ad pepper media International N.V. reports strong growth and raises full-year guidance for 2017

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Nuremberg, Amsterdam, October 16, 2017
Third-quarter sales at ad pepper media International N.V. grew by 34.8 percent and thus clearly exceeded the strong growth already reported for the first half. In the nine-month period as a whole, the group generated further record sales of EUR 52,037k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 41,830k), corresponding to growth of 24.4 percent.

All three operating segments have posted robust growth: ad agents reported particularly dynamic developments, with nine-month sales growth of 42.2 percent to EUR 11,507k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 8,092k) and sales growth of 62.3 percent in the third quarter alone. Sales in the ad pepper media segment also grew over the past nine months, in this case by 25.2 percent to EUR 4,837k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 3,865k).
Thanks to accelerated growth of 28.6 percent in the past third quarter, Webgains substantially increased its nine-month sales by 19.5 percent to EUR 35,693k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 29,866k); currency-adjusted sales rose by 27.2 percent. Webgains is growing notably faster than the market and consequently gained additional market share.

The group’s gross profit improved by 18.6 percent to EUR 4,403k in the third quarter. For the nine-month period as a whole, this key figure grew by 14.0 percent to EUR 13,066k (currency-adjusted: 17.7 percent). Despite increased operating expenses mainly relating to investments in the Webgains and ad agents segments, the third-quarter EBITDA of EUR 455k represents the best third-quarter operating earnings reported for more than 10 years. EBITDA for the nine-month period as a whole came to EUR 955k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 1,255k), with the ad agents segment improving its EBITDA to EUR 754k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 694k). The ad pepper media segment improved its EBITDA to EUR 965k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 655k), while the Webgains segment generated EBITDA of EUR 552k (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 1,035k).

Given the strong performance in the past quarter, the company has raised its full-year guidance for 2017 and now expects to generate sales of at least EUR 70,000k and EBITDA of at least EUR 1,500k.

The report on the first nine months of 2017 will be published on November 15, 2017.

Year-on-year comparison of key figures (unaudited):

Q1-Q3/2017 Q1-Q3/2016 % change
Sales EUR 000s 52,037 41,830 24.4
Gross profit EUR 000s 13,066 11,460 14.0
EBITDA EUR 000s 955 1,255 -23.9
EBIT EUR 000s 651 1,184 -45.0
EBT EUR 000s 641 1,262 -49.2
09.30.2017 09.30.2016 % change
Liquid funds* EUR 000s 21,606 18,280 18.2
Equity EUR 000s 15,792 15,271 3.4
Total assets EUR 000s  34,324 26,258 30.7

For further information:
Dr. Jens Körner (CEO)
ad pepper media International N.V.
+49 (0) 911 929057-0

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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.