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31.05.2016

EQS Group AG: EQS Group AG starts the new financial year as expected

EQS Group AG / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement/Quarter Results

2016-05-31 / 08:00


EQS Group AG starts the new financial year as expected
Investments continue to influence earnings
Foreign business accounts for one third of Group revenues for the first time

Munich - May 31, 2016

EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) started the 2016 financial year as planned. From January to March, Group revenues totalled EUR4.617 million, an increase of 10% over the same period the previous year. Group EBIT before scheduled amortisation on acquired customer bases and before costs of acquisition (non-IFRS) declined by 66% to EUR.163 million. Adjusted Group earnings were EUR-.071 million with adjusted earnings per share at EUR-.06.

For the first time, foreign business accounted for one-third of total revenues. The Group's foreign subsidiaries increased their earnings by double-digit percentages.

Domestic business declined, however, in line with expectations. Revenues amounted to EUR3.088 million, 5% lower than in the previous year's quarter, due to the impacts of a changed regulation of voting rights notifications and quarterly reports under the EU Transparency Directive for Listed Companies as well as the weak media business with issuers of SME bonds. EQS Group AG does expect an increase in domestic revenues from the second half year due to the EU Market Abuse Regulation that will go into effect at the beginning of July. This Regulation calls for an expansion of the ad-hoc notification obligation for a significantly larger number of issuers as well as requiring more comprehensive insider regulations.

Similarly, the Market Abuse Regulation law also applies to other EU member states. The December 2015 acquisition of Obsidian IR in the United Kingdom (UK) opens a unique opportunity to reap benefits of the new regulation locally. Since its entry into the market, EQS AG's London-based British subsidiary, EQS Group Ltd. has already contributed EUR.085 million to the Group's revenues in the first quarter. Our Swiss subsidiary contributed an even larger share to Group revenues. After the acquisition of Tensid AG (which was merged to our former Swiss company with retrospective effect on January 1, 2016 and is now active under the name of Tensid EQS AG), Swiss revenues rose by 137% to EUR.663 million.

Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG, said: "The Group's dynamic development in foreign revenues, with growth rates in the double-digit range, shows that our efforts to become a leading global provider for digital investor relations is bearing increasingly more fruit. Our UK and Swiss acquisitions at the end of the year provide us with renewed growth momentum."

The Asian subsidiary EQS Asia Ltd. increased its revenues by 13% to EUR.619 million. Despite insecurities in Asian capital markets, the Group was able to increase its customer base. The Group was, at the same time, able to decrease losses compared to the previous year's quarter, in accordance with expectations. Our Russian subsidiary is still working under difficult conditions, making its 31% revenue increase to EUR.162 million all the more remarkable.

Unchanged outlook for the 2016 financial year

The board of EQS Group AG expects double-digit sales growth of 10% - 15% to EUR20.2 - EUR21.1 million and an increase in adjusted EBIT by 5% - 10% to EUR3.1 - EUR3.3 million as part of its international growth strategy for the 2016. This figure includes additional organizational and expansion expenses totalling approximately EUR1.1 million.

Management will discuss these results in today's conference call starting 11:00 am (CEST). It will be transmitted live online at www.eqs.com.

Key figures (IFRS)Q1 2016Q1 2015+/-
Revenues (EUR '000)4,6174,207+10%
Non-IFRS* EBIT (EUR '000)163481-66%
EBIT (EUR '000)38395-90%
Non-IFRS* Group Earnings (EUR '000)-71370-
Group Earnings (EUR '000)-159320-
Non-IFRS Earnings per Share (EUR)*-0.060.32-
Earnings per Share (EUR)-0.130.27-
Operating Cash Flow (EUR '000)4081,383-70%
Liquid funds (EUR '000)4611,345-66%
Employees (average of the reporting period)211172+23%
 

* Non-IFRS key figures before amortisation of acquired customer bases and acquisition expenses

More information:

The figures for the first quarter of 2016 have not been audited.

Corporate notifications of EQS Group AG are also available, free of charge and immediately, on your mobile device: by DGAP News App directly to your AppleWatch or iPhone (http://newsapp.dgap.de/).

About EQS Group

EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust our applications and services which securely, efficiently and simultaneously fulfil complex national and international information obligations to the global investment community.

The heart of the technology is the COCKPIT, as 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 Newswire, 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 as well as 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 locations in the world's key financial markets. The Group employs more than 200 professionals.

Contact:

André Marques

Head of Investor Relations

Tel.: +4989-21029833

Mobile: +49175-5250009

Email.: andre.marques@eqs.com



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