The second half of 2021 has started – and Messe Frankfurt is waiting for the go-ahead from the politicians. "At present we are assuming that we can stage events in Frankfurt as planned", said trade fair boss Wolfgang Marzin at the corporate annual press conference on June 28, 2021. The company sees itself well prepared to get fully started again in all areas in 2022 and is aiming for sales of over 500 million euros – thus almost doubling group sales for the financial year.
They amounted to approximately 257 million euros in 2020 (2019: approximately 736 million euros). And with a consolidated net loss of around 122 million euros, the result is far removed from the consolidated net profits of previous years (2019: approx. 50 million euros). The current financial year will also see a decline in all the group's financial performance indicators. The Frankfurt exhibition organisers do not see themselves reaching pre-corona pandemic sales levels until 2023.
„Messe Frankfurt will be one of the top players in the international trade fair sector.“
However, Peter Feldmann, chairman of the Messe Frankfurt supervisory board and mayor of Frankfurt, firmly believes "that once the pandemic has passed, Messe Frankfurt will be one of the top players in the international trade fair sector" – the pandemic situation and restrictions imposed by local authorities permitting.