EANS-News: AUSTRIAN POST Q1 2020 / Increased Revenue, Earnings with Special Effects in Line under Current Circumstances CNE

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Quarterly Report

Vienna 14 May 2020 -
Revenue

* Revenue up by 2.1 % to EUR 502.9m
* Good parcel growth (+23.8 %) has offset the decline in the Mail Division (-4.6
  %)

Earnings with special effects

* Reduced Group earnings (EBIT) of EUR 33.3m due to COVID-19 impact and start-up
  costs for bank99

o Mail negatively impacted by COVID-19, EBIT reduced by 15.8 %
  o Parcel & Logistics with earnings growth (+28,6 %) and high cost burden
  o Retail & Bank with negative earnings of EUR 16.4m due to start-up costs for
    bank99
  o COVID-19 related additional costs to maintain universal postal service
    obligation

Cash flow and balance sheet

* Operating free cash flow of EUR 60.4m at the prior-year level
* Increased balance sheet total of EUR 2,229.2m (+9.1 %), equity ratio down to
  32.5 % due to balance sheet extension

Outlook for 2020 cannot be accurately forecasted

* Letter Mail and Direct Mail revenue decline expected, depending on the
  duration and repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic
* Increased Parcel revenue but at high cost burden
* Ongoing ramp-up of bank99 planned
* Earnings in 2020 depend on macroeconomic development in the course of the year
* Targeted earnings improvement in all divisions in 2021

New priorities set for 2020

The first quarter of 2020 posed major challenges for Austrian Post. The COVID-19
pandemic and the related negative economic impact have redefined the company's
priorities. In spite of the significant deterioration of the business
environment and due to the commitment of all its employees, Austrian Post
succeeded in providing on a daily basis the high-quality postal services which
are so crucial at this time. The current focus is to ensure that the company
fulfils the three-fold objectives of preserving the safety and health of
employees, maintaining the company's services as part of the country's critical
infrastructure, and minimising the economic damage. As a systemically relevant
company in Austria, Austrian Post is fully committed to take on this
responsibility although it is evident that various service obligations cannot be
fulfilled in a cost-covering manner and/or additional costs arise from
regulations and crisis measures.

"The initial conclusion is that the company succeeded very well in maintaining
the safety and health of the staff as well as the efficiency of the logistics
network" says CEO Georg Pölzl. The predicted impact on the business, notably in
Direct Mail, is already visible.

Q1 2020 burdened by special effects but in line under current circumstances

"The results for the first quarter of 2020 reflect the current difficult
business environment" adds Georg Pölzl. "Revenue increased by 2.1 % but earnings
fell." This can be attributed to two challenges i.e. the development of a new
bank and the negative consequences of COVID-19. The pandemic resulted in reduced
letter mail and direct mail volumes as well as caused additional costs to
maintain reliable universal postal services. Against this backdrop, the first
quarter of 2020 developed in line with current expectations.

With regard to the presentation of revenue and earnings, it is worthwhile noting
that Austrian Post has enhanced transparency and now reports performance
indicators for three operating segments. In addition to the Mail Division and
Parcel & Logistics Division, this includes the new Retail & Bank Divison where
bank99 was launched in April 2020.

In the first quarter of 2020, total revenue of Austrian Post Group has improved
by 2.1 % to EUR 502.9m. The dynamically growing parcel business achieved an
increase of 23.8 %, which helped to offset the declines in the Mail Division and
the Retail & Bank Division by 4.6 % and 39.4 % respectively. Group earnings
(EBIT) fell to EUR 33.3m in the period under review from the comparable level of
EUR 57.4m in the first quarter of 2019. This substantial decline at first glance
is the result of two special effects: The first quarter of 2020 fully
encompasses initial start-up costs for bank99, whereas the first revenue from
financial services will be generated in the second quarter of the year.
Moreover, special effects relating to COVID-19 are noticeable in all operating
divisions.

