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3U HOLDING AG: Preliminary 9-months results and updated guidanceMarburg, )
- Difficult conditions lead to lower forecast for the years 2012 & 2013
- Focus on new business apart from photovoltaics
- Divestment of shares in subsidiaries planned for 2012 probably postponed
- Decision to collect the 10% own shares
3U HOLDING AG (ISIN DE0005167902) today released its preliminary financial results for the first nine months of 2012. Group sales of EUR 52.1 million (previous year: 60.70 million), EBITDA of EUR -6.7 million (previous year: 31.0 million) and earnings of EUR -6.3 million (previous year: EUR 28.67 million) were reported for the first three quarters of 2012. Compared to the previous year it should be noted that the results of the first nine months of 2011 were significantly influenced by the effect of the sale of the subsidiary LambdaNet. The discontinued segment Broadband/IP accounted for EUR 13.95 million in sales, EUR 30.51 million of EBITDA and EUR 27.92 million of earnings.
Worsened business conditions through legislative action both for the segment Telephony and even more for the segment Renewable Energies, have led to the budgeted costs being confronted with lower sales. In addition, the planned sale of associated companies is expected to fail in fiscal year 2012, but is to be realised in the coming financial year.
Due to these factors the financial figures for 3U HOLDING AG in the current year are well below the original projections. The Management Board has prepared an action plan and its implementation initiated. This covers both cost reductions in unprofitable divisions, and on the other hand, the Management Board responds to the changed political environment in the segment Renewable Energies and focuses on profitable areas apart from photovoltaics.
In light of the preliminary figures released today, the forecast for the current fiscal year and for 2013 is updated. The Management Board of 3U HOLDING AG expects sales of about EUR 62 million to EUR 65 million, EBITDA of EUR -9.0 million to EUR -8.0 million and earnings of about EUR -9.0 million to EUR -8.0 million for the current business year. For 2013, the Management Board forecasts sales of between EUR 60 and EUR 70 million, EBITDA between EUR -1.0 million and EUR 1.0 million and earnings of between EUR -2.0 million to EUR 0 million.
Today as well, the Management Board with the approval of the Supervisory Board decided to submit 3,923,770 own shares (which corresponds to 10.00% of the nominal capital) for withdrawal at the trade register. The Company obtained those shares within the latest share buyback via the stock exchange. With the withdrawal the company increases the value attributable to each share to EUR 1.58 and it also opens up the possibility for further share buybacks.
The nine-month report 2012 of 3U HOLDING AG will be published on November, 12 2012.
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