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Pirelli & C. Board of Directors' Meeting


STRATEGY TO FOCUS ON CORE BUSINESSES APPROVED


RESULTS AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2007 APPROVED: INCREASE IN REVENUES AND NET INCOME


PROPOSAL TO EXTRAORDINARY SHAREHOLDERS’ MEETING FOR 1,235 MILLION EURO REDUCTION OF SHARE CAPITAL: NOMINAL VALUE OF EACH SHARE WILL CHANGE FROM 0.52 EUROS TO 0.29 EUROS


THE MOVE IS DIRECTED TOWARDS DISTRIBUTION OF AN “EXTRAORDINARY DIVIDEND” OF 0.154 EUROS PER SHARE (FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF 827 MILLION EUROS) AND THE SETTING ASIDE OF RESERVES FOR 408 MILLION EUROS IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE THE EQUITY STRUCTURE OF THE COMPANY


MANDATE TO THE CHAIRMAN TO BEGIN CONTACTS WITH SPEED TO EVALUATE POSSIBLE REPURCHASE OF 38.9% OF PIRELLI TYRE

  • REVENUES: 5,234.4 MILLION EUROS; GROWTH ON A LIKE-FOR-LIKE BASIS (NET OF EXCHANGE RATE AND DGAG EFFECTS) +10.1%
  • EBIT INCLUDING INCOME FROM EQUITY PARTICIPATIONS: 450 MILLION EUROS (396.8 MILLION EUROS AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2006, NET OF CAPITAL GAIN FROM THE SALE OF 38.9% OF PIRELLI TYRE ; 813.2 MILLION EUROS INCLUSIVE OF SAME CAPITAL GAIN)
  • NET INCOME: 243.3 MILLION EUROS (-1,410.5 MILLION EUROS AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2006 DUE TO OLIMPIA WRITEDOWN), OF WHICH 129.8 MILLION EUROS ATTRIBUTABLE NET INCOME (-1,472.4 MILLION EUROS IN 2006)
  • NET FINANCIAL POSITION: -2,328.8 MILLION EUROS. THE FIGURE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF THE SALE OF OLIMPIA, CLOSED ON 25 OCTOBER 2007. THE CHANGE COMPARED WITH THE -2,969.2 MILLION EUROS AS OF 30 JUNE IS DUE MAINLY TO THE NEAR CONCLUSION OF DGAG DECONSOLIDATION
  • PIRELLI TYRE : REVENUES 3,191.8 MILLION EUROS (+8% NET OF EXCHANGE RATE EFFECT), EBIT 286.2 MILLION EUROS (+5.5%), NET INCOME 160 MILLION EUROS (+4.2%)
  • PIRELLI RE: PRO-QUOTA AGGREGATE REVENUES (NET OF DECONSOLIDATION OF DGAG) 1,071.9 MILLION EUROS (+17%), EBIT INCLUDING INCOME FROM EQUITY PARTICIPATIONS 164 MILLION EUROS (141.2 MILLION EUROS NET OF DGAG EFFECT, +22%), NET INCOME 95.8 MILLION EUROS (+14%)
  • FOR 2007 THE PIRELLI & C. SPA GROUP CONFIRMS ITS EXPECTATIONS OF IMPROVEMENT OF RESULT

Milan , 9 November 2007 – The Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. SpA, which met today, approved the strategy to focus on the core businesses and reviewed the definitive results of the Company regarding the first nine months of 2007.

Pirelli & C. SpA Group
The Group’s results as of 30 September 2007 benefited from the positive performance of the tyre and real estate businesses, which in the first nine months of the year continued in the direction of further international expansion. In the January – September period, at consolidated level, there was a strong increase in revenues on a like-for-like basis ( +10.1% ) and in the net result (which was negative in 2006 due to the effect of the writedown of the stake in Olimpia). EBIT including income from equity participations also rose ( +13.4% ), net of extraordinary components (the capital gain from the sale of 38.9% of Pirelli Tyre) which characterized the previous period.

