EQS Group AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures
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. "
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.
* Non-IFRS key figures before amortization of acquired customer bases, purchase price allocation and acquisition expenses
The figures for the first nine months of 2016 are unaudited.
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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.
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