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SAP Reported 38% Growth in Cloud Computing Business

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In the third quarter, new cloud bookings were up 38% (33% at constant currencies) and up 50% excluding Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). A cloud deal with a major partner contributed 17 percentage points to Q3 new cloud bookings growth. The deal has a term of 3 years, with revenue recognition starting in the fourth quarter 2019.

Cloud revenue grew 37% year over year to €1.79 billion (IFRS), up 37% (non-IFRS) and 33% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Software licenses revenue was down 1% year over year to €0.93 billion (IFRS), down 1% (non-IFRS) and down 4% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Cloud and software revenue grew 12% year over year to €5.63 billion (IFRS), up 13% (non-IFRS) and 10% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Total revenue grew 13% year over year to €6.79 billion (IFRS), up 13% (non-IFRS) and 10% (non-IFRS at constant currencies).

Adding more than 500 customers in the quarter, SAP S/4HANA adoption grew to more than 12,000 customers, up 25% year-over-year.

The share of more predictable revenue grew by 2 percentage points year-over-year to 69% in the third quarter.

Cloud gross margin increased 5.9 percentage points year over year to 64.5% (IFRS) and increased by 5.4 percentage points year over year to 69.0% (non-IFRS) and 5.5 percentage points to 69.0% (non-IFRS at constant currencies).

Operating profit increased 36% year over year to €1.68 billion (IFRS), up 20% (non-IFRS) and up 15% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Operating margin increased 4.2 percentage points year over year to 24.7% (IFRS) and expanded by 1.7 percentage points year over year to 30.6% (non-IFRS) and 1.5 percentage points to 30.4% (non-IFRS at constant currencies).

Earnings per share was up 28% to €1.04 (IFRS) and up 14% to €1.30 (non-IFRS).

Business Outlook 2019

The company reiterates its outlook for the full year 2019.

SAP continues to expect:

  • Non-IFRS cloud revenue to be in a range of €6.7 − €7.0 billion at constant currencies (2018: €5.03 billion), up 33% – 39% at constant currencies.
  • Non-IFRS cloud and software revenue to be in a range of €22.4 – €22.7 billion at constant currencies (2018: €20.66 billion), up 8.5% – 10% at constant currencies.
  • Non-IFRS operating profit to be in a range of €7.85 – €8.05 billion at constant currencies (2018: €7.16 billion), up 9.5% – 12.5% at constant currencies.

In addition, SAP expects total revenues to increase strongly, at a rate lower than operating profit.

Ambition 2020 and 2023

Ambition 2020

SAP continues to expect:

  • €8.6 − €9.1 billion non-IFRS cloud revenue
  • €28.6 − €29.2 billion non-IFRS total revenue
  • The share of more predictable revenue (defined as the total of cloud revenue and software support revenue) in a range of 70% − 75%
  • €8.8 – €9.1 billion non-IFRS operating profit

Ambition 2023

Over the period from 2018 through 2023, SAP continues to expect to:

  • More than triple non-IFRS cloud revenue (2018: €5.03 billion)
  • Grow to more than €35 billion in non-IFRS total revenue (2018: €24.74 billion)
  • Approach a share of more predictable revenue of 80%
  • Reach a Non-IFRS cloud gross margin of 75%
  • Increase the non-IFRS operating margin by one percentage point per year on average, representing a total expansion of approximately 500 basis points.

The Company will report its complete third quarter 2019 results on October 21st.

Definition of key growth metrics

New cloud bookings are the total of all orders received in a given period the revenue from which is expected to be classified as cloud revenue and that result from purchases by new customers and from incremental purchases by existing customers. Consequently, orders to renew existing contracts are not included in this metric. The order amount must be committed. Consequently, due to their pay-per-use nature, business network transaction fees which do not include a committed minimum consumption are not reflected in the bookings metric (e.g. SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass transaction-based fees). Amounts included in the measures are generally annualized (annualized contract value ACV).

Share of more predictable revenue is the total of non-IFRS cloud revenue and non-IFRS software support revenue as a percentage of total revenue.

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