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DGAP-News: Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG: Francotyp-Postalia proposes dividend payment

April 29, 2014

DGAP-News: Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG / Key word(s): Final Results/Final Results Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG: Francotyp-Postalia proposes dividend payment 30.04.2014 / 06:30 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Corporate NewsFrancotyp-Postalia proposes dividend payment - Successful 2013 financial year: company confirmed preliminary results - Profitable growth makes dividend payment possible - Confirmation of forecast for 2014: FP plans revenue of at least EUR 173 million and EBITDA of at least EUR 25 million Birkenwerder, 30 April 2014. Presenting its 2013 annual report, Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG, a multi-channel provider for mail communication, confirmed the preliminary results announced at end-February 2014. In view of the company's profitable growth in the past financial year, the Management Board and Supervisory Board will propose payment of a dividend of EUR 0.08 a share to the Annual Shareholder Meeting on 19 June 2014. "Our dividend proposal is a beginning, in the knowledge that we will still have to invest heavily in 2014 to ensure successful further development. In future we want to let our shareholders participate regularly in the company's success," says FP CEO and CFO Hans Szymanski. Increase in revenue and profit in 2013 In the past financial year Francotyp-Postalia raised total revenue by 2.0% to EUR 168.9 million, compared with EUR 165.6 million in the previous year. The anticipated improvement in results came from increased revenue and efficiency gains from production commissioned in Wittenberge in 2012. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) rose 16.8% in 2013 to EUR 22.2 million, and EBIT grew 14.3% to EUR 10.4 million. All in all the company grew consolidated net income 22.5% to EUR 4.9 million, from EUR 4.0 million in 2012. The increase in profitability was associated with a rise of EUR 11.2 million in operating cash flows to EUR 18.5 million. With cash outflows for investment almost unchanged at EUR 14.9 million, compared with EUR 14.3 million in the previous year, this led to an improvement in free cash flow to EUR 3.6 million, compared with EUR -7.0 million in the previous year. FP plans to continue profitable growth Key success factors in the past financial year were the growth in revenue in Mail Services and the Software business as well as strong demand for the PostBase franking system. The company is set to benefit further from its continued development into a full-service mail communication provider in 2014, and is planning to continue profitable growth. As announced at end-February, the company anticipates revenue of at least EUR 173 million, EBITDA of at least EUR 25 million and EBIT of at least EUR 12 million. In view of the higher investment in future growth, however, free cash flow is likely to show a one-time decrease to EUR -2 million. FP CEO and CFO Szymanski, explains: "We are deliberately increasing investment in 2014. We will be investing particularly in the US as a major rental market, and take advantage of decertification to renew our installed base and to bind the customers. We will also continue to invest in the development of new franking machines and certification of other country variants of PostBase. At the same time we see increasing interest in our De-Mail solutions. In combination with the Mail Service and Outsourcing business this will lay the foundation for a successful future for Francotyp-Postalia in the years to come." Key figures at a glance: EUR million 2013 2012 Change Revenue 168.9 165.6 +2.0 % Cost of materials 77.9 72.6 +7.3 % Staff expenses 54.0 53.3 +1.3 % EBITDA 22.2 19.0 +16.8 % EBIT 10.4 9.1 +14.3 % Free cash flow 3.6 -7.0 n/a Consolidated net income 4.9 4.0 +22.5 % EPS (EUR) 0.31 0.27 +14.8 % Employees (number) 1,047 1,093 -4.2 % About Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG The FP Group is the first multi-channel provider for mail communication. The globally active company offers the entire range of products and solutions for business and private customers. In addition to standard machines for franking and inserting mail, its offering includes services such as the collection of business mail and innovative software solutions such as the fully electronic letter. The FP Group, based in Birkenwerder near Berlin, can therefore provide tailored multi-channel solutions. The Group currently operates its own branches in a number of industrialised countries and holds a global market share in franking machines of around 10%. With a history dating back 90 years, the FP Group today benefits across all markets from the increasing liberalisation of postal markets and the readiness of companies to outsource their business mail to professional service providers. In the 201 financial year, the company generated revenue of EUR 168.9 million. The FP Group employs around 1,100 people worldwide. End of Corporate News --------------------------------------------------------------------- 30.04.2014 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. DGAP's Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at and --------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG Triftweg 21-26 16547 Birkenwerder Germany Phone: +49 (0)3303 525 777 Fax: +49 (0)3303 53 70 77 77 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: DE000FPH9000 WKN: FPH900 Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, DÜsseldorf, MÜnchen, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 265538 30.04.2014

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