In industrial activities, Pirelli Tyre realized an increase in revenues ( +8% net of the exchange rate effect) and in operating income ( +5.5% ), maintaining profitability constant at high levels, in a particularly competitive world market characterized by upward consolidation of raw materials costs, higher than in the same period of 2006. In real estate activities, Pirelli RE closed the first nine months of 2007 with double-digit growth in EBIT including income from equity participations ( +22% net of DGAG effect) and in net income ( +14% ). In the start-up businesses, revenues of Pirelli Broadband Solutions, though they grew in the third quarter, suffered in the nine-month period from the difficult performance of the world market for telecommunications infrastructure. Revenues of Pirelli Ambiente, meanwhile, were substantially stable net of the extraordinary income which characterized the previous period.

At consolidated level, revenues of the Group as of 30 September 2007 amounted to 5,234.4 million euros, up 44.5% compared with 3,623.1 million euros in the same period of 2006. Excluding sales relating to deconsolidation of the real estate assets of DGAG, revenues amounted to 3,951.2 million euros. Also considering the exchange rate effect, revenues, on a like-for-like basis, rose 10.1% compared with the first nine months of 2006.

EBITDA amounted to 445 million euros, down 3.7% compared with 462 million euros in the first nine months of 2006. EBIT, at 285.2 million euros, fell 4.8% from 299.7 million euros as of 30 September 2006. Compared with the previous year, at the level of EBITDA and EBIT, the contribution of real estate activities was reduced, though there was a significant increase in the result from equity participations. In 2006, operating results included non-recurring costs of 13.5 million euros related to the IPO project for Pirelli Tyre.

EBIT including income from equity participations, which includes the effect of the results of the companies valued according to the shareholders’ equity method, and the dividends from the other non-consolidated equity participations, amounted to 450 million euros. The figure is up 13.4% compared with that of the first nine months of 2006 (396.8 million euros), net of the extraordinary component represented by the capital gain of 416.4 million euros obtained in the third quarter of last year from the sale of 38.9% of Pirelli Tyre. Including that capital gain, operating income including income from equity participations in the first nine months of 2006 was 813.2 million euros.

Olimpia, following the sale agreement between Pirelli/Sintonia and Telco signed on 4 May 2007 and closed last 25 October, is considered on the basis of IFRS as discontinued operations (businesses sold) and contributes only to the net result after taxes. The impact of Olimpia on the net result of the first nine months of 2007 was negative for 54.8 million euros and is linked to alignment of the value of the company to the sale price (3,329 million euros for the 80% stake held by Pirelli), compared with a negative figure of 1,983 million euros as of 30 September 2006 (due mainly to the writedown which occurred in the third quarter). Among the discontinued operations, the capital gain linked to the sale of warrants on Prysmian (Lux) to Goldman Sachs, which occurred in the first quarter of 2007 (91 million euros), is also included.

Total net income was therefore positive for 243.3 million euros, compared with -1,410.5 million euros as of 30 September 2006. Attributable net income of Pirelli & C. SpA was positive for 129.8 million euros, compared with -1,472.4 million euros as of 30 September 2006.

Consolidated shareholders’ equity as of 30 September 2007 was 4,665.1 million euros, compared with 4,686.6 million euros at the end of 2006. Attributable shareholders’ equity of Pirelli & C. SpA was 3,858.3 million euros (0.719 euros per share), compared with 3,879.6 million euros at the end of 2006.

The net financial position of the Group as of 30 September 2007 was negative for 2,328.8 million euros. The figure does not include the proceeds from the sale of Olimpia, closed on 25 October 2007. The change compared with -2,969.2 million euros as of 30 June is mainly linked to the process of deconsolidation of DGAG, which has been substantially completed. The impact of that transaction on the net financial position of Pirelli RE was negative for 93.2 million euros. As of 30 September 2006, the net financial position of the Pirelli & C. SpA Group was negative for 1,430.8 million euros.

The net financial position at corporate level as of 30 September 2007 was negative for 1,245.6 million euros.

The personnel of the Group as of 30 September 2007 counted 31,502 compared with 28,617 as of 31 December 2006, with an increase of 2,885 units linked mainly to expansion of the tyre and real estate businesses.