The Mail Division showed the expected decline, with revenue down by 4.6 %. This
development is due to the accelerated electronic substitution of conventional
Letter Mail without being able to book positive price effects. Moreover, the
revenue drop is also related to the reduction in Direct Mail following the
government-imposed store closures starting in mid-March 2020 in response to
COVID-19. About 50 % of direct mail items are impacted, with the loss of revenue
of about EUR 4m per week. For this reason, first-quarter divisional EBIT fell
from EUR 55.7m to EUR 46.9m in the prior-year period.

Revenue of the Parcel & Logistics Division increased by 23.8 %, driven by the
ongoing positive organic growth from online orders due to additional parcel
volumes generated through the cooperation with Deutsche Post DHL Group since
August 2019. Overall parcel volume development was slightly above initial
assumptions, with positive impetus provided by private customer parcels (B2C)
and negative effects on business parcels (B2B). The division's EBIT improved by
28.6 % to EUR 8.7m.

The new Retail & Bank Division encompasses retail goods sold via Austrian Post's
branch network as well as the revenue and earnings contributions of the new
subsidiary bank99, which offers focused financial services. The 39.4 % revenue
decline in the first quarter of 2020 is related primarily to the financial
services offering of bank99 first being launched on 1 April 2020, whereas the
first quarter of the previous year still included the service fees of EUR 9.4m
from the previous banking partner. In addition, the negative results of EUR
16.4m in the first quarter of 2020 also includes the initial costs to develop
the bank99 infrastructure. In the meantime, the bank got off to a successful
start, already attracting about 20,000 customers in the first six weeks. An
ongoing earnings improvement of the division is expected in the upcoming
quarters.

A precise forecast for revenue and earnings in the 2020 financial year of
Austrian Post is not possible at the present time due to the uncertain economic
situation in many sectors of the customers. The further development of the
COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting government measures and especially the way and
extent to which the economy rebounds will all have a direct impact on the
company's further business development in 2020.

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austrian Post's objective is to maintain
revenue developments stable as possible. With respect to earnings, revenue
losses in the high-margin Mail Division cannot be offset by increasing parcel
revenues. Due to the high level of fixed costs in the logistics business, any
decline in revenue has a direct impact on earnings. For this reason, EBIT will
decline in the current financial year as a consequence of direct and indirect
COVID-19 effects. Hence, the earnings situation will depend on macroeconomic
developments during the year and the resulting letter mail, direct mail and
parcel volumes as well as the level of financial services generated in the
upcoming quarters.

In the medium-term, the solid balance sheet of Austrian Post with a sound equity
ratio and high level of liquid financial resources will enhance the resilience
of the company. Furthermore, Austrian Post is intensively continuing all
investments and measures designed to increase in capacity and to sustainably
enhance efficiency. As in the previous two years, in addition to the regular
maintenance investments (maintenance CAPEX) of about EUR 70m more than EUR 50m
of growth investments (growth CAPEX) are planned again to be able to continue to
guarantee the best quality logistics network in Austria. Moreover, there is the
possibility of expanding or newly acquiring estate property for the logistics
infrastructure. Against the backdrop of rising parcel volumes, it is vital to
further expand Austrian Post's outstanding market position in terms of quality
and quantity. "Targeted investments and measures should contribute to increase
earnings at all divisions and thus again improve the Group results for 2021"
stated CEO Georg Pölzl.

The entire report is available on the Internet at post.at/ir --> Reporting.

