Axway Reports Solid 2014 Results

  • Organic growth of 3.6%
  • Total growth of 10.1%
  • Operating margin on operating activities of €39.7M, or 15.2% of revenue
  • Net margin of €26.7M, or 10.2% of revenue

PARIS--()--Regulatory News :

Axway (Paris:AXW) :

Axway Software's Board of Directors, meeting on 24 February under the chairmanship of Pierre Pasquier, approved the consolidated financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2014. An excellent fourth quarter almost completely offset the slack that had built up since the beginning of the year in Licenses. Despite a slight drop in the operating margin on operating activities as a result of this lag, 2014 was very satisfactory, with a significant increase in activity and a very solid financial position.

    FY 2014     FY 2013     FY 2012
  (in €m)   (% Rev)     (in €m)   (% Rev)     (in €m)   (% Rev)
Key income statement items                  
Revenue 261.6     237.5     224.3    
Organic growth 3.6%     3.7%     -1.6%    
Profit on operating activities 39.7   15.2% 37.5   15.8% 35.0   15.6%
Profit from recurring operations 33.6   12.8% 32.4   13.7% 31.7   14.1%
Other income and expense -2.3     -5.3     -2.9    
Net financial costs and currency impact -0.9     -1.3     -0.1    
Income Taxes -3.6     9.8     -4.0    
Net profit 26.7   10.2% 35.6   15.0% 24.7   11.0%
(in €)   (in €)   (in €)  
Basic net earnings per share   1.29         1.75         1.22    
  • Earnings per share are calculated on the basis of 20,551,415 shares in 2014, 20,379,481 shares in 2013 and 20,255,401 shares in 2012.1

Comments on 2014 activity

2014 was marked by:

  • the acquisition of Systar in the first half of 2014. This company specialises in performance management software publishing, using, inter alia, Operational Intelligence technology. Axway intends to continue developing the latest generation of Operational Intelligence products within its Axway 5 Suite and is already leveraging major synergies with Systar in terms of solution positioning and its customer base;
  • the significant and ongoing transformation of demand on the traditional Middleware (MFT/B2B/Integration) segments, which confirms the necessity of combining emerging technologies (API (Application Programming Interface), Operational Intelligence) to take advantage of this fundamental shift as companies embrace digitalisation;
  • the emergence of demand for Cloud-based integration tools. Companies are increasingly choosing to place their application software in the Cloud, presenting growth opportunities for Axway without any risk of cannibalisation of the installed base. The Axway 5 Suite is available both On Premise and in the Cloud;
  • deployment of API technology Axway's acquisition of Vordel in 2012 started a trend towards market consolidation, demonstrating the strategic importance of this technology in applications integration. 2014 was a year of rollout, both in terms of solutions (availability of Axway 5 Suite) and the sales dynamic;
  • an excellent fourth quarter for Licenses (growth of 18.3% compared with Q4 2013). This almost offset the slack in total orders taken during the first three quarters.

    This excellent performance testifies to the strength of Axway's positioning in Middleware, a segment that is developing rapidly to help companies respond to the challenges of digitalisation. It also proves the Company's ability to mobilise to meet this demand.

Revenue by region (in €m)

FY 2014   2014   2013 Published   2013 Pro forma   Total Growth   Organic Growth1
         
France 103.4 82.5 95.1 25.3% 8.8%
Rest of Europe 59.5 57.6 57.9 3.3% 2.7%
America's 89.1 90.7 93.0 -1.8% -4.2%
Asia/Pacific   9.6   6.7   6.5   42.3%   46.5%
Axway 261.6 237.5 252.6 10.1% 3.6%

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

The strong performance in France with an organic growth at +8.8%, confirms the turnaround seen since the fourth quarter of 2012. Customers are taking full advantage of Axway 5's innovations and the partnership with Sopra Banking Software. This enabled the region to enter 2015 with a strong commercial portfolio. 2014 has seen greater contrasts in the United States, where Axway 5 solutions were not available in full for customers using products resulting from the Tumbleweed acquisition. The Group was also faced with execution difficulties, which only started to improve in the fourth quarter. On the upside, significant demand for Cloud projects continued in this region, particularly in healthcare. Performance in other European countries was varied, however, overall, it remained positive across the financial year. Asia/Pacific saw very strong growth, particularly due to the importance of API in a commercial portfolio that nevertheless remained smaller than other regions.

