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Exempted from Duty of Announcement / Ad-hoc: CROSS Industries

BaFin exempted CROSS Industries AG from the duty to announce the obtaining of control and to file a mandatory bid to the shareholders of All for One Midmarket AG

Filderstadt, 23 February 2009 – As CROSS Industries AG (Austria) announced today, BaFin (German federal financial supervisory agency) in its official notification dated 18 February 2009 has exempted CROSS Industries AG (Austria), Pierer GmbH (Austria), Knünz GmbH (Austria), Mr. DI Stefan Pierer (Austria) and Mr. Rudolf Knünz (Austria), with regard to the acquisition of a controlling interest in All for One Midmarket AG, Filderstadt (Stuttgart), on 1 October 2008, from the obligations according to §35 para 1 (first sentence) WpÜG (Acquisition and Takeover Act), to announce the obtaining of control over All for One Midmarket AG, and from the obligations according to §35 para 2 (first sentence) WpÜG, to deliver offer documents to BaFin for a mandatory takeover bid to the shareholders of All for One Midmarket AG and to publish such offer documents.

Through stock purchases and a capital increase in September and October 2008, CROSS Industries AG has obtained a controlling interest in All for One Midmarket AG’s parent company, BEKO HOLDING AG. The application of waiver was filed in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in BEKO HOLDING AG and the subsequent acquisition of a controlling interest in All for One Midmarket AG.

Further information is available on the website of CROSS Industries AG, www.cross-ag.com under the chapter »Takeover Bid / BEKO HOLDING AG«.