Software AG plans to continue on its stable growth path despite the present difficult economic climate. Moreover, the planned integration of IDS Scheer AG will create a global manufacturer of infrastructure software and business process management with more than 6,000 employees and revenues of more than €1 billion. The two companies will pursue a joint strategy with a clear focus on growth, driven by increased unit sales of their complementary product offering and IDS Scheer’s specialized consulting business.
Software AG has up to now been forecasting revenue growth of between 4 and 8 percent and an EBIT margin of 24.5 to 25.5 percent. However, these projections will change based on the takeover offer announced on July 13, 2009 for IDS Scheer AG , which is also listed on the TecDax, and the consolidation of IDS Scheer into Software AG , which is expected to take three months. Software AG will announce a new outlook for full-year 2009 upon publication of the figures for the third quarter of 2009.
Software AG expects the combination of the two successful business models to lead to an increase in Software AG ’s operating earnings per share in 2010, the first full year of consolidation.