SAP Reports 2002 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

30/01/03 par La Rédaction 0

Full Year Operating Margin Increased Significantly
Full Year Revenues Grew Slightly to €7.4 billion
Company Continues to Gain Market Share
SAP Becomes Number One Business Software Application Vendor in the U.S.1

WALLDORF/FRANKFURTSAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, today announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2002.

For the year 2002, operating income, before charges for stock-based compensation programs and charges for material acquisitions, increased by 15% to €1.7 billion (2001: €1.5 billion). For the year 2002, the operating margin, before stock-based compensation programs and charges for material acquisitions, increased by nearly three percentage points to 22.7% (2001: 20%).

Total revenues for the year 2002 were up 1% to €7.4 billion (2001: €7.3 billion). At constant currency rates, total revenues were up 6%. Product revenues, which include license and maintenance revenues, for the year 2002 were €4.7 billion (2001: €4.7 billion). License revenues for the year 2002 were €2.3 billion (2001: €2.6 billion) and maintenance revenues were €2.4 billion (€2001: 2.1 billion). Consulting and training revenues for the year 2002 were €2.2 billion (2001: €2.1 billion) and €414 million (2001: €466 million), respectively.

Based on license revenues, the Company gained significant market share in 2002. The Company’s worldwide share of the market (consisting of SAP and the five companies mentioned in footnote 2) based on annual license revenues was 50% for 2002. This represented an increase of 9 percentage points compared to the Company’s 41% market share for 2001.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the year 2002 were €1.8 billion (2001: €1.6 billion).

Net income for the year 2002 was €509 million (2001: €581 million), or €1.63 per share (2001: €1.85 per share). Excluding extraordinary gains, charges for material acquisitions, Commerce One impact and other impairment costs of minority investments, net income for the year 2002 increased 21% to €1.0 billion (2001: €851 million), or €3.29 per share (2001: €2.70 per share).

For 2002, the Company generated €1.4 billion of Free Cash Flow (defined as Operating Cash Flow less Capital Expenditure), and at December 31, 2002, the Company had €1.2 billion of liquid assets.

In 2002, the Company repurchased €279 million of stock. The Company expects to repurchase additional shares over the next few months under its buyback program approved at the shareholders’ meeting in May 2002. As in the past, the Company will conduct all of its share repurchases in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, especially in a manner that should not materially impact the share price as stated under German laws.

For the year 2002, revenues in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region increased 7% to €4.1 billion (2001: €3.8 billion). The Company continues to perform well in EMEA despite the tough economic conditions throughout much of the region. The Company was particularly strong in its home market of Germany where revenues increased by 10% for the year 2002 compared to the same period last year. Year 2002 revenues in the Americas region were down 8% to €2.5 billion (2001: €2.7 billion). At constant currency rates, however, revenues in the Americas were up 2%. This was a good performance compared to the Company’s U.S. competitors. Moreover, SAP continued to gain market share in the U.S. and, based on license revenues, the Company has become the number one business software applications vendor in the U.S.1 Revenues in the Asia-Pacific region (APA) for the year 2002 increased 2% to €862 million (2001: €841 million). At constant currency rates, APA revenues increased 9% helped by a strong performance from Japan, where revenues were up 22% at constant currency rates.

“Our success during the tough economic times of 2002 demonstrated our ability to once again lead and gain a competitive advantage in the business software sector. SAP’s success has been powered by our ability to interpret customers’ evolving needs and to leverage technology to provide real business solutions,” said Hasso Plattner, Co-Chairman and CEO of SAP AG. “Our recently announced Enterprise Services Architecture and SAP NetWeaver will allow companies to drive additional business value from existing software investments and reduce total cost of ownership. We believe that SAP NetWeaver will help drive future sales of our business solutions to both existing and new customers.”

“We are pleased with our performance – we executed well despite the unsettled environment,” said Henning Kagermann, Co-Chairman and CEO of SAP AG. “We continued to gain market share in key regions and key solution areas. We improved our profitability through targeted cost management in overhead and third party expenses and created a leaner organization.”

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2002 were down 2% at €2.28 billion (2001: €2.32 billion). At constant currency rates, total revenues for the 2002 fourth quarter increased by 5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2001.

“For the fourth quarter we continued to see the trend toward smaller deal sizes, but with customers making larger, more strategic commitments,” said Mr. Kagermann. “We believe these commitments are the result of our customers’ willingness to engage in a relationship only with a partner they can “trust”, meaning a partner they know can deliver the solutions to meet their mission critical business needs, one with financial stability, one who continues to innovate and one who offers a complete solution combined with strong technology solutions, services and support.”

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2002 was €474 million (2001: €319 million), or €1.52 per share (2001: €1.02 per share). Excluding extraordinary gains, charges for material acquisitions, Commerce One impact and other impairment costs of minority investments, net income for the fourth quarter of 2002 increased 19% to €492 million (2001: €413 million), or €1.58 per share (2001: €1.31 per share).

For the fourth quarter 2002, revenues in the EMEA region increased 7% to €1.3 billion (2001: €1.2 billion). Fourth quarter 2002 revenues in the Americas declined 17% to €721 million (2001: €864 million). At constant currency rates, however, fourth quarter 2002 revenues in the Americas declined by only 1%. For the fourth quarter 2002, sales in the APA region were up 7% to €265 million (2001: €248 million). At constant currency rates, however, fourth quarter 2002 sales in the APA region were up 16%.

Product revenues for the 2002 fourth quarter were €1.6 billion (2001: €1.6 billion). License revenues were €958 million (2001: €1 billion) and maintenance revenues were €628 million (2001: €573 million). Consulting and training revenues for the fourth quarter of 2002 were €575 million (2001: €572 million) and €92 million (2001: €117 million), respectively.

