28.03.2019 USU Software AG  DE000A0BVU28

DGAP-News: USU Software AG announces figures for 2018 as well as dividend proposal and confirms planning


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USU Software AG announces figures for 2018 as well as dividend proposal and confirms planning

28.03.2019 / 09:00
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- Revenue rises by 7.3% to EUR 90.5 million

- Capital expenditure outside Germany and ongoing trend to SaaS solutions impact result

- Dividend proposal of EUR 0.40 per share

- Orders on hand up 11.6% as of December 31, 2018

- Planning anticipates further growth and improved earnings

According to the figures for 2018 published today, USU Software AG ("USU", ISIN DE000A0BVU28) increased its consolidated revenue (IFRS) by 7.3% year-on-year to EUR 90.5 million (2017: EUR 84.4 million). This upturn was driven essentially by strong domestic business, which expanded 9.4% to EUR 66.2 million (2017: EUR 60.6 million). In addition to the acquisition of new customers, established business with existing customers was a key factor in this. Despite several major US corporations delaying their orders, USU increased its international business by 1.9% compared with the previous year to EUR 24.2 million (2017: EUR 23.8 million). However, as a result of the strong growth in domestic business, the share of consolidated revenue attributable to international business was 26.8%, down from 28.2% in the previous year. As a result of the Group's active capital expenditure outside Germany and with a view to the expansion of SaaS business, the Management Board expects the share of consolidated revenue attributable to international business to return to well above 30% in the medium term.

In comparison to the previous year, in 2018 the operating cost base of the USU Group went up by 11.4% to EUR 88.3 million (2017: EUR 79.2 million). This reflects primarily the increased capital expenditure outside Germany to successfully implement the medium-term targets and the associated recruitment, the expansion of the consultant team and increased administrative expenses for internal future projects such as the centralization of Group IT or the creation of the new unymira division.
As a result of the stated declining license revenue on account of delayed orders and increased capital expenditure outside Germany, the USU Group's earnings performance fell short of the previous year in fiscal 2018. Thus USU increased its EBITDA by 19.5% year on year to EUR 5.5 million (2017: EUR 6.8 million), while EBIT declined in the same period from EUR 3.2 million to EUR 2.7 million.
Adjusted for extraordinary effects relating to acquisitions, EBIT (adjusted EBIT) at EUR 4.1 million was 32.7% down on the previous year (2017: EUR 6.1 million). Consolidated net profit for 2018 declined by two thirds to EUR 1.0 million (2017: EUR 3.4 million). Accordingly, earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.09 (2017: EUR 0.32).

In line with the Company's strategy of never distributing a dividend that is lower than the previous year and that corresponds to around half of the profit generated, the Management Board has proposed the payment of a dividend of EUR 0.40 per share as in the previous year.

In the 2019 fiscal year, the Management Board expects the Company to continue on the long-term positive growth path recorded in recent years in terms of adjusted EBIT and consolidated revenue, although this growth will be slowed slightly by the trend towards SaaS business, as was the case this year. In addition, the Management Board is optimistic that a majority of the US projects delayed from the previous year will lead to orders this year and thus contribute to a positive business performance. However, it is not yet known whether the companies will choose a one-time license or an SaaS project. Regardless of this, the Management Board is expecting positive effects from the capital expenditure outside Germany in previous years, which were mainly geared towards stepping up sales and marketing activities. In addition, the deeper market penetration of the Knowledge Management portfolio, which was launched on international markets in 2018, is set to have a positive effect on international business. At the same time, business in Germany is expected to continue to develop successfully. However, Service Business, which was incorporated into the newly formed unymira division in the previous year and already has a high level of consultant capacity utilization, is also expected to continue to see slight growth both for full-time employees and freelancers/partners. Overall, the Management Board expects to significantly outperform the market in terms of growth once again in fiscal 2019. One key indicator supporting this forecast is Group-wide orders on hand, which increased by over 11.6% year-on-year to EUR 49.2 million as of December 31, 2018 (2017: EUR 44.1 million).

Accordingly, the forecast for 2019 involves an increase in consolidated sales to between EUR 98 million and EUR 101 million, accompanied by an above-average rise in adjusted EBIT to EUR 7.5-10 million. At the same time, the Management Board is reiterating its medium-term planning for 2021 of consolidated revenue of EUR 140 million and adjusted EBIT of EUR 20 million. These figures include growth due to acquisitions of approximately EUR 15 million. Strategic planning focuses on the three established growth pillars of the USU Group: increased internationalization, the development and launch of new product innovations and growth through acquisitions.

