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SAP Announces 2012 First Quarter Results

  • 9th Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Growth in Non-IFRS Software and Software-Related Service Revenue
  • First Quarter 2012 Non-IFRS Software and Software-Related Service Revenue Increased 12% to €2.63 Billion (10% at Constant Currencies)
  • First Quarter 2012 Software Revenue Increased 4% to €637 Million (1% at Constant Currencies)
  • First Quarter 2012 Non-IFRS Operating Profit Increased 7% to €834 Million (3% at Constant Currencies)
  • First Quarter 2012 Non-IFRS Earnings Per Share Increased 11% to €0.49
  • Free Cash Flow Up 35% to €2 Billion
  • Strong Growth for Key Innovations: SAP HANA and Mobile €49 Million, Accelerating Momentum in Cloud Business With 69% Growth From New Business in Billings for SuccessFactors Stand-Alone

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SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

“We reported our ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue, with a strong contribution from SuccessFactors to our cloud business,” said Werner Brandt, CFO of SAP. “Free cash flow was very strong in the first quarter, increasing by 35% to €2 billion. This enabled us to return to positive net liquidity faster than expected.”

“We see strong momentum for our flagship in-memory platform SAP HANA, our cloud and mobile solutions, and our core applications and analytics products,” said Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEOs, SAP. “Customers are embracing our high speed of innovation and the ability to orchestrate solutions across our entire portfolio. SAP continues to help companies run like never before – helping to solve fundamental business challenges with unmatched industry expertise. We’re confident that we’ll deliver on our business outlook for Q2 and the full year.”

FINANCIAL RESULTS IN DETAIL

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS – First Quarter 2012

First Quarter 20121)

 

IFRS

 

 

Non-IFRS2)

 

 

 

€ million, unless otherwise stated

Q1 2012

Q1 2011

%
change

Q1 2012

Q1 2011

%
change

% change
const. curr.3)

Software

637

615

4

637

615

4

1

Support

1,953

1,708

14

1,954

1,725

13

11

Cloud subscriptions and support

29

4

625

35

4

775

725

Software and software-related service revenue

2,619

2,327

13

2,626

2,344

12

10

Total revenue

3,350

3,024

11

3,357

3,041

10

8

Total operating expenses

−2,719

−2,427

12

−2,523

−2,262

12

10

- thereof TomorrowNow litigation

7

−2

<-100

0

0

0

 

Operating profit

631

597

6

834

779

7

3

Operating margin (%)

18.8

19.7

−0.9pp

24.8

25.6

−0.8pp

−1.1pp

Profit after tax

444

403

10

583

528

10

 

Basic earnings per share (€)

0.37

0.34

9

0.49

0.44

11

 

Number of employees (FTE)

59,420

53,872

10

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

1) All figures are preliminary and unaudited.

2) Adjustments in the revenue line items are for the revenue that would have been recognized had the acquired entities remained stand-alone entities but that SAP is not permitted to recognize as revenue under IFRS as a result of business combination accounting rules. Adjustments in the operating expense line items are for acquisition-related charges, share-based compensation expenses, restructuring and discontinued activities.
3) Constant currency revenue and operating profit figures are calculated by translating revenue and operating profit of the current period using the average exchange rates from the previous year's respective period instead of the current period. Constant currency period-over-period changes are calculated by comparing the current year's non-IFRS constant currency numbers with the non-IFRS numbers of the previous year's respective period.

Revenue – First Quarter 2012


IFRS software revenue was €637 million (2011: €615 million), an increase of 4% (1% at constant currencies).

IFRS software and software-related service revenue was €2.62 billion (2011: €2.33 billion), an increase of 13%. Non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue was €2.63 billion (2011: €2.34 billion), an increase of 12% (10% at constant currencies).

IFRS total revenue was €3.35 billion (2011: €3.02 billion), an increase of 11%. Non-IFRS total revenue was €3.36 billion (2011: €3.04 billion), an increase of 10% (8% at constant currencies).

First quarter 2012 non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue and total revenue exclude a deferred revenue write-down from acquisitions of €7 million (2011: €17 million).

 

Profit – First Quarter 2012


IFRS operating profit was €631 million (2011: €597 million), an increase of 6%. Non-IFRS operating profit was €834 million (2011: €779 million), an increase of 7% (3% at constant currencies).

IFRS operating margin was 18.8% (2011: 19.7%), a decrease of 0.9 percentage points. Non-IFRS operating margin was 24.8% (2011: 25.6%), or 24.5% at constant currencies, a decrease of 0.8 percentage points (a decrease of 1.1 percentage points at constant currencies).

IFRS profit after tax was €444 million (2011: €403 million), an increase of 10%. Non-IFRS profit after tax was €583 million (2011: €528 million), an increase of 10%. IFRS basic earnings per share was €0.37 (2011: €0.34), an increase of 9%. Non-IFRS basic earnings per share was €0.49 (2011: €0.44), an increase of 11%.

The IFRS and non-IFRS effective tax rates in the first quarter of 2012 were 26.9% (2011: 30.9%) and 28.1% (2011: 31.0%), respectively.

First quarter 2012 non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue and non-IFRS operating profit excludes a deferred revenue write-down from acquisitions of €7 million (2011: €17 million). Non-IFRS operating profit additionally excludes acquisition-related charges of €120 million, profit from discontinued activities of €7 million, share-based compensation expenses of €83 million and restructuring expenses of €0 million (2011: €112 million, expenses of €2 million, €52 million and €0 million). First quarter 2012 non-IFRS profit after tax and non-IFRS basic earnings per share exclude a deferred revenue write-down from acquisitions of €5 million, acquisition-related charges of €79 million, profit from discontinued activities of €4 million, share-based compensation expenses of €59 million and restructuring expenses of €0 million (2011: €11 million, €76 million, expenses of €1 million, €37 million and €0 million) net of tax.

