NEWS INVEST : Strong revenue growth in the first half of 2007 (+49.2%) - Revenues up 71.7% excluding financial advertising

Consolidated data - ¤ '000 First half 2007 First half 2006 Change
Revenues 6,334 4,246 +49.2%
Adjusted revenues (excluding financial advertising) 5,533 3,223 +71.7%
Of which internet revenues 3,158 825 +282.8%
Proportion of adjusted revenues 57.1% 25.6%  

In the first half of 2007, News Invest continued its rapid growth with consolidated revenues up 49.2% at ¤6.3m. This growth reflects the Group's strategy of building up internet activities and its success in generating synergies between its four entities, i.e. News Invest, Actus, Pulpmedia and ActusnewsWire.

Internet marketing revenues grew threefold during the period to ¤3.158m. This business now accounts for 57.1% of total adjusted revenues as opposed to 25.6% in the first half of 2006.

Pulpmedia made a significant contribution to this rise in revenues, with rapid growth in the search marketing and e-business website development businesses.

ActusnewsWire specialises in the electronic distribution of news releases, and was accredited by the market authorities at the start of the year. It stepped up growth and strengthened its distribution network in the first half of 2007.

In consultancy and public relations, Actus confirmed its position as a leading player in mid-cap stocks, with strong customer retention and new contract wins.

2007 outlook

Factoring in seasonal variations, which usually lead to stronger growth in the first part of the year, News Invest looks set to achieve a significant rise in business levels in full-year 2007, with the focus on increasing net profit.

The Group will capitalise on its growing marketing services business, which generates wide margins, and on further synergies resulting from the integration of Pulpmedia.

The Group's cash position also allows further bolt-on acquisitions. Acquisition targets must meet the Group's growth and profitability criteria and operate in the buoyant sectors of internet marketing, sustainable development or financial press relations.

News Invest, marketing services
News Invest is listed on the Marché Libre of Euronext Paris
Ticker: MLNEI  -  Reuters code: NWZIy.PA - Bloomberg code: MLNEI:FP


Stéphane Moity
Chairman of the Executive Board 
Tel:  : +33 1 53 67 36 50
Eric Levasseur
Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board
Tel:  : +33 1 53 67 36 36
Agnès Villeret
Press relations
+33 1 53 67 36 39

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