AXWAY: €M142.8 in Revenue for the First Half of 2017 and 4.2% Profit on Operating Activities

PARIS--()--Regulatory News:

Axway (Paris:AXW) (Euronext: AXW.PA) - Axway Software's Board of Directors, convened on July 26 under the chairmanship of Pierre Pasquier, approved the financial statements for the first half of 2017, which show the following, in comparison with the first half of 2016:

  • total revenue of €142.8 million, or -6% in organic growth;
  • revenue from Cloud activity of €17.2 million, +14.8% in organic growth;
  • revenue from Licenses of €25.0 million, or -34.0% in organic growth;
  • profit on operating activities of €6 million, or 4.2% of revenue.

Note: Readers are reminded that a press release was sent out on July 18, 2017 concerning "Axway preliminary Half Year 2017 accounts".

                             
          1er Sem. 2017       1er Sem. 2016       FY 2016  
        (€m)       (Rev)       (€m)       (% Rev)       (€m)       (% Rev)  
Key income statement items                                          
Revenue   142.8             144.7             301.1          
Organic growth   -6.0%             5.7%             4.4%          
Profit on operating activities   6.0       4.2%     16.3       11.3%     50.8       16.9%  
Profit from recurring operations   1.0       0.7%     12.3       8.5%     41.8       13.9%  
Other income and expense   -1.3             -1.5             -6.7          
Net financial costs and currency impact   0.5             0.8             0.1          
Income Taxes   2.5             -0.5             -3.7          
  Net profit       2.6       1.8%       11.0       7.6%       31.5       10.5%  
  (€)           (€)           (€)      
  Basic net earnings per share       0.12               0.53               1.51          
 

Alternative performance indicators are defined in the glossary that appears at the end of the document.

Comments on H1 2017 activity

Axway's activity in the first half of 2017 was characterized by a downturn in licensing revenue and substantial growth in Cloud revenue over the first half of 2016 for these activities. The volume of growth in subscription revenue did not offset the decline in licensing revenues, and thus resulted in a half-year in organic decline (-6%) compared to the first half of 2016. Cloud revenue stood at €17.2 million or 14.8% growth, representing 12% of activity for the half-year. Licenses, with revenue of €25 million, down by -34.0%, now represent 18% of activity. Services, an activity which is now presented without Cloud subscription, realized revenue of €27.1 million or a decline of -3.9%. Maintenance confirmed several years of steady performance with revenue of €73.5 million or 3.7% growth over the same period in 2016. The acquisition of Syncplicity early in the year led to the integration and development of synergies and mobilized the company, specifically its sales network, for the first six months.

Profit on operating activities stood at 4.2% of revenue, compared to 11.3% in the first half of 2016. This downturn is exclusively the result of the loss of licensing revenue in the first half of 2017.

Revenue by region (in €m)

                                             
  1st Quarter       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
  France       19.5       20.1       20.1       -2.6%       -2.6%
Rest of Europe 15.8 14.6 14.1 8.5% 11.8%
America's 29.5 27.5 30.3 7.6% -2.4%
  Asia/Pacific       3.6       3.3       3.4       11.6%       6.6%  
  Axway       68.5       65.3       67.9       4.9%       0.9%  
  2nd Quarter       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
France 19.1 23.8 23.8 -19.7% -19.8%
Rest of Europe 17.9 17.3 16.9 3.3% 6.1%
America's 33.2 34.1 39.1 -2.7% -15.2%
  Asia/Pacific       4.1       4.2       4.3       -2.1%       -3.7%  
  Axway       74.3       79.4       84.1       -6.5%       -11.7%  
  1st Semester       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
France 38.7 43.9 43.9 -11.9% -11.9%
Rest of Europe 33.7 31.8 31.0 5.7% 8.7%
America's 62.7 61.5 69.4 1.9% -9.6%
  Asia/Pacific       7.8       7.4       7.7       3.9%       0.9%  
Axway 142.8 144.7 151.9 -1.3% -6.0%
 

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

For the first half of 2017, France suffered a significant negative comparison effect with organic growth of -11.9%, due in particular to the performance of licenses in the first half of 2016, which had signed an important contract. It also had a more complicated second quarter for maintenance, with a decline in the renewal rate.

