DGAP-News: USU Software AG
/ Key word(s): 9 Month figures/Quarter Results
Möglingen, November 21, 2019 -USU Software AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU28) and its subsidiaries (hereinafter also referred to as the "USU Group" or "USU") significantly improved their profitability (IFRS) as against the previous year in the third quarter of 2019. The Group increased its EBITDA by 65.6% from EUR 1,922 thousand in the third quarter of 2018 to EUR 3,183 thousand in Q3 2019. At the same time, EBIT improved by 51.4% to EUR 1,849 thousand (Q3 2018: EUR 1,221 thousand). Consolidated net profit rose by 149.5% from EUR 946 thousand in the same quarter of the previous year to EUR 2,360 thousand in the quarter under review. This includes tax income of EUR 455 thousand (Q3 2018: EUR -289 thousand). Accordingly, earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.22 (Q3 2018: EUR 0.09). USU's EBIT adjusted for the extraordinary effects of acquisitions (adjusted EBIT) improved by 40.1% to EUR 2,194 thousand in the third quarter of 2019 (Q3 2018: EUR 1,566 thousand).
The main growth driver was license revenue, which rose significantly by 43.9% year-on-year to EUR 4,126 thousand in the third quarter of 2019 (Q3 2018: EUR 2,868 thousand). Overall, consolidated revenue improved by 5.9% on the strong prior-year quarter to EUR 23,836 thousand (Q3 2018: EUR 22,504 thousand).
Over the first nine months, USU generated revenue of EUR 68,713 thousand (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 64,278 thousand). This represents an increase of 6.9% as against the previous year. USU also benefited from the continuing growth in international business, which rose by 7.3% to EUR 19,134 thousand in the first nine months (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 17,833 thousand). Accordingly, the share of consolidated revenue accounted for by international business rose slightly to 27.8% in the first nine months of 2019 (Q1-Q3 2018: 27.7%). Thanks to successful contract negotiations, USU increased its income from software licenses by 32.3% as against the previous year to EUR 10,361 thousand in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 7,829 thousand).
USU's EBITDA therefore also rose by 95.4% as against the previous year to EUR 5,603 thousand (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 2,868 thousand). However, EUR 1,696 thousand of this figure relates to the recognition of leases and rental agreements in accordance with the new IFRS 16. Adjusted for depreciation and amortization of EUR 3,755 thousand (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 2,119 thousand), USU generated EBIT of EUR 1,848 thousand in the same period (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 749 thousand). This represents an increase in operating earnings of 147.1% as against the previous year. Adjusted EBIT increased by 58.4% year-on-year to EUR 2,884 thousand as a result of the growth in high-margin software business (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR 1,821 thousand).
The Management Board is forecasting that various risk factors will influence business performance in the final quarter of the year. For instance, several potential major customers in Germany and abroad are expected to choose a software-as-a-service (SaaS) contract instead of a software license agreement. The originally planned software license revenue will therefore not be generated directly, and will instead be distributed over the term of the SaaS contract.
In addition, there are the restrained development of the French market and capacity gaps in the service segment. Therefore, the Management Board has adjusted the guidance for consolidated revenues for the full year 2019 to EUR 93 - 95 million (2018: EUR 90.5 million) and the guidance for adjusted EBIT to EUR 5 - 8 million (2018: EUR 4.1 million). All in all, USU will therefore continue to significantly increase consolidated sales and consolidated earnings in the current year compared to the previous year.
The USU Group's medium-term planning has also been revised. The Management Board is now assuming average organic revenue growth of 10%. As a result of ongoing growth in SaaS business, the operating margin on adjusted EBIT is set to increase to 13-15% in the next 4 years.
The full nine-month report for 2019 is available for download on USU Software AG's website. The Management Board of the company will present further details of business performance at the analyst and investor conference, "German Equity Forum 2019" at 2:30 p.m. on November 26, 2019 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Center (Hugo-Eckener-Ring 15, 60594 Frankfurt/Main), Paris room.
This press release is available at: http://www.usu.de
USU Software AG
The USU Group is Europe's largest provider of IT and knowledge management software. Market leaders from all sectors of the international economy use USU applications to create transparency, enhance agility, save costs and reduce their risks. In addition to USU AG, founded in 1977, USU Software AG - which is listed in the Prime Standard of Deutsche Börse (ISIN DE000A0BVU28) - also includes the subsidiaries Aspera GmbH, Aspera Technologies Inc., LeuTek GmbH, OMEGA Software GmbH and USU SAS.
In the area of IT management, USU supports companies with comprehensive ITIL(R)-compliant solutions for strategic and operational IT and enterprise service management. USU solutions give customers an overview of their IT processes and IT infrastructure, and enable them to transparently plan, allocate, monitor and actively manage services. USU is one of the world's leading manufacturers in the area of software license management.
USU is driving the digitization of business processes with its intelligent solutions and expertise in the area of digital interaction. Standard software and consulting services are used to automate service workflows and actively provide knowledge for all communications channels and points of customer contact in sales, marketing and customer service. The portfolio in this area is rounded off by system integration, individual applications and software solutions for industrial big data.
Further information: https://www.usu.de/
USU Software AG
Dr. Thomas Gerick
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 440
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 909
USU Software AG
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 351
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 108
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|Company:||USU Software AG|
|Phone:||+49 (0)7141 4867-0|
|Fax:||+49 (0)7141 4867-200|
|Listed:||Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange|
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