Pirelli Tyre

Revenues of Pirelli Tyre as of 30 September 2007 amounted to 3,191.8 million euros, with an increase of 6.7% compared with 2,990.6 million euros in the first nine months of 2006, determined by greater volumes and a focus on product mix, which more than compensated the negative exchange rate effect arising from the strengthening of the euro. Net of the exchange rate effect, the change was a positive 8%. Sales in the third quarter amounted to 1,040.4 million euros ( +7% ).

EBITDA amounted to 430.6 million euros ( 13.5% of sales), up 3% compared with 418.1 million euros in the first nine months of 2006.

Operating income was 286.2 million euros, up 5.5% compared with 271.4 million euros in the first nine months of 2006, with a ROS of 9% in line with the previous year. The increase in revenues and efficiencies compensated for the rise in the cost of raw materials which had a negative effect on results, net of exchange rates, of 15.9 million euros. Third quarter operating income was 79.9 million euros ( +4% ).

Net income in the first nine months amounted to 160 million euros (after financial charges of 43.2 million euros and tax charges of 83.4 million euros), up 4.2% compared with 153.6 million euros as of 30 September 2006 (after financial charges of 42.3 million euros and tax charges of 75.8 million euros).

The net financial position in the first nine months was negative for 687 million euros, an improvement over the -695.5 million euros as of 30 June 2007 and the -783.3 million euros as of 30 September 2006.

As of 30 September 2007 employees of Pirelli Tyre counted 27,138 (of which 14% temporary workers), compared with 25,169 (of which 13% temporary) as of 31 December 2006, thanks to growth of businesses in South America and especially in the new industrial facilities in Romania and China .

In the Consumer business, the first nine months showed overall growth in terms of both sales and profitability compared with the same period in 2006, thanks to greater volumes and to a better price/mix component. In particular, revenues amounted to 2,212 million euros (+6.8%), while operating income from ordinary business amounted to 201.8 million euros (+6.9%), with a ROS of 9.1%. In the Car/Light Truck segment, Pirelli grew at double digit rates in North America, despite stable demand in replacement tyres and falling demand in original equipment, and benefited from an increase in demand in South America , driven by original equipment. In Europe as well, volumes growth was realized in original equipment. The Motorcycle segment also grew, in all world markets, where the Pirelli and Metzeler brands further strengthened their respective market shares.

In the Industrial business, the first nine months closed with revenues of 980 million euros (+6.6%). Operating income of ordinary business was 84.4 million euros, slightly higher than the figure in the first nine months of 2006, despite the increase in cost factors, of natural rubber and of energy. The ROS was 8.6%. In the tyres for industrial vehicles segment, Pirelli registered sales growth in China and in its areas of reference (the Mediterranean and South America), while in steelcord the Company had an increase in volumes compared with the same period of the previous year, thanks to a continuous increase in manufacturing capacity in low cost countries.

Pirelli RE

Pirelli RE is a management company that manages funds and companies that own real estate and non-performing loans, in which it coinvests with minority stakes (investment and asset management business) and to which it provides, as well as to other customers, every kind of specialized real estate service, both directly and through a network of franchised agencies (service provider business). Consequently, in reading the amounts reported below, the most significant indicators to express the Group’s share of turnover and earnings trend are respectively pro-quota aggregate revenues and EBIT including income from equity participations.

Pro-quota aggregate revenues, net of the component relating to the DGAG deconsolidation (equal to 1,283.2 million euros), amounted to 1,071.9 million euros, up 17% compared with the first nine months of 2006 (915.1 million euros). Consolidated revenues, net of the component relating to DGAG deconsolidation, amounted to 612.5 million euros, with an increase of 31.9% (464.4 million euros as of 30 September 2006). Total consolidated revenues amounted to 1,895.7 million euros.

