Wiesloch, August 12, 2021 – The MLP Group was able to continue the growth trend it has enjoyed over the past quarters and increased total revenue by 17 percent in the first half of 2021 to its highest ever level of EUR 421.8 million. In the second quarter, revenue was up 21 percent. This is the strongest growth in a quarter since the realignment of MLP starting in 2005. MLP recorded growth across all fields of consulting. An important contribution to this positive development in particular made real estate brokerage with an increase of 39 percent in the first six months and wealth management with an increase of 33 percent. As an important key figure, assets under management in the MLP Group rose once again and reached a new all-time high of EUR 51.4 billion. Old-age provision, which recorded a decline last year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, showed a 12 percent increase to EUR 88.2 million in the first half of the year. At EUR 31.4 million, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) are again significantly higher than in previous years. Despite several opposing effects, this figure also recorded an increase in the second quarter from EUR 8.1 million to EUR 9.6 million. In light of the successful development in the first half of the year, MLP now expects to reach the upper end of the forecast EBIT range of EUR 55 to 61 million for the full year.
"We are very satisfied with the first half of the year. The broad-based growth across all fields of consulting and all companies serves to underline our effectiveness within the MLP Group at generating added value for our clients and thereby also for the company using diverse perspectives and areas of expertise," comments Chief Executive Officer Dr. Uwe Schroeder-Wildberg. "At the same time, we continue to invest extensively and thereby continuously strengthen the basis for our planned increase in earnings level in 2022."
In the period from January to June 2021, total revenue increased by 17 percent to EUR 421.8 million (H1 2020: EUR 359.0 million). Commission income increased from EUR 339.7 million to EUR 405.1 million here. At EUR 6.4 million, interest income was significantly below the previous year's level (EUR 8.0 million). Examining the second quarter on its own, total revenue increased by 21 percent to EUR 200.4 million (Q2 2020: EUR 165.3 million).
The breakdown by consulting fields for the first half of the year shows the strongest growth rates in the real estate sector with a rise of 39 percent (revenue increased from EUR 16.1 million to EUR 22.3 million). With growth of 33 percent to EUR 159.4 million (H1 2020: EUR 120.2 million), wealth management also recorded a significant increase. This can be attributed to highly successful new business at both FERI and MLP Banking AG, as well as performance-linked compensation that is significantly above the previous year's level after six months. Taking the second quarter on its own, performance-linked compensation is only slightly below the already high level recorded in the same quarter of the previous year. In terms of assets under management, MLP was able to break through the EUR 50 billion barrier, recording a new high of EUR 51.4 billion as of June 30, 2021 (March 31, 2021: EUR 48.2 billion). Assets under management have therefore enjoyed an EUR 11.8 billion increase within just one year. The portfolio value in the field of non-life insurance also rose further to EUR 547.0 million (March 31, 2021: EUR 434.4 million). The key effect here is the first-time consolidation of RVM at EUR 98.7 million. Non-life insurance revenue rose to EUR 94.3 million (EUR 88.2 million). MLP increased health insurance revenue by 12 percent to EUR 28.2 million (EUR 25.2 million). In old-age provision, MLP recorded a recovery following the declines caused by the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020. Here, revenue was up 12 percent to EUR 88.2 million after the first six months of 2021, compared to EUR 78.9 million in the same period of the previous year. Taking the second quarter on its own growth was 24 percent (increasing from EUR 39.5 million to EUR 49.0 million). This growth was driven by both private and occupational pension provision.
At EUR 31.4 million, MLP once again recorded a significant increase in EBIT in the first six months of the year (H1 2020: EUR 18.8 million, H1 2019: EUR 12.2 million). This was mainly influenced by the significant increase in EBIT to EUR 21.8 million that was recorded in the first quarter (Q1 2020: EUR 10.7 million). A further increase in the second quarter to EUR 9.6 million (Q2 2020: EUR 8.1 million, Q2 2019: EUR -0.3 million) also contributed to this. However, it is important to take into account the fact that VAT refunds from the tax authorities for previous years were recognised in income in the second quarter of the previous year. This positive one-off effect led to an EBIT contribution of EUR 3.4 million in Q2 2020. In addition, the first-time consolidation of industrial broker RVM served to reduce EBIT by EUR -1.1 million in the second quarter. This is due to the fact that earnings are primarily generated in the first quarter in the RVM business model as a result of the seasonal nature of the business. EBIT in the first quarter amounted to EUR 7.1 million according to German Commercial Code (HGB). Since the transaction was only concluded at the start of the second quarter, it is not reflected in the income statement. In addition, the Group incurred increased consulting costs in Q2.
As of June 30, 2021, the MLP Group served 557,100 family clients (March 31, 2021: 555,200). At 9,800, the gross number of newly acquired family clients in the first half of the year was visibly above the previous year (June 30, 2020: 8,400). The Group also served 24,500 corporate and institutional clients (March 31, 2021: 22,400).
As of June 30, 2021, a total of 2,053 client consultants were working for MLP. Compared with June 30, 2020, this represents a significant increase (2,014), although lingering effects of coronavirus-related restrictions could be felt in the second quarter of 2021, in particular the cancellation of recruitment fairs. However, MLP is still anticipating further year-on-year gains in the number of client consultants.
In light of the successful development in the first half of the year, MLP is now anticipating EBIT at the upper end of the forecast corridor of between EUR 55 and 61 million for the year 2021. At the same time, MLP once again confirms its planning, based on which EBIT is likely to rise to around EUR 75 to 85 million by the end of 2022. "In the last few years, we have laid very broad and therefore strong foundations for our business. Our mid-term value drivers are also displaying positive development. We are therefore starting the second half of the year with optimism and are also well on track to achieve our 2022 targets," comments Reinhard Loose, Chief Financial Officer.
|MLP Group (in EUR million)||Q2/2021||Q2/2020||Change in %||6 months 2021||6 months 2020||Change in %|
|Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)||9.6||8.1||19||31.4||18.8||67|
|Earnings before taxes (EBT)||8.8||8.1||9||29.7||17.8||67|
|Earnings per share (diluted/basic) in EUR||0.05||0.05||-||0.19||0.12||58|
|Corporate, institutional clients||24,500||22,400*||9|
*) As at March 31, 2021