Agfa-Gevaert posts recovering profit in first quarter
Belgian imaging technology company Agfa-Gevaert posted a net profit of 18 million euros (22 million dollars) in the first quarter of 2010, helped by stronger results in the United States and Asia.
Both Agfa Graphics and Agfa HealthCare posted strong operational performances, resulting in the positive net result compared with a net profit of 20 million euros in the previous quarter.
However the results show a more general turnaround in fortunes, as Europe emerges from recession, compared to the nine million euro loss incurred in the first quarter of 2009.
Group revenues increased marginally, by 0.3 percent, to 664 million euros.
Recurring earnings before interest and taxes, or REBIT, rose to 53 million euros from 28 million euros a year earlier.
"Agfa is continually confronted with, but not exclusively, a number of market and competition risks or more specific risks related to the cost of raw materials, product liability, environmental matters, proprietary technology or litigation," the company said in its statement.
However Agfa stressed that the most clear risk is "the effects of the continued economic crisis on the key markets.
© 2010 AFP