DGAP-News: ​EQS Group AG develops high growth dynamics in third quarter

2016. november 15., kedd, 08:00

DGAP-News: EQS Group AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures
​EQS Group AG develops high growth dynamics in third quarter

15.11.2016 / 08:00
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- Significant increases at home and abroad

- First-time consolidation of ARIVA.DE AG

EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) recorded significant growth in domestic
and foreign markets in the third quarter of 2016, thereby underpinning its
continuing growth trend. The Group generated revenues of EUR7.681 million
from July to September, representing an increase of 85% over the previous
year. EBIT before depreciation on the acquired customer bases, purchase
price allocation and before acquisition costs (non-IFRS) rose to EUR1.028
million (previous year EUR317,000) and adjusted Group profit amounted to
EUR160,000 (+60%). Adjusted earnings per share amounted to EUR0.13.

The first nine months produced revenues of EUR18.018 million (+37%), EBIT
(non-IFRS) rose by 26% to EUR1.970 million, Group net profit (non-IFRS) was
EUR514,000 (-40%). Earnings per share (non-IFRS) is EUR0.43 (previous year
EUR0.73).

Following EQS Group AG"s majority takeover of ARIVA.DE AG, the subsidiary
contributed high earnings and EBIT after being consolidated into the Group
financial statements in the third quarter for the first time. For its part,
ARIVA.DE AG is developing a high level of sales dynamics in the area of
regulatory services, due in large part to the introduction of Europe-wide
key information documents for financial products in accordance with the
PRIIP regulation.

The European Market Abuse Ordinance"s taking effect insured further
significant sales momentum in EQS Group AG"s domestic business. The new
regulation expands Ad-hoc-obligations to a considerably larger group of
issuers as well as imposing comprehensive insider regulations. EQS Group
also established its INSIDER MANAGER as a standard workflow solution for
investor relations departments in Germany and is experiencing increasing
demand in other European countries, as well.

EQS Group AG"s foreign business continued to grow in the third quarter,
rising revenues by 57% to EUR4.365 million in the first nine months over
the previous year. All EQS subsidiaries contributed to the Group"s growth
in foreign markets. As expected, the Swiss company achieved the highest
growth rates following the takeover of Tensid AG, with double-digit revenue
growth in Asia, as well. Profitability also rose. While losses in Asia fell
significantly, the Russian subsidiary achieved a double-digit EBIT margin
for the first time.

Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG: "Our excellent third quarter
is another testament to the dynamic development of our company and
underscores the enthusiasm for our software solutions by IR managers and
the financial industry worldwide. We"ve exploited opportunities to expand
our business at home and abroad and are pursuing our strategy of
establishing presences in the world"s most important financial markets. "

Unchanged outlook

In the scope of the global growth strategy for 2016, the management board
of EQS Group AG is forecasting the achievement double-digit growth of 25% -
30% to EUR23 million to EUR23.9 million. At the same time, further
organizational and expansion expenses totaling approximately EUR1.1 million
is intended for 2016. The adjusted EBIT is forecast to increase by 15% -
20%, from EUR3.4 million to EUR3.6 million.

The outlook was raised for the projected figures of ARIVA.DE AG on June 15,
2016 in the scope of the assumption of a majority holding in ARIVA.DE AG.
ARIVA.DE AG will be consolidated in the financial statement of the EQS
Group AG from the second half of the year onwards.

Management will discuss these results in today"s conference call starting
2:00 pm (CEST). It will be transmitted live online at www.eqs.com.


Key figures (IFRS) 9M 2016 9M 2015 +/-
Revenues (EUR "000) 18,018 13,154 37%
Non-IFRS* EBIT (EUR 1,970 1,568 26%
"000)
EBIT (EUR "000) 1,520 1,301 17%
Non-IFRS* Group 514 857 -40%
Earnings (EUR "000)
Group Earnings (EUR -107 717 -
"000)
Non-IFRS* Earnings per 0.43 0.73 -41%
Share (EUR)
Earnings per Share -0.09 0.61 -
(EUR)
Operating Cash Flow 2,361 3,153 -25%
(EUR "000)
Liquid funds (EUR "000) 352 3,607 -90%
Employees (average of 242 178 36%
the reporting period)

* Non-IFRS key figures before amortization of acquired customer bases,
purchase price allocation and acquisition expenses

More information:

The figures for the first nine months of 2016 are unaudited.

Corporate notifications of EQS Group AG are also available, free of charge
and immediately, on your mobile device: by DGAP News App directly to your
AppleWatch or iPhone (http://newsapp.dgap.de/).

About EQS Group

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 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 group with offices in the world"s key
financial markets. The group furthermore holds the majority interest in
ARIVA.DE AG and employs about 300 professionals.

Contact:

André Marques
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (0)8921 02 98-33
Mobile: +49 (0)175 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, Tradegate Exchange; Open Market
(Entry Standard) in Frankfurt


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