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27.11.2015

EQS Group AG: 3rd quarter characterized by the international expansion - outlook confirmed

Corporate News: EQS Group AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures/Quarter Results

2015-11-27 / 08:30
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EQS Group AG: 3rd quarter characterized by the international expansion - outlook confirmed

Munich - 27 November 2015

EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) successfully continued its geographic expansion into growth markets in the third quarter. As expected, investments related to the market entry in Mainland China and the Middle East, as well as a lagging domestic market lead to decreasing earning figures.

In the months July to September, the group generated revenues on the level of the same period of the previous year, amounting to EUR4.159 million. EBIT before scheduled amortisation of the customer assets and before acquisition costs (Non-IFRS) decreased by 62% to EUR.317 million. Adjusted net income totalled EUR.100. Adjusted earnings per share amounted to EUR.09.

The first nine months of 2015 showed the following results: revenues amounted to EUR13.154 million while the adjusted EBIT (Non-IFRS) totalled EUR1.568. The overall adjusted net income (Non-IFRS) amounted to EUR.857 and year-on-year adjusted earnings per share were at EUR.73.

It was possible to strengthen the leading market position in the German-speaking countries. However, the slow IPO market in Germany, by international comparison, did not contribute. The number of de- and downlistings again exceeded the number of IPOs significantly. The media business with issuers of SME bonds was not able to positively contribute, in contrast to the strong quarter it recorded in the previous year.

The geographic expansion was continued consistently. In the strong growth market Asia, EQS Group has achieved an excellent position in the main capital markets Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan and thus created the ideal starting position for the started market entry in Shanghai. Also very promising was the start in Dubai. From here, further Middle East markets will be developed.

Achim Weick, CEO of EQS Group AG: As planned, our expansion has led to expenses relating to development and integration which will have an impact on our profitability over the short term. We view this as being a major opportunity for developing EQS Group into a global and highly profitable technology provider for investor relations.

Outlook confirmed

The outlook for 2015 and 2016 remains unchanged. The EQS Group Management Board expects continued revenue increases of between 10-15% to EUR18 - EUR18.8 million for the current business year. We expect a decrease of 5-10% to EUR3 - EUR3.15 million in Non-IFRS EBIT due to higher expenditures, particularly for expansion into China's markets. EQS Group expect 2016 to see new records in revenue and adjusted EBIT.

Management will comment on results today beginning at 11:00 a.m. (CET) via teleconference which will be streamed live online at www.eqs.com.

Key Figures (IFRS)9M 20159M 2014Change
Revenues (EURmillion)13.15411.45915%
Non-IFRS* EBIT (EURmillion)1.5681.977-21%
EBIT (EURmillion)1.3011.571-17%
Non-IFRS* Group Earnings (EURmillion).8571.111-23%
Group Earnings (EURmillion).717.887-19%
Operative Cash Flow (EURmillion)3.1532.34135%
Liquid Funds (EURmillion)2.9931.370>100%
Non-IFRS* Earnings per Share (EUR).73.94-22%
Earnings per Share (EUR).61.75-19%
Employees (Period Average)17814324%

Key Figures (IFRS)Q3 2015Q3 2014+/-
Revenues (EURmillion)4.1594.1510%
Non-IFRS* EBIT (EURmillion).317.833-62%
EBIT (EURmillion).224.731-69%
Non-IFRS* Group Earnings (EURmillion).100.556-82%
Group Earnings (EURmillion).060.503-88%
Non-IFRS* Earnings per Share (EUR).09.47-82%
Earnings per Share (EUR).05.43-88%

* Non-IFRS performance indicators before amortisation on acquired customer assets & acquisition costs

Further Comments:

Nine months 2015 figures are unaudited.

The complete quarterly report can be found and downloaded at www.eqs.com in Investor Relations in an interactive version.

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About EQS Group

The EQS Group is a Munich-headquartered leading international provider of digital corporate communications.

Since its founding in 2000, the EQS Group has grown to be a leading global provider of digital solutions for investor relations and corporate communications. Its solutions and services enable over 7,000 companies worldwide to fulfill complex domestic and international corporate information requirements securely, timely and efficiently.

EQS Investor Relations and EQS Corporate Communications disseminate financial and corporate news, develop corporate websites and apps, produce online financial as well as sustainability reports, and execute audio and video broadcasts. EQS Financial Markets & Media and ARIVA.DE (25.44%) are active in financial marketing, data and content delivery as well as the development of financial portals. Through its DGAP service, the EQS Group is the institution by which companies fulfill mandatory regulatory news dissemination requirements.

The EQS Group is headquartered in Munich, with a further domestic office in Hamburg. The international growth strategy has led to subsidiaries in Zurich, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Taipei, and Kochi. EQS Group currently has over 190 employees.



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