Jena, Germany – February 13, 2004 - Intershop Communications AG today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2003, ended December 31, 2003.
Revenue totaled Euro 4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, as compared to Euro 6.5 million in the third quarter of 2003 and Euro 12.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. License revenue totaled Euro 1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, as compared to Euro 2.2 million in the third quarter of 2003 and Euro 6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. Revenue for the full year of 2003 totaled Euro 23.2 million, as compared to Euro 45.1 million for the full year of 2002.
Total operational cost
declined 33% sequentially to Euro 7.2 million in the fourth quarter of
2003. Intershop reduced its total annual operational cost in 2003 by
39%, to Euro 45.0 million. As a result of the continued reduction in
total operational cost and other income in connection with terminating
business operations in France, Intershop recorded Euro 0.1 in net
income in the fourth quarter of 2003 million or Euro 0.00 per share,
compared to a net loss of Euro 3.8 million or a net loss of Euro 0.17
per share in the third quarter of 2003.
In comparison, Intershop’s net loss in the fourth quarter of 2002 was Euro 1.0 million or a net loss of Euro 0.05 per share. For the full year of 2003, Intershop’s net loss totaled Euro 18.6 million or a net loss of Euro 0.90 per share, compared to a net loss of Euro 27.6 million or a net loss of Euro 1.47 per share for the full year of 2002, a year-over-year reduction of 32%. Total cash including cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and restricted cash declined from Euro 10.9 million as of September 30, 2003 to Euro 8.8 million as of December 31, 2003.
Total cash includes freely available cash, which decreased from Euro 4.2 million as of September 30, 2003 to Euro 2.6 million as of December 31, 2003. Based on a reduced total operational cost base achieved in 2003 and against the backdrop of renewed signs of a recovery in corporate IT spending patterns in 2004, the Company expects to break even on an annual net income basis in 2004.
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.