KEY FIGURES

                                                                  Change
EUR m                                             Q1 2019 Q1 2020 %       EUR m
Revenue                                           492.5   502.9   2.1 %   10.4
Mail 1                                            332.9   317.5   -4.6 %  -15.3
Parcel & Logistics 1                              141.0   174.5   23.8 %  33.5
Retail & Bank 1                                   21.8    13.2    -39.4 % -8.6
Corporate/Consolidation 1                         -3.2    -2.4    24.7 %  0.8
Other operating income                            21.0    13.3    -36.6 % -7.7
Raw materials, consumables and services used      -110.3  -120.3  -9.1 %  -10.0
Expenses for financial services                   0.0     -0.1    -       -0.1
Staff costs                                       -251.7  -253.5  -0.7 %  -1.8
Other operating expenses                          -66.3   -77.0   -16.1 % -10.7
Results from financial assets accounted for using -0.7    0.0     96.8 %  0.6
the equity method
EBITDA                                            84.6    65.3    -22.8 % -19.3
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment losses  -27.2   -32.0   -17.6 % -4.8
EBIT                                              57.4    33.3    -41.9 % -24.1
Mail 1                                            55.7    46.9    -15.8 % -8.8
Parcel & Logistics 1                              6.8     8.7     28.6 %  1.9
Retail & Bank 1                                   1.7     -16.4   <-100 % -18.1
Corporate/Consolidation 1                         -6.8    -5.8    13.5 %  0.9
Other financial result                            3.4     1.1     -67.3 % -2.3
Profit before tax                                 60.8    34.5    -43.3 % -26.4
Income tax                                        -17.5   -8.3    52.8 %  9.2
Profit for the period                             43.3    26.2    -39.5 % -17.1
Earnings per share (EUR) 2                        0.64    0.42    -34.0 % -0.22

Cash flow from operating activities               72.3    97.8    35.2 %  25.5
Investment in property, plant and equipment       -19.7   -21.9   -11.3 % -2.2
(CAPEX)
Free cash flow                                    19.0    98.8    >100 %  79.8
Operating free cash flow 3                        60.8    60.4    -0.8 %  -0.5


1 adjusted to the new segment structure since 1 January 2020
2 Undiluted earnings per share in relation to 67,552,638 shares
3 Free cash flow before acquisitions/securities/money market investments and
Growth CAPEX; Q1 2020: excluding loan of the joint venture partner GRAWE Banking
Group
amounting EUR 10.0m to bank99 and cash prepayments for third parties (e.g.
pensions) amounting EUR 15.0m

EXTRACTS FROM THE GROUP MANAGEMENT REPORT

REVENUE DEVELOPMENT Q1 IN DETAIL

In the first quarter of 2020, the Group revenue of Austrian Post has improved by
2.1 % to EUR 502.9m. The dynamically growing parcel business increased revenue
by 23.8 % and managed to offset the revenue decline in the Mail Division and the
Retail & Bank Division by 4.6 % and 39.4 %, respectively.

The Mail Division accounted for 62.8 % of the Group revenue. The first-quarter
revenue decline resulted from the structural decrease in addressed mail volumes
caused by electronic substitution as well as from the negative effects on Direct
Mail following the government-imposed store closures in response to COVID-19. In
contrast, growth in the Mail Solutions business increased revenue.
The Parcel & Logistics Division generated 34.5 % of the total Group revenue in
the reporting period against the backdrop of an ongoing upward trend. The 23.8 %
revenue increase was driven primarily by the current cooperation with Deutsche
Post DHL Group as well as by organic volume growth in Austria.
The Retail & Bank Division accounted for 2.6 % of total first-quarter Group
revenue. The new bank of Austrian Post, bank99, started operating in April 2020,
whereas service fees from the former banking partner were still included in the
prior-year quarter.

