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15 March 2016 at 12:42
All economic and financial indicators are growing.
Proposed dividend distribution of €1.00 per share approved.
Today, the Board of Directors of Reply S.p.A. - a company listed in the STAR sector [MTA, STAR: REY] - approved the draft budget for the 2015 financial year, which will be submitted for approval at the planned Shareholder's Meeting at its first call on 21 April 2016 in Turin.
The Reply Group closed the 2015 financial year with a consolidated turnover of €705.6 million, an increase of 11.6% compared to €632.2 million in the 2014 financial year.
The EBITDA amounted to €98.7 million (€85.1 million in 2014), while the EBIT was established at €90.6 million (€80.7 million in 2014).
The Group’s net result amounted to €56.7 million (€47.9 million in 2014).
Following the results achieved in the course of 2015, Reply's Board of Directors has decided to propose distribution of a €1.00 per share dividend at the next Shareholders' Meeting, which will become payable on 11st May 2016, with the coupon detachment date fixed at 9th May 2016 (record date 10th May 2016).
The net financial position of the Group on 31 December 2015, is positive by €28.2 million, a substantial improvement compared to €16.3 million on 31 December 2014. In September 2015, the net financial position was positive by €40.2 million.
Reply Chairman Mario Rizzante commented: "Reply has established itself in 2015, not only in terms of technological innovation, but also in the main areas of transformation that all companies are introducing to compete on the markets, characterised by continuous interactions and exchanges between the physical and virtual worlds. This transformation is no longer confined to the digital domain, but its effects are also radically changing processes, production systems, logistics chains, services and material products."
"Reply is now considered, to all intents and purposes, one of the leaders in Europe, having a unique mix of skills, ranging from Strategic to the Design of digital technologies (Cloud Computing, Big Data, eCommerce, Digital Experience)."
Mario Rizzante concluded: "However, it is important – now more than ever – that we do not become complacent. We need to grasp and understand the daily evolution and expansion of technology for processing algorithms and data, their transformation into relevant business information and their use in the automation of processes and decisions, as well as making "smart" products. For this reason, in the coming months we will continue to invest in order to strengthen ourselves further in the areas of Immersive Reality, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Machine Learning."
Mr Giuseppe Veneziano, the manager responsible for corporate financial reporting, hereby declares, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154-bis of the Consolidated Act on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the accounting figures, books and documents.
This press release is a translation, the Italian version will prevail.