ad pepper media shows convincing performance in third quarter 2005, with sustained increases in Turnover, Gross Margin and EBIT

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Nuremberg, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, 20 October 2005

ad pepper media has produced convincing figures for the third quarter of 2005, with considerable improvements in all important indicators. That puts the company a further step forward, after a calm first six months, in the summer quarter, generally weak for seasonal reasons. The positive trend is not due to the latest acquisition of Nedstat Basic, which will, as planned, start to show tangible results in the coming quarters.

ad pepper media publishes its interim report in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The previous year’s results have been adjusted accordingly.

With proceeds from turnover amounting to 6,604 kEUR, ad pepper media achieved an increase of 34 percent in turnover in the third quarter of 2005 (previous year: 4,936 kEUR). At the same time, gross margin rose by 48 percent, running at 3,265 kEUR in the third quarter of 2005 (Q3/2004: 2,213 kEUR). In spite of extraordinary expenses incurred in the third quarter of 2005, EBIT showed a sustained increase to 231 kEUR in the third quarter of 2005 (Q3/2004: 2 kEUR). In the third quarter of 2005, the company thus gained a group result of 417 kEUR before taxes (Q3/2004: 414 kEUR) and 397 kEUR after taxes (Q3/2004: 414 kEUR).

On an accumulated basis, ad pepper media increased its turnover in the first nine months of fiscal 2005 by an encouraging 22 percent to 18,466 kEUR (previous year: 15,111 kEUR), while gross margin increased in the same period by 21 percent to 8,340 kEUR (previous year: 6.882 kEUR). EBIT for the first nine months of 2005 was – 269 kEUR, after 52 kEUR in the same period last year. The accumulated group result is 274 kEUR (previous year: 981 kEUR).

Liquid assets including short-term liquid fixed asset securities and restricted cash equaled 17.1 million EUR on 30 September 2005.

The complete 9-months-report will be published on November 23rd, 2005, and will be available as of that date for download at: .

In addition, ad pepper media will be presenting its 9-months figures from 9.45 to 10.30 am on November 23rd, 2005 within the scope of an analyst conference to be held during the German Equity Forum in Frankfurt/Main.

Performance figures 2005/2004 according to IFRS:

Q3/05 Q3/04* Diff. Q1-Q3/05 Q1-Q3/04* Diff.
Turnover kEUR 6,604 4,936    34% 18,466 15,111    22%
Gross margin kEUR 3,265 2,213  48% 8,340 6,882   21%
Operating costs kEUR 3,034  2,211     37% 8,609 6,830    26%
EBIT kEUR    231       2  11450% -269 52 -617%
Net gain kEUR    397    414 -4% 274 981 -72%
Earnings per share
EUR   0.04   0.04 0% 0.03 0.09 -67%
30.09.05 31.12.04*
Liquid funds** kEUR 17,104 25,197
Equity capital kEUR 39,861 40,051
Balance sheet total kEUR 45,083 46,398

*Disclosure of previous year’s data adapted
** Including short term liquid fixed asset securities and restricted cash

For further information please contact:
Investor Relations
Anna-Maria Schneider
ad pepper media International N.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 911/ 929 057- 0
Fax: +49 (0) 911/ 929 057- 312

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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.