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Scout24 AG: Scout24 AG reports a successful first quarter 2016

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,
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2016-05-11 / 07:30
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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 %
change
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
margin
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 www.scout24.com/financial-reports.


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 %
change
Revenues from core agents 39.1 35.8 9.4%
(Germany)
Revenues from other 8.5 8.6 (0.9)%
agents
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 %
change
Revenues from core dealers 13.2 9.7 36.1%
(Germany)
Revenues from core dealers 10.0 8.4 18.7%
(Benelux/Italy)
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 report.scout24.com/2015.

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:
scout110516-live.audio-webcast.com

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 www.sout24.com.

Investor Relations contact

Britta Schmidt
Vice President Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel.: +49 89 44456 3278
Email: [email protected]

Press contact

Svenja Lahrmann
Instinctif Partners
Tel.: +49 221 42075 23
Email: [email protected]


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. No
representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of
the Company or any of its directors, officers or employees or any other
person as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions
contained in this document and no liability whatsoever is accepted by the
Company or any of its directors, officers or employees nor any other person
for any loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of
such information or opinions or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

The information contained in this release is subject to amendment, revision
and updating. Certain statements, beliefs and opinions in this document are
forward-looking, which reflect the Company's or, as appropriate, senior
management's current expectations and projections about future events. By
their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks,
uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to
differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking
statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions could adversely
affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described
herein. Statements contained in this document regarding past trends or
activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or
activities will continue in the future. The Company does not undertake any
obligation to update or revise any information contained in this press
release (including forward-looking statements), whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. You should not place undue
reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of
this document.


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Language: English
Company: Scout24 AG
Dingolfinger Str. 1 - 15
81673 Munich
Germany
Phone: +49 89 44456 - 0
Fax: +49 89 44456 - 3000
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: www.scout24.com
ISIN: DE000A12DM80
WKN: A12DM8
Indices: SDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated
Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover,
Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange


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