Dassault Systèmes Reports 27% Revenue Growth in First Quarter on Broad-based Strength

First Quarter Highlights

  • GAAP total revenue of €252.1 million, up 27% as reported and 23% in constant currencies
  • Non-GAAP total revenue of €256.0 million, up 29% and 25% in constant currencies, with revenue excluding ABAQUS up 14% in constant currencies
  • GAAP software revenue of €213.1 million, up 27% and 24% in constant currencies
  • Non-GAAP software revenue of €217.0 million, up 30% and 26% in constant currencies
  • GAAP EPS of €0.26; Non-GAAP EPS up 26% to €0.34 with operating margin of 23.6%
  • Proposed acquisition of MatrixOne on track for possible mid-May completion
  • 2006 financial objectives updated due to better first quarter performance, change in yen/euro exchange rate assumption and MatrixOne proposed acquisition

Paris, France, May 4, 2006 ─ Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006.


Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Dassault Systèmes delivered a very solid first quarter with revenues up 25% in constant currencies and earnings per share increasing 26%. Strength across our product lines and across all geographic regions drove our results. This strong financial performance demonstrates the benefits of our focus on continued expansion of our SolidWorks channel capacity as well as further enhancement of the coverage and value of our PLM channel working with IBM. Good progress has been made on the ABAQUS integration front, thanks to our V5 infrastructure, with its open architecture, enabling the integration of a wide range of applications.”

“The proposed acquisition of MatrixOne is ahead of our initial timetables, and subject to their shareholders’ approval, we expect to close by mid-May. MatrixOne brings important assets to our product portfolio, as its capabilities support business process modeling and bring wider industry coverage, positioning us to extend our presence in such industries as high tech, semiconductors and consumer goods. Moreover, these assets will also benefit our partners through enterprise integration of heterogeneous systems to accelerate PLM implementations."

First Quarter Financial Results

Dassault Systèmes completed the acquisition of ABAQUS, Inc. in October, 2005 and has accounted for the acquisition pursuant to U.S. GAAP (hereinafter GAAP) purchase accounting rules. Certain supplementary information is provided in this press release which is not in conformity with GAAP. See tables for a reconciliation of 2006 and 2005 first quarter GAAP and Non-GAAP financial data.


GAAP Revenue Discussion

Both GAAP and Non-GAAP revenue growth reflected broad-based strength across DS product lines. For the first quarter of 2006 GAAP total revenue increased 27% to €252.1 million (23% in constant currencies), compared to €199.2 million in the first quarter of 2005.  GAAP software revenue increased 27% to €213.1 million and increased 24% in constant currencies.

In the 2006 first quarter, service and other revenue increased 22% as reported to €39.0 million and increased 19% in constant currencies, compared to €32.0 million in the year-ago quarter. 

Non-GAAP Revenue Discussion

Total revenue increased 29% to €256.0 million and increased 25% in constant currencies compared to the year-ago quarter.  Software and service revenue represented 85% and 15% of Non-GAAP total revenue in the 2006 first quarter. 

Software revenue increased 30% to €217.0 million and increased 26% in constant currencies on strong growth of the Company’s major software applications and the inclusion of ABAQUS. In the 2005 first quarter software revenue was €167.2 million. New CATIA and SolidWorks seats licensed in the 2006 first quarter increased 11% to 17,944 seats, compared to 16,122 in the 2005 first quarter. 

PLM (Process-centric) revenue increased 28% and 24% in constant currencies in the 2006 first quarter, primarily due to year-over-year growth of design and PDM applications and the inclusion of ABAQUS. PLM revenue was €203.7 million in the first quarter of 2006, up from €159.3 million in the year-ago quarter. PDM revenue, on a stand-alone basis, increased 15% as reported to €26.3 million and increased 12% in constant currencies, compared to €22.8 million in the 2005 first quarter on a good ENOVIA performance. CATIA seats licensed in the first quarter totalled 7,673, representing year-over-year growth of 2%. 

First quarter 2006 financial results included ABAQUS, which the Company acquired in early October, 2005. For the 2006 first quarter, ABAQUS’ revenue contribution, which is included in PLM results, was €23 million before the impact of the deferred revenue write-down required under GAAP purchase accounting treatment.  

Mainstream 3D market (design-centric) revenue increased 31% as reported and 28% in constant currencies to €52.3 million in the 2006 first quarter, up from €39.9 million in the 2005 first quarter. SolidWorks seats licensed increased 19% to 10,271 licenses. 

