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ebookers.com Announces Record Q1 2000 Results Consolidated Sales in Q1 Greater Than Whole of 1999 - 170% Growth

LONDON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ebookers.com (Nasdaq: EBKR) (Neuer Markt: eb6), Europe's No. 1 online travel specialist, today announces financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2000.

Financial Highlights:

-- Consolidated Q1 2000 sales increased over 10 times compared to Q1 1999 to $24.9m (Q4 1999: $2.4m)
-- Consolidated Q1 sales 65% above estimated market expectations of $15m
-- Cash balance at 31st March 2000 at more than $32m
-- Loss per share excluding stock compensation costs was 59 cents compared to estimated expectations of 82 cents

Business Highlights:

Exclusive, 2 year agreement, as a primary and preferred travel partner across AOL Europe

European acquisition programme is near completion; presence in 10 countries

Relationships with 100 airlines to sell negotiated and published airfares, up from 72

Agreements signed to form innovative partnerships with Egg.com, Chelsea FC, Paris St Germain FC, E.piphany and Sportal


Visits increased from 708,000 in January 2000 to 1,580,000 in March 2000.
Commenting on the announcement, Dinesh Dhamija, CEO of ebookers.com said:

"Following an incredibly active first quarter in terms of growing the business and brand recognition across Europe, it is encouraging that our revenues have increased by more than the market had anticipated, consolidating our position as the clear leader in the European online travel market, with a presence in 10 countries."

About ebookers.com

ebookers.com plc is a leading online European travel agency offering complete one-stop, online shopping with a host of travel products and services, including negotiated discount airfares with 100 major airlines, and discounts with over 14,000 hotels worldwide. ebookers.com is the technology and travel spin-off from Flightbookers plc, the London based travel agency which in 1996 became the first travel company to establish an interactive website in the UK. The ebookers.com group also established the first interactive travel websites in France and Finland. The company was established as a separate internet company in June 1999. ebookers.com currently operates in the following ten countries: France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands and the UK. The company completed its initial public offering in November 1999 listing on the Nasdaq (EBKR) and the Neuer Markt (eb6).

Forward Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the company's ability to identify, acquire and integrate its potential subsidiaries across Europe, its ability to significantly increase its online revenues and sales volumes, to maintain and develop relationships with travel suppliers and strategic partners and to attract and retain customers, potential adverse changes in its gross mark up or in commission rates, unforeseen events affecting the travel industry, the impact of year 2000 issues, and the company's dependence on its ability to establish its brand. These and other risk factors are described in detail in the company's Prospectus dated 11 November 1999, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, USA and the German Prospectus dated 11 November 1999, filed with the Neuer Market, of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Germany.

                     ebookers.com Plc and Subsidiaries
               Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

                   Comparison of Quarter to 31 March 2000
                    Against Quarter to 31 December 1999

                     USD $           USD $      GBP in pounds   GBP in pounds
                     000's           000's         000's          000's
                   Quarter         Quarter        Quarter        Quarter
                  31 Mar 2000   31 Dec 1999    31 Mar 2000    31 Dec 1999

   Sales               24,870         9,282         15,483          5,742
   % Change                                            170%

   Gross profit
     excluding gross
     profit from sales
     by Ireland
     customer
     centre to
     Flightbookers Plc   3,025        1,108         1,883            685
   Gross profit %
     excluding sales
     to Flightbookers
     Plc                  12.2%        11.9%         12.2%          11.9%

   Total gross
     profit              3,025        1,063         1,883            658

   Operating expenses:
   Marketing and sales   8,738        2,393         5,440          1,480
   Product technology &
     development           885          497           551            307
   General and
     administrative      3,266        1,643         2,033          1,017
   Depreciation and
     amortization          953          105           594             65
   Total operating
     expenses excl.
     stock
     compensation       13,842        4,638         8,618          2,869

