Interim report January -june

Effnet Group AB (publ) Interim Report January-June 2002 · Sales during the six-month period amounted to SEK 2,499,000 (6,199,000). · Operating loss improved to SEK -27,896,000 (-56,243,000) for the six-month period. The result after financial items improved to SEK - 25,043,000 (-50,866,000), a reduced loss of SEK 25,823,000 compared to the same period last year. · The level of costs and negative cash flow have been significantly lower compared to the same period last year. The average level of costs per month during the six-month period has been reduced to SEK 5,488,000 (10,531,000) and the negative cash flow to SEK 5,576,000 (8,974,000). · Liquid funds at the close of the period totaled SEK 143,729,000, or SEK 2.62 per share. · The number of employees at the end of the period amounted to 29 (70). · The third testing session in the series of compatibility tests between Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens and Effnet was conducted in April. The test results were very positive for Effnet's ROHC products. · In May Wkit Security AB concluded its installation of DBB for Sonopress in Germany. This means that Sonopress now can offer DBB copy protection to its CD-ROM customers. · Effnet has appointed Remium Securities as the new sponsor for its "Nya Marknaden" quotation. Remium will also be a market maker in the Effnet share. · Events after the end of the period · Effnet signed a sales agreement with NEC Corporation concerning licensing of Effnet's Robust Header Compression (ROHC) technology. NEC intends to integrate ROHC into the next generation's Radio Network Controller, (RNC). · Effnet develops and sells embedded software that increases the efficiency, speed and security of IP traffic on fixed and mobile networks to manufacturers of network products. Effnet techniques enable optimal performance for IP packet processing. Effnet's wholly-owned subsidiary, Wkit Security AB is specialized in developing copy protection software. The company has operations in Stockholm, Sweden and Tucson, Arizona. Effnet Group AB is quoted on the New Market in Sweden (symbol: EFFN). More information can be found at www.effnet.com and www.wkit.com. SECOND QUARTER 2002 New agreement in an increasingly active market Immediately after the end of the period, the signing of a licensing agreement with NEC Corporation was announced. NEC intends to integrate Robust Header Compression (ROHC) into the next generation's Radio Network Controller (RNC). The selection of Effnet as a technology supplier is confirmation of Effnet's position at the cutting edge of technological innovation in the field. NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading suppliers of computer and tele-communications products. NEC has more than 140,000 employees and annual sales of approximately USD 40 billion. This spring has been characterized by increased activity on the market and the agreement with NEC is not merely confirmation that Effnet has attractive products to offer. It is also a clear indication that the demand for Effnet's products is on the rise. Both large and mid-sized players appear to be ready to proceed towards next generation technology, where ROHC is necessary. Effnet has a range of completed products in this area and Effnet's continual world-class product research and development means that new competitive products will be launched in accordance with the market's needs. During the second half of the current year, the market for Effnet's products it expected to increase. Effnet's revenue during the first half of the year has definitely not met expectations as the result of unexpectedly weak growth in the telecommuni-cations industry. The goal of attaining a positive monthly return during the last quarter of this year remains due to increased interest and demand for Effnet's products in combination with Effnet's significantly lower costs. Tests as a part of development work During the second quarter, the third in a series of test sessions concerning ROHC solutions was conducted. The tests are taking place in cooperation with Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens. This test session was conducted at Ericsson in Luleå. The two previous test sessions were conducted at Siemens's laboratory in Roke Manor, England and at Effnet in Tucson, Arizona. The tests are being done so the companies will have the opportunity to test their respective solutions against the others' in terms of compatibility. The test results have been positive for Effnet and confirm Effnet's position as a world leader in the field. A more cost-effective organization As a result of the cost savings and efficiency program that was implemented, the level of costs and negative cash flow have been significantly lower than last year. Today, Effnet is a streamlined and cost-effective organization ready to meet an upswing in the market. Despite a significant increase in activity, primarily in sales and marketing, during the year's second quarter, a low level of costs has been preserved. The goal of adjusting costs to short-term revenue stands firm for the future. Average costs, cash flow and operating losses per month for each quarter. Non-recurrent items are not included below (SEK thousand) Operating Costs Cash flow result 4th quarter 2000 -14,968 -12,334 -14,614 1st quarter 2001 -10,444 -9,174 -9,838 2nd quarter 2001 -10,618 -8,775 -8,910 3rd quarter 2001 -10,468 -6,627 -9,862 4th quarter 2001 -7,991 -7,142 -7,252 1st quarter 2002 -5,305 -5,625 -4,435 2nd quarter 2002 -5,672 -5,528 -4,806 [REMOVED GRAPHICS] Effnet's measures to increase efficiency and reduce costs have resulted in a considerably lower level of costs and a significantly lower monthly cash flow. [REMOVED GRAPHICS] The decreasing negative operating loss makes it possible for Effnet to quickly become profitable once sales increase. In all essentials, Effnet is a new company today compared to the same period last year. The last year's changes have resulted in a company with a new focus, a new business plan, a new organization and a range of new products on a new market. New market maker In May Effnet appointed Remium Securities as the new sponsor for its "Nya Marknaden" quotation. Remium Securities will also be a market maker in the Effnet share. FINANCIAL STATEMENT Effnet's sales amounted to SEK 2,499,000 (6,199,000) during the first half of 2002. Revenue has not met expectations but ongoing business negotiations are expected to contribute to increased sales during the remainder of the year. The group's operating result amounted to SEK -27,896,000 (-56,243,000). The result after financial items amounted to SEK -25,043,000 (-50,866,000). Losses have been reduced to less than half compared to the same period last year. Personnel costs during the first half of the year have been reduced to SEK -18,622,000 (-36,985,000). The strong reduction in the number of employees resulted in halving personnel costs compared to the same period last year. Despite increased costs for intensified customer work in Japan and the U.S. among other places, other external costs have also been cut almost in half compared to the same period last year. Total write-downs for the period amounted to SEK -841,000 (-2,114,000) of which goodwill write-downs comprised SEK 0 (-974,000). Research and development The total research and development costs have been reduced because of a focus on the selection of products and the fact that the majority of products have been completed. During the period, the costs amounted to SEK -11,406,000 (-22,017,000), of which SEK 1,369,000 (0) are capitalized in the balance sheet following the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council's (SFASC) recommendation, RR 15, which took effect on January 1, 2002. Financial position Effnet's debt/equity ratio on June 30, 2002 was 92.2 % (96.5 %, at the same time last year). Liquid funds, including current investments, amounted to SEK 143,729,000 (221,141,000), or SEK 2.62 (4.02) per share. Investments Investments in material fixed assets during the period amounted to SEK 59,000 (1,429,000) and comprised primarily computer equipment. Personnel The number of employees at the end of the period totaled 29, down 41 from one year ago (70). The average number of full-time employees during the period was 36 (75), 11 (12) of whom were based in the U.S. Financial Calendar Interim Report July-Sept November 1, 2002 This report has not been examined by the company's auditors. Stockholm, July 31, 2002 Effnet Group AB (publ) Örjan Grinndal Chief Executive Officer For more information, please contact: Örjan Grinndal, Chief Executive Officer +46-(0)8-564 605 50, +46-(0)709-57 53 75 Marika Philipson, Chief Financial Officer +46-(0)8-564 605 50, +46-(0)708-32 44 56 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/07/31/20020731BIT00290/wkr0001.doc The full report http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/07/31/20020731BIT00290/wkr0002.pdf The full report