comdirect bank AG

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comdirect bank AG achieves its best quarterly result since its IPO (E)

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------- In the first half of 2003, comdirect bank AG achieved a six-fold increase in its profit over the year-earlier level. The consolidated pre-tax profit was 15.1m euros (first half 2002: 2.5m euros). In the second quarter of 2003, comdirect bank registered its best three-month result since going public: its pre-tax profit of 10.4m euros was more than double that in the first quarter (4.7m euros). The number of securities orders that were executed rose to 2.9m in the first half of the year, 9.2% higher than a year previously. In the second quarter, the number of orders exceeded that in the first three months by 22.6%. In a year-on-year comparison, commission income was 5.8 % stronger in the first half of 2003 at 42.9m euros. Net interest income before provisioning fell 7.0% to 31.0m euros. Since end-2002, portfolio volume expanded by 22.0 % to 6.2bn euros. comdirect bank reduced its administrative expenses by 22.2% to 56.3m euros from their level in the first half of 2002. Personnel costs were down by 22.8%, while other administrative expenses and depreciation were cut by 18.9% and 32.5%, respectively. The half-year results provide support for the goal of achieving a decidedly positive operating profit for 2003 as a whole. The management board of comdirect bank have confirmed their intention of making a dividend payment to shareholders for 2003. end of announcement euro adhoc 12.08.2003 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Further inquiry note: Johannes Friedemann Tel.: +49 (0)4106 704 1966 E-Mail: Branche: Banking ISIN: DE0005428007 WKN: 542800 Index: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share, Prime Standard, SDAX Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade Bayerische Börse / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade

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