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Wednesday 30 September, 2009

Wienerberger AG

Capital increase raises new equity for Wienerbe...



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- Net proceeds of approx. EUR 318 million
- Strengthening of Wienerberger's balance sheet and financial
flexibility

Vienna, September 30, 2009 - Wienerberger AG successfully completed
its capital increase by placing 33,579,075 new ordinary shares,
representing 40% of the existing share capital. The capital increase
will generate gross proceeds of approx. EUR 336 million and, after
deduction of costs and taxes, net proceeds of approx. EUR 318
million. Wienerberger intends to use the net proceeds primarily to
repay debt in order to strengthen its balance sheet and reinforce the
Company's financial flexibility.

Strong shareholder support for capital increase
The subscription offer was primarily offered to existing Wienerberger
shareholders who benefitted from the favourable subscription price of
EUR 10 per share which was fixed prior to the start of the
subscription period. Shareholders were entitled to 2 new shares for
every 5 existing shares held. 98% of all subscription rights have
been exercised.
The new shares for which subscription rights have not been exercised
("rump") have been offered and placed with institutional investors in
an international offering. Trading of the new shares which carry full
dividend entitlement as of January 1, 2009 is expected to start on
October 1, 2009 on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

Current market capitalization of EUR 1.6bn
Following the capital increase, Wienerberger's share capital has
increased from 83.9 million shares to 117.5 million shares as a
result of which the current market capitalisation is approx. EUR 1.6
billion. ABN AMRO, Morgan Stanley and UniCredit have been acting as
Joint Bookrunners and Underwriters in the transaction.

Reinforcement of financial flexibility
Wienerberger will use the net proceeds from the offering primarily to
repay debt in order to strengthen its balance sheet. The capital
increase not only broadens Wienerberger's financial headroom but also
maintains its access to financial markets and supports the Company's
rating in the medium term. "I'm very pleased with the result of the
capital increase. Thanks to the support and trust of our
shareholders, I'm confident that we have now the basis to position
the Company at the forefront of our industry to create value going
forward", concludes Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger.

Wienerberger: the world's largest producer of bricks
Wienerberger is the world's largest producer of bricks and second
largest in the clay roof tile market in Europe, and also holds
leading positions with pavers in Europe, with currently 236 plants in
26 countries. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the Group had
revenues of EUR 2,431 million and operating EBITDA of EUR 440
million.

Download the press release from www.wienerberger.com.

For additional information contact:
Barbara Braunöck, Head of Investor und Public Relations
T +43(1) 60192-467  |  communication@wienerberger.com

Legal Disclaimer:

This press release serves marketing purposes in Austria. The offer of
securities of Wienerberger AG in Austria is being made solely by
means and on the basis of the published prospectus in accordance with
the provisions of the Austrian Capital Markets Act, which has been
published at the homepage of the company under www.wienerberger.com
and is available free of charge at Wienerberger AG (Wienerbergstraße
11, A-1100 Vienna).

This press release is not for distribution in or into the United
States of America and must not be distributed to U.S. persons (as
defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as
amended ("Securities Act")) or publications with a general
circulation in the United States. This press release does not
constitute an offer or invitation to purchase any securities in the
United States. The securities of Wienerberger AG have not been
registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered, sold or
delivered within the United States or to U.S. persons absent
registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from
the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no
public offer of securities of Wienerberger AG in the United States.

This press release is directed only at persons (i) who are outside
the United Kingdom or (ii) who have professional experience in
matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order
2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (iii) who fall within Article
49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated
associations etc.") of the Order (all such persons together being
referred to as "Relevant Persons"). Any person who is not a Relevant
Person must not act or rely on this communication or any of its
contents. Any investment or investment activity to which this
communication relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will
be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.


 
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Wienerberger AG
Wienerbergstraße 11 Vienna Austria

WKN: 83170; 
ISIN: AT0000831706; Index: WBI, ATX , ATX Prime;
Listed: Prime Market in Wiener Boerse AG;