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EQS-Adhoc: Goldbach Group AG: Half Year Result 2015

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Goldbach Group AG: Half Year Result 2015

21.08.2015 / 07:00
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR.
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Half Year Result 2015:
Goldbach Group: Strategic measures are having an effect

Revenue grows by 4.5% to CHF 227 million and net profit rises to CHF 2.4
million - Core business Ad Sales Switzerland resists economic cooldown -
Radio business continues to improve - Plans to expand in Germany - Changes
to composition of Board of Directors - Substantial improvement in net
profit expected for 2015 as a whole

Küsnacht-Zurich/Switzerland, 21 August 2015. SIX Swiss Exchange-listed
leading marketing services provider Goldbach Group reported encouraging
progress for the first half of 2015. The measures for concentrating and
streamlining the portfolio, which were introduced in 2014 as a result of
the strategy analysis, are beginning to take effect and are reflected in
the results for the first half of 2015. Despite the challenging
environment, revenue increased by 4.5% to CHF 226.8 million. Profitability
also improved due to the withdrawal from individual markets in Eastern
Europe and despite the expansion costs for the German market. Operating
profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 5.9% to
CHF 11.9 million and operating profit (EBIT) rose by 9.2% to CHF 10.7
million. The net profit attributable to shareholders of Goldbach Group for
the first half of 2015 stands at CHF 2.4 million, in comparison to the
previous figure of CHF 1.3 million (+75%).

Development of net revenue and earnings
In an environment characterized by declining advertising markets, Goldbach
Group's net revenue rose by an encouraging 4.5% to CHF 226.8 million in the
first half of 2015, continuing the stabilization of core business that
began to take hold in the second half of 2014. Adjusted for negative
currency effects (euro, złoty) and the withdrawal from the Russian,
Romanian and Adriatic markets, the increase in revenue amounted to 7.0%.

The Ad Sales Switzerland segment, which generate the majority of the
Group's revenue, could increase its revenue by 8.5% to CHF 197.8 million.
This positive development was due in particular to high single-digit growth
in the TV business. In addition, we are marketing the new Swiss advertising
window of the French TV station D8 since June 2015. With a growth of 26%,
the Radio business also performed well in the first half of 2015. The
measures introduced in early of 2014 to increase the attractiveness of
radio as a medium are starting to have an effect. The Online business,
however, remains challenging. Low single-digit growth in the Video business
was not enough to compensate for the lower revenue in the Display business.

The Ad Sales Other segment performed solidly in the Austrian and Polish
markets during the first half of 2015. Due to divestments and currency
factors, the net revenue figure of CHF 9.6 million is lower by CHF 2.8
million than in the previous year.

The Ad Sales Germany segment, which is currently under expansion, generated
a net revenue of CHF 1.4 million for the first time. Seventeen (mostly
small) stations were under contract as of August. The Group is hoping to
expand these activities substantially by the end of the year.

The direct customer business Marketing Services had to absorb a loss of
-22.2% in the first half of the year, falling to CHF 19.1 million. This
decline in revenue is due primarily to the agency business in Switzerland.
Goldbach Interactive is now under new management. As immediate measures,
the  sales structures have been strengthened, a strategic partnership has
been entered into with the creative agency Matter Gretener Lesch, and the
cost basis has been reduced substantially. The Group is confident of
further development in this area.

Gross profit in the first half of 2015 stood at CHF 43.5 million, with a
gross margin of 19.2%. The gross margin in the Ad Sales segment is stable.
The slight decrease of one percentage point in the overall gross margin
compared to the previous year is due to the revenue mix.

