Press Release

Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2019

April 24, 2019

Bedford, Mass. - April 24, 2019 - Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), the asset optimization software company, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended March 31, 2019.

“AspenTech’s strong third quarter results were highlighted by annual spend growth of 9.7% year-over-year and positive growth contributions from each product suite and geography,” said Antonio Pietri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Technology. “Our performance benefitted from investments in our strategic growth initiatives in recent quarters, an improving macroeconomic outlook for our Engineering & Construction and upstream customers, and strong execution by the AspenTech team.”

Pietri continued, “Our APM business had a record annual spend quarter as customers increasingly recognized the value predictive and prescriptive maintenance can have in improving their asset operations.  We also saw broadening adoption within the APM suite, including the first site licenses for Aspen ProMV, our multivariate analysis solution. We believe our strong APM performance is indicative of the substantial opportunity for the APM suite and our strengthening competitive position in this market.”


Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 and 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 $526 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019, which increased 9.7% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2.6% sequentially.
  • AspenTech repurchased approximately 800,000 shares of its common stock for $75 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.


Summary of Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

AspenTech’s total revenue of $148 million included:

  • License revenue, which represents the portion of a term license agreement allocated to the initial license, was $98.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $79.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Maintenance revenue, which represents the portion of the term license agreement related to on-going support and the right to future product enhancements, was $41.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $40.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Services and other revenue was $7.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $7.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, AspenTech reported income from operations of $70.8 million, compared to income from operations of $53.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Net income was $61.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, leading to net income per share of $0.88, compared to net income per share of $0.61 in the same period last fiscal year.

Non-GAAP income from operations, which adds back the impact of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles associated with acquisitions and acquisition related fees, was $78.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to non-GAAP income from operations of $59.9 million in the same period last fiscal year.  Non-GAAP net income was $67.5 million, or $0.96 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to non-GAAP net income of $49.0 million, or $0.67 per share, in the same period last fiscal year.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is presented in the financial tables included in this press release.

AspenTech had cash and marketable securities of $65.6 million and borrowings of $220 million at March 31, 2019.

During the third quarter, the company generated $90.0 million in cash flow from operations and $89.1 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 payments.


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, April 24, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), to discuss the company's financial results for the third quarter fiscal year 2019 as well as the company’s business outlook. The live dial-in number is (833) 713-6081 or (702) 374-0603, conference ID code 4067052. 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,, 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 4067052, through May 24, 2019.


About Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology (AspenTech) is a leading software supplier for optimizing asset performance. Our products thrive in complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modeling expertise with big data machine learning. Our 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 to find out more.

Forward-Looking Statements

The third paragraph of this press release contains 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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Source: Aspen Technology, Inc.