Bedford, Mass. - October 30, 2019 - Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN), the asset optimization software company, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended September 30, 2019.
“AspenTech got off to a good start in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, and we remain positive about the outlook for the full year. We believe that the broad-based strength in our business, driven by the increasing focus on digitalization and continuous improvement in operational excellence, positions us well to deliver another year of solid growth and free cash flow generation,” said Antonio Pietri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Technology.
Pietri continued, “The recent introduction of Aspen Enterprise Insights, which incorporates visualization and workflow management capabilities from our Sabisu acquisition, is an exciting opportunity for collaborative and data-driven applications. In addition, we continue to receive a positive reaction from customers to our strategy and plan for leveraging artificial intelligence, cloud and IoT technologies to drive significantly higher levels of operational excellence across assets, providing substantial incremental value for customers.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Recent Business Highlights
- Annual spend, which the company defines as the annualized value of all term license and maintenance contracts at the end of the quarter, was approximately $548 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020, which increased 10.0% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 1.3% sequentially.
- GAAP operating margin was 35.3% compared to 32.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.Non-GAAP operating margin was 43.2% compared to 41.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
- AspenTech repurchased approximately 382,000 shares of its common stock for $50 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
Summary of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results
AspenTech’s total revenue of $134.1 million included:
- License revenue, which represents the portion of a term license agreement allocated to the initial license, was $81.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $63.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Maintenance revenue, which represents the portion of the term license agreement related to on-going support and the right to future product enhancements, was $43.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $43.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Services and other revenue was $9.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $7.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, AspenTech reported income from operations of $47.3 million, compared to income from operations of $37.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Net income was $46.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, leading to diluted net income per share of $0.67, compared to diluted net income per share of $0.53 in the same period last fiscal year.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $57.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to non-GAAP income from operations of $46.9 million in the same period last fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income was $54.6 million, or $0.79 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to non-GAAP net income of $45.9 million, or $0.64 per share, in the same period last fiscal year. These non-GAAP results add back the impact of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles and acquisition related fees. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is presented in the financial tables included in this press release.
AspenTech had cash and cash equivalents of $57.9 million and borrowings of $320 million at September 30, 2019.
During the first quarter, the company generated $15.3 million in cash flow from operations and $14.3 million in free cash flow. Free cash flow is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for the net impact of: purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements; capitalized computer software development costs, and other nonrecurring items, such as acquisition related (receipts) payments, net.
Based on information as of today, October 30, 2019, AspenTech is issuing the following guidance for fiscal year 2020:
- Annual spend growth of 10-12% year-over-year
- Free cash flow of $250 to $260 million
- Total bookings of $600 to $650 million
- Total revenue of $575 to $615 million
- GAAP total expenses of $369 to $374 million
- Non-GAAP total expenses of $303 to $308 million
- GAAP operating income of $206 to $241 million
- Non-GAAP operating income of $272 to $307 million
- GAAP net income per share of $2.72 to $3.14
- Non-GAAP net income per share of $3.47 to $3.89
These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.
AspenTech has not reconciled its expectations as to non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP net income per share to their most directly comparable GAAP measure because certain items are out of AspenTech’s control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation for forward-looking non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP net income per share is not available without unreasonable effort.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains “non-GAAP financial measures” under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. This non-GAAP information supplements, and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with, disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.
Management considers both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results in managing Aspen Technology’s business. As the result of adoption of new licensing models, management believes that a number of Aspen Technology’s performance indicators based on GAAP, including revenue, gross profit, operating income and net income, should be viewed in conjunction with certain non-GAAP and other business measures in assessing Aspen Technology’s performance, growth and financial condition. Accordingly, management utilizes a number of non-GAAP and other business metrics, including the non-GAAP metrics set forth in this press release, to track Aspen Technology’s business performance. None of these non-GAAP metrics should be considered as an alternative to any measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.
Conference Call and Webcast
Aspen Technology will host a conference call and webcast today, October 30th, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), to discuss the company's financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 as well as the company’s business outlook. The live dial-in number is (866) 471-3828 or (678) 509-7573, conference ID code 8363224. Interested parties may also listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to the Investor Relations section of Aspen Technology’s website, http://ir.aspentech.com/events-and-presentations, and clicking on the “webcast” link. A replay of the call will be archived on Aspen Technology’s website and will also be available via telephone at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID code 8363224, through November 6, 2019.
About Aspen Technology
Aspen Technology (AspenTech) is a global leader in asset optimization software. Its solutions address complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modelling expertise with artificial intelligence. Its purpose-built software platform automates knowledge work and builds sustainable competitive advantage by delivering high returns over the entire asset lifecycle. As a result, companies in capital-intensive industries can maximize uptime and push the limits of performance, running their assets safer, greener, longer and faster. Visit AspenTech.com to find out more.
The second and third paragraphs of this press release as well as the Business Outlook section contain forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may vary significantly from Aspen Technology’s (AspenTech) expectations based on a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: AspenTech’s failure to increase usage and product adoption of aspenONE offerings or grow the aspenONE APM business, and failure to continue to provide innovative, market-leading solutions; the demand for, or usage of, aspenONE software declines for any reason, including declines due to adverse changes in the process or other capital-intensive industries; unfavorable economic and market conditions or a lessening demand in the market for asset process optimization software; risks of foreign operations or transacting business with customers outside the United States; risks of competition and other risk factors described from time to time in AspenTech’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AspenTech cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. AspenTech expressly disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.
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