Despite costs of CHF 2.1 million associated with market expansion in
Germany, EBITDA increased by 5.9% to CHF 11.9 million. The resulting EBITDA
margin of 5.2% at Group level remained stable. With an EBITDA contribution
of CHF 17.6 million, the Ad Sales Switzerland segment continues to be the
Goldbach Group's main source of earnings. Due to economies of scale and
strict cost control, the EBITDA margin in the Ad Sales Switzerland segment
increased from 8.0% to 8.9%. In the Ad Sales Other segment, the
streamlining of business activities is starting to bear fruit. After a loss
of CHF -0.6 million in the same period last year, the segment broke even in
the first half of 2015. The Marketing Services segment responded
immediately to the loss recorded in the first half of the year. However,
the measures introduced were not quite enough to break even at EBITDA
level, where a loss of CHF -0.6 million was recorded.

The Group's operating profit (EBIT) increased by CHF 0.9 million to CHF
10.7 million, representing an increase of 9.2%.

Net result, equity ratio, cash flow
In the first half of 2015, Goldbach Group generated an extraordinary result
of CHF 0.7 million, compared to CHF -0.1 million in the previous year. This
development was primarily due to the withdrawal from the Adriatic market
region. After taxes and minority interests, the net result attributable to
the shareholders of Goldbach Group for the first half of 2015 stands at CHF
2.4 million, compared to CHF 1.3 million in the first half of the previous
year. For seasonal reasons, operating cash flow was low in the reporting
period, coming in at CHF -4.4 million. The equity ratio as of 30 June 2015
stood at 20.1% (31 December 2014: 21.2%).

Changes to the shareholder structure and Board of Directors
At the General Meeting on 14 April 2015, the Board of Directors was
reinforced with Mirjana Blume and Dr Erica Dubach Spiegler, who replace the
retiring Ronald Sauser and Peter A. Blum. In addition, Valentin Chapero was
appointed to the Board of Directors as Michael Scheeren's successor at an
extraordinary General Meeting on 25 June 2015. Valentin Chapero is one of a
co-founders of Veraison Capital AG, which acquired around 15% of the shares
in the Group previously held by United Internet Beteiligungen GmbH

In light of the current situation and the consistent implementation of the
new measures, the Goldbach Group is expecting the positive development seen
in the first half of the year to continue in the second half, with lower
single-digit revenue growth forecast for ongoing business. Due to the
improved profitability of the core business and the absence of one-off
effects, the Group is expecting net result attributable to shareholders of
Goldbach Group AG to be at least twice as high as in the previous year,
despite the expansion costs in the German market.

Note to analysts, investors and media representatives
Goldbach Group AG will conduct a teleconference today at 9:30 am to
summarize its results for the first half of 2015. Join us at +41225805970
and enter pin code 73135806#. More information is available from

The presentation and Goldbach Group AG's 2015 half-year report can be
downloaded from our website:

Further information:
Investor Relations:
Goldbach Group AG
Lukas Leuenberger
T +41 (44) 914 92 07

Corporate Communication:
Goldbach Group AG
Jürg Bachmann
Communication & Marketing
T +41 (44) 914 91 14

Goldbach Group Company Profile
The Goldbach Group is the leading network for electronic communication
solutions and a logistics centre for the marketing and representation of
advertising in private electronic media in the areas of television,
internet television, radio, digital out of home, online display, in-game,
search advertising and mobile advertising. The company is based in
Switzerland (Kusnacht-Zurich) and is active in the whole DACH region
(Switzerland, Germany, Austria) and in Poland. The Group's core business
comprises planning, consulting, creation, concept development, purchasing
and implementation through to assessment of the deployment of electronic
offline and online media and cross-media campaigns. The Goldbach Group has
been quoted on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 15 June 2007 (Swiss Reporting
Standard, security number 487094, ISIN CH0004870942, ticker symbol GBMN).
Further information:

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Language:    English
Company:     Goldbach Group AG
             Seestrasse 39
             8700 Küsnacht-Zürich
Phone:       +41 44 914 91 00
Fax:         +41 44 914 93 60
ISIN:        CH0004870942
Valor:       487094
Listed:      Foreign Exchange(s) SIX

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