SAF increases revenues and profit in the third quarter
Strong performance in the maintenance and services business creates confidence
At EUR 0.7 million, licensing revenues remained at the previous year's level in the third quarter of 2010 (Q3/09: EUR 0.6 million). However, this figure was well below the figures recorded in the strong first and second quarters of the current fiscal year. Delays in negotiating and concluding contracts in the direct sales business could only partly be offset by the OEM business with SAP. The increase in revenue was due primarily to the strong performance of the maintenance and service business. SAF generated EUR 2.3 million through its maintenance business, an increase of 15.5 percent (Q3/09: EUR 2.0 million).
The service business also showed a similar positive development year-on-year, generating EUR 0.5 million in revenue in the third quarter of 2010, representing an increase of 14.7 percent (Q3/09: EUR 0.4 million).
OEM partner SAP made a substantial contribution to SAF's revenues with three license sales. The first fruits of our intensive collaboration with majority shareholder SAP can already be seen. SAF is increasingly providing support to SAP customers in implementing the SAP F&R solution, in which SAF technology plays a key role. "Our main goal is to exploit the synergies and opportunities arising from our intensified partnership in order to be able to offer our customers additional competitive advantages from our expanded scope of services", assesses Udo Meyzis, CEO of SAF AG, the development of the closer partnership. "Already today, it is clear that both companies can benefit from the strengths of the other".
Whereas the results of the third quarter of 2009 were greatly impacted by the one-off expenses amounting to EUR 2.3 million resulting from the friendly takeover by SAP, no special items were recorded for the third quarter of 2010. Accordingly, net profit rose from EUR -2.1 million in 2009 to EUR 0.1 million in the third quarter of 2010. Based on the solid business performance, SAF is expecting an overall increase in profit for 2010.
Two members of the Board of Directors, Verlin P. Youd and Volker Merk, submitted their resignations from the Board of Directors of SAF at the end of the third quarter of 2010. In response to the departures from the Board of Directors of SAF of Verlin P. Youd (on October 1, 2010) and Volker Merk (on October 31, 2010), SAF's majority shareholder SAP AG advised SAF to convene an extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting to hold new elections. This meeting will take place on December 7, 2010 in Frankfurt. Details are available at www.saf-ag.com under the Shareholders' Meeting link in the Investors section.
Forward Looking Statements and Estimates
This information contains forward looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of SAF's Management Board.
Although we assume the expectations in these forward looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee they will prove to be correct. The assumptions may harbor risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward looking statements. Factors that may cause such discrepancies include, among other things, risks that are mentioned in the annual report 2009. SAF does not plan to update the forward looking statements, nor does it assume the obligation to do so.
SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting AG specializes in the development of automated ordering and forecasting software for retailers and industrial manufacturers. SAF deploys the demand chain management approach, which controls replenishment planning based on consumer demand patterns. SAF software assists users to realize substantial cost savings and optimizes general logistics conditions through its simulation capabilities. As a result, significant competitive advantages are achieved along the entire value chain: lower inventories, improved product availability, and last, but not least, a higher level of customer satisfaction.
SAF AG was established in 1996 by Dr. Andreas von Beringe and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Arminger. SAF shares are listed at the official market (Prime Standard) at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FWB). Today, the company employs approx. 100 people.
Consolidated sales revenues for fiscal year 2009, according to IFRS statements, were EUR 16.6 million with consolidated profit of EUR 0.7 million which were affected by one-time costs of EUR 2.8 million due to the takeover by SAP. SAP currently holds approx. 70 percent of SAF's shares. SAF's products are distributed in many European countries as well as in the United States.
The company is headquartered in Tägerwilen, Switzerland. SAF also has a subsidiary in the United States: SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting U.S.A., Inc., Irving and in Slovakia, Bratislava: SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting Slovakia s.r.o. with the focus on Nearshore-Development.