DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer again achieves all-time record profit in 2005




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16.02.06

DGAP-Adhoc: Axel Springer again achieves all-time record profit in 2005

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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.
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Axel Springer AG released the company's preliminary key figures for the
2005 financial year after a session of the Audit Committee today. According
to the figures the company's earnings situation once again improved
significantly during the reporting period. Axel Springer saw its earnings
before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and adjusted for special
items grow to around EUR 338 million. The company thus exceeded the
previous year's EBITA of EUR 243 million - as adjusted for the effects of
the Kirch settlement - by around 39 percent as well as the previous year's
figure of EUR 336 million, which included the effects of the Kirch
settlement.

Axel Springer has grown its core business in a still difficult market
environment, in which the development of the German advertising market
stood out positively: Revenues from advertising and circulation increased
by 2.4 percent from EUR 2,115 million to EUR 2,165 million. Total revenues
for the 2005 financial year came to EUR 2,392 million (previous year: EUR
2,402 million); this includes revenues from the rotogravure printing
activities through June 30, 2005. Axel Springer thus achieved an EBITA
margin of 14.1 percent (previous year: 10.1 percent, not including the
Kirch effect).

According to preliminary figures, net profit for the 2005 financial year
climbed to an historic level of EUR 231 million and exceeded the previous
year's figure of EUR 148 million by around 56 percent. At the shareholders'
meeting the management board - subject to the approval of the supervisory
board - plans to propose that the dividend for the 2005 financial year be
increased to EUR 1.70 per share (previous year: EUR 1.20 plus EUR 0.25
special dividend).

The complete annual results will be released by Axel Springer AG at the
annual press conference on March 8, 2006 in Berlin.

Berlin, February 16, 2006

Axel Springer AG
Axel-Springer-Str. 65
D-10888 Berlin






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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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