CEWE STIFTUNG & CO. KGAA (FRA:CWC) CEWE with a sound first quarter

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12/05/2015 07:00
DGAP-News: CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA / Key word(s): Quarter Results CEWE with a sound first quarter 12.05.2015 / 07:00 --------------------------------------------------------------------- CEWE with a sound first quarter - CEWE PHOTOBOOK sales quantity continues to rise - Sales grow by 3.7 % to 106.8 million euros - Considerable growth in photofinishing and commercial online printing - EBIT slightly improved - ROCE reaches 16.9 % (2014 Q1: 16.2 %) Oldenburg, 12 May 2015. CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA (SDAX, ISIN: DE 0005403901) increased its turnover and its earnings over those of the same period of the previous year in the first quarter, traditionally a loss generating quarter for the company: turnover improved by 3.7 % to 106.8 million euros, EBITDA by 1.0 million to +4.8 million euros, and EBIT by 0.7 million to -3.5 million euros. This already includes around 1.0 million euros in extraordinary expenses for closing a call center unit in Dresden and for restructuring the retail business in Poland. Earnings after tax increased from -4.2 million euros in the same quarter of the previous year to -3.6 million euros. CEWE is confirming its annual targets on the basis of the positive development in the first quarter and the seasonal peak in the fourth quarter: In 2015, the Group turnover for all the business segments is to reach a figure in the range of 515 million to 535 million euros (2014: 523.8 million euros). The operating results are to exceed the 2014 results: EBIT is to be in a corridor of 32 million to 38 million euros in 2015 (2014: 32.6 million euros), EBT is to be in the range of 30 to 36 million euros (2014: 31.5 million euros), and after tax earnings between 20 million and 24 million euros (2014: 21.4 million euros). CEO Dr. Rolf Hollander: "In particular the photofinishing growth and development in earnings, and the growth in the area of commercial online printing show that we are on track - also strategically. The enhanced earning power on a 12-month basis clearly shows that we are well on the way to achieving our annual targets. We are systematically tackling the consolidation of our retail business in Poland, which means that we are further improving the basis for sustainable earning power for CEWE significantly." Photofinishing grows by 7.5 % to 75.5 million euros and increases earnings With a rise in turnover of 7.5 %, to 75.5 million euros, photofinishing contributed to the positive development of the first quarter. In particular the increased figure for each photo, by 8.6 % to 16.25 cents, is impressive testimony to the continuation of the "from mass to class" trend. It was not only the volume of CEWE PHOTO BOOKS that increased (+1.6 %); customers were increasingly deciding in favour of high-quality added-value products. So sales of CEWE WALL PICTURES, CEWE CALENDARS and CEWE CARDS continued to develop positively. Against this background and in spite of restructuring costs for the closure of a call center unit in Dresden (one-time expenditure of 0.4 million euros), the photofinishing EBIT improved to -1.1 million euros (2014 Q1: -2.3 million euros). First-quarter losses are an integral part of the seasonal profile for photofinishing, which is increasingly generating its turnover and in particular its earnings on the basis of the ongoing seasonal shift into the fourth quarter of each year. As expected, CEWE reduced its turnover in the retail segment by 18.6 % to 13.4 million euros as a result of the discontinued, low-margin wholesale line of business and the restructuring of retail business in Poland. The decline in turnover as expected had no effect on earnings, so that EBIT before restructuring costs in this segment (one-time expenditure in the amount of 0.6 million euros) even improved slightly to - 0.6 million euros. The business segment of commercial online printing, in which turnover continued to grow by 9.5 % to 17.9 million euros in spite of a slight increase in marketing expenses and a growth-related increase in staff costs, amounted to -1.3 million euros on an EBIT basis, thus almost reaching the result for the previous year (- 1.2 million euros) and at the same time slightly improving the EBIT margin. Capital ratio reaches a new record high The high income generated in the previous year and the shares previously held by the company in April 2014 as a result of an issue of shares both increased the capital ratio to a new record high of 60.7 % as at 31 March 2015 (31 March 2014: 50.7%). At the same time the return on capital employed was improved: although the average amount of capital employed was slightly raised to 196.8 million euros (2014 Q1: 193.5 million euros), the ROCE increased from 16.2 % to 16.9 % since the 12-month EBIT increased from 31.3 million to 33.3 million euros. "CEWE is extremely soundly financed, and can finance its organic growth and the acquisitions it makes itself," explained CFO Dr. Olaf Holzkämper. 2015 targets confirmed: earning power and dividends to continue to increase In 2015, the Group turnover for all the business segments is to lie in the range of 515 million to 535 million euros (2014: 523.8 million euros). While the Board of Management expects sales to be just about stable in the high-margin sector of photofinishing, the potential decline in retail business sales is to be more than offset if possible by an expected rise in turnover generated with commercial online printing. After 70.5 million euros in 2014 (17.8 %), the management believes that an increase in commercial online printing turnover to around 80 million euros should be possible in 2015. CEWE continues to maintain its target of generating a positive contribution to income in this new business segment from 2016 on. The target corridors for operative earnings 2015 in comparison to the 2014 results indicate a clear increase: EBIT is to be in a corridor of 32 million to 38 million euros in 2015 (2014: 32.6 million euros), EBT is to be in the range of 30 million to 36 million euros (2014: 31.5 million euros), and after tax earnings between 20 million and 24 million euros (2014: 21.4 million euros). Earnings per share are to be in the range of 2.87 to 3.45 euros (2014: 3.07 euros per share). At the same time the management is confirming its aim of consistently raising dividends in the coming years. Earnings by business segment in the first quarter of 2015

