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SAP Targets More Than 3x Cloud Revenue by 2023

January 29, 2019

Even after multiple guidance raises during the year SAP met or exceeded all of its 2018 outlook metrics.

For the full year new cloud bookings were €1.81 billion, up 25% (up 28% at constant currencies). Cloud subscriptions and support backlog increased 30%, reaching €10 billion at year-end. Cloud subscriptions and support revenue was €4.99 billion (IFRS) or €5.21 billion (non-IFRS at constant currencies), achieving the full year outlook (€5.15 to €5.25 billion non-IFRS at constant currencies). Software revenue decreased 5 % year over year to €4.65 billion (IFRS), flat year over year (non-IFRS at constant currencies). New cloud and software license order entry exceeded €10 billion and grew by 14% at constant currencies year over year in the full year. Cloud and software revenue was €20.62 billion (IFRS) or €21.58 billion (non-IFRS at constant currencies), exceeding the full year outlook (€21.15 to €21.35 billion non-IFRS at constant cur-rencies). Total revenue was €24.71 billion (IFRS) or €25.96 billion (non-IFRS at constant currencies), exceeding the full year outlook (€25.20 to €25.50 billion non-IFRS at constant currencies).

SAP’s rapidly expanding cloud business together with solid growth in support revenue continued to drive the share of more predictable reve-nue. The total of non-IFRS cloud subscriptions & support revenue and non-IFRS software support revenue was 65% of non-IFRS total revenue for the full year 2018, up 2 percentage points.

For the full year, operating profit was €5.71 billion (IFRS) or €7.48 billion (non-IFRS at constant currencies), achieving the full year outlook (€7.425 to €7.525 billion non-IFRS at constant currencies). Earnings per share increased 2% to €3.42 (IFRS) and decreased 2% to €4.35 (non-IFRS).

Operating cash flow for the full year was €4.30 billion, a decrease of 15% year over year. Free cash flow decreased 25% year over year to €2.84 billion. At year end, net liquidity was –€2.49 billion.

Fourth Quarter 2018

In the fourth quarter, new cloud bookings were €736 million, up 25% (23% at constant currencies). Cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 41% year over year to €1.41 billion (IFRS), up 40% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Software revenue grew 1% year over year to €2.09 billion (IFRS), up 8% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). New cloud and software license order entry grew 18% at constant currencies year over year. Cloud and software revenue grew 9% year over year to €6.32 billion (IFRS), up 11% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Total reve-nue grew 9% year over year to €7.43 billion (IFRS), up 13% (non-IFRS at constant currencies).
In the fourth quarter operating profit increased by 22% year over year to €2.40 billion (IFRS), up 8% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Earn-ings per share decreased 8% to €1.41 (IFRS) and decreased 15% to €1.51 (non-IFRS).

Segment Performance Fourth Quarter 2018

SAP’s three reportable segments “Applications, Technology & Services”, “Customer Experience” and “SAP Business Network” showed the following performance.

Applications, Technology & Services (ATS)

In the fourth quarter, segment revenue in ATS was up 6% to €6.26 billion year over year (up 10% at constant currencies). Solutions which contributed to this growth in the fourth quarter are listed below.

SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA is at the core of the Intelligent Enterprise. With S/4HANA, customers automate more and more of their business processes enabling employees to focus on higher-value tasks. It detects patterns, predicts outcomes and suggests actions empowering companies across all industries to reinvent their business models for the digital economy.

S/4HANA adoption grew to approximately 10,500 customers, up 33% year over year. In the fourth quarter, more than 40% of the additional S/4HANA customers were net new.

S/4HANA continues to be selected by world-class global companies, including Verizon Wireless, Cargill, Infosys, and Nestlé. Hilti and Haribo went live with S/4HANA this quarter. A growing number of companies including Sonos have chosen S/4HANA in the Cloud. Hitachi High Tech-nologies went live on S/4HANA Cloud in the fourth quarter.

Human Capital Management (HCM)

SAP delivers total workforce management across both permanent and contingent labor. The SAP SuccessFactors suite is localized for 94 countries and 42 languages.

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, which is the flagship of SAP’s HCM offerings, added more than 250 customers in the quarter and has now more than 3,000 customers globally. Competitive wins included Volkswagen, Volvo, Stadt Zürich, Yahoo Japan, and State of Illinois. Com-merzbank went live with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central in the fourth quarter.

In Q4, SAP SuccessFactors was named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice in the Cloud HCM Suites for Midmarket and Large Enterprises category.

SAP Leonardo

SAP Leonardo brings together cutting-edge technologies – AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Big Data, Advanced Analytics and Blockchain – with deep process and industry expertise, delivering completely new ways of working and powering the Intelligent Enterprise.

Companies like Barclaycard are among many others that adopted SAP Leonardo solutions in the fourth quarter.

SAP Digital Platform

SAP Digital Platform includes SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Data Management Solutions. With SAP HANA’s data rich and real-time in-memory architecture as the foundation, this represents a massive opportunity to drive full use of HANA.

The SAP Cloud Platform facilitates new app development, extensions and seamless integration. It orchestrates “hybrid” customer land-scapes across on premise and cloud.

The SAP Data Hub is the “enterprise control tower” bringing together multi-source data including unstructured to provide a 360-degree view of all company data and manages compliance and governance policies from one central location.

Gartner recently recognized SAP as a strong leader in its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (OPDMS) for the 6th consecutive year.

Vorwerk & Co. and Sichuan Changhong Electric adopted SAP’s Digital Platform solutions in the fourth quarter.
Customer Experience

In the fourth quarter, SAP’s C/4HANA customer experience solutions achieved triple-digit growth in cloud subscription revenue year over year. Segment revenue in Customer Experience was up 52% to €349 million year over year (up 50% at constant currencies). The Callidus acquisition is reflected in these segment numbers.
SAP’s C/4HANA solutions serve a wide range of industries across both B2C and B2B and enable businesses to manage their entire front office: marketing, sales, commerce, service, customer data cloud – seamlessly and in real-time.

C/4HANA provides companies with a single, complete view of their customer across all channels and connects demand to the fulfillment engine in one end-to-end value chain.

McLaren Group, National Geographic, Prada, Rubbermaid and Dyson were among those that chose SAP’s C/4HANA solutions this quarter.

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