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United Internet: Preliminary figures with record levels for sales, earnings and customer contracts. Earnings per share up more than 52%.

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11.03.2008

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United Internet: Preliminary figures with record levels for sales, earnings and customer contracts. Earnings per share up more than 52%.

Montabaur, March 11, 2008. The Management Board of United Internet AG today announced the Group´s preliminary, unaudited results according to IFRS for the fiscal year 2007. The figures reveal further record levels of sales, earnings and customer contracts.

According to preliminary figures, consolidated sales of United Internet AG grew by 26.7 percent in fiscal year 2007 to EUR 1,487.4 million (prior year: EUR 1,174.1 million). Preliminary earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) improved by 39.6 percent, from EUR 221.2 million (prior-year figure) to EUR 308.8 million. Preliminary earnings before taxes (EBT) rose by 36.9 percent, from EUR 171.3 million (prior-year figure) to EUR 234.5 million. EBT includes various non-recurring items with a net positive effect of EUR 2 million. According to preliminary calculations, earnings per share (EPS) improved by 52.4 percent, from 42 cents to 64 cents per share. Including discontinued operations, EPS rose to 93 cents.

Annual comparison in EUR million        2006     2007    Growth
Sales                                   1,174.1  1,487.4  26.7%
EBITDA                                    221.2    308.8  39.6%
EBT                                       171.3    234.5  36.9%
EPS in EUR                                 0.42     0.64  52.4%


Quarterly comparison in EUR million     Q4 2006 Q4 2007 Growth
Sales                                   329.7   414.3   25.7%
EBITDA                                   44.0    73.3   66.6%
EBT                                      30.9    52.5   69.9%
EPS in EUR                               0.09    0.17   88.9% 

At year-end, United Internet had 7.23 million fee-based customer contracts, with year-on-year growth of 920,000. Of this total, the Information Management product line accounted for 1.21 million, the Webhosting business for 3.21 million, of which 1.55 million were outside Germany, and Internet Access for 2.81 million, of which 2.67 million were DSL contracts. In comparison with December 31, 2006 the number of telephony customers grew by 500,000 to 1.76 million. Up to 950 million telephone minutes were completed per month (prior year: 690 million).

Customer contracts in million   31.12.2006      30.09.2007      31.12.2007
Information Management          1.09            1.19            1.21
Webhosting*                     2.78            3.14            3.21
thereof abroad*                 1.18            1.50            1.55
Internet Access                 2.44            2.68            2.81
thereof DSL                     2.27            2.54            2.67
Total                           6.31            7.01            7.23 

* After statistical adjustment for general domain agreements of Fasthosts Ltd., acquired in 2006.

The final audited and certified figures for fiscal year 2007 will be presented at the annual press conference in Frankfurt on April 4, 2008.

About United Internet With over 7 million customer contracts, United Internet AG is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP). In its "Product" segment, the Group´s value-added internet services and fast internet connections are directed at private users, small/home offices (SoHos) and small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs). These groups are served by the brands GMX, WEB.DE, 1&1, InterNetX and Fasthosts. In addition to its "Product" business, the Group is also engaged in "Online Marketing" via the brands AdLINK Media, affilinet and Sedo.

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Further inquiry note:

Marcus Schaps 
Head of Press and Public Relations United Internet AG
United Internet AG
Elgendorfer Strasse 57
56410 Montabaur
Germany
Tel:+49 2602/96-1076
Fax: +49 2602/96-1013
E-mail: mschaps@united-internet.de
Internet: www.united-internet.de

Branche: Telecommunications Services
ISIN: DE0005089031
WKN: 508903
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Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard
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