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EANS-News: Software AG
Software AG's first quarter financial results confirm
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The issuer/originator is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-month report Darmstadt (euro adhoc) - Software AG's first quarter financial results confirm expectations - Business Process Excellence (BPE) total revenue of EUR124.3 million sets new record high for a first quarter - BPE growth was driven by a continued strong performance in Europe - Enterprise Transaction Systems (ETS) with total revenue of EUR94.4 million performed better than anticipated - Maintenance revenue at all-time quarterly high of EUR96.3 million - Free cash flow up by 20 percent - Full-year guidance for 2012 unchanged Darmstadt, Germany, April 27, 2012 - Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) reported record first quarter Business Process Excellence (BPE) revenue of EUR124.3 million (EUR123.9 million in 2011). This growth was primarily driven by very strong performances in Europe and the introduction of new products. Enterprise Transaction Systems (ETS), performed better than expected, with total revenue of EUR94.4 million. The company's software product business (license and maintenance) reported total revenue of EUR161.5 million close to the outstanding performance of Q1, 2011. Total maintenance revenue reached an all time high for a quarter of EUR96.3 million. Despite higher spending on R&D, Sales and Marketing, the EBIT margin reached 21.5% and free cash flow was increased by 20%. The company confirmed its guidance for the full year 2012, published in January of this year. "The sustained success of the Business Process Excellence division in Europe once again demonstrates the strength of both our product portfolio and our new go-to-market strategy, a strategy that we are now rolling-out globally", said Software AG CEO, Karl-Heinz Streibich. The first quarter has laid the basis for the full fiscal year The Business Process Excellence division showed the same development as in the second half of 2011 with strong growth in DACH and EMEA. It is expected that this positive development will also be seen in the USA in the second half of the year. The first quarter 2012 showed a 1.5 percent increase in BPE product revenue to EUR80.6 million exceeding the extraordinary first quarter of 2011 by EUR1.2 million. Total business division revenue of EUR124.3 million is a record high for a first quarter. During the quarter under review, the Enterprise Transaction Systems performed better than anticipated. Product revenue of EUR76.3 million, services of EUR17.8 million and total revenue of EUR94.4 million have laid the basis for a full-year performance within the guided corridor. The IDS Scheer Consulting division reported sales of EUR35.8 million. The withdrawal from unprofitable markets such as China and Russia and the general focus on profitable projects resulted in a reduction of revenue. As previously announced, Software AG has conducted a review of strategic options for the further development of the global IDS Scheer Consulting business. The company has decided to develop the IDS Scheer Consulting business as an independent operating company with an innovative partner management structure. Software AG is therefore focusing on continuity and the stability of customer relationships to generate growth. Operating results Software AG significantly increased BPE business line investment (+EUR7 million) in R&D, Marketing and Sales in the first quarter of 2012 laying the basis for accelerated global growth with new products. The company also further optimized administrative costs and therefore achieved an EBIT margin of 21.5 percent and an EBIT of EUR54.8 million (EUR60.2 in Q1, 2011). Net income in the quarter under review was EUR35.9 million (2011: 40.0 million) and earnings per share EUR0.41 (2011: EUR0.47). Free cash flow increased by 20 percent to EUR59.1 million and net debt was significantly reduced by over EUR100 million over the past twelve months to almost zero. "We have invested substantially in R&D, Sales and Marketing laying the basis for accelerated growth of our BPE business in the second half of this year; but we have also maintained a high EBIT margin and increased the free cash flow significantly", said Software AG CFO, Arnd Zinnhardt. Annual Shareholders' Meeting, May 4, 2011 A total dividend payout of EUR39.9 million or EUR0.46 per share (2011: EUR0.43) for fiscal year 2011 will be proposed by Software AG's Executive and Supervisory Boards at the shareholders' meeting on May 4, 2011. Outlook The financial results of Q1, 2012 have laid the basis for the successful development of the core business and for achieving the full year targets for fiscal 2012. Therefore the company affirms the forecast for the full year 2012, published in January, with growth of 5 to 15 percent in the BPE division and corresponding group revenue in the range of +/- 3 percent, both in comparison to 2011 (at constant currency). Software AG expects an EBIT margin of 23.0 to 24.5 percent for the current fiscal year. ### About Software AG Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods. We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. Our industry- leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services. Software AG had revenues of EUR1.1 billion in 2011 (IFRS, unaudited) and has more than 5,500 employees serving about 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). 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