PROGRESS SOFTWARE REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS Tuesday 18 December 2001 PDF Print BEDFORD, Mass. — December 18, 2001 — Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading supplier of technology for building e-business solutions, today announced results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended November 30, 2001. Revenue for the quarter increased 4 percent to $69.3 million, up from $66.4 million in the same quarter last year. Operating income was $6.6 million and represented a decrease of 26 percent over the same quarter last year. Net income was $5.1 million, down 37 percent from $8.1 million in the same quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share of 13 cents represented a decrease of 38 percent over the 21 cents achieved in the fourth quarter of 2000. For the 12 months ended November 30, 2001, revenue decreased 3 percent to $262 million from $271 million in 2000. Operating income decreased 45 percent to $21.3 million from $38.7 million in 2000. Net income decreased 48 percent to $17.6 million from $33.7 million in 2000 and diluted earnings per share decreased 46 percent to 46 cents from 85 cents in 2000. The company's revenue and earnings were adversely affected by the strengthening of the US dollar during fiscal 2001 as compared to fiscal 2000. On a constant currency basis, revenue for the full fiscal year of 2001 would have been approximately the same as in fiscal 2000. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, the impact of changes in exchange rates on revenue was not significant. During the fourth quarter, the company purchased approximately 196,000 shares of its stock at a cost of $2.7 million. Since beginning its share buy-back programme in the first quarter of 1996, the company has purchased approximately 13.5 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $121 million. The company has 9.9 million shares available to purchase under its current board authorised stock repurchase programme. The company's cash and short-term investments at the end of the year totaled $175 million. “We are pleased with our continued revenue growth over the past two quarters, at a challenging time for other software companies,” said Joseph Alsop, chief executive officer of Progress Software Corporation. “Additionally, we have achieved annual revenue equal to the prior year when adjusted for currency fluctuations. The Sonic product line more than tripled revenue this past year. We look to the Progress Company to grow in FY 2002, and for revenue from the Sonic product line to more than double next year.” Recent Highlights Highlights include recent adoption of PSC technology, and solutions based on PSC technology, by new accounts including: Airforce Research Lab, Allegro Microsystems, Asset Research and Retention, LLC, BAE System Controls, Bakery Chef, BCT Automatisering BV, Borland, Broadcasting Data Services, Caterpillar, Children's Hospital, CitiBank, Datek, Dietrich Industries, Electronic Arts, Earthlink, Energy Market Authority, First4Farming Ltd, Inovant, Intertrade, Kinetech Services Europe Ltd, Kaiser Permanente, KeySpan, MCI WorldCom, McKee Foods Corporation, Menuiseries Lapeyre, Naval Surface Warfare, Octasoft, Pfizer, Pro Productive Oy, Selesta Spa, Senoko Power Ltd, Siemens AG, Solvepoint, Southern Company Service, Strategic Information Technology, Suncoast Solutions, TRW, Telekurs Finanz AG, Unisys Italia SPA, University of Arkansas, Vereniging de Zonnebloem, Voice Log, Vodafone, Waterfield Mortgage, Wapice Oy, and ZixIT Corporation. PSC acquired certain assets of PeerDirect Inc, developers of a distinctive heterogeneous database replication system for high-speed and reliable distribution of business information. To view press release: http://www.peerdirect.com/Press/Progress.asp In addition to the September announcement with the Borland AppServer, Sonic Software announced integration relationships with two major application servers, BEA® WebLogic® and Oracle Application Server. To view these press releases: http://www.sonicsoftware.com/releases/2001/091801.htm, http://www.sonicsoftware.com/releases/2001/111901.htm and http://www.sonicsoftware.com/releases/2001/120401.htm Sonic Software expanded its product set, adding SonicXQ™, a reliable platform for Web services, and released version 4.0 of its SonicMQ® E-Business Messaging Server. http://www.sonicsoftware.com/releases/2001/102401b.htm The Progress Company announced the release of Progress® Fathom™ for Management, which further improves Progress' already impressive low total cost of ownership. http://www.progress.com/releases/2001/110501.htm A study conducted by IDC corroborates Progress Software's position as the leader in the embedded database market. The IDC report echoes Progress' leadership position in this market cited in a Gartner/Dataquest report published in June. http://www.progress.com/releases/2001/100201a.htm Another IDC study reiterated the significant return on investment experienced by Progress ASPenSM customers. In the study, ASP customers, including members of the Progress ASPen Managed Services Program and their end-users, cited valuable benefits of working with an ASP, such as peace of mind, faster implementation times, the ability to focus more on their core business, and access to advanced technologies. http://www.progress.com/releases/2001/112701.htm Holiday Autos, the world’s largest leisure car rental broker, recently replaced Oracle with the Progress OpenEdge™ e-business platform for its call center reservation system. The resulting application won multiple awards at Computer Weekly Magazine’s “E-Business Excellence Awards 2001,” held in London on November 27. http://www.progress.com/releases/2001/121001.htm PSC's conference call to discuss the fourth quarter results will be Webcast live on December 18 2001, at 9 am Eastern via CCBN on the company's Web site, located at www.progress.com. The call will also be Webcast live via Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com), Motley Fool (http://www.fool.com), Streetevents (http://www.streetevents.com), TD Waterhouse (http://www.tdwaterhouse.com) and Fidelity.com (http://www.fidelity.com). An archived version of the conference call will be available for replay. About Progress Software Corporation Founded in 1981, Progress Software Corporation, or PSC (NASDAQ: PRGS) is the parent organisation for the Progress Company operating unit, Sonic Software Corporation, and NuSphere Corporation. PSC provides industry-leading technologies for all aspects of e-business development, deployment, integration and management. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in Bedford, MA, and can be reached at +1-781-280-4000 or on the Web at http://www.progress.com . -ends- Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications. T: 44 (0)1763 208708 F: 44 (0)1763 208813 E: email@example.com Progress, Fathom, ASPen, and OpenEdge are trademarks, service marks, or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the US and other countries. SonicMQ and SonicXQ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Software Corporation in the US and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. 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These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to the following: the receipt and shipment of new orders, the timely release of enhancements to the company's products, the growth rates of certain market segments, the positioning of the company's products in those market segments, market acceptance of the application service provider distribution model, variations in the demand for customer service and technical support, pricing pressures and the competitive environment in the software industry, business and consumer use of the Internet, and the company's ability to penetrate international markets and manage its international operations. The company undertakes no obligation to update information contained in this release. 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