- Full year guidance for 2021 met: Group revenue up 10.0% year-on-year at EUR 389.0 million
- At a margin of 57.3%, ordinary operating EBITDA was within the guidance range
- Scout24 continues to develop into central point of contact for all real estate transactions, thus diversifying revenue structure
- Strategy opens up new market potential and secures basis for double-digit growth in the future
Munich/Berlin, 1 March 2022
In the 2021 financial year, the Scout24 Group managed to grow revenue by 10.0% year-on-year to EUR 389.0 million (2020: EUR 353.8 million). Thereby the Group has exceeded revenue growth guidance of around 9% as specified in November 2021.
The Group’s ordinary operating EBITDA came to EUR 222.8 million in the 2021 financial year, a year-on-year increase of 5.0% (2020: EUR 212.3 million). At a margin of 57.3%, ordinary operating EBITDA was within the guidance range of 57% to 58%. The 10.0% increase in Group revenue includes the acquisitions of immoverkauf24, Vermietet.de and Propstack. Without these additions, the Scout24 Group would have still achieved a revenue growth of 8.3% and an ordinary operating EBITDA margin of 59.0% in the 2021 financial year.
“We have consistently pursued our strategy with a focus on real estate transaction. Aside from listings for the marketing of real estate, Scout24 increasingly provides products that make real estate transactions more digital and efficient – meaning the entire process around buying and selling, financing, renting for both tenants and landlords as well as managing real estate. In this way, we are diversifying our revenue structure and tapping into new market potential that will sustainably drive our growth in the future,” says Tobias Hartmann, CEO of Scout24 SE.
“We have achieved what we set out to do in 2021. In a tense real estate market, we have increased our revenue by 10 per cent. Our growth products and acquisitions have been our biggest growth drivers. We want to continue to deliver attractive double-digit growth in the coming years. To this end, we will continue to invest in employees, technology, and products. Additionally, we will continue to distribute capital to our shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. With that we create value for all our stakeholders,” adds Dirk Schmelzer, CFO of Scout24 SE.
Key financial indicators (preliminary, unaudited)
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Group ordinary operating EBITDA1
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- Ordinary operating EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for non-operating effects, mainly expenses for share-based payments, M&A activities (realised and unrealised), reorganisation measures and other non-operating effects.
- Group (unadjusted) EBITDA is defined as earnings before the financial result, income taxes, depreciation, amortisation and any impairment losses or reversals of impairment losses.
- Adjusted (1) for non-operating effects, which are also used to determine the ordinary operating EBITDA, (2) for PPA amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets, and (3) for financial result effects primarily stemming from the AS24 transaction and from the adjustment of purchase price liabilities. The nominal tax rate is applied to the adjusted earnings.
Strong Q4 with significant acceleration in growth
In the context of the year 2021, the fourth quarter was outstanding. Revenue and earnings growth accelerated further. Q4 Group revenue increased by 11.7% to EUR 101.9 million (2020: EUR 91.2 million). The Residential Real Estate segment was the most notable with revenue growth of 16.6% in the fourth quarter. This impressively underscores the growth potential of Scout24’s transaction-based strategy. The Group’s ordinary operating EBITDA came to EUR 58.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, a year-on-year increase of 6.3 %. Thus, Scout24 achieved an ordinary operating EBITDA margin of 57.1% in the fourth quarter.
Residential Real Estate segment benefits from growth products
The Residential Real Estate segment’s revenue increased by 13.8% to EUR 288.4 million in the 2021 financial year (2020: EUR 253.4 million). Mainly contributing to this strong growth were transaction-related revenue from seller leads for agents and revenue from Plus products for consumers. Revenue from seller leads increased by around 87% to EUR 32.2 million (including immoverkauf24 revenue of EUR 10.8 million), while revenue from Plus products (including SCHUFA reports) rose by around 33% to EUR 54.2 million. Average revenue per user (ARPU) with residential real estate partners – Scout24’s traditional core business – increased by 5.8%, while the number of customers rose by 709 (smaller) customers to 17,922.
Ordinary operating EBITDA margin in the Residential Real Estate segment was 59.5% in the 2021 financial year, down 3.7 percentage points year-on-year. This development is on the one hand attributable to higher operating costs and on the other hand reflects the changed revenue mix associated with the growth strategy: revenue from one-off listings is increasingly being replaced by revenue from Plus products and leads, which is growing significantly faster than the core membership business with real estate agents.
Business Real Estate segment still weighed down by Covid-19 pandemic
Revenue in the Business Real Estate segment remained relatively stable in the 2021 financial year, compared with the same period of the previous year. It amounted to EUR 68.9 million for the full year 2021. The continued contraction of the commercial real estate agent business on account of Covid-19 effects was almost completely offset by the growing project developer business. Average revenue per business real estate partner (“ARPU) and the number of business real estate partners changed only slightly.
The Business Real Estate segment’s ordinary operating EBITDA margin increased by 0.8 percentage points year-on-year to 72.0% in 2021.
Dynamic Austrian business a major pillar for the Media & Other segment
The Media & Other segment revenue increased by 1.1% year-on-year to EUR 31.3 million. The ImmoScout24 Austria business grew strongly with revenue up 22.2% and the third-party media business contracted due to market and pandemic-related factors. At the same time, the ordinary operating EBITDA margin in the Media & Other segment decreased by 4.8 percentage points to 33.9% in 2021.
Balance sheet structure characterised by focus on real estate business
Scout24’s consolidated statement of financial position now clearly shows the focus on the ImmoScout24 business. By the end of the 2021 financial year, the proceeds from the sale of AutoScout24 had largely been returned to lenders and shareholders. Primarily as a result of the share buybacks with a volume of over EUR 1 billion that were carried out for this purpose in 2021, total assets decreased from EUR 3.5 billion to EUR 2.4 billion.
Scout24 also plans to return capital to shareholders in the future through share buybacks. Please also refer to the following financial release.
Further growth momentum planned in 2022
Scout24 has budgeted Group revenue growth of between 11 and 12% for the financial year 2022. As this revenue growth is to be generated through additional investments, Scout24 anticipates less growth momentum in Group ordinary operating EBITDA. Here, growth is expected to be between 6 and 8% in 2022.
In the years after 2022, Scout24 anticipates an average annual revenue growth of around 12%. In terms of EBITDA, growth is expected to accelerate significantly from 2023 onwards, driven by the completion of growth investments in 2022 and economies of scale.
Scout24 will publish the annual report and sustainability report for the 2021 financial year on Thursday, 24 March 2022. Starting today, weekly stories about the business and the company’s sustainability topics of the past year will be published on http://www.scout24.com/en/reporting-2021 and the company's social media channels.
Scout24 is one of the leading digital companies in Germany. With the digital marketplace ImmoScout24, for residential and commercial real estate, we successfully bring together homeowners, real estate agents, tenants, and buyers - and we have been doing so for more than 20 years. With more than 20 million users per month on the website or in the app, ImmoScout24 is the market leader for digital real estate listing and search. To digitise the process of real estate transactions, ImmoScout24 is continually developing new products and building up an ecosystem for renting, buying, and commercial real estate in Germany and Austria. Scout24 is a listed stock corporation (ISIN: DE000A12DM80, Ticker: G24) and member of the MDAX and the DAX50 ESG. Further information is available on Twitter and LinkedIn. Since 2012, ImmoScout24 has also been active in the Austrian real estate market.
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