SAP Announces 2003 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Januari 22, 2004 van SAP News 0

Company Reports Record Operating Income and Earnings Per Share for 2003
Company Continued to Gain Market Share in 2003
Company Expects Software Revenues to Increase by Around 10% in 2004

WALLDORFSAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2003. Highlights of the results are as follows.

HIGHLIGHTS

Full Year 2003

  • Operating income was a record €1.7 billion (2002: €1.6 billion), which was an increase of 6% compared to last year. Pro forma operating income1 was €1.9 billion (2002: €1.7 billion), representing an increase of 12% from 2002.
  • Net income was a record €1.1 billion (2002: €509 million), or €3.48 per share (2002: €1.63 per share), and pro forma net income1 was €1.2 billion (2002: €964 million), or pro forma €3.84 per share1 (2002: €3.08 per share). Full year 2002 net income and earnings per share were impacted by impairment charges related to the Commerce One write down of €297 million.
  • The operating margin was 25%, which was up three percentage points year-over-year. The pro forma operating margin1 was 27%, which represented an increase of 4 percentage points compared to 2002.
  • Software revenues were €2.1 billion (2002: €2.3 billion), representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2002. At constant currency4, software revenues increased 1% year-over-year.
  • Once again, SAP gained significant share against its four largest competitors. On a rolling four quarter basis, the Company’s worldwide share of the market against its four largest competitors (defined as SAP and the four companies mentioned in footnote 2) based on software revenues was 59% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2003 compared to 58% at the end of the third quarter of 2003 and 51% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2002.
  • SAP’s U.S. organization achieved a strong turnaround in 2003 with substantial increases in both software revenues and profitability compared to 2002. Software revenues in U.S. dollars increased by 23% year-over-year.
  • The Company now considers itself to be the largest CRM application software vendor when measuring its CRM software revenues against its competitors on a rolling four quarter basis.
  • Total revenues were €7.0 billion (2002: €7.4 billion), down 5% compared to 2002. At constant currency4, total revenues increased 3% compared to 2002.

Fourth Quarter 2003

  • Net income was €423 million (2002: €474 million), or €1.36 per share (2002: €1.52 per share), and pro forma net income1 was €481 (2002: €493), or €1.55 per share (2002: €1.58 per share).
  • Software revenues were €931 million (2002: €958 million), down 3% from the same period last year but increased by 3.5% at constant currency4.
  • Total revenues were €2.2 billion (2002: €2.3 billion), representing a decrease of 3% compared to the same period last year but increased by 4% at constant currency4.

“2003 was a challenging but excellent year for SAP, as we reported record operating income, earnings per share, margin growth and gains in share against our next four largest competitors,” said Henning Kagermann, Chief Executive Officer of SAP. “Additionally, both software and total revenues grew year-over-year on a constant currency basis, outperforming our competitors.”

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

SAP is providing the following outlook for the full year 2004.

  • Software revenues are expected to increase by around 10% compared to 2003.
  • The pro forma operating margin, which excludes stock-based compensation and acquisition-related charges, is expected to increase by around one percentage point compared to 2003.
  • Pro forma earnings per share, which excludes stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges and impairment-related charges, are expected to be in the range of €4.20 to €4.30 per share.
  • The outlook is based on an assumed U.S. Dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.25 per €1.00.

Mr. Kagermann continued, “Our more closely aligned development and field organizations, the success of launches like SAP NetWeaver and our undisputed industry leadership with our innovative product offerings have prepared us well for 2004. We believe 2004 will demonstrate the continuation of a trend that we saw evolve in the second half of 2003: clear signs that companies started picking up the pace of their software investments. Our pipeline is strong, and with our unmatched product portfolio and an expected rebound in the economy in the second half of 2004, our sales, marketing and R&D efforts will be focused on the growth opportunities we see for 2004.”

BUSINESS REVIEW – Full Year 2003

Key figures at a glance (in € millions)

SAP Group 2003 2002 Change % Change
Revenues 7,025 7,413 -388 -5%
Software revenues 2,147 2,291 -144 -6%
Income before taxes 1,783 1,108 +675 +61%
Net income 1,080 509 +571 +112%
Headcount, in FTE(Dec. 31) 29,610 28,797 813 +3%

Full Year Software Revenue by Region (in € millions)

SAP Group Revenue 2003 Revenue
2002
Change % Change
Total 2,147 2,291 -144 -6%
– at constant currency rates +1%
EMEA 1,245 1,387 -142 -10%
– at constant currency rates -9%
Asia Pacific 275 275 0 0%
– at constant currency rates +11%
Americas 627 629 -2 0%
– at constant currency rates +19%

For 2003, the 19% constant currency4 software revenues growth in the Americas region was mainly the result of a strong performance in the U.S. At constant currencies4, the U.S. increased software revenues 23% which was a significant rebound from 2002. The EMEA region, which was relatively weak for most of the year, improved substantially in the fourth quarter of 2003 with software revenues growing 2% (3% at constant currencies4). The APA region finished the year up 11% at constant currencies4, with much of the growth coming from high potential geographies such as China and India.

