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12.04.2013

EquityStory AG Achieves Record Result in Fiscal Year 2012

EquityStory AG  / Key word(s): Final Results/Forecast

12.04.2013 08:31

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EquityStory AG Achieves Record Result in Fiscal Year 2012
Proposed dividend payment of EUR 0.75 per share 

Munich - 12.04.2013

EquityStory AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) has achieved a record result in the
fiscal year 2012. Group revenue was EUR 14.220 million, representing a 9%
increase to the previous year. EBIT, according to IFRS, grew by 5% to EUR
3.351 million. According to DVFA / SG, the group's net profit was EUR 2.296
million, equalling EUR 1.93 earnings per share.

For the period of October to December 2011, group revenue was EUR 4.282
million. The EBIT, according to IFRS, was EUR 1.513 million. According to
DVFA / SG, the group's net profit for the fourth quarter was EUR 1.038
million, equalling EUR 0.87 earnings per share.

EquityStory AG's board of directors and the supervisory board will propose
a dividend payment of EUR 0.75 per share at the general meeting on 31. May
2013. This dividend payment is a 7% increase over the previous year's
dividend payment.

Cash flow in the fiscal year 2012 according to DVFA/SG is EUR 2.554 million
(2.427 million). The equity ratio was 87% on December 31, 2012, with liquid
assets equalling EUR 2.748 million.

Achim Weick, EquityStory AG's CEO stated: 'We are delighted about our very
successful fiscal year and the repeated record result. We have been able to
fulfill our ambitious annual forecast and to remain on course for further
profitable growth.'

The segment Regulatory Information & News benefited from a 4% increase in
distribution volume compared to the previous year. As expected, DGAP
continued to be the first choice supplier for statutory compliance services
for stock-listed companies in 2012. The market share for dissemination of
ad-hoc news in accordance with § 15 WpHG rose to 78.6%.

The segment Products & Services also saw an equally pleasing increase in
revenue and results. Both the creation of IR and group websites, as well as
the implementation of online annual reports, contributed to the growth.

Geographic expansion continues to progress well. During fiscal year 2012
our affiliate EquityStory RS, domiciled in Moscow, has developed very
positively and reached the operative break even. Our positioning as premium
supplier offers excellent growth opportunities with Russian large caps.
Furthermore, we have been able to continually strengthen our market
position in Switzerland and to significantly increase revenue and profit.
Our start-up EQS Asia Limited, domiciled in Hong Kong, began operations at
the beginning of this year.

Both our affiliate EQS Financial Markets & Media GmbH (100%) and our equity
holding ARIVA.DE AG (25.44%) contributed pleasingly to the operating
result.

For 2013, further growth is expected.

Group management expects a revenue increase of 5 to 15%, or EUR 14.9
million to EUR 16.3 million, and an EBIT increase of 5 to 15%, or EUR 3.52
to EUR 3.85 million for the EquityStory group for the fiscal year 2013.

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.eqs.com.


Key figures (IFRS)                   FY 2012        FY 2011        + / -
                                                                           
Revenue (EUR million)                 14.220         13.004         + 9%
EBIT (EUR million)                     3.351          3.202         + 5%
Net profit DVFA/SG (EUR million)       2.296          2.202         + 4%
Earnings per share DVFA/SG (EUR)        1.93           1.85         + 4%
Cash flow DVFA/SG (EUR million)        2.554          2.427         + 5%
Liquid assets (EUR million)            2.748          2.041        + 35%
Employees (period average)               105             92        + 14%
 

Further Notifications Q4 figures are unaudited. 2012 full-year figures are audited. The complete annual report can be found on www.eqs.com 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.eqs.com About the EQS Group Serving more than 7,000 customers the EQS 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. EQS Corporate Communications GmbH designs advanced multimedia and Internet projects paving the way for further growth in the business area of online corporate communications. Moreover, the EQS Group actively serves the markets for B2C investor relations, financial data and online advertising for the financial sector by the fully-owned affiliate EQS Financial Markets & Media GmbH (100%) and the strategic holding ARIVA.DE AG (25.44%). With offices in Munich, Kiel, Hamburg, Zurich, Moscow, Hong Kong and Budapest the EQS 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@eqs.com www.eqs.com 12.04.2013 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; Frankfurt in Open Market (Entry Standard) End of Announcement DGAP News-Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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