Goldrooster AG announces strong growth in revenue and earnings after first nine months of 2013

Revenue up 24.4 percent to EUR 136.2 Million / Net profit also improves by 24.4 percent to EUR 20.9 Million / Earnings per share at EUR 1.01, up from EUR 0.83

(lifePR) ( Berlin, )
Goldrooster AG (ISIN DE000A0AYYU6), the German holding company of Goldrooster Group, an operator of an innovative sports fashion brand specialising in apparel, footwear and accessories for the Chinese market, today announced that it once again increased both revenue and earnings substantially in the first nine months of the 2013 financial year. At EUR 136.2 million, revenue was 24.4 percent higher than the previous year's figure of EUR 109.4 million. This means that Goldrooster has already generated just over 90 percent of the audited revenue recorded for the full 2012 financial year, which was EUR 150.7 million. Earnings in the reporting period amounted to around 92 percent of the audited figure for the full 2012 financial year, both in terms of operating profit and earnings after taxes. Compared with the first nine months of 2012, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose by 24.6 percent, from EUR 22.4 million to EUR 27.9 million. Net profit increased by 24.4 percent year-on-year, from EUR 16.8 million to EUR 20.9 million. This corresponds to earnings per share of EUR 1.01, after EUR 0.83 in the prior-year period.

Gross profit rose by 24.3 percent to EUR 38.1 million from January to September 2013. Goldrooster once again expanded its sales network considerably: At the end of September 2013, the company's products were sold through 1,652 retail outlets - an increase of 135 compared with the end of December 2012.

The strong growth and expanded marketing and sales activities reduced cash and cash equivalents to EUR 46.0 million at the end of September 2013 after EUR 50.9 million at the end of December 2012. Equity increased by 35.2 percent to EUR 81.1 million, up from EUR 60.0 million at the end of 2012. This corresponds to an equity ratio of 80.5 percent compared with 74.2 percent at the end of December 2012. The net asset value (NAV) per share was EUR 3.92 after EUR 2.90 at the end of 2012.

Based on its book orders, Goldrooster anticipates a renewed positive business performance in the full 2013 financial year. Due to the macro environment (i.e. slowdown in China's economy) and the intense competition faced by the sportswear industry, Goldrooster expects its growth rate to slow down in 2014 without having any adverse impact on its profitability.

Goldrooster also announces that Mr Ashley Soh, CFO of Goldrooster, will leave the company by amicable mutual agreement with the effect of 31 December 2013. The successor of Ashley Soh will be Mr Vincent Lim, who was appointed by the supervisory board on 7 November 2013 with the effect of 15 November 2013, in order to allow for a smooth handover during the transition period. Mr Lim, a Singapore national aged 35, has a strong audit background having previously worked for international audit firms. Ashley Soh will be leaving the company to pursue new challenges and the management and supervisory board wish him all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his outstanding work.

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