ad pepper media achieved best result in company’s history

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  • Turnover increases by 41.6 percent to EUR 41.7 million Euros
  • EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) rises from 0.23 million euros to 5.8 million Euros
  • Operative cash flow grows nearly seven-fold to 3.1 million Euros

Nuremberg, Germany / Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 28, 2007 
The Management Board of ad pepper media International N.V. today announces the company`s figures according to IFRS for fiscal year 2006. Compared to the previous year, ad pepper group was able to increase turnover by 41.6% to 41.69 million Euros. (Previous year: 29.44 million Euros.) Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) improved from 0.228 million Euros to 5.821 million Euros. Cash flow from operating activities rose by 575% to 2.14 million Euros. ad pepper was thus able to achieve the best results in its history to date.

An essential impulse for the strong EBIT was income generated by the sale of minority holdings in dMarc Broadcasting and Falk eSolutions at the beginning of 2006. One portion of the proceeds from these divestments was used for the strategic acquisitions of 100% in Crystal Reference Systems and Webgains, which are either currently being prepared for European rollout or are already successfully active on the market. Against this background, not insignificant investments were made in technology and in additional qualified personnel during the fourth quarter; these investments will fully start to pay off from the second half of the current fiscal year. Fourth quarter was also influenced by one-time-only effects in connection with the issuance of current stock option plan (approx. 0.8 million Euros) and additional provisions for doubtful accounts (approx. 0.8 million Euros). Overall, the company anticipates continued highly dynamic growth in turnover in 2007, combined with a significant improvement in operative earnings. Balance sheet structure remains extremely solid with an equity ratio of 76.9 percent as of December 31, 2006. Even after the acquisitions and investments in technologies made during the 2006 fiscal year, comfortable liquid funds of 22.7 million Euros still remain (compared to 17.5 million Euros on December 31, 2005).

The annual report will be published on March 30, 2007

2006 FY 2005 FY Change
Turnover KEUR 41,692 29,440 42%
Gross margin KEUR 20,848 13,138 56%
 (49.1%)  (44.6%)
Operating costs KEUR 14,664 12,910 14%
EBIT  KEUR 5,821 228 2453%
Net gain KEUR 5,313 3,394 57%
Earnings/share (undiluted) EUR 0.42 0.32 32%
Cash and cash equivalents KEUR 22,678 17,536 29%
Shareholders equity KEUR 50,853 43,941 16%
Total assets KEUR 66,130  52,194  27%

For further information:
Jens Körner (CFO)
ad pepper media International N.V.
Tel.: +49 911 929057-0
Fax: +49 911 929057-157

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ad pepper media managed its successful IPO at the end of 2000 as one of the last companies of the so-called Neuer Markt. This was followed by one of the worst economic crises in decades, with the dot-com bubble bursting and the 9/11-driven recession starting in 2001.

It’s now been almost 20 years since we took this daring step, and we haven’t just been resting on our laurels in the meantime. In fact, with record results and a squeaky-clean balance sheet, we’re in a healthier position today than ever before. Two decades of experience as of one of the leading performance marketing companies in Europe have also made us vigilant and prepared us for future economic headwinds.

This is something we are proud of: However, this success also makes us humble well knowing that currently many companies are struggling to survive. And with many people fearful of losing their jobs (or even their lives), we don´t think it´s the right time to celebrate. Nevertheless, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to our employees, stakeholders and everyone else who has stood by us and believed in us from the very beginning.