 

Cash Flow – First Quarter 2012


Operating cash flow was €2.07 billion (2011: €1.59 billion), an increase of 30%. Free cash flow was €1.96 billion (2011: €1.45 billion), an increase of 35%. Free cash flow was 58% of total revenue (2011: 48%). At March 31, 2012, SAP had a total group liquidity of €5.18 billion (December 31, 2011: €5.60 billion), which includes cash and cash equivalents and short term investments. Net liquidity at March 31, 2012 was €845 million compared to €1.64 billion at December 31, 2011. This decrease in net liquidity was mainly due to the acquisition of SuccessFactors and was partially offset by increased operating cash flow in the first quarter 2012.

 

SuccessFactors


On February 16, 2012, The Company announced the successful closing of its cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of SuccessFactors, Inc.

On a stand-alone basis, SuccessFactors achieved a 69% increase in its 12 month billings from new business in the first quarter (compared to their first quarter 2011). SAP’s strong combination with SuccessFactors is allowing the Company to accelerate its strategy to become the leading cloud provider. SuccessFactors’ solutions are highly complementary to SAP’s core HCM offerings as well as SAP’s strong cloud assets: SAP Business ByDesign for the suite cloud market and SAP’s line of business cloud offerings for large enterprises such as SAP Sales on Demand.

 

Business Outlook


SAP reiterates the following outlook for the full-year 2012:

The Company expects full-year 2012 non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue to increase in a range of 10% – 12% at constant currencies (2011: €11.35 billion). This includes a contribution of up to 2 percentage points from SuccessFactors’ business.

The Company expects full-year 2012 non-IFRS operating profit to be in a range of €5.05 billion – €5.25 billion at constant currencies (2011: €4.71 billion). Full-year 2012 non-IFRS operating profit excluding SuccessFactors is expected to be in a similar range.

The Company projects a full-year 2012 IFRS effective tax rate of 26.5% – 27.5% (2011: 27.9%) and a non-IFRS effective tax rate of 27.0% – 28.0% (2011: 26.6%).

 

In addition to the full-year outlook, SAP is providing the following outlook for the second quarter 2012:

The Company expects second quarter 2012 software revenue to increase in a range of 15% – 20% at constant currencies (2011: €838 million).

The Company expects second quarter 2012 non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue to increase in a range of 14% – 16% at constant currencies (2011: €2.59 billion).

 

Major Customer Wins


In the first quarter of 2012, SAP closed the following major contracts.

EMEA
EADS N.V., GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA, Kenya Ports Authority, Prada S.p.A., RAK Ceramics, RAYNET SNC

Americas
BJ’s Wholesale Club, Boston Scientific Corporation, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Nutrisystem, Inc., Petroleos del Peru S.A.

Asia Pacific Japan
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd., Hyosung Corporation, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad

HANA
Banco Compartamos, S.A., Integrated Utility Holding, Joeone Company Limited, United Breweries Ltd.

Cloud
CEVA Logistics, LRS Lufthansa Revenue Services GmbH, Optimal, Rio Tinto, Sobeys, Stulz Air Technology Inc.

 

Additional Information


First quarter 2012 revenue, profit and cash flow figures include the revenue, profits and cash flows from SuccessFactors starting on February 21, 2012. For the prior-year period those numbers were not included.

TomorrowNow litigation update: Late last year Oracle filed a motion seeking an early appeal from the ruling vacating the jury’s damages award. The early appeal was denied by the judge on January 6, 2012, and Oracle had the choice to accept the reduced damages of $272 million or seek a new trial to determine damages. Oracle elected to proceed with a new trial. The new trial date is currently scheduled for June 18, 2012.

In light of SAP’s strong focus on the cloud market, SAP realigned its income statement to provide additional transparency on cloud-related revenue streams. On February 17, 2012, SAP published a Webmessage discussing this change. For more details see More Transparency On Cloud Revenue: SAP Realigns Its Income Statement (Webmessage) online.

Additionally, SAP has provided estimates of the projected differences between its 2012 non-IFRS measures and the comparable IFRS measures, and widened the range of revenues for which acquisition-related deferred revenue write-downs are adjusted in determining SAP’s non-IFRS revenue and profit numbers. On March 23, 2012, SAP published a Webmessage discussing this change. For more details see SAP`s Non-IFRS financial measures: 2012 estimates of the differences between IFRS and Non-IFRS (Webmessage) online.

For a more detailed description of all of SAP’s non-IFRS adjustments and their limitations as well as our constant currency and free cash flow figures see Explanation of Non-IFRS Measures online.

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First Quarter 2012 Interim Report
SAP’s first quarter 2012 Interim Report was published today and is available for download at www.sap.com/investor. The interim report includes an update on SAP’s sustainability performance.

Webcast
SAP senior management will host a conference call for financial analysts and media on Wednesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM (CEST) / 1:00 PM (GMT) / 8:00 AM (EDT) / 5:00 AM (PDT). The conference call will be web cast live on the Company’s website at www.sap.com/investor and will be available for replay.

2011 Annual Report
SAP’s 2011 Annual Report was published on March 23, 2012, and is available for download at www.sap.com/investor.

About SAP
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