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Software AG Raises Outlook for Operating Profit Margin Based on Q2 2017 Financial Results

  • Digital business up 8 percent in H1 and up 4 percent in Q2
  • Growth in the maintenance business drives profitability
  • EBIT increases by 11 percent, overproportionately to total revenue
  • Operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) increases by 210 basis points to 29.5 percent
  • Full-year outlook raised: operating profit margin to reach 31.0 to 32.0 percent in 2017
  • 2017 revenue outlook for Digital Business Platform and Adabas & Natural confirmed
  • Strong growth in the Cloud business (order entry up 100 percent in H1)
[All figures are rounded unless otherwise indicated.]

Darmstadt, Germany, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced its financial figures (IFRS, preliminary) for the first half and the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Total revenue rose by 2 percent in the second quarter, while earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) grew overproportionately by 11 percent. The result was mainly driven by high margin maintenance revenues in the digital business, which grew by 9 percent in the second quarter. The operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) improved significantly and increased by 210 basis points to 29.5 percent (previous year: 27.4 percent). Based on the increased profitability, the company raised the full-year outlook for its operating profit margin to a corridor of 31.0 to 32.0 percent (prior: 30.5 to 31.5 percent). The guidance for Software AG’s digital business line (Digital Business Platform) and for its database business (Adabas & Natural) were reconfirmed. After the first half of 2017 and a positive start into the second half of the year, Software AG remains confident in continuing its successful business development.

“Software AG’s success story is underlined by the positive development in the first half of 2017. We are extending our technological leadership in the areas of the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet. Both our financial figures as well as new strategic partnerships with selected industry giants clearly proof that Software AG’s global relevance in the IoT market is growing rapidly,” Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG, stated.

“Software AG remains one of the most profitable enterprises in the technology industry. Once again we were able to expand our already high margins in all our three business lines. Regarding the second half of the financial year, we remain very confident in further expanding our profitable growth,” Arnd Zinnhardt, CFO of Software AG, commented.

Business area development in H1/2017
The Digital Business Platform (DBP) business line demonstrated a positive development in the first half of 2017. DBP maintenance revenue improved by 9 percent to €135.6 million (2016: 124.4 million) in the same period. License revenue rose by 5 percent to €74.1 million (2016: €70.6 million). Overall, the DBP business line generated €209.8 million (2016: €195.0 million) in product revenue (licenses + maintenance), an increase of 8 percent in the first six months. This growth underlines the increasing relevance of Software AG in the numerous digitalization projects of renowned globally leading customers. At constant currency, the digital business line grew by 6 percent in the first half of 2017, falling within the outlook corridor.

Software AG’s database business line Adabas & Natural (A&N) generated €100.3 million (2016: €116.0 million) in revenue in the first half of 2017. A&N maintenance revenue remained stable in the first half of the year at €78.9 million (2016: €77.6 million). This development underscores the high loyalty of the A&N customer base and illustrates the long-term importance of Software AG’s database management system for business-critical applications. License revenue reached €21.1 million (2016: €38.0 million). At constant currency, product revenue remains, as expected, below the targeted corridor. Based on the strong pipeline in the second half of the year, the solid maintenance business and the typical seasonality, Software AG remains confident of and reconfirms its A&N targets for the full year.

The Consulting business line increased its revenue to €103.2 million (2016: €98.6 million), up 5 percent. At the same time, the segment margin significantly improved to 12.1 (2016: 6.7) percent. This represents a top performance level within the industry and underscores the successful transformation of the consulting business from a project implementation focus to being a strategic customer partner.

Total revenue and earnings development in H1/2017
Software AG’s total revenue in the first half of fiscal 2017 increased to €413.3 million (2016: €409.6 million). The company’s product revenue (licenses + maintenance) reached last year’s level at €309.8 million (2016: €310.6 million). The maintenance revenue grew by 6 percent to €214.6 million (2016: €202.0 million). The group‘s license revenue totaled €95.2 million (2016: €108.6 million) in the reported period.

Driven by a significant increase in earnings in the second quarter, the Group’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) reached €89.6 million (2016: €88.7 million) in the first half of 2017. Accordingly, the EBIT margin was at 21.7 (2016: 21.7) percent. The operating profit (EBITA, non-IFRS) increased to €117.6 million (2016: €115.0 million). The operating profit margin (non-IFRS) significantly climbed 30 basis points to 28.4 (2016: 28.1) percent.

