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EquityStory AG delivers excellent annual result 2009

EquityStory AG / Final Results/Forecast

31.03.2010 08:30

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EquityStory AG delivers excellent annual result 2009

Outstanding fourth quarter. Proposed dividend payment of EUR 0.50 per

Munich - 31.03.2010

In the fourth quarter 2009 EquityStory AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) gave a
strong year-end push leading to a brilliant quarterly result. For the
months from October to December 2009 revenue is EUR 2.984 million. The EBIT
according to IFRS is EUR 1.151 million and the group net income EUR .825
million. Thus the profit per share for the fourth quarter according to DVFA
/SG was EUR 0.70.

The positive development in the last quarter contributed to the excellent
annual result. The group revenues amounted to EUR 9.053 million
representing a decrease of 3 per cent against the previous year. In
accordance with IFRS, the EBIT decreased by 29 per cent to EUR 2.272
million. The group's net profit totalled EUR 1.590 million. The earnings
per share (according to DVFA / SG the German Association of Financial
Analysis and Asset Management / Schmalenbach Society) was EUR 1.34.

EquityStory AG's board of directors and the supervisory board will propose
a dividend payment of EUR 0.50 per share at the general meeting on

In 2009 DGAP remained first choice for stock-listed companies regarding
compliance with statutory requirements. The market share for the
dissemination of ad-hoc announcements in accordance with § 15 WpHG remained
stable at 73.9 per cent. Nevertheless the segment Regulatory Information &
News had to take a hit on result and revenue. The decreasing number of
disseminated announcements caused by the financial market crisis in 2009
translates into a decline of 20 per cent compared to the previous year. On
the other side the Segment Products & Services increased its revenues
unimpressed by the difficulties on the capital market.

Achim Weick, EquityStory AG's CEO stated: 'The fiscal year 2009 has been
challenging as the capital market environment has been facing an increasing
number of insolvencies, delistings, withdrawals from regulated market
segments and a lack of initial public offerings. Nevertheless we intend to
now take opportunities and continue to invest in our growth areas. In this
respect we consciously accept the current lower EBIT margins as we are
convinced to create huge and particularly sustainable increment values in
the future.'

The business segment Online Corporate Communications - established in March
2008 - has developed impressively. In the course of the year the number of
customers increased by 60 per cent to a total number of 3.556 at
31.12.2009. The launch of PR.COCKPIT, the online platform for pr services
and the extension of distribution channels outside the capital markets and
the introduction of additional products now allow us an intensified
addressing of this customer base.

The geographic expansion progressed well especially in Russia and
Switzerland. In addition to Gazprom Neft our Russian affiliate was able to
win further key customers as Gazprom, FSK-EES and Sberbank. By now the
Swiss affiliate serves over 100 customers. In Hungary we have increased our
share in DGAP-Geoinfo Zrt. from 1 March 2010 from 50 per cent to 95
per cent. However, we will have to continue to be patient as a result of
the incomplete implementation of the EU transparency directive.

The market environment in the sector of online financial advertising has
not improved during the fiscal year 2009 for our fully-owned affiliate AG (100%) and the strategic holding ARIVA.DE AG (25.44%). It
is however remarkable how well both companies performed: while
AG could keep the revenue in the fiscal year 2009 almost on the same level
and achieved a positive EBIT, ARIVA.DE AG managed to reach a new record
result due to the strong position in the licensing business doubling the
annual profit to EUR .336 million.

For the fiscal year 2010 the management expects a revenue increase by up to
10 per cent accompanied by an over-proportionately positive EBIT
development. The management is convinced that the strong market position,
the very scalable business model, the high equity base and the strong cash
flow will generate higher growth rates in the following years after the
full recovery from the financial market crisis.

EquityStory's management will comment on the company results in today's
conference call from 11.00 am (CET) to be transmitted live via internet at
Key figures (IFRS)                     FY 2009     FY 2008      + / -

Sales (EUR million)                      9.053       9.354      -  3%
EBIT (EUR million)                       2.272       3.187      - 29%
Net profit (EUR million)                 1.590       2.103      - 24%
Earnings per share (EUR)                  1.34        1.77      - 24%
Cash Flow DVFA/SG (EUR million)          1.617       2.136      - 24%
Employees (period average)                  57          51       +12%

                                      31.12.09    31.12.08      + / -
Equity Ratio (%)                           88%         79%       +11%
Liquid assets (EUR million)                471       1.189       -60%
Number of customers                      4,800       2,500       +92%

Further notifications: Q4 figures are unaudited. 2009 full-year figures are audited. The complete annual report can be found on's investor relations section, both as interactive and download version. You can also instantly receive free company notifications of EquityStory AG on your mobile device. We will inform you via text messages and offer news downloads to your mobile phone. Please register in the investor relations section at About the EquityStory group Serving more than 4,800 customers the EquityStory group is a leading provider in the German-language area for online corporate communication services. Corporate customers from Europe and North America use our one-stop shop communication solutions in the areas of investor relations and corporate communications. Besides the services for the compliance with statutory requirements the service range also comprises the dissemination of corporate news, the development of financial portals and -websites, the execution of audio- and video conferences as well as the generation of online financial reports. Established in 1996 and market leader ever since is the 100% affiliate Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ad-hoc-Publizität mbH (DGAP), an institution for the compliance of stock-listed companies with statutory requirements. With its business unit Online Corporate Communications DGAP addresses non stock-listed companies with a comprehensive offer. Moreover, the EquityStory group actively serves the markets for B2C investor relations, financial data and online advertising for the financial sector by the fully-owned affiliate AG (100%) and the strategic holding ARIVA.DE AG (25.44%). With offices in Munich, Kiel, Hamburg, Zurich, Moscow and Budapest the EquityStory group employs more than 100 employees. Contact: Robert Wirth EquityStory AG Seitzstraße 23 D-80538 Munich Tel.: +49 89 21 02 98 - 34 Fax: + 49 89 21 02 98 - 49 E-Mail: 31.03.2010 Ad hoc announcement, Financial News and Media Release distributed by DGAP. Media archive at and --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: EquityStory AG Seitzstraße 23 80538 München Deutschland Phone: +49(0)89 210298-0 Fax: +49(0)89 210298-49 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: DE0005494165 WKN: 549416 Listed: Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart; Entry Standard in Frankfurt End of News DGAP News-Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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