SAP Accelerates Cloud Growth Across Portfolio: Raises Revenue and Profit Outlook
WALLDORF, Germany, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
The share of more predictable revenue reached 76% in the second quarter 2021 (+3 percentage points)
We're seeing strong adoption of our cloud portfolio as customers select SAP for their business transformation. Our strategy is working; This is the third straight quarter of strong execution, and we continue to deliver unparalleled customer value through the strength of our platform and applications.
This has been another strong quarter with accelerating growth for SAP's cloud portfolio. We saw excellent customer momentum and adoption and are raising our outlook for revenue and profit.
SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.
Business Update Second Quarter 2021
Customers continue to choose SAP as they move to the cloud and transform their business processes. SAP is seeing strong demand and adoption of its 'RISE with SAP' offering which customers of all sizes are selecting to manage this transition. SAP is also seeing strong growth in current cloud backlog across its cloud portfolio including Business Technology Platform, Business Process Intelligence, Qualtrics, as well as Customer Experience. SAP had significant competitive wins in ERP, SuccessFactors, Commerce, Intelligent Spend, and across its broader cloud solution portfolio.
SAP's cloud revenue growth accelerated sequentially. SAP saw the first signs of recovery in travel and expense management with the easing of global travel restrictions, which led to Concur stabilizing its sequential performance for the first time since the pandemic began. The Company's Intelligent Spend category returned to growth but continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis more than other SaaS/PaaS solutions.
Current cloud backlog growth also accelerated further sequentially. As more customers transition to the 'RISE with SAP' subscription offering, software licenses revenue decreased as anticipated.
In general, as many countries began to reopen, SAP saw a positive impact on demand around the world.
Financial Performance Second Quarter 20211
SAP's strong cloud momentum continued in the second quarter with both current cloud backlog and cloud revenue growth accelerating sequentially. Current cloud backlog was up 17% to €7.77 billion (non-IFRS) and up 20% (at constant currencies). Cloud revenue was up 11% to €2.28 billion and up 17% (at constant currencies). SaaS/PaaS cloud revenue outside the Intelligent Spend business was up 20% and up 25% (at constant currencies). Software licenses revenue was down 16% year over year to €0.65 billion and down 13% (at constant currencies). Cloud and software revenue was up 1% to €5.75 billion and up 5% (at constant currencies). Services revenue was down 11% year over year to €0.92 billion and down 7% (at constant currencies). This revenue decline is primarily attributable to the November 2020 divestiture of SAP Digital Interconnect, which contributed approximately €80 million of services revenue in the second quarter of 2020. Total revenue was down 1% year over year to €6.67 billion and up 3% (at constant currencies).
The share of more predictable revenue grew by 3 percentage points year over year to 76% in the second quarter.
Operating profit decreased 23% to €0.98 billion and Operating margin decreased by 4.3 percentage points to 14.8% due to higher share-based compensation expenses (primarily related to Qualtrics). Non-IFRS operating profit decreased 2% to €1.92 billion, up 3% (non-IFRS at constant currencies) and non-IFRS operating margin decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 28.8%, down 0.2 percentage points (non-IFRS at constant currencies) despite the accelerated cloud transition which resulted in higher margin software licenses revenue trending lower, as expected.
Earnings per share increased 57% to €1.15 (IFRS) and increased 50% to €1.75 (non-IFRS) reflecting another outstanding contribution from Sapphire Ventures. With Sapphire Ventures SAP supports entrepreneurs that aspire to build industry-leading businesses through venture capital funds. In the second quarter, the SAP Supervisory Board approved the financing of a new Sapphire Ventures fund ("Sapphire Ventures Fund VI"). The total volume committed for Sapphire Ventures Fund VI is $1.75 billion.
Operating cash flow for the first six months was flat year over year to €3.77 billion. Free cash flow increased 4% year over year to €3.25 billion. Positive effects from lower share-based compensation and lower restructuring payments were compensated by higher income taxes paid net of refunds. At quarter end, net debt was –€4.57 billion.
Expanded Financial Disclosure – SAP's Accelerated Cloud Transition
Beginning in 2021, SAP expanded its financial disclosure to provide investors with transparency on the transition of its core ERP business to the cloud. Specifically, the Company discloses current cloud backlog and cloud revenue contributed by SAP S/4HANA Cloud, along with nominal and constant currencies year-over-year growth rates.
In the second quarter, S/4HANA current cloud backlog was up 45% (Non-IFRS) to €1.13 billion and up 48% (at constant currencies). S/4HANA cloud revenue was up 33% to €257 million and up 39% (at constant currencies).
SAP is seeing strong momentum with its S/4HANA current cloud backlog growth, in particular in the United States. SAP expects S/4HANA cloud revenue growth to significantly accelerate in the second half of 2021.
SAP S/4HANA Cloud represents SAP's cloud offering for core ERP processes. It mainly includes cloud solutions for financial management, supply chain management, engineering and manufacturing, order management and asset management, as well as associated data management, analytics, development and integration capabilities.