The Company had 28,797 full-time equivalent employees at December 31, 2002. This represents a decrease of 112 full-time employees since September 30, 2002.

For the fourth quarter of 2002, software revenues related to mySAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management) reached approximately €205 million, up 5% from 2001 (€196 million) and represented 21% of total license sales. mySAP SCM (Supply Chain Management) related fourth quarter 2002 software revenues totaled approximately €186 million, down 20% from 2001 (€232 million) and represented 20% of total license sales. These figures include revenues from designated solution contracts, as well as figures from integrated solution contracts, which are allocated based on usage surveys.

Outlook
Despite the continuing unpredictable political and economic environment, the Company expects that it will continue to gain market share and increase profitability in 2003. Based on modest revenue growth, continued cost containment and customer buying patterns in line with normal business seasonality, the Company expects to increase its 2003 operating margin, excluding charges for stock-based compensation programs and acquisition related charges, by around 1 percentage point compared to 2002. Earnings per share for 2003, excluding charges for stock-based compensation programs, acquisition related charges and impairment related charges are expected to be in the range of €3.45 per share to €3.60 per share.

2002 Highlights

  • SAP continues to gain market share and extends its position as the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. Key contracts in the fourth quarter include Hydro Québec, NASA, Scotts Company, and Unilever in the Americas; E.ON, Suez, Telefonica, and Zurich Kantonalbank in EMEA; and Asia Pulp & Paper, Ezaki Glico, Sankyo, and Sharp in the APA region.
  • SAP launched SAP xApps. SAP’s customers, partners, and independent software vendors support a new breed of packaged, composite applications — known as SAP xApps– that “snap on” to an existing heterogeneous IT environment to create new, cross-functional business processes. The first SAP xApp, SAP xApp Resource and Program Management (SAP xRPM), which helps corporations execute on a strategy by giving business managers and teams control over a portfolio of projects, available resources, and continuous program results in order to make smart, informed decisions, began shipping in December.
  • SAP rolled out the newest version of mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), delivering the world’s first fully portal-based CRM solution. Portal technology integrated with SAP’s CRM solution provides users with the full suite of CRM functions, along with the ease-of-use and role-based information of the portal.
  • SAP began shipping R/3 Enterprise. SAP R/3 Enterprise, the newest release of SAP’s flagship enterprise resource planning software, is now generally available. SAP has delivered SAP R/3 Enterprise to more than 200 customers, of which 19 have gone live with the ERP solution. The first ramp-up customer, the German leading-edge technology provider Preh-Werke, went live after only eight weeks. Additional customers participating in the ramp-up phase include Nestlé, SONY UK, United Nations Children’s Fund and UNICEF.
  • SAP announced its Smart Business Solutions program for the small and medium business (SMB) market. Launched in March, SAP’s Smart Business Solutions portfolio (SAP Business One and mySAP All-in-one) offers solutions for businesses of diverse sizes and industries, which cover accounting, financials, customer relationship management, purchasing and selling and reporting and analysis. SAP Business One is a rapidly deployable, easy-to-use solution designed to address common requirements in the areas of accounting, logistics, sales force automation, and business reporting. mySAP All-in-One solutions are tailored to meet the industry-specific needs that many customers require today. Incorporating pre-packaged industry best-practice functionality, these vertical solutions take advantage of the best learning from SAP’s 30 years of experience providing enterprise solutions and are then tailored to meet the specific needs of small and midsize companies, with a focus on delivering low total cost of ownership.
  • SAP extended its Executive Board. Shai Agassi was appointed to the SAP Executive Board responsible for a new business area to focus on the next generation of collaborative solutions. Léo Apotheker was also appointed as president, Global Field Operations and member of the SAP Executive Board.
  • SAP welcomed more than 25,500 attendees to its three SAPPHIRE customer conferences in Lisbon, Orlando, and Tokyo. In addition, more than 140 SAP customers, ranging from the world’s largest global corporations to small and mid-sized businesses, delivered presentations demonstrating how they leverage their SAP investments to solve real-world business problems.

Press Conference / Investor Conference / Webcast
SAP senior management will host a press conference in Frankfurt today at 10:00 AM (CET) / 9:00 AM (GMT) / 4:00 AM (Eastern) / 1:00 AM (Pacific), followed by an investor conference at 2:00 PM (CET) / 1:00 PM (GMT) / 8:00 AM (Eastern) / 5:00 AM (Pacific). Both conferences will be web cast live at http://www.sap.com/investor and will be available for replay purposes as well.

Footnotes
1) U.S. market share based on U.S. license revenues of i2 Technologies, Inc., J.D. Edwards & Company, Oracle Corporation, Peoplesoft, Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc. (for some vendors U.S. license revenues are estimated); see also Wall Street Journal article (Jan 28, 2003).
2) Worldwide market share based on license revenues of i2 Technologies, Inc., J.D. Edwards & Company, Oracle Corporation, Peoplesoft, Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc.

Revenue by Region (in € millions)
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  Revenue 4Q 2002 Revenue 4Q 2001 Change % Change
Total 2,275 2,315 -40 -2
– at constant currency rates       5
EMEA 1,289 1,203 86 7
– at constant currency rates       8
Asia Pacific 265 248 17 7
– at constant currency rates       16
Americas 721 864 -143 -17
– at constant currency rates       -1





Key figures at a glance (in € millions)
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  4Q 2002 4Q 2001 Change % Change
Revenues 2,275 2,315 -40 -2
License revenues 958 1,030 -72 -7
Income before taxes 790 510 280 55
Net income 474 319 155 49
Headcount, in FTE

(December 31)
28,797 28,410 387 1





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About SAP
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. Through mySAP Business Suite, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 19,300 companies in over 120 countries run more than 60,100 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at )

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