Nemetschek AG: Growth in sales continues in Q3 - Earnings after taxes increase by 43 %

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 11:22:14
DGAP-Ad-hoc: Nemetschek AG: Growth in sales continues in Q3 - Earnings after taxes increase by 43 %


Nemetschek AG / Quarter Results/Directorate Change


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- Sales 74.8 million euros (+7.7%)
- Operating profit (EBIT) 9.6 million euros (+38.8%) - Earnings per share 0.80 euros (+42.9 %)
- Changes in the managing board

Munich, November 6, 2006 – The Nemetschek Group has demonstrated consistency in the growth of sales and revenue again in the third quarter. The world-leading provider of information technology for the design, construction, and management of buildings and real estate was able to increase sales by 7.7 % to 74.8 million euros and earnings (EBIT) by 38.8 % to 9.6 million euros on September 30, 2006.


Clear increase in sales once again

In the first nine months, the Nemetschek Group's sales of 74.8 million euros exceeded the previous year's figure of 69.5 million euros by 7.7 %. The third quarter contributed to this development with sales of 24.1 million euros (+ 8.0%, previous year: 22.4 million euros). In the first nine month, the Design business unit performed particularly well, with an increase in sales of around 10 %, which was primarily due to organic growth. The Multimedia and Manage business units also saw significant improvements.


Net earnings for the year increase by 43 %

The operating profit in the third quarter was 2.5 million euros (previous year: 1.8 million euros), 38.2 % higher than the previous year's figure. In the first three quarters of 2006, Nemetschek achieved operating profit of 9.6 million euros, compared to 7.0 million euros in the previous year (+ 38.8 %). The Design business unit made a significant contribution to this result (+ 2.1 million euros). The Manage and Multimedia business units also achieved clear improvements in earnings. In the first nine months, the net earnings increased by 43.2 % to 7.9 million euros. The earnings per share were 0.80 euros, compared to 0.56 euros in the same period of the previous year.

 
Cash flow for the period increased to 12 million euros
The cash flow for the period increased to 11.9 million euros (previous year: 9.9 million euros). Cash flow from operating activities almost doubled, and was 15.8 million euros, compared with 7.9 million euros in the same period of the previous year.
The equity capital is 48.8 million euros (December 31, 2005: 48.1 million euros). This corresponds to a very good equity ratio of 57.3 % (December 31, 2005: 59.5 %). Liquid assets amounted to 27.0 million euros.

Changes in the managing board

The end of the year will see some personnel changes in the Nemetschek AG managing board. CEO Gerhard Weiß (64) will retire on December 31, 2006 as planned. Ernst Homolka, Director of Finances and Administration, will be appointed Chief Financial Officer. In future, he will be responsible for the areas of financials, HR, legal, IT, operations, merger & acquisitions and investor relations, and will also take on the task of company spokesman.

The complete 9-month report to September 30, 2006 will be published on November 10, 2006.

About Nemetschek:
The Nemetschek Group is the world’s leading solution provider for information technology for the design, construction and management of buildings and real estate. The software is used by over 170,000 renowned customers in 142 countries and 16 languages. The group offers its customers end-to-end solutions for the complete building construction and management process.



Information and Explaination of the Issuer to this News:
Earnings and growth trend continues in Q3: Managing board expects successful year overall

- Sales 74.8 million euros (+7.7%)
- Operating profit (EBIT) 9.6 million euros (+38.8%) - Further acquisitions planned

Munich, November 6, 2006 – The Nemetschek Group has demonstrated consistency in the growth of sales and revenue again in the third quarter. The world-leading provider of information technology for the design, construction, and management of buildings and real estate was able to increase sales by 7.7 % to 74.8 million euros and earnings (EBIT) by 38.8 % to 9.6 million euros on September 30, 2006.

'With these quarterly figures and good business at the end of the year, we are confident of closing the whole year successfully. Our aim is to significantly increase sales revenue compared to last year, and achieve substantially improved earnings,' said CEO Gerhard Weiß.

Clear increase in sales once again

In the first nine months, the Nemetschek Group's sales of 74.8 million euros exceeded the previous year's figure of 69.5 million euros by 7.7 %. The third quarter contributed to this development with sales of 24.1 million euros (+8.0 %, previous year: 22.4 million euros). The Design business unit performed particularly well, with an increase in sales of around 10 %, which was primarily due to organic growth. The Multimedia and Manage business units also saw significant improvements.

