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AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA, DE000A0JK2A8

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA, DE000A0JK2A8

08.08.2019 - 07:33:34

AURELIUS reports good operating performance in the first half of 2019

AURELIUS reports good operating performance in the first half of 2019

- Total consolidated revenues come to EUR 1.9 billion, in line with the year-ago figure

- Continued good operating performance of portfolio companies

- Increased transaction activity, including both acquisitions and exits; record exit of Solidus to be completed in Q3

Munich, August 8, 2019 - AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) published its consolidated interim financial statements for the first half of 2019 on today's date. Total consolidated revenues for the first half of 2019 came to EUR 1,890.4 million, in line with the year-ago figure (EUR 1,874.9 million). Annualized consolidated revenues from continued operations rose modestly to EUR 3,536.1 million (H1 2018: EUR 3,419.6 million).

Continued good operating performance of portfolio companies

The operating EBITDA of the combined Group rose to EUR 102.6 million (H1 2018: EUR 54.0 million). This positive development was particularly driven by the portfolio companies HanseYachts AG, the Scandinavian Cosmetics Group, Solidus Solutions and Calumet Wex. Moreover, the first-time mandatory application of the new IFRS 16 (lease accounting) in effect since January 1, 2019 also made a positive contribution. The EBITDA of the combined Group came to EUR 53.8 million (H1 2018: EUR 30.2 million).

Restructuring and non-recurring expenses for the restructuring of portfolio companies increased to EUR 42.0 million (H1 2018: EUR 35.2 million). There were no company acquisitions in the first half of 2019 and therefore no gains on bargain purchases were recognized (H1 2018: EUR 8.8 million). The sale of Solidus Solutions announced in late June 2019 should be finalized in the third quarter, leading to a positive earnings contribution of approx. EUR 100 million.

The net asset value of the AURELIUS portfolio at June 30, 2019 was largely unchanged at EUR 1.4 billion (December 31, 2018: EUR 1.4 billion). Cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 179.6 million at the reporting date (December 31, 2018: EUR 290.8 million). The equity ratio was 19 percent, as compared to 25 percent at December 31, 2018. The decline is mainly attributable to the first-time application of IFRS 16, which led to an increase in total assets.

Increased transaction activity, including both acquisitions and exits; record exit of Solidus to be completed in Q3

AURELIUS announced the sale of Solidus Solutions, the biggest exit in the history of AURELIUS, at the end of the first half of 2019. This transaction is expected to be completed in September 2019. AURELIUS successfully acquired BT Fleet Solutions from BT Group Plc in early August. Based in Solihull, United Kingdom, BT Fleet Solutions is the industry leader among commercial end-to-end vehicle fleet operators, with an extensive offering of fleet management services for all phases of the motor vehicle lifecycle. Its network comprises 65 own maintenance and repair shops, 500 partner shops and more than 50 mobile engineers and mechanics. AURELIUS expects to acquire four to six companies in 2019. The current portfolio will be expanded both organically and by means of strategic add-on acquisitions. The Executive Board also anticipates further company sales in the current financial year.

Key figures

(in EUR millions) 1/1-6/30/2018 1/1-6/30/2019 Total consolidated revenues 1,874.9 1,890.4 Annualized consolidated revenues 1,2 3,419.6 3,536.1 EBITDA of the combined Group 30.2 53.8 - of which gains on bargain purchases 8.8 - / - - of which restructuring and non-recurring expenses -35.2 -42.0 - of which gains on exits 2.6 -6.8 Operating EBITDA of the combined Group 54.0 102.6 Consolidated profit/loss 1,3 -21.0 -51.0 Earnings per share (basic, in EUR) 1,2 -0.75 -1.95 Cash flow from operating activities 1 -58.9 -33.3 Cash flow from investing activities 1 -87.1 -54.0 Free cash flow 1 -146.0 -87.3  

 

  12/31/2018 6/30/2019 Assets 2,148.5 2,529.4 of which cash and cash equivalents 290.8 179.6 Liabilities 1,612.3 2,048.5 of which financial liabilities 480.6 455.2 Equity ³ 536.2 481.0 Equity ratio ³ (in %) 25.0 19.0 Number of employees at the reporting date 15,131 13,304  

1) The previous-year consolidated statement of comprehensive income and consolidated statement of cash flows were adjusted for comparison purposes in accordance with IFRS 5. 2) From continued operations. 3) Incl. minority interests.

Net asset value of the AURELIUS portfolio (in EUR millions)

  6/30/2019 Industrial Production 485.6 Retail & Consumer Products 509.6 Services & Solutions 146.6 Net asset value of portfolio companies 1,141.8 Other 239.8 Total 1,381.6  

ABOUT AURELIUS AURELIUS Group is a pan-European investment group with offices in Munich, London, Stockholm, Madrid and Amsterdam. Since it was founded in 2006, AURELIUS has grown from a local turnaround investor to an international multi-asset manager. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, ticker symbol: AR4) represents the listed entity within the AURELIUS Group that focuses on investing in special and turnaround situations and mid-market transaction opportunities in a broad range of industries. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities currently has 21 portfolio companies located across Europe which employ around 13,000 people and generate annual revenues of approx. than EUR 3.5 billion. The shares of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities are traded on all German stock exchanges. The company's market capitalization is approximately EUR 1.1 billion (as of August 2019). The AURELIUS Group also operates in the areas of growth capital, real estate opportunities and debt. AURELIUS Growth Capital invests in successor solutions and spin-offs from larger mid-sized companies and corporate groups. AURELIUS Real Estate Opportunities focuses on real estate investments, particularly in projects with operational improvement potential, the value of which can be increased in the long-term by means of active management. AURELIUS Finance Company is an alternative direct lender, focused on providing debt solutions to small and mid-market firms across Europe. With its group charity AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V., AURELIUS provides comprehensive support for refugees on their way towards a better life. To find out more, visit www.aureliusinvest.de.

CONTACT AURELIUS Group Anke Banaschewski Investor Relations & Corporate Communications Phone: +49 (89) 544799 - 0 Fax: +49 (89) 544799 - 55 E-mail: investor@aureliusinvest.de

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Language: English Company: AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA Ludwig-Ganghofer-Straße 6 82031 Grünwald

Germany Phone: +49 (0)89 544 799-0 Fax: +49 (0)89 544 799-55 E-mail: info@aureliusinvest.de Internet: www.aureliusinvest.de ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8 WKN: A0JK2A Listed: Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich (m:access), Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 853959   End of News DGAP News Service

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