Goldbach Group AG

EANS-Adhoc: Goldbach Group AG
Powerful growth for the Goldbach Group


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6-month report

12.08.2011

Ad hoc press release 


Results for the first half of 2011:

Powerful growth for the Goldbach Group 

Increase in turnover of 38% - 104% EBIT growth - boom in the TV and radio
business - currency effects weigh on online marketing - dynamic growth in the
interactive business - portfolio expansion to Eastern Europe 


Kusnacht, August 12th, 2011. Goldbach Group AG, the marketing leader in the
German-speaking region and in Eastern Europe for private electronic, mobile and
interactive media as well as online marketing, increased turnover by 37.8% to
CHF 210 million (prior year: CHF 152 million) in the first six months of 2011.
After adjustment for adverse foreign currency effects, the growth in turnover
amounted to 40.4%. EBIT grew by 104% to CHF 14.5 million (prior year: CHF 7.1
million) and the net profit generated in the core business increased by 27% to
CHF 3.8 million. The disposal of the print division in Romania, which did not
belong to the core business, impacted the result by CHF -0.7 million. Therefore,
the net profit reported according to IFRS was CHF 3.1 million (+1% in comparison
to the prior year). The Goldbach Group anticipates double-digit growth in
turnover and EBIT for the full year 2011, despite slowing growth momentum and
foreign exchange uncertainties, if the economic slowdown does not strengthen. 

The Goldbach Group has reported its results in three business lines since 1
January 2011. The Media business line is comprised of the former Offline
segment, while the Audience and Interactive business lines were previously
combined in the Online segment. 

The Media business line is growing solidly, also with its long-standing
portfolio 
Turnover in the Media business line, in which the Goldbach Group combines the
marketing of private TV, radio, Teletext and electronic advertising at
attractive points of sale (out-of-home), primarily in Switzerland and Austria,
grew powerfully in the first half of 2011 by 65.3% (currency adjusted: 65.6%)
with sales amounting to CHF 154.1 million (prior year: CHF 93.2 million). The
growth in turnover was largely generated in the TV business (+75.4%; prior year:
+11.3%) and from sales of radio advertising (+24.2%; prior year: -2.1%). The
Media business line significantly increased its mandates in 2010, which will
impact sales and revenue this year. A substantial share of the turnover growth
resulted from the long-standing Goldbach portfolio. The TV business profited
from the ongoing shifting of advertising spending to electronic media and is
booming in Switzerland. The radio advertising business has recovered and may
also grow in the second half of the year. The Media business line is becoming
active in Eastern Europe for the first time with the founding and marketing of
an association of local, private TV stations in Romania. The Media business line
contributed 74% to the total turnover of the Goldbach Group in the first half of
2011 (prior year: 62%). The EBIT for the Media business line increased by 128%
in the first half of the year and amounted to CHF 16.6 million (prior year: CHF
7.3 million). Accordingly, the Media business line contributed 85% of the Group
EBIT (prior year: 77%). The EBIT margin increased significantly to 10.8% (prior
year: 7.8%).

Consistent margin strengthening in the Audience business line
In the Audience business line, which enables the targeted placement of online
advertising and novel offers for performance marketing, turnover decreased in
the first half of 2011 by 10.2% (currency adjusted -3.7%). Total turnover was
CHF 38.4 million (prior year: CHF 42.7 million). This was primarily a result of
a declining market in Switzerland, in which the Audience business line
consequently opted out of low-margin business and is promoting higher-margin
network marketing. Contact to the important customer group media agencies was
further deepened with the introduction of TAO, an online reporting system for
the current assessment of marketing success in digital media. Wilmaa, the Swiss
Internet television, in which Goldbach holds a majority stake, is also part of
the Audience business line, and has developed rapidly and profitably in the
first six months of 2011. EBIT growth in the Audience business line amounted to
28%; EBIT was CHF 1.6 million (prior year: CHF 1.3 million). The EBIT margin
increased by 4.2% (prior year: 2.9%). The Audience business in Eastern Europe
continues to be marked by great volatility, while the South Adriatic markets
have recovered slightly. In total, the Audience business line contributed 16%
(prior year: 28%) to the overall turnover and 8% (prior year: 13%) to the
Group's EBIT.

High demand for online marketing accelerates growth of the Interactive business
line 
Turnover in the Interactive business line, in which Goldbach's conceptual,
design and technological offers pertaining to interactive communication and
marketing solutions for the Internet and mobile computer are bundled, increased
by 26% and when currency-adjusted, by 32.3% to CHF 20.1 million (prior year: CHF
16 million). With the high-margin offers of the Interactive business line,
Goldbach Group seeks to extend the value creation chain while also deepening
direct contact with advertising clients. Several weeks ago, with the founding of
Goldbach Interactive Austria, the Interactive business line expanded its offer
from Switzerland and Germany to the entire German-speaking region. The Goldbach
Mobile competence centre, which is integrated in the Interactive business line,
grew powerfully in the first half of 2011 with its services and application
developments for iPhone, iPad and other smartphones. The Social Media competence
centre develops strategies and campaigns for platforms such as Facebook and
Twitter, creates content and manages the dialogue with communities. Social Media
also recorded strong growth in the first half of 2011. The Interactive business
line contributed 10% (prior year: 10%) to the overall turnover of the Goldbach
Group; 7% to the Group EBIT (prior year: 10%). The EBIT margin increased by 7.1%
(prior year: 5.5%).

