Software AG Publishes Q3 Financial Figures and Confirms 2016 Outlook

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  • Increased Q3 operating profit margin (Non-IFRS) on annual high at 33.7 percent 
  • 9-month cash flow hits new record
  • One-time charge due to lawsuit in the US burdens earnings in Q3
  • Significant expansion of strategic partnerships and customer base
  • Digital Business Platform (DBP): Growth-driving Internet of Things (IoT) co-innovation
  • Adabas & Natural (A&N): On target after strong H1
  • Consulting segment result up 16 percent in Q3
  • Start into the new quarter: Successful DBP license closings worth €7.2 million from delayed Q3 deals (until 11 October 2016)
  • Outlook confirmed for 2016 fiscal year
Please note: All revenue-related percentages are at constant currency and include all Software AG sales activities until the date of publication (pro-forma)

Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced its preliminary financial figures (IFRS, preliminary) for the third quarter of 2016. Once again, Software AG successfully improved the market relevance of its largest business line, the Digital Business Platform (DBP). New strategic partnerships with companies have significantly expanded Software AG’s customer base in the high-growth Internet of Things (IoT) market. Due to the short-term slippage of substantial strategic deals from the third quarter into the first days of the fourth quarter, these deals will be included into the sales success (sales performance pro forma). Taking into account these strategic partnerships and current business transactions until 11 October 2016, total revenue for the DBP segment was up by 7 percent compared to last year’s figure for the same period. The Adabas & Natural (A&N) business line developed as expected after an exceptionally strong first half of fiscal 2016. The very high level of customer loyalty drove A&N maintenance revenues up by 1 percent. And, furthermore, as a result of the growing market relevance of the DBP segment, Software AG’s Consulting segment result expanded by 16 percent. The company’s operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) climbed 1.2 percentage points year-on-year to 33.7 percent to an annual high. Software AG’s free cash flow for the first 9 months of the current fiscal year achieved a new record high, up more than 10 percent compared to 2015. Given the growing relevance in key markets, increasing maintenance revenues and a strong project pipeline, Software AG confirms its outlook for fiscal 2016.

Karl-Heinz Streibich, Software AG’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, "IoT and Industry 4.0 are among the strongest growth drivers of the digital economy. The strategic expansion of our customer base has once again enabled us to significantly strengthen our technological leadership—and consequently lay the foundation for further organic growth. This high-growth segment’s promising project pipeline combined with the high degree of loyalty among our existing customers gives us a very optimistic outlook for the future."Arnd Zinnhardt, Software AG’s Chief Financial Officer, added, "The overall picture of our market activities shows an extremely positive trend with regard to revenue and earnings. The highest operating margin of the year and a new nine-month free cash flow record demonstrate Software AG’s rock-solid foundation for the present and the future." 

Business Line Performance

Taking into account all strategic partnerships signed until 11 October, the Digital Business Platform (DBP) posted €109.1 million (IFRS: €101.9 mn. | 2015: €103.2 mn.) in product revenue (licenses + maintenance). This reflects a 7 percent rise. License revenue was up 8 percent year-on-year, totaling €44.7 million (IFRS: €37.5 mn. | 2015: €41.4 mn.) until 11 October. And maintenance revenue amounted to €64.4 million (2015: €61.8 mn.) in the third quarter, an increase of 6 percent year-on-year.

The Adabas & Natural (A&N) business line recorded €39.6 million (2015: €39.2 mn.) in maintenance revenues in the third quarter of 2016, representing 1 percent growth. After an exceptionally strong first half of 2016 with 24 percent growth, as expected A&N license revenue dropped to €9.3 million (2015: €27.5 mn). Total A&N revenue was €49.1 million (2015: €66.9 mn.). This reflects a moderate decline of 5 percent over the course of the year, which is within the anticipated range for fiscal 2016.

The Consulting business line continued to perform very well due to the increased relevance of the DBP portfolio and the growing importance of Software AG’s consulting services for customers. Third-quarter revenue climbed to €47,3 million (2015: €45,8 mn.), which marks a 5 percent improvement. The Consulting line’s profit margin further increased in the third quarter to peak at 17 percent.

Total Revenue and Earnings Performance

Software AG’s total revenue until 11 October of fiscal 2016 was €615.1 million (IFRS: €607.9 mn. | 2015: €615.6 mn.), an increase of 2 percent at constant currency. The company’s product revenue was up 1 percent in the same period reaching €468.7 million (IFRS: €461.5 mn. | 2015: €473.3 mn.).

Taking into account all sales successes until publication, total revenue was €205.5 million (IFRS: €198.3 mn. | 2015: €215.9 mn.). Software AG’s Q3 maintenance revenue accounted for €104.0 million (2015: €101.0 mn.), representing a 4 percent rise compared to the previous year’s figure. The company’s license revenue until 11 October 2016 was down from last year at €54.0 million (IFRS: €46.9 mn. | 2015: €68.9 mn.).

Software AG’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT, IFRS) increased to €50.1 million (2015: €66.8 mn.) in the third quarter. The EBIT was affected by a one-time charge (provisions for lawsuit in the US) in the amount of €5.4 million. Operating earnings (EBITA, non-IFRS) totaled €66.8 million (2015: €70.2 mn.). The operating profit margin increased to 33.7 percent (2015: 32.5 percent) in the third quarter.

Free cash flow in the first nine months of the year reached an all-time high in the history of Software AG, improving by more than 10 percent compared to the same period in 2015.

2016 Outlook

Based on current business development and projections for the fourth quarter, Software AG confirms its outlook, which was raised after the first half of 2016. An operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) between 30.5 and 31.5 percent (status 11 October 2016: 29.9 percent) is expected for fiscal 2016. The full-year forecast for product revenue in the Digital Business Platform (DBP) business line remains unchanged with an anticipated currency-adjusted increase between 5 and 10 percent (status 11 October 2016: +5 percent). Based on expected contract signings in the Adabas & Natural line, Software AG foresees a decline in product revenue between -2 and -6 percent (status 11 October 2016: -5 percent) at constant currency and year-on-year in its database business.

The company will hold a conference call for investors, analysts and media on Friday, 14 October 2016 at 10:00 CEST. Dial in details can be found on the Software AG corporate website under “Investor Relations”. The full set of key figures will be published on October 20, 2016 on Software AG’s corporate website.


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