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    Continuity in the zooplus AG Management Board secured: Chief Operating Officer Dr. Mischa Ritter extends Management Board contract for another three-year term

    DGAP-News: zooplus AG / Key word(s): Personnel16.12.2020 / 16:09 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.Continuity in the zooplus AG Management Board secured: Chief Operating Officer Dr. Mischa Ritter extends Management Board contract for another three-year termMunich, December 16, 2020 - The Supervisory Board of zooplus AG (WKN 511170, ISIN DE0005111702, ticker symbol ZO1) has resolved to extend the appointment of the acting Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr. Mischa Ritter, for another term of office. The reappointment for another three-year term will take effect on December 1, 2021 and will run until November 30, 2024. Dr. Ritter has been a member of the Management Board of zooplus AG since December 2018.Christian Stahl, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG, stated: "With the extension of the management board contract of Dr. Mischa Ritter, we have secured continuity of the zooplus management team. Dr. Ritter joined zooplus in 2012, has accompanied the Group on its growth path for almost a decade and has been responsible for logistics and operations since 2015. His extensive expertise, particularly in managing the interplay between technology and logistics within the zooplus network, has made a major contribution to the Group's success and expansion as Europe's leading online retailer in the pet supplies category. Since mid-2020, Dr. Ritter has also been responsible for own brand products and accessories at zooplus. We are pleased to announce today that Dr. Ritter's contract has been extended for a further term of office."With his new contract, Dr. Ritter's successful work as COO of zooplus has been acknowledged by the Supervisory Board. During his career at zooplus, Dr. Ritter has been responsible for the expansion of the logistics operations in Europe to encompass eleven logistics centers, which was necessary for the company's growth. This ensured a consistently high level of product availability while achieving improved cost efficiency by reducing the logistics costs per parcel. His work has been a valuable contribution to the best-in-class customer experience and service level of zooplus.Dr. Cornelius Patt, CEO of zooplus AG, says: "It is a pleasure to work with Dr. Mischa Ritter who excels in his role as COO managing logistics, own brands and accessories and in his role as fellow member of the executive board. Together with Andreas Maueröder, our CFO, we are very well positioned as a management team and focus on executing our strategy of taking zooplus to the next level of success as the market leader in the online retailing of pet supplies in Europe."The management team of zooplus AG comprises Dr. Cornelius Patt, CEO, Andreas Maueröder, CFO, and Dr. Mischa Ritter, COO. For more information about the zooplus AG Management Board, please refer to the Group's website at htttps://investors.zooplus.com. Company profile:zooplus AG was founded in 1999 and today is Europe's leading online retailer of pet supplies measured by sales. Sales totaled more than EUR 1.5 bn in the 2019 financial year. The company's business model has been launched successfully in roughly 30 European countries. zooplus sells products for all major pet breeds. The product range includes pet food (dry and wet food and food supplements) and accessories such as scratching posts, dog baskets, and toys in all price categories. In addition to a selection of over 8,000 products, zooplus customers benefit from a variety of interactive content and community offerings. The pet supplies market is an important market segment in the European retail landscape. Gross sales of pet food and accessories within the European Union amount to around EUR 30 bn. Based on the continued vigorous growth anticipated in the European E-commerce market, zooplus expects its dynamic performance to continue.Online at: www.zooplus.deInvestor relations contact:zooplus AGDiana ApostolSonnenstraße 1580331 MunichPhone: + 49 (0) 89 95006-210Fax: + 49 (0) 89 95006-503Email: ir@zooplus.comWebsite: https://investors.zooplus.comMedia contact:cometis AGGeorg GrießmannUnter den Eichen 765195 WiesbadenPhone: +49 (0)611-205855-61Fax: +49 (0)611-205855-66Email: griessmann@cometis.deWebsite: www.cometis.de16.12.2020 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de Language: English Company: zooplus AG Sonnenstraße 15 80331 München Germany Phone: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 100 Fax: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 500 E-mail: contact@zooplus.com Internet: www.zooplus.de ISIN: DE0005111702 WKN: 511170 Indices: SDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1155749   End of News DGAP News Service

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    zooplus AG presents 9-month figures: Strong sales growth of 18% combined with high operating profitability; EBITDA increases to EUR 47.8 m