CEWE:                    Unit       2014 Q1   2015 Q1   Diff. %   Diff.
(1) Photofinishing
Digital prints           in m.      451.0     450.5     -0.1      -0.5
Prints from films        in m.      18.0      14.1      -21.7     -3.9
Total prints             in m.      469.0     464.6     -0.9      -4.4
CEWE PHOTO BOOK          th. books  1,141.5   1,159.7   +1.6      +18.2
Turnover                 in EUR m.  70.2      75.5      +7.5      +5.3
EBIT                     in EUR m.  -2.3      -1.1      -53.6     +1.2
EBIT margin              %          -3.3      -1.4
(2) Retailing
Turnover                 in EUR m.  16.4      13.4      -18.4     -3.0
EBIT                     in EUR m.  -0.7      -1.1      -65.5     -0.5
EBIT margin              %          -4.2      -8.5
(3) Commercial online
Turnover                 in EUR m.  16.3      17.9      +9.5      +1.6
EBIT                     in EUR m.  -1.2      -1.3      -6.1      -0.1
EBIT margin              %          -7.5      -7.2
CEWE Group
Turnover                 in EUR m.  103.0     106.8     +3.7      +3.8
EBIT                     in EUR m.  -4.2      -3.5      +16.8     +0.7
EBIT margin              %          -4.1      -3.3
EBT                      in EUR m.  -4.5      -3.6      +19.0     +0.9
Earnings after tax       in EUR m.  -4.2      -3.6      +14.8     +0.6

Notes to the "Earnings by Business Segment" chart (1) Photofinishing: Production and sale of photo products such as the CEWE PHOTO BOOK, CEWE CARDS, CEWE CALENDARS, CEWE WALL PICTURES and individual (analogue and digital) photos as well as other photo products (2) Retailing: Trading in photo hardware, such as cameras or lenses in Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. (3) Commercial online printing: Production and sale of commercial print products in the online printing portals, e.g. CEWE-PRINT.de, Saxoprint and Viaprinto Percentage deviations have all been calculated at the exact values. Should you have any queries, please contact: CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA, Axel Weber (Investor Relations) Tel.: 0441 / 404 - 2288, Fax: 0441 / 404 - 421, Email: IR@cewe.de Internet: cewe-photobook.com , cewe.de , cewe-fotobuch.de , cewe-print.de , viaprinto.de , saxoprint.de The CEWE apps are all available in the app stores: CEWE PHOTO WORLD, CEWE POSTCARD, CEWE SERVICE and other photo apps, and the CEWE Investor Relations app for iPad(c) or android tablets, with annual reports and quarterly reports, presentations and sustainability reports. Financial schedule: 3 June 2015 2015 Annual General Meeting, Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg 11 August 2015 Publication of the 2015 H1 half-year financial report 12 November 2015 Publication of the Q3 2015 interim report About CEWE: The innovative photo and online print service company CEWE, with 11 highly-technical production operations and a staff of around 3,200 employees in 24 European countries, is both market and technological leader. In 2014 CEWE delivered around 2.3 billion prints, 5.9 million copies of the CEWE PHOTO BOOK and photo gift articles to around 30,000 retail partners to generate consolidated turnover of 523.8 million euros. CEWE is continuously generating new impulses in the photographic industry with innovations for people who enjoy taking photos. In the new business segment of commercial online printing, printed material for advertising is marketed through the sales platforms CEWE-PRINT.de, Saxoprint und Viaprinto. In 1961 CEWE was founded by Senator h. c. Heinz Neumüller. The company went public under the leadership of Hubert Rothärmel in 1993. CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA is listed on the SDAX. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 12.05.2015 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de --------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA Meerweg 30-32 26133 Oldenburg Germany Phone: +49 (0)441 40 4-1 Fax: +49 (0)441 40 4-42 1 E-mail: IR@cewe.de Internet: www.cewe.de ISIN: DE0005403901 WKN: 540390 Indices: SDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Berlin, Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 355913 12.05.2015