Outlook for 2017
Based on the increased profitability in the second quarter, the business development in the first half of 2017 and the strong project pipeline for the second half of the year, Software AG raised its 2017 outlook. The company now expects its operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) to reach 31.0 to 32.0 percent (prior: 30.5 to 31.5 percent). The Digital Business Platform (DBP) product revenue is expected to increase between +5 and +10 percent (at constant currency). For the database business Adabas & Natural (A&N), the Group continues to expect a revenue decline between 2 and 6 percent at constant currency.

2017 Outlook

 

 

 

 

FY 2016
(in € millions)

FY 2017 Outlook
(as of June 30, 2017)

H1 2017
(as of June 30, 2017)

Product Revenue
Digital Business Platform

441.4

+5% to +10%*

+6%*

Product Revenue
Adabas & Natural

233.9

-2% to -6%*

-17%*

Operating profit margin
(EBITA, non-IFRS)**

31.2%

31.0% to 32.0%

28.4%

 

 

 

 

*     At constant currency

**    After adjusting for non-operating factors (see non-IFRS results)

A conference call for financial analysts, investors and media representatives will take place on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 9:00 am CEST (8:00 BST). Local dial-in numbers for Germany: +49 69 7104 91462; UK: +44 2030 598 126 and USA: +1 561 771 1427. The webcast presentation will be available from 7:00 am CEST on the company's website at www.SoftwareAG.com/investors. Final Q2 and H1 financial results will be published on July 20, 2017 on Software AG’s corporate website.

Key Figures

Key Figures for First Half 2017 (IFRS, unaudited) –
as of June 30, 2017

in € millions
(unless otherwise stated)

H1 2017

H1 2016

r as %

r as % acc*

Revenue

413.3

409.6

1%

-1%

DBP business line

209.8

195.0

8%

6%

thereof licences

74.1

70.6

5%

3%

thereof maintenance

135.6

124.4

9%

7%

A&N business line

100.3

116.0

-14%

-17%

Consulting business line

103.2

98.6

5%

3%

EBIT (IFRS)

89.6

88.7

1%

 

Operating EBITA (non-IFRS)

117.6

115.0

2%

 

as % of revenue

28.4%

28.1%

 

 

DBP segment earnings

60.6

52.3

16%

15%

Segment margin

28.9%

26.8%

 

 

A&N segment earnings

67.4

79.8

-16%

-20%

Segment margin

67.2%

68.8%

 

 

Net income (non-IFRS)

77.5

75.5

3%

 

Earnings per share (non-IFRS)**

1.03

0.99

4%

 

Employees (FTE)

4,570

4,471

 

 

 

 

 

 

*     acc = at constant currency
**    Based on weighted average shares outstanding (basic) H1 2017: 75.3m / H1 2016: 76.2m
***  Cash flow from investing activities adjusted for acquisitions and investments in debt instruments

 

 

 

Key Figures for Q2 2016 (IFRS, unaudited) –
as of June 30, 2017

in € millions
(unless otherwise stated)

Q2 2017

Q2 2016

r as %

r as % acc*

Revenue

207.4

203.4

2%

1%

DBP business line

104.1

100.5

4%

3%

thereof licences

35.7

38.0

-6%

-7%

thereof maintenance

68.4

62.5

9%

8%

A&N business line

52.3

52.3

0%

-3%

Consulting business line

50.9

50.5

1%

0%

EBIT (IFRS)

48.1

43.3

11%

 

Operating EBITA (non-IFRS)

61.3

55.8

10%

 

as % of revenue

29.5%

27.4%

 

 

DBP segment earnings

30.6

28.6

7%

8%

Segment margin

29.4%

28.5%

 

 

A&N segment earnings

36.4

35.0

4%

0%

Segment margin

69.6%

66.9%

 

 

Net income (non-IFRS)

40.2

36.7

10%

 

Earnings per share (non-IFRS)**

0.54

0.48

13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

*     acc = at constant currency
**    Based on weighted average shares outstanding (basic) Q2 2017: 74.8m / Q2 2016: 76.2m
***  Cash flow from investing activities adjusted for acquisitions and investments in debt instruments

About Software AG

The digital transformation is changing enterprise IT landscapes from inflexible application silos to modern software platform-driven IT architectures which deliver the openness, speed and agility needed to enable the digital real-time enterprise.

Software AG offers the first end-to-end Digital Business Platform, based on open standards, with integration, process management, in-memory data, adaptive application development, real-time analytics and enterprise architecture management as core building blocks. The modular platform allows users to develop the next generation of application systems to build their digital future, today.

With over 45 years of customer-centric innovation, Software AG is ranked as a leader in many innovative and digital technology categories. Software AG has more than 4,500 employees, is active in 70 countries and had revenues of €872 million in 2016.

Learn more at www.softwareag.com.

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