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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corporate news transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer/originator is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9-month report Köln (euro adhoc) - OVB generated total sales commission of EUR145.2 million in the first nine months of 2010 Sales growth of 6.1% in the Central and Eastern Europe region Number of customers increased to 2.80 million Consolidated sales almost at the level of the previous year Cologne, 5 November 2010 - in the period from January to September 2010, the OVB Group, which operates in 14 countries and is one of the leading European financial services sales organisations, generated total sales commission of EUR145.2 million, meaning that it almost matched the previous year´s figure of EUR147.4 million. In the Central and Eastern Europe segment, the growth in sales gained momentum: total sales commission of EUR65.9 million was achieved here, 6.1% more than in the corresponding period last year (EUR62.1 million). In Germany, total sales commission came to EUR52.1 million in the reporting period (previous year: EUR55.2 million). In the Southern and Western Europe segment, business has stabilised in recent months. Despite a number of negative factors, OVB achieved total sales commission of EUR27.2 million in this segment; this figure is 9.6% down on the previous year´s figure of EUR30.1 million. Halfway through the year, the decline was still almost 25%. In the first nine months of the 2010 financial year, the OVB Group generated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR3.5 million. Operating income is therefore EUR2.7 million, or 43.5%, down year-on-year. The Central and Eastern Europe segment contributed EUR5.6 million to EBIT (previous year: EUR7.7 million). Germany increased its EBIT contribution from EUR4.2 million to EUR4.5 million. The Southern and Western Europe region, which was still reporting a loss halfway through the year, achieved a plus of EUR0.2 million (previous year: EUR0.8 million). The reasons for the delayed upturn in earnings are persistently weak markets in some European countries and the increase in the proportion of current commissions attributable to field sales. The EBIT margin, calculated on the basis of total sales commission, stood at 2.5% (previous year: 4.2%). "We recorded a business recovery in the first nine months of the year", comments Oskar Heitz, Chief Financial Officer of OVB Holding AG on the figures. "However, this still lacks the sustained character and momentum to pick up on levels of previous years in terms of sales and income." Other operating expenses were reduced by 10.9% to EUR30.8 million from January to September, which was attributable to the first results of the cost-cutting programme. There have been few changes to the composition of new business by product group. Funds-based pension provision products dominate with a share of 57% (previous year: 56%), followed by other pension provision products, accounting for an unchanged 16%; these include traditional life and annuity policies, in particular. The number of customers increased year-on-year by 0.4% to 2.8 million customers; more than 7,000 new customers have been acquired since mid-2010. The number of financial advisors working for OVB across Europe decreased by 139 from 4,715 to 4,576 sales representatives over the same period. In Central and Eastern Europe, the number of financial advisors increased by 1.8% to 2,778 sales representatives. A slight plus of 0.7% to 1,345 was also recorded in Germany. In Southern and Western Europe alone, the size of the sales team shrank by some 30% to 453 financial advisors. "In terms of total sales commission, we are confident of being able to come close to the previous year´s figure of some EUR200 million through the joint efforts of all our financial consultants and employees in the last few weeks of the year", the CEO Wilfried Kempchen explains the outlook for the year as a whole. "In terms of earnings, we expect growth in EBIT in the direction of EUR5 million for the year as a whole." About the OVB Group OVB Group, with its holding company headquartered in Cologne, is one of the leading European financial sales organisations. Since the formation of OVB Vermögensberatung AG in Germany in 1970, customer-oriented consulting for private households in the areas of insurance coverage, asset building and appreciation, pension provision and real estate acquisition have formed the focus of OVB's business activities. OVB currently advises 2.8 million customers across Europe, working in cooperation with over 100 renowned product partners. OVB is presently active in 14 countries, with 4,576 full-time financial advisors working for the Group. OVB is presently active in 14 countries, with 4,576 full-time financial consultants working for the Group. In 2009, OVB Holding AG and its subsidiaries generated total sales commission of EUR201.6 million and EBIT of EUR9.6 million. OVB Holding AG has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard, ISIN DE0006286560) since July 2006. OVB will publish the results for the 2010 financial year on 30 March 2011. A presentation and the interim report on the first nine months of 2010 can be downloaded from the Investor Relations section of www.ovb.ag. This IR release is also available on the Internet at: www.ovb.ag->Investor Relations->IR Releases Key figures of the OVB Group for the first three quarters of 2010 |Key operating figures|Unit |01.01. - |01.01. - |Change | | | |30.09.2009 |30.09.2010 | | |Customers (30 |Number in |2.79 |2.80 |+ 0.4% | |September) |million | | | | |Financial advisors |Number |4,715 |4,576 |- 2.9% | |(30 September) | | | | | |New policies |Number |372,439 |335,914 |- 9.8% | |Total sales |EUR |147.4 |145.2 |- 1.5% | |commission |million | | | | |Key financial figures|Unit |01.01. - |01.01. - |Change | | | |30.09.2009 |30.09.2010 | | |Earnings before |EUR |6.2 |3.5 |- 43.5% | |interest and taxes |million | | | | |(EBIT) | | | | | |EBIT margin* |% |4.2 |2.5 |- 1.7%-pts.| |Consolidated net |EUR |4.7 |2.5 |- 46.8% | |income |million | | | | |Earnings per share |EUR |0.33 |0.18 |- 45.5% | |(basic) | | | | | * on the basis of total sales commission Key figures by region for the first three quarters of 2010 | |Unit |01.01. - |01.01. - |Change | | | |30.09.2009 |30.09.2010 | | |Central and Eastern | | | | | |Europe | | | | | |Customers (30 |Number in |1.77 |1.80 |+ 1.6% | |September) |million | | | | |Financial advisors |Number |2,729 |2,778 |+ 1.8% | |(30 September) | | | | | |Total sales |EUR |62.1 |65.9 |+ 6.1% | |commission |million | | | | |EBIT |EUR |7.6 |5.6 |- 26.3% | | |million | | | | |EBIT margin* |% |12.3 |8.5 |- 3.8%-pts.| |Germany | | | | | |Customers (30 |Number |694,883 |684,250 |- 1.5% | |September) | | | | | |Financial advisors |Number |1,335 |1,345 |+ 0.7% | |(30 September) | | | | | |Total sales |EUR |55.2 |52.1 |- 5.6% | |commission |million | | | | |EBIT |EUR |4.2 |4.5 |+ 7.1% | | |million | | | | |EBIT margin* |% |7.6 |8.6 |+1.0%-pts. | |Southern and Western | | | | | |Europe | | | | | |Customers (30 |Number |324,340 |307,843 |- 5.1% | |September) | | | | | |Financial advisors |Number |651 |453 |- 30,4% | |(30 September) | | | | | |Total sales |EUR |30.1 |27.2 |- 9.6% | |commission |million | | | | |EBIT |EUR |0.8 |0.2 |- 75.0% | | |million | | | | |EBIT margin* |% |2.5 |0.7 |- 1.8%-pts.| * on the basis of total sales commission end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: OVB Holding AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Brigitte Bonifer Investor Relations Tel.: +49 (0)221 2015 288 E-Mail: bbonifer@ovb.de Branche: Financial & Business Services ISIN: DE0006286560 WKN: 628656 Index: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share Börsen: Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Berlin / free trade Hamburg / free trade Stuttgart / free trade Düsseldorf / free trade München / free trade

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