Full Year Total Revenue by Region (in € millions)

SAP Group Revenue 2003 Revenue
2002
Change % Change
Total 7,025 7,413 -388 -5%
– at constant currency rates +3%
EMEA 3,990 4,064 -74 -2%
– at constant currency rates 0%
Asia Pacific 837 862 -25 -3%
– at constant currency rates +7%
Americas 2,198 2,487 -289 -12%
– at constant currency rates +6%

Full Year Software Revenue by Solution (in € millions)5

SAP Group Revenue 2003 Revenue 2002 Change % Change
mySAP Financials & HR 801 927 -126 -14%
mySAP SCM 477 464 +13 +3%
mySAP CRM 440 473 -33 -7%
mySAP BI/EP/SRM/Marketplaces 273 259 +14 +5%
mySAP PLM 156 168 -12 -8%
Total License Revenue 2,147 2,291 -144 -6%

BUSINESS REVIEW – Fourth Quarter 2003

Key figures at a glance (in € millions)

SAP Group 4Q 2003 4Q 2002 Change % Change
Revenues 2,215 2,275 -60 -3%
Software revenues 931 958 -27 -3%
Income before taxes 700 790 -90 -11%
Net income 423 474 -51 -11%
Headcount, in FTE(Dec. 31) 29,610 28,797 813 +3%

Fourth Quarter Software Revenue by Region (in € millions)

SAP Group Q4 2003 Revenue Q4 2002 Change % Change
Total 931 958 -27 -3%
– at constant currency rates +3%
EMEA 578 568 +10 +2%
– at constant currency rates +3%
Asia Pacific 102 119 -17 -14%
– at constant currency rates -8%
Americas 251 271 -20 -7%
– at constant currency rates +9%

Germany and the U.S. were particularly strong during the fourth quarter of 2003. Software revenues in Germany were up 17% year-over-year and in the U.S, software revenues were down 3%, but more importantly at constant currencies4 software revenues in the U.S. increased 16%. On a rolling four quarter basis, the Company believes it continued to gain share in the U.S. against its four largest competitors and strengthened its number one position as the largest business application software vendor in terms of share against its four largest competitors in the U.S. based on software revenues.3

Fourth Quarter Total Revenue by Region (in € millions)

SAP Group Q4 2003 Revenue Q4 2002 Change % Change
Total 2,215 2,275 -60 -3%
– at constant currency rates +4%
EMEA 1,317 1,289 +28 +2%
– at constant currency rates +4%
Asia Pacific 246 265 -19 -7%
– at constant currency rates -1%
Americas 652 721 -69 -10%
– at constant currency rates +6%

KEY EVENTS IN 2003

  • SAP continues to strengthen its leading position in the business applications software market. Major contracts in the fourth quarter include Raytheon, Schwan Food, and Suncor in the Americas; Airbus, Deutsche Bahn, and Rexam in EMEA; and Asian Airlines, New China Life Insurance, and Yamaha in APA.
  • The Company announced the launch of the next evolutionary step of its industry-leading integration and application platform, SAP NetWeaver. SAP takes the technology high ground by designing SAP NetWeaver to be fully interoperable with Microsoft .NET and IBM WebSphere (J2EE). The new platform enables organizations to integrate people, information, and business processes across technologies and organizations.
  • SAP announced the Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), the blueprint for complete, services-based business solutions, allowing companies to drive additional business value from existing technology investments and enabling, for the first time, enterprise-scale usage of Web services. Going forward, all SAP solutions will be developed using the ESA blueprint, and are expected to set new standards in usability, scalability, adaptability, and extensibility.
  • SAP realigned its development organization and created Business Solution Groups (BSGs) and Application Platform & Architecture (AP&A) group, to strengthen the ability of its development and industry business units to more effectively meet evolving and demanding customer needs, to improve agility and speed, and to provide SAP with an effective and coordinated platform for continuous innovation.
  • SAP held its Annual General Meeting in May. Hasso Plattner, former Co-Chairman and CEO of the SAP Executive Board, was elected as a member of the Supervisory Board and then elected Chairman by that Board. A dividend in the amount of €0.60 per non-par value share was paid to SAP shareholders.
  • SAP began shipping SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM), a new offering that enables companies to harmonize data across diverse applications and IT landscapes, solving the common problems generated by similar but different customer, product or vendor information stored across multiple systems.
  • SAP completed development of SAP for Banking, banking industry’s most comprehensive standard solution to streamline and cut costs of core banking processes on single banking platform. Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany’s largest retail bank, went live with enhanced transaction banking functionality from the SAP for Banking portfolio of solutions. The go-live at Postbank marked the successful completion of an extensive development effort at SAP that extends the functionality in SAP for Banking to enable large banks and financial service providers to run their comprehensive core banking processes on a single IT platform.

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 and will be available for replay purposes as well.

Footnotes
1) The press release discloses certain financial measures, such as pro forma EBITDA, free cash flow, pro forma operating income, pro forma net income and pro forma EPS, that are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP measures included in our press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure as is required under SEC rules regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Pro forma operating income and pro forma operating margin exclude stock-based compensation and acquisition-related charges. Pro forma net income and pro forma earnings per share exclude stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges and impairment-related charges.
2) Worldwide market share based on comparable software revenues in U.S. dollars of i2 Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corporation, PeopleSoft, Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc., who SAP considers to be its four largest competitors (for vendors that did not yet announce or pre-announce software revenues, analyst estimates were used). SAP’s results have been converted into U.S. dollars.
3) U.S. market share based on comparable U.S. software revenues in U.S. dollars of i2 Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corporation, PeopleSoft, Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc., who SAP considers to be its four largest competitors (for vendors that did not yet announce or pre-announce software revenues, analyst estimates were used and for some vendors, U.S. software revenues are estimated). SAP’s results have been converted into U.S. dollars.
4) Constant currency data excludes the impact of currency exchange rates.
5) These figures include revenues from designated solution contracts, as well as figures from integrated solution contracts, which are allocated based on usage surveys provided by SAP’s customers.

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About SAP
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. SAP® solutions are designed to meet the demands of companies of all sizes—from small and midsize businesses to global enterprises. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver™ open integration and application platform to reduce complexity and total cost of ownership and empower business change and innovation, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. The unique core processes of various industries, from aerospace to utilities, are supported by SAP’s industry-specific solution portfolios. Today, more than 21,600 customers in over 120 countries run more than 69,700 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at <http://www.sap.com>)

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