   Operating profit
     /(loss) excluding
     stock
     compensation      (10,817)      (3,575)       (6,735)        (2,211)
    Net Interest and
      other income         757          115           471             71
    Profit / (loss)
      before tax excl
      stock
      compensation     (10,060)      (3,460)       (6,264)        (2,140)


   Number of shares
  weighted average
                     17,069,189   15,494,347    17,069,189     15,494,347

   Profit/(loss)/
     per share excl
     stock
     compensation        (0.59)       (0.22)        (0.37)         (0.14)

   Stock compensation
     expense at grant
     price
     (incl. N.I.)        4,954       12,319         3,084          7,621

   Stock compensation
     expense due to share
     price appreciation
    (inc. N.I.)          7,118           --         4,431             --

   Profit/(loss) before
     tax and dividends
     after stock
     compensation
     expense           (22,132)     (15,779)      (13,779)        (9,761)

   Number of negotiated
     fare tickets
     sold (actual)      61,263       19,798        61,263         19,798

   Total number of
     tickets sold
     (actual)           82,745       25,864        82,745         25,864

   Sales incl.
     published fares
     at gross booking
     value (000s)       30,891       10,851        19,232          6,713

   Exchange rate at
     end of period
     ($ per pound)      1.6063       1.6165


                     ebookers.com Plc and Subsidiaries
               Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
  Comparison of Quarter to 31 March 2000 against quarter to 31 March 1999

                     USD $           USD $      GBP in pounds   GBP in pounds
                     000's           000's         000's          000's
                   Quarter         Quarter        Quarter        Quarter
                  31 Mar 2000   31 Mar 1999    31 Mar 2000    31 Mar 1999

   Sales               24,870         2,430         15,483          1,508
   % Change                                            927%

   Gross profit excluding
     gross profit from sales
     by Ireland customer
     centre to
     Flightbookers Plc   3,025          242          1,883            150
   Gross profit %
     excluding sales
     to Flightbookers
     Plc                  12.2%        11.5%          12.2%          11.5%

   Total gross profit    3,025          577          1,883            358

   Operating expenses:
     Marketing and sales 8,738          371          5,440            230
     Product technology &
       development         885           --            551             --
     General and
       administrative    3,266          226         2,033             140
     Depreciation and
       amortization        953          21            594              13
     Total operating expenses
       excl. stock
       compensation     13,842         618          8,618             383

   Operating profit / (loss)
      excluding stock
      compensation     (10,817)        (41)        (6,735)            (25)
   Net Interest and
     other income          757          10            471               6
   Profit/(loss) before
     tax excl stock
     compensation      (10,060)        (31)        (6,264)            (19)


   Number of shares
     weighted
     average        17,069,189   12,144,711    17,069,189      12,144,711

   Profit / (loss) /
     per share excl
     stock compensation  (0.59)       (0.00)        (0.37)          (0.00)

   Stock compensation
     expense at grant
     price (inc. N.I.)   4,954          824         3,084             512

   Stock compensation
     expense due to
     share price
     appreciation
     (inc. N.I.)         7,118           --         4,431              --

   Profit / (loss)
     before tax and
     dividends after
     stock compensation
     expense           (22,132)        (855)      (13,779)          (531)

   Number of negotiated
     fare tickets sold
     (actual)           61,263        4,097        61,263          4,097

   Total number of tickets
      sold  (actual)    82,745        4,241        82,745          4,241

   Sales incl. published fares
      at gross booking
      value (000s)       30,891       2,499        19,232          1,550

   Exchange rate at end
      of period ($ per
      pound)             1.6063       1.612


SOURCE ebookers.com

CONTACT: Dinesh Dhamija, CEO, or Glenn Trouse, Chief Marketing Officer, +44-207-757-2600, or Jenny Evans, Investor Relations Manager, +44-207-757-2669, all of ebookers.com; or Alex Mackey, +44-7808-581-674, or Richard Sunderland, +44-207-398-0812, both for GCI Focus Group Ltd, +44-207-398-0800; or Emmanuelle Thiney, +1-212-508-9651, or Mac McNeer,



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