Sustained growth abroad

Foreign business, which makes up 58.3 % of total sales, generated a total of 43.7 million euros (previous year: 37.0 million euros). This corresponds to a rise of 18.0 % compared to the same period of the previous year, due on the one hand to the acquisition of the Belgian SCIA International NV, and on the other to strong growth at NEMETSCHEK NORTH AMERICA, the Maxon Group, and Nemetschek France SARL, in particular. Sales in Germany were 31.2 million euros, compared to 32.4 million euros in the previous year. Adjusted to take account of the sale of acadGraph, this represents growth of 6.4 %. This is due to the Multimedia and Manage business units on the one hand, and on the other is a reflection of the good development of the Design business unit in Germany.

Net earnings for the year increase by 43 %

The operating profit in the third quarter was 2.5 million euros (previous year: 1.8 million euros), 38.2 % higher than the previous year's figure. In the first three quarters of 2006, Nemetschek achieved operating profit of 9.6 million euros, compared to 7.0 million euros in the previous year (+ 38.8 %). The Design business unit made a significant contribution to this result (+ 2.1 million euros). The Manage and Multimedia business units also achieved clear improvements in earnings.
In the first nine months, the net earnings increased by 43.2 % to 7.9 million euros. The earnings per share were 0.80 euros, compared to 0.56 euros in the same period of the previous year.


Further acquisitions planned

The cash flow for the period increased to 11.9 million euros (previous year: 9.9 million euros). Cash flow from operating activities almost doubled, and was 15.8 million euros, compared with 7.9 million euros in the same period of the previous year.
The equity capital is 48.8 million euros (December 31, 2005: 48.1 million euros). This corresponds to a very good equity ratio of 57.3 % (December 31, 2005: 59.5 %). Liquid assets amounted to 27,0 million euros.
'This again reveals Nemetschek's strong financial situation. We have an excellent financial basis for future growth and investment,' said CEO Gerhard Weiß. This provides the opportunity for acquisitions, as the managing board had already announced. Weiß: 'We want to complete at least one more acquisition before the end of the year.'

The complete 9-month report to September 30, 2006 will be published on November 10, 2006.

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CEO Gerhard Weiß (64) will retire at the end of the year / Ernst Homolka to become CFO

Munich, November 6, 2006 – At the end of the year, the Nemetschek Group will see a new generation on the managing board as planned. CEO Gerhard Weiß (64) will retire on December 31, 2006 as planned. 'The supervisory board and the Nemetschek family would like to thank Gerhard Weiß for his extraordinary commitment and many years of excellent service to the company,' said Kurt Dobitsch, chairman of the supervisory board.
Gerhard Weiß has been a member of the managing board of Nemetschek AG since 1998, initially as the member of the board responsible for finances and administration, and has been CEO since 2002. Gerhard Weiß started working for Nemetschek in 1995. He contributed significantly to the management of the IPO in 1999 and the development of the company to the leading provider for information technology for the design, construction and management of buildings and real estate in Europe. Weiß introduced a systematic restructuring program in the company in 2001 – 2003, in particular. Through company mergers and the implementation of effective, new organizational structures, he ensured a return to the group's old earning power. In the 2005 financial year, the group paid out a dividend for the first time since it went public in 1999. In 2005, Nemetschek achieved the best net result in the company's history with net income of 11.7 million euros. This was also rewarded on the stock exchange: With a rise of around 50 % in the past 12 months, the Nemetschek share is one of the most successful in Frankfurt, and is currently valued at around 21 euros.

Ernst Homolka (39), Director of Finances and Administration at Nemetschek, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by the supervisory board, as of January 1, 2007. He will be responsible for the areas of financials, HR, legal, IT, operations, merger & acquisitions and investor relations, and will take on the task of company spokesman. Ernst Homolka has been at Nemetschek AG since 1999. From 1990 – 1994, he worked in various commercial positions at the Hilton International chain of hotels. His career then took him to Kempinski AG, where – as authorized signatory – he was responsible for the commercial management of the 'Vier Jahreszeiten' hotel in Munich and group accounting for Kempinski AG.

About Nemetschek:
The Nemetschek Group is the world’s leading solution provider for information technology for the design, construction and management of buildings and real estate. The software is used by over 170,000 renowned customers in 142 countries and 16 languages. The group offers its customers end-to-end solutions for the complete building construction and management process.

Nemetschek AG
Maren Moisl
Investor Relations
Tel. 089 – 9 27 93 1219
Fax 089 – 9 27 93 5404
mmoisl@nemetschek.de


DGAP 06.11.2006 

 
Language:     English
Issuer:       Nemetschek AG
              Konrad-Zuse-Platz 1
              81829 München Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)89 92 793-0
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E-mail:       investorrelations@nemetschek.de
WWW:          www.nemetschek.de
ISIN:         DE0006452907
WKN:          645290
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