Revenue by activity (in €m)

FY 2014   2014   2013 Published   2013 Pro forma   Total

Growth

  Organic Growth1
         
Licenses 79.6 75.6 81.0 5.3% -1.8%
Maintenance 120.5 106.3 112.8 13.3% 6.8%
Services   61.5   55.6   58.8   10.5%   4.6%
Axway 261.6 237.5 252.6 10.1% 3.6%

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

Axway's €38.5 million from Licenses in the fourth quarter (up 18.3% compared with Q4 2013) was an excellent performance (48% of the Licenses in 2014). Nevertheless, it did not fully offset the shortfall seen in License orders since the start of the year. Over FY 2014, the Licenses activity remained almost identical to that of 2013. However, this is an average figure, which masks the fact that certain segments remain extremely dynamic, such as API and the new Axway 5 Suite software.

The 6.8% growth in maintenance was excellent, raising this highly recurring activity to more than 46% of Group revenue. Services rose significantly (up 4.6% compared with 2013), with certain segments growing very strongly, such as Managed Services and the Cloud.

Financial position

Axway's financial position at 31 December 2014 is very strong, with cash and cash equivalents amounting to €44.6 million, bank debt of €44.5 million and equity of €298.5 million.

In 2014, the Group carried out a major acquisition (Systar, in the first half of 2014), as well as the takeover of a distribution partner in Australia (Information Gateways in January 2014). Including these transactions, the Company's net debt at 31 December 2014 totalled €3.1 million, allowing it to obtain financial ratios respecting comfortably the values within the banking covenants.

The level of margin on operating activities (15.2% over the year) fell by 60 basis points compared with 2013, due to the weaker performance in Licenses over the first three quarters, and the integration of Systar, particularly the efforts devoted to taking advantage of the latest generation of Operational Intelligence products across the entire distribution network. This solid result underlines the robustness of the Axway business model, making it possible to maintain all planned investments to sustain its competitive edge, which remains intact and is a key growth driver.

Net profit at 31 December 2014 amounted to €26.7 million (10.2% net margin). Net profit in 2013 (€35.6 million and 15.0% net margin) included the activation of tax loss carry forwards for the subsidiary Axway Inc and the settlement of a commercial dispute. Excluding these two exceptional items, net profit in 2013 would have been at €27.1 million, or 1.33€ per share, at a very similar level to 2014.

The audit process on the annual consolidated financial statements is currently being finalised.

Workforce

Axway employed 1,961 people at 31 December 2014 (698 in France and 1,263 in other countries), an increase of 178 employees compared with 31 December 2013.

Cash dividend

At the next Shareholders' Meeting, Axway’s Board of Directors will suggest the distribution of a dividend of €0.40 per share in respect of 2014.

Strategy & Prospects

The Middleware market is changing, both in terms of its technological scope to cover Digital requirements and in companies' consumption trends (Software as a Service). Providers must therefore innovate to boost traditional segments (for example, MFT, B2B), incorporate appropriate technologies to serve Mobile and Cloud integration and extend their business model.

On this basis, the Company confirms its positioning (governing the flow of data for large organisations and their ecosystems) and the quality of its competitive position in this area.

This positioning is based on a market where the dynamism is driven by the major Digital technological drivers (mobility, Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things), which are contributing to the sizable development of data flows both inside and outside companies. Axway has robust historical assets (MFT, B2B technologies) and has made key choices (API, Operational Intelligence) to maintain a significant competitive edge.

2014, and in particular the momentum seen in the 4th quarter, confirms this analysis and validates the direction taken by the Company. However, the overall Middleware environment is still undergoing significant change, which means that we need to update our objectives, and the steps and milestones set out in the Company's medium-term development plan.

In the context, the Company has decided to revalidate its strategic analysis by revisiting the plan prepared in 2011 at the time of its IPO. This work, which is expected to be completed in the 1st half of 2015, will allow us to strengthen the Company by identifying appropriate adjustments to best respond to market developments.

In the short term, and continuing the trend from late 2014, the start of 2015 looks encouraging, with promising commercial portfolios.

