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Revenues Grow 50%, Cash Flow From Operations of $2.7 million Record revenue of $35.2 million, increase of 50% year-over-year from $23.5 million and 7% sequentially

Cash flow generated from operating activities improves to $2.7 million compared to a use of ($4.0) million in Q108

Non-GAAP gross margin improves year-over-year from 61% to 77%

Non-GAAP operating margin improves year-over-year from minus 77% to minus 9%

Reiterates full fiscal year 2009 revenue guidance of 30% annual growth; raises non-GAAP EPS guidance

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 1, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SuccessFactors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFSF), the global leader in on-demand performance and talent management solutions, today announced results for its first fiscal quarter of 2009 which ended March 31, 2009.

"Q1 was a challenging quarter for SuccessFactors, as businesses of all sizes and industries slowed their decision-making and reduced spending on software products and services. Our market was no exception. In the face of this challenging environment, I am proud to report that our team delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 50% in Q1, while improving non-GAAP gross margin by 26% year-over-year, and non-GAAP operating margin by 88%, compared to Q1 2008. We have also sustained our commitment to cash flow positive operations, with positive cash flow of $2.7 million for Q1, improving cash flow 4X over the previous quarter," said Lars Dalgaard, chief executive officer for SuccessFactors.

"As we said to you in February, we view this economic environment as an appropriate time to increase our focus on expense management and profitability, while continuing to invest in the highest levels of product quality, support, and total value for our customers," Dalgaard continued. "While we have maintained the highest revenue growth rate in our industry through the recession that began in 2007, we believe that these investments, coupled with a steady improvement in profitability, will enable us to continue to outperform our market when this recession is over."

SuccessFactors' results for the first quarter fiscal year 2009:

•Q1 FY09 Revenue: Q109 revenue was $35.2 million, compared to prior guidance of $34.0 million to $34.5 million, and compared to $23.5 million for the same period last year, an increase of 50% year-over-year, and an increase of 7% sequentially from Q408.

•Q1 FY09 Cash Flows Generated from Operations: For the quarter ended March 31, 2009, the company generated approximately $2.7 million of cash from operating activities, compared to the $4.0 million use in the quarter ended March 31, 2008, and an increase of 286% sequentially from the $0.7 million generated in Q408. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at March 31, 2009 was $105.5 million.

•Q1 FY09 Net Loss per Share: On a GAAP basis, for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, the net loss per common share, basic and diluted, was $0.10. The non-GAAP net loss per common share, basic and diluted, was $0.06, which excludes approximately $2.4 million in stock-based compensation expense, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted, of $0.06 in Q408 and $0.34 in Q108, an improvement of 82% year-over-year. GAAP and non-GAAP net loss per common share calculations are based on 56.3 million weighted average shares outstanding during the first quarter of 2009.

Additional First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Highlights:

•SuccessFactors continues to lead the way among enterprise cloud applications with more than 4.5 million users with one of the world's largest-known enterprise cloud deployments of 300,000 users by one of the world's largest retailers. SuccessFactors now has 8 customers with greater than 50,000 users, more than 30 customers with greater than 25,000 users, and more than 100 customers with greater than 10,000 users resulting in the most widely-deployed enterprise cloud application.

•SuccessFactors appoints former VP of Technology Strategy and acting CTO at eBay and technology industry veteran, Tom Fisher, to lead SuccessFactors' cloud strategy and third party developer programs as Vice President of Cloud Computing.

•SuccessFactors appoints former Yahoo! Executive, Dmitri Krakovsky, as Vice President of Product Management. Previously, Krakovsky was vice president of business and marketplace operations, and sponsored search at Yahoo! He also held vice president of product positions for Yahoo!'s advertiser and publisher group and small business services. Before joining Yahoo! in 2005, Krakovsky spent five years at Intuit where he led the product management team for small-business accounting software, QuickBooks.

•SuccessFactors announces the availability of EasyReviews, a free, web-based solution for managers to create fast and professional performance reviews for up to 10 users. More information can be found at or

•SuccessFactors drives business performance in Asia Pacific with number of customers up 160% since 2006. With a 160 percent compounded annual growth rate since early 2006, SuccessFactors has grown its customer base more than 85 percent year-over-year and now has more than 550 customers and 270,000 users with a presence in Asia Pacific, with logins up nearly 100% to 4.4 million in the last 12 months alone. SuccessFactors is also seeing great traction and discernable potential in Japan, Australia, China, Singapore, Korea, New Zealand and India.

