Dassault Systemes reported IFRS unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. These results have been reviewed by the Company’s Board of Directors.

Summary Financial Highlights (unaudited)

  • First Quarter 2009 non-IFRS financial results in line with preliminary announcement
  • Net operating cash flow of €96 million for Q1 and net cash position of €702 million
  • DS updates 2009 financial objectives

Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systemes President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As previously announced, the first quarter brought further deterioration of the economic environment which led to a significant decrease in our new license activity across brands and geographic regions. Despite this, first quarter earnings and margin results were well in line with our objectives, thanks to our cost savings.

“Notwithstanding the environment, we made solid progress in strengthening our market leadership. In Mainstream 3D we reached a major milestone with SolidWorks recently crossing the millionth user mark. This is no surprise given its unsurpassed focus on its community of SolidWorks users and value-added resellers.

“During the period we continued to advance our diversification strategy, bringing PLM to a broad range of industries. Recent ENOVIA wins in apparel, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals illustrate this quite well. Additionally, these wins demonstrate the importance of our software solutions in bridging customers’ business process initiatives in compliance, eco-design and sourcing, among others, with product development.”

Other highlights:

  • IFRS and non-IFRS total revenue increased 1% on a reported basis. In constant currencies, IFRS and non-IFRS total revenue decreased 6%.
  • IFRS and non-IFRS software revenue increased 1% on a reported basis. In constant currencies, IFRS software revenue decreased 5%. Non-IFRS software revenue also decreased 5% due to a decrease in new licenses revenue of 40% which more than offset non-IFRS recurring software revenue growth of 15% (all figures are in constant currencies).
  • Both PLM and Mainstream 3D software results reflected the impact of the current global economic downturn with lower new licenses revenue offsetting growth in recurring software revenue. IFRS PLM software revenue decreased 7% in constant currencies. Non-IFRS PLM software revenue decreased 6% with CATIA software revenue lower by 11% and ENOVIA software revenue lower by 18% offset in part by double-digits software revenue growth from SIMULIA (all figures in constant currencies). Mainstream 3D IFRS and non-IFRS software revenue decreased 2% in constant currencies.
  • Services and other revenue decreased 7% in constant currencies, in part reflecting the DSF divestiture during 2008 offset to some extent by growth in consulting during the first quarter.
  • IFRS operating margin was 13.0%. In the year-ago quarter, the IFRS operating margin of 23.5% benefited from a one-time gain on sale of real estate. Non-IFRS operating margin decreased to 19.4% compared to 22.8% in the year-ago quarter reflecting the downturn in the economy, but was in line with the Company’s objective on good execution of its cost savings program.
  • Financial revenue and other, net, totaled €0.3 million compared to €0.2 million in the 2008 first quarter.
  • IFRS earnings per diluted share decreased 50% to €0.24. Non-IFRS earnings per diluted share were in line with the Company’s objective, decreasing 10% to €0.37 primarily reflecting a decrease in non-IFRS operating income of 14%.

Key Business and Corporate Highlights

Guess, Inc. Expands Deployment of Dassault Systemes’ PLM Solutions to Manage Its Global Sourcing Operation. Jointly developed with Zymmetry Group – the leading manufacturing and sourcing solutions provider focusing on the apparel industry – the ENOVIA solution integrates sourcing within the design and development process, allowing companies such as Guess, Inc. to seamlessly manage collaboration with production offices and retailers. The ENOVIA solution supports costing and pre-production processes, and offers visibility and process control for brand and retail global operations.

Trent Ltd. Selects Dassault Systemes PLM for Fast Fashion. Trent Ltd., a Tata Group company and operator of Trent Westside, one of India’s largest and fastest growing retailers, will deploy the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development. The ENOVIA Accelerator, which will take just nine weeks to implement, will integrate with their existing ERP systems to provide Trent Ltd. with greater visibility into the new product development process. This approach will enable the company to reduce sample development time and increase seasonal options by leveraging the market knowledge and design capabilities of key suppliers while also tracking commodity prices to negotiate better costs with them.

Business Outlook

Thibault de Tersant, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, commented, “Looking ahead, we believe the environment will continue to be difficult.

“With respect to the second quarter and full year outlook, we are taking into account the sharp decline in new licenses experienced during the first quarter and assuming that market conditions remain unchanged throughout the rest of 2009. This leads us to lower our new licenses revenue expectations as well as our recurring software growth assumptions, reflecting the flow-through impact on recurring revenue as the installed base grows at a lower rate. We also think it is prudent to assume that consulting activity will be more subdued given the macroeconomic environment.

“Thanks to our initial cost savings program and additional annual savings target of €80 to €90 million recently announced, we believe the impact to the 2009 operating margin can be largely offset and so we continue to target a full year operating margin of about 25%, the mid-point of our objective. We are lowering our 2009 EPS objective to reflect the revenue objective adjustment as well as the impact of the decline in interest rates on financial revenue. Given the current economic environment we have decided to widen our objective ranges for revenue, operating margin and earnings per share.”

The Company’s objectives are prepared and communicated only on a non-IFRS basis and are subject to the cautionary statement set forth below. The Company’s current objectives are the following:

  • Second quarter 2009 non-IFRS total revenue objective of about €295 to €310 million and non-IFRS EPS of about €0.32 to €0.38;
  • 2009 non-IFRS revenue growth objective range of about -9% to -5% in constant currencies; (€1.260 to €1.310 billion based upon the 2009 currency exchange rate assumptions below.)
  • 2009 non-IFRS operating margin of about 24% to 26%;
  • 2009 non-IFRS EPS range of about €1.78 to €2.00;
  • Objectives are based upon exchange rate assumptions for the 2009 second quarter of US$1.40 per €1.00 and JPY130 per €1.00 and a full year average of US$1.38 per €1.00 and JPY128 per €1.00.

The non-IFRS objectives set forth above do not take into account the following accounting elements and are estimated based upon the 2009 currency exchange rates above: deferred revenue write-downs estimated at approximately €1.4 million for 2009; share-based compensation expense estimated at approximately €22 million for 2009 and amortization of acquired intangibles estimated at approximately €40 million for 2009. The above objectives do not include any impact from other operating income and expense, net principally comprised of restructuring expenses. These estimates also do not include any new stock option or share grants, or any new acquisitions or restructurings completed after April 30, 2009.