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EANS-Adhoc: Software AG
Weak sales in the US leads to drop in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 (full-year revenue remains stable)


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10.01.2012

• Business Process Excellence (BPE) division: strong growth in Europe offset
lower revenue in the U.S.
• Enterprise Transactions Systems (ETS) division: overall customer reluctance to
invest dampened efforts to offset the expected structural reduction of sales in
Brazil
• Q4 total revenue was about 8 to 10 percent below 2010 (at constant currency
rates)
• Profit after tax in the region of EUR45 to EUR50 million for the quarter is
expected

Darmstadt, Germany, January 10, 2012, Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW), after
an initial consolidation of the revenue and earnings estimates of the
subsidiaries for the fourth quarter 2011, announced total revenues of
approximately EUR290 to EUR295 million (previous year EUR326.7 million). At
constant currency rates, total fourth quarter revenue was about 8 to 10 percent
below the previous year´s figure and fourth quarter license revenue of about
EUR90 to EUR95 million (previous year EUR127.7), about 25 to 27 percent below.

In the fourth quarter, the growth segment BPE (innovative software for process
integration and automation) license revenue, in both DACH and in the EMEA region
increased by about 40 percent. This success was offset by a significant decline
in the U.S., so that the total revenue of the division of EUR145 to EUR148
million remained at the 2010 level, at constant currency rates.

The usual seasonal boost (budget flush) in ETS sales in the fourth quarter did
not materialize. Presumably, the predicted economic slowdown meant that
customers residual budget, in contrast to normal years, was not invested in
capacity expansion. Therefore, the stable ETS revenues in Europe and the
increased ETS revenues in the U.S. did not fully compensate for the expected
structural effects on sales in Brazil (the transfer of local customers to the
direct sale model was completed in 2010). As a result, total ETS revenue in the
fourth quarter of about EUR100 to EUR103 million (previous year EUR133.2
million) did not match the stable development of the first nine months. ETS
product revenue of EUR83 to EUR85 million (previous year EUR115.9) was further
under last year's fourth quarter high value than planned, a quarter also
characterized by exceptionally large contracts.

The lower license revenues are not fully reflected in Group earnings due to the
established company revenue-related compensation schemes. Software AG therefore
expects profit after tax of EUR45 to EUR50 million for the fourth quarter.

For the full year 2011, Software AG achieved a turnover of nearly EUR1.1
billion, the same level as 2010, at constant currency rates. BPE product revenue
(licenses and maintenance) grew by 6 to 7 percent while the ETS division
reported a decline of 9 to 10 percent.

The full-year 2011 profit after tax is expected to be around the same level as
the previous year (EUR175.6 million).


in EUR million      Q4 2011 prel.    Q4 2010  Delta %           Delta % acc
BPE Product Revenue 97 to 100        100.2    0% to -3%         -1% to -2%
ETS Product Revenue 83 to  85        115.9    -27% to -28%      -26% to -27%
Total Revenue       290 to 295       326.7    -10% to -11%      -8% to -10%
Net Income          45 to 50         64.7     -23% to -30%      n/a



Software AG will give further details in a telephone conference call on 10th
January 2012, at 11:00 CET.

Software AG will publish its full earnings on January 24th, 2012.


Further inquiry note:
Frau Antje Drommershausen
Investor Relations Manager
Tel.: +49 6151 92-1899
E-Mail: Antje.Drommershausen@softwareag.com

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issuer:      Software AG
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             D-64297 Darmstadt
phone:       +49 (0)6151 92 1899
FAX:         +49 (0) 6151 92 1933
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