• Press Release

    Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

    Announces $100 million share repurchase program

    BURLINGTON, MA — November 1, 2012 — 

    Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2013, ended September 30, 2012.

    Mark Fusco, Chief Executive Officer of AspenTech, said, “AspenTech began fiscal 2013 on a strong note, highlighted by mid-teens year-over-year growth in total license contract value.  We continue to expand the capabilities of our industry leading aspenONE suite, and believe that we remain well positioned to drive increased product adoption and usage levels over the long-term.  At the same time, our focus on expense management contributed to strong growth in profitability and free cash flow generation.”

    First Quarter Fiscal 2013 and Recent Business Highlights

    - The license portion of total contract value was $1.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, which increased 2.3% sequentially and 14.7% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

    - Total contract value, including the value of bundled maintenance, was $1.72 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013, which increased 2.6% sequentially and 17.6% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

    - Annual spend, which the company defines as the annualized value of all term license and maintenance revenue contracts at the end of the quarter, was approximately $312 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013, which increased 2.5% sequentially and 13.9% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

    - The company announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a $100 million share repurchase program. This replaces the prior share repurchase program, which had approximately $49 million of remaining capacity as of the end of the first quarter.

    Summary of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results

    AspenTech’s total revenue of $71.5 million increased 40% from $51.2 million in the first quarter of the prior year. 
    • Subscription and software revenue was $54.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase from $31.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. 
    • Services & other revenue was $17.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $19.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. 
    For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, AspenTech reported income from operations of $9.0 million, compared to a loss from operations of $15.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. 

    Net income was $4.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, leading to EPS of $0.05, compared to a net loss per share of ($0.12) in the same period last fiscal year. 

    Non-GAAP income from operations, which adds back stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles associated with acquisitions, was $13.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $12.0 million in the same period last fiscal year.  Non-GAAP net income was $7.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $9.2 million, or ($0.09) per share, in the same period last fiscal year.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

    AspenTech had a cash balance of $163.4 million at September 30, 2012, a decrease of $1.9 million from the end of the prior quarter after using $17.2 million in cash to repurchase shares of common stock and reducing secured borrowings by $5.4 million.  During the first quarter, the company generated $18.5 million in cash flow from operations and $18.9 million in free cash flow after taking into consideration $1.8 million in capital expenditures and capitalized software, which was more than offset by $2.2 million of insurance proceeds related to prior period damage suffered at the company’s Houston facility. 

    Board of Directors Approves $100 Million Share Repurchase Program

    As mentioned above, AspenTech's Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program for up to $100 million. The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by AspenTech based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. Repurchases may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit shares to be repurchased when AspenTech might otherwise be precluded from doing so under applicable insider trading laws and regulations. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

    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 AspenTech’s business.  As the result of adoption of new licensing models, management believes that, for the next few years, a number of AspenTech’s performance indicators based on GAAP, including revenue, gross profit, operating income (loss) and net income (loss), will be of limited value in assessing AspenTech’s performance, growth and financial condition. Accordingly, management instead is focusing on certain non-GAAP and other business metrics, including the non-GAAP metrics set forth in this press release, to track AspenTech’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
    AspenTech will host a conference call and webcast today, November 1, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), to discuss the company's financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2013 as well as the company’s business outlook. 
    The live dial-in number is (877) 245-0126, conference ID code 59815504. Interested parties may also listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to the Investor Relations section of AspenTech’s website, http://www.aspentech.com/corporate/investor.cfm, and clicking on the “webcast” link. A replay of the call will be archived on AspenTech’s website and will also be available via telephone at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID code 59815504, through December 1, 2012. 

    About AspenTech
    AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process. With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations. As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient. To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com.

    © 2012 Aspen Technology, Inc. AspenTech, aspenONE and the Aspen leaf logo are trademarks of Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    The second 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 AspenTech’s expectations based on a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: AspenTech’s failure to develop new software products, enhance existing products and services, or penetrate new vertical markets; demand for, or usage of, aspenONE software declines for any reason; unfavorable economic and market conditions or a lessening demand in the market for process optimization software; unforeseen difficulties or uncertainties in the application of accounting standards; weaknesses in AspenTech’s internal controls; 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 current intention to update forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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