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SPSS Reports Strong 2007 Fourth Quarter, Full Year Results

(PresseBox) (München, ) SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq:SPSS - News), a global provider of predictive analytics software and solutions, today announced record revenues, operating income and earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.

The Company reported fourth quarter revenues of $79.6 million, up 12 percent from $71.1 million in the same quarter of 2006. New license revenues were $42.1 million, up 18 percent from $35.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Operating income increased 26 percent to $14.7 million, or 18 percent of total revenues, from $11.7 million, or 16 percent of total revenues, in the same quarter of 2006. These results include charges for share-based compensation of $2.2 million and $1.7 million in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Results for the fourth quarter of 2007 also include $2.7 million in charges for previously announced organizational restructuring and research and development (R&D) facilities consolidation compared with $0.9 million of similar charges in the same 2006 quarter.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $10.0 million, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.50, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.10 EPS, for the same period in 2006. Results for the fourth quarter of 2006 included a non-cash, non-operating income tax charge of $6.9 million, or $0.33 EPS.

"The fourth quarter was a good end to a good year," said Jack Noonan, SPSS chairman, president and CEO. "Revenue growth in the quarter was powered by new sales of our data mining tools, which augmented another solid increase in new licenses of our statistical products. These trends were evident across all major geographies. We also completed sizable transactions in the quarter with customers across a broad range of industries focused on leveraging their customer relationships. This was highlighted by a 14 percent increase in new revenue from contracts over $100,000 and a 10 percent increase in the average value for such contracts. This growing revenue from enterprise-level deployments reflects continued interest in and demand for predictive analytics at the executive level. Favorable currency exchange rates also accounted for a somewhat higher growth in revenue and earnings than in previous 2007 quarters."

The Company reported maintenance revenues in the 2007 fourth quarter of $30.5 million, up 10 percent from $27.8 million in the same quarter of 2006. This increase was primarily driven by the timing of the initial renewals of maintenance for new license agreements, good renewal rates of existing licenses, and foreign currency effects. Maintenance revenues in the 2007 fiscal year were $118.3 million, 41 percent of total revenues and an 8 percent increase from $109.3 million in 2006.

For the 2007 fiscal year, revenues were $291.0 million, an 11 percent increase from $261.5 million in the 2006 fiscal year. New license revenues were $144.0 million, up 15 percent from $125.0 million in 2006. Operating income for the 2007 fiscal year increased 44 percent to $49.5 million, or 17 percent of total revenues, from $34.3 million, or 13 percent of total revenues, for the 2006 fiscal year. These results include charges for share-based compensation of $7.8 million and $6.7 million in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Results for the 2007 fiscal year also include charges of $4.6 million for organizational restructuring and R&D facilities consolidation compared with similar charges in 2006 of $2.2 million, including $1.3 million for the write-off of obsolete purchased software.

Net income in 2007 was $33.7 million, or $1.65 EPS, compared to 2006 net income of $15.1 million, or $0.73 EPS. Fiscal year 2006 results included a non-cash, non-operating income tax charge of $6.9 million, or $0.34 EPS.

Noonan continued, "The year was marked by several trends in our business that we believe will continue into 2008. The first was strong growth in revenues from our market-leading predictive analytics statistical and data mining tools. Second, revenue growth was highest among commercial customers, as evidenced by major deals completed with firms in industries with large direct customer bases such as consumer products, insurance and telecommunications. The third trend was a growing number of transactions done with our alliances and partners, confirming the validity of our partnering strategy and demonstrating the value that SPSS predictive analytics technology adds to other strategic applications."

Cash at December 31, 2007 was $306.9 million, up from $140.2 million at December 31, 2006 and $297.1 million at September 30, 2007. Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $33.4 million compared to $22.3 million for the same quarter in 2006. For the 2007 fiscal year, cash flow from operations was $84.9 million up from $48.2 million for the 2006 fiscal year.

Share Buy-Back

As previously announced, the SPSS Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase up to a maximum of two million shares of issued and outstanding common stock and up to $20.0 million principal amount of issued and outstanding convertible notes. This authorization extends until December 31, 2008. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company purchased 607,200 shares of its issued and outstanding common stock pursuant to this repurchase program. This purchase was in addition to the 1.5 million shares purchased in the first quarter of 2007 in connection with the convertible debt offering, bringing total shares purchased during 2007 to 2.1 million, or 11 percent of the shares outstanding at December 31, 2006. The shares purchased during 2007 were acquired at an average price of $33.79 per share for a total cash cost of $71.8 million.

