News Feed Item

Software AG 2012: Largest Business Line (BPE) Outperforms Market with 15.5 Percent License Revenue Growth

Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today released its financial results (IFRS, preliminary) for fiscal year 2012. The company reported €1.05 billion (2011: €1.1 billion) in total group revenue thereby achieving its target for the year. Product revenue (licenses and maintenance) increased 5.7 percent to reach €712.2 million (2011: €673.9 million) in the period under review. Software AG implemented a number of operational and strategic measures in 2012 to set the course for further growth, including intensifying investments by €40 million in sales as well as research and development for the high-growth Business Process Excellence (BPE) division. The implemented growth-generating initiatives began bearing the first fruits during the year. The largest business line achieved a dynamic 15.5 percent growth in license sales. At the same time, the high-margin Enterprise Transaction Systems (ETS) business line developed more solidly than had been projected at the start of 2012. Group EBIT was €248.3 million (2011: €269.2 million) due to targeted investment expenses and lower revenue in the IDS Scheer Consulting (IDSC) line. The company's EBIT margin climbed steadily over the course of the year from 21.5 to 27.2 percent due to better-than-expected ETS performance, continuously increasing BPE license revenues and effective cost management. Software AG plans to make more dedicated investments in the high-growth BPE business and thus lay the foundation for further dynamic growth.

Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG, states, "2012 was a successful year of transformation for Software AG. We consolidated traditional areas of business and strengthened new areas of growth with increased investments. Our financial results, for example our dynamic revenue growth of more than 400 percent with the big data products, are a clear confirmation that we are right on track. Based on these positive experiences, we have developed a new growth strategy with the goal of reaching more than one billion euros in product revenue in the BPE business line in 2018."

Business Line Development

Software AG was able to increase group product revenue by 5.7 percent to €712.2 million (2011: €673.9 million) in fiscal 2012. It represents about 68 percent of total revenue, which was €1.05 billion (2011: €1.1 billion). The distribution of revenue thus shifted in favor of the company's growth-driving, high-margin license and maintenance revenue.

The BPE business line made the largest contribution with product revenue growth of 13.9 percent to total €384.7 million (2011: €337.8 million). License revenue growth reached 15.5 percent. This dynamic growth was propelled by sales of the big data products by Terracotta, a U.S.-based Software AG subsidiary. Revenue from these products more than quadrupled in 2012, totaling €16.5 million (2011: €3.6 million). About 54 percent of total product revenue was attributable to integration and process software or to innovative in-memory/big data solutions. Software AG's revenue is driven primarily by the BPE business line. This trend confirms the forward-looking direction of the company. Software AG set the course for further long-term, dynamic growth with an additional investment of €40 million in sales and marketing as well as in research and development.

The profitable ETS business line surpassed expectations considerably in the period under review. The traditional database business produced fairly stable results year on year with product revenue at €309.6 million (2011: €312.9 million). Total ETS revenue was €375.3 million (2011: €381.3 million) in fiscal 2012, down just 1.6 percent from last year.

Reorganization of the IDSC business line continued in 2012. The focal points were the withdrawal from unprofitable markets and an emphasis on the process side of SAP application consulting —particularly in German-speaking countries. These measures led to a decrease in revenue to €125.1 million (2011: €189.2 million). The sale of North American SAP-related service activities in January 2013 was a successful step forward in the realignment of IDSC.

Earnings Performance

Due to expenses associated with the expansion of sales in order to access new high-growth business areas, intensified investments in research and development, and expenses from the consolidation of the SAP consulting business, EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) was down about 8 percent year on year to €248.3 million (2011: €269.2 million). At the same time, the EBIT margin improved steadily over the course of the year due to stable ETS performance and continuously increasing BPE revenues (Q1 2012: 21.5 percent; Q2 2012: 22.1 percent; Q3 2012: 23.7 percent; Q4 2012: 27.2 percent). With respect to the full fiscal year, the EBIT margin was 23.7 percent (2011: 24.5 percent) and thus in the top half of the forecast range. Net income after taxes totaled €164.7 million (2011: €177.2 million). Based on Software AG's total assets of approximately €1.8 billion as of December 31, 2012, the company's equity ratio was about 60 percent. Software AG reported net liquidity as of December 31, 2012 with a cash surplus (cash less financial liabilities) of €49.6 million.