The rest of Europe benefited from several excellent signatures, notably in Belgium and the Netherlands, enabling +8.7% growth.

The United States, with €62.7 million in revenue, was also penalized by an unfavorable comparison basis in licenses, with a significant win in June 2016. The strong growth of Cloud activity does not offset the loss in sales of licenses and brings overall growth for the region to -9.6% for the first half, compared to +18.1% in 2016 over the same period.

Asia Pacific held steady with positive growth of 0.9%, driven by good performance in maintenance, services, and the Cloud.

 

Revenue by activity (in €M)

 
  1st Quarter       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
  Licenses       9.6       12.4       12.6       -22.8%       -24.2%
Cloud 7.3 - 5.9 - 23.7%
Maintenance 37.3 34.7 35.3 7.0% 5.7%
  Services       14.4       18.2       14.1       -20.7%       2.0%  
  Axway       68.5       65.3       67.9       4.9%       0.9%  
  2nd Quarter       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
Licenses 15.4 25.1 25.3 -38.5% -38.9%
Cloud 9.8 - 9.0 - 9.0%
Maintenance 36.2 35.4 35.6 2.3% 1.7%
  Services       12.8       18.9       14.2       -32.4%       -9.8%  
  Axway       74.3       79.4       84.1       -6.5%       -11.7%  
  1st Semester       2017      

2016
Reported

     

2016
Restated

     

Total
Growth

     

Organic
Growth 1

 
Licenses 25.0 37.4 37.9 -33.3% -34.0%
Cloud 17.2 - 15.0 - 14.8%
Maintenance 73.5 70.2 70.8 4.6% 3.7%
  Services       27.1       37.1       28.2       -26.7%       -3.9%  
Axway 142.8 144.7 151.9 -1.3% -6.0%
 

(1) at constant exchange rates and scope of consolidation

The decrease in licenses continued in the second quarter, following the trend seen over the first three months. This was due to delays in signatures in licenses during the quarter as well as the unfavorable effect of the comparison basis for the same quarter of 2016. In addition, the integration of the last two acquisitions (Appcelerator and Syncplicity) required that the sales teams appropriate the new technologies (Mobile and EFSS) and the subscription business model. By technology, market demand for API (Application Programming Interface) remains extremely high, and Axway's competitive position remains very favorable.

Cloud activity, with strong revenue growth over the half-year, also delivered new signatures (ACV of more than €4.3 million and TCV of more than €7.3 million) generating embedded revenue for the coming years. However, the accounting recognition mechanism for Cloud activity does not allow offsetting of the downturn in licenses over the half-year.

Maintenance performance was highly satisfactory over the half-year. The slowdown in growth over the second quarter reflects the accounting recognition of annual cancellations and does not comprise a trend for this activity.

The company's priority regarding Services activity (excluding the Cloud) is improving the activity's gross profit, and the first half is in line with this target (gross profit of 13.3%). The slowdown in revenue from services is the result of a lower volume of implementation projects due to reduced licenses.

The downturn in licenses (€12.5 million compared to the first half of 2016) directly impacted gross profit and then profit on operating activities, which was €6.0 million, or €10.3 million less than profit on operating activities in the first half of 2016. Note that Cloud activity, which reached breakeven in 2016, has achieved gross profit of over 38% as of this half-year.

Financial position

At June 30, 2017, Axway's financial position remains solid, with €27.1 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Bank debt at the same date is €55.9 million.

These financial items include the substantial investments made in the first half with the acquisition of Syncplicity.

