DATAGROUP With Solid First Quarter

Another increase in revenue and EBITDA
EBITDA margin reaches 13% (adjusted 10.6%)
Further large-scale orders from the financial industry

Pliezhausen, February 21, 2019. DATAGROUP SE (WKN A0JC8S) today publishes the figures for Q1 2018/2019, in which the positive trend of the previous year has continued unabated. Both revenue growth and incoming orders developed very positively. The first-time adoption of the new IFRS standards 15 & 16 on the quarterly results has led to shifts in the recognition of revenue and operating result in comparison to the previous period.

Revenue in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018/2019 (01.10.-31.12.2018) increased by 6.9% to EUR 69.4m (previous year EUR 64.9m) – and by 9.2% when adjusted for the effects of the first-time adoption of IFRS 15 & 16. The share of service revenue decreased to 81.1% (81.8%), which is also due to the change in accounting rules.

This change had a significantly positive effect on operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), whereas it was hardly noticeable in terms of EBIT, EBT and net income. EBITDA thus increased clearly disproportionately compared to revenue by 28.4% to EUR 9.1m (EUR 7.1m), the EBITDA margin rose from 10.8% to 13.0%. Adjusted for the effect from the accounting changes, the EBITDA margin was 10.6% (PY: 10.8%).

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) grew by 8.6% to EUR 4.1m (EUR 3.7m), corresponding to an EBIT margin of 5.8% (5.7%). Earnings per share rose from 22 cents to 27 cents.

In addition, the scope of consolidation has slightly increased year-on-year due to the first-time consolidation of the newly acquired Almato in January 2018.

“We are very satisfied with the start to the new fiscal year. With an increase in revenue of 7% – or even more than 9% when considering the effects of IFRS 15 &16 – we are outperforming the market once again”, says DATAGROUP CEO Max H.-H. Schaber. “And we also remain optimistic for the further course of the year: We have seen a sensational order intake over the last few months and a couple of new orders will only be reflected in revenue over the course of the fiscal year.”

Positive order development in the financial services sector in particular

We can report on further success stories around large-scale orders received from well-known customers. Multi-year service contracts with a volume in the medium single- to double-digit million euro range have been concluded with companies from various industries.

The acquisition of customers from the financial services sector has been particularly successful. Following the record order concluded between DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH and NRW.Bank at the end of the last fiscal year, another agreement has been signed at the beginning of the new fiscal year for the full-service outsourcing of IKB Deutsche Industriebank. DATAGROUP will be responsible for the provision and operation of the entire IT infrastructure as a managed service. “The fact that we receive orders in series is proof of our optimal positioning on the grounds of our sector expertise for banks and financial service providers. We therefore expect to announce further deals very soon”, says COO Dirk Peters. The financial industry is characterized by high regulatory requirements, the most stringent demands to IT security and highly individualized customer-specific applications. DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH does not only score points because of its many years of experience but also because of the relevant certifications and reporting standards for the documentation of services in the field of business process management.

Outlook for the fiscal year

While the management will traditionally substantiate its plans for the current fiscal year at the AGM on March 14, 2019, it is already foreseeable today that the dynamic growth trend will be maintained. While the last fiscal year was mainly characterized by the consolidation of the newly acquired companies, there will be a stronger focus on potential acquisitions in the current fiscal year.

The medium-term goal of a 13% EBITDA margin by 2020/21 is still valid – the effects from the first-time adoption of IFRS 15 and 16 will not be taken into consideration for the achievement of this margin target.

An overview of the key performance indicators of Q1 2018/2019 is attached to this document, including a comparison of earnings according to the old and the new IFRS standard.

Financial Calendar


Annual General Meeting at the company headquarters in Pliezhausen


Publication of Q2 and H1 figures


Publication of Q3 and 9M figures


Publication of preliminary figures for FY 2018/2019


DATAGROUP is one of the leading German IT service companies. Over 2,000 employees at locations across Germany design, implement, and operate IT infrastructures and business applications such as SAP. With its CORBOX product, DATAGROUP is a full-service provider, supporting over 600k global IT workplaces for medium and large enterprises as well as public authorities. 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 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.


Claudia Erning
Investor Relations

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