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KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd. Reports Third Quarter and Nine-Month Results

11/12/2008

- EPS increase by 51% to $1.89, Backlog at $1.1 billion -

- Company looks at options to best adapt to new market dynamics -

HONG KONG, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd. (NYSE: KHD) today announced results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2008. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are in U.S. dollars.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, KHD reported revenues from continuing operations of $474.7 million and income from continuing operations for the period was $57.9 million or $1.89 per share diluted, an EPS increase of 51 percent over the $38.1 million or $1.25 per share for the first nine months of 2007. Although the results for the quarter and year-to-date were strong, it is clear that the international financial conditions that have surfaced in recent weeks will require us to look at options to best adapt to these market changes.

Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, were $193.6 million, an increase of 29% over 2007 third-quarter revenues of $150.4 million. Income from continuing operations for the period was $30.8 million or $1.01 per share diluted, an EPS increase of 58 percent over the $19.7 million or $0.64 per share for the third quarter of 2007. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 included an after tax foreign exchange gain of $6.6 million on the $100 million of cash currency held in certain of our European subsidiaries in U.S. dollars that was converted to Euros in the third quarter.

At September 30, 2008, the Company had $408.4 million in cash, cash equivalents, short term cash deposits and short term securities; a current working capital ratio of 1.72. Shareholders' equity rose to $351.6 million and a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.04.

Order intake for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $689.9 million, an increase of 28 percent over the first nine months of 2007. Of this amount, 53 percent came from the emerging Russia/Eastern Europe region, 27 percent from the emerging Asian region and 13 percent from the Middle East region.

Order intake for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 was $81 million, a decrease of 65 percent from the third quarter of 2007. Of this amount, 55 percent came from the Middle East region and 23 percent from the emerging Russia/Eastern Europe region. The decrease in order intake for the third quarter was primarily a result of delays in project awards by customers revisiting their financing alternatives in light of credit market dynamics.

Order backlog as of September 30, 2008 was $1.1 billion, up 39 percent over the same period of 2007. The majority of the order backlog is in the world's emerging economies: 39 percent in Russia/Eastern Europe, 27 percent in Asia and 26 percent in the Middle East.

CEO Jim Busche commented, "KHD has focused its expansion activities in growth markets that have the greatest infrastructure demands. These markets are Asia, Russia/Eastern Europe and the Middle East. KHD has achieved a significant position in each with over 90 percent of our backlog at September 30, 2008, $1.1 billion dollars, originating from these three regions.

"The changing economic climate requires a change in KHD's focus from growth to sustaining equity during this period of uncertainty and positioning KHD to effectively capitalize on opportunities that become available as conditions improve.

"KHD's primary business is selling capital equipment to cement producers. There is little doubt that the shortage of credit will impact the international construction market. We expect the recent trends of demand growth, consolidation and capital expenditures in the cement industry to moderate. Many of our customers are facing liquidity problems. Some have approached us to discuss renegotiating contracts. We are closely monitoring market communications concerning our customers. Some are revisiting their capital expenditure plans by assessing the impacts of the tight credit markets, assuming demand for product will be penalized, and weighing the decrease in freight rates vis-a-vis import options. While the extent of their reductions in capital expenditures is not yet known, it is clear that we should expect some projects to be delayed, others cancelled and a decrease in the number of project opportunities."

CEO Jim Busche continued, "KHD is currently evaluating alternatives to adapt to these changing market conditions and will develop a plan to minimize costs and maximize profitability, preserve shareholder value and take an optimum position to capitalize on opportunities that become available as conditions recover. It is our intention to finalize a plan, obtain Board approval and have it implemented by the beginning of 2009.

"As a result of the rapid and dramatic changes in world credit markets and the associated impact on our customer base, despite our strong financial performance through three quarters, we are not in a position at this time to confirm our guidance on earnings and order intake for 2008 which we gave in our April 2, 2008 news release."

CFO Alan Hartslief commented, "We will continue to target opportunities where we judge the returns to be reasonable and the risks to be controllable. This balanced approach to business opportunities has resulted in improving gross profit margins and has allowed us to maintain a balance sheet with low debt and high levels of liquidity. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008, the gross profit margin was 19 percent compared to 14 percent for the same period in 2007 and was 19 percent compared to 14 percent for the three-month periods ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Our royalty stream from the Wabush iron ore mine continues to provide strong positive cash flow."

We encourage our shareholders to read the entire Form 6-K, which has been filed with SEC, for a greater understanding of our company. The Form 6-K is also available on the Company website.

