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Acquisitions significantly broaden the offering

Update | Technology | 26 Feb 2018

FY17 was a year of strong growth for DATAGROUP, with revenues rising by 28% and EBITDA surging 42%. The EBITDA margin rose by 120bp to a record 12.1%. The core cloud services continue to grow strongly, rising by 64% and recurring sales represented 70% of total revenue (which translated to 88% of gross profit), up from 66% in FY16. In August 2017, DATAGROUP acquired ikb Data to extend the group’s offering into the financial services sector and in January 2018 it announced the acquisition of Almato, a pioneer in Robotic Process Automation. Consequently, DATAGROUP is building a number of key differentiators in its markets.


Growth continues apace

Update | Technology | 05 Feb 2019

DATAGROUP recorded another strong year of growth with revenue increasing by 22%, including 3.3% organic growth, or 6% when adjusting for discontinued activities from acquisitions. The recent acquisitions of ikb Data, HanseCom and ALMATO all performed well. During the year the group won its largest ever contract worth high double-digit million euros. This deal, with NRW Bank, was only attainable due to the ikb Data acquisition. With the shares having drifted back c 25% over the last year the rating looks increasingly attractive at c 8x EBITDA.


EBITDA margins lift to 10.6% as acquisitions drive growth

Update | Technology | 23 May 2018

DATAGROUP performed in line with expectations in H1, with revenue growing by 24%, including 1.5% organic growth, or 5–6% when adjusting for discontinued activities from acquisitions. Management conservatively maintained revenue guidance, despite 50% of this already being generated in H1, with ALMATO only contributing for one month in the period. While the rating looks fairly priced at c 10x EBITDA, DATAGROUP offers an excellent track record, high recurring revenues, a clear focus on the large German Mittelstand sector and an increasing number of key differentiators following the acquisitions of ikb Data and ALMATO.


IT services one-stop shop for Mittelstand companies

Initiation | Technology | 23 May 2017

DATAGROUP has established an interesting niche providing Mittelstand companies with a modular suite of technology solutions. The group's CORBOX “cloud-enabling platform” is highly scalable, benefiting from a centralised approach and employing long-term, fixed-price contracts, which ensure stable recurring revenues (66% of FY16 revenues, which related to 85% of gross profit). This gives DATAGROUP a significant advantage over smaller domestic players, while large international IT services competitors are focusing their energy on larger enterprises.

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Deutsche Börse Eigenkapitalforum 2014 Research Guide

Sector Commentary: | *Multiple Sectors | 11 Nov 2014