DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer AG increases preliminary EBITDA to 102.4 million euro in the third quarter




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19.10.09

DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer AG increases preliminary EBITDA to 102.4 million euro in the third quarter

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Axel Springer AG / Preliminary Results/Quarter Results

19.10.2009

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Ad hoc Announcement pursuant to § 15 WpHG

Axel Springer AG increases preliminary EBITDA to 102.4 million euro in the
third quarter

In a still challenging market environment, Axel Springer AG achieved
according to preliminary figures earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of 102.4 million euro during the
third quarter of the financial year 2009 which is 10.5% above the EBITDA of
92.7 million euro reached during the same period of the previous year.
However, with 264.7 million euro the preliminary EBITDA for the first nine
months of the financial year 2009 was below the EBITDA of 306.6 million
euro reached during the same period of the previous year.

Preliminary revenues amounted to 622.4 million euro during the third
quarter after 651.0 million euro reached in the third quarter of the
previous year. During the first nine months preliminary revenues amounted
to 1,877.2 million euro (previous year: 1,994.1 million euro). These
preliminary figures do not yet include effects from the first-time
consolidation of Stepstone ASA in which the company acquired the majority
at the beginning of September 2009.

With view to a market environment that remains challenging, the Management
Board of Axel Springer AG confirms its expectations for the full year in
spite of the positive development of earnings in the third quarter 2009 and
continues to expect an EBITDA and revenues in the financial year 2009 both
significantly below the record levels achieved in 2008.

Berlin, October 19, 2009

Axel Springer Aktiengesellschaft
Axel-Springer-Straße 65
D-10888 Berlin
Germany



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




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Language: English
Company: 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, München, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart

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