Shareholders' equity at June 30, 2017 was €352.5 million, including the dividend payment (€8.5 million) made in June.

Earnings per share amounted to €0.12 at June 30, 2017 compared with €0.53 at June 30, 2016.

The consolidated interim financial statements were subject to an audit. The limited audit report is in the process of being published by the auditors.

Workforce

As at June 30, 2017, Axway employed 1,941 people (576 in France and 1,365 in other countries), virtually stable compared with December 31, 2016.

Strategy & Outlook

Axway's positioning since early 2016 around digital transformation resulted notably in a transformation of the company's business model. The Medium-Term Plan drawn up by the company planned for a "hold, at best" performance in licensing revenue (driven by the historic Foundation offer), coupled with substantial growth in subscription revenue (galvanized by the Digital offer). The first half of 2017 saw an acceleration of this transformation with a swifter decline than anticipated on the weak momentum of licenses.

However, the year's performance in licenses is traditionally delivered in the second half and, although the observed downturn is indeed a signal, it cannot be extrapolated across the full fiscal year. Analysis of the pipeline suggests that the delay in licenses observed in the first half cannot be made up by the end of the year. Nevertheless, the company is confident in its ability to achieve the same level in licenses in the second half as in 2016. Moreover, growth in the Cloud in the second half will continue the pattern set in the first six months of the year. Under these conditions, the company is targeting stabilization of overall revenue (in organic growth) for the full year 2017.

The simultaneous establishment of a cost-savings plan during the second half (as the company has already done in the past) should make it possible to achieve profit on operating activities in excess of 13% over the year. At the same time as these short-term actions, the Group will naturally continue to conduct a more in-depth review to evaluate the changes to be made to accelerate the transformation of the business model as well as the growth in the proportion of recurring revenue in the company's total revenue.

Income statement

  (in thousands of euros)       1er Sem. 2017       1er Sem. 2016       FY 2016  
Revenue :              
Licenses 25 021 37 448 81 280
Cloud 17 179 9 031 19 106
Maintenance   73 462       70 166       142 967  
Total Product Revenue 115 662 116 645 243 353
Services   27 125       28 046       57 725  
Total Revenue :   142 787       144 691       301 077  
Costs of sales:
Product Revenue 13 216 12 454 23 652
Cloud 10 582 6 453 12 659
Services   23 529       25 496       50 321  
Total Costs of sales :   47 327       44 403       86 632  
Gross profit:   95 459       100 287       214 446  
as a % of Revenue 66.9% 69.3% 71.2%
Operating expenses :
Sales and marketing 42 710 42 186 81 937
Research and development 31 520 27 000 53 318
General and administrative   15 245       14 795       28 419  
Total operating expenses :   89 476       83 981       163 674  
Profit on operating activities   5 983       16 306       50 771  
as a % of Revenue 4.2% 11.3% 16.9%
Stock option related expenses (542) (208) (1 089)
Amortization of intangible assets   (4 459)       (3 833)       (7 863)  
Profit from recurring operations   982       12 265       41 818  
as a % of Revenue 0.7% 8.5% 13.9%
Other income and expenses   (1 340)       (1 522)       (6 738)  
Operating profit   (358)       10 742       35 080  
Cost of net financial debt (21) (154) (380)
Other financial revenues and expenses 485 946 522
Income taxes   2 529       (494)       (3 745)  
Net Profit   2 635       11 040       31 477  
  as a % of Revenue       1.8%       7.6%      

