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Koblenz. CompuGroup Medical SE & Co. KGaA (CGM), one of the world's leading e-health providers, successfully progressed the digitization in healthcare during the first three quarters in 2023. CGM supports physicians to enable a fully digital patient journey by providing additional modules to process emergency data sets, electronic medication plan and handling e-health records. Together with the gematik, CGM has supported its customers – doctors, hospitals and pharmacies – in the third quarter to drive the usage of e-Prescriptions for the benefit of patients. And the joint efforts of gematik, CGM and others have created traction: According to gematik, the number of medical institutions issuing e-Prescriptions in Germany per week has more than doubled in the past months to now more than 14 thousand, while the number of redeemed e-Prescriptions has also more than doubled to more than 6.5 million.
Digitization is also gaining momentum in German hospitals. CGM registered a further ramp-up of projects related to the Hospital Future Act for several consecutive quarters. The German governmental initiative for the modernization and digitization of hospitals is a key growth driver in CGM's hospital information systems segment. Also, CGM is increasingly providing clinical rehab customers with connectivity solutions, thereby laying the foundation for further digitization measures.
In addition CGM is planning to further support physicians with the usage of intelligence data tools and driving in-house efficiency by the use of AI-tools. The AI initiative announced in summer to boost the use of artificial intelligence in products and business processes will increase efficiency going forward. The in-house AI tool, based on Azure OpenAI ChatGPT, is now available to all CGM employees, is being used widely across the group. Accordingly, the integration of AI mechanisms into CGM's processes continues.
“We have made further progress in the third quarter in driving digitization in healthcare, especially in Germany. CGM is supporting physicians, hospitals and pharmacies in their daily challenge of coping with limited time per patient and exploding medical knowledge. Data-driven and AI-based solutions are going to change healthcare, and CGM is at the forefront of the development. Using AI will also allow us to grow more efficiently going forward.”, explains Michael Rauch CEO of CompuGroup Medical.
The successful business development is reflected in the financials of the first three quarters in 2023. Group revenues grew by 10 percent year-on-year to EUR 881 million. The quality of revenues, reflected in a recurring revenue share of 68 percent, underlines the strength of CGM's business model. Adjusted EBITDA grew by 18 percent, and free cash flow reached EUR 90 million in the first nine months of the year. With an organic growth of 8 percent compared to the prior year period, CGM is well on track towards the full year ambition and thus confirms its guidance for the financial year 2023.
CGM also strengthened the financing situation in the third quarter by prolonging and extending the available funding considerably. CGM successfully debuted on the international debt capital market in October by issuing Schuldschein volume of EUR 300 million at attractive conditions and with extended maturities. Given the strong earnings and free cash flow profile, the focus is now on deleveraging while at the same time allowing for strategic add-on acquisitions.
Financial key figures can be found in the document linked below.