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With 34% Growth In License Revenues And 164% Growth In Net Profit

Bracknell, UK (May 12, 2004) -- Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (Nasdaq: MGIC), a leading provider of state-of-the-art business integration and development technology, reported today that the company has continued to grow year-over-year in both revenues and profitability in the first quarter ended March 31, 2004.

First Quarter Results
Total revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2004 were $16.45 million, an increase of 9% from $15.13 million in the comparable quarter of 2003.

Gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2004 was 61%, an increase from a margin of 59% in the comparable quarter of 2003. Net profit for the first quarter of 2004 was $718,000 (or $0.02 per share) compared with a net profit of $272,000 (or $0.01 per share) in the first quarter of 2003, an increase of 164%.

License sales for the quarter, at $5.5 million, increased 34% from $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2003. Application sales were $1.7 million in both the current quarter and the comparable quarter of 2003.

Revenues from consulting and other services, at $6.5 million, decreased from $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2003. Revenues from maintenance and support, at $2.8 million, increased from $2.6 million in the same period of 2003.

In the first quarter of 2004, Europe accounted for 42% of total revenues, while North America and Asia/Pacific accounted for 30% and 28%, respectively.

“Magic Software enters 2004 with strong revenue growth and improved overall financial performance, reflecting significant increases in contracts with new and existing customers,” said Menachem Hasfari, CEO of Magic Software. "Our model of combining superior technology, support and services at a reasonable cost is clearly resonating with the market."

“We are very pleased with the enthusiasm surrounding our iBOLT Integration Suite and the continued acceptance of eDeveloper in the market, as demonstrated by the high increase in license sales,” noted Hasfari. “iBOLT sales in the first quarter of 2004 were 40% higher than the last quarter of 2003 with the average iBOLT deal getting bigger in volume. iBOLT is also providing us with entry into significant new customers as well as many new partners who have signed up for the iBOLT Integration Partner Program in recent months.”

Mr. Hasfari concluded, “Our commitment to providing high-quality business integration and application development technology that delivers measurable ROI, combined with the rising momentum of the mid-tier market, places Magic Software in a unique position to take advantage of the growth opportunities that lie ahead.”

Accomplishments
The following highlights were announced or occurred since Magic Software Enterprises’ last earnings statement:

New Deals and Partner Announcements

Among the significant new iBOLT deals closed during the quarter were:

SuperClubs, the Caribbean's Super-Inclusive resort group who will use iBOLT to enable integration of SuperClub’s SAP R/3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for back-end operations and accounting with the company’s business-to-consumer (B2C) website;

CBIA, the largest statewide business organization in the U.S.A., with 10,000 member companies acting as the voice of business and industry in Connecticut, who acquired iBOLT to automate business processes and enhance integration of existing information technology systems;

SCH (Specialist Computer Holdings) Group, Europe's largest privately owned technology group, which specializes in providing customized service solutions for network computing, who acquired iBOLT for deployment of an integrated contact management solution;

One of Europe's largest cellular operators will use iBOLT to provide integrated real time information and services to internal support and operations personnel;

KRYS, one of the largest network of opticians in France with around 800 shops in France and an additional 50 in Belgium, will use iBOLT to integrate legacy systems to streamline internal and external business processes.

In addition, during the quarter, Magic Software exceeded its expectations and successfully recruited eighteen new iBOLT partners worldwide who chose iBOLT as their preferred mid-tier framework for business integration.

Other significant new deals and partnerships closed or announced during the quarter were:

One of the largest airfreight companies in Asia will implement “Hermes Logistics”, an eDeveloper-based air cargo management and cargo handling system. Hermes has been recognized by industry leaders to be one of the most up-to-date ground-cargo handling system available on the market today;

Magic Software Japan signed a memorandum of understanding for joint business development with Fujitsu Limited. Under this agreement the companies will work together to sell eDeveloper in conjunction with Fujitsu's Interstage Application Server;

Company Solutions was appointed as the sole distributor for Magic Software in Belgium. The distributorship covers all major software products of Magic Software including eDeveloper and the iBOLT Integration Suite.

In addition, significant orders of eDeveloper licenses were received from Adapt and Vadim in the U.S., Bull in France, Marsh Insurance in Germany, Fujitsu in Japan, Maariv and Clalit Health in Israel.

About Magic Software Enterprises
Magic Software Enterprises, a member of the Formula Group (Nasdaq: FORTY), develops, markets and supports software development, deployment and integration technology that enables enterprises to accelerate the process of building and deploying applications that can be rapidly customized and integrated with existing systems. Magic technology, applications and professional services are available through a global network of subsidiaries, distributors and Magic solutions partners in approximately 50 countries including the UK. http://www.magicsoftware.com/.

The Formula Group is an international information technology company principally engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services, developing proprietary software products and producing computer-based solutions.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in the Company’s most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company Contact:
Andy Peart
Magic Software Enterprises UK Ltd
01344 667000
andy_peart@magicsoftware.com

Media Contact:
Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations Ltd
01344 876558
sara@marylebone.co.uk

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