QSC off to strong, profitable growth in 2005
- Revenues increase by 29 percent
- Gross profit up by 54 percent
- € 0.5 million EBITDA
- Full year guidance reiterated
Cologne, May 9, 2005. According to preliminary results, Cologne-based QSC AG increased its revenues by 29 percent to € 41.5 million in the first quarter of 2005, as opposed to € 32.2 million for the same quarter the year before. In particular, QSC sustained its strong growth in high-margin business with large enterprises.
Gross profit advanced by 54 percent to € 10.5 million according to preliminary results, as opposed to € 6.8 million for the comparable quarter the year before. The preliminary EBITDA improved to € 0.5 million, as opposed to € 0.1 million for the first three months of 2004.
As already announced in late February 2005, annual pre-payments to Deutsche Telekom for the full fiscal year had a non-recurring negative impact on liquid assets in the first quarter of 2005. Therefore, operating cash flow for the first three months of 2005 amounted to € -4.9 million, as opposed to € -14.8 million in the first quarter of 2004. Liquid assets totaled € 31.3 million as of March 31, 2005.
QSC continues to anticipate a positive operating cash flow of at least € 10 million for the full 2005 fiscal year. Given the positive developments during the first quarter of 2005, the company is reiterating its revenue and profitability guidance for the full year: QSC is planning on revenue growth of at least 20 percent to more than € 175 million for the current fiscal year, as well as a positive EBITDA of € 4 to 8 million.
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