Since December 31, 2007, the Company has purchased an additional 853,800 shares of its issued and outstanding common stock pursuant to the repurchase program. Currently, 539,000 shares of common stock remain available for repurchase under this program. Repurchases are not mandatory and will be made from time to time based on the availability of alternative investment opportunities and market conditions.

Outlook and Guidance

"In addition to solid execution by our sales organization and improved operating performance, we benefited in the fourth quarter from productivity gains and cost management initiatives as well as favorable currency exchange rates," said Raymond Panza, SPSS executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Margin expansion continued into the fourth quarter as growth in revenue was efficiently realized through lower costs resulting in higher operating income. Even with restructuring charges, costs related to facility closures, and higher share-based compensation expense, we achieved record operating margins for both the quarter and full fiscal year. Our balance sheet has become stronger and we are generating sustainable cash flow."

Panza continued, "While cautious about 2008 given the current economic environment, we believe demand for predictive analytics software will continue to grow and, in 2008, total revenue will grow at approximately the same rate as in 2007, excluding the effects of currency. For the 2008 first quarter, revenues are expected to be between $73.0 million and $75.0 million with EPS in the range of $0.40 to $0.45. For the 2008 fiscal year, we expect revenues of between $305.0 million and $315.0 million, with EPS in the range of $1.85 to $1.95. This guidance assumes an expected effective income tax rate of 39 percent and includes expected expense for share based compensation of $0.07 and $0.26 per share for the 2008 first quarter and fiscal year, respectively."

Safe Harbor Statement

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including without limitation, statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or future strategies that are signified by the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "estimates" or similar language. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company cautions investors that its business and financial performance and the matters described in these forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. Because of these risks and uncertainties, some of which may not be currently ascertainable and many of which are beyond the Company's control, actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to predict revenue, the Company's ability to respond to rapid technological changes, a potential loss of relationships with third parties from whom the Company licenses certain software, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, the impact of new accounting pronouncements, increased competition and risks associated with product performance and market acceptance of new products. A detailed discussion of other risk factors that affect the Company's business is contained in the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors." The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect actual future events.

NOTE - Share-Based Compensation

On January 1, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 123(R), Share-Based Payment ("SFAS No. 123(R)" or the "Statement") using the modified prospective method. SFAS No. 123(R) focuses primarily on accounting for transactions in which an entity obtains employee services in share-based payment transactions. Prior to the adoption of SFAS No. 123(R), the Company followed the intrinsic value method in accordance with APB No. 25 to account for its employee stock options and share-based awards issued before 2006. The Company has provided the effects of share-based compensation to show the effects of share-based compensation and the related effects on operating income and diluted net income per common share.

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SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) ist ein führender Anbieter von Predictive Analytics-Software und -Lösungen. Die Predictive Analytics-Technologie des Unternehmens unterstützt Organisationen dabei, Geschäftsprozesse zu optimieren, da sie täglich zu treffende Entscheidungen vorausschauend treffen können. Durch die Integration von Predictive Analytics in das Tagesgeschäft werden Unternehmen zum Predictive Enterprise - und sind so in der Lage, Entscheidungen zu steuern und zu automatisieren, um Geschäftsziele und einen messbaren Wettbewerbsvorteil zu erreichen. Mehr als 250.000 Kunden aus der Wirtschaft, dem Hochschulbereich und dem öffentlichen Dienst vertrauen auf die SPSS-Technologie, um Erträge zu erhöhen, Kosten zu senken, wichtige Prozesse zu verbessern und um Betrug zu erkennen und zu vermeiden.

Zu den Kunden von SPSS in Deutschland zählen große Unternehmen und Institutionen wie GfK AG, Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Deutsche Telekom AG, Vattenfall Europe-Hamburg AG, MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbH , Commerzbank AG, Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH, Barmer Ersatzkasse, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, OBI GmbH & Co. Franchise Center KG, TUI AG, AOL Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, O2 Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, AMB Generali Holding AG, DBV Winterthur Versicherung AG, Gruner + Jahr AG & Co.KG, Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich Wien, IT Austria und KTM Sportmotorcycle AG.

SPSS Inc. mit Hauptsitz in Chicago, Illinois, wurde 1968 gegründet. Die deutsche Niederlassung besteht seit 1986. SPSS beschäftigt in Deutschland und Österreich derzeit rund 70 Mitarbeiter. Weitere Informationen finden sich unter