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2016-04-15

DGAP-News: EQS Group AG reports successful 2015 on the path to being a global player

DGAP-News: EQS Group AG reports successful 2015 on the path to being a
global player EQS Group AG / Key word(s): Final Results/Forecast 15.04.2016
08:00 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of
EQS Group AG. The issuer / publisher is solely responsible for the content
of this announcement.
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EQS Group AG reports successful 2015 on the path to being a global player
Acceleration of expansion; annual forecast fulfilled; consistent dividends
Munich - April 15, 2016 The EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) increased its
revenues in the 2015 fiscal year for the sixth consecutive year, thus
reaching a new record. Group revenue rose by 12% over the previous year to
EUR18.377 million. EBIT before amortisation of acquired customer bases in
the amount of EUR.351 million and before acquisition expenses of EUR.268
million (non-IFRS) decreased 10% in the past fiscal year to EUR2.983
million. Adjusted consolidated net income amounted to EUR1.355 million.
Adjusted earnings per share amounted to EUR1.15. Financial figures are thus
in line with the Guidance published at the start of 2015. From October to
December 2015, the Group generated revenues of EUR5.224 million (+ 6%).
Adjusted EBIT was EUR1.415 million (+ 6%) and adjusted net profit was
EUR.498 million (-52%). As a result, adjusted earnings per share for the
fourth quarter of 2015 were EUR0.42 (-52%). The Group's healthy business
performance in 2015 is also reflected in its operating cash flow, which
increased by 27% to EUR3.618 million. The equity ratio on December 31, 2015
was 59%. Cash and cash equivalents at the balance sheet date were EUR 3.607
million. The Management and Supervisory Boards of EQS Group AG will, as in
the previous year, propose a dividend payment of EUR0.75 per share to the
Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2016. The path to becoming a worldwide
leader in Digital Investor Relations is paved with large investments,
particularly in international expansion, in product development,
organisation and processes in order to build a similarly profitable and
high-margin business in new foreign markets which already exists in the
Group's established markets. Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG:
"We're very pleased with our progress in the 2015 fiscal year. We expanded
our excellent position in the German speaking markets and successfully
integrated our Asian companies. We also successfully entered both the UK
and Middle East markets." In 2015 the EQS Group AG significantly improved
its strategic position through international expansion and continued to
grow sustainably and profitably in the established European markets of
Germany, Switzerland and in particular Russia, despite its uniquely
difficult market situation caused by the decline of the ruble, falling
commodity prices and Western sanctions. EQS became the market leader in
Switzerland through its acquisition of Tensid AG and will now be able to
significantly increase its profitability there in coming years. The EQS
ASIA Ltd., after successfully integrating TodayIR Group, is now the leading
provider of Digital Investor Relations in Hong Kong and has significantly
increased its revenues in the past year. An additional Shanghai office was
also opened, allowing EQS to tap the huge growth potential offered by this
dynamic region. The course has been set for even further growth in the
Middle East, where EQS successfully entered the market through its
cooperation with the IR consulting firm Iridium, as well as is the UK,
through EQS's acquisition of Obsidian IR Ltd. The pan-European
implementation of the new EU Market Abuse Regulation, which will regulate
stocks, bonds and derivatives issuers in the over-the-counter market
beginning on July 3, 2016, poses an excellent opportunity for EQS to
successfully gain a foothold in the largest financial center in Europe. The
Regulatory Information & News segment, in which mandatory disclosures and
news distribution are bundled, recorded stable revenue of EUR5.954 million.
Distributed news volume increased Group-wide over the previous by 5% to
20,702. Germany, however, proved to be a mixed business landscape. The
number of ad-hoc releases and directors' dealings decreased due to further
delistings and downlistings and could not be entirely offset by newly
listed companies. However, the strong number of disseminated voting rights
announcements as well as an increase in press releases had a positive
effect on overall news volume. The second segment, Products & Services,
which offers Digital Investor Relations solutions, recorded 17% revenue
growth in the 2015 fiscal year, up to EUR13.054 million. The Websites &
Platforms business division grew particularly robustly, benefiting mainly
from the strong growth of our Asian subsidiary. The EQS Federal Gazette
submission service as well as the Reports & Webcasts business division also
grew significantly. Outlook: Further Growth in 2016 The EQS Group
management board again expects double-digit sales growth of 10-15% up to
EUR20.2 million - EUR21.1 million within the framework of the Group's
international growth strategy. At the same time, further development and
expansion expenses totaling approximately EUR1.1 million are planned for in
the 2016 fiscal year, yet adjusted EBIT should increase by 5% - 10% to
EUR3.1 million - EUR3.3 million in the same time frame. The Management
Board will discuss the financial results at 11:00 a.m. (CET) in today's
conference call. The call will be streamed live at www.eqs.com.

Key metrics (IFRS) 01.01.- 01.01.- +/-
31.12.2015 31.12.2014
Revenues (EURmillion) 18.377 16.390 +12%
Non-IFRS EBIT (EURmillion)* 2.983 3.311 -10%
EBIT (EURmillion) 2.364 2.820 -16%
Non-IFRS consolidated net profits 1.355 2.148 -37%
(EURmillion)*
Consolidated net profits 1.115 1.841 -39%
(EURmillion)
Non-IFRS earnings per share (EUR)* 1.15 1.83 -37%
Earnings per share (EUR) 0.95 1.56 -39%
Operative cash flow (EURmillion) 3.618 2.844 +27%
Liquid assets (EURmillion) 3.607 1.370 >100%
Employees (reporting period average) 182 149 22%

* Non-IFRS key figures before amortisation of acquired customer bases and
acquisition expenses Other Information: The figures for the fourth quarter
of 2015 are unaudited. The annual figures for 2015 are audited. The
complete Annual Report is published digitally and is available for download
from the Investor Relations section at www.eqs.com. An interactive version
is also available at the same web address. You can receive corporate news
from EQS Group AG on your mobile device: This service is available using
the EQS News App (http://newsapp.eqs.com/) for your AppleWatch or by text
message and subsequent download: You can register to receive this
information in the Investor Relations section at www.eqs.com Corporate
Profile The EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for
Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS's
products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil
complex national and international information obligations to the global
investment community. The heart of the technology is the platform COCKPIT,
a 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 Newswires, 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 and 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 concern with locations in the
world's key financial markets. The company currently employs 200
professionals. contact: André Marques Head of Investor Relations Tel:.:
+4989-21029833 Mob.: +49175-5250009 Email.: andre.marques@eqs.com
15.04.2016 The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements,
Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at
www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de
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Language: English Company: EQS Group AG Karlstr. 47 80333 Munich Germany
Phone: +49(0)89 210298-0 Fax: +49(0)89 210298-49 E-mail: info@eqs.com
Internet: www.eqs.com ISIN: DE0005494165 WKN: 549416 Listed: Regulated
Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich (m:access), Stuttgart; Open
Market (Entry Standard) in Frankfurt End of Announcement DGAP News-Service
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