• Gross dividend of 60 cent per share approved

At Agfa’s General Meeting today, shareholders approved the payment of a gross dividend of 60 cent per outstanding share. The share will be listed ex-coupon as of April 27, 2005.

Ludo Verhoeven, Agfa’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented on the progress of business since the beginning of the year. “Consistent with the pattern last year, Agfa’s preliminary figures for the first quarter of 2005 indicate a slow start to the year. Performance is affected by more pronounced seasonality in the HealthCare business group with a growing portion of project-based IT. In addition, both business groups were affected by the Easter holidays falling in March this year. These factors have influenced first quarter results but Agfa remains confident in the outlook for 2005: both business groups, HealthCare and Graphic Systems, will grow revenue and profit as a result of the more focused business portfolio and strengthened by the targeted acquisitions made in recent years.”

The Agfa-Gevaert first quarter figures will be announced on May 12, 2005, before the stock market opens.

Agfa-Gevaert also states that the stipulated quorum for the Extraordinary General Meeting was not reached. Consequently no valid vote could be given about the points on the agenda. A second extraordinary general meeting will be convened on May 24, 2005 at 10.00 a.m. At this meeting, the shareholders will then be able to vote regardless of the number of shares represented.

Nancy Glynn
Vice President Communication
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