Progress Software Reports 2009 Third Quarter Results

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Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive announced today results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2009. On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, revenue for the quarter was $119.4 million, down 6 percent (flat at constant currency) from $126.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue totaled $119.7 million, down 5 percent (flat at constant currency) from the year ago period. The non-GAAP adjustment to revenue was to add back the purchase accounting adjustment for the reduction in deferred maintenance revenue related to the acquisition of IONA Technologies. Software license revenue decreased 15 percent (down 11 percent at constant currency) to $39.2 million from $46.0 million in the same quarter last year.

On a GAAP basis, operating income decreased 50 percent to $9.1 million from $18.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income decreased 56 percent to $5.5 million from $12.5 million in the same quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share decreased 57 percent to 13 cents from 30 cents in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

On a non-GAAP basis, operating income decreased 8 percent to $24.9 million from $27.2 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP net income decreased 13 percent to $16.5 million from $19.0 million in the same quarter last year and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share decreased 11 percent to 40 cents per share from 45 cents in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Non-GAAP amounts primarily exclude the amortization of acquired intangibles, stock-based compensation, restructuring and acquisition-related costs and purchase accounting adjustments for deferred revenue.

The non-GAAP results noted above and the non-GAAP financial outlook for 2009 discussed below represent non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measures for the three months ended August 31, 2009 and August 31, 2008, and the 2009 outlook, as well as further information regarding these measures, is included in the condensed financial information provided with this release.

Progress Software's cash and short-term investments at the end of the third quarter totaled $186.5 million. Progress Software repurchased approximately 67,000 shares at a cost of $1.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. The existing re-purchase authorization, under which approximately 9.6 million shares remain available for repurchase, expires on September 30, 2009.

Rick Reidy, president and chief executive officer of Progress Software, stated: "Our financial results reflect the difficult economic environment and unfavorable year-over-year currency rates present during this third quarter. However, we continue to be well positioned with our emerging products and have received strong validation and top ratings from independent analyst firms."

Quarterly Highlights

- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected Progress FUSE products to provide the open source integration underpinnings for their System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program. The selection of FUSE open source products allows the SWIM program to interoperate with many other existing vendor technologies already in use by the FAA. (http://tinyurl.com/Progress-FAA)

- UniCredit has deployed the Progress Apama FX Aggregation Accelerator for its FX desks. UniCredit's FX traders are now using the Progress Apama platform along with its customized dashboards to connect to a number of liquidity venues and gain an aggregated view of liquidity in the FX market. In addition to using the Apama FX Aggregator to get a single unified view of the fragmented global FX market place, UniCredit's FX traders are harnessing the power of the FX Aggregation Accelerator to publish FX prices to its eFX downstream channels. (http://tinyurl.com/unicredit-and-progress)

- Foxwoods Resort Casino is now using Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC database drivers within its Hospitality Systems' applications to connect business analytics data on UNIX to Windows-based data sources. With secure, reliable and stable access to heterogeneous data sources, Foxwoods has gained immediate visibility into the non-gaming activity of its guests to aid with marketing efforts, special events and promotions. (http://tinyurl.com/Progress-Foxwoods)

- BondDesk Group, a leading fixed income trading platform and one of the largest market destinations for trading odd-lot fixed income in the U.S., will use the industry-leading Progress Apama Complex Event Processing (CEP) platform within the BondDesk Alternative Trading System (ATS). The BondDesk ATS provides 2,000 broker-dealers with access to 35,000 live and executable offerings from 120 premier fixed income dealers. BondDesk delivers analytics and decision-support to traders' desktops more quickly and efficiently than ever before using the Apama CEP platform. (http://tinyurl.com/BondDesk-Progress)

- Progress Software announced the appointment of Christopher Larsen as the company's Senior Vice President, Global Field Operations. His appointment in this new executive role is part of Progress' goal to provide a single integrated and customer focused enterprise level sales, services, and support organization globally. Reporting to Rick Reidy, president and chief executive officer, Larsen will be responsible for all company-wide sales, pre-sales, alliance, technical support and consulting services. (http://tinyurl.com/Christopher-Larsen)

