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Schibsted: Schibsted ASA (SCHA/SCHB) - Interim Financial Statement Q4 2015

Today, Schibsted Media Group released its Q4 2015 report.

"Q4 2015 was a good quarter for Schibsted. The online classifieds operations
revenues and operating profit grew well. I am particularly satisfied with the
performance in our French and Spanish operations", CEO Rolv Erik Ryssdal

"During 2015 we have seen great value creation through in-market consolidation
of online classifieds. Schibsted's ambition is to continue to pursue such
opportunities in the markets we operate. In Q4, we were very happy to sign
the agreements to acquire the leading Swedish real estate marketplace Hemnet.
We believe this type of consolidation will contribute to create better
marketplaces for buyers and sellers", Rolv Erik Ryssdal says.

"The development in our media houses in Norway and Sweden is affected by big
changes in consumer and advertising markets. Despite these changes, the media
houses continue to produce great journalistic achievements. Margin levels
were stable compared to Q4 2014, but continued cost cutting is necessary
going forward", Rolv Erik Ryssdal says.

"We have gradually increased our efforts within digital product and technology
development during 2015 - and we plan to do even more in 2016. During Q4 2015
we announced a new organizational model for Schibsted. Moving the
responsibility and resources for product and technology development to global
units will enable us to deliver great products to our customers quicker and
more efficiently. We believe this will increase our competitive strength
considerably going forward", Rolv Erik Ryssdal says.

In Schibsted's new organizational structure, the technology function has been
strengthened. Rian Liebenberg, EVP Chief Technology Officer says:

"We have an ambitious roadmap for further launches during 2016, and plan to
launch targeted advertising solutions in our most important markets. This
will enable us to capture revenues in the fast growing online ad market. The
global platforms we are developing for media houses, market places and
advertising will ensure that Schibsted can offer top class digital services
to consumers and advertisers going forward".

Highlights of Q4 2015

(Figures in brackets refer to corresponding quarter in 2014.)

* EBITDA ex. Investment phase of NOK 617 million, a growth of 10 percent.
Online classifieds EBITDA ex. Investment phase grew 21 percent to NOK 520
* Broad-based revenue growth in Online Classifieds in Q4. France and Spain
both grew 20 percent.
* Agreement to acquire 80 percent of Hemnet signed. The acquisition is
subject to clearance by Swedish competition authorities (KKV).
* Continued strong growth in key performance indicators in most Investment
phase markets. * 83 percent growth in number of visits per month in the
Investment phase portfolio in Q4. * Strong growth in active users and new
approved ads for mobile-only classifieds app Shpock in UK, Germany and
* Leboncoin with successful push in the real estate market. More than 70
percent of former customers of the old cooperative real estate package
signed direct contract with Leboncoin by December 2015.
* Investments in product and technology, building a new foundation for
growth. * Self-service advertising solution launched in France. *
Geotargeting ads on mobile in Scandinavia. * New mobile apps introduced in
major European markets. * New media platform being rolled out.
* Mixed development in Media houses. * Media House margins stable in Q4 as a
result of cost focus. * Total circulation revenues for subscription
newspapers in Norway were flat in Q4, helped by online growth. * Print
advertising continued to decline. Operating expenses in Schibsted Norge
Media House declined 11 percent in Q4. * Schibsted Growth revenues top SEK
1 billion for 2015, steady growth and profit improvement for personal
finance and price comparison services.
* Dividend proposed at NOK 1.75 per share for 2015.

| Q4 Q4 Full year |
| 2014 2015 (MNOK) 2015 2014 |
| 3,874 3,947 Operating revenues 15,117 14,975 |
| 453 442 Gross operating profit (EBITDA) 2,016 1,941 |
| 559 617 Gross operating profit (EBITDA) ex. Investment phase 2,527 2,444 |
| 15 % 16 % EBITDA margin ex. Investment phase 17 % 16 % |
Schibsted invites to ananalyst and press conference
at Apotekergaten 10, Oslo, 19 February 2016 at 09:00 CET. The presentation
will be held in English and transmitted live as a video webcast on

Aconference call with Q&A
linked to the Q4 2015 numbers will take place 19 February 2016 at 14:00 CET.
Please dial in at the following numbers:

Norway: 800 56 053
UK: 0800 279 4841
USA: 1877 280 2296
International: +44(0)20 3427 1915

Conference ID is 2485661

Contact persons:
Trond Berger, CFO. Tel: +47 916 86 695
Jo Christian Steigedal, Head of IR. Tel: +47 415 08 733

Oslo, 19 February 2016

Jo Christian Steigedal
Head of IR

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Q4 2015
Financials and analytical info Q4 2015
Presentation of Q4 2015


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Schibsted via Globenewswire


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