EANS-Adhoc: freenet AG reports revenue of 912 million euros and operating result (EBITDA) of 81.8 million euros for Q1/2009

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13.05.2009

freenet AG reports revenue of 912 million euros and operating result (EBITDA) of 81.8 million euros for Q1/2009

  • Revenue of 912.0 million euros
  • EBITDA at 81.8 million euros
  • Cash flow from operating activities at 115.9 million euros

Büdelsdorf, 13 May 2009 - Following the debitel acquisition, which was concluded in mid-2008, freenet AG managed, in a tense market environment, to increase its revenue to 912.0 million euros in Q1/2009, compared with 376.4 million euros (adjusted*) in Q1/2008.

Gross profit and EBITDA for Q1/2009 were also up considerably year-on-year:
gross profit more than doubled, from 98.5 million euros in Q1/2008 to currently 206.0 million euros, while EBITDA increased to 81.8 million euros vs. Q1/2008 (51.8 million euros). These figures include one-off expenses in the amount of 4.7 million euros.

The group result from continued operations - i.e. without the DSL business, which is up for sale - declined year-on-year, from 27.1 million euros to 10.6 million euros due in particular to bank loans taken on as part of the debitel acquisition.

A cash flow from operating activities of 115.9 million euros has been generated in Q1/2009.

*The previous year´s figures cited here are retrospectively adjusted figures to reflect the switch in reporting the costs of customer acquisition and retention, and the application of IFRS 5 for `discontinued operations´.

Important KPI's of freenet group |Accounting method: IAS/IFRS | | | | | | | | | |Result in EUR million |Q1/2009 |Q4/2008 |Q1/2008 | | | | |adjusted* | |Third-party revenue |912.0 |1,090.1 |376.4 | |Gross profit |206.0 |221.7 |98.5 | |EBITDA |81.8 |16.2 |51.8 | |EBIT |27.1 |-37.7 |42.0 | |EBT |-2.9 |-86.1 |40.3 | |Group result from | | | | |continued operations |10.6 |-68.0 |27.1 | |Group result from | | | | |discontinued operations |-10.0 |15.4 |-12.5 | |Group result |0.6 |-52.6 |14.6 | | | | | | |Revenue by segment |Q1/2009 |Q4/2008 |Q1/2008 | |in EUR million | | |adjusted* | |Revenue for the group** |912.0 |1,090.1 |376.4 | |1. Revenue Mobile Communications |847.3 |1,058.2 |289.4 | |2. Revenue Broadband |64.3 |68.8 |79.9 | |3. Revenue Portal |9.7 |11.5 |12.7 | |4. Revenue Hosting |22.8 |22.4 |20.9 | |5. Revenue B2B |21.1 |27.5 |29.9 | |6. Revenue Narrowband |12.9 |15.3 |24.8 | | | | | | |Selected key data in million |Q1/2009 |Q4/2008 |Q1/2008 | | | | | | |Total customers freenet Group |22.52 |23.29 |11.36 | |Thereof contract customers | | | | |(incl. no-frills) |11.64 |11.86 |6.41 | |Mobile Communications customers |18.53 |19.12 |5.82 | |Thereof contract customers |8.61 |8.83 |3.03 | |Thereof prepaid customers |9.92 |10.29 |2.79 | |Thereof Netherlands |- |- |- | |Active Narrowband customers | | | | |(internet+telephony) |1.22 |1.41 |2.56 | |DSL customers |0.91 |0.94 |1.19 | |Paid service customers Hosting |1.35 |1.29 |1.23 | |Paid service customers Portal |0.52 |0.52 |0.57 | | | | | | | | | | | |* The previous year comparison figures have been adjusted | |retrospectively due to IFRS 5 (discontinued operations) and due to | |the cessation of capitalising customer acquisition and customer | |retention costs. | |** The differences in revenue between the sum of the individual | |segments and the total segments are the result of effects under | |IFRS 5 and interdivision settlements. |

end of announcement euro adhoc

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