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ecotel presents Q2 figures: positive business development confirms realignment
Q2 consolidated revenue grows by € 5.4 million to € 29.2 million / Increase in Q2 B2B revenue (+ € 0.7 million) and gross profit (+ € 0.4 million) / Q2 EBITDA with special effects: € 1.6 million (previous year: € 1.8 million) / Net financial assets increa
Consolidated gross profit in the second quarter 2016 increased from € 6.8 million to € 7.1 million. This was achieved essentially by Business Solutions (B2B) with an increase of € 0.4 million or 8 % to € 5.4 million. Gross profit in the New Business segment remained constant at € 1.7 million (previous year: € 1.7 million) despite the lower revenue. Altogether, ecotel earned gross profit of € 14.2 million in the first half year 2016 (previous year: € 13.8 million). Of this amount, 76.8 % is attributed to the Business Customers segment.
Consolidated EBITDA in the second quarter 2016 was marked by planned one-time effects for ensuring the target growth course in the Business Customers (B2B) segment and consequently decreased to € 1.6 million (previous year: € 1.8 million). This included one-time marketing and sales costs, recruitment costs and additional investments for optimisation of processes and systems. In the first half year 2016 ecotel achieved EBITDA of € 3.5 million (previous year: € 4.5 million) and therefore remains on course. Overall, ecotel earned consolidated profit totalling € 0.4 million (previous year: € 1.1 million), which resulted in earnings per share of € 0.13 (previous year: € 0.31). The one-time revenue of € 1.3 million from the previous year must be taken into account in the comparison with the previous year.
Free cash flow in the second quarter 2016 totalled € 2.0 million (Q2 2015: € 1.2 million). In the first half year 2016 ecotel was therefore able to achieve a free cash flow of € 1.0 million, so that the net financial assets increased from € 2.6 million at the end of 2015 to € 3.0 million.
Equity increased by € 0.7 million to € 22.4 million (previous year: € 21.7 million). Despite the higher balance sheet total of € 45.0 million (previous year: € 42.6 million), ecotel was able to maintain a stable equity ratio of 49.8 %.
ecotel is very satisfied with the first half year 2016. Profitable and sustainable growth in the Business Customers segment shows that ecotel is still on the right path. Meanwhile ecotel has introduced a new NGN product portfolio for the impending change from ISDN to ALL IP technology. This makes ecotel one of the first companies in the industry to be able to provide B2B customers with IP-based voice services via all access types.
The slightly declining EBITDA in the second quarter 2016 corresponds to expectations. The company confirms the forecast published in the 2015 consolidated annual report and continues to expect revenue of € 95 – 105 million and EBITDA in the corridor of € 7.0 – 8.5 million for the current financial year 2016.
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