•SuccessFactors appoints Murray Sargant, former SAP APAC Senior Vice President and PeopleSoft APAC executive, as Asia Pacific Vice President of Sales. Before joining SuccessFactors, Sargant served as a senior vice president of sales at SAP, where he focused on new sales, service and delivery for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining SAP following Oracle's 2005 acquisition of PeopleSoft, Sargant oversaw PeopleSoft's expanding APAC presence since 1998 to include the major markets of Australia, Japan and North Asia, including Hong Kong, China, Korea and Taiwan.

•SuccessFactors announces that Orange, France Telecom's leading brand for Internet, television, mobile and other digital services, has deployed SuccessFactors to 13,000 employees in the UK from the Chief Executive Officer down.


SuccessFactors is initiating guidance for its second quarter and is raising its full fiscal year 2009 EPS guidance.

•Q2 FY09: Revenue for the company's second fiscal quarter is projected to be in the range of approximately $35.5 million to $35.75 million. Non-GAAP net loss per common share, basic and diluted, is expected to be in the range of approximately ($0.05) to ($0.07). Non-GAAP net loss per common share estimates exclude the effects of estimated stock-based compensation expense and assume an average weighted share count of approximately 56.7 million shares.

•Full Year FY09: The company is reiterating guidance for full fiscal 2009 revenue of approximately $145 million to $146 million or 30% annual growth. The company now expects the non-GAAP net loss per common share for fiscal 2009 to be in the range of ($0.18) to ($0.22); previous guidance had been in the range of ($0.23) to ($0.27). Non-GAAP net loss per common share estimates exclude the effects of estimated stock-based compensation expense and assume an average weighted share count of approximately 57 million shares.

Conference Call

An archive of the webcast can be accessed through the same link until May 15, 2009. Participants who choose to call into the conference call can do so by dialing domestically at 866-923-9739 and internationally at 706-634-0915. A domestic replay will be available at 800-642-1687, or 706-645-9291 internationally, passcode 94796178, until May 15, 2009.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

SuccessFactors provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). To help understand SuccessFactors' past financial performance and future results, SuccessFactors has supplemented its financial results that it provides in accordance with GAAP, with non-GAAP financial measures. The method SuccessFactors uses to produce non-GAAP financial results is not computed according to GAAP and may differ from the methods used by other companies. The non-GAAP measures used by SuccessFactors exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense recorded under SFAS 123(R). SuccessFactors' reference to these non-GAAP financial results should be considered in addition to results that are prepared under current accounting standards but should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial results that are presented as consistent with GAAP. SuccessFactors' management uses the supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate SuccessFactors' business and make operating decisions. These non-GAAP financial measures are among the factors SuccessFactors' management uses in planning for and forecasting future periods. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP financial measures of the non-GAAP financial measures is included in this press release.

About SuccessFactors, Inc.

SuccessFactors is one of the fastest growing public software companies and the leading provider of on-demand employee performance and talent management solutions. The company enables organizations of every size, and across every industry and geography, to achieve high-performing workforces through goal alignment and execution, talent development and planning, and pay-for-performance initiatives. From 92 customers and approximately 282,000 end users in 2003 to more than 2,700 customers and more than 4.7 million end users today, SuccessFactors' solutions are widely deployed across 60 industries in over 185 countries in 31 languages. Founded in 2001 with offices around the world, the company employs passionate people focused on revolutionizing the future of work. For more information, visit:

"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are SuccessFactors' current expectations and beliefs.

These forward-looking statements include statements about expected revenue, non-GAAP net loss per share and the average weighted share count for the second fiscal quarter of 2009, the full fiscal year 2009, future cash flow, profitability, potential market size, growth and related items. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: our ability to continue to experience high customer renewal rates; whether customers renew their agreements for additional modules or users; levels of new customers; pricing pressures; the uncertain impact of the overall global economic slowdown, including on our customers, prospective customers and partners, renewal rates and length of sales cycles; the fact that our market is at an early stage of development, and it may not develop as rapidly as we anticipate; competitive factors; outages or security breaches; our ability to develop, and market acceptance of, new services; our ability to manage our growth; our ability to successfully expand our sales force and its effectiveness; our ability to continue to manage expenses; the impact of unforeseen expenses; and general economic conditions worldwide. If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions proves incorrect, our results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results is included in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2008 and in the reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

These documents are or will be available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of our website at

SuccessFactors, Inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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Kim Squire
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: 0870 7000 166

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