Sales increased faster than expenses due to the scalability of the business model and the improved purchasing conditions. This allowed an increase in all key margins. For example, the gross margin at the end of September 2006 totaled 21.9% compared to 20.5% in the first nine months of last year. The EBIT margin improved from 3.1% to 3.7%.
One key reason for the company’s positive growth from January 1 to September 30, 2006 was, in particular, the significant increase in the customer base with the addition of around 300,000 new tire buyers in the current fiscal year, lifting the total number of registered, active customers to more than one million. In addition, the foreign expansion has been consistently continued. Delticom entered markets including Canada during third quarter, and the 60th online store worldwide has now been opened.
The fourth quarter of the year on the tires market is traditionally the period with the highest sales as a result of the weather-related road conditions. The new legal requirement for winter tires in Germany and the anticipated subsequent demand for winter tires mean that Delticom’s forecast for the fourth quarter is positive. Delticom AG’s Managing Board is confident that it will reach revenues for the year as a whole totaling at least EUR 170 million, and that it will be able to again improve the EBIT margin compared to these Q3 figures.
The full version of the quarterly report will be published on November 22, 2006 and will be available at www.delti.com.
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Delticom AG has been engaged in wholesaling since 1999 and has additionally operated as an online retailer for tyres since 2000. In the e-commerce segment, the Delticom Group runs more than 60 online shops with different product ranges in more than 25 European countries as well as one shop each in the United States and Canada offering private and business customers the following product portfolio (or parts thereof): tyres for cars, motorbikes, lorries and buses, the corresponding rims, complete wheels (rims with tyres), selected automotive parts and accessories, motor oils and batteries. At the customer’s option, the Company delivers its products either directly to the customer, any of the service partners (i.e. garages cooperating with the Delticom Group, some of which permit the direct delivery of tyres to be mounted on the customer’s vehicle to their addresses) or to any other delivery address as requested. Via its wholesale segment, the Delticom Group additionally offers tyres to wholesalers and large retailers in Germany and abroad.