'RISE with SAP', SAP's holistic offering for business transformation in the cloud, is an important driver of S/4HANA Cloud and Business Technology Platform adoption.
Segment Performance Second Quarter 2021
SAP's three reportable segments "Applications, Technology & Support", "Qualtrics" and "Services" showed the following performance:
Applications, Technology & Support (AT&S)
Segment revenue in AT&S was flat at € 5.62 billion year over year and up 4% (at constant currencies). Segment performance was driven by strong double-digit cloud revenue growth in S/4HANA Cloud, Digital Supply Chain, Business Technology Platform, and Customer Experience, in particular ecommerce. Software licenses revenue decreased as anticipated due to strong adoption of 'RISE with SAP'. Segment support revenues were up 1% year over year (at constant currencies) reflecting high retention rates coupled with the shift of some support revenue to cloud.
Qualtrics segment revenue was up 25% to €211 million year over year, up 37% (at constant currencies). The continued strong growth was driven by robust renewal rates and expansions as customers increase their usage and acquire additional modules of Qualtrics to measure all four experience areas: customer, employee, product, and brand. Daikin, Merck KGaA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, M&T Bank, Noom, Trivago, Virgin Cruises and many others selected Qualtrics Experience Management Solutions.
Services segment revenue was down 7% to €796 million year over year, down 3% (at constant currencies). While SAP continues to see solid growth in its Premium Engagement revenue on the back of a very resilient business model, consulting revenue declined year over year due to a strong prior year comparison.
Segment Results at a Glance
Segment Performance Second Quarter 2021
Regional Revenue Performance Second Quarter 2021
SAP had a strong cloud performance across all of its regions.
In the EMEA region, cloud and software revenue increased 4% and 5% (at constant currencies). Cloud revenue increased 22% and 23% (at constant currencies) with Germany and Saudi Arabia being highlights.
In the Americas region, cloud and software revenue decreased 3% and was up 5% (at constant currencies). Cloud revenue increased 4% and was up 12% (at constant currencies) with a robust performance in Brazil and Mexico. The United States, SAP's largest market, had a strong sequential acceleration in cloud revenue growth combined with an even stronger current cloud backlog growth.
In the APJ region, cloud and software revenue increased 2% and 6% (at constant currencies). Cloud revenue increased 18% and 23% (at constant currencies) with Japan, Australia and South Korea being highlights.
Financial Results at a Glance
Second Quarter 2021
Six months ended June 2021
Business Outlook 2021
SAP is raising its full-year 2021 outlook, reflecting the strong business performance which is expected to accelerate cloud revenue growth. The Company continues to expect a software licenses revenue decline for the full year as more customers turn to the 'RISE with SAP' subscription offering for their mission-critical core processes. This outlook also continues to assume the COVID-19 crisis will begin to recede as vaccine programs roll out globally, leading to further improvements in global demand in the second half of 2021.
SAP now expects:
SAP continues to expect the share of more predictable revenue to reach approximately 75% (2020: 72%).
SAP continues to expect operating cash flow of approximately €6.0 billion (2020 €7.2 billion) and free cash flow above €4.5 billion (2020 €6.0 billion).
SAP now expects a full-year 2021 effective tax rate (IFRS) of 21.5% to 23.0% (previously: 26.0% to 27.0%) and an effective tax rate (non-IFRS) of 20.0% to 21.5% (previously: 22.5% to 23.5%).
While SAP's full-year 2021 business outlook is at constant currencies, actual currency reported figures are expected to be impacted by currency exchange rate fluctuations as the Company progresses through the year. See the table below for the Q3 and FY 2021 expected currency impacts.
SAP is focusing on three non-financial indicators: customer loyalty, employee engagement, and carbon emissions.
In 2021 SAP continues to aim for:
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the introduction of a more flexible working model at SAP, the level of remote work will be higher than previously anticipated. As a consequence, SAP is lowering its 2021 carbon emissions outlook. SAP now expects carbon emissions in a range of 90 to 110 kt, assuming the high level of remote work continues. Previously, SAP expected 145 kt (2020: 135 kt).
The full Q2 2021 Quarterly Statement can be downloaded from http://www.sap.com/investors/sap-2021-q2-statement.
This Quarterly Statement and all information therein is unaudited.
Definition of key growth metrics
Share of more predictable revenue is the total of cloud revenue and software support revenue as a percentage of total revenue.
For explanations on other key growth metrics please refer to the performance management section of SAP's Integrated Report 2020 and SAP's Half-Year Report 2021, which can be found at www.sap.com/investor.
SAP senior management will host a financial analyst conference call on Wednesday, July 21, at 2:00 PM (CEST) / 1:00 PM (BST) / 8:00 AM (Eastern) / 5:00 AM (Pacific). The conference will be webcast live on the Company's website at www.sap.com/investor and will be available for replay. Supplementary financial information pertaining to the second quarter results can be found at www.sap.com/investor.
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