Global Press Releases

Software AG closes fiscal 2017 with record-breaking quarter

  • Digital Business Platform: most successful quarter in company’s history
  • Adabas & Natural: Strong growth in Q4
  • Profitability: Q4 operating profit margin at all-time high
  • Increase in all major operational KPIs: Total revenue, Operating profit & EBIT
  • Accelerated growth in Cloud: Order entry up +110 percent, revenue grows by +66 percent
  • 2018 Outlook: Strong growth in IoT / Cloud expected

Darmstadt, Germany, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Software AG today released its financial results (IFRS, preliminary) for the fourth quarter and 2017 fiscal year. The company reported the most successful quarter in its history for its growth engine Digital Business Platform. Both license and maintenance revenues reached all-time quarterly highs. New strategic IoT partnerships formed in 2017 with global corporations laid the foundation for scalable and dynamic growth. Accordingly, Software AG will report its IoT / Cloud revenues separately starting in 2018. License revenue in the Adabas & Natural database business also demonstrated above average growth in the fourth quarter. Along with a total revenue increase, Software AG was also able to increase profitability. The company’s operating profit margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) set a new record in Q4, climbing 250 basis points to hit 36.7 percent. These results confirm Software AG’s growing relevance in the global IT market and underline the company’s increasing momentum in strategic IoT and Industry 4.0 projects, which lay the foundation for further profitable growth.

Software AG CEO Karl-Heinz Streibich stated: “Thanks to our initiatives in the areas of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, we started seeing initial results and gained increased market share in 2017. We will continue in this direction in 2018 and will extend our market leadership.”

Software AG CFO Arnd Zinnhardt added: “There is enormous growth potential in the global IoT market. This is why we established a new business area on IoT / Cloud. We have built a solid foundation for dynamic, exponential growth, and we are convinced to outperform the market in 2018” 

Fourth-Quarter 2017 Performance (Growth in percentage reported net of currency)
The Digital Business Platform (DBP) business line reported record-breaking results in the fourth quarter. At €144.7 million in revenue, Software AG concluded its most successful quarter in its history in the digital business line. This is an increase of 6 percent year-on-year. License revenue also grew by 6 percent to total €77.8 million. Fourth-quarter maintenance revenue was €66.9 million (2016: €66.3 million), which is also 6 percent higher than last year. At the same time, Software AG succeeded in increasing cloud revenue by 66 percent with order entry up by 110 percent.

The Adabas & Natural (A&N) database line saw 14 percent growth with €74.6 million (2016: €69.5 million) in revenue. This positive development underscores the stability of the business and the loyalty of the A&N customer base. A further stabilizing factor was the company’s “Adabas & Natural 2050+” innovation program which provides support and digital innovations for customers beyond the year 2050. With this program, Software AG is contributing, in the long term, to protecting its customers' investments and actively modernizing their IT landscapes.

Revenue in the Consulting business line totaled €49.2 million (2016: €50,0 million) in Q4, at the previous year's level.

In the same reporting period, total revenue grew 7 percent to €268.4 million (2016: €263.9 million). Software AG’s license revenue was also up in the fourth quarter, showing 14 percent growth at €115.3 million (2016: €107.5 million). At €103.7 million, maintenance revenue was up 2 percent year-on-year.

Fiscal 2017 performance (Growth in percentage reported net of currency)
Software AG’s Digital Business Platform business line delivered a strong performance in fiscal 2017 with 5 percent growth to €455.4 million (2016: €441.4 million). Fiscal 2017 revenue for the Adabas & Natural (A&N) database business was at the mid forecast range at €223.7 million (2016: €234.6 million). The Consulting business segment revenue also performed well, growing 2 percent to €199.9 million (2016: €195.9 million).

At €879.0 million (2016: €871.8 million), Software AG’s total revenue was up a slight 2 percent year-on-year. Maintenance revenue grew by 3 percent year-on-year. License revenue for the fiscal year reached last year’s level totaling €256.7 million (2016: €263.0 million).

Earnings performance
EBITA (non-IFRS) improved by 3 percent totaling €279.5 million (2016: €272.0 million) in fiscal 2017. The company’s operating profit margin rose accordingly by 60 basis points to 31.8 percent (2016: 31.2 percent) and marked a new record in the company’s history. This operating margin is in the upper half of Software AG’s forecast range, which had been raised during the year. EBIT (IFRS) was up by 4 percent to €222.8 million (2016: €213.9 million) in 2017.

Free cash flow totaled €161,9 million (2016: €187.0 million) in fiscal 2017, which reflects 18 percent of total revenue.

Employees
As of December 31, 2017 Software AG had 4,596 (2016: 4,471) employees worldwide (full-time equivalents). Of that total, 1,935 (2016: 1,914) worked in Consulting and Services, 862 (2016: 842) in Sales and Marketing, 1,176 (2016: 1,110) in Research and Development and 623 (2016: 605) in Administration.

