SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half 2015 Results

Cloud Revenue up 129% – SAP Business Network Revenue up 194%

DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesSAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced its financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2015.

  • Strong Growth in New Cloud Bookings: Up 162%
  • Non-IFRS Cloud and Software Revenue Increased 21% to €4.06 Billion
  • HANA Customers Doubled Year Over Year, S/4HANA Customers Up More Than 140% Quarter Over Quarter
  • Non-IFRS Operating Profit Increased 13% to €1.39 Billion
  • Reiterates Full Year 2015 Outlook

SAP again delivered exceptionally strong growth in the cloud. Second quarter non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 129% year-over-year (92% at constant currencies) to €555 million. New cloud bookings, the key measure for SAP’s sales success in the cloud, increased 162% in the second quarter to €203 million. The Company had a very strong non-IFRS cloud and software revenue performance with 21% growth (9% at constant currencies) to €4.06 billion. Non-IFRS operating profit increased 13% (1% at constant currencies) to €1.39 billion.

“When I speak with CEOs, they are looking for a road map to digitize their business and to create new business models,” said SAP CEO Bill McDermott. “Our business is thriving because we have the most complete vision for how to make this transition to digital business a simple one. I am confident that our strategy to deliver a platform, applications and business networks is exactly what customers need from SAP.”

“Our second quarter growth in new cloud bookings was significantly higher than in the first quarter. This momentum showed across our entire cloud and business network portfolio,” said SAP CFO Luka Mucic. “Our operating profit performance is beginning to reflect the business transformation we initiated to make SAP ready for the future. We are on track to achieve our full year business outlook.”


Strong Momentum in Human Capital Management and Customer Engagement and Commerce Drives Cloud Applications Revenue

Customers increasingly turn to us to manage the total workforce, both permanent and flexible workers, globally. SAP’s Human Capital Management offering, SuccessFactors Employee Central, is localized for 71 countries and the number of customers has increased to more than 730 from around 390 a year ago. This represents an 87% growth in customers in just 12 months.

We also saw strong growth in Customer Engagement and Commerce where SAP is helping businesses track and engage customers in real-time across all channels and seamlessly execute and fulfill ecommerce in one end-to-end value chain. New cloud bookings for Customer Engagement and Commerce once again saw strong triple digit growth.

1 For the second quarter 2015, Fieldglass contributed €21 million and Concur contributed €137 million to SAP’s Non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue at constant currencies. The Fieldglass acquisition was closed on May 2nd 2014.
2 New cloud bookings consist of all order entry of a given period that is expected to be classified as cloud subscription and support revenue and results from purchases by new customers and from incremental purchases by existing customers. The order amount must be contractually committed (i.e. variable amounts from pay-per-use and similar arrangements are not included). Consequently, due to their uncommitted pay-per-use nature Ariba and Fieldglass network transaction fees are not reflected in the new cloud bookings metric. Amounts included in the measure are annualized. Concur contributed €46 million to SAP’s new cloud bookings in the second quarter.

Surge in Number of SAP S/4HANA Customers

Customer adoption confirms that SAP HANA is key to running a data-driven business in the Digital Economy. This quarter, the number of HANA customers surpassed 7,200 compared with 3,600 a year ago. S/4HANA’s robust early traction – more than 900 SAP S/4HANA customers by the end of the second quarter compared to over 370 at the end of the first quarter – is a major catalyst in SAP HANA’s broader market adoption across all industries and regions.

SAP Business Network Increases in Size, Revenue and Relevance

As the SAP Business Network grows, its value increases for all companies taking advantage of frictionless commerce in the digital economy. Total revenue in the SAP Business Network segment was €400 million (€333 million at constant currencies) in the second quarter, a year-over-year increase of 194% (145% at constant currencies). Approximately 1.9 million connected companies trade over $800 billion of commerce on this network.

Regional Performance

Growth was solid in the EMEA region, with a 10% increase in non-IFRS cloud and software revenue. Non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew by 94% with triple-digit growth in new cloud bookings. Some highlights in the region include very strong growth across cloud and software in the Middle East and solid growth in Germany, France and the UK.

The Americas region saw strong double-digit growth, with non-IFRS cloud and software revenue growing 36%. Cloud subscriptions and support revenue in the region grew 141% with new cloud bookings nearly tripling, driven by a very strong performance in North America. The United States was a highlight with a strong performance across cloud and software. Regional macro-economic issues impacted results across Latin America.

In the APJ region, non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew by 138%, driving non-IFRS cloud and software revenue up 19%. New cloud bookings grew triple-digits. Japan continued its recovery with another strong quarter across cloud and software.


The Company reiterates the following 2015 outlook:

  • Based on the strong momentum in SAP’s cloud business the Company expects full-year 2015 non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue to be in a range of €1.95 – €2.05 billion at constant currencies (2014: €1.10 billion). The upper end of this range represents a growth rate of 86% at constant currencies. Concur and Fieldglass are expected to contribute approximately 50 percentage points to this growth.
  • The Company expects full year 2015 non-IFRS cloud and software revenue to increase by 8% – 10% at constant currencies (2014: €14.33 billion).
  • The Company expects full-year 2015 non-IFRS operating profit to be in a range of €5.6 billion – €5.9 billion at constant currencies (2014: €5.64 billion).

While the Company’s full-year 2015 business outlook is at constant currencies, actual currency reported figures are expected to continue to be impacted by currency exchange rate fluctuations. If exchange rates stay at the June 2015 average level for the rest of the year, the Company would expect approximately a 5 to 8 percentage points currency benefit on cloud and software growth and 5 to 8 percentage points currency benefit on operating profit growth for the third quarter of 2015 and 6 to 9 percentage points and 7 to 10 percentage points respectively for the full-year 2015.

3Network spend volume is the total value of purchase orders transacted on the Ariba, Concur, and Fieldglass Networks in the trailing 12 months.

Additional Information

2015 revenue and profit figures include the full revenue and profit from Concur and Fieldglass. The comparative numbers for 2014 include Concur and Fieldglass starting December 4 and May 2, respectively.

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

Second Quarter 2015 Interim Report

SAP’s second quarter 2015 Interim Report was published today and is available for download at www.sap.com/investor.

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