Software AG

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Software AG expects earnings per share of Euro 0.36 in Q1 2004 (E)

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Darmstadt, April 21, 2004. Software AG, Darmstadt (SOW), posted license sales of Euro 23.3 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (Euro 21.9m in Q1 2003). The increase is attributable to strong growth in licensing of enterprise transaction products, which rose to Euro 17.8 million (Euro 13.6m in Q1 2003). Sales of integration products were lower than in the same period of 2003. Maintenance services generated first-quarter revenues of Euro 44.1 million (Euro 47.3m in Q1 2003), matching the figure for 2003 when adjusted for currency translation effects. Revenues from project services fell in comparison to the corresponding period of 2003, reaching Euro 28.0 million (Euro 33.6m in Q1 2003). When all other revenues are included, the Company posted total revenues of Euro 95.7 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (Euro 103.1m in Q1 2003).

For the first time, Software AG is reporting its results in accordance with IFRS accounting principles. For this reason, key performance indicators for the previous year have been adjusted to allow direct comparison, and sometimes differ from the figures first published in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB).

Software AG expects operating earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of approximately Euro 15 million for the first quarter. When adjusted to IFRS, the equivalent figure for the same period of the previous fiscal was Euro 8 million. Net earnings per share of Euro 0.36 are projected for the first quarter of 2004, in comparison to a net loss, attributable to significant restructuring costs, of Euro -0.36 (according to HGB) for the same period of 2003.

Full and finalized figures will be published on April 27, 2004.

end of announcement            euro adhoc 21.04.2004
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Further inquiry note: Otmar F. Winzig Tel.: +49-6151-92-1669 Investor.relations@softwareag.com

Branche: Software
ISIN:      DE0003304002
WKN:        330400
Index:    CDAX, HDAX, Midcap Market Index, Prime All Share, Prime Standard, TecDAX, Technologie All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade



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