Revenue by region and by quarter (in €m)

1st Quarter   2014   2013 Published   2013 Pro forma   Total Growth   Organic Growth1
         
France 18.2 16.9 16.9 7.4% 7.4%
Rest of Europe 14.1 12.3 12.3 14.3% 14.1%
Americas 17.9 19.1 18.4 -6.4% -2.9%
Asia/Pacific   1.9   1.6   1.4   21.8%   36.1%
Axway 52.0 49.9 49.1 4.3% 6.1%
                     
2nd Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth1
         
France 24.6 17.9 21.7 37.6% 13.6%
Rest of Europe 15.0 14.4 14.5 3.7% 3.2%
Americas 20.9 22.5 21.9 -6.9% -4.2%
Asia/Pacific   2.3   1.7   1.6   41.5%   50.3%
Axway 62.9 56.5 59.6 11.3% 5.5%
                     
3rd Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth 1
         
France 20.3 20.4 24.0 -0.4% -15.2%
Rest of Europe 13.4 13.2 13.3 1.7% 0.7%
Americas 23.5 24.8 25.3 -5.5% -7.1%
Asia/Pacific   2.2   1.6   1.6   41.4%   39.9%
Axway 59.4 60.0 64.2 -0.9% -7.4%
                     
4th Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth1
         
France 40.3 27.3 32.5 47.6% 23.9%
Rest of Europe 17.1 17.7 17.8 -3.4% -4.0%
Americas 26.7 24.2 27.4 10.3% -2.5%
Asia/Pacific   3.1   1.9   2.0   60.6%   56.2%
Axway 87.2 71.2 79.8 22.6% 9.4%

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

Revenue by activity and by quarter (in €m)

1st Quarter   2014   2013 Published   2013 Pro forma   Total Growth   Organic Growth1
         
Licenses 10.8 10.6 10.3 1.8% 4.4%
Maintenance 26.7 25.7 25.3 4.0% 5.8%
Services   14.5   13.6   13.5   6.6%   7.9%
52.0 49.9 49.1 4.3% 6.1%
                     
2nd Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth1
         
Licenses 17.0 16.4 17.1 4.1% -0.1%
Maintenance 30.7 26.7 28.3 14.9% 8.5%
Services   15.1   13.4   14.3   13.2%   6.1%
Axway 62.9 56.5 59.6 11.3% 5.5%
 
3rd Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth 1
         
Licenses 13.3 20.2 21.1 -34.1% -37.0%
Maintenance 30.9 26.6 28.7 16.3% 7.6%
Services   15.3   13.3   14.3   14.9%   6.4%
59.4 60.0 64.2 -0.9% -7.4%
                     
4th Quarter 2014 2013 Published 2013 Pro forma Total Growth Organic Growth 1
         
Licenses 38.5 28.5 32.5 35.2% 18.3%
Maintenance 32.2 27.4 30.5 17.7% 5.5%
Services   16.6   15.4   16.7   8.0%   -0.7%
Axway 87.2 71.2 79.8 22.6% 9.4%

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

Income Statement

(in millions of euros)   FY 2014   FY 2013   FY 2012
Revenue :    
License 79.6 75.6 71.4
Maintenance 120.5   106.3   98.2
Total Product Revenue 200.1 181.9 169.6
Services 61.5   55.6   54.7
Total Revenue : 261.6   237.5   224.3
 
Costs of sales:
Product Revenue 21.9 20.7 20.7
Services 57.0   51.4   51.1
Total Costs of sales : 78.9   72.1   71.7
 
Gross profit: 182.6   165.4   152.6
as a % of Revenue 69.8% 69.6% 68.0%
Operating expenses :
Sales and marketing 77.5 70.8 64.1
Research and development 41.0 33.6 32.5
General and administrative 24.5   23.5   21.0
Total operating expenses : 143.0   127.9   117.6
Profit on operating activities 39.7   37.5   35.0
as a % of Revenue 15.2% 15.8% 15.6%
 
Stock option releated expenses (0.8) (1.4) (1.1)
Amortization of intangible assets (5.3)   (3.7)   (2.1)
Profit from recurring operations 33.6   32.4   31.7
as a % of Revenue 12.8% 13.7% 14.1%
 
Other income and expenses (2.3)   (5.3)   (2.9)
Operating profit 31.3   27.2   28.7
 
