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* Sales and earnings forecast met in the 2018 financial year
* Significant sales growth planned for 2019
* Expected dividend proposal of EUR 0.03
In the 2018 financial year, 3U HOLDING AG (ISIN DE0005167902) continued the positive performance it achieved in the previous year. According to preliminary unaudited figures, it generated consolidated sales of EUR 48.0 million, corresponding to growth of 2.3 % (2018: EUR 46.9 million). The main drivers of growth were the cloud computing and e-commerce business areas, which together already account for over 40 % of sales within the Group.
Gross profit improved considerably due to the encouraging expansion of the Group's business activities overall as well as the higher level of other income compared with the previous year. This was offset by a rise in staff costs and other expenses, resulting in EBITDA at the previous year's level of EUR 6.7 million. Consolidated net profit increased by over 70 % from EUR 1.1 million to EUR 1.9 million thanks to improved net interest income and lower tax expense.
The Management Board expects sales to grow substantially in the 2019 financial year. Revenue in the EUR 51.0 million to EUR 55.0 million range is anticipated for 2019. EBITDA is expected to be between EUR 7.0 million and EUR 9.0 million. Consolidated net profit is planned to amount to between EUR 1.0 million and EUR 2.0 million once again owing to higher depreciation and amortisation and higher tax expense.
|Forecast of Group key figures for 2019||Preliminary unaudited Group key figures for 2018||Most recent forecast of Group key figures for 2018||Group key figures for 2017|
|Sales (in EUR million)||51.0 - 55.0||48.0||46.0 - 50.0||46.9|
|EBITDA (in EUR million)||7.0 - 9.0||6.7||6.5 - 8.0||6.7|
|Consolidated net profit (in EUR million)||1.0 - 2.0||1.7||1.0 - 2.0||1.1|
In view of the continued positive performance of the Group, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board are expected to propose distribution of a dividend of EUR 0.03 to the Annual General Meeting. The dividend will be paid out of the tax deposit account without the deduction of tax
The 2018 annual report will be published on 25 March 2019.
3U HOLDING AG (www.3U.net) has its headquarters in Marburg, Germany, and was founded in 1997. It is the operating management and investment holding company at the head of the 3U Group. It acquires, operates and sells companies in the three segments of Information and Telecommunications Technology (ITC), Renewable Energies (RE) and Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology (SHAC). The 3U Group has successful and profitable business models based on megatrends in all three segments. It continues to expand its business activities dynamically, particularly in its strongest growth areas of cloud computing and online trading, in which it is striving to achieve leading positions in the market.
3U HOLDING AG's shares are traded on XETRA, Tradegate and on the German regional stock exchanges (ISIN: DE0005167902; identifier: UUU).(end)
|emitter:||3U HOLDING AG|
|contact person:||Dr. Joachim Fleing|
|phone:||+49 6421 999-1200|
|stock exchanges:||regulated market in Frankfurt, Tradegate; free market in Dusseldorf, free market in Hamburg, free market in Munich, free market in Stuttgart; open market in Berlin|