SCOUT24 AG (FRA:DE000A12) DGAP-News: Scout24 AG: Scout24 AG reports a successful first quarter 2016

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DGAP-News: Scout24 AG / Key word(s): Quarter Results/Quarterly / Interim Statement Scout24 AG: Scout24 AG reports a successful first quarter 2016 11.05.2016 / 07:30 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scout24 AG reports a successful first quarter 2016 - 12.9% increase in Group revenues to EUR 104.7 million - Ordinary operating EBITDA margin of 49.3% - 11.8% increase in cash contribution supports robust deleveraging profile - Fully on track to achieve full year 2016 targets Berlin / Munich, 11 May 2016 - Scout24 AG ("Scout24" or "the Group"), the leading operator of digital marketplaces specializing in the real estate and automotive sectors in Germany and other selected European countries, announces its results for the first quarter of the financial year 2016. According to the unaudited consolidated financial statements, Group revenues (excluding revenues from the latest acquisition European AutoTrader B.V.) for the first three months ended March 31, 2016 increased by 12.9% to EUR 104.7 million (Q1 2015: EUR 92.7 million). Group ordinary operating EBITDA (excluding the contribution from European AutoTrader B.V.) was up 12.8% to EUR 51.6 million, representing a margin of 49.3%. Furthermore, cash contribution increased by a solid 11.8%, supporting Group deleveraging. "Scout24 recorded strong first quarter 2016 results with all major performance indicators in line with Management Board's expectations. We are therefore very confident to meet our full year targets", said Christian Gisy, Chief Financial Officer of Scout24 AG. Overview of Financial Results The table below provides a summary overview of the Group's performance for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
(in EUR million)           Q1 2016             Q1 2015             %
External Revenues                       104.7                92.7   12.9%
IS24                                     69.1                63.9    8.3%
AS24                                     34.0                27.6   23.2%
EBITDA                                   48.0                41.1   16.8%
IS24                                     39.3                35.6   10.2%
AS24                                     12.0                10.0   20.0%
Ordinary operating EBITDA                51.6                45.7   12.8%
IS24                                     42.4                38.4   10.4%
AS24                                     13.3                10.7   24.2%
Ordinary operating EBITDA               49.3%               49.3%   0.0pp
IS24                                    61.3%               60.1%   1.2pp
AS24                                    39.2%               38.9%   0.3pp
Capital expenditure                       4.9                 3.9   23.4%
Cash contribution                        46.7                41.8   11.8%
All figures in the table above do not include results of European AutoTrader B.V. The quarterly statement including financial statements and additional details on segment level is available at Business Development Group Scout24 continues on its growth path driven by its core businesses, ImmobilienScout24 ("IS24") and AutoScout24 ("AS24"), the ongoing roll-out of the product models "VIA" in IS24 and "MIA" in AS24 and strong focus on executing on its sales strategy. Reported Group EBITDA for the first quarter 2016 was up EUR 6.9 million compared to the first quarter 2015, reaching EUR 48.0 million. It included non-operating costs of EUR 3.6 million mainly due to the Management Equity programme, obligations from a purchase price agreement, costs related to the acquisition of European AutoTrader B.V. as well as restructuring costs of EUR 1.0 million. The Group's ordinary operating EBITDA improved by 12.8% to EUR 51.6 million. Consolidated reported net profit for the period was EUR 12.6 million (Q1/2015: EUR 11.3 million), resulting in earnings per share of EUR 0.12 (Q1/2015: EUR 0.11). Cash contribution increased by 11.8% to EUR 46.7 million, supporting Group deleveraging. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 67.8 million as of March 31, 2016 including the cash outflow for the purchase price of European AutoTrader B.V. in an amount of EUR 27.7 million in Q1 2016 (December 31, 2015: EUR 70.6 million), highlighting the strong free cash flow generation. Total net financial debt therefore amounted to EUR 714.1 million, leading to a leverage (ratio of ordinary operating EBITDA of the last twelve months to net debt) of 3.65:1 (December 31, 2015: 3.74:1). Based on this positive financial position Scout24 has made a voluntary repayment towards its bank loan of EUR 40 million on April 5, 2016. This reduced the total debt of EUR 782 million as of March 31, 2016 further to EUR 742 million and will reduce annualized interest expense by approximately EUR 1.5 million. ImmobilienScout24 (IS24)