10.5%

 
  Basic net earnings per share (in Euro)       0.12       0.53       1.51  
 

Simplified Balance Sheet

                             
        30/6/2017       30/6/2016       31/12/2016  
          (in €m)       (in €m)       (in €m)  
ASSETS          
Goodwill 339.8 279.9 288.8
Intangible assets 61.1 52.3 49.8
Property, plant and equipment 14.9 8.5 14.5
Other non-current assets   52.1     53.3     49.6  
Non-current assets 467.8 394.1 402.7
Trade receivables 48.7 69.9 78.2
Other current assets 28.5 23.6 25.3
Cash and cash equivalents   27.1     41.7     51.7  
Current assets   104.2     135.2     155.2  
TOTAL ASSETS   572.1     529.4     557.8  
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Share capital 42.4 41.6 42.0
Capital reserves and results   310.1     296.8     332.8  
Total shareholders' equity 352.5 338.4 374.8
Financial debt - long-term portion 53.5 31.9 35.5
Other non-current liabilities   20.7     14.8     10.3  
Non-current liabilities 74.2 46.7 45.7
Financial debt - short-term portion 5.9 2.9 3.7
Deferred Revenues 84.5 86.9 74.5
Other current liabilities   55.0     54.5     59.1  
Current liabilities   145.4     144.3     137.3  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 219.6 191.0 183.0
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   572.1     529.4     557.8  
 

Cash Flow Statement

                             
          1er Sem. 2017       1er Sem. 2016       FY 2016  
        (in €m)       (in €m)       (in €m)  
         
Net profit for the period 2.6 11.0 31.5
Net charges to amortizations, depreciations and provisions 6.3 2.8 10.0
Other income and expense items   0.6     -     1.9  
Cash from operations after cost of net debt and tax   9.6     13.8     43.5  
Changes to operating working capital requirements 16.5 8.7 (5.9)
Costs of net financial debt 0.0 0.2 0.4
Income tax paid net of accrual   (4.1)     (0.6)     0.5  
Net cash from operating activities   22.0     22.0     38.4  
Net cash used in investing activities   (60.4)     (50.4)     (57.3)  
Proceeds on shares issued 2.8 0.1 3.4
Dividends paid (8.5) - (8.3)
Change in loan 19.0 24.8 31.3
Net interest paid (0.0) (0.2) (0.4)
Other changes   (0.2)     (0.2)     (0.1)  
Net cash from (used in) financing activities   13.1     24.6     26.0  
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes   (1.1)     (0.6)     0.8  
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (26.4)     (4.4)     7.8  
Opening cash position   51.7     43.9     43.9  
CLOSING CASH POSITION   25.3     39.5     51.7  
 

Financial Calendar 2017

  • Thursday, July 27: Live conference and webcast at 2:30 p.m. at the Cloud Business Center Paris
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017: Publication of interim financial report
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Publication of 3rd Quarter 2017

Notes on the financial tables

The main accounting methods used by the Group are described in the notes to the annual financial statements of the Registration Document.

Glossary

Restated revenue: Revenue for the prior year, expressed on the basis of the scope and exchange rates for the current year.

ACV/VAC Annual Contract Value is the signed revenue still to come during the year.

TCV/VTC Total Contract Value is the signed revenue still to come until the end of the contract.

Organic growth in revenue: Growth of operations between revenue for the period and the reprocessed revenue data for the same period of the preceding fiscal year.

Profit on operating activities: This indicator, such as defined in the Registration Document, corresponds to profit from the reprocessed counting operations data of the charge pertaining to the cost of services rendered by the beneficiaries of stock options and of restricted shares and of the provisions to amortization of the affected intangible assets.

Profit from recurring operations: This indicator corresponds to the operating profit prior to taking into account other operating income and expenses which correspond to unusual, abnormal, infrequent, non-predictive operating income and expenses, and of a particularly significant amount, presented in a distinct manner in order to facilitate understanding of the performance connected to current operations.

Forward Looking Statements

The forecasts in this document are contingent upon risks and uncertainties as to the Group’s future growth and profitability, in particular in cases of acquisitions. 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 favorable impact on full-year performance. Readers are also reminded that potential acquisitions could have an impact on the financial data provided above.

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 2016 Registration Document submitted to the Autorité des Marchés Financiers on April 24, 2017 under number D. 17-0420.

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.

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Contacts

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