This press release is available at https://www.usu.de/en/

USU Software AG

The USU Group is the largest European provider of IT and knowledge management software. Market leaders from all sectors of the international economy use USU applications to create transparency, enhance agility, save costs and reduce their risks. In addition to USU AG, founded in 1977, USU Software AG - which is listed in the Prime Standard of Deutsche Börse (ISIN DE000A0BVU28) - also includes the subsidiaries Aspera GmbH, Aspera Technologies Inc., LeuTek GmbH, OMEGA Software GmbH and USU SAS.

In the area of IT management, USU supports companies with comprehensive ITIL(R)-compliant solutions for strategic and operational IT and enterprise service management. USU solutions give customers an overall view of their IT processes and IT infrastructure and enable them to transparently plan, allocate, monitor and actively manage services. USU is one of the world's leading manufacturers in the area of software license management.

USU is driving the digitization of business processes with its intelligent solutions and expertise in the area of digital interaction. Standard software and consulting services are used to automate service workflows and actively provide knowledge for all communications channels and points of customer contact in sales, marketing and customer service. The portfolio in this area is rounded off by system integration, individual applications and software solutions for industrial big data.

Further information: https://www.usu.de/en/


USU Software AG
Investor Relations
Falk Sorge
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 351
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 - 48 67 108
E-mail: f.sorge@usu.de

USU Software AG
Corporate Communications
Dr. Thomas Gerick
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 48 67 440
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 48 67 108
E-mail: t.gerick@usu.de


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Language: English
Company: USU Software AG
71696 Möglingen
Phone: +49 (0)7141 4867-0
Fax: +49 (0)7141 4867-200
E-mail: info@usu-software.de
Internet: www.usu-software.de
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 792865

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Die wichtigsten Finanzdaten auf einen Blick
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019e 2020e
Umsatzerlöse1 55,71 58,93 66,09 72,10 84,36 90,49 95,63 103,50
EBITDA1,2 5,49 8,88 9,88 10,78 6,84 5,51 9,92 11,60
EBITDA-Marge3 9,85 15,07 14,95 14,95 8,11 6,09 10,37 11,21
EBIT1,4 3,41 6,67 7,59 8,30 3,22 2,71 4,05 5,70
EBIT-Marge5 6,12 11,32 11,48 11,51 3,82 2,99 4,24 5,51
Jahresüberschuss1 3,65 6,67 7,59 6,78 3,37 0,96 5,27 6,70
Netto-Marge6 6,55 11,32 11,48 9,40 3,99 1,06 5,51 6,47
Cashflow1,7 9,86 7,74 12,15 5,13 5,17 2,00 9,52 7,00
Ergebnis je Aktie8 0,35 0,52 0.80 0,64 0,32 0,09 0,50 0,65
Dividende8 0,25 0,30 0,35 0,40 0,40 0,40 0,40 0,45
Quelle: boersengefluester.de und Firmenangaben

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1 in Mio. Euro; 2 EBITDA = Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Abschreibungen; 3 EBITDA in Relation zum Umsatz; 4 EBIT = Ergebnis vor Zinsen und Steuern; 5 EBIT in Relation zum Umsatz; 6 Jahresüberschuss (-fehlbetrag) in Relation zum Umsatz; 7 Cashflow aus der gewöhnlichen Geschäftstätigkeit; 8 in Euro; Quelle: boersengefluester.de

Wirtschaftsprüfer: Ebner Stolz

USU Software
WKN Kurs in € Einschätzung Börsenwert in Mio. €
A0BVU2 16,800 Halten 176,80
KGV 2021e KGV 10Y-Ø BGFL-Ratio Shiller-KGV
19,76 24,24 0,815 35,97
3,16 18,58 1,85 16,905
Dividende '19 in € Dividende '20e in € Div.-Rendite '19e
in %
0,40 0,45 2,38 26.06.2020
Q1-Zahlen Q2-Zahlen Q3-Zahlen Bilanz-PK
26.05.2020 31.08.2020 16.11.2020 26.03.2020
Abstand 60Tage-Linie Abstand 200Tage-Linie Performance YtD Performance 52 Wochen
15,32% 2,74% 6,33% 19,57%
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