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Kirchhoff Consutling AG

Kirchhoff Consult maintains leading role in difficult markets - Focussing on reports and investor relations services

    Hamburg (ots) - Kirchhoff Consult AG, a specialised consulting agency in financial- and business communication, significantly outperformed the relevant market within the last fiscal year. Before one-time effects, the agency even showed a positive result. Due to one-time expenses for re-structuring and  loss of receivables, the final result was slightly negative.

    With today 43 employees (Dec. 31, 2001: 55) in Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Vienna, Kirchhoff Consult AG generated a gross profit of 5.0 Mio. Euro (2001: 5.5 Mio. Euro). The gross proft per capita increased by ten percent Total revenue was 8.3 Mio Euro, in 2001 it was 9.5 Mio Euro.

    "In a field of competitors convulsed by insolvencies and within a crashed IPO-Market, we maintained our leading role", says Klaus Rainer Kirchhoff, Chief Executive Officer of Kirchhoff Consult AG. "Nevertheless, we also feel the price-pressure from the clients", claims Kirchhoff. This is mostly compensated by fostering the core competences of the consulting firm - Kirchhoff: "We are and will be Germany's leading agency for annual reports and we are the only german agency amongst Europe´s top 20, ranked third" - and with newly designed products.

    Having gained about half of its turnover with consulting IPOs few years ago, the company has put itself on a much broader basis. "In times like these with vanishing trust in the capital market, there is a big need for efficient and true InvestorRelations work", says Kirchhoff.

    Therefore, Kirchhoff Consult AG fostered its activities on the field of investor relations. "We offer our clients a perception analysis, a specific investor´s targeting, preparation and personal accompaniment during road shows and one-on-ones.  This is a holistic consulting approach in order to prepare talks with investors" , says Petra Nix, Member of Board of Kirchhoff Consult AG and managin g director of the Swiss entity Kirchhoff Consult (Schweiz) AG situated in Lucerne. This is not just aimed on the big market places like London or Frankfurt. "There is a wide range of interesting investors in other German towns as well as in Switzerland and Austria who like to be convinced by good business cases", says Nix.

    The perception analysis consists of intense interviews with analysts, investors and financial journalists in order to examine the capital market´s perception of the company. The analysis not just comprises the interview´s result, but also the consequences for the client´s strategy and communication.

    Also corporate communication finds new challenges, according to Klaus Rainer Kirchhoff. One of these is the development of Corporate Citizenship- and Sustainable Development-Reports. With them, the companies present their responsibility for employees, clients, business partners and natural ressources and thus strengthen confidence. For this, the Hamburg agency is mandated by several major companies.

    Kirchhoff Consult AG consists of the three branches  Equity Consult, Financial Communications and Corporate Communications. It is the interlocking between analysis, IR and PR that enables holistic concepts for the clients.

    The client´s list names international companies as Bayer or Allianz, small- and midcap-firms as Thiel Logistics and Electronics Line, but also a row of not-listed Mid-class-companies as Claas or Eppendorf. Among the new clients you´ll find Hero, Otto, Vattenfall Europe or Panalpina.

    About Kirchhoff Consult:

    Founded in 1994, Kirchhoff Consult, Hamburg, is a consulting company for capital market´s- and corporate communication. We consult numerous international, but also small and mid-cap companies in various communication challenges - in the founding period, IPO, M&A and on-going IR- and press work as well as in investor´s targetin. We are Germany´s leading agency in the creation of annual reports and the accompaniment of IPO. The three branches Equity Consult, Financial Communications and Corporate Communication are precisely tailored to the specific needs of our clients and are supported by a in-house Design-Agency. We have 43 emplyees and are sited in Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Lucerne/Switzerland and Vienna / Austria.

ots Originaltext: Kirchhoff Consult
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
Mario Gross
Tel.         +49/40/609'186-50
E-Mail:    mario.gross@kirchhoff.de
Internet: http://www.kirchhoff.de



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