Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY) released preliminary unaudited non-GAAP financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. DS will hold a conference call today to discuss preliminary results at 12:00 PM London/1:00 PM CET/7:00 AM New York as described further below.
The preliminary and unaudited non-GAAP financial information which follows is based upon initial closing information and is subject to further review. Non-GAAP revenue excludes deferred revenue write-downs; non-GAAP EPS and non-GAAP operating margin also exclude deferred revenue write-downs as well as stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangibles and other income and expense, net and non-GAAP EPS also reflects the net tax effects related to the items excluded herein.
Preliminary and Unaudited 2008 Fourth Quarter non-GAAP Financial Information
Preliminary and Unaudited 2008 Full Year non-GAAP Financial Information
Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our preliminary fourth quarter financial performance reflected an increasingly difficult environment as the year-end approached. This resulted in revenue coming in approximately €3 million lower than our objective as reported, or about €30 million in constant currencies, principally due to deferrals of contracts that were otherwise ready for final agreement and signing during December. Our recurring software revenue continued to grow, increasing double-digits in constant currencies for the fourth quarter.
“While we regret missing our objectives due to the uncertainty in the environment, our underlying discussions with an important number of customers who deferred orders this past quarter clearly confirm their need for our software solutions and their intention to complete these transactions.
“In summary, despite the effects of the significant downturn in the macroeconomic environment during the fourth quarter, Dassault Systèmes finishes 2008 with growth in revenue and earnings, a high level of recurring software revenue and a strong balance sheet.”
Today’s Conference Call Information
Dassault Systèmes will host a conference call today, Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM London/1:00 PM CET/7:00 AM New York. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are as follows: callers within Europe as well as other international callers may dial +44(0) 1452 569 393; and callers within the U.S. may dial: +1 866 434 1089. A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing +44(0) 1452 550 000, access code 80837826. Additionally, the conference call will be available via the Internet by accessing http://www.3ds.com/corporate/investors/. Please go to the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the conference call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
The Company will return to its pre-release quiet period beginning Tuesday, January 20, 2009 and will have no further comments on its financial results until it releases its fourth quarter and full year 2008 financial results on February 11, 2009.
Information in Constant Currencies
When the Company believes it would be helpful for understanding trends
in its business, the Company provides percentage increases or decreases
in its revenue (on a non-GAAP basis) to eliminate the effect of changes
in currency values, particularly the U.S. dollar (US$) and the Japanese
yen (JPY), relative to the euro. When trend information is expressed
herein "in constant currencies", the results of the "current" period
have first been recalculated using the average exchange rates of the
comparable period in the preceding year, and then compared with the
results of the comparable period in the preceding year.