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Ansys sets fourth quarter and annual revenue records

No other company in Engineering Software has a similar record of uninterrupted revenue growth in recent years.

Ansys Workbench 14.5 includes new routines for bringing simulation up-front into the design process, as well as increased ability to work in High Performance Computing environments. (Source: Ansys)

Ansys Workbench 14.5 includes new routines for bringing simulation up-front into the design process, as well as increased ability to work in High Performance Computing environments. (Source: Ansys)

At the end of the third quarter of 2012—a record third quarter—Ansys CEO Jim Cashman warned Wall Street that his company saw a bumpy fourth quarter coming up. Today’s report is anything but bumpy, as Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) turned in yet another quarter of solid growth, setting records for both fourth quarter and full year revenue. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 (ending December 31, 2012) was $220.7 million, up 11% from a year ago. Full year revenue in 2012 was $798 million, up 15% from 2011.

Net income in the fourth quarter was $56.1 million, up 18%; full year net income was $203.5 million, up 12.6%.

Ansys stock held steady on today’s news, at 75.80. In the last 12 months Ansys stock has gained $12.  In constant currencies, Ansys achieved 12% growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, 17% for the year.

Unlike its peers in Engineering Software, Ansys annual revenue never dipped during the recession.

Unlike its peers in Engineering Software, Ansys annual revenue never dipped during the recession.

Breaking down revenue further:

  • Fourth quarter software licenses: $141.9 million, up 10.7%
  • Fourth quarter maintenance/service: $78.8 million, up 12.4%
  • Full year software licenses: $501.8 million, up 17%
  • Full year maintenance/service: $296.1 million, up 11.5%
Revenue from software licenses has grown at a faster rate over the last five year than maintenance and service revenue.

Revenue from software licenses has grown at a faster rate over the last five year than maintenance and service revenue.

Fourth quarter revenue by regions:

  • Americas: $74.2 million, was $70.5, up 5.2%
  • Europe: $75.5 million, was $67.4, up 12%
  • Rest of World: $74.8 million, was $65 million, up 15%
Ansys revenue is balanced across all regions.

Ansys revenue is balanced across all regions.

Looking ahead, Ansys continues to worry about the impact of currency fluctuations as well as the continued general malaise of the global economy. In projecting 2013 revenues, Cashman said the company was especially concerned about changes to the Japanese Yen and British Pound. Ansys is predicting 2013 revenue in the range of $800 million to $905 million.

Cashman credited strong customer response to the latest release of Ansys Workbench for the strong results. Version 14.5 includes a new parametric high-performance HPC module, making design exploration more scalable. Automotive remains a strong market for Ansys, which Cashman said seems to be increasing R&D spending across the board.

Spending on software licenses, both as perpetual and leased, remains a much higher percentage of revenue than software maintenance, and is higher than other companies of its size in Engineering Software.

Spending on software licenses, both as perpetual and leased, remains a much higher percentage of revenue than software maintenance, and is higher than other companies of its size in Engineering Software.

Over the past 11 years Ansys revenue has grown 10x, fueled by regular large acquisitions that provided both new technology and new revenue streams. The most recent acquisition, Esterel, is opening doors to mechatronic simulation in the Ansys multi-physics simulation environment, and is still in the early days of integration with the existing portfolio.

Even though revenue growth has slowed, Ansys remain in the envious position of having achieved uninterrupted growth for more than seven years.

Even though revenue growth has slowed, Ansys remain in the envious position of having achieved uninterrupted growth for more than seven years.

Only once in recent years did cash on hand dip, due to two large acquisitions in 2010-2011.

Only once in recent years did cash on hand dip, due to two large acquisitions in 2010-2011.

Cash per share on December 31, 2012 was $6.23, up 23 cents from three months ago and continuing a rising trend.

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L. Stephen Wolfe, P.E., a contributing analyst for Jon Peddie Research, provided research for this report.

 

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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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