USU Software AG

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USU Software AG generates positive quarterly result (E)

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------- USU Software AG generates positive quarterly result Möglingen, May 19, 2004. USU Software AG generated a return to profitability as early as the first quarter of the 2004 financial year. The structural measures implemented in the previous year resulted in a positive quarterly result of TEUR 119 (PY: TEUR -182) and earnings per share of EUR 0.01 (PY: EUR -0.01). In the 2003 financial year, the company sold loss-making participations and concentrated the Group branches. This resulted is Group personnel levels declining to 195 as of March 31, 2004 (PY: 245 employees). As a result of the measures taken, EBITDA was almost balanced in the reporting period. At TEUR -64 (PY: TEUR -517), there was a considerable improvement against the previous year. In the first three months of the 2004 financial year, EBIT totalled TEUR -228 (PY: TEUR -790). As a result of the structural changes, sales declined to TEUR 4,566 (PY: TEUR 5,607), but were at the upper end of the expected range. Overall, the USU Software Group posted a slight recovery in its core business, with consultancy revenues moving up strongly as a result of the high number of workdays. Because of the reduced level of receivables and liabilities, the balance sheet total declined to TEUR 73,147 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 75,311). At the same time, shareholders’ equity increased slightly, primarily as a result of the positive quarterly result, to TEUR 66,819 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 66,657). The equity ratio moved up to 91.3% (December 31, 2003: 88.5%). At the end of the first quarter in 2004, liquid funds and investments totalled TEUR 47,633 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 47,841). Due to the pleasing development in the first quarter of 2004, the Management Board reiterated its planning for the whole year, with sales between EUR 16.0 million and EUR 18.0 million and net income of between EUR 1.0 million and EUR 1.5 million. end of ad-hoc-announcement ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Issuer´s information and explanatory remarks concerning this ad-hoc-announcement: USU Software AG generates positive quarterly result · Return to profitability achieved · EBITDA almost balanced · Liquidity remains at a high level · Planning for the 2004 financial year confirmed Möglingen, May 19, 2004. USU Software AG generated a return to profitability as early as the first quarter of the 2004 financial year. The structural measures implemented in the previous year resulted in a positive quarterly result of TEUR 119 (PY: TEUR -182) and earnings per share of EUR 0.01 (PY: EUR -0.01). In the 2003 financial year, the company sold loss-making participations and concentrated the Group branches. This resulted is Group personnel levels declining to 195 as of March 31, 2004 (PY: 245 employees). The reduced cost basis is reflected in the lower cost of revenues figure of TEUR 2,714 (PY: TEUR 3,509). At the same time, in the reporting period selling and marketing expenses as well as research and development expenses combined with general and administrative expenses were down to TEUR 2,122 (PY: TEUR 2,883). While research and development expenses remained virtually stable at TEUR 706 (PY: TEUR 766), the result of the cost saving measures made in the previous year particularly impacted the reduction of sales and marketing expenses to TEUR 836 (PY: TEUR 1,419). Contributions made to savings here were primarily the concentration of marketing activities on direct marketing, combined with targeted customer address through individual events. General and administrative expenses declined to TEUR 580 (PY: TEUR 698). As a result of the measures taken, EBITDA was almost balanced in the reporting period. At TEUR -64 (PY: TEUR -517), there was a considerable improvement against the previous year. Including deprecation on tangible and intangible assets of TEUR 164 (PY: 272 TEUR), EBIT totalled TEUR -228 (PY: TEUR -790). As a result of the structural changes, sales declined to TEUR 4,566 (PY: TEUR 5,607), but were at the upper end of the expected range. Overall, the USU Software Group posted a slight recovery in its core business, with consultancy revenues moving up strongly as a result of the high number of workdays. As of March 31, 2004 the company reduced Group trade accounts receivable by TEUR 1,464 to TEUR 2,827 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 4,291). In the same period, accruals and liabilities were again reduced considerably, by TEUR 2,326 to the current figure of TEUR 6,328 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 8,654). As a result of the reinvestment of marketable securities which matured, other investments in current assets increased to TEUR 5,786 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 5,622), while debt securities in non-current assets moved down slightly to TEUR 34,426 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 34,563). At the same time shareholders’ equity increased slightly, primarily as a result of the net income for the period, to TEUR 66,819 from the TEUR 66,657 posted on December 31, 2003. The equity ratio moved up to 91.3% (December 31, 2003: 88.5%). As of March 31, 2004, liquid funds and investments totalled TEUR 47,633 (December 31, 2003: TEUR 47,841). "In the first three months of the current financial year, business has developed very pleasingly at USU Software AG. With a positive quarterly result of sales exceeding EUR 4.5 million, we slightly outperformed our expectations. The strong sales in March made a material contribution, with a higher number of workdays. At the same time, we maintained the capacity utilisation of our consultants at a high level, while achieving progress in the license business. We are confident that this development will continue in the coming quarters. We are retaining our original planning to generate sales between EUR 16.0 million and EUR 18.0 million and net income between EUR 1.0 million and EUR 1.5 million", stated Bernhard Oberschmidt, Chairman of the USU Software AG Management Board. The ad-hoc notification and the related press release can be accessed at http://www.usu-software.com. The detailed Q1 2004 report will be available shortly for downloading at the company’s web site. Contact: USU Software AG Investor Relations Falk Sorge Tel.: + 49 / 71 41 / 48 67 351 Fax: + 49 / 71 41 / 48 67 108 E-mail: f.sorge@usu-software.de USU Software AG Corporate Communications Dr. Thomas Gerick Tel.: + 49 / 71 41 / 48 67 440 Fax: + 49 / 71 41 / 48 67 909 E-mail: t.gerick@usu-software.de end of announcement euro adhoc 19.05.2004 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Further inquiry note: Falk Sorge Tel.: +49 (0)7141 4867 351 E-Mail: f.sorge@usu-software.de Branche: Software ISIN: DE0007804700 WKN: 780470 Index: CDAX, Prime Standard Börsen: Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade Bayerische Börse / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade

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