Operating performance of AURELIUS portfolio companies continues to impress in the first half of 2011

12.08.2011

Operating performance of AURELIUS portfolio companies continues to impress in the first half of 2011

  • Half-year revenues up 61 percent to €650.7 million
  • EBITDA of €36.1 million reflects operating strength of subsidiaries
  • Acquisition and exit activities stepped up
  • 65 percent interest in HanseYachts AG acquired at start of third quarter

Munich, August 12, 2011 – The Munich-based AURELIUS Group (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8) increased its consolidated revenues by 61 percent to €650.7 million (2010: €404.8 million) in the first half of 2011. Besides the major expansion of the portfolio of subsidiaries in the second half of 2010, this rise can be attributed to the strong performance of the subsidiaries overall. This is similarly reflected in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) which have quadrupled to €36.1 million compared with the equivalent period last year (first half of 2010: €8.9 million, adjusted for the reversal of negative goodwill [bargain purchase]). No bargain purchases were recorded in the first half of the year. The EBITDA was, however, depressed by restructuring and non-recurring expenses of €15.5 million (2010: €3.6 million), notably at newly acquired subsidiaries.

The net cash outflow from operating activities amounted to €5.3 million (2010: €28.9 million) due primarily to the build-up of working capital in the subsidiaries. Cash and cash equivalents remained at a high level at the close of the half-year, with a total of €154.5 million (December 31, 2010: €177.2 million). At 32%, the Group equity ratio continues to represent a solid foundation for the corporate group (December 31, 2010: 33%).

Acquisition and exit activities stepped up

AURELIUS’s Blaupunkt subsidiary strategically reinforced its market position in June 2011 by acquiring KWest GmbH based in Schlitz near Fulda. With KWest, Blaupunkt is greatly increasing its development capacity in Europe. The Schlitz facility is being expanded to form the new European development hub for Blaupunkt. Furthermore, the portfolio of the acquired KWest represents a perfect fit with the Blaupunkt range. Back in May 2011, AURELIUS’s connectis subsidiary strengthened its core business by acquiring Grouptec, an ICT company similarly based in Switzerland. Grouptec is a leading specialist in Microsoft Unified Communication & Collaboration solutions.

During the current third quarter, AURELIUS reached agreement on the acquisition of a 64.67 percent interest in HanseYachts AG (ISIN: DE000A0KF6M8) with Michael Schmidt, the company’s chairman, founder and previous majority shareholder. Formed in 1990, HanseYachts is a listed company that has established itself as the third-biggest series manufacturer of yachts in the world over the last 21 years.

Parallel to these acquisitions, the British online book distributor Book Club Associates (BCA) was sold to the similarly Britain-based Webb Group mail-order company in March 2011.

Outlook

Subject to future general economic developments and the developments on the international capital markets, AURELIUS expects its subsidiaries to continue performing well in the second half of 2011.

The complete report on the first half of 2011 is available to download at www.aureliusinvest.de.