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July 14, 2014

DGAP-News: SinnerSchrader AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures SINNERSCHRADER REPORTS CONTINUED STRONG GROWTH IN THE THIRD QUARTER / INCREASE IN REVENUE OF 44 PER CENT IN THE QUARTER AND 32 PER CENT IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2013/2014 15.07.2014 / 08:15 --------------------------------------------------------------------- SinnerSchrader continued to grow strongly in the third quarter of the 2013/2014 financial year (1 March 2014 to 31 May 2014). The Group increased its net revenue to 13.0 million euros, with an increase of 15.4 per cent over the preceding second quarter of 2013/2014. The figure for the comparable quarter of the previous year was exceeded by 43.9 per cent. In the first nine months of the 2013/2014 financial year, the net revenue thus amounted to 35.1 million euros - around 8.6 million euros or 32.3 per cent higher than the figure for the previous year. In the quarter of the report the growth driver continued to be the business conducted by the SinnerSchrader agency in the Interactive Marketing segment. The conclusion of the biggest contract in the history of SinnerSchrader at the beginning of February 2014 - achieved with a client in the automobile industry - was the basis of the continued growth in revenue. Business with new clients and with existing clients contributed significantly to the growth in revenue throughout the entire nine-month period. Of the nine-month revenue, 15.7 per cent, or 5.5 million euros, was generated with companies with which no client relationship had existed in the same period of the previous year. The increase in turnover achieved with existing clients totalling 3.1 million euros was mainly concentrated on two clients in the Telecommunications and Technology sector. The three business segments - Interactive Marketing, Interactive Media and Interactive Commerce - all contributed to the growth in revenue. The growth in revenue in the Interactive Media segment was characterised by the first project in the area of content-based marketing, SinnerSchrader Content GmbH, which had been set up especially for this business segment, developed the portal for a client up to its launch in February 2014 and has operated it since this time with its own editorial and production team. The development of the operating result (EBITA) fell short of the sales dynamism in the third quarter. The figure for the previous year was exceeded by just under 150 per cent, at 0.64 million euros, but the EBITA fell by around 0.2 million euros in comparison to the result of the second quarter, in spite of the growth in revenue. Growth-related challenges in project management and the extensive use of freelancers required for a rapid capacity expansion were among the reasons for the decreased margins. Furthermore, delays and increased expenses were incurred in the pilot phase of the NEXT AUDIENCE platform which commenced in the second quarter, the extent of which had not been foreseen for the third quarter of 2013/2014. In the first nine months of the 2013/2014 financial year, the SinnerSchrader Group achieved an EBITA in the total amount of 2.1 million euros, thus exceeding the figure for the previous year by a good 2 million euros. The losses resulting from the establishment of audience management business totalled 1.2 million euros; losses had not been expected at this level for this long. The net income in the nine-month period of 2013/2014 reached a figure of 0.9 million euros or 8 cents per share. A loss of 0.4 million euros was reported for the corresponding period of the previous year. The overall forecast for the 2013/2014 financial year - net revenue of more than 46 million euros and an EBITA of more than 3 million euros - is confirmed by the development in the third quarter as a whole. In terms of profits, the project inefficiencies which emerged and the delay in the establishment of the audience management business have made risks discernible. However, based on current knowledge, these risks are controllable. The rapid growth in the current financial year was accompanied by a considerable increase in the working capital, which resulted in a negative operating cash flow of 3.55 million euros in the first nine months. This circumstance and investments in the amount of 1.45 million euros reduced the liquidity reserve to a good 1 million euros as at 31 May 2014. The shareholders' equity rate was 51.4 per cent on 31 May 2014, against 52.4 percent as at 31 August 2013. At the end of the quarter of the report, SinnerSchrader had 515 employees, 65 more than on 31 August 2013. The full report of the SinnerSchrader Group for the third quarter and the first nine months of the 2013/2014 financial year can be found at as of 4 p.m. today. ÜBER SINNERSCHRADER SinnerSchrader is one of Europe's leading digital agencies. With a focus on e-commerce, strategy and communication, SinnerSchrader offers the full range of digital agency services: conception, design and development of web platforms, mobile apps, service design, campaigns, media, analytics and audience management. SinnerSchrader stands for technological excellence. More than 500 employees - around 200 of whom are developers - realise marketing solutions for brands such as Allianz, Beck's, comdirect bank, Commerbank, Holy Fashion Group, REWE, simyo, Tchibo and TUI. SinnerSchrader was founded in 1996, went public in 1999 and has offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Prague and Hanover. CONTACT FOR PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS Benjamin Nickel Head of Corporate Communications CONTACT FOR SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION Thomas Dyckhoff CFO ir@sinnerschrader.comSinnerSchrader Aktiengesellschaft VÖlckersstraße 38 22765 Hamburg T. +49. 40. 39 88 55-0 F. +49. 40. 39 88 55-55 End of Corporate News --------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.07.2014 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: SinnerSchrader AG VÖlckersstraße 38 22765 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 (0)40 39 88 55-0 Fax: +49 (0)40 39 88 55-55 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: DE0005141907 WKN: 514190 Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, DÜsseldorf, Hamburg, MÜnchen, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 277898 15.07.2014

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