Munich, October 29, 2010 – In the first nine months of 2010 Nemetschek AG (ISIN 0006452907), Europe's largest vendor of software for architecture, civil engineering and the building industry, managed to significantly increase group revenues: compared with the same period last year, which was marked by the consequences of the world economic crisis, revenues increased by 12 percent to 108.3 million euros. The EBITDA increased by 40 percent to 26.5 million euros. The operating margin thus increased from 20 percent to 25 percent. Net income (group shares) rose by more than 100 percent from 6.3 to 13.2 million euros. The cash flow from normal business activities amounted to 27.6 million euros, up from 18.1 million euros in the previous year - a year-on-year increase of 52 percent.
Revenues from license sales up by 21 percent
Compared with the first nine months of 2009 the revenues from license sales increased by 21 percent to 53.3 million euros, while the revenues from long-term maintenance contracts improved by 6 percent to 49.1 million euros. Here, it is the group's foreign markets in particular that have clearly recovered, with a 17 percent increase in revenues to 64.5 million euros. The revenues in Germany rose by 4 percent to 43.8 million euros. While the revenue level remained largely stable in the Build and Manage segments, the Design and Multimedia business units showed significant growth: in the Design segment revenues rose by 12 percent to 88.0 million euros. The Multimedia segment increased its revenues by 33 percent to 7.7 million euros.
Earnings per share more than doubled
Thanks to this considerable growth the Nemetschek Group achieved an EBITDA of 26.5 million euros in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (previous year: 18.9 million euros). At 91.9 million euros the operating costs were up by 5 percent from the previous year. This is largely attributable to revenue-dependent cost items such as dealer commissions and bonuses as well as higher expenses for the market launch of the new product versions of Allplan, Vectorworks and Maxon. The operating profit (EBIT) amounted to 19.4 million euros compared with 11.7 million euros in the previous year. Net income (group shares) thus amounted to 13.2 million euros (previous year: 6.3 million euros). The earnings per share (group shares, basic) thus more than doubled compared with the previous year: from 0.65 euros to 1.37 euros.
The strong operating result in the first nine months is also reflected in the cash flow: compared with the previous year the cash flow from normal business activities increased by 9.5 million euros to 27.6 million euros (previous year: 18.1 million euros). The cash flow from investing activities amounted to -2.4 million euros (previous year: -2.9 million euros). The free cash flow thus amounted to 25.2 million euros. Compared to December 31, 2009, the liquid funds increased by 13.3 million euros to 36.2 million euros and now exceed the remaining loans from the Graphisoft acquisition (27.0 million euros) by 9.2 million euros. The Nemetschek Group has an equity quote of 52 percent (December 31, 2009: 50 percent).
'In the first three quarters of the current fiscal year our revenues almost returned to the level achieved in 2008 - and the EBITDA margin is at a record high,' emphasizes Ernst Homolka, CEO, Nemetschek AG. For the year as a whole, management expects revenues to increase by around 9 percent - and thus growth to settle at the upper end of the forecast that was raised in the middle of the year. With this in mind the EBITDA margin is expected to be at around 24 percent. 'The plus in revenues could be even more significant should the fourth quarter progress well', emphasized Homolka.