Revenue of the Mail Division totalled EUR 317.5m, of which 64.0 % can be
attributed to the Letter Mail & Mail Solutions business. Direct Mail accounted
for 26.4 % of total divisional revenue, and Media Post had a 9.6 % share. In the
first quarter of 2020, Letter Mail & Mail Solutions revenue amounted to EUR
203.3m, down by 2.4 % from the prior-year quarter. The declining volume trend
resulting from the electronic substitution of letters by electronic forms of
communication continued. The underlying volume trend in Austria showed a drop of
4 - 5 % in the first quarter of 2020. The Mail Solutions business reported
revenue growth of EUR 1.8m, particularly in the fields of document logistics,
output management and digital services. Direct Mail revenue fell by 10.9 % to
EUR 83.8m in the first quarter of 2020. The Direct Mail business is partly
subject to structural changes. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting
government-imposed store closures had direct negative effects on Direct Mail in
the amount of about EUR 4m per week. Revenue from Media Post, i.e. the delivery
of newspapers and magazines, fell slightly by 0.6 % year-on-year to EUR 30.5m.
This decrease can also be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revenue of the Parcel & Logistics Division improved by 23.8 % in the first
quarter of 2020 to EUR 174.5m from EUR 141.0m in the previous year. High growth
in the parcel business is based on the ongoing e-commerce trend in Austria.
Austrian Post also succeeded in sharing market growth during this reporting
period despite the own delivery of a major customer in the eastern part of
Austria. Intense competition and high price pressure continue to prevail.
Positive volume effects on private customer parcels and negative effects on
business parcels are noticeable as a consequence of government restrictions
designed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On balance, the private customer
business is predominant in Austrian Post's portfolio, leading to upper single-
digit organic growth in the first quarter of 2020. Moreover, the cooperation
with Deutsche Post DHL Group in Austria since August 2019 has also made a
significant contribution to current growth. The development towards faster
delivery of parcels can be observed as a clear trend. In total, 57.4 % of the
division's revenue in the first three months of 2020 was generated in the
Premium Parcels business (delivery on the working day after posting). This
corresponds to an increase of 45.4 % to EUR 100.1m in the first quarter of 2020.
The Standard Parcels business area accounted for 32.5 % of divisional revenue
and showed a revenue decline of 2.2 % to EUR 56.8m in the first quarter of 2020.
Other Parcel Services, which encompasses various additional logistics services,
generated 10.1 % of divisional revenue totalling EUR 17.6m in the first three
months of 2020. This corresponds to an increase of 25.0 %. An analysis by region
shows that 82.3 % of the revenue in the Parcel & Logistics Division was
generated in Austria in the first three months of 2020. The Austrian parcel
business produced revenue growth of 26.7 %. 17.7 % of divisional revenue can be
attributed to subsidiaries in South East and Eastern Europe. The revenue
increase in this highly competitive region amounted to 11.8 % in the first
quarter of 2020.

The Retail & Bank Division achieved the revenue of EUR 13.2m in the first
quarter of 2020, down from EUR 21.8m in the prior-year quarter. Branch Services
in the previous year included service fees from the former banking partner
totalling EUR 9.4m and cash payments for third parties (e.g. pensions) of EUR
2.3m. In the current period under review, Branch Services (retail goods and
branch products) amounted to EUR 11.2 in the period under review. Financial
Services only included cash payments for third parties (e.g. pensions) amounting
to EUR 2.0m for the first three months 2020. Other income from financial
services to be offered following the launch of bank99 from April 2020 and
corresponding revenues are being generated from the second quarter onwards.

EARNINGS DEVELOPMENT Q1

The largest expense items in relation to Austrian Post's Group revenue are staff
costs (50.4 %), raw materials, consumables and services used (23.9 %) and other
operating expenses (15.3 %). 6.4 % can be attributed to depreciation,
amortisation and impairment losses.

Staff costs in the first quarter of 2020 totalled EUR 253.5m, implying a slight
increase of 0.7 % or EUR 1.8m. Operational staff costs were down slightly from
the prior-year quarter. The Austrian Post Group employed an average of 20,231
people (full-time equivalents) in the first three months of 2020 compared to the
average of 20,197 employees in the prior-year period (+0.2 %). In addition to
operational staff expenditures, staff costs of Austrian Post also include
various non-operating staff- related expenses such as termination benefits and
changes in provisions, which are related primarily to the specific employment
situation of civil servants at Austrian Post. The first quarter of 2020 showed
low non-operating staff costs of about EUR 3m.

