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According to § 5 (3) Austrian Takeover Code and with regard to § 48d BörseG

29 March 2007 | 

voestalpine AG has come to an agreement in principle with the shareholders of BU Industrieholding GmbH to acquire the company and thereby indirectly almost 21% of the shares of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG.

The Management Board of voestalpine AG has today decided to launch a voluntary public takeover offer to the
shareholders of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG at EUR 69 per share. The public takeover offer will be subject to the
condition that voestalpine AG reaches an ownership interest of more than 50% of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM’s voting
stock. The acquisition of BU Industrieholding GmbH and the voluntary public takeover offer will also be subject to
receiving all necessary merger control approvals.

The Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG has today approved the acquisition of BU Industrieholding GmbH and
the voluntary public takeover offer for all other outstanding shares of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG.

The Management Board of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG has informed voestalpine AG that it welcomes the decision
of voestalpine to launch a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG.

"This communication does not constitute a public offer for the acqusition of shares in BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG. A possible public takeover offer may be made through publication of appropriate offer documents after fullfillment of all requirments under applicable Takeover Law."

Further information is available on our website www.voestalpine.com or contact our Investor Relations Team  +43 732 6585-9949.