2018 Outlook
Based on its 2017 financial results and its current business performance, Software AG expects revenue growth in 2018 in the Digital Business Platform, excluding IoT/Cloud, of between +3 and +7 percent net of currency. Based on the high demand for Software AG solutions in the IoT and Industry 4.0 markets in particular, Software AG anticipates IoT/Cloud revenue to increase by +70 to +100 net of currency. The company foresees revenue development in the Adabas & Natural business line of between -2 and -6 percent net of currency. Additionally, Software AG expects an operating earnings margin (EBITA, non-IFRS) between 30 and 32 percent as well as an earnings per share (EPS, non-IFRS) improvement of between +5 and +15 percent for fiscal 2018.

FY 2018 Outlook

 

 

 

 

Current                 reporting

FY 2017

(in €m)

New                      reporting

FY 2017

(in €m)


FY Outlook 2018
(as of January 25, 2018)

Digital Business Platform

455.4

455.4

N/A

      DBP excl. IoT / Cloud

N/A

440.5

+3% to +7%*

      IoT / Cloud

N/A

14.9

+70% to +100%*

Adabas & Natural

223.7

223.7

-6% to -2%*

Operating Margin Group

(EBITA non-IFRS)**

31.8%

31.8%

30% to 32%

Earnings per share

(EPS non-IFRS)***

€2.38

€2.38

+5% to +15%

* Net of currency
** Adjusted for non-operating items (see non-IFRS earnings results)
*** Weighted average shares outstanding (basic/IAS 33.19) FY 2017: 74.6m / FY 2018: 74.0m; based on new US-Federal-Tax and Euro/US-Dollar exchange rate of 1/1.18 

 
A conference call for financial analysts, investors and media representatives will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. CEST (8:30 a.m. GMT). Local dial-in numbers for Germany: +49 69 566 03 7000; UK: +44 203 059 5869; USA: +1 760 294 1674. The webcast presentation will be available from 7:00 a.m. CEST at www.SoftwareAG.com/investors.
 

Key Group Figures


4th quarter of 2017 (IFRS, unaudited) – figures as of Jan. 25, 2018

in € millions(unless otherwise stated)

Q4/2017

Q4/2016

ras %

ras % noc*

Revenue

268.4

263.9

+2

+7

DBP business line

144.7

144.4

0

+6

    DBP licenses

77.8

78.1

0

+6

    DBP maintenance

66.9

66.3

+1

+6

A&N business line

74.6

69.5

+7

+14

    A&N licenses

37.6

29.4

+28

+37

    A&N maintenance

36.8

39.9

-8

-3

Consulting business line

49.2

50.0

-2

+1

EBIT (IFRS)

82.7

75.1

+10

 

EBITA (non-IFRS)

98.4

90.2

+9

 

as % of revenue

36.7%

34.2%

 

 

Net income (non-IFRS)

56.7

61.1

-7

 

Earnings per share (non-IFRS)**

€0.77

€0.80

-4

 

Free cash flow

40.6

41.6

-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

*        noc = Net of currency
**       Based on weighted average shares outstanding (basic) Q4 2017: 74.0m / Q4 2016: 76.2m



Fiscal 2017 (IFRS, unaudited) – figures as of Jan. 25, 2018

in € millions(unless otherwise stated)

2017

2016

ras %

ras % noc*

Revenue

879.0

871.8

+1

+2

DBP business line

455.4

441.4

+3

+5

    DBP licenses

186.9

186.3

0

+3

    DBP maintenance

268.5

255.1

+5

+6

A&N business line

223.7

234.6

-5

-4

    A&N licenses

69.9

76.8

-9

-6

    A&N maintenance

153.1

157.1

-3

-3

Consulting business line

199.9

195.9

+2

+2

EBIT (IFRS)

222.8

213.9

+4

 

EBITA (non-IFRS)

279.5

272.0

+3

 

  as % of revenue

31.8%

31.2%

 

 

Net income (non-IFRS)

177.3

180.4

-2

 

Earnings per share (non-IFRS)**

€2.38

€2.37

0

 

Free cash flow

161.9

187.0

-13

 

 

 

 

 

*        noc = Net of currency
**       Based on weighted average shares outstanding (basic) FY 2017: 74.6m / FY 2016: 76.2m

About Software AG
Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) helps companies with their digital transformation. With Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, companies can better interact with their customers and bring them on new ‘digital’ journeys, promote unique value propositions, and create new business opportunities. In the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Software AG enables enterprises to integrate, connect and manage IoT components as well as analyze data and predict future events based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Digital Business Platform is built on decades of uncompromising software development, IT experience and technological leadership. Software AG has more than 4,500 employees, is active in 70 countries and had revenues of €879 million in 2017.

Software AG | Uhlandstraße 12 | 64297 Darmstadt | Germany

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

Follow us on Twitter: Software AG Global

Contact

Software AG

Byung-Hun Park

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Uhlandstr. 12

64297 Darmstadt

Germany

Phone: +49-6151-92-2070

Mobile: +49-151-64-911-317

Byung-Hun.Park@softwareag.com

http://www.softwareag.com

Support login