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HANSON'S FIRST QUARTER RESULTS DOWN BY 6 PERCENT; PRETAX PROFIT $424 MILLION ($452 MILLION) EARNINGS PER ADR UNCHANGED AT $.37

 HANSON'S FIRST QUARTER RESULTS DOWN BY 6 PERCENT; PRETAX PROFIT
 $424 MILLION ($452 MILLION) EARNINGS PER ADR UNCHANGED AT $.37
 LONDON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanson PLC (NYSE: HAN) announced today that Hanson pretax profit was down 6 percent to $424 million ($452 million) in the first quarter to Dec. 31, 1991. Diluted earnings per ADR were unchanged at $.37.
 "There is as yet little sign of recovery in the market," said Lord Hanson, chairman of Hanson PLC. "The quarter saw a continuation of recessionary conditions both in the U.K. and the U.S.A. which have affected both economies longer than anticipated. Our latest acquisition, Beazer, is being integrated rapidly."
 As a result of growing international interest in Hanson shares and ADR's, dividends will in the future be paid quarterly, starting July 1, 1992. The change has a cash flow advantage for shareholders. The advanced corporation tax liability payable for the year to Sept. 30, 1992 will be reduced because only two quarterly dividends will be declared in this financial year, but in the year to Sept. 30, 1993, there will be a full year charge. The dividend to be paid on July 1, 1992 will be not less than 15.58p per ADR and will be declared at the time of the interim results' announcement in mid-May. Subsequent quarterly dividends are expected to be not less than 15.58p per ADR until further notice. (For the convenience of ADR holders, dividends per ADR are shown as adjusted for the U.K. tax credit, less 15 percent withholding tax.)
 "The results are in line with expectations," said Lord Hanson. "However, with our strong balance sheet, excellent cash flow and first class portfolio of well managed business, we shall benefit from forthcoming opportunities."
 Hanson PLC is a British-American industrial management corporation. In the U.S., Hanson Industries' operations include SCM Chemicals, Peabody Coal and Powder River Coal, Cavenham Forest Industries, Beazer, Jacuzzi, Grove Crane, Ames Tools, Endicott Johnson Footwear, Hanson Lighting Group, Kaiser Cement, Weber Aircraft, Farberware Cookware, and Gold Fields Mining, among others.
 In the United Kingdom, Hanson's holdings include Imperial Tobacco, Ever Ready Batteries, ARC Aggregates, London Brick, Butterley Brick, and Smith Meters.
 HANSON PLC
 (Unaudited, in US$ millions)
 Three months to Dec. 31: 1991 1990
 Sales 3,929 3,599
 Pre-tax Profit 424 452
 Tax 75 101
 Net Income before 349 351
 Extraordinary income
 Extraordinary income -- 92
 Net Income 349 443
 Earnings per ADR
 Primary $.366 $.366
 Fully diluted $.366 $.366
 Earnings per ordinary share
 Primary 3.9p 3.9p
 Fully diluted 3.9p 3.9p
 Average ordinary shares outstanding:
 (in billions)
 Primary 4.808 4.799
 Fully diluted 5.235 5.024
 NOTES
 1. The three months' figures to December 1990 include sales and profits from businesses since sold.
 2. The three months' figures to Dec. 1991 include a one month contribution from Beazer acquired Dec. 4, 1991 and three months' contribution from Cavenham acquired December 1990.
 3. The exchange rate used for both Dec. 31, 1991 and Dec. 31, 1990 was the Dec. 31, 1991 rate of one pound sterling equals $1.8775.
 4. Each ADR represents five ordinary shares.
 (Unaudited, in millions of pounds sterling)
 Three months to Dec. 31: 1991 1990
 Sales 2,093 1,917
 Pre-tax Profit 226 241
 Tax 40 54
 Net Income before
 Extraordinary income 186 187
 Extraordinary income -- 49
 Net Income 186 236
 Earnings per ordinary share
 Primary 3.9p 3.9p
 Fully diluted 3.9p 3.9p
 Number of shares
 Average ordinary shares
 outstanding (in billions) 4.808 4.799
 Fully diluted (in billions) 5.235 5.024
 NOTES
 1. The three months' figures to December 1990 include sales and profits from businesses since sold.
 2. The three months' figures to December 1991 include a one month contribution from Beazer acquired Dec. 4, 1991 and three months' contribution from Cavenham acquired December 1990.
 3. The exchange rate used at Dec. 31, 1991 was one pound sterling equals $1.8775 (At Dec. 31, 1990 one pound sterling equals $1.922).
 -0- 2/13/92
 /CONTACT: Robert M. Brier of Hanson Industries, 212-826-0098
 (HAN) CO: Hanson PLC ST: IN: SU: ERN


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