SAP Reports Revenue of €1.66 Billion for the First Quarter of 2002

WALLDORF, GermanySAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of e-business software solutions, today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2002.

  • Total revenue up 9% to €1.66 billion
  • Robust European performance
  • Tougher sales environment in the Americas
  • Outlook for FY 2002 confirmed

In the first quarter of 2002, revenues increased 9% over the same period last year to €1.66 billion (2001: €1.52 billion). First quarter 2002 operating income, before charges for stock-based compensation programs and TopTier acquisition related charges, rose 2% to €237 million (2001: €233 million), reflecting an operating margin of 14%. Net income for the first quarter 2002, adjusted for the TopTier acquisition costs and the Commerce One impact, was €121 million (2001: €117 million). Earnings per share, adjusted for the TopTier acquisition costs and the Commerce One impact, for the quarter was €0.38 (2001: €0.37). Net income for the first quarter 2002, not adjusted for acquisition costs related to TopTier and the Commerce One impact, was €65 million (2001: €109 million) and respective earnings per share for the quarter was €0.21 (2001: €0.35).

“SAP is now positioned as the most open, integrated and comprehensive business software solution provider,” said Hasso Plattner, Co-Chairman and CEO of SAP AG. “Companies are carefully weighing how to get the most out of the investments they’ve made. SAP continues to be a leader in this new, more challenging environment.“

In the quarter, revenues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region increased 11% to €886 million (2001: €796 million) and in the Asia-Pacific region (APA) revenues increased 4% to €185 million (2001: €178 million). Revenues in the Americas region grew 7% to €587 million (2001: €550 million). At constant currency rates, revenues in the Americas would have risen 5%.

“Against a very strong first quarter last year and despite tougher market conditions, our first quarter turned out largely as we expected. As the new year began, companies in the Americas approached new software investments cautiously. Europe once again delivered an encouraging performance and contributed significantly to our overall revenue figure,” commented Henning Kagermann, Co-Chairman and CEO of SAP AG.

Product revenues in the first quarter rose 6% to €999 million (2001: €943 million). License revenues were down by 12% to €402 million (2001: €458 million). Consulting revenues increased 18% to €539 million (2001: €458 million). Training revenues were up 1% to €110 million (2001: €109 million).

The number of full-time equivalent employees at March 31, 2002, was 29,156, an increase of 3% over the number at December 31, 2001.

SAP has provided information on revenues from certain specific software solutions since the first quarter of 2001. In the first quarter of 2002, software revenues related to mySAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management) reached roughly €74 million (2001: €67 million), while mySAP SCM (Supply Chain Management) related revenues totaled around €79 million (2001: €103 million). These figures include revenues from designated solution contracts, as well as figures from integrated solution contracts allocated based on usage surveys.


Conditions for software purchases are challenging, and while Europe remains relatively strong, businesses in the Americas are taking a more deliberate and measured approach to new software investments. The company expects a much stronger second half of the year, and still anticipates revenue for the full year to grow by around 15%. For the whole of 2002, SAP also expects its operating margin excluding stock-based compensation and TopTier acquisition related charges to improve at least one percentage point over the 20.0% achieved in 2001. SAP anticipates that the improvement will become more evident in the second half of the year as software license performance improves and the Group benefits from ongoing cost curtailment measures.

First Quarter Highlights

  • SAP extends its position as the world’s leading provider of e-business software solutions. Key contracts in the first quarter include Fleet Capital, Fossil, Industrias Gessy Lever, Lord Corporation, and Watson Pharmaceuticals, in the Americas; in EMEA Barclays Bank, CGEY, L’Oréal, Itellium Systems (KarstadtQuelle), Porsche, and Rolls-Royce PLC; and in Asia/Pacific China Ocean Shipping, Crystal Group, PTT, Shionogi, Singapore Civil Service, and Toyota Tsusho among others.
  • SAP announced its new Smart Business Solutions program for the small and medium business (SMB) market at CeBIT. For “sophisticated” SMBs with a high need for individualization and industry-specific functionality, SAP is globally expanding its strategy of offering industry-specific SMB solutions. SAP is also introducing a new application for “advanced” SMBs, which require less sophisticated individualization and industry-specific functionality from their IT solutions. This solution will be based on TopManage, a product currently developed and marketed by Israeli software company TopManage Financial Solutions LTD, which SAP acquired in the first quarter.
  • SAP extends its open integration strategy with mySAP Technology. SAP announced that it has proactively integrated third-party infrastructure technologies, including Microsoft .NET and IBM WebSphere, satisfying the demand for easy integration of Web services in platform-specific environments. mySAP Technology consists of three elements: the SAP Web Application Server, the exchange infrastructure, and the portal infrastructure. All three elements enable compatibility with technologies from other vendors, including Microsoft .NET and third-party J2EE application servers. The SAP Web Application Server provides an ABAP and J2EE personality and is able to run any J2EE application.
  • At the SAP Conference on Business Intelligence and Enterprise Portals in Leipzig, Germany, SAP announced the next generation of the mySAP Business Intelligence (mySAP BI) solution. Major enhancements to this solution enable companies to achieve top business intelligence by providing the access, analysis and delivery of any information, structured and unstructured, to anyone throughout the enterprise and beyond. The SAP Conference on Business Intelligence and Enterprise Portals was the world’s largest conference of this kind with over 2,500 attendees.

Conference Call/Webcast/Supporting Slides
SAP senior management will host a conference call today at 3:00 PM (CET) / 2:00 PM (GMT) / 9:00 AM (Eastern) / 6:00 AM (Pacific). The conference call will be web cast live at http://www.sap.com/investor and will be available for replay purposes as well. Slides related to today’s announcement will be used during the conference call and are also available on the SAP website.

Revenue by Region (in € millions)

  Revenue 1Q 2002 Revenue 1Q 2001 % Change License Revenues 1Q 2002 License Revenues 1Q 2001
Total 1,658 1,524 9 402 458
– at constant currency
EMEA 886 796 11 267 264
– at constant currency
Asia Pacific 185 178 4 45 66
– at constant currency
Americas 587 550 7 90 128
– at constant currency

Key figures at a glance (in € millions)
SAP Group

  1Q 2002 1Q 2001* Change % Change
Revenues 1,658 1,524 134 9
License revenues 402 458 -56 -12
Operating income before SBCP and TT acquisition related charges 237 233 4 2
(March 31, 2002 vs. December 31, 2001)
29,156 28,410 746 3
*except headcount figures        

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