Heycom takeover concluded – distinct turnover and earnings leaps in coming years

(PresseBox) ( Hamburg, )
- Acquisition of Heycom as of July 1, 2007 concluded with closing
- E-commerce services strongest future Group growth driver
- Heycom founder Sven Heyrowsky to become third member of Management Board
- Expected turnover for 2008 at over EUR 320 million (2006 EUR 165 million)
- 2008 EpS expected to rise to over EUR 0.80 (2006 EUR 0.35)

On Friday, D+S europe AG (ISIN: DE0005336804), a leading solutions provider for comprehensive customer management, concluded the takeover of Heycom GmbH as of July 1, 2007 with notarial closing. With this transaction, notified in March 2007, D+S europe AG can now announce the largest acquisition in its company history. The Heycom acquisition will lead to significant leaps in D+S europe AG’s turnover and earnings in the years to come.

“With the Heycom takeover we will tie e-commerce management to our Group as a profitable and strongest future growth driver“, explains Dipl.-Ing. Achim Plate, Chairman of the D+S europe AG Board. “I expect the ecommerce sector to become the spearhead of our further successful Group development.”

Heycom GmbH ranks among the leading operators of online shops and in addition provides complete transaction handling in the field of e-commerce. In the course of the takeover the Heycom founder, Sven Heyrowsky (43), will accompany D+S europe AG on its growth trend as third member of the Group Board as of July 1, 2007. Mr Heyrowsky established Heycom in 1997 and built it up to its present size. Apart from Mr Heyrowsky, long-term contracts will also commit the Heycom Management to the company.

The planned capacity extensions show how dynamically the company will develop. Thus Heycom GmbH will expand its warehouse capacities by over 50% to 46,000 square meters in the first half of 2008. Meanwhile talks are already taking place regarding another clear expansion of space at the company’s headquarters in the coming years. Because of its strong growth Heycom GmbH has already rented further storage space near its headquarters. This clear business expansion will also have a positive effect on the number of staff. Thus Heycom GmbH is planning to increase its number of employees from 900 at present to almost 2,000 in the next two years.

The acquisition of Heycom GmbH will skyrocket D+S europe AG to a leading position in the business unit of e-commerce services, at the same time accelerating its dynamic growth. For the current business year 2007, an increase in turnover of 45% is expected from EUR 164.8 million in 2006 to about EUR 240 million. Moreover, an over-proportional EBIT increase of 75% is planned from EUR 18.9 million in 2006 to over EUR 33 million in 2007. In 2008, after the first all-year consolidation of the Heycom Group, a turnover of over EUR 320 million and an increase in EBIT of about 50% to EUR 48 – 50 million are planned. In 2009 turnover is expected to reach more than EUR 390 million with an EBIT of about EUR 60 million. Following this trend, earnings per share (EpS) are planned to rise to over 80 cents in 2008 compared to 35 cents in 2006 taking into consideration the stipulated Federal corporate tax law reform. In 2009 D+S europe AG expects an EpS of over EUR 1.

“The largest acquisition in the history of our company to date is taking D+S europe AG to a new dimension“, says D+S Board Chairman Achim Plate. “With Heycom we have essentially extended our most important capability, our transaction competency. Up to now we have conveyed intangible goods for our clients via multi-media contact channels, such as DSL accounts, energy contracts or finance products. In future we will also be agents for physical goods, thus transferring our so far mainly virtual business into the real world of trade”. From Heycom’s point of view Sven Heyrowsky adds: “D+S and Heycom are dream partners. We have oriented Heycom’s product range perfectly towards integrated online transaction management – with D+S we will be able to provide top-class service to meet additional demands by the market in fields such as customer relationship management, service and billing management“.
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