DS Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results In Line With Preliminary Announcement

BMW selects Dassault Systemes Digital Design Infrastructure to Speed Up Delivery of Fuel Efficient Cars. BMW will use CATIA to have a single digital software environment for the design of all BMW engines across its fuel and diesel-powered cars, motorcycles, and its newest line of eco-friendly, hybrid cars including the industry’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle.

With the use of CATIA software, a 3D virtual design platform, engineers can consolidate design environments and create a single reference model for the design of all future BMW engines. IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM experts have helped the automaker to harmonize and consolidate all design initiatives into a single digital infrastructure that provides the latest technologies to aid in the software simulation, calculation and testing of new engine models.

DS SolidWorks Unveils Software to Gauge Any Design’s Environmental Impact. SolidWorks introduced software that details, in real time, the environmental impact of parts, assemblies, and the design decisions that go into them. DS SolidWorks demonstrated an early version of the software at SolidWorks World 2009.

Other Corporate Information

On April 2, 2009, Dassault Systemes filed its 2008 Document de référence with the French “Autorité des marchés financiers”. The 2008 Document de référence as well as an English language translation of this document are available on the Company’s website.

Business Outlook

Thibault de Tersant, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, commented, “Looking ahead, we believe the environment will continue to be difficult.

“With respect to the second quarter and full year outlook, we are taking into account the sharp decline in new licenses experienced during the first quarter and assuming that market conditions remain unchanged throughout the rest of 2009. This leads us to lower our new licenses revenue expectations as well as our recurring software growth assumptions, reflecting the flow-through impact on recurring revenue as the installed base grows at a lower rate. We also think it is prudent to assume that consulting activity will be more subdued given the macroeconomic environment.

“Thanks to our initial cost savings program and additional annual savings target of €80 to €90 million recently announced, we believe the impact to the 2009 operating margin can be largely offset and so we continue to target a full year operating margin of about 25%, the mid-point of our objective. We are lowering our 2009 EPS objective to reflect the revenue objective adjustment as well as the impact of the decline in interest rates on financial revenue. Given the current economic environment we have decided to widen our objective ranges for revenue, operating margin and earnings per share.”

The Company’s objectives are prepared and communicated only on a non-IFRS basis and are subject to the cautionary statement set forth below. The Company’s current objectives are the following:

  • Second quarter 2009 non-IFRS total revenue objective of about €295 to €310 million and non-IFRS EPS of about €0.32 to €0.38;
  • 2009 non-IFRS revenue growth objective range of about -9% to -5% in constant currencies; (€1.260 to €1.310 billion based upon the 2009 currency exchange rate assumptions below.)
  • 2009 non-IFRS operating margin of about 24% to 26%;
  • 2009 non-IFRS EPS range of about €1.78 to €2.00;
  • Objectives are based upon exchange rate assumptions for the 2009 second quarter of US$1.40 per €1.00 and JPY130 per €1.00 and a full year average of US$1.38 per €1.00 and JPY128 per €1.00.

The non-IFRS objectives set forth above do not take into account the following accounting elements and are estimated based upon the 2009 currency exchange rates above: deferred revenue write-downs estimated at approximately €1.4 million for 2009; share-based compensation expense estimated at approximately €22 million for 2009 and amortization of acquired intangibles estimated at approximately €40 million for 2009. The above objectives do not include any impact from other operating income and expense, net principally comprised of restructuring expenses. These estimates also do not include any new stock option or share grants, or any new acquisitions or restructurings completed after April 30, 2009.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Dassault Systemes will host a webcast and a conference call today, Thursday, April 30, 2009. Management will host a webcast at 8:30 AM London time/9:30 AM CET time and will then host the conference call at 2:00 PM London time/3:00 PM CET/ 9:00 AM New York time. The webcast and conference call will be available via the Internet by accessing http://www.3ds.com/company/finance/. Please go to the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the webcast or conference call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast and conference call will be archived for 30 days.

Additional investor information can be accessed at http://www.3ds.com/company/finance/ or by calling Dassault Systemes’ Investor Relations at 33.1.61.62.69.24.

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