EBIT including income from equity participations amounted to 164 million euros, compared with 115.6 million euros in the first nine months of 2006; net of the effect of the consolidation of DGAG, mainly deriving from rentals, and largely concluded at the end of September, the result is equal to 141.2 million euros, representing an increase of 22%. In particular, Investment and Asset Management activities saw an increase in results from 93.5 million euros in the first nine months of 2006 to 130.4 million euros as of 30 September 2007, benefiting from the DGAG effect equal to 22.8 million euros, while strengthening of the Facility business throught the entry of a 49% partner (Intesa Sanpaolo) – which occurred in the first half with the aim to develop the sector from a European perspective – contributed signficantly (+42 million euros) to the strong growth in operating income of Services (+46%).

Attributable net income was 95.8 million euros, up 14% compared with 84 million euros as of 30 September 2006.

The net financial position was negative for 337.4 million euros (-1,094.8 million euros as of 30 June 2007), of which 93.2 million euros attributable to the acquisition of DGAG, for which during the quarter the process of deconsolidation was nearly completed.

Employees of Pirelli RE as of 30 September 2007 counted 2,742 (1,864 at end 2006).

For further information on the performance of the real estate business please refer to the press release issued on 7 November by Pirelli & C. Real Estate.

Pirelli Broadband Solutions

Revenues as of 30 September 2007 amounted to 91.9 million euros, down 10.4% compared with 102.6 million euros in the first nine months of 2006. In the June-September 2007 period, nevertheless, sales of the Company registered an increase of 20.7% compared with the same period in the previous year, inverting the negative trend of the first two quarters. The overall change compared with the figure of the first nine months of 2006 was due to the different product mix in broadband access, and to the temporary slowing of demand in the world market of telecommunications infrastructure.

EBITDA of the company was negative for 8.4 million euros, compared with a substantial break-even as of 30 September 2006.

Operating income was negative for 10.1 million euros, compared with a negative figure of 1 million euros in the same period of 2006. In addition to the contraction in revenues and relating margins, the increase of research costs sustained by new generation photonics for development and customizing of products also affected the change in operating results.

The net result of the company as of 30 September 2007 was negative for 12.6 million euros, compared with -2.5 million euros in the first nine months of 2006.

The net financial position was negative for 46 million euros compared with -22.3 million euros as of 30 June 2007 (negative for 9 million euros as of 30 September 2006). The increase, in the quarter, was mainly due to a variation in working capital.

Employees as of 30 September counted 193, compared with 166 as of 31 December 2006.

In the broadband access business, in the latest quarter there was an increase in sales volumes of set-top boxes; the first nine months of the year were characterized by a consolidation of the products portfolio with the launch of set-top-box sales, while the transition to new generation access gateways (ADSL2/2+) was completed.

In the photonics business, development activity in the first nine months focused mainly on the three main areas of action: innovative optical components, optic modules and transportation systems. In the optical systems area, sales declined due to a slowing of investments in infrastructure by the main telecommunications operators. In the last part of the year the company expects growth in production volumes of tunable laser and placement on the market of innovative optoelectronic modules.

In second generation photonics, after the end of the quarter, the Pirelli Group acquired from Alcatel-Lucent 12.4% of Avanex, one of the major world players in modules and optical components for telecommunications, with products complementary to those of Pirelli Broadband Solutions. As part of the transaction, Pirelli also signed an agreement for supply of optical components to Alcatel-Lucent.

Pirelli Ambiente

Pirelli Ambiente reached revenues of 50.7 million euros as of 30 September 2007, substantially stable compared with 54.5 million euros in the first nine months of 2006 net of the positive effect of the agreement with UK company ReEnergy that had characterized the previous period.

Operating income as of 30 September 2007, negative for 5 million euros, was affected by start-up costs of the new businesses of manufacturing and sales of particulate filters. In the first nine months of 2006, operating income was positive for 0.9 million euros, mainly thanks to the effect of the agreement with ReEnergy.

The net result of the company was negative for 5.3 million euros, compared with a positive figure of 0.5 million euros as of 30 September 2006.

The net financial position was negative for 12.8 million euros compared with -6.3 million euros as of 30 June 2007 (positive for 0.3 million euros as of 30 September 2006). The increase in the quarter was due to the investment made to set up the Solar Utility SpA joint venture.

