DGAP-News: EQS Group AG reports successful 2015 on the path to being a global player

2016. április 15., péntek, 08:00


EQS Group AG / Key word(s): Final Results/Forecast

15.04.2016 08:00

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EQS Group AG reports successful 2015 on the path to being a global player

Acceleration of expansion; annual forecast fulfilled; consistent dividends

Munich - April 15, 2016

The EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) increased its revenues in the 2015
fiscal year for the sixth consecutive year, thus reaching a new record.
Group revenue rose by 12% over the previous year to EUR18.377 million.
EBIT before amortisation of acquired customer bases in the amount of
EUR.351 million and before acquisition expenses of EUR.268 million
(non-IFRS) decreased 10% in the past fiscal year to EUR2.983 million.
Adjusted consolidated net income amounted to EUR1.355 million. Adjusted
earnings per share amounted to EUR1.15. Financial figures are thus in line
with the Guidance published at the start of 2015.

From October to December 2015, the Group generated revenues of EUR5.224
million (+ 6%). Adjusted EBIT was EUR1.415 million (+ 6%) and adjusted net
profit was EUR.498 million (-52%). As a result, adjusted earnings per share
for the fourth quarter of 2015 were EUR0.42 (-52%).

The Group"s healthy business performance in 2015 is also reflected in its
operating cash flow, which increased by 27% to EUR3.618 million. The equity
ratio on December 31, 2015 was 59%. Cash and cash equivalents at the
balance sheet date were EUR 3.607 million.

The Management and Supervisory Boards of EQS Group AG will, as in the
previous year, propose a dividend payment of EUR0.75 per share to the
Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2016.

The path to becoming a worldwide leader in Digital Investor Relations is
paved with large investments, particularly in international expansion, in
product development, organisation and processes in order to build a
similarly profitable and high-margin business in new foreign markets which
already exists in the Group"s established markets.

Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG: "We"re very pleased with our
progress in the 2015 fiscal year. We expanded our excellent position in
the German speaking markets and successfully integrated our Asian
companies. We also successfully entered both the UK and Middle East
markets."

In 2015 the EQS Group AG significantly improved its strategic position
through international expansion and continued to grow sustainably and
profitably in the established European markets of Germany, Switzerland and
in particular Russia, despite its uniquely difficult market situation
caused by the decline of the ruble, falling commodity prices and Western
sanctions. EQS became the market leader in Switzerland through its
acquisition of Tensid AG and will now be able to significantly increase its
profitability there in coming years.

The EQS ASIA Ltd., after successfully integrating TodayIR Group, is now the
leading provider of Digital Investor Relations in Hong Kong and has
significantly increased its revenues in the past year. An additional
Shanghai office was also opened, allowing EQS to tap the huge growth
potential offered by this dynamic region. The course has been set for even
further growth in the Middle East, where EQS successfully entered the
market through its cooperation with the IR consulting firm Iridium, as well
as is the UK, through EQS"s acquisition of Obsidian IR Ltd. The
pan-European implementation of the new EU Market Abuse Regulation, which
will regulate stocks, bonds and derivatives issuers in the over-the-counter
market beginning on July 3, 2016, poses an excellent opportunity for EQS to
successfully gain a foothold in the largest financial center in Europe.

The Regulatory Information & News segment, in which mandatory disclosures
and news distribution are bundled, recorded stable revenue of EUR5.954
million. Distributed news volume increased Group-wide over the previous by
5% to 20,702. Germany, however, proved to be a mixed business landscape.
The number of ad-hoc releases and directors" dealings decreased due to
further delistings and downlistings and could not be entirely offset by
newly listed companies. However, the strong number of disseminated voting
rights announcements as well as an increase in press releases had a
positive effect on overall news volume.

The second segment, Products & Services, which offers Digital Investor
Relations solutions, recorded 17% revenue growth in the 2015 fiscal year,
up to EUR13.054 million. The Websites & Platforms business division grew
particularly robustly, benefiting mainly from the strong growth of our
Asian subsidiary. The EQS Federal Gazette submission service as well as
the Reports & Webcasts business division also grew significantly.

Outlook: Further Growth in 2016

The EQS Group management board again expects double-digit sales growth of
10-15% up to EUR20.2 million - EUR21.1 million within the framework of the
Group"s international growth strategy. At the same time, further
development and expansion expenses totaling approximately EUR1.1 million
are planned for in the 2016 fiscal year, yet adjusted EBIT should increase
by 5% - 10% to EUR3.1 million - EUR3.3 million in the same time frame.

The Management Board will discuss the financial results at 11:00 a.m. (CET)
in today"s conference call. The call will be streamed live at www.eqs.com.



Key metrics (IFRS) 01.01.- 01.01.- +/-
31.12.2015 31.12.2014
Revenues (EURmillion) 18.377 16.390 +12%
Non-IFRS EBIT (EURmillion)* 2.983 3.311 -10%
EBIT (EURmillion) 2.364 2.820 -16%
Non-IFRS consolidated net profits 1.355 2.148 -37%
(EURmillion)*
Consolidated net profits 1.115 1.841 -39%
(EURmillion)
Non-IFRS earnings per share (EUR)* 1.15 1.83 -37%
Earnings per share (EUR) 0.95 1.56 -39%
Operative cash flow (EURmillion) 3.618 2.844 +27%
Liquid assets (EURmillion) 3.607 1.370 >100%
Employees (reporting period average) 182 149 22%




* Non-IFRS key figures before amortisation of acquired customer bases and
acquisition expenses

Other Information:

The figures for the fourth quarter of 2015 are unaudited. The annual
figures for 2015 are audited.

The complete Annual Report is published digitally and is available for
download from the Investor Relations section at www.eqs.com. An interactive
version is also available at the same web address.

You can receive corporate news from EQS Group AG on your mobile device:
This service is available using the EQS News App (http://newsapp.eqs.com/)
for your AppleWatch or by text message and subsequent download:

You can register to receive this information in the Investor Relations
section at www.eqs.com

Corporate Profile

The EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital
Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS"s
products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil
complex national and international information obligations to the global
investment community.

The heart of the technology is the platform COCKPIT, a Software as a
Service (SaaS) which digitally maps the work processes of IR managers,
streamlining them for maximum efficiency. Special modules maintain IR
websites contents (CMS), contact data (CRM) and insider data as well as
access to global investor data and proprietary monitory and analytics
functions. The COCKPIT platform is connected to the company website in
order to guarantee integrated workflows.

The COCKPIT also provides access to one of the most important Financial
Newswires, over which more than 20,000 financial and corporate releases are
distributed annually. In Germany all DAX companies trust EQS Group"s DGAP
service as the main institution to comply with legal and regulatory
submission and publication requirements.

As a digital single source provider, EQS Group also develops IR and
corporate websites and apps, creates online financial and sustainability
reports and performs corporate audio and video transmissions.

EQS Group was founded in Munich, Germany in 2000 and has developed from a
start-up to an international concern with locations in the world"s key
financial markets. The company currently employs 200 professionals.

contact:
André Marques
Head of Investor Relations
Tel:.: +4989-21029833
Mob.: +49175-5250009
Email.: andre.marques@eqs.com


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Language: English
Company: EQS Group AG
Karlstr. 47
80333 Munich
Germany
Phone: +49(0)89 210298-0
Fax: +49(0)89 210298-49
E-mail: info@eqs.com
Internet: www.eqs.com
ISIN: DE0005494165
WKN: 549416
Listed: Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich
(m:access), Stuttgart; Open Market (Entry Standard) in
Frankfurt

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