Figures for Q1 2016/2017 (01.10.-31.12.2016) Revenue +29 %, EBITDA +112 % EBITDA margin soars from 5.9 % to 9.7 % EPS up from 5 cents to 23 cents
Pliezhausen, February 22, 2017. DATAGROUP SE (WKN A0JC8S) started the fiscal year 2016/2017 with a very strong first quarter in operating terms. The IT service provider increased revenues by 29 %. Profit grew even more pronounced due to the expansion of the high-margin Cloud and outsourcing services.
In the first quarter of the fiscal year (01.10.-31.12.2016), revenues grew significantly to EUR 53.4m (previous year EUR 41.6m). This growth was particularly strong in the core business with IT services, where revenues were up 33% to EUR 43.5m (previous year EUR 32.6m). As a result, earnings increased disproportionately strong. At EUR 5.2m, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were more than twice as high as in the previous year’s quarter (previous year EUR 2.5m). The EBITDA margin jumped from 5.9% to 9.7%. The increase in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was even more marked. EBIT grew by 268% to EUR 3.3m (previous year EUR 0.9m). Net income soared from EUR 0.4m in the previous year to EUR 1.8m. Accordingly, earnings per share (EPS) grew strongly from 5 cents to 23 cents.
“We had an excellent start to the new fiscal year”, commented DATAGROUP CEO Max H.-H. Schaber. “Thanks to the successful takeover of employees from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise we have experienced a strong surge in growth and improved our operating profitability. At the same time, organic growth has accelerated further. We have grown by more than 6% in the first quarter even without the additional revenues from the HPE deal. As we are focused on the business with long-term Cloud and outsourcing contracts the share of recurring income in revenue continues to be expanded and contribution margins and earnings are spread more evenly across the fiscal year. This is very well reflected in our outstanding result in the first quarter that is traditionally rather weak.”
The new fiscal year also started very well in terms of sales and marketing. In addition to the successful acquisition of new customers for the full-service offer CORBOX, DATAGROUP has also extended several long-term contracts with important key accounts since October 2016, including contracts with a media company and with a company from the real-estate sector. Both contracts have a term of three years each and a total volume of more than EUR 16m in service revenues over the contractual term.
“The retention of existing customers is just as important to us as the acquisition of new customers”, commented Dirk Peters, COO of DATAGROUP SE. “We are therefore very pleased that we are very successful in both areas. The examples show that we convince customers and stakeholders both substantively with our full-service offer CORBOX and personally through proximity, availability and reliability. Our very solid customer base is an excellent starting point for further organic growth.”
In the wake of the abolition of the Entry Standard, the exchange-regulated open market segment, on February 28, 2017, DATAGROUP is making preparations to move to “Scale”, the successor segment. “In the short term, the move into the new open market quality segment is the right step for DATAGROUP, especially since we have already voluntarily more than fulfilled the increased transparency requirements in the best interest of our shareholders for a long time”, says DATAGROUP CEO Schaber. “In line with the company’s further growth, however, we see DATAGROUP in the Prime Standard in the medium term. We will therefore propose to the AGM to authorise the management board to move to the regulated market associated with prospectus requirements, if the cost-benefit ratio is favourable. Until then, however, the new SME segment is the right place for us.”
DATAGROUP is a leading German IT service company. Over 1,700 employees at locations across Germany design, implement, and operate IT infrastructure and business applications such as SAP. With CORBOX, DATAGROUP offers its customers all the IT services they need for a stable IT operation. DATAGROUP thus is a full-service provider, serving over 550,000 global IT workplaces for medium and large enterprises as well as for public-sector clients. In other words: “We manage IT.” The company is growing organically and through acquisitions. The acquisition strategy is particularly noted for its optimal integration of the new companies. DATAGROUP is actively participating in the IT service market’s consolidation process with its “buy and turn around” and its “buy and build” strategy.