Tipp24 AG: Subdued Growth in Sales and Earnings

Aug 04, 2008 10:25 AM

Tipp24 AG / Half Year Results

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The ongoing intensive political and legal discussions concerning Germany’s
gaming market served to dampen the growth of Tipp24 AG in the first half of
2008: billings (+16.3 percent) and revenue (+20.1 percent) grew at a
comparatively moderate pace. Due to special items in the previous year,
earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose by 86.5 percent in the first
half of 2008.

Growth in revenue and billings hampered

Owing to the introduction of Germany’s new State Treaty on Gaming on 1
January 2008, billings grew by just 16.3 percent in the first six months of
the current fiscal year to reach EUR 162,285 (139,583) thousand. Revenue –
consisting mainly of commissions and additional fees – rose by 20.1 percent
to EUR 21,564 (17,958) thousand in the period under review.

At 13.3 percent the ratio of revenue to billings – the gross margin – was
above the prior-year figure of 12.9 percent (+0.4 percentage points). The
ratio continued to be much higher abroad, where gross margin reached 23.7
percent compared with 12.4 percent for Germany (prior year: Abroad 24.2
percent; Germany 12.0 percent).

There was year-on-year growth in EBIT of 86.5 percent to EUR 4,398 (2,358)
thousand in the first six months, while the EBIT margin grew by 7.3
percentage points to 20.4 percent. This increase was aided by negative
special items in the second quarter of 2007.

Consolidated net profit rose to EUR 3,482 (EUR 1,987) thousand and thus
improved by 75.2 percent, compared with the same period last year.

Regulatory environment

Jens Schumann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Tipp24 AG, states: 'The
effects of the ongoing regulatory discussions were felt above all in the
second quarter. The requirements of the new State Treaty on Gaming
introduced at the beginning of the year led both to increased expenses for
legal advice and to considerable cost increases. The more complex
registration process also had a significant impact on the number of new
customer registrations, which grew by just 60 thousand in the period under
review. The number of new customers in Germany was only a third of those
added in the same period last year.'

Outlook 

Despite difficult conditions, Tipp24 reaffirms its forecast for the current
fiscal year: the company expects customer growth of at least 100 thousand
new customers. Tipp24 expects an increase in billings, revenue and EBIT of
at least 10%. This increase –aided in part by the favourable scalability of
Tipp24’s business model – results partly from the positive effects of
customer growth in the past year. Following the current transition phase of
the European lottery markets, Tipp24 expects to return to its historically
proven medium-term growth targets. These targets include an annual increase
in revenue of 30 percent and a disproportionately stronger increase in
EBIT.

About Tipp24 AG: Tipp24 was established in 1999 and is now the market
leader for lottery products in the Internet on the basis of billings. The
company succeeded in achieving impressive growth rates right from the
start. Almost all state lottery products are supplied. It only takes a few
mouse clicks to buy a lottery ticket – round the clock, quickly and
reliably. The ticket receipt is kept safely, winners are notified about
their prizes automatically by text message and e-mail and prizes are
credited automatically. Subsidiaries of Tipp24 (www.tipp24.de) are
Ventura24 in Spain (www.ventura24.es), Puntogioco24 (www.puntogioco24.it)
in Italy and MyLotto24 (www.mylotto24.co.uk) in the UK. Shares in Tipp24 AG
have been traded at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2005.

Tipp24 AG       
Andrea Fratini       
Head of Media and Public Relations   
Tel.: +49 40 32 55 33-660
Fax: +49 40 32 55 33-5600     
E-mail: presse@tipp24.de     
Internet: www.tipp24.de/presse/  


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Language:     English
Issuer:       Tipp24 AG
              Straßenbahnring 11-13
              20251 Hamburg
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)40 325533-0
Fax:          +49 (0)40 325533-77
E-mail:       office@tipp24.de
Internet:     www.tipp24-ag.de
ISIN:         DE0007847147
WKN:          784714
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, München, Stuttgart
 
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