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Starnberg, Germany (ots Ad hoc-Service) - DCI AG publishes 2000
During the 2000 financial year, DCI AG's revenue rose from 4,225
to 10,624 million euros. This corresponds to an increase of 151 per
cent. As a result of growth-related investments totalling 17,432
million euros, the operating income was posted at minus 22,343
million euros. These figures align with DCI's budgetary targets for
the period under review.
Earnings were influenced primarily by reorganisational investments
to create four independent business units (DCI WebTradeCenter, DCI
Business Software Solutions, DCI Media and eService Suite offered by
DCI's subsidiary, bonitrus AG). The establishment and growth of
bonitrus AG, acquisition of the British e- marketplace operator,
acequote.com Ltd., and formation of the Romanian data management
office (DCI Romania S.R.L.) impacted in particular on the end-of-year
With its four new business units, DCI is ideally positioned to
drive business benefits across the entire b2b e-commerce value chain.
During 2000, DCI also expanded and enhanced its core product, the DCI
WebTradeCenter, reinforcing its status as Europe's leading b2b
marketplace for IT products. Membership figures increased eight-fold
from 4,704 to 40,137 since December 1999. The number of purchase
requests - also a valuable yardstick in measuring marketplace
acceptance - more than doubled at 37,691 (compared with 16,815 in
1999). The volume of business posted on the WebTradeCenter rose by
106 per cent to 405 million euros (compared with 197 million euros in
With www.webtradecenter.com and www.acequote.com, DCI is now
firmly positioned as the b2b e-commerce market leader in Europe's two
largest e-commerce markets, Germany and Great Britain.
Cash and cash equivalents to the value of 39 million euros provide
a secure financial basis until the end of 2002.
Issuer's information/explanation remarks concerning this ad hoc
The Business Software Solutions business unit offers large
corporations specialised marketplace and e-commerce software. DCI
Media delivers a wide range of useful IT and consumer information
through print, fax and online media. With its bonitrus AG subsidiary,
DCI is investing in the future success of e- business by addressing
online traders' needs for greater security and trust.
The 2001 financial year will see a marked drop in general
investment levels. One-off items of expenditure and future-oriented
investments in technology, organisational infrastructure, personnel
and equipment/fittings have already been realised. DCI plans to
pursue its internationalisation strategy without placing too great a
drain on liquidity by forging strategic alliances with international
corporations and by opening foreign sales offices.
"We will be reining in costs during the 2001 financial year as we
cut down on the level of new investments," says Klaus Zuber, DCI CFO,
on the subject of DCI's future business course. According to Zuber,
revenue should increase to approx. 20 million euros. Zuber also
expects to post red operating income figures (EBITDA, earnings before
interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, ) in the fourth
quarter of 2001. Zuber is confident that DCI will steadily move
towards break-even "even if it's not at quite the speed we would have
expected if last year's euphoric market predictions were anything to
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