“The sharp downturn in the global economy had a substantial impact on our results for the quarter,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “Our business in the United States slowed as a result of the economic climate. In addition, we started to experience headwinds in some of our international markets. “While we realize that there is no quick or easy response to the current economic environment, we are focused on serving our customers and helping our channel partners in these challenging times. We are taking actions to stimulate demand and are making appropriate adjustments to our cost structure. In the process we intend to balance these cost reductions with investing in our future. Investment focus areas continue to be increasing channel capacity and developing technology that will help Autodesk better serve our customers.”
Autodesk’s performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was driven by continued growth of maintenance revenue, model-based 3D design solutions, and revenue generated in emerging economies.
Combined revenue from our model-based 3D design solutions, including Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Moldflow, NavisWorks, and Robobat, increased 26 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $163 million and comprised 27 percent of total revenue for the quarter. Excluding $12 million from Moldflow, which was acquired earlier this year, revenue from model-based 3D design solutions grew 16 percent to $151 million. Autodesk shipped approximately 41,000 commercial seats of its modelbased 3D design products, including approximately 9,000 commercial seats of Inventor and Moldflow and 32,000 seats of its Architecture Engineering and Construction products – Revit, Civil 3D, NavisWorks, and Robobat.
Revenue from AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT increased 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from 2D vertical products decreased 6 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.
Revenue from emerging economies increased 25 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $114 million and represented 19 percent of total revenue. EMEA revenue was $258 million, an increase of 27 percent as reported over the third quarter of fiscal 2008, and 20 percent at constant currency. Revenue in Asia Pacific was $133 million, an increase of 12 percent as reported yearover- year, and 9 percent at constant currency. Revenue in the Americas decreased 1 percent to $216 million compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.
Upgrade revenue and maintenance revenue combined increased 22 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $227 million. Total upgrade revenue decreased 4 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Maintenance revenue increased 31 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $186 million, or 31 percent of total revenue. Deferred maintenance revenue decreased $55 million sequentially and increased $67 million compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.
Net income and earnings per share benefited from lower operating expenses than originally expected, which resulted from an accrual adjustment for annual performance-based incentive plans, a hiring freeze, and lower discretionary spending.
The following statements are forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties some of which are set forth below. Given the uncertainty of the current markets, Autodesk is not providing guidance for fiscal 2010 at this time.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2009
Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 is expected to be in the range of $525 million and $550 million. GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.13 and $0.19. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 and $0.34 and exclude $0.07 related to stock-based compensation expense and $0.08 for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements in the paragraphs under “Business Outlook” above, statements regarding anticipated market trends and other statements regarding our expected investments, strategies, performance and results. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following:
general market and business conditions, our performance in particular geographies, including emerging economies, the financial and business condition of our reseller and distribution channels, fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates, failure to achieve planned cost reductions and productivity increases, difficulties encountered in integrating new or acquired businesses and technologies, the inability to identify and realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, unexpected
fluctuations in our tax rate, the timing and degree of expected investments in growth opportunities, slowing momentum in maintenance revenues, failure to achieve sufficient sell-through in our channels for new or existing products, pricing pressure, failure to achieve continued migration from 2D products to 3D products, changes in the timing of product releases and retirements, failure of key
new applications to achieve anticipated levels of customer acceptance, failure to achieve continued success in technology advancements, interruptions or terminations in the business of Autodesk consultants, and unanticipated impact of accounting for technology acquisitions. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in Autodesk reports on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2008 and our Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended April 30, 2008 and July 31, 2008, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
Autodesk will host its third quarter conference call today at 5:00 p.m. EST. The live announcement may be accessed at http://www.autodesk.com/investors or by dialing 866–510–0710 or 617–597–5378 (passcode: 46764406). An audio webcast or podcast of the call will be available at 7:00 pm EST at http://www.autodesk.com/investors. This replay will be maintained on our website for at least twelve months. An audio replay will also be available for one month beginning at 7:00 pm EST by dialing 888–286–8010 or 617–801–6888 (passcode: 73660289).
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.
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