Raw materials, consumables and services used increased by 9.1 % to EUR 120.3m,
which is due primarily to higher transport expenses as a result of increased
parcel volumes and the cooperation with Deutsche Post DHL Group launched in
August 2019.

Other operating expenses increased by 16.1 % to EUR 77.0m, which is related
mainly to higher costs for leased staff to handle higher parcel volumes as well
as due to initial costs to develop the infrastructure of the new bank99. Other
operating income amounted to EUR 13.3m in the first quarter of 2020, compared to
EUR 21.0m in the first quarter of 2019. This change is attributed primarily to
income from apartment sales from the Neutorgasse real estate project in the
previous year. The results from financial assets accounted for using the equity
method include the proportionate profits for the period of joint ventures and
associates and improved from minus EUR 0.7m to EUR 0.0m in the first quarter of
2020.

EBITDA at EUR 65.3m was EUR 19.3m below the comparable prior-year quarter. The
EBITDA margin was 13.0 %. Depreciation, amortisation and impairment losses
equalled to EUR 32.0m, up EUR 4.8m from the previous year. The increase is due
mainly to the new sites for the parcel logistics infrastructure. Group earnings
(EBIT) fell to EUR 33.3m in the first quarter of 2020, down from EUR 57.4m in
the previous year. The EBIT margin amounted to 6.6 %.

The Group's other financial result of EUR 1.1m was EUR 2.3m below the quarter of
2019. This development is primarily the consequence of the higher valuation
effect of the stake held in flatex AG in the first quarter of 2019. After
deducting the income tax of EUR 8.3m, the profit for the period equalled EUR
26.2m (-39.5 %). This corresponds to undiluted earnings per share of EUR 0.42,
compared to EUR 0.64 in the prior-year period.

From a divisional perspective, the Mail Division achieved an EBIT of EUR 46.9m
in the first three months of 2020. The year-on-year decline of 15.8 % can be
attributed to the drop in revenue driven by electronic substitution as well as
by the decline in high-margin Direct Mail volumes related to the COVID-19
pandemic.

The Parcel & Logistics Division achieved revenue growth against the backdrop of
intense competition and margin pressure, generating an EBIT of EUR 8.7m in the
first quarter of 2020. This implies an increase by 28.6 % against the same
period last year. Revenue increase was driven by organic growth, notably through
online shopping, as well as due to the cooperation with Deutsche Post DHL Group
since August 2019. The associated integration requirements and additional
expenses in the logistics network to avoid current capacity bottlenecks had a
negative effect on the division's EBIT. The enormous volume and revenue
increases require extensive logistics measures and costs.

The Retail & Bank Division produced an EBIT of minus EUR 16.4m in the first
quarter of 2020, compared to EUR 1.7m in the prior-year quarter. The previous
year still included revenue contributions from service fees from the former
banking partner totalling EUR 9.4m. In contrast, the first quarter of 2020
included fixed costs and initial costs to develop the infrastructure of bank99.
Revenue contributions from financial services, in addition to cash payments for
third parties in the first quarter, are expected from the second quarter of 2020
onwards.

EBIT of the Corporate Division (incl. Consolidation) improved from minus EUR
6.8m to minus EUR 5.8m. The Corporate Division provides non-operating services
which are essential for the purpose of the administration and financial control
of a corporate group. In addition to typical corporate governance tasks, these
services include the management and development of commercial properties not
required for company operations, the management of key financial investments,
the rendering of IT services, the development of new business models and the
administration of the Internal Labour Market of Austrian Post.

