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15.04.2011

EquityStory AG delivers excellent annual results for 2010 - Proposed dividend payment of EUR 0.70 per share - high growth expectations for 2011

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15.04.2011 08:30

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EquityStory AG delivers excellent annual results for 2010
Proposed dividend payment of EUR 0.70 per share - high growth expectations
for 2011

Munich - 15.04.2011

EquityStory AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) in 2010 produced excellent results. The
group revenue was EUR 9.962 million representing a 10 per cent increase
against the previous year. The EBIT, according to IFRS, grew by 23 per cent
to EUR 2.801 million. The group's net profit was EUR 1.925 million. The
profit per share according to DVFA / SG is EUR 1.62.

For the months from October to December 2010 group revenue was EUR 3.262
million. The EBIT, according to IFRS was EUR 1.391 million and the group's
net profit was EUR .972 million. This represents a Q4 profit per share
according to DVFA / SG of EUR 0.82.

EquityStory AG's board of directors and the supervisory board will propose
a dividend payment of EUR 0.70 per share at the general meeting on
27.05.2011 comprising a dividend increase of EUR 0.10 and an anniversary
bonus to mark the   decennial existence of EquityStory AG of EUR 0.10.
Altogether this represents an increase in the dividend payment of 40 per
cent against the previous year.

The cash flow in the fiscal year 2010 according to DVFA/SG is EUR 2.090
million (1.750 million). On 31.12.2010 the equity ratio was 86 per cent,
liquid assets were EUR 1.842 million.

Achim Weick, EquityStory AG's CEO stated: ' Accompanied by the financial
market crisis the last two fiscal years have been a real stress test for
EquityStory group. However, we have passed this with flying colours and due
to our brave investments in this year of crisis we are back on a growth
course. Whilst continuing to develop our strategic areas, we never lose
sight of our profitability.'

The Segment Regulatory Information & News benefited from a recovery of the
distribution volume of news by 8 per cent against the previous year. After
the decline in 2009 both revenue and EBIT are significantly up again. As
expected in 2010 DGAP continued to be the first choice supplier for
statutory compliance services for stock-listed companies. The market share
regarding the dissemination of ad-hoc news in accordance with § 15 WpHG is
stable at 73.2 per cent.

The segment Products & Services saw an equally pleasing increase in revenue
and results, too. The dynamic growth in the area of the submission of
annual reports continued. The number of corporate customers grew by 27 per
cent to over 4,500. In addition, increasing cross-selling successes within
the business area Online Corporate Communications could be seen. Numerous
new customers were won for the distribution of corporate news and press
releases.

Both of these segments contributed approximately half of the operating
group result.

The geographic expansion in Russia continued to progress well. In order to
gain optimal market penetration the sales team of our Russian affiliate
EquityStory RS, registered in Moscow, was increased to five staff. In
addition to winning new customers for the products IR.WEBSITES and WEBCASTS
the first customers for the dissemination of corporate news could be won.
In Switzerland growth continued. The entire product range focused even more
on the requirements of the Swiss investor relations managers. First
preparatory operations have been taken for the setup of the business
segment Corporate Communications, which will possibly start mid-2011.

In 2010 the market environment in the area of online advertising still
improved only slightly for our affiliate financial.de (100%) and our share
holding ARIVA.DE AG (25,44%). The reluctance to free advertising budgets of
advertisers close to the capital markets only eased at the end of 2010.
This is shown by a strong fourth quarter, with financial.de AG generating
increased revenue and reaching a significantly positive EBIT for the fiscal
year 2010. Our strategic shareholding ARIVA.DE AG also saw a revenue
increase, and an almost unchanged net profit against the previous year.

Management has high growth expectations for the fiscal year 2011

The management expects a revenue increase of 20 to 25 per cent to EUR 12
million to EUR 12.5 million, and an EBIT increase of 15 to 20 per cent to
EUR 3.2 to EUR 3.35 million for the EquityStory group during the fiscal
year 2011.

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
www.equitystory.de.

Key figures (IFRS)                FY 2010          FY 2009         + / -

Revenue (EUR million)               9.962            9.053         + 10%
EBIT (EUR million)                  2.801            2.272         + 23%
Net profit (EUR million)            1.925            1.590         + 21%
Earnings per share DVFA/SG (EUR)     1.62             1.34         + 21%
Cash flow DVFA/SG (EUR million)     2.090            1.750         + 19%
Liquid assets (EUR million)         1.842              471        + 291%
Employees as per 31.12. (group)        77               58         + 33%
 
Further Notifications Q4 figures are unaudited. 2010 full-year figures are audited. The complete annual report can be found on www.equitystory.de'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 www.equitystory.de. About the EquityStory group Serving more than 5,500 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. In January 2011 EquityStory group acquired 100 per cent of the shares of the web- and multimedia agency triplex neue medien GmbH. triplex designs advanced multimedia and Internet projects. This acquisition paves the way for further growth in the business area of online corporate communications. 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 financial.de 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 München Tel.: +49 89 21 02 98 - 34 Fax: +49 89 21 02 98 - 49 E-Mail: robert.wirth@equitystory.de www.equitystory.de 15.04.2011 DGAP's Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: EquityStory AG Seitzstraße 23 80538 München Deutschland Phone: +49(0)89 210298-0 Fax: +49(0)89 210298-49 E-mail: info@equitystory.com Internet: www.equitystory.de ISIN: DE0005494165 WKN: 549416 Listed: Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart; Open Market (Entry Standard) in Frankfurt End of Announcement DGAP News-Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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