Thus, in the first half of 2011, 74% (prior year: 62%) of the overall turnover
was generated by the Media business line, 16% from the Audience business line
(prior year: 28%) and 10% from the Interactive business line (prior year: 10%).
Due to the strong growth of the Media business line, particularly in Switzerland
and the foreign currency effects, the share of international business decreased
to 14% in the first six months (prior year: 21%).

Sale of the print business and completion of the squeeze-out at ARBOmedia
At the end of June 2011, the Goldbach Group disposed a further company of the
print division, which was part of the ARBOmedia acquisition and no longer
belonged to the core business. Sales negotiations are far advanced for the
remaining newspaper publisher in Romania. The deconsolidation of the two
companies shall take place in the second half of 2011. In addition, the General
Meeting of ARBOmedia approved the squeeze-out in June, with few votes cast
against it. With the listing in the commercial register at the Munich District
Court on 1 August 2011, Goldbach Ost GmbH took over all the shares belonging to
the minority shareholders in ARBOmedia and thereby completed the squeeze-out
procedure. Goldbach Group also intends to delist ARBOmedia in the third quarter
of this year.

Profit and equity ratio
The net profit reported in the core business amounted to CHF 3.8 million (prior
year: CHF 3.0 million) and thereby increased by 27% over the prior year period.
The net profit reported according to IFRS, will be impacted by CHF 0.7 million
due to the disposal of the print business, and thus amounts to CHF 3.1 million
and is slightly above the prior year's figure. As of the end of June 2011, the
equity ratio amounted to 28.9% (as of 31 December 2010: 28.8%). CHF 7.3 million
in operating cash flow was generated in the first half of 2011 (prior year: CHF
-3.2 million).

Outlook
On the basis of the strong growth in the first half of the year, the Goldbach
Group confirms the prognosis made at the beginning of the year for 2011, if the
economy does not significantly cool down. Despite a slowing of growth momentum
and greater foreign currency uncertainties, the Goldbach Group anticipates an
annual result showing double-digit growth in turnover and increase in EBIT.


According to Klaus Kappeler, CEO of the Goldbach Group, "with its innovative and
comprehensive service and product portfolio for electronic media in Central and
Eastern Europe, the Goldbach Group is uniquely prepared to anticipate future
market developments and to cushion market volatility. Mobile and interactive
communication is steadily growing, while TV and video are becoming interactive.
The Goldbach Group has the capability to link the advertising industry with the
rapidly growing number of online consumers like no other company." 

To analysts, investors and media representatives:
You can find the half year result report 2011 of Goldbach Group on the following
website: 
http://www.goldbachgroup.com/investor-relations-en/half-year-report-2011

Further Information:
Goldbach Group
Germaine Müller
Seestrasse 39
8700 Kusnacht
Switzerland
Phone +41 (44) 914 91 00
Mobile +41 (79) 688 24 74
Fax +41 (44) 914 93 60
www.goldbachgroup.com

Goldbach Group company profile
Goldbach Group is the leading network for electronic communications solutions as
well as thelogistics centre for advertising in private electronic, mobile and
interactive media such asTV, Internet TV, Radio, Out-of-Home, Online, In Game,
Social Media, Search Engine as well as Mobile Advertising.
The Goldbach Group is headquartered in Switzerland (Kusnacht-Zurich) and is
active inAustria, Germany as well as in Southeastern, Eastern Europe and Russia.

Goldbach Group has been listed on the main market oft he SIX Swiss Exchange
since June 15th, 2007 (valor no. 487094, ISIN CH0004870942, sympbol: GBMN).
Further Information: www.goldbachgroup.com or www.goldbach.com


Further inquiry note:
Paul Riesen, Germaine Müller
Tel.    +41 44 914 91 00
Mobile: +41 79 688 24 74
germaine.mueller@goldbachgroup.com
paul.riesen@goldbachgroup.com

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issuer:      Goldbach Group AG
             Seestrasse 39
             CH-8700 Küsnacht
phone:       +41 44 914 91 00
FAX:         +41 44 914 93 60
mail:     info@goldbachgroup.ch
WWW:      www.goldbachgroup.ch
sector:      Media
ISIN:        CH0004870942
indexes:     SPI, SPIEX
stockmarkets: Main Standard: SIX Swiss Exchange 
language:   English
 

 

 



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