    DGAP-News: zooplus AG / Key word(s): 9 Month figures/Quarterly / Interim Statement17.11.2020 / 07:30 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.zooplus AG presents 9-month figures: Strong sales growth of 18% combined with high operating profitability; EBITDA increases to EUR 47.8 m Sales 18% higher at EUR 1.3 bn (9M 2019: EUR 1.1 bn) Sales retention rate reaches new record level of 97% (9M 2019: 91%) Significant increase in operating profitability with EBITDA of EUR 47.8 m (9M 2019: EUR 6.7 m) Effective management of product sales mix helps gross margin expand to 30.5% (9M 2019: 28.5%) Strong free cash flow of EUR 52.8 m (9M 2019: EUR 9.5 m) underscores the Group's internal financing power Sales and earnings targets for 2020 raised again in October Company is holding its virtual Capital Markets Day today (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CET)Munich, November 17, 2020 - zooplus AG (WKN 511170, ISIN DE0005111702, ticker symbol ZO1), Europe's leading online retailer of pet supplies, significantly increased sales and profitability in the first nine months of the 2020 financial year. Despite the adverse economic climate caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, zooplus was able to maintain its business operations uninterrupted throughout the year and safely supply its new and loyal existing customers door-to-door throughout Europe.In the first nine months of 2020, the zooplus Group generated sales of EUR 1.3 bn (9M 2019: EUR 1.1 bn), corresponding to sales growth of 18%. At the same time, zooplus significantly improved its operating profitability, measured by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), in the reporting period and achieved an EBITDA of EUR 47.8 m (9M 2019: EUR 6.7 m), equivalent to an EBITDA margin (in % of sales) of 3.7% (9M 2019: 0.6%). In the third quarter, the Group recorded sales of EUR 436.4 m (Q3 2019: EUR 377.7 m) and EBITDA of EUR 18.4 m (Q3 2019: EUR 2.2 m).The primary driver of the strong sales performance was zooplus' business with loyal existing customers in all European markets. Due to the measures implemented at the start of the year to increase customer loyalty and sales per customer, the Group recorded an increase in the currency-adjusted sales retention rate to a new record level of 97% (9M 2019: 91%, FY 2019: 91%; previous record: 95% in FY 2018). This performance has more than compensated for the temporary decline in this performance indicator experienced in 2019.In its acquisition of new customers, the Group continued the quality-oriented approach it has been pursuing since the beginning of the year and was able to increase the sales volume with active repeat new customers (measured from the second transaction onwards) by 17% in the first nine months. Marketing expenses were focused on selected measures and, at EUR 20.2 m (1.6% of sales), were significantly below the level in the prior year (9M 2019: EUR 36.9 m; 3.3% of sales). As a result, zooplus was able to boost its marketing efficiency, while at the same time sustainably enhancing its new business growth based on the significant improvement in customer quality. These successes not only underscore the appeal of zooplus' customer proposition, but also the Group's strategic focus for acquiring high-sales and high-yielding new customers.Improvements in the management of the product sales mix and proactive measures to eliminate unprofitable sales had a positive impact on the development of the gross margin. In the reporting period, the gross margin increased to 30.5% (9M 2019: 28.5%). Sales in the exclusive own brand business in the food and litter segment once again reported disproportionately strong growth of 32% (9M 2020 vs. 9M 2019), thus supporting the positive margin trend. This high-margin product range now accounts for 18% of the total sales of food and litter (9M 2019: 16%). Stronger demand for accessories is also having a positive impact on the gross margin. The logistics area was also able to ensure that customers received consistently good experience despite the temporary challenging environment. As a result, this area was able to maintain and further improve its high level of efficiency compared to the prior year.Based on the above, EBITDA rose strongly to EUR 47.8 m (9M 2019: EUR 6.7 m) and, at EUR 15.2 m, the consolidated net result in the first nine months of 2020 turned into a profit of EUR 15.2 million following a loss in the same period of 2019 (9M 2019: loss of EUR 10.6 m).Free cash flow development was driven by the strong operating result and a continuous optimization of working capital. In total, the Group generated free cash flow in the nine-month period of EUR 52.8 m (9M 2019: EUR 9.5 m).Dr. Cornelius Patt, CEO of zooplus AG comments: "At the end of the third quarter, we were once again able to look back on a more than satisfying business development for the zooplus Group. All of the key financial figures - from sales, EBITDA and net profit to free cash flow - showed a significant improvement in the first nine months of 2020 over the prior year. The solid foundation for the sustained success of our business model is expressed, in particular, by the customer-based key indicators. The number of our active repeat customers increased from 4.2 million to 4.9 million and the sales retention rate at the end of September reached a new record of 97%. This is a clear sign that a growing number of people are coming to appreciate the advantages of secure and convenient online shopping at zooplus, as well as our product range and our reliability, which is something they can count on even in challenging times. We have now entered the final quarter of 2020 with this tailwind and are well on track to achieve the new targets for the current financial year announced in mid-October."In light of the continued robust online demand for pet supplies throughout Europe in the third quarter and based upon the updated expectations for the business performance in Q4 2020, the zooplus Management Board raised its guidance for the current financial year for the third time on October 15, 2020. The Group now expects year-on-year sales growth in the range of 16% to 19%, corresponding to forecast sales of EUR 1.770 bn to EUR 1.810 bn. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are expected to be in the range of EUR 50 m to EUR 65 m.The report for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2020 is available to download at https://investors.zooplus.com.Company's virtual Capital Markets Day takes place todayzooplus AG is holding a virtual Capital Markets Day today, Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CET. In addition to presenting the current nine-month figures, the Management Board will provide an overview of the corporate strategy and overall business performance. Registration for this event is available at the following link (contact: cmd@zooplus.com): https://mbw-live.de/20201117_Zooplus/Company profile:zooplus AG was founded in 1999 and today is Europe's leading online retailer of pet supplies measured by sales. Sales totaled more than EUR 1.5 bn in the 2019 financial year. The company's business model has been launched successfully in roughly 30 European countries. zooplus sells products for all major pet breeds. The product range includes pet food (dry and wet food and food supplements) and accessories such as scratching posts, dog baskets, and toys in all price categories. In addition to a selection of over 8,000 products, zooplus customers benefit from a variety of interactive content and community offerings. The pet supplies market is an important market segment in the European retail landscape. Gross sales of pet food and accessories within the European Union amount to around EUR 30 bn. Based on the continued vigorous growth anticipated in the European E-commerce market, zooplus expects its dynamic performance to continue.Online at: www.zooplus.deInvestor relations contact:zooplus AGDiana ApostolSonnenstraße 1580331 MunichPhone: + 49 (0) 89 95006-210Fax: + 49 (0) 89 95006-503Email: ir@zooplus.comWebsite: https://investors.zooplus.comMedia contact:cometis AGGeorg GrießmannUnter den Eichen 765195 WiesbadenPhone: +49 (0) 611 205855-61Fax: +49 (0) 611 205855-66Email: griessmann@cometis.deWebsite: www.cometis.de17.11.2020 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de Language: English Company: zooplus AG Sonnenstraße 15 80331 München Germany Phone: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 100 Fax: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 500 E-mail: contact@zooplus.com Internet: www.zooplus.de ISIN: DE0005111702 WKN: 511170 Indices: SDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1148612   End of News DGAP News Service

