euro adhoc: d+s online AG / Quarterly or Semiannual Financial Statements / Right on target in the first-half 2003 - EBITDA up EUR 4.9 million (E)

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Hamburg, Aug. 18, 2003. d+s online AG (WKN 533680) recorded an increase in consolidated EBITDA in the amount of EUR 4.9 million to a negative EUR 0.5 million for the first half of 2003. With revenues up EUR 2.0 million to EUR 21.1 million, the contribution margin remained at the high level of the fourth-quarter of the previous year in the seasonally weak first half. Group earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) rose by EUR 4.5 million from the first six months of 2003 to a negative EUR 3.0 million. One of the positive results of the company’s restructuring plan was that personnel expense as a percentage of revenues decreased from 91.3% a year ago to 80.5% for the first half of the current financial year.

In the coming months, the company will focus primarily on intelligent reinforcement of its position in the market in addition to handling the increase in business. d+s online AG signed an agreement with an investor that will secure the company growth capital in the amount of at least EUR 3.0 million, and the corresponding capital measure was included in those adopted at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in June. Plans exist to use this capital to finance acquisitions in the second half of the year in order to reinforce d+s online AG’s position in the market.

d+s online AG, which is included in the Prime Standard index, operates communication centers at eight locations in Germany. With revenues of EUR 48 million (E2003) and 1,525 employees (as of June 30, 2003) d+s online AG ranks among Germany’s largest providers of telemarketing services.

Further inquiry note:
d+s online AG, Investor Relations, Henning Soltau, Tel. +49(0)40/4114-3542.
Tel: +49 (0) 4114 3901
FAX: +49 (0) 4114 3903
Email: investor-relations@ds-online-ag.de

Emittent: d+s online AG Überseering 4 DE-22297 Hamburg Tel: +49 (0) 4114 3901 FAX: +49 (0) 4114 3903 Email: investor-relations@ds-online-ag.de WWW: http://www.ds-online-ag.de ISIN: DE0005336804 WKN: 533680 Indizes: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share, Prime Standard Börsen: regulated dealing Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse; free trade

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