- The company announced the general availability of version 3.3 of its Progress DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET data providers featuring Entity Framework support for Oracle. (http://tinyurl.com/Progress-Oracle-Connectivity)

- Progress released the latest version of its popular Apama Market Surveillance and Monitoring Accelerator. This release adds new abuse pattern detection capabilities and enhances current real-time monitoring and alerting features with new market operational controls. In addition, the Apama Market Surveillance and Monitoring Accelerator includes enhanced dashboards and a more sophisticated underlying data infrastructure that reduces time to market for a broad range of surveillance use cases. (http://tinyurl.com/Apama-market-surveillance)

Forrester Research, Inc. named the Progress Apama complex event processing (CEP) platform as a standout leader in "The Forrester Wave: Complex Event Processing Platforms, Q3 2009"(August 2009) Report. In this detailed review of products, the Progress Apama platform received the top score in current offering and market presence. According to the report: "Progress Apama earned high marks for its event processing features, its development tools, and its business end-user tools, propelling it into its position as a leader." (http://tinyurl.com/Forrester-Progress)

Additional highlights can be found at: http://web.progress.com/inthenews/pressreleases.html.

Business Outlook

Progress Software is providing the following guidance for the fiscal year ending November 30, 2009:

- GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $487 million to $490 million.
- On a non-GAAP basis, revenue is expected to be in the range of $490 million to $493 million.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of 69 cents to 71 cents.
- On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.72 to $1.74.

Progress Software is providing the following guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter ending November 30, 2009:

- On both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, revenue is expected to be in the range of $130 million to $133 million.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of 33 cents to 35 cents.
- On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of 54 cents to 56 cents.

The outlook for the non-GAAP amounts excludes the amortization of acquired intangibles, stock-based compensation, purchase accounting adjustments for deferred revenue, restructuring expenses and acquisition-related expenses.

Legal Notice Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

Progress Software provides non-GAAP revenue, operating income, net income and earnings per share as additional information for investors. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). Such measures are intended to supplement GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Progress Software believes that the non-GAAP results described in this release are useful for an understanding of its ongoing operations and provide additional detail and an alternative method of assessing its operating results. Management uses these non-GAAP results to compare the company's performance to that of prior periods for analysis of trends and for budget and planning purposes. A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjustments to the company's GAAP financial results is included in the tables below.

Conference Call

The Progress Software conference call to discuss its fiscal third quarter 2009 results and business outlook will be Webcast live today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on the company's Web site, located at www.progress.com/investors. The call will also be Webcast live via Yahoo (www.yahoo.com), Motley Fool (www.fool.com), Streetevents (www.streetevents.com), TD Waterhouse (www.tdwaterhouse.com) and Fidelity.com (www.fidelity.com). An archived version of the conference call will be available for replay on the Progress website (www.progress.com), together with the slide presentation for the call, under the investor relations page.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which include statements regarding Progress Software's business outlook and competitive position, involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to the following: the receipt and shipment of new orders; the timely release of enhancements to our products; the growth rates of certain market segments; the positioning of our products in those market segments; variations in the demand for professional services and technical support; pricing pressures and the competitive environment in the software industry; the continuing weakness in the U.S. and international economies, which could result in fewer sales of our products and may otherwise harm our business; business and consumer use of the Internet; the company's ability to complete and integrate acquisitions; the company's ability to realize the expected benefits and anticipated synergies from acquired businesses; the company's ability to penetrate international markets and manage its international operations; and changes in exchange rates. The company undertakes no obligation to update information contained in this release. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the company's business, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Actional, Apama, DataDirect, DataDirect Connect, DataXtend, FUSE, OpenEdge, Progress, Sonic, and Sonic ESB are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
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