Axel Springer Cuts Revenue Forecast

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  FRANKFURT,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 3rd Augst,2016) - German media group Axel Springer cut its full-year revenue forecast on Wednesday after a first half burdened by costs from a Swiss joint venture. The board "slightly adjusted the revenue forecast and expects stable development rather than the slight growth originally predicted," the group said in a statement with its second-quarter results. Between April and June, Springer posted a net profit of 63.

8 million euros ($71.5 million), a fall of 6.2 percent compared with the same period in 2015 and short of the 81 million predicted in a Factset survey of analysts. Revenue increased by 0.7 percent to 801.9 million euros, while underlying, or operating, profit as measured by EBITDA was steady at 147 million euros. That contributed to a first half that saw revenues grow just 0.5 percent to 1.59 billion euros, burdened by Currency effects and "significant deconsolidation effects" from the founding of Springer's Swiss joint venture with fellow publisher Ringier.

Adjusting for these effects, Springer said its revenues would have increased by 5.3 percent. The group boosted its net profit in the first half from 111 million euros in 2015 to 273 million Euros this year, helped by one-off items like the sale of Indian car trading website CarWale and income linked to the joint venture. Springer said that "despite considerable economic and political risks", it would maintain its objective of 5.

0 percent growth in operating profit for the year after achieving a 2.3 percent increase in the first half. The group has put its faith in digital offerings, which now account for 67 percent of its revenue. "We're confident that our investments in digital growth are increasingly paying off," chief executive Mathias Doepfner said in a statement. Analyst Harald Heider of DZ bank agreed, saying that the "solid" second-quarter results kept Springer on track for its targets.