Sales growth continues to expand in Q2
ATOSS Software AG remains on course for continued growth and is now recording sustained success for the eleventh year in succession. The robust development in business is not only proof of the pioneer role played by ATOSS in the market for demand-oriented personnel resource planning. It also confirms the continuously increasing importance of workforce management as a corporate Instrument.
Software sales in the first two quarters of 2016 came in at EUR 14.1 million, up 9 percent on the year before (EUR 12.9 million). This equates to 59 percent of the Group’s overall turnover. Software licensing developed particularly strongly, climbing 12 percent to EUR 5.2 million (previous year: EUR 4.7 million). Turnover in consulting, too, at EUR 6.7 million (previous year: EUR 5.8 million) was up by 14 percent, well above the figure for the same period last year and continuing a trend that has been evident for some years. Other income profited above all from the start-up and expansion of the Cloud business, rising to EUR 0.9 million (previous year: EUR 0.7 million).
There was also a further significant improvement in the order situation relative to the previous year’s high level. In the first half of 2016 ATOSS booked orders for software licenses and the software component of contracted Cloud solutions together amounting to EUR 6.4 million (previous year: EUR 4.7 million), an increase of 36 percent. Overall as of June 30, 2016 orders on hand for software licenses were up 17 percent over the year before at EUR 6.3 million. The growth in Cloud solutions was particularly significant, with orders on hand climbing 300 percent from EUR 1.0 million last year to EUR 4.0 Million.
Despite the sustained high level of investment in development activities and the expansion of sales and marketing, the earnings power of ATOSS is clearly demonstrated by the operating profit (EBIT) which rose by 12 percent to EUR 6.2 million coupled with the continuing attractive EBIT margin. With positive financial earnings of EUR 0.2 million (previous year: EUR 0.3 million), net earnings after tax amounted to EUR 4.5 million (previous year: EUR 4.0 million). Earnings per share in the first half came in at EUR 1.12, compared with EUR 1.00 last year.
Liquidity at the end of the first half stood at EUR 18.1 million (previous year: EUR 21.8 million). Even after paying a dividend totaling EUR 11.1 million on April 27, 2016 (regular dividend EUR 0.95 /special dividend EUR 1.85 per share), ATOSS still has substantial funds at its disposal, with an extremely sound balance sheet.
The sustained stability and profitability – coupled with an extremely positive market outlook – offer clear proof that the growth potential of ATOSS is still far from being exhausted. Looking ahead to the rest of this year, the Management Board therefore stands by its forecast for a continuing increase in sales and earnings on a par with the rate seen in 2015, within a corridor of +/- 3 percent.
- August 12, 2016 Publication of the 6-monthly financial statements
- October 25, 2016 Publication of the 9-monthly financial statements
- Nov, 21-23, 2016 ATOSS at the German Equity Forum