According to CFO Arnd Zinnhardt, "Our bold investments, which began paying off in part during the year, enabled us to significantly strengthen the operational side of business in 2012. At the same time, our financial discipline allowed us to increase our EBIT margin over the course of the year and further optimize our balance sheet structure. This positions us ideally for further dynamic growth."

Q4 2012

Software AG increased its product revenue by 4.0 percent to €196.8 million (2011: €189.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012. The BPE business line made the largest contribution to growth with a 12.2 percent increase in product revenue year-on-year at €113.7 million (2011: €101.3 million). ETS product revenue performed according to expectations with a slight decline of 4.3 percent to total €78.0 million (€81.5 million). As a result of the previously mentioned revenue reduction in SAP consulting (IDSC), total revenue for the Software AG group was down 5.9 percent year on year to €276.7 million (2011: €294.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012. Due to increased investments and expenses from the IDSC consolidation, fourth-quarter EBIT was €75.4 million (2011: €78.0 million).


As of December 31, 2012 Software AG had 5,419 (2011: 5,535) employees, of which 1,131 (2011: 1,023) worked in Sales and Marketing and 887 (2011: 887) in Research and Development. The total number of employees in Germany was 1,768 (2011: 1,881). The total number of employees working in Darmstadt as of December 31, 2012 was 733 (2011: 719).

Outlook for 2013

Software AG's outlook continues to be positive. For fiscal year 2013, it anticipates BPE product revenue growth between 16 and 22 percent (at constant currency) and a revenue decline in the traditional ETS database business between 4 and 9 percent (at constant currency). In light of the average growth forecast of about 10 percent in the promising BPE market, Software AG plans to gain market share and therefore continues investing in sales and marketing in the current fiscal year.

Through the additional investments in sustainable, dynamic growth for the high-potential BPE business, the BPE revenue contribution will account for about 80 percent of the company’s total revenue in the year 2018. BPE product revenue is expected to reach €1 billion by that time. The company’s early entrance into the future-oriented integration and process software market space as well as the big data market is paying off strategically and thus securing the company's long-term success.


About Software AG

Software AG (FRA: SOW) helps organizations achieve their business objectives faster. The company's big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is ranked as a "leader" in fifteen market categories, fueled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has more than 5,400 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.05 billion in 2012 (IFRS, unaudited). Learn more at www.softwareag.com.

Software AG - Get There Faster

Detailed press information about Software AG including a picture and multimedia database are available at: www.softwareag.com/press

Follow us on Twitter
Find us on Facebook

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Qosmos, the market leader for IP traffic classification and network intelligence technology, has announced that it will launch the Launch L7 Viewer at CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley, being held November 1 – 3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The L7 Viewer is a traffic analysis tool that provides complete visibility of all network traffic that crosses a virtualized infrastructure, up to Layer 7. It facilitates and accelerates common IT tasks such as VM migra...
In the 21st century, security on the Internet has become one of the most important issues. We hear more and more about cyber-attacks on the websites of large corporations, banks and even small businesses. When online we’re concerned not only for our own safety but also our privacy. We have to know that hackers usually start their preparation by investigating the private information of admins – the habits, interests, visited websites and so on. On the other hand, our own security is in danger bec...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
As companies adopt the cloud-to-streamline workflow, deployment hasn’t been very seamless because of IT concerns surrounding security risks. The cloud offers many benefits, but protecting and securing information can be tricky across multiple cloud providers and remains IT’s overall responsibility. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Simon Bain, CEO of SearchYourCloud, will address security compliance issues associated with cloud applications and how document-level encryption is critical for sup...
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, will draw together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cemware will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Use MATLAB functions by just visiting website mathfreeon.com. MATLAB compatible, freely usable, online platform services. As of October 2016, 80,000 users from 180 countries are enjoying our platform service.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. ...
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, will discuss how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team a...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, the leading provider of modern development tools and best practices for Continuous Integration on OpenVMS, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware products and development tools that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Intelligent machines are here. Robots, self-driving cars, drones, bots and many IoT devices are becoming smarter with Machine Learning. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Sudha Jamthe, CEO of IoTDisruptions.com, will discuss the next wave of business disruption at the junction of IoT and AI, impacting many industries and set to change our lives, work and world as we know it.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...