Successful 1st quarter of 2008 again with distinct increase in turnover and earnings

(PresseBox) ( Hamburg, )
- Turnover rises by 58.2 percent to EUR 68.9 million in quarterly comparison
- Operative EBITDA increases by 87.3 percent to EUR 14.8 million compared to the previous-year quarter
- Board confirms annual turnover and EBIT forecast for 2008

D+S europe AG (ISIN: DE0005336804), leading solutions provider for comprehensive e-commerce and customer contact management, showed distinct increases in turnover and earnings in the first quarter of the 2008 business year.

Group turnover rose by 58.2% from EUR 43.5 million to EUR 68.9 million.

EBITDA increased by 87.3% from EUR 7.9 million in the previous-year period to EUR 14.8 million in the first quarter of 2008 without consideration of the value adjustment in the amount of EUR 2.2 million on securities held as liquid assets. From a similar viewpoint EBIT rose by 106.0% from EUR 5.0 million in the same period a year before to EUR 10.3 million in the first quarter of 2008 resulting in an EBIT margin of 15.0% in the first quarter of 2008 compared to 11.5% in the comparable period in the previous year.

This successful development was driven by the acquisition of the Heycom Group in the middle of 2007 as well as initial consolidation of the online marketing agency Adamicus. Due to continuing high demand and on account of several new contracts D+S europe AG was able to show strong organic telephony services as well as D+S communication & collection services growth also at Group level. In the previously existing segments D+S mobile &

D+S europe AG achieved a turnover increase of 17.2% to EUR 51.0 million, an increase in EBITDA by 27.8% to EUR 10.1 million as well as an increase in operative EBIT by 45.7% to EUR 7.3 million compared to the previous-year values.

Against the background of its strong organic growth D+S europe AG confirms its expectations of achieving a turnover of more than EUR 320 million with an EBIT margin of 14 to 15 percent in the 2008 business year. For legal reasons the enterprise is refraining from further forecasts due to ongoing procedures for admission to dealings on the stock exchange of so far non-admitted shares.

On account of the influx of capital in the course of the capital increase for cash subscribed by the new key investor Apax, D+S europe AG considers itself optimally equipped for further growth especially in the field of e-commerce.

Through the issuance of about 3.3 million shares D+S europe AG had a total influx of EUR 42.5 million in new capital. Moreover, Apax announced a voluntary public takeover offer at a price of EUR 13.00 per share for D+S europe AG.

"The dynamic growth of our enterprise is impressively reflected in the figures of the first quarter of 2008. We are confident that with the support of Apax we will be able to spur on our further expansion speedily and on a sound basis." says Dipl. Ing. Plate, CEO of D+S europe AG.
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