The Company's annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 on Form 20-F was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 31, 2008. The Company will provide a hard copy of the Company's complete audited financial statements included in the annual report, free of charge upon request. Requests can be sent by mail to: KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd., Suite 702, 7th Floor, Ruttonjee House, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Today at 10:00am EDT (7:00am PDT), a conference call will be held to review the Company's results; this call will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.khdhumboldt.com or http://www.earnings.com. An online archive will be available immediately following the call and continue for seven days or to listen to the audio replay by phone, dial: 1 (888) 286 8010 using conference ID # 53894928. International callers should dial: 1 (617) 801 6888.

About KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd.

KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd. owns companies that operate internationally in the industrial plant engineering and equipment supply industry, and specializes in the cement, coal and minerals processing industries. To obtain further information on the Company, please visit our website at http://www.khdhumboldt.com

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain assumptions. These assumptions, which include management's current expectations, estimates and assumptions about certain projects and the markets the Company operates in, are expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (1) a downturn in general economic conditions in Russia, Asia, Europe, the United States and internationally, including the worldwide economic downturn resulting from the effects of the sub-prime lending and general market causes, volatile energy costs, decreasing consumer confidence and other factors, (2) a decreased demand for the Company's products, (3) a decrease in the demand for cement, minerals and related products, (4) the number of competitors with competitively priced products and services, (5) product development or other initiatives by the Company's competitors, (6) shifts in industry capacity, (7) fluctuations in foreign exchange and interest rates, (8) fluctuations in availability and cost of raw materials or energy, (9) delays in the start of projects included in our forecasts, (10) delays in the implementation of projects included in our forecasts and disputes regarding the performance of our services, (11) the uncertainty of government regulation and politics in Russia, Asia and the Middle East and other markets, (12) potential negative financial impact from regulatory investigations, claims, lawsuits and other legal proceedings and challenges, and (13) other factors beyond the Company's control. Additional information about these and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties are set out in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section in our Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our MD&A filed with Canadian security regulators.

Contact Information: Allen & Caron Inc.
Joseph Allen (investors)
1 (212) 691-8087
joe@allencaron.com
or
Brian Kennedy (media)
1 (212) 691-8087
brian@allencaron.com

Rene Randall
KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd.
1 (604) 683-8286 ex 224
randall.r@khd.de

