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First half of 2013 for secunet: revenue grows, EBIT improves, annual forecast unchanged

[Essen, 7 August 2013] secunet Security Networks AG (ISIN DE0007276503, WKN 727650), a leading German supplier of high-quality IT security and an IT security partner of the Federal Republic of Germany, published its 6-Month Financial Report for 2013 today. In the period from January to June, revenue was up 8% on the previous year. EBIT at the end of the first six months had improved compared to the previous year. At the midway point of the year, the volume of orders remained at consistently high and the company is therefore standing by its forecasts for revenue and EBIT.

Between January and June 2013, the secunet Group generated revenue of Euro 27.3m. This corresponds to an increase of 8% compared to the same period in the previous year (Euro 25.3m). All business units have contributed to the increase in revenue. The revenue from the Business Sector, which offers IT security for companies in the private sector, has increased sharply. Here, revenue increased by 21% from Euro 6.0m in the first half of 2012 to Euro 7.2m in the current reporting period. In the Public Sector, which supplies the SINA high-security product range and IT security for government and international organisations, revenue rose by 4% from Euro 19.3m to Euro 20.1m in the first half of the current year.

secunet concluded the first half of 2013 with earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of Euro -0.3m. This represents an improvement of Euro 0.4m compared to the previous year’s figure (Euro -0.7m). Key to this earnings trend are the low increase of 2% in the cost of sales from Euro 21.4m in the first six months of 2012 to Euro 21.8m in the current reporting period, along with the 1% decrease in general administrative costs to Euro 1.7m for the period between January and June 2013. At the same time, selling expenses rose by 44% from Euro 2.9m to Euro 4.1m, mainly due to higher personnel expenditure.

Due to the formation of deferred taxes, tax income of Euro 0.1m was generated in the first half of 2013, compared to Euro 0.3m in the same period in the previous year. Earnings after tax for the period of January to June 2013 therefore totalled Euro -0.26m compared to Euro -0.34m in the previous year. Earnings per share for the first six months of the year improved slightly from Euro -0.05 to Euro -0.04.On 30 June 2013 the volume of orders of the secunet Group was worth Euro 32.0m according to IFRS, compared to Euro 32.7m in the previous year.“

Our successful products continue to secure the long-term future of the secunet Group’s existing business. This is evident from the consistently high volume of orders,” says Dr Rainer Baumgart, Chairman of the Management Board of secunet Security Networks AG. “There are also promising sales successes in other areas, which will contribute to our future growth. Overall, this basis allows us to be confident of future business performance.”

In light of the business figures for the first half and the continued optimistic outlook for the second half of 2013, the company’s Management Board is not changing its forecast for the year as a whole. A moderate revenue increase with earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) remaining at the same level as the previous year is anticipated.

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