Munich, 21 March 2013. At the Shareholders’ Meeting on 8 May 2013, the Management Board and Supervisory Board of CTS EVENTIM AG, which is listed in the SDAX index (ISIN DE0005470306), will propose to pay out a dividend of EUR 0.57 per share (prior year: EUR 0.44 per eligible share, based on 48 million shares). Distribution to shareholders will therefore total around EUR 27.4 million, compared to EUR 21.1 million in 2012. This will be the eighth dividend in succession that the Group has paid. In the past 2012 financial year, CTS EVENTIM generated Group earnings of around EUR 55.0 million, up 30.3% on the 2011 figure of EUR 42.2 million, and earnings per share of EUR 1.15 (2011: EUR 0.88).
2012 financial year: Growth in both segments
As already reported on 21 February 2013, the 2012 financial year was a very successful one for the CTS Group. Group revenue rose 3.5% to EUR 520.3 million. EBITDA was 25.7% higher at EUR 118.9 million (2011: EUR 94.6 million), while EBIT increased 33.4% to EUR 96.1 million (2011: EUR 72.1 million). In the Ticketing segment, the CTS Group benefited yet again from stronger ticket sales via the Internet. In the course of the reporting period, the CTS Group sold 20.6 million tickets via the Internet – a year-on-year increase of around 7% (2011: 19.2 million). Positive growth in the Live Entertainment segment was partly due to the large number of attractive live events in the reporting period.
Outlook for 2013: Further expansion
In view of the good start to the new financial year in 2013, the successful launch of EVENTIM FanTicket and the unrelenting demand for live events, the Management Board expects the Group as a whole to progress well in the 2013 financial year. A further objective is the continued expansion of Internet ticketing operations and of the Group’s international presence.
The full Annual Report will be available on the Internet at www.eventim.de as from 27 March 2013, in an online version and in download form