLAND again sustainably optimized its company
financing. This was made possible by the issuance of convertible bonds and
the early refinancing of bank credit lines at more favorable conditions. In
this regard, SAF-HOLLAND benefits from improved interest conditions.
Overall, these efforts result in interest expense savings in the future of
approximately EUR 2.0 million per year. The corporate bond has a term until
April 2018, the new credit line until October 2019 and the convertible
bonds are due in September 2020. Wilfried Trepels, CFO of SAF-HOLLAND: "We
have further improved our financing structure, which secures the company's
long-term growth course."

Increased dividend planned
The Board of Directors therefore proposes to the Annual General Meeting on
April 23, 2015 the distribution of a dividend of EUR 0.32 per share
(previous year: EUR 0.27 per share). This would result in a total
distribution volume of EUR 14.5 million, which corresponds to a 44 percent
share of net earnings.

Sales and earnings goals for 2015 confirmed
SAF-HOLLAND believes that it is well-positioned in the market for further
positive business development. In the current financial year, the company
continues to pursue the growth strategy which focuses on an expansion of
the trailer business in North America, strengthening of the international
Aftermarket activities and a further exploration of markets in BRIC

Assuming that the political, overall economic and industry-specific
framework conditions do not worsen, SAF-HOLLAND confirms the forecast
issued in December of 2013. Accordingly, we continue to target sales of
between EUR 980 million and EUR 1.035 billion. The earnings target remains
an adjusted EBIT margin of 9 to 10 percent. Details to the company's
strategy and goals until 2020 will be provided on May 13, 2015.

EBIT was adjusted for the following items that are not originally
attributable to the operating business: amortization from the purchase
price allocation and impairment reversals on goodwill and intangible assets
from the impairment tests as well as restructuring and integration costs.

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Company Profile:
With sales of approximately EUR 960 million in 2014 and more than 3,300
employees, SAF-HOLLAND S.A. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and
suppliers of premium systems and components primarily for trailers as well
as trucks, buses and recreational vehicles. The product range encompasses
trailer axle systems and suspension systems, coupling devices, kingpins,
and landing legs among other things. SAF-HOLLAND sells its products on six
continents to Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEM") in the spare parts
market and, in the Aftermarket business, to the OEM's Original Equipment
Suppliers ("OES"), as well as by means of a global service and distribution
network. SAF-HOLLAND also sells its products to end users and service
centers using this network. SAF-HOLLAND has established itself as one of
the few manufacturers in its sector that is internationally positioned with
an extensive product range and a broad service network. SAF-HOLLAND S.A. is
listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is among
the stocks in the SDAX (ISIN: LU0307018795)

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