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Regensdorf, August 23, 2013
mobilezone: Consolidated profit grew by 18.6 percent
Regensdorf, August 23, 2013 - Despite a verychallenging market environment,mobilezone, Switzerland's largest independent telecom specialist, was able to increase its sales in the first half of 2013 by 1.9 percent toCHF 148.8 million (2012: CHF 146.1 million). The company's consolidated profit grew toCHF 8.8 million (2012: CHF 7.4 million), an increase of 18.6 percent. The operating profit margin rose to 5.9 percent (2012: 5.1 percent).
Gross profit increased to CHF 52.4 million (2012: CHF 48.9 million), and the Group improved its gross profit margin from 33.5 percent to 35.2 percent. The increase in the gross profit margin is also due to the integration of TalkTalk, which took effect on April 1, 2013. Subsequently, operating profit (EBIT) grew by CHF 1.9 million or 22.4 percent to a total of CHF 10.5 million (2012: CHF 8.6 million).
In April 2013 mobilezone distributed a dividend in the amount of CHF 0.60. The distribution to shareholders thus amounted to a total of CHF 21.4 million, unchanged from the previous year. The company will continue to pursue its goal of a shareholder-friendly dividend distribution policy that allows shareholders to profit from attractive dividend yields.
Successful integration of TalkTalk
By acquiring TalkTalk Telecom GmbH, based in Zug, in April 2013 as a wholly-owned subsidiary, mobilezone has made an investment in its own fixed-line and Internet business areas. The offers of TalkTalk and mobilezone in the area of fixed-line telephony and Internet are already being marketed at this time under the name TalkTalk. The existing fixed-line business of mobilezone has been successfully integrated into TalkTalk's business. Additional synergies regarding purchasing of services, customer acquisition, and administration are expected.
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*CHF 1.6 million of the Group's EBIT (2012: CHF 1.4 million) are not allocated to any segment and remain in the holding company.
Outlook for the second half of 2013: Strengthening product line and services
Despite the competitive market environment, mobilezone expects a positive development for fiscal year 2013 as a whole. This expectation is supported by mobilezone's success with providing services, and the company is expanding its range of services. On the whole, mobilezone fully expects to surpass the previous year's result.
Moreover, mobilezone counts on the launch of one or two new Apple iPhone models in the second half of 2013; experience has shown that new models will lead to an increase in mobile phone sales.
As Martin Lehmann, CEO of mobilezone, commented: "We are eagerly looking forward to the new models from Apple. Thanks to the fact that we can now offer our customers all iPhones also SIM-free, we expect a very positive sales result." In addition, mobilezone expects that other market participants, such as Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and Sony, will also launch new products in the fall and thus further stimulate the market and boost sales activity.
The semi-annual report, including the detailed semi-annual financial statements prepared in accordance with Swiss GAAP FER, is now available at www.mobilezone.ch/uber-uns/investors--en
For additional information please contact:
Martin Lehmann Chief Executive Officer mobilezone holding ag
043 388 77 00 email@example.com
Markus Bernhard Chief Financial Officer mobilezone holding ag
043 388 77 66
Established in 1999, mobilezone holding ag (stock ticker symbol SIX: MOB) achieved sales of CHF 325.9 million and a consolidated profit of CHF 21.0 million in fiscal year 2012 and is Switzerland's leading independent telecom specialist.
The mobilezone Group employs a staff of more than 790 employees in its locations in Regensdorf, Urnäsch, Zweidlen, Zug, and Vienna as well as in 132 shops all across Switzerland. In addition to the complete product line of mobile phones and the subscription plans for mobile phones, digital TV, fixed-line telephony, and Internet of all major providers, mobilezone offers independent advice and services for individual and business customers as well as repair services.
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