QSC increases EBITDA and free cash flow in third quarter of 2015 as well
- EBITDA improves by 36 percent to € 12.0 million
- Free cash flow rises by 43 percent to € 5.3 million
- Raised full-year forecast for 2015 confirmed
Cologne, 9 November 2015. The consistent implementation of the cost-cutting programme introduced at the end of February 2015 is paying off for QSC: All key earnings figures for the third quarter of 2015 increased when compared both with the third quarter of the previous year and the second quarter of 2015. The Company is making rapid headway, particularly in terms of downsizing its workforce. By 30 September 2015, employment termination agreements had already been signed with 230 employees, corresponding to two thirds of the total aimed at by the end of 2016. Given the progress made, the Company can confirm the increase in the full-year forecast for 2015 issued in August 2015. QSC thus expects to generate EBITDA of more than € 42 million and a free cash flow of more than € 5 million based on revenues totalling more than € 400 million.
Consistent with expectations, revenues for the third quarter of 2015 came to € 100.0 million, as against € 106.6 million in the previous year’s quarter. Revenues in the two smaller segments of Consulting and Cloud rose substantially. In Telecommunications, its largest segment, QSC continues to report stable revenues with corporate customers and, due to market and regulatory factors, a further decrease in revenues with resellers targeting private customers. Revenues in the Outsourcing segment have been affected by the ongoing reorganisation programme, which is characterised by a focus on higher-margin revenues and the introduction of standardised cloud-based products. From 2016, QSC will enable its customers to gradually migrate to the cloud age with its Pure Enterprise Cloud. The progress made in reorganising the Outsourcing business is underlined by the renewed increase in order intake to € 58.8 million, compared with € 55.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.
EBITDA margin rises to 12 percent
Thanks to the focus on higher-margin revenues and success in reducing costs, gross profit for the third quarter of 2015 rose year-on-year by 6 percent to € 27.6 million. EBITDA for the same period improved by 36 percent to € 12.0 million, while EBIT increased by 85 percent to € -0.6 million, and consolidated net income by 73 percent to € -1.7 million. At 12 percent, the EBITDA margin has now regained the level seen at the beginning of 2014. The free cash also developed positively, rising from € 3.7 million in the previous year’s period to € 5.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.
|€ million||Q3 2015||Q2 2015||Q1 2015||Q4 2014||Q3 2014|
|Consolidated net income||-1.7||-2.7||-3.4||-24.1||-6.2|
|Free cash flow||5.3||1.5||-4.4||-38.2||3.7|
|Number of employees||1,507||1,585||1,666||1,697||1,709|
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