Munich / Berlin, 19 February, 2020
- The Group fully achieves its targets for the 2019 financial year
- Group revenue increases by 15.4% to EUR 613.6 million
- Group ordinary operating EBITDA margin stands at 52.5%
- Future focus will be on high-margin business ImmoScout24
“We made the right strategic decisions in 2019. At the same time, we set a new record in our operating business. Following the successful sale of AutoScout24, FinanceScout24 and FINANZCHECK.de, our focus will now be on growing ImmoScout24. As the market leader, ImmoScout24 is best positioned to establish a comprehensive ecosystem for real estate agents, home sellers and consumers. Compared with other countries, Germany in particular is still at an early stage of development in this respect and has enormous potential. We will continue to invest in new products and technologies, increasingly digitise the transaction process and expand our reach in our market.”
Tobias Hartmann, CEO of Scout24 AG
“ImmoScout24 has reliably achieved its revenue and earnings targets. The relevant parts of the Consumer Services segment that will be integrated with ImmoScout24 in the future, have also developed very favourably. With ImmoScout24, we are now focusing on the segment with the highest margins. We will continue to be a reliable partner for our investors in 2020 and continue on our Scout24 growth path.”
Dr Dirk Schmelzer, CFO of Scout24 AG
The Group fully achieves its targets for the 2019 financial year
The Scout24 Group has brought an eventful financial year 2019 to an excellent close. The preliminary figures indicate that the Group revenue increased by 15.4% year on year to EUR 613.6 million (2018: EUR 531.7 million). Adjusted for consolidation effects (i.e. including FINANZCHECK.de for the full 2018 financial year, excluding classmarkets, excluding AutoScout24 Spain), the growth rate came to 11.8% (2018 adjusted revenue: EUR 548.6 million). The revenue development is thus fully in line with the forecast for the year (reported growth between 15.0% and 17.0% or adjusted revenue growth ranging between low to mid-teens.).
The ordinary operating EBITDA for the 2019 financial year is expected to reach EUR 321.9 million, a year-on-year increase of 10.4% (2018: EUR 291.5 million). The adjusted growth rate came to 13.2%, thus outpacing the comparable revenue growth rate. The ordinary operating EBITDA margin came to 52.5%, thus likewise exceeding the comparable (adjusted) figure for the previous year (2018 adjusted: 51.8%; 2018 reported: 54.8%). This figure also lies within the target corridor of the forecast for the year (between 52.0% and 54.0%).
In accordance with the strategic roadmap, and with the sale of AutoScout24, the Company is now turning its attention to the operating segment with the highest margins: ImmoScout24. In future, this segment will include the real estate-related products and solutions of Scout24 Consumer Services.
With a revenue growth of 8.1% (adjusted for consolidation effects: 9.0%) and an ordinary operating EBITDA margin of 69.6%, the ImmoScout24 segment fully met management expectations and once again demonstrated its strong growth and earnings power. Including the real estate-related Consumer Services activities, revenue growth would even have come to 9.9% according to preliminary figures (2019: EUR 349.8 million; 2018: EUR 318.1 million). The ordinary operating EBITDA margin would have been 62.2%, up from 61.3% in 2018.
With a revenue growth of 12.3% (adjusted for consolidation effects: 16.3%) and an ordinary operating EBITDA margin of 57.3%, the AutoScout24 segment also developed exceedingly well in the financial year 2019 and even managed to significantly surpass its ambitious growth forecast.
Revenues in the Scout24 Consumer Services segment, which will be integrated into AutoScout24 and ImmoScout24 in the future, increased by 35.7% to EUR 156.5 million in the financial year 2019. The adjusted revenue growth was 11.9%. The ordinary operating EBITDA margin was 23.9%.
Focus on continuing operations
On 17 December 2019, Scout24 concluded an agreement for the sale of 100% of the shares in AutoScout24, FinanceScout24 and FINANZCHECK.de. The transaction also comprises the operations from the Consumer Services segment which will be integrated into AutoScout24. The sale is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
Once the transaction is completed, the Scout24 Group will concentrate exclusively on its continuing operations. These comprise the ImmoScout24 segment as well as the operations of Consumer Services allocated to this segment. The focus here is on the development of a comprehensive ecosystem for real estate in Germany. ImmoScout24 intends to develop into a fully connected digital marketplace for the main user groups – real estate agents, home sellers and consumers. The goal is to process a real estate transaction for all concerned parties in the most digital and efficient way, in order to provide the best user experience and a maximum degree of transparency. New products and services are constantly being developed to this end. These will not only allow existing processes to be simplified and improved, but also significantly expand Scout24’s market reach and growth potential.
Financials by segments
The following table provides an overview of the preliminary financial indicators of the Group and the individual operating segments for the fourth quarter and the full financial year 2019 (compared to the previous year):
Scout24 Consumer Services
Ordinary operating EBITDA3
Scout24 Consumer Services
Ordinary operating EBITDA margin, %3
Scout24 Consumer Services
Capital expenditure (adjusted)4
- Advertising revenue with OEM partner agencies and the corresponding ordinary operating EBITDA is no longer reported in the AutoScout24 segment as of 1 January 2019 but rather in the Scout24 Consumer Services segment due to the close structural relationship with third-party display revenue; the figures of the previous year have been restated accordingly.
- The earnings of FINANZCHECK.de are included in the financial figures of Scout24 AG as of 1 September 2018. FINANZCHECK.de is allocable to the Scout24 Consumer Services segment. The contribution to revenue in the four-month period as of September 2018 amounts to EUR 12.3 million, while the contribution to ordinary operating EBITDA is EUR -2.0 million.
- Ordinary operating EBITDA refers to EBITDA adjusted for non-operating effects. These mainly include expenses for share-based compensation programmes, M&A activities (realised and unrealised), reorganisation, strategic projects as well as other non-operating effects. The ordinary operating EBITDA margin of a segment is defined as ordinary operating EBITDA as a percentage of external segment revenue.
- Capital expenditure (adjusted) does not include capital expenditure made due to the application of IFRS 16.
- Cash contribution is defined as ordinary operating EBITDA less capital expenditure (adjusted).
- The cash conversion rate is defined as ordinary operating EBITDA less capital expenditure divided by ordinary operating EBITDA.
"Make it happen": Scout24 publishes annual report and CSR report simultaneously
On 26 March 2020 Scout24 will publish the final annual report 2019 and the sustainability report 2019 simultaneously. To this end, Scout24 has launched a website: report.scout24.com. From today on, weekly stories related to the reports will be published there under the theme "Make it happen".
With our leading digital marketplaces ImmoScout24 in Germany and Austria and AutoScout24 across Europe, we are creating a networked marketplace for living and mobility. With more than 1,500 employees we empower our users to find their new home or their new car quickly and easily. Besides, we offer additional services, such as the brokerage of relocation services or housing and car financing. Scout24 AG is a publicly-listed stock corporation and member of the MDAX. For further information, please visit www.scout24.com, our Corporate Blog and Tech Blog or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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