(in EUR million)           Q1 2016              Q1 2015              %
Revenues from core agents                 39.1                 35.8    9.4%
Revenues from other                        8.5                  8.6  (0.9)%
Other revenues                            21.5                 19.5   10.3%
Total external revenues                   69.1                 63.9    8.3%
EBITDA                                    39.3                 35.6   10.2%
Ordinary operating EBITDA                 42.4                 38.4   10.4%
Ordinary operating EBITDA                61.3%                60.1%   1.2pp
- margin %
Capital expenditure                        2.5                  2.4    6.3%
Revenues from core agents increased by 9.4% to EUR 39.1 million driven by a solid ARPU (average revenue per core agent) increase offsetting decreasing core agent numbers, both developments in line with expectations. Revenues from other agents slightly decreased year-over-year driven by professional pay-per-ad revenues, which decreased driven by impacts of business closures caused by the so-called "Bestellerprinzip". The increase of 10.3% in other revenues reflect a healthy development in revenues from adjacent businesses combined with a lower increase in revenues from private listings. IS24 maintained a strong competitive lead in listings share as well as consumer traffic and engagement in Q1 2016. AutoScout24 (AS24)

(in EUR million)             Q1 2016            Q1 2015            %
Revenues from core dealers                13.2                9.7   36.1%
Revenues from core dealers                10.0                8.4   18.7%
Revenues from other dealers                3.2                2.7   20.3%
Other revenues                             7.6                6.8   10.9%
Total external revenues                   34.0               27.6   23.2%
EBITDA                                    12.0               10.0   21.4%
Ordinary operating EBITDA                 13.3               10.7   24.2%
Ordinary operating EBITDA -              39.2%              38.9%   0.3pp
margin %
Capital expenditure                        2.3                1.5   52.7%
All figures in the table above do not include results of European AutoTrader B.V. External revenues for AS24 accelerated significantly with an increase of 23.2% compared to the first quarter 2015. Revenues from core dealers in Germany increased by 36.1% on the back of an increase in core dealer ARPU (average revenue per core dealer) driven by the roll-out of MIA products and an ongoing expansion of core dealer base. Benelux and Italy equally performed strongly with revenues from core dealers increasing by 18.7% to EUR 10.0 million. The increase is driven by a balanced mix of growth in dealer locations and ARPU as well fuelled by the roll-out of the MIA products, which started successfully in Q4 2015. The acquisition of European AutoTrader B.V. which took place in February 2016, will further extend the market leading position of AS24 in the Netherlands. Revenues of European AutoTrader B.V. in February and March 2016 amounted to EUR 1.1 million and are not included in the revenues reported. Other dealer revenues benefit from the consolidation of easyautosale GmbH (consolidated since April 2015). AS24 sustained its content leadership positions in Belgium, Netherlands and Italy with regards to general classifieds and automotive classified competitors and continued to work on closing the gap towards its competitor in Germany. Outlook The business development of Scout24 Group in the first quarter 2016 was in line with the Management Board's expectations and Scout24 is therefore very confident to reach the targets for the financial year 2016 communicated on March 30, 2016. For details, please refer to our Annual Report 2015, which is available at Conference Call On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CEST, Scout24 will host a conference call and webcast for financial analysts and investors. You may dial in using the following numbers: DE: +4969222229043 UK: +442030092452 USA: +18554027766 Participant PIN code: 82438614# The webcast, as well as a replay, will be made available at: Next events and reportings On June 23, 2016, the Annual General Meeting of Scout24 AG will take place in Belin. Scout24 expects to report results for the first half of the 2016 financial year on Thursday, August 11, 2016. About Scout24 Scout24 operates leading digital classifieds platforms in Germany and other selected European countries. The main operations under the umbrella brand Scout24 are the digital marketplaces ImmobilienScout24 and AutoScout24. ImmobilienScout24 is the leading digital real estate classifieds platform in Germany, based on consumer traffic and time spent as well as customer numbers and listings. AutoScout24 is a leading automotive digital classifieds platform in Europe, in terms of unique monthly visitors and listings. Scout24's digital marketplaces are empowering people to realise their property and car-owning dreams simply, efficiently and stress-free. Further information is available at Investor Relations contact Britta Schmidt Vice President Investor Relations & Treasury Tel.: +49 89 44456 3278 Email: Press contact Svenja Lahrmann Instinctif Partners Tel.: +49 221 42075 23 Email: Disclaimer: All information contained in this document has been carefully prepared. However, no reliance may be placed for any purposes whatsoever on the information contained in this document or on its completeness. 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