ecotel communication ag: Good financial year for ecotel: Increase in gross profit and EBITDA
DGAP-News: ecotel communication ag / Key word(s): Annual Results
Düsseldorf, 14 March 2019
Positive review of 2018
ecotel is very satisfied with the 2018 financial year and in particular with the development in the B2B segment. The ISDN transformation is gaining substantial momentum and new business also stabilised at a high level in 2018. Higher value creation in the growing and highly promising NGN product groups is now evident in the gross profit. Following are the most important facts and figures from the group:
Increase in gross profit and EBITDA
As opposed to the past two financial years, the growth of the gross profit by EUR 2.0 million to EUR 31.9 million resulted in an increase in EBITDA. With an increase of EUR 0.5 million to EUR 7.5 million, EBITDA is fully within the forecast corridor of EUR 7 to 8 million. The increases in expenses for technical and human resources and for process adaptations were reduced during the financial year.
Earnings per share at previous year's level
High investments in 2017 and 2018 resulted in an increase in depreciations of EUR 0.6 million to EUR 5.3 million. After deducting the financial result, taxes and the shares of other shareholders, ecotel achieved a consolidated surplus of EUR 0.5 million (previous year: EUR 0.5 million) in 2018. This corresponds to earnings per share of EUR 0.13 (previous year: EUR 0.13).
Investments in further growth
In 2018, ecotel invested in high-performance customer equipment, the computer centre, and IT developments totalling EUR 5.8 million (previous year: EUR 5.1 million) in order to achieve further growth. These investments were financed essentially on the basis of substantially higher cash flow from ongoing business activities totalling EUR 6.7 million (previous year: EUR 4.2 million) and the net financial assets. Despite the high investments, this made it possible to achieve a positive free cash flow of EUR 0.9 million (previous year; EUR -0.8 million). Net financial assets decreased from EUR 1.2 million to EUR 0.4 million as of year-end 2018.
Recommended dividend of EUR 0.13 per share
Due to the very positive development of the key performance indicators in B2B revenue, gross profit, EBITDA and free cash flow, and the continued stable balance sheet figures, the Management Board decided together with the Supervisory Board to recommend a dividend to the annual general meeting of 100 % of the consolidated surplus - or EUR 0.13 per share.
Overview of results from the single segments
»ecotel Business Customers« reports increase in revenue
»easybell« continues positive business development
Focus on new strategy at »nacamar«
Forecast for 2019
Continued control of consolidated revenue in 2019
ecotel is convinced, even in view of the present uncertainties connected with the current regulation activities, that the company continues on the right path. The changes to the Telecommunications Act (§ 35, para. 5a, TKG) allow companies with revenue below EUR 100 million to protect themselves in most cases against any negative subsequent effects of future regulatory decisions. ecotel is planning, also in the interest of the investors, to take advantage of this protection in 2019 as well. Consolidated revenue in 2019 is therefore again not expected to be above this threshold, which substantially reduces its significance as a key figure.
Stable to slightly improved segment results expected
For 2019 the Management Board expects revenue in a corridor between EUR 48 and 50 million in the »ecotel Business Customers« segment, with continued slight increases in gross profit margins, in combination with increased gross profits. Revenue of EUR 15 million to EUR 17 million is anticipated for the »easybell« segment; revenue of EUR 2 million to EUR 3 million is anticipated for the »nacamar« segment.
Increased EBITDA in forecast
EBITDA is expected to continue increasing, and will be in a corridor of EUR 8 to 9 million, taking into account the positive effects of the first-time application of the IFRS 16 leasing standard on EBITDA. In view of the currently planned business activities for 2019 ecotel expects significant negative effects from EBITDA in 2019 due to the regulations of IFRS 15, which were already applied in 2018. According to current estimations, these two opposing effects will virtually cancel each other out, so that the planned and forecast increase in EBITDA will result essentially from improvement of the business activities.
About ecotel communication ag:
The ecotel Group (hereinafter »ecotel«) is a group of companies operating throughout Germany since 1998 that specialises in the marketing of information and telecommunications solutions for different target groups. The parent company is ecotel communication ag with headquarters in Düsseldorf (hereinafter »ecotel ag«). Including its subsidiaries and holdings, the group has a total of about 300 employees. Currently the ecotel Group provides more than 50,000 customers nationwide with about 14,000 data connections and more than 80,000 voice connections.
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Annette Drescher (Assistant to the Managing Director)
Phone: 0211-55 007-740
Fax: 0211-55 007 5 740
Bernadette Loosen-Flanz (PR)
Phone: 0211-55 007-316
Fax: 0211-55 007 5 316
For further information please visit us on the web at www.ecotel.de
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