From a regional perspective, all regions contributed to the strong growth in total revenue, led by Asia. Specifically, in Asia, revenue was higher by 32% as reported and 31% in constant currencies. In the Americas, revenue rose 39% and 28% in constant currencies. In Europe, revenue increased 21%. For the 2006 first quarter, Europe represented 44% of total revenue, the Americas represented 30% and Asia accounted for 26%.

Operating Income and Margin and EPS

GAAP earnings per diluted share decreased 4% to €0.26 in the 2006 first quarter, compared to €0.27 in the first quarter of 2005. GAAP operating income increased 5% to €47.2 million (18.7% operating margin) in the recently completed quarter, compared to €45.1 million in the 2005 first quarter (22.6% operating margin).  

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share increased 26% to €0.34 in the 2006 first quarter, up from €0.27 in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating income increased 33% to €60.5 million in the 2006 first quarter, up from €45.4 million in the 2005 first quarter. The Non-GAAP operating margin was 23.6% in the 2006 first quarter, ahead of the 22.8% for the 2005 first quarter.

Other financial highlights
At March 31, 2006, cash and short-term investments totaled €684.0 million, compared to €379.9 million at December 31, 2005. In December 2005, DS signed a 5-year revolving credit facility for up to €200 million and during the first quarter the Company drew down the entire amount in connection with the anticipated funding of the MatrixOne acquisition. Net operating cash flow was €101.2 million for the 2006 first quarter.

Highlights of first quarter wins included among others:

  • Airbus is expanding its usage of DELMIA, adding DELMIA V5 Robotics to simulate, validate and program the robotics assembly lines in association with CAA V5 partner, CENIT.
  • CLAAS is moving ahead with a full migration to DS Version 5 PLM with CATIA, ENOVIA and SMARTEAM as well as adding DELMIA.
  • Mayer & Cie is taking additional seats of CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM.
  • Daehan is purchasing CATIA and SMARTEAM licenses.
  • SolidWorks commercial wins in the quarter included Baker Oil Tools and Garmin Inc, and educational highlights included Knox County Schools, Middle Tennessee State University and Instituto Tecnologica de Durango.


Annual Shareholders’ Meeting date and cash dividend recommendation
The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting has been scheduled for June 14, 2006. The Board of Directors has recommended an annual cash dividend equivalent to €0.42 per share, representing €48.3 million in the aggregate, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, and an 11% increase from last year’s dividend per share. The declaration and payment of any cash dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.

DS’ proposed acquisition of MatrixOne
In March, DS announced the signing of a merger agreement pursuant to which DS will acquire MatrixOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: MONE) for $7.25 per share in cash, representing a total transaction value of approximately $408 million. MatrixOne is a leading global provider of collaborative PLM software solutions across high tech, consumer products and medical devices among others. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-May, subject to the approval of MatrixOne shareholders at the Special Meeting of Stockholders of MatrixOne, Inc. scheduled for May 10, 2006 and other final closing conditions. 


Strategy, Technology and Partnerships

DS is introducing next generation PLM sourcing solutions - ENOVIA V5 Collaborative Enterprise Sourcing (CES) - important new product brought to market in short time-frame.
Introduced in March, the objective of the CES product suite is to bring together engineering and sourcing functions into one collaborative environment. By uniting these two critical functions earlier in the product development cycle companies should be able to reduce product costs, improve time-to-market and increase product quality.

CES is a comprehensive sourcing product suite with four key functional areas to enable companies’ engineering and sourcing departments to collaborate when choosing, introducing or managing components, suppliers, and manufacturers. The CES product suite was developed by a unique R&D team with both PLM and Sourcing skills.

DS announces ABAQUS Version 6.6 for Advanced Finite Element Analysis.
Announced in April, the release of ABAQUS Version 6.6 achieves a new standard for performance, usability and simulation fidelity, while upholding a distinguished reputation for flexibility and reliability. ABAQUS Version 6.6 contains many technical innovations to help customers achieve more realistic simulation of product behavior, including new capabilities in vibration analysis, material failure characterization, tire modeling, and computing performance. 

DS introduces Styled Plastic & Packaging Solution for Consumer Goods companies.
In March, DS announced that it was introducing a new solution, Styled Plastic & Packaging, to address the needs of companies in the consumer goods industry. This new solution combines CATIA V5, SMARTEAM and a unique, evolving set of dedicated DS PLM Practices.

DS introduces new sales initiatives in the SMB market.
DS continues to enhance the coverage of the small and medium-size business market for its PLM solutions. New initiatives include direct channel management in Australia, New Zealand, and most recently, Latin America and Taiwan. A year ago, DS began this program in China, where it has been managing a network of VARs. 