  • EQS Group

    zooplus AG: Management Board again updates sales and earnings guidance for the 2020 financial year

    zooplus AG / Key word(s): Forecast/Change in Forecastzooplus AG: Management Board again updates sales and earnings guidance for the 2020 financial year15-Oct-2020 / 16:46 CET/CESTDisclosure of an inside information acc. to Article 17 MAR of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.zooplus AG: Management Board again updates sales and earnings guidance for the 2020 financial year Munich, October 15, 2020 - The Management Board of zooplus AG (WKN 511170, ISIN DE0005111702, ticker symbol ZO1), has today decided to update its guidance for the 2020 financial year communicated on July 14, 2020, based on the preliminary figures for the completed third quarter of 2020 and the updated expectations for the final quarter of the 2020 financial year.zooplus AG now expects sales in the 2020 financial year between EUR 1.770 bn and EUR 1.810 bn (previous guidance: around EUR 1.765 bn; FY 2019: EUR 1.524 bn), which is equivalent to year-on-year sales growth of 16% - 19% (FY 2019: 14%). At the same time, the Management Board is currently anticipating operating profitability, measured by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), in the range of EUR 50 m - EUR 65 m for financial year 2020 (previous guidance: at least EUR 40 m; FY 2019: EUR 12 m).Sales performance benefited from the strong activity of existing customers and a particularly high-quality group of new customers, while earnings progressed based on the positive margin development and high operating efficiency.Based on preliminary figures, the Group generated sales in the first nine months of financial year 2020 of around EUR 1.3 bn (9M 2019: EUR 1.1 bn), corresponding to EBITDA in the range of EUR 40 m - EUR 50 m (9M 2019: EUR 6.7 m).The prerequisite for achieving the newly revised guidance is that the further impact of the corona pandemic on both the overall economic situation and the situation of the Group does not deviate significantly from the extent known at this time.zooplus AG will publish the results for the third quarter and first nine months for financial year 2020 on November 17, 2020 and make them available to download from its website at https://investors.zooplus.com.Company profile:zooplus AG was founded in 1999 and today is Europe's leading online retailer of pet supplies measured by sales. Sales totaled more than EUR 1.5 bn in the 2019 financial year. The company's business model has been launched successfully in roughly 30 European countries. zooplus sells products for all major pet breeds. The product range includes pet food (dry and wet food and food supplements) and accessories such as scratching posts, dog baskets, and toys in all price categories. In addition to a selection of over 8,000 products, zooplus customers benefit from a variety of interactive content and community offerings. The pet supplies market is an important market segment in the European retail landscape. Gross sales of pet food and accessories within the European Union amount to around EUR 30 bn. Based on the continued vigorous growth anticipated in the European E-commerce market, zooplus expects its dynamic performance to continue.Online at: www.zooplus.deInvestor relations contact:zooplus AGDiana ApostolSonnenstraße 1580331 MunichPhone: + 49 (0) 89 95006-210Fax: + 49 (0) 89 95006-503Email: ir@zooplus.comWebsite: https://investors.zooplus.comMedia contact:cometis AGGeorg GrießmannUnter den Eichen 765195 WiesbadenPhone: +49 (0)611-205855-61Fax: +49 (0)611-205855-66Email: griessmann@cometis.deWebsite: www.cometis.de15-Oct-2020 CET/CEST The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de Language: English Company: zooplus AG Sonnenstraße 15 80331 München Germany Phone: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 100 Fax: +49 (0)89 95 006 - 500 E-mail: contact@zooplus.com Internet: www.zooplus.de ISIN: DE0005111702 WKN: 511170 Indices: SDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1141205   End of Announcement DGAP News Service