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DGAP-Ad-hoc: Nemetschek AG:Nemetschek to strengthen its capital base
Nemetschek AG / Dividend
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Nemetschek to strengthen its capital base
- Suspension of dividend for past year planned
- Special repayment of credit for Graphisoft acquisition in the amount of
- Provisional figures for 2008 confirmed
Munich, March 25, 2009: The managing board and supervisory board of
Nemetschek AG (ISIN 0006452907), Europe's largest vendor of software for
architecture, civil engineering and the building industry, have decided to
propose the following to the company's shareholders at the upcoming Annual
General Meeting: the suspension of the dividend payment for fiscal 2008 and
carrying of the balance sheet profit of 7.7 million euros to a new account.
As was announced with the provisional figures, Nemetschek managed to grow
profitably even during the crisis year 2008, achieving an EBITDA margin in
excess of 20 percent and succeeded in keeping the cash flow for the period
stable at almost 30 million euros. But due to the uncertain global economic
situation, the managing board and supervisory board prefer not to make a
dividend payment, but to repay existing liabilities as quickly as possible
and thus further consolidate the group's capital base. The plan is to make
a special repayment of 5 Mio. euros towards the loan taken for the
acquisition of Graphisoft.
Furthermore, the management is counting on tight cost management and
focusing on maintaining a healthy cash flow. Within two years, Nemetschek
has managed to reduce the liabilities for the loan for the Graphisoft
acquisition by more than half. The debt now stands at 49.3 million euros.
The equity ratio increased from 34.4 to 40.6 percent in 2008.
The complete annual report 2008 will be published on March 27, 2009
according to plan.
'After four years of ongoing dividend payments and a by all means
acceptable course of business in 2008 the decision was not an easy one to
make', emphasized Ernst Homolka, member of the managing board and CEO,
Nemetschek AG. 'Our shareholders know that we let them participate directly
in the success of the company in good years. But in the middle of a world
economic crisis of unknown dimensions we are well advised to play it safe.'
With an equity ratio of more than 40 percent and the management's clear
focus on a healthy cash flow, the Nemetschek Group is equipped to deal with
even a crisis of longer duration.
The Nemetschek Group is Europe's largest vendor of software for architects,
engineers and the building industry. Worldwide, the group's companies
support their customers with solutions for the complete lifecycle of
buildings. These encompass the entire value chain - from design and
visualization to the actual construction process to usage and occupancy.
The closely interlinked software solutions facilitate interdisciplinary
collaboration among all those involved in the building process and thus
make the process itself more efficient.
Nemetschek products are used by more than 270,000 customers in 142
countries worldwide. The company was founded in 1963 by Prof. Georg
Nemetschek and has more than 1,100 employees worldwide. Nemetschek AG,
which has been listed since 1999, achieved revenues exceeding 150 million
euros in fiscal 2008. For more information, visit
Head of Investor Relations
Tel. +49 89 92793-1219
25.03.2009 Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Issuer: Nemetschek AG
Phone: +49 (0)89 92 793-0
Fax: +49 (0)89 927 93-5200
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
in Berlin, Stuttgart, München, Hamburg, Düsseldorf
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