DGAP-News: EQS Group AG increases its stake in ARIVA.DE AG to 67%

2016. december 06., kedd, 08:00

DGAP-News: EQS Group AG / Key word(s): Strategic Company Decision/Takeover
EQS Group AG increases its stake in ARIVA.DE AG to 67%

06.12.2016 / 08:00
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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EQS Group AG increases its stake in ARIVA.DE AG to 67%
Long-term option agreement with founders to acquire the remaining shares

Munich - 06.12.2016

EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) will increase its existing stake in
ARIVA.DE AG to 67% at the beginning of the new financial year and will also
conclude a mutual option agreement with the founders and shareholders to
enable the company to be fully taken over.

ARIVA.DE AG is a leading provider of financial data and software solutions
for financial institutions and operates the financial portal of the same
name. EQS Group AG has been invested in the Kiel company since 2007 and
took over the majority in July 2016.

Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG: "With the further increase in
our share and the agreed option agreement, we"re strengthening our
objective of working together with the remaining founders and shareholders
of ARIVA.DE AG with the goal of tapping in to attractive target client
group of financial institutions. A full takeover is therefore not planned
in the coming years. "

ARIVA.DE AG is experiencing a strong growth boom due to impending
regulations in the financial industry (e.g. PRIIPS, MIFID II). For example
Issuers of investment products that are subject to an investment risk are
obliged to issue pre-contractual basic information sheets on the in
accordance with the PRIIP regulation. The new regulation is being
introduced throughout the EU and is expected to enter into force at the
beginning of 2018.

Matthias Vogelsang-Weber, CEO and co-founder of ARIVA.DE AG: "Our software
enables issuers in the financial sector to produce the documents to inform
investors required by the legislature for packaged investment products in
an automated manner. Together with EQS Group AG, we want to play an even
more important role in the growth market for the creation of key
information documents. "

ARIVA.DE AG is headquartered in Kiel and recently opened a sales office in
Frankfurt. The company has almost 100 employees. The previous forecast for
the 2016 financial year, revenues of at least EUR 5.6 million and an EBIT
of around EUR 600,000, is likely to be exceeded. The purchase price for the
shares is slightly below the purchase price of August 2007.

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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 89-21029833
Mobile: +49 175-5250009
Email.: andre.marques@eqs.com


About ARIVA.DE AG

ARIVA.DE AG was founded in 2000 in Kiel. Its business model is based on
three core areas: a proprietary finance portal, the development of software
for the financial sector and the licensing and provision of securities
master data, key figures and share prices.
The finance portal www.ariva.de has been operative online since 1998. With
an average of 40 million page views and 350,000 unique users per month,
ARIVA.DE AG is the second most-used independent financial portal, making it
the largest German-language stock exchange community, according to IVW.
ARIVA.DE AG"s software development business unit operates complete
financial portals on behalf of its customers and develops software
applications for financial web sites. ARIVA.DE AG also specialises in
regulatory documents: the company has developed new, modular software which
enables issuers in the financial sector to automatically generate documents
for packaged investment products which will be required by law.
The company"s comprehensive derivatives database is currently used by
nearly 40 licensees.
ARIVA.DE AG currently has 97 employees.


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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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