Employees as of 30 September counted 72, compared with 52 as of 31 December 2006.

Sales of the company were mainly linked to sales of low environmental impact fuel Gecam-Il Gasolio Bianco, including in the French market through the Gecam France subsidiary, and to development of the new line of business of particulate filters for reduction of diesel vehicle emissions. During the period, work began on realization of the new particulate filter factory for original equipment in the county of Gorj , in Romania , which will be operative in the second half of 2008. In addition, activities linked to energy recovery from waste and environmental site remediation are continuing. During the third quarter, further, Solar Utility SpA, a 50/50 joint venture with the Global Cleantech Capital fund active in the photovoltaic sector, was set up.

Prospects for the current year

The good performance of the main businesses in the first nine months of the year allows the Pirelli & C. SpA Group to confirm for the full year 2007 an improvement of the result, assuming no external elements of an extraordinary nature unpredictable as of today.

Destination of the proceeds from the Olimpia sale

The Board of Directors, within the context of the strategies relating to the destination of proceeds deriving from the sale of the stake in Olimpia, decided to submit for approval of the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting (11 and 12 December 2007 on first and second call respectively) and the Special Meeting for Savings Shareholders (12, 13 and 14 December 2007 in first, second and third call respectively) of Pirelli & C. SpA, a reduction of the share capital of approximately 1,235 million euros, and therefore from the current 2,791,311,344.64 euros to 1,556,692,865.28 euros, by way of a reduction of the nominal value per unit of ordinary shares and savings shares, which will change from the current 0.52 euros to 0.29 euros.

The purpose of the reduction is to allow payment to shareholders of part of the financial resources obtained from the sale of the stake in Olimpia SpA, through distribution of an “extraordinary dividend” of 0.154 euros per share (for a total amount of approximately 827 million euros), as well as to optimize the equity structure of the company, by way of setting aside to reserves of approximately 408 million euros. These reserves will be able to be used in the future, where opportune, for carrying out possible buyback plans of treasury shares. As far as the tax implications of the proposed transaction, realizing a reimbursement of share capital, it is exempt both for the Company and for the shareholder-beneficiary of the distribution. It may be assumed that the “extraordinary dividend” will be paid starting from mid March 2008.

The Board, finally, gave a mandate to the Chairman to start contacts with Speed SpA in order to evaluate the possible repurchase of 38.9% of Pirelli Tyre SpA.

Relevant facts which occurred after 30 September 2007

On 25 October, Pirelli & C. SpA, Sintonia SpA and Sintonia SA finalized the agreement, signed last 4 May, relating to sale of 100% of Olimpia SpA to Telco SpA, a company owned by Assicurazioni Generali SpA, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, Mediobanca SpA, Sintonia SA and Telefonica SA. The sale price amounted to 4,161 million euros. The transaction determined a positive impact on the net financial position of Pirelli of 3,329 million euros.

On 29 October, the Pirelli Group signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent relating to the purchase of the 12.4% stake in Avanex Corporation held by Alcatel-Lucent at a market price of about 33.4 million euros. In the context of the transaction, Alcatel-Lucent signed a supply agreement with Pirelli and Avanex in the sector of optical components.

Bonds maturing in the 18 months following 9 November 2007

On 21 October 2008, the 500 million euro bond issued by Pirelli & C. SpA in 1998 at a fixed rate of 4.875% will mature.

On 7 April 2009, the 150 million euro bond issued by Pirelli & C. SpA in 1999 at a fixed rate of 5.125% will mature.

Conference call

The results of operations as of 30 September 2007 will be illustrated at 5:45 p.m. CEST during a conference call in which the Chairman of Pirelli & C. SpA, Marco Tronchetti Provera, will intervene.

Journalists will be able to follow the presentation by telephone, without the possibility to ask questions, by calling the number +39 06 33485042.

The presentation will also be available via audio streaming – in real time – on the website www.pirelli.com, in the Investor Relations section, where it will be possible to consult the slides.

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