CASH FLOW AND BALANCE SHEET

The gross cash flow in the first quarter of 2020 equalled EUR 72.0m, compared to
EUR 86.1m in the first quarter of 2019. The decline was related to lower
earnings before tax. The cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR
97.8m, up from EUR 72.3m in the prior-year quarter. This included special
effects such as the EUR 10.0m loan from the joint venture partner GRAWE Banking
Group to bank99 and cash prepayments for third parties (e.g. pensions) of EUR
15.0m which positively affected the cash flow.

The cash flow from investing activities amounted to EUR 1.0m in the first three
months of 2020, compared to minus EUR 53.4m in the previous year. The change
largely related to money market investments encompassing cash inflows of EUR
10.0m impacting the cash flow in the reporting period in comparison to cash
outflows of EUR 30.0m in the prior-year quarter. Furthermore, the first quarter
of 2020 included cash inflows of EUR 10.0m from the sales of securities. After
deducting the above-mentioned special effects of EUR 25.0m, the operating free
cash flow was EUR 60.4m in the current reporting period compared to EUR 60.8m in
the first quarter of the previous year. The cash flow from financing activities
amounted to minus EUR 11.5m in the first three months of 2020, whereas the
prior-year figure was minus EUR 11.0m.

Austrian Post relies on a conservative balance sheet and financing structure.
This is demonstrated in particular by a sound equity ratio and solid investment
of cash and cash equivalents at the lowest possible risk. Austrian Post's total
assets amounted to EUR 2,229.2m as at 31 March 2020. On the asset side,
property, plant and equipment at EUR 1,043.8m represent the largest balance
sheet item. Intangible assets totalled EUR 37.4m, whereas goodwill reported for
acquisitions equalled EUR 60.8m at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Receivables of EUR 255.8m were one of the largest balance sheet items in the
current assets. Financial assets from financial services at EUR 178.8m as well
as financial liabilities from financial services at EUR 203.1m are new balance
sheet positions. They largely relate to receivables and liabilities from cash
payments for third parties (e.g. pensions) of bank99. When netted this resulted
in a liability totalling EUR 24.3m. Cash payments for third parties (e.g.
pensions) will be disbursed after the balance sheet date of 31 March 2020. The
liabilities side of the balance sheet is characterised by a sound equity ratio
of 32.5 % as at 31 March 2020. The year-on-year decline in the equity ratio
primarily resulted from the balance sheet extension to include financial assets
and financial liabilities from financial services. Equity of the Austrian Post
Group equalled EUR 725.1m at the balance sheet date. Liabilities equalled EUR
578.4m at the end of March 2020, provisions amounted to EUR 622.9m.

OUTLOOK 2020

Since March of this year, the business environment for many companies around the
world has significantly changed. This applies also to postal and parcel service
providers. The COVID-19 pandemic and its negative economic impacts have changed
Austrian Post's priorities for 2020. In addition to economic challenges, the
task at hand is to continue safeguarding the safety and health of the company's
employees as well as to ensure the smooth functioning of its services. As part
of the country's critical infrastructure, these duties are performed even if the
obligation to provide postal services is not fulfilled on a cost-covering basis
and additional costs arise from regulations and crisis measures. Revenues and
earnings are therefore expected to be impacted in 2020.

Overall, a decline in revenues is expected in the Mail Division during the
course of the year. Depending on the duration and economic repercussions of the
pandemic, this decline could be in the high single-digit range. The basic
assumption made by Austrian Post is a structural volume decline in the range of
about 5 % p.a. as a consequence of the electronic substitution of letter mail.
This decline may intensify during the lockdown phase and in the now foreseeable
economically weak quarters. On the other hand, the product and rate adjustments
implemented as of 1 April 2020 should have a positive effect.

Clearly negative COVID-19 effects include a decline in Direct Mail revenue, as
has already been noticeable since mid of March 2020. As a result of government-
imposed store closures, about 50 % of Direct Mail items are strongly impacted in
this time. The loss in revenue during the lockdown is in the range of about EUR
4m per week. It is difficult to predict how the advertising market will develop
when stores are gradually opened. Economic forecasts assume a slow acceleration
of the economy. Many of Austrian Post's customers are affected by the crisis.
For this reason, limited advertising activities are likely.

