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25.05.2012

EquityStory AG continues profitable growth during the first quarter of 2012 - EBIT grows disproportionally compared with revenues by 19 per cent

EquityStory AG  / Key word(s): Quarter Results

25.05.2012 08:30

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EquityStory AG continues profitable growth during the first quarter of 2012
EBIT grows disproportionally compared with revenues by 19 per cent

Munich - 25.05.2012

EquityStory AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) saw a successful start into the new
fiscal year. The group revenue was EUR 3.122 million representing a 6 per
cent increase against Q1 of the previous year. The EBIT, according to IFRS,
grew by 19 per cent to EUR .559 million. According to DVFA / SG, the
group's net profit was EUR .356 million, equaling EUR .30 earnings per
share.

Both segments Regulatory Information & News and Products & Services
recorded increasing revenues. The regulatory news volume was level with the
previous year. The market share regarding the distribution of ad-hoc-news
according to § 15 WpHG was increased by 79 per cent.

The segment Products & Services achieved very pleasing increases in
revenues and profits. This is attributable primarily to the increases in
the creation of online financial reports and the submission service for
annual reports at the German Federal Gazette (elektronischer
Bundesanzeiger). Also, both the creation of corporate websites and apps
have contributed to these excellent segment results.

Due to the uncertainties on the capital markets the creation of media- and
marketing plans and their implementation for issuers of bonds have been
declining up to now.

Achim Weick, EquityStory AG's CEO stated: 'We began the new financial year
well with a revenue plus of six per cent. The disproportionate improvement
of the EBIT by 19 per cent in comparison with the revenue growth was
particularly gratifying proving the scalability of our business model.'

Unchanged Positive Outlook

For the fiscal year 2012 the management expects a revenue increase between
5 to 15 per cent from EUR 13.7 million to EUR 14.3 million, and an EBIT
increase between 5 to 15 per cent from EUR 3.35 to EUR 3.7 million for the
EquityStory group.

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)                        Q1 2012     Q1 2011     + / -
Revenue (EUR million)                       3.122       2.938       +6%
EBIT (EUR million)                           .559        .471     + 19%
Net profit DVFA/SG (EUR million)             .356        .347      + 3%
Earnings per share DVFA/SG (EUR)             0.30        0.29      + 3%
Cash flow DVFA/SG (EUR million)              .430        .401      + 7%
Liquid assets (EUR million)                 2.586       2.041     + 27%
Employees (period average)                    106          89     + 19%
 

Further Notifications Q1 figures are unaudited. The complete quarterly 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 7,000 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 websites and apps, the execution of audio- and video conferences as well as the creation 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 agency triplex GmbH. triplex designs advanced multimedia and Internet projects paving 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 160 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 25.05.2012 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 Germany 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, München (m:access), Stuttgart; Open Market (Entry Standard) in Frankfurt End of Announcement DGAP News-Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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