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Positive momentum of Group portfolio degraded by weak European m

Positive momentum of Group portfolio degraded by weak European market

Zurich, March 14, 2013 - gategroup reports 11.3% stronger total revenue of CHF
2,993 million compared to CHF 2,688 million in 2011, and weaker EBITDA of CHF
170.8 million compared to CHF 205.1 million in the previous year, resulting in
an EBITDA margin of 5.7% (7.6% in 2011). EBITDA performance was impacted by a
weak European market. Due to the ongoing flat outlook for European airlines,
gategroup has undertaken additional restructuring and adjusted the carrying
value of certain assets to reflect current market trends. Accordingly,
combined restructuring and impairment charges were CHF 73.9 million and result
in a loss for the year of CHF 56.9 million. Excluding restructuring and
impairment charges the underlying core profit for 2012 was CHF 17.0 million.
In view of the reported loss for the period the Board will not propose a
dividend for the financial year 2012 to the Annual General Meeting of

Total revenue increased by 11.3% and reached CHF 2,993 million compared to CHF
2,688 million in 2011. Growth was driven primarily by higher revenues with
existing customers, contribution from acquisitions, and favorable currency
movements. EBITDA was CHF 170.8 million compared to EBITDA of CHF 205.1
million in 2011, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 5.7% (7.6% in 2011).

In 2012 gategroup incurred non-cash impairment charges of CHF 51.7 million,
the majority of which is related to assets in the Airline Solutions business
within Europe. Further, restructuring charges of CHF 22.2 million resulted in
total charges of CHF 73.9 million for 2012 compared to net charges in 2011 of
CHF 4.3 million. This resulted in a Net Loss for 2012 of CHF 56.9 million.
Excluding these charges Net Income for 2012 was approximately CHF 17.0 million
CHF 58.7 million in 2011).

Cash flow from operations meanwhile was down from CHF 109.8 million in 2011 to
CHF 63.5 million in 2012. This was primarily driven by the lower EBITDA of CHF
170.8 million in 2012.The substantial growth in revenue, from higher volumes
in the existing portfolio and the three acquisitions made in 2012 resulted in
a corresponding working capital increase.

Net Equity attributable to shareholders of the Company of CHF 246.6 million
also includes the cumulative impact of the early adoption of IAS19 Employee
Benefits (2011).


The Airline Solutions segment reported total revenue of CHF 2,590 million
compared to CHF 2,350 million in the previous year, an increase of CHF 240.3
million or 10.2%. At constant exchange rates the Airline Solutions segment
achieved a turnover of CHF 2,513 million, or +6.9%. Segment EBITDA reached CHF
155.4 million (192.8 million in 2011) or 6.0% of segment revenue (8.2% in

The Product and Supply Chain Solutions segment increased total revenue by CHF
105 million or 22.1% from CHF 476 million in 2011 to CHF 581 million. At
constant exchange rates the Product and Supply Chain Solutions segment
achieved a turnover of CHF 569.1 million, or +19.6%. It reported an increase
in EBITDA from CHF 34.3 million (7.2% of revenues) in 2011 to CHF 40.6 million
(7.0% of revenues) in 2012.

Restructuring the Airline Solutions business in Europe

In 2012 gategroup launched a restructuring program in Europe to address the
region's underperformance, which was and remains a direct reflection of the
recessionary environment. In response to market weakness, traditional
full-service carriers implemented substantial restructuring programs, network
optimization and service level changes, particularly on short-haul routes. On
the other hand, European low cost carriers, which are becoming an increasingly
important revenue source for the Group, continued to grow and prosper. Within
the Airline Solution division, Europe & Africa has and will continue to adjust
its business model to the new environment and is driving costs down through
numerous initiatives. Progress has been made in the year under review and
significant efforts will continue into 2013.

Outlook 2013

The trading conditions in Europe are expected to remain challenging in 2013.
The rest of gategroup's business portfolio outside of Europe, representing
approximately 60% of the Group, is on track and performing well. North America
continues to demonstrate steady expansion in revenues and margins, supported
by a stable market outlook. Across the Emerging Markets, the strong revenue
growth achieved in 2012 will result in a higher contribution to profit in
2013. The Product and Supply Chain Solutions business is expected to continue
its strong top-line and stable margin development.

The restructuring initiated in the European Airline Solutions business will
address the market deterioration experienced across its European customer base
in 2012. The Group is prepared to address any further customer curtailments
that may occur during the course of 2013.

In aggregate the strengthening of the Group portfolio outside its European
Airline Solutions business will be offset by the outlook in Europe. gategroup
expects nominal growth in revenues in 2013 and projects an EBITDA margin in
the range of 5.5% to 6.0%.

Midterm Outlook 2016

The Group provides an updated midterm four year outlook for 2016. The majority
of gategroup's portfolio remains on track; however, downward adjustments have
been made due to the significant deterioration in its European Airline
Solutions business during 2012 coupled with a flat outlook for Europe through

The Group expects to expand the existing portfolio from organic growth and new
business development of the order 10-15% and achieve revenues of approximately
CHF 3.4 billion in 2016 on the basis of 2012 exchange rates. Additionally it
is expected to achieve an EBITDA margin in the range of 7% to 8%, and a cash
flow generated from operations in the range of 4% to 6% of revenue with ROIC
greater than 12%. Due to the focus on restructuring of its Airline Solutions
business, the midterm plan incorporates an expectation of less bolt-on

Additional information, particularly with respect to the Outlook 2013 and the
Midterm Outlook 2016, is provided in the Investors and Analysts presentation.
This is available on the gategroup website, together with the annual report
and further Company information, at the following link:

About gategroup

gategroup is the leading independent global provider of products, services and
solutions related to a passenger's onboard experience. gategroup comprises the
following brands: deSter, eGate Solutions, Gate Aviation, Gate Gourmet, Gate
Retail Onboard, Gate Safe, Harmony, Performa, Pourshins and Supplair. Shares
of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the
symbol GATE. Please visit



to analysts, investors and the media to participate in a telephone conference

The presentation can be accessed via webcast and dial-in teleconference at
14:00 CET on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

To listen to the live presentation via teleconference, call the dial-in number
provided below:

Direct dial-in numbers:

+41 (0)91 610 56 00 (Europe)

+44 (0) 203 059 58 62 (UK)

+1 866 291 41 66 (USA - Toll-Free)

To link to the live webcast of the presentation, please follow the link on our



Media                            Investors
Jean-Luc Ferrazzini              Dagmara Robinson
Head of Corporate Communications Director Investor Relations
+41 43 812 9128                  +41 43 812 54 96


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