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Increased Revenue Results in Earnings Per Share of $0.07

Sybase today announced increased revenues and earnings in
the third quarter over the previous quarter. In the quarter
ended September 30, 1997, revenues were $244.2 million, up
from $237.6 million reported in the second quarter and
compared with $250.2 million recorded in the third quarter
of 1996. Net income for the period was $5.2 million, or
$0.07 per share, up from the second quarter with net income
of $4.4 million, or $0.06 per share, and compared with a
loss of $52.6 million after a $49.2 million restructuring
charge or $0.69 per share, in the third quarter of 1996. In
addition, Sybase server license revenue was up five percent
sequentially from last quarter and one percent year over

"We've seen an enthusiastic response to the third quarter
new product launches of Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.5, the
next generation of our flagship database, PowerJ Java
development tool, and Jaguar CTS component transaction
server," explained Mitchell Kertzman, chairman and chief
executive officer of Sybase. "These core products, together
with PowerBuilder 6.0, our market leading application
development tool scheduled for general availability in the
fourth quarter, demonstrate that we have delivered on the
promise of our Adaptive Component Architecture. This
comprehensive suite of innovative technology will enable
Sybase to focus on driving revenue growth forward," added

"The third quarter growth in our server product line was
based on the strength of Sybase's technology and proved a
critical factor in many significant third quarter
transactions," said John Chen, Sybase's president and chief
operating officer.

"We were also very pleased to be highlighted by Ovum, the
independent information consultancy group, for the
successful way Sybase has merged its database, middleware
and tools strategies to provide customers with a range of
open, distributed computing solutions," said Colin Tenwick,
vice president and general manager of Sybase UK.

Building on its strength in vertical markets, Sybase
achieved third quarter customer wins in several industries
including: oil and gas, pharmaceutical, media and
entertainment, financial services, retail and manufacturing,
and telecommunications.

Customers included Agefos, American Management Systems,
BISYS Group, Inc., Comercial Mexicana, Koch Industries, Inc,
Federal Express, Maritz, Inc., MetroNet, the National
Basketball Association, New York State Unified Courts
System, Postal Service of Indonesia , Royal Society for the
Protection of Birds, Stanford Health Services and Westar
Security. In the third quarter of 1997, Sybase shipped the
following products which support its Adaptive Component

Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.5, Sybase's next generation
database server, delivers predictable high performance to
support the evolving nature of transaction processing in
unpredictable computing environments. Together with the HP
V220 Enterprise Server, Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.5
processed highest ever transaction results on a SMP machine
with 39,469 tpmC at a price/performance of $94.16/tpmC.

Jaguar CTS, the first component transaction server for
building highly scaleable transactional applications on the

jConnect, a full implementation of the emerging JDBC
standard for Java developers that provides high performance,
native Java database connectivity for network-centric
business applications.

PowerJ, an industrial-strength rapid application
development tool designed for building and deploying Java
applets and applications that offers a highly productive,
component-based development environment featuring seamless
integration of third-party JavaBeans and ActiveX.

"We are pleased with our improvement in profitability in the
quarter," said chief financial officer Jack Acosta. "Sybase
has significantly invested in new product development while
maintaining a very strong balance sheet. Cash totaled $229.9
million as of September 30th--up $31.0 million during the
quarter. Day sales outstanding was 74 days, down from 80
days in the preceding quarter."

"We're pleased to see the wide acceptance that Adaptive
Server Enterprise 11.5 is receiving from existing customers
and new customers alike," added Chen. "The third quarter
growth in our server product line proves that we have met
our first milestone in growing key license revenue. This,
coupled with our significant product accomplishments, will
be major contributors to Sybase's future growth."

Notes to editors

Statements in this release concerning Sybase, Inc. future
profitability and operating results, future product
availability and the Company's future prospects are forward
looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties
and risks. Factors that could cause actual events or results
to differ materially include the following: sales
productivity, possible disruptive effects of organisational
or personnel changes, shifts in customer demand, market
acceptance of the company's new or enhanced products and
architecture, customer and industry analyst perception of
the company and its technology vision, rapid technological
changes, competitive factors, unanticipated delays in
scheduled product availability dates (which could result
from various occurrences including development or testing
difficulties, software errors, shortages in appropriately
skilled software engineers and project management problems),
interoperability of the company's products with leading
software application products, general business conditions
and market growth rates in the client/server and Internet
software markets, and other factors described in the
Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC
for the quarter ending June 30, 1997.

About Sybase

Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, Sybase, Inc. is a worldwide
leader in distributed, open computing solutions with record
revenues in 1996 of over $1 billion. The company provides
customers and partners with the software and services to
create business solutions for strategic, competitive
advantage. These high-performance, end-to-end solutions
encompass client/server, Internet and intranet transaction
processing and data mart and data warehousing applications.
The company's Adaptive Component Architecture enables rapid
design, development and deployment of distributed multi-tier
business applications. The company's product lines include
Sybase high-performance database servers, EnterpriseConnect
distributed data access and connectivity products and
Powersoft open business development tools. The company's
Internet addresses are and

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