Revenue growth of about 15 % should be possible in the Parcel & Logistics
Division for 2020 as a whole. Volumes are developing above initial assumptions
in light of the fact that private customer parcels represent the largest
proportion of Austrian Post's parcel shipments. The positive trend driven by
increased online orders (B2C) offsets the negative effects on business parcels
(B2B). The limited international movement of goods also negatively affects
international shipment volumes. In turn, the cooperation with Deutsche Post DHL
Group since August 2019 is expected to positively impact revenue development in
the course of the year.

The new Retail & Bank Division will make its first positive revenue contribution
in 2020. Revenue from branch network services of EUR 80.4m in the 2019 financial
year included service fees from the former banking partner in the amount of EUR
29.3m. bank99, the new bank of Austrian Post, commenced operations on 1 April
2020 in order to attract customers by offering various financial services. The
bank succeeded in gaining more than 20,000 customers in the first six weeks
after the launch. However, Austrian Post does not expect financial services
revenue to be comparable to the level generated in the 2019 financial year.

2020 Group results are still unpredictable

A precise forecast for revenue and earnings in the 2020 financial year is not
possible at the present time due to the currently uncertain economic situation
in many sectors. The further development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting
government measures and especially the way and extent to which the economy
rebounds will all have a direct impact on the company's further business
development in 2020.

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austrian Post's objective is to maintain
revenue development as stable as possible. With respect to earnings, revenue
losses in the high-margin Mail Division cannot be offset by increasing parcel
revenues. Due to the high level of fixed costs in the logistics business, any
decline in revenue has a direct impact on earnings. For this reason, EBIT will
decline in the current financial year as a consequence of direct and indirect
COVID-19 effects. Hence the earnings situation will depend on macroeconomic
developments during the year and the resulting letter mail, direct mail and
parcel volumes as well as the level of financial services generated in the
upcoming quarters.

In the medium-term, the solid balance sheet of Austrian Post with a sound equity
ratio and high level of liquid financial resources will enhance the resilience
of the company. Furthermore, Austrian Post is intensively continuing all
investments and measures designed to increase capacity and to sustainably
enhance efficiency. As in the previous two years, in addition to the regular
maintenance CAPEX of about EUR 70m more than EUR 50m of growth investments are
planned again to be able to continue to guarantee the best quality logistics
network in Austria. Moreover, there is a possibility of expanding or newly
acquiring real estate property for the logistics infrastructure. Against the
backdrop of rising parcel volumes, it is vital to further expand Austrian Post's
outstanding market position in terms of quality and quantity. Targeted
investments and measures should contribute to increase earnings at all divisions
and thus again improve the Group results for 2021.

Annual General Meeting on 17 June 2020

The Annual General Meeting 2020 of Austrian Post will take place as a virtual
Annual General Meeting without the physical presence of the shareholders. This
will be carried out in accordance with the ordinance issued by the Federal
Minister of Justice on the more detailed regulations governing the holding of
meetings under company law without the physical presence of the participants,
and the adoption of resolutions by other means (Corporate Law COVID-19 Ordinance
- COVID-19-GesV). In spite of the strict but understandable governmental
measures, Austrian Post supports stability and consistency, and welcome the
measures aiming to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Management
Board of Austrian Post will propose to the Annual General Meeting scheduled for
17 June 2020 to approve the distribution of a stable dividend in the amount of
EUR 2.08 per share.

Further inquiry note:
Austrian Post
Ingeborg Gratzer
Head of Press Relations & 
Internal Communications
Tel.: +43 (0) 57767-32010
ingeborg.gratzer@post.at

Harald Hagenauer
Head of Investor Relations, 
Group Internal Auditing & Compliance
Tel.: +43 (0) 57767-30400
harald.hagenauer@post.at

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