EQS Group AG / Key word(s): 9 Month figures/Change in Forecast
EQS Group AG publishes third quarter results and lowers forecast for the 2019 financial year
The figures for the first nine months are as follows: revenues amount to EUR 26.58 million (+3%), EBITDA increased to EUR 649 thousand (adjusted: EUR -722 thousand) in accordance with IFRS 16, and consolidated net income amounted to EUR -722 thousand. Earnings per share amount to EUR -0.43 (previous year: EUR -1.59). Adjusted for the sale of ARIVA.DE AG, revenues increased by 12% to EUR 23.09 million. EBITDA amounted to EUR 392 thousand, compared to EUR -628 thousand in the same period the previous year.
Revenue grew by 12% (adjusted) in the first nine months of 2019, lower than expected. The postponed completion of certain CRM and mailing functions for the COCKPIT and Policy Manager resulted in delays in customer onboarding to the new platform and, as a result, in lower than expected revenue increases. A softening economy, with its lack of initial public offerings (IPO), has been an obstacle to compensating for these lower revenue increases. Both lower revenues from XML submissions and longer sales cycles at Integrity Line have been additional burdens. Therefore the Forecast for FY 2019 has been adjusted.
Forecast adjustment for the 2019 financial year
The previously forecasted 18% to 25% increase in adjusted revenues has been lowered to an increase in revenues of between 10% to 15%.
EQS Group AG has sold its entire stake in ARIVA.DE AG effective July 1, 2019. The decision to do so was based on the Group's strategic focus on Corporate Compliance and Investor Relations. The deal closed in mid-July (deconsolidation as of July 1, 2019) and after the current lowering of the forecast the Executive Board plans revenues from between EUR 35.2 million and EUR 36.6 million (before: EUR 37.5 million and EUR 39.5 million). Adjusted revenue is expected at between EUR 31.7 million and EUR 33.1 million (previously: EUR 34 million to EUR 36 million).
Due to lower other operating expenses of approximately EUR 1.8 million as a result of the effects of IFRS 16 (Amendment to IFRS accounting guidelines for leases), we expect an EBITDA of between EUR 2.3 million and EUR 3.3 million (before: between EUR 2.8 million and EUR 3.8 million). Adjusted for the effects of IFRS 16, EBITDA is expected to be between EUR 0.5 million and EUR 1.5 million (before: between EUR 1 million and EUR 2 million).
We expect a volume of between EUR 3.2 million and EUR 3.6 million for the newly introduced New ARR key figure, which reflects newly contracted annual recurring sales volume (before: EUR 4 million). In addition, the number of new customers (Large Caps) is to increase between 310 and 350 (before: 400).
The Executive Board will discuss the results on November 15, 2019 on a telephone conference from 11.00 a.m. (CET). This will be broadcast live online at www.eqs.com.
The figures for 9M 2019 are unaudited.
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EQS Group is a leading international provider of regulatory technology (RegTech) in the fields of corporate compliance and investor relations. In working with EQS Group, thousands of companies worldwide inspire trust by fulfilling complex national and international disclosure obligations, minimizing risks and communicating transparently with stakeholders.
EQS Group's products are pooled in the cloud-based software EQS COCKPIT. They ensure the professional control of compliance workflows in the fields of whistleblower protection and case management, policy management, insider list management and disclosure obligations. In addition, listed companies benefit from a global newswire, investor targeting and contact management, IR websites, digital reports and webcasts for efficient and secure investor communications.
EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today the group employs over 350 professionals and has offices in the world's key financial markets.
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