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Swatch Group: Key Figures 2005

• Gross sales up 8.3% to a record CHF 4 497 million (net sales: +7.8%).
• Brilliant performance in Group’s core business, Watches and Jewelry segment.
• Growth surge of over 50% in jewelry sector.
• Record operating profit of CHF 735 million and high operating margin of 17.1%.
• Net income up 21.3% to CHF 621 million.
• Strong operating and free cash flow.
• Proposed dividend distribution increased by 42.9%, bearer shares CHF 2.50 (previous year CHF 1.75) and registered shares CHF 0.50 (previous year CHF 0.35).
• Previous share buyback program totaling CHF 250 million concluded. Annual General Meeting 2006 proposal for a corresponding capital reduction
• through share cancellation.
• New share buyback program for a total value of CHF 300 million.
• Promising start to 2006, outlook for the current year optimistic.

Contacts
Media
Béatrice Howald, Head of Media Relations
The Swatch Group Ltd, Biel/Bienne
Phone +41 32 343 68 33, fax +41 32 343 69 22
e-mail: press@swatchgroup.com

Investors
Edgar Geiser, CFO
Thomas Dürr, Corporate Treasurer
The Swatch Group Ltd, Biel/Bienne
Phone +41 32 343 68 11, fax +41 32 343 69 16
e-mail: investor.relations@swatchgroup.com

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Swatch Group: Key Figures 2005