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WEB.DE with very positive business development during the first half-year 2005 - Alliance with United Internet about to be implemented

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The first half of FY 2005 for WEB.DE AG again was marked by a very positive business development. Focussed on the goal of becoming a leading, internationally positioned high-tech provider in the field of Web Telecommunications, WEB.DE AG entered into a comprehensive alliance with United Internet AG in the Internet Portal and Web Telecommunications business lines during the first quarter 2005. WEB.DE´s Portal business, which is to be sold to United Internet, again has shown an excellent business development: With revenues of Euro 13.7 million in Q2/05 (Q2/04: Euro 10.4 million), earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased by 131% (Q2/04: Euro 1.6 million) to Euro 3.7 million in Q2/05. For the period under review this results as follows: With revenues of Euro 25.4 million (H1/04: Euro 19.6 million) and a gross margin amounting to 75.5%, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased to Euro 5.7 million leading to an EBIT-margin of 22% (H1/04: 15%). Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITDA) within the portal business amounted to Euro 8.5 million (H1/04: Euro 6.3 million) so that EBITDA-margin increased to 33% in the period under review. Including the portal business, the company generated revenues of Euro 13.8 million in Q2/05 and a gross profit of Euro 10.6 million (gross margin: 76.8%), the company for the first time reported a positive EBIT on quarterly basis totaling Euro 0.5 million in Q2/05 (Q2/04: -0.8 million).

The transaction is to be completed immediately after the entry of the resolutions of the Annual General Meeting, adopted with a large majority, in the commercial register. Within the framework of this alliance United Internet AG is going to pay Euro 200 million in cash plus 5.8 million shares of United Internet AG. This corresponds to an actual transaction volume of appr. Euro 353 million. In the future WEB.DE AG will participate with an almost 10% stake in Germany´s leading Internetservice- and Portalservices provider in Germany. Operating profits generated within the Portal business remain in WEB.DE AG until closing of deal.

Given the above-mentioned sale of the Internet Portal business to United Internet AG, the international accounting principle IFRS 5 concerning "non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations" is applied for the first time. It has a major impact on the classification and reporting obligations in the financial statements. This means that the numbers of the current reporting period are only comparable to a limited extent to those of previous quarters.

Based on the application of IFRS 5, the company generated during H1/05 in the Web Telecommunications business line, which is still in a building phase, revenues in the amount of Euro 0.4 million, which were on prior year level (H1/04: Euro 0.4 million).

The operating expenses basis during the reporting period encompasses marketing and advertising, general administrative expenses as well as research and development, which are marked by the development efforts for the comBOTS product not yet launched. Operating expenses add up to a total of Euro 5.9 million in H1/05

Overall, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) amounted to Euro -5.6 million in H1/05. During the comparative prior year period, the EBIT was Euro -4.5 million. With a financial result of Euro 1.8 million, the income for the period H1/05, based on continued operations, amounts to Euro -3.9 million (H1/04: Euro -2.6 million).

The half-year result for H1/05 from the discontinued Portal business amounts to Euro +7.9 million. In accordance with IFRS 5, regular depreciation of assets belonging to the discontinued Portal business of Euro 2.8 million were eliminated from January 1, 2005 with a profit-increasing impact. For the comparative value of H1/04 this elimination of the corresponding depreciation in accordance with IFRS 5 was not made.

The consolidated net result for the first half-year 2005 of Euro 4.0 million is significantly above the comparative prior year value (Euro 0.2 million). This results in earnings per share of Euro 0.11 in H1/05 or ten Cents above the earnings per share in H1/04 (Euro 0.01).

In order to ensure comparability of the development of earnings with previous reporting periods, a so-called "as if" income statement is prepared based on the assumption that the Portal operations had been continued on group level. This view shows a very positive development of the Internet Portal in H1/05 on group level: with revenues of Euro 25.8 million (H1/04: Euro 20 million) and a gross margin, which amounted to 75,6% during the reporting period, the "as if" group generated for the first time an operating break even (EBIT). The "as if" result for the reporting period hence amounted to Euro 1.8 million so that the margin on group level amounted to 7%. The "as if"-EBITDA on group level in H1/05 even reaches Euro 3.2 million, so that an EBITDA margin of 12% was generated on a group level.

Annex: Table

                                                            Group                      Group
                                                            H1/05                      H1/04
(in Euro million)                                 IFRS 5                    IFRS 5
Revenues                                                 0.4                         0.4
Cost of sales                                        -0.1                        -0.1
Gross profit                                          0.3                         0.3
Marketing + Advertising                        -0.1                        -0.3
General administration cost                 -0.7                        -0.6
Research + Development                         -5.1                        -3.9
Operating result (EBIT)                        -5.6                        -4.5
Financial income                                    1.8                         1.9
continued operations                            -3.9                        -2.6
discontinued operations                         7.9                         2.8
Net result for the period                      4.0                         0.2

                                                Portal      Group        Group
                                              "as if"    "as if"    "as if"
(in Euro million)                    H1/05        H1/05        H1/04
Revenues                                    25.4         25.8         20.0
Cost of sales                            -6.2         -6.3         -5.0
Gross profit                              19.2         19.5         15.0
Marketing + Advertising            -7.1         -7.2         -6.3
General administration cost      -1.2         -1.9         -1.3
Research + Development              -5.3        -10.4         -9.0
Operating result (EBIT)              5.7          0            -1.6
Financial income                         0              1.8          1.9
continued operations                  5.7          1.8          0.3

Contact Person for Press and Media: Oliver Schwartz, Director Communications, tel +49 (0)721 94329 5310, Mail oliver.schwartz@webde-ag.de http://webde-ag.de

Contact Person for Analysts and for Investors: Richard Berg, Director Investor Relations, tel +49 (0)721 94329 2700, Mail rb@webde-ag.de http://webde-ag.de

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Further inquiry note:
Silvia Teschner
Junior Referentin IR
Tel.:  +49 (0)721 943292701
E-Mail: ste@webde-ag.de

Branche: Online
ISIN:      DE0005296503
WKN:        529650
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