- Alle Tagesordnungspunkte mit großer Mehrheit verabschiedet
- hotel.de zahlt Dividende von 0,27 EUR je Aktie
- Unabhängiger Finanzexperte Bernhard Butz in den Aufsichtsrat gewählt
Nuremberg, 20 May 2010 – At today’s Annual General Meeting of hotel.de AG, the shareholders approved all agenda items, including the distribution of a dividend of Euro 0.27 per share, with large majorities in each case. Said Dr. Heinz Raufer, CEO of hotel.de AG: “We would like to enable our shareholders to participate in our positive results for the past financial year, although it was equally important for us to distribute this dividend from the company’s accumulated earnings, rather than tapping its substance.”
Following his report on the past 2009 financial year, Dr. Raufer provided an outlook for the current 2010 financial year. The company managed to increase its sales once again in the first quarter for the first time since the outbreak of the crisis, benefiting in particular from the recovery in the business travel segment. “Medium-sized companies and well-known large corporates alike are showing increasing interest in inexpensive online travel management systems. We expect this to generate positive momentum in the coming months as well. All in all, we are confident that we will achieve sales growth in a low double-digit range in 2010 as a whole and generate operating earnings slightly in excess of the previous year’s figure.”
A further agenda item related to the election of Bernhard Butz, an independent financial expert, to the Supervisory Board. Mr. Butz, who will take over the position of the retiring member Peter Hoffmann, was elected to the Supervisory Board for a term running until the 2012 Annual General Meeting, and thus consistent with that of the other Supervisory Board members. Based on his longstanding activity as a managing director with finance responsibilities, Mr. Butz has extensive experience and expertise in the field of accounting.
hotel.de AG, with its international brand hotel.info, operates a free hotel reservation service for companies and private customers at www.hotel.de and www.hotel.info. The company offers more than 210,000 hotels worldwide for booking online. Customers benefit in this respect from considerable cost savings. hotel.de shows all available room rates for each hotel, thus always enabling customers to select the lowest or most appropriate rate. All bookings are forward simultaneously, securely and directly to the individual hotel. This is guaranteed by the unique integration of hotels’ own reservation systems (so-called CRS and PMS systems) and hotel.de’s own myRES reservation system under hotel.de’s standard user surface. hotel.de’s corporate application is already used by well-known companies, such as BASF, SAP AG, Texas Instruments and Ernst & Young AG. Since January 2007, hotel.de has extended its portfolio to include a conference enquiries and booking system. Business customers in particular stand to save time and money due to the optimised conference organisation processes facilitated by this conference tool.
hotel.info – the international brand of hotel.de AG – was created to promote the company’s expansion into international markets. To acquire new customers and hotels abroad, sales offices have already been opened in the UK (London), France (Paris), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Rome) and China (Shanghai). The company’s high share of business customers with international operations facilitates its entry into new markets. The aim is to establish hotel.info as the leading online hotel reservation service for business and private customers in the foreign markets mentioned and then step by step across the whole of Europe.
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