Revenue for the 1st quarter of 2015
- Solid sales momentum
- High repeat business of the Licenses installed base
- Strong growth of the Services activity
- Favorable impact of foreign exchange: + 9.3%
Alain de Rouvray, ESI Group’s Chairman and CEO, comments: "First quarter revenue, entirely achieved on an organic basis, rose nearly 20% compared to the same period last year. This strong and balanced growth was helped by favorable currency effects. Such very good performance, in line with our expectations, attests to the solid sales momentum at the beginning of the fiscal year across all our business activities. In addition, our Licenses activity showed an especially high rate of repeat business on the installed base, and grew in every geographic area. At the same time, the Services activity achieved a growth of nearly 18% after our successful refocusing on high value-added projects, demonstrating the exceptional value of our Virtual Prototyping predictive solutions. Our disruptive offer enables simultaneous multi-domain optimization all the way to the virtual pre-certification of our customers’ innovative products. The continued rollout of our virtual engineering products, combined with our recent, future-oriented acquisitions, gives us confidence in the success of our short- and medium-term corporate development plans."
Change in revenue in the 1st quarter and cumulative
High growth in revenue for the 1st quarter of 2015
Revenues for the 1st quarter of 2015 were €24.1 million, a 19.5% growth in actual terms (10.2% at constant currency) as compared to the same period last year. The positive impact of exchange rates was due mainly to the favorable evolution in the US dollar and the Japanese Yen. The product mix remained stable, favoring Licenses, which accounted for 70.9% of revenues (versus 70.5% in first quarter of 2014.)
Licenses: Strong repeat business on the installed base
Licenses revenues were €17.1 million, up 20.2% in actual terms (10.3% at constant currency). This significant growth was supported by sharp increase in the installed base, of 35.1% (22.6% at constant rates), as seen in a very high rate of repeat business (95.9% at constant rates). New Business was down 19.1% at actual rates (down 24.0% at constant rates), impacted by unfavorable base effects, due in particular to the signing of a number of large contracts last year in the United States and by an unchanged adverse situation in Russia.
Services: Successful refocus on high value-added projects
Services revenue was €7.0 million, up €1.1 million or 17.8% at actual rates (9.9% at constant rates). After the strategic refocusing of Services in the United States, begun in the second quarter of 2014, the Services activity has turned and delivered a second straight quarter of high growth. This successful refocus enabled us to concentrate efforts on high value-added projects related to our core business, "the art of realistic modeling", to support the sale of Licenses for our software products. This approach allows us to build and operate multi-domain predictive simulation models for our customers' industrial products and processes.
At constant rates, the geographic breakdown of revenue shifted towards Asia (40.4%), up nearly 3 points versus last year, and America (17.6%), up 0.7 point, while Europe represents 42%, with a net gain in Germany and the United Kingdom.
At constant rates, business in BRIC countries remained stable at nearly 11%, the drop in Russia being offset by gains in the other countries (Brazil, India and China).
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