DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer AG: Fourth consecutive record EBITA and dividend proposal of 4.00 Euros per share




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03.03.08

DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer AG: Fourth consecutive record EBITA and dividend proposal of 4.00 Euros per share

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Axel Springer AG / Preliminary Results

30.06.2008

Release of an Ad hoc announcement according to § 15 WpHG, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EquityStory AG.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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According to preliminary data, Axel Springer AG has for the financial year
2007 managed to significantly exceed the previous record EBITA from the
previous year. The group has increased EBITA (earnings before interest,
taxes and amortisation), adjusted for extraordinary items, from EUR 375
million in the previous year by 12.5 percent to EUR 422 million. Adjusted
for income from the Kirch insolvency in the amount of EUR 34 million in
2006 and EUR 13 million in 2007, EBITA increased by 19.9 percent.

The group revenues rose from EUR 2,376 million in 2006 to EUR 2,578 million
in 2007. This corresponds to a growth of 8.5 percent. Revenues from the PIN
Group AG are not included herein. In the 2007 annual financial statement,
the PIN Group will be reported as discontinued activities.

The income from continuing operations, EUR 284 million, continues to remain
on a high level (previous year: EUR 295 million). Due to the write-down of
the PIN Group AG, the income from discontinued operations amounted to
EUR -572 million. This resulted in an annual net income in the Group of
EUR -288 million (previous year: net income of EUR 291 million).

In light of the positive operational earnings performance in the core
business and in order to return liquidity to the shareholders, the
Management Board will propose increasing the dividend from EUR 3.50 to a
new record level of EUR 4.00 per share.

Berlin, March 3, 2008
Axel Springer AG
Axel-Springer-Str. 65
D-10888 Berlin
ISIN: DE0005501357; DE0005754238
WKN: 550 135; 575 423


Contact:
Investor Relations Kontakt:
Claudia Thomé
+49 (0)30 2591-77421
claudia.thome@axelspringer.de


30.06.2008 Financial News transmitted by DGAP

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Language: English
Issuer: Axel Springer AG
Axel-Springer-Straße 65
10888 Berlin
Deutschland
Phone: +49 (0)30 2591-77421
Fax: +49 (0)30 2591-77422
E-mail: ir@axelspringer.de
Internet: www.axelspringer.de
ISIN: DE0005501357, DE0005754238
WKN: 550135, 575423
Indices: SDAX
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
in Berlin, Hannover, München, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart

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Investor contact: Claudia Thomé
Tel: +49 30 2591 77421