Airbus speeds innovation and time-to-market with DELMIA digital manufacturing technology.
As previously announced in April, Airbus has selected DELMIA V5 Robotics digital manufacturing solution to simulate, validate and program the robotics assembly lines for the new Airbus aircraft programs. 


PSA Peugeot Citroën broadens deployment of DS PLM solutions.
In March, DS announced that PSA Peugeot Citroën had decided to broaden its deployment of DS PLM solutions to include the latest V5 portfolio of CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA solutions. 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner 
In April, Boeing issued a press release announcing that it is celebrating the second anniversary of the launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the most successful new airplane launch in the history of Boeing. Boeing indicated that there are now 135 sites around the world where the design of the 787 can proceed using the new digital design tools being provided by Dassault Systèmes.

Business Outlook

Thibault de Tersant, Executive Vice President and CFO, stated, “During the first quarter, DS benefited from strength around the world - with an outstanding performance in Asia and strong growth in the Americas as well as in Europe.  In addition, our first quarter performance reflected the solid contribution from ABAQUS as post-acquisition it continues to move forward well in line with our plans and objectives.

“We are updating our full year objectives with our revenue objective unchanged and our EPS objective slightly lowered as our better first quarter performance was offset by the change in our Japanese yen exchange rate assumption. We are also providing a second set of objectives in order to incorporate MatrixOne into our outlook for the second quarter and rest of the year assuming the transaction is completed in mid-May. Our outlook with respect to MatrixOne’s contributions to our financial results for the second half of 2006 remains unchanged. MatrixOne will, however, have a slightly higher dilutive impact in 2006 than we originally estimated, simply due to the fact that the transaction could possibly close six weeks earlier than we had initially assumed.” 


Updated Objectives before inclusion of MatrixOne

  • Second quarter Non-GAAP total revenue of about €260-265 million, Non-GAAP EPS of about €0.36-0.37 and Non-GAAP operating margin of about 25%;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP total revenue objective unchanged at about €1.105-1.115 billion, representing 18-19% growth in constant currencies;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP operating margin of about 28.5%;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP EPS of about €1.76-1.78 from €1.79-1.81; 11-12% growth
  • Currency assumptions: maintaining US$1.25 to 1 euro exchange rate assumption and changing Japanese yen/euro to 140 to 1 euro exchange rate assumption for the rest of the year;
  • Average share count assumption of 119.8 million for the 2006 second quarter and full year.

Updated Objectives assuming mid-May completion of MatrixOne acquisition

  • Second quarter Non-GAAP total revenue of about €275-280 million, Non-GAAP EPS of about €0.35-0.36 and  Non-GAAP operating margin about 23.5%;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP total revenue objective of about €1.175-1.185 billion, representing 25-26% growth in constant currencies, with about 7 points of growth from MatrixOne before deferred revenue write-down adjustments;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP operating margin of about 27.0%;
  • 2006 Non-GAAP EPS of about €1.75-1.77; 10-11% growth

1. All comparative figures are given on a year-over-year basis unless specified otherwise.  All EPS figures refer to fully diluted earnings per share, unless otherwise noted.
2. All financial information is unaudited and reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). Additional financial information is also presented that is not in conformity with U.S. GAAP, in particular the presentation of revenue before deferred revenue write-downs, and operating income, operating margin and earnings per share before deferred revenue write-downs and excluding acquisition costs (acquisition costs are primarily comprised of technology and other acquired intangible assets amortization in addition to other acquisition-related costs) and share-based compensation expenses. The Company believes this information, which is not in conformity with U.S. GAAP, is helpful supplemental information in order to better understand its past and future performance.  In addition, the Company’s management uses this information in its planning.  This information provided by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. The Company has provided in the tables to this press release and on its website
www.3ds.com/corporate/investors/ reconciliations between U.S. GAAP and Non-GAAP figures.
3. The Company uses constant currency revenue growth to evaluate its financial performance in comparison to prior periods and as a measure of expected growth in planning and setting objectives for future periods.  The Company believes this measure is an important indicator of the Company’s progress and outlook because it provides a better gauge of the level of change in the business activity as it eliminates any changes arising from currency fluctuations.  The Company believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view revenue growth in a manner similar to the method used by the Company’s management, helps improve investors’ ability to understand the Company’s revenue growth, and makes it easier to compare the Company’s results with other companies, including competitors, whose reporting currency may be different from Dassault Systèmes. Constant currency revenue growth, as calculated by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production to achieve a more sustainable world for patients, citizens, and consumers.  Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit https://www.3ds.com