                         - FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW -
            KHD HUMBOLDT WEDAG INTERNATIONAL LTD.
            CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
            September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007
            (unaudited)
            (U.S. Dollars in Thousands)
            ASSETS                                        2008                2007
            Current assets
            Cash and cash equivalents                 $372,984            $354,397
            Short-term cash deposits                    26,528                  --
            Securities                                   8,860              15,510
            Restricted cash                             31,338              24,116
            Accounts receivable, trade                  72,536              62,074
            Other receivables                           25,642              18,585
            Inventories                                106,834             124,980
            Contract deposits, prepaid and other        63,174              33,775
            Future income tax assets                       783                 825
            708,679             634,262
            Non-current assets
            Property, plant and equipment                2,391               2,957
            Interest in resource property               29,675              32,865
            Equity method investments                      534                 654
            Future income tax assets                    18,257              24,658
            Investment in preferred shares of
            former subsidiaries                        85,731              91,960
            Other non-current assets                     2,663               1,955
            139,251             155,049
            $847,930            $789,311
            KHD HUMBOLDT WEDAG INTERNATIONAL LTD.
            CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  (cont'd)
            September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007
            (unaudited)
            (U.S. Dollars in Thousands)
            2008                2007
            LIABILITIES
            Current liabilities
            Accounts payable and accrued expenses     $158,622            $147,869
            Long-term debt, current portion                287                  --
            Progress billing above costs and
            estimated earnings on uncompleted         202,216             184,830
            contracts
            Advance payments received from customers    11,299               9,190
            Income tax liabilities                       7,286              20,658
            Accrued pension liabilities, current
            portion                                     2,126               2,205
            Provision for warranty costs, current
            portion                                    29,710              31,503
            411,546             396,255
            Long-term liabilities
            Long-term debt, less current portion        12,885              13,920
            Accrued pension liabilities, less
            current portion                            29,572              30,981
            Provision for warranty costs, less
            current portion                             9,865              11,799
            Deferred credit, future income tax assets    9,838              15,712
            Future income tax liability                 12,318               2,593
            Other long-term liabilities                  5,793               4,931
            80,271              79,936
            Total liabilities                  491,817             476,191
            MINORITY INTERESTS                             4,497               5,926
            SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
            Common stock, without par value;
            authorized unlimited number               143,826             138,359
            Treasury stock                             (93,793)            (93,793)
            Contributed surplus                          6,630               4,319
            Retained earnings                          220,538             162,633
            Accumulated other comprehensive income      74,415              95,676
            351,616             307,194
            $847,930            $789,311
            KHD HUMBOLDT WEDAG INTERNATIONAL LTD.
            CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
            For Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008 and 2007
            (unaudited)
            (U.S. Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
            2008                2007
            Revenues                                    $474,672            $416,893
            Cost of revenues                             384,559             356,809
            Gross profit                                  90,113              60,084
            Income from interest in resource property     23,654              12,987
            General and administrative expense           (39,393)            (31,258)
            Stock-based compensation                      (3,407)             (3,298)
            Operating income                              70,967              38,515
            Interest income                               16,595               8,058
            Interest expense                              (1,780)             (2,071)
            Foreign currency transactions losses, net     (1,369)             (1,019)
            Other income (expenses), net                  (5,563)              2,208
            Income before taxes from continuing
            operations                                   78,850              45,691
            Provision for income taxes:
            Income taxes                               (15,150)             (2,707)
            Resource property revenue taxes             (5,104)             (2,986)
            (20,254)             (5,693)
            Income before minority interests,
            continuing operations                        58,596              39,998
            Minority interests                              (691)             (1,872)
            Income from continuing operations             57,905              38,126
            Loss from discontinued operations, net
            of tax                                           --              (7,595)
            Net income                                   $57,905             $30,531
            Basic earnings per share
            from continuing operations                   $1.91               $1.27
            from discontinued operations                  0.00               (0.25)
            $1.91               $1.02
            Diluted earnings per share
            from continuing operations                   $1.89               $1.25
            from discontinued operations                  0.00               (0.25)
            $1.89               $1.00
            Weighted average of common shares
            outstanding - basic                      30,360,179          29,834,461
            Weighted average of common shares
            outstanding - diluted                    30,628,990          30,511,709
            KHD HUMBOLDT WEDAG INTERNATIONAL LTD.
            CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
            For Three Months Ended September 30, 2008 and 2007
            (unaudited)
            (U.S. Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
            2008                2007
            Revenues                                    $193,596            $150,441
            Cost of revenues                             157,022             129,890
            Gross profit                                  36,574              20,551
            Income from interest in resource property      9,460               5,811
            General and administrative expense           (12,830)            (11,006)
            Stock-based compensation                      (1,281)               (843)
            Operating income                              31,923              14,513
            Interest income                                5,720               2,728
            Interest expense                                (819)               (512)
            Foreign currency transactions losses, net      7,652                 608
            Other expenses, net                           (2,200)             (1,210)
            Income before taxes from continuing
            operations                                   42,276              16,127
            Provision for income taxes:
            Income taxes                                (9,044)              5,808
            Resource property revenue taxes             (2,013)             (1,338)
            (11,057)              4,470
            Income before minority interests,
            continuing operations                        31,219              20,597
            Minority interests                              (415)               (870)
            Income from continuing operations             30,804              19,727
            Loss from discontinuing operations, net
            of tax                                           --              (7,945)
            Net income                                   $30,804             $11,782
            Basic earnings per share
            from continuing operations                   $1.01               $0.65
            from discontinued operations                  0.00               (0.26)
            $1.01               $0.39
            Diluted earnings per share
            from continuing operations                   $1.01               $0.64
            from discontinued operations                  0.00               (0.26)
            $1.01               $0.38
            Weighted average of common shares
            outstanding - basic                      30,514,255          30,294,782
            Weighted average of common shares
            outstanding - diluted                    30,649,899          31,013,973
            KHD HUMBOLDT WEDAG INTERNATIONAL LTD.
            FINANCIAL SUMMARY
            As of September 30, 2008
            (unaudited)
            (U.S. Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data and Ratios)
            Cash, cash equivalents and short-term cash deposits             $399,512
            Short-term securities                                              8,860
            Restricted cash                                                   31,338
            Working capital                                                  297,133
            Total assets                                                     847,930
            Shareholders' equity                                             351,616
            Book value per share                                               11.52
            Current ratio                                                       1.72
            Long-term debt to equity ratio                                      0.04
            

SOURCE KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd.

CONTACT: investors, Joseph Allen, joe@allencaron.com,
or media, Brian Kennedy, brian@allencaron.com,
both of Allen & Caron Inc., +1-212-691-8087,
for KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd.;
or Rene Randall of KHD Humboldt Wedag International Ltd.,
+1-604-683-8286, ext. 224, randall.r@khd.de
Web site: http://www.khdhumboldt.com

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