freenet.de AG

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freenet increases all key nine month result figures by over 100 percent year on year

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The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------- freenet increases all key nine month result figures by over 100 percent year on year · EBITDA: 102.91 million euros (Q1-Q3/2004, IFRS) · EBT: 75.69 million euros (Q1-Q3/2004, IFRS) · Group result: 46.09 million euros (Q1-Q3/2004, IFRS) · Revenues: 345.12 million euros (Q1-Q3/2004, IFRS) · Over 265,000 DSL customers at end of September 2004 · 60,000 DSL customers added in Q3/2004 · More than 500,000 pre-selection customers at end of Q3/2004 · Online service counts over 6.4 million members at end of Q3/2004 freenet.de AG / Hamburg – The freenet.de AG is still on track for success and reports excellent results for the first nine months of the year: EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, rose by 108 percent to 102.91 million euros (Q1-Q3/2003: 49.52 million euros). Earnings before taxes (EBT) improved even more steeply, soaring by over 160 percent to 75.69 million euros (Q1-Q3/2003: 28.84 million euros). After taxes, group result increased to 46.09 million euros – a 112 percent improvement (Q1-Q3/2003: 21.73 million euros). “The numbers show that we are more than equal to the intensifying competitive pressure. After a second quarter that was fully on plan, and the third quarter even slightly above plan, we are increasing our pre-tax profit forecast for 2004 from 90 million to between 93 and 95 million euros,“ commented freenet.de AG CEO Eckhard Spoerr the numbers. Despite intense competition and high distribution costs, EBITDA improved to 31.31 million euros in Q3/2004 – a significant, 52-percent increase over Q3/2003 and up by three percent from the previous quarter. EBT increased even more noticeably compared with Q3/2003, by 114 percent to 23.02 million euros (a ten percent improvement over the previous quarter). Group result rose by nearly 120 percent, totalling 13.94 million euros after 6.37 million euros in Q3/2003 (plus seven percent with 12.98 million euros in Q2/2004). In the first nine months of the current year, freenet generated total revenues of 345.12 million euros in all segments (internet access, voice, portal and B2B services) – a 39 percent increase over Q1-Q3/2003 (248.86 million euros). Total revenue for the third quarter was 116.02 million euros (up by six percent over the previous quarter). All core fields of business improved over the previous quarter: internet access to 68.56 million euros (vs. 64.36 million euros), voice telephony to 38.0 million euros (vs. 35.94 million euros) and the Portal business to 8.25 million euros (vs. 8.09 million euros). freenet.de AG also registered substantial growth in its internet customer base during the third quarter of 2004. freenet added roughly 60,000 new DSL customers in the third quarter alone. “With a total of 265,000 DSL customers at the end of September 2004, we are still very much on track for making our year-end target of between 280,000 and 300,000 customers – or even exceeding it,” continued Eckhard Spoerr. “The resale business begun at the end of the third quarter means that we are now recruiting customers not only for our connectivity service, but for line subscriptions as well,“ Spoerr added. At 3.52 million, the number of narrowband customers was roughly on par with the previous quarter (3.48 million narrowband customers). Having managed a turnaround in pre-selection customer recruitment in the second quarter 2004, freenet once again increased this customer base in Q3/2004: more than 40,000 new customers chose to pre-select freenet in order to systematically save money on their phone calls – at end of September 2004, freenet.de AG had over 500,000 pre-selection customers. ~ Q3/2004 Q2/2004 Q3/2003 Q1-Q3 2004 Q1-Q3 2003 Revenues 116,016 109,624 115,134 345,116 248,864 Segment: Internet access 68,563 64,355 73,084 209,678 154,519 Segment: Voice 38,000 35,944 33,254 108,574 69,003 Segment: Portal 8,248 8,091 6,796 23,129 21,567 Segment: B2B Services 1,205 1,234 2,000 3,735 3,775 Gross profit 58,136 53,404 45,961 178,633 98,716 EBITDA 31,308 30,272 20,559 102,907 49,516 Earnings before taxes (EBT) 23,024 20,904 10,745 75,687 28,840 Group result 13,938 12,978 6,368 46,094 21,733 Cash and cash equivalents 150,229 155,589 104,268 150,229 104,268 ~ Financial data per IFRS; in TEUR / Source: freenet.de AG end of announcement euro adhoc 07.11.2004 23:06:19 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Further inquiry note: Andreas Neumann Tel.: +49 (0)40 51306 778 E-Mail: IR@freenet-ag.de Branche: Online ISIN: DE0005792006 WKN: 579200 Index: TecDAX, Prime Standard Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade Bayerische Börse / free trade Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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