WEB.DE AG

euro adhoc: WEB.DE AG
WEB.DE with record revenues and result in 2003 (E)

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With its preliminary figures for the fourth quarter and the overall year 2003, WEB.DE AG reports about the most successful fiscal year in the company's history: revenues increased in Q4/2003 to EUR 9.3 million (EUR +2.3 million y-o-y). Total revenues for fiscal 2003 hence amount to EUR 32.8 million (EUR +9.2 million or +39% y-o-y). The growth in revenues was again clearly driven by Digital Paid Services (including the WEB.DE Club with +200% growth y-o-y in members).

The gross profit rose in full fiscal year 2003 to EUR 24.7 million and with a growth of +42% y-o-y even grew stronger than revenues in 2003. The gross margin improved to 75% (prior year 74%).

The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were positive in Q4/2003 for the fifth quarter in a row and also for the full year 2003. With EUR +1.0 million in Q4/2003 WEB.DE AG generated an EBIDTA profit of EUR +3.8 million during the full fiscal year 2003, after a loss in 2003 (EUR -4.3 million). With its net result WEB.DE has also reached profitability on full year basis. In 2003 the net income for the year amounted to EUR 0.8 million after a loss in 2002 (EUR -12.9 million).

WEB.DE invested more than 40% of its revenues in research and development in 2003. With these intensive investments in the development of innovative products and technologies for the portal and Web Telecommunications businesses, the company still generated a positive operating cash flow for the full year 2003 in the amount of EUR +8.3 million. Cash & cash equivalents rose from EUR 98 million in 2002 by EUR 4 million to EUR 102 million as of December 31, 2003 and reached their highest level in eight quarters. WEB.DE AG continues to be financed on a very sound basis.

The Executive Board of WEB.DE AG anticipates a 35 to 40 percent revenue growth for fiscal 2004 with positive net income and positive EBITDA. In Web Telecommunications, the Executive Board expects for 2004 not only the conclusion of international contracts but also a positive development in the business and end customer segment, whereas the Com.Win product family continues to be further developed with high impact in 2004.

Appendix: Key figures (preliminary)

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(in EUR million)                              Q4/03 Q4/02  2003  2002
Sales revenues                                 9.3    7.0      32.8  23.6
Gross profit on sales                      7.2    5.3      24.7  17.5
EBITDA                                              1.0    0.8        3.8  -4.3
Net income                                        0.2    0.1        0,8 -12.9
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Contact:
WEB.DE AG, Investor Relations, Richard Berg
tel. +49 (0)721.94329.2700, email rb@webde-ag.de

The Annual Report will be published at the Annual Press Conference on March 25, 2004.

end of announcement            euro adhoc 05.02.2004
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Further inquiry note: Richard Berg Tel. +49(0)721 94329 2700 E-Mail: rb@webde-ag.de

Branche: Software
ISIN:      DE0005296503
WKN:        529650
Index:    HDAX, Nemax 50, Prime Standard, TecDAX
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