Statement about the expected COVID-19 effect on Karnov Group
Karnov Group has - as many other companies - started to get questions about the effects, in any, that the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have on the Company.
In addition, European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) recommends companies to “provide transparency on the actual and potential impacts of COVID-19 … their FY19 year-end report”. At the same time, the Nasdaq Stockholm rules prohibit publishing of non-disclosed information in annual reports of listed companies.
For these reasons Karnov Group wants to provide the following information which will be included in the Company’s 2019 Annual Report which will be published next week:
Risks related to global COVID-19 pandemic
The current COVID-19 pandemic is expected to affect all global markets. Karnov is following the situation on continuously basis. Karnov operates in the legal and tax professional markets in Denmark and Sweden. These markets encompass, among other things, online information database services, printed information sources, legal practice management software and legal training courses. The products and services are generally offered to law firms, tax and accounting firms, corporates in a wide range of industries and the public sector, including courts, libraries, universities and other public authorities and municipalities.
The nature of the market and the products offered in combination with Karnov’s business model with approximately 85% subscription-based revenue Karnov assess that the virus pandemic will have no impact on online revenue on a short-term basis. For the remaining 15% of revenues which is Karnovs non-subscription based offline business, mainly books and sales of legal training courses, it is expected that the virus pandemic will have some effect on a short-term basis. However, the effect is expected to be non-significant which to some extend will be offset by timing during later periods.
For more information, please contact:
Flemming Breinholt, CEO
+45 3374 1202
Dora Brink Clausen, CFO
+ 45 3374 1248
Mats Ödman, Head of IR
+46 70 832 09 33
This information was submitted for publication on 26 March 2020, at 3.00 p.m. CET.
Karnov Group is a leading provider of mission critical information in the areas of legal, tax and accounting, and environmental, health and safety in Denmark and Sweden. With brands such as Karnov, Norstedts Juridik, VJS, Notisum, Legal Cross Border, and Forlaget Andersen, Karnov Group delivers knowledge and insights, enabling more than 60.000 users to make better decisions, faster – every day. With offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Malmö, Karnov Group employs around 240 people. Net sales in 2019 amounted to SEK 757 M. The Karnov share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Mid Cap segment under the ticker “KAR”. For more information, please visit www.karnovgroup.com.