Cost of net financial debt (1.4) (0.3) 0.3
Other financial revenues and expenses 0.4 (1.0) (0.4)
Income taxes (3.6)   9.8   (4.0)
Net Profit 26.7   35.6   24.7
 
as a % of Revenue 10.2% 15.0%

11.0%

Simplified Balance Sheet

  31/12/2014   31/12/2013   31/12/2012
    (in €m)   (in €m)   (in €m)
ASSETS
Goodwill 236.5 189.3 196.6
Intangible assets 45.6 28.8 31.0
Property, plant and equipment 6.9 6.3 6.2
Other non-current assets 42.1   45.7   27.6
Non-current assets 331.1 270.1 261.4
Trade receivables 84.9 64.4 72.2
Other current assets 18.2 8.3 8.1
Cash and cash equivalents 44.6   49.2   35.4
Current assets 147.6   121.9   115.7
TOTAL ASSETS 478.7   392.0   377.1
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Share capital 41.1 40.9 40.6
Capital reserves and results 257.4   217.4   193.3
Total shareholders' equity 298.5 258.4 233.9
Financial debt - long-term portion 46.3 28.5 36.9
Other non-current liabilities 18.9   15.5   16.2
Non-current liabilities 65.2 44.0 53.1
Financial debt - short-term portion 1.3 9.5 5.3
Other current liabilities 113.7   80.1   84.7
Current liabilities 115.0   89.6   90.0
TOTAL LIABILITIES 180.2 133.6 143.1
         
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 478.7   392.0   377.0

Cash Flow Statement

    FY 2014     FY 2013     FY 2012
  (in €m)     (in €m) (in €m)
Net profit for the period 26.7 35.6 24.7
Net charges to amortizations, depreciations and provisions 8.3 8.0 5.8
Other income and expense items 0.2 1.7 0.6
Cash from operations after cost of net debt and tax 35.2 45.3 31.1
Changes to operating working capital requirements 11.0 (3.6) (10.8)
Costs of net financial debt 1.4 0.7 0.1
Income tax paid net of accrual (0.2) (14.1) (0.2)
Net cash from operating activities 47.3 28.3 20.2
Net cash used in investing activities (54.4) (3.6) (45.6)
Proceeds on shares issued 1.3 2.2 2.1
Dividends paid (8.2) (7.1) (5.0)
Change in loan 7.7 (4.4) 40.0
Net interest paid (1.4) (0.7) -
Other changes (0.7) 0.3 0.1
Net cash from (used in) financing activites (1.2) (9.7) 37.2
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes 3.7 (1.2) (0.1)
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (4.6) 13.8 11.7
Opening cash position 49.2 35.4 23.7
CLOSING CASH POSITION 44.6 49.2 35.4

Financial Calendar

  • Thursday 26 February 2015 at 2.30pm CET: SFAF meeting of financial analysts, Hôtel Le Meurice, Paris.
  • Thursday 26 February 2015 at 5.30pm CET: web conference on the 2014 results.
  • Monday 27 April 2015 (after close of trading): Press release Q1 2015.

Disclaimer

The forecasts in this document are contingent upon risks and uncertainties as to the Group’s future growth and profitability. Readers are reminded that license agreements, which often represent investments for our clients, are more significant in the second half of the year and may therefore have a more or less favourable impact on full-year performance.

The outcome of events or actual results may differ from those described in this document as a result of various risks and uncertainties set out in the 2013 Registration Document submitted to the Autorité des Marchés Financiers on 24 April 2014 under number R14-019.

The distribution of this press release in certain countries may be subject to laws and regulations in force. Natural persons present in such countries and those in which this press release is disseminated, published, or distributed should obtain information about such restrictions and comply with them.

This document is a free translation into English of the original French press release. It is not a binding document. In the event of a conflict in interpretation, reference should be made to the French version, which is the authentic text.

About Axway

Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA), a market leader in governing the flow of data, is a global software company with more than 11,000 public- and private-sector customers in 100 countries. For more than a decade, Axway has empowered leading organizations around the world with proven solutions that help manage business-critical interactions through the exchange of data flowing across the enterprise, among B2B communities, cloud and mobile devices. Our award-winning solutions span business-to-business integration, managed file transfer, operational intelligence, API and identity management, and email security– offered on premise and in the Cloud with professional and managed services. Axway is registered in France with headquarters in the United States and offices in 19 countries. More information is available at www.axway.com.

Contacts

Axway
Investor Relations:
Patrick Gouffran, +33 (0)1 40 67 29 26
pgouffran@axway.com
or
Press Relations:
Sylvie Podetti, +33 (0)1 47 17 22 40
spodetti@axway.com

Contacts

Axway
Investor Relations:
Patrick Gouffran, +33 (0)1 40 67 29 26
pgouffran@axway.com
or
Press Relations:
Sylvie Podetti, +33 (0)1 47 17 22 40
spodetti@axway.com