Bull: Revenues for the third quarter of 2012

  Bull:Revenues for the third quarter of 2012

Business activity resilient in Q3, at a comparable level to the third quarter
of 2011.

Revenues for the quarter of €267.3 million, up 0.4%.

Order intake, at €235.3 million for the quarter, down 1.8% year-on-year and up
1.8% year-to-date.

BullWay 2013 objectives confirmed.

Business Wire

PARIS -- October 25, 2012

Regulatory News:

Following a meeting of the Board of Directors on 24October 2012, Bull
(Paris:BULL) (Euronext Paris: FR0010266601-BULL) today announces its
revenues for the third quarter of 2012^1.

Key figures for the third quarter of 2012

Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were €267.3 million, a 0.4% increase
compared with the third quarter of 2011. Over the first nine months of 2012,
revenues were €884.0 million, representing an increase of 0.6% compared with
the same period in the previous year. Order intake for the quarter was €235.3
million, slightly lower than in the third quarter of 2011. However, over the
first nine months of the year, growth in the order book remained higher than
the corresponding increase in revenues.

                                                 
(€ millions)            Revenues                   Order intake
                       2012   2011   variation  2012   2011   variation
Third quarter           267.3  266.4  +0.4%      235.3  239.7  -1.8%
Nine months
to the end of           884.0  878.8  +0.6%      905.5  889.5  +1.8%
September
                                                                

Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull, commented:  “This quarter we have
successfully demonstrated our resilience, despite the fact that the economic
environment is becoming more tense in certain countries. The relevance of our
strategy and the positioning of our offerings, established as part of our
‘BullWay2013’ plan, are coming to fruition in the form of a commercial
pipeline that holds promise for the future. We are also speeding up our
adaptation to meet the challenges of mission-critical digital systems and the
emerging economic environment, so as to encourage growth, innovation and value
creation.”

Order intake and revenues by Business Line


Third quarter 2012
(€ millions)     Revenues                       Order intake
                Q3 2012  Q3 2011  variation  Q3 2012  Q3      variation
                                                            2011
Innovative        15.4     10.7     +43.4%      9.4      12.6    -25.1%
Products
Computing         154.6     154.3     +0.2%       139.2     138.8    +0.3%
Solutions
Business
Integration       70.3      76.8      -8.5%       63.8      69.3     -8.1%
Solutions
Security         27.0     24.5     +10.2%     22.9     19.0    +20.3%
Solutions
Total            267.3    266.4    +0.4%      235.3    239.7   -1.8%
                                                                     


Nine months to end of September 2012
(in € millions)  Revenues                       Order intake
                9M 2012  9M 2011  variation  9M 2012  9M      variation
                                                            2011
Innovative        46.4     38.7     +19.9%      46.1     42.9    +7.6%
Products
Computing         526.9     537.0     -1.9%       538.2     541.8    -0.6%
Solutions
Business
Integration       228.3     225.5     +1.3%       233.5     226.4    +3.1%
Solutions
Security         82.4     77.6     +6.1%      87.7     78.5    +11.7%
Solutions
Total            884.0    878.8    +0.6%      905.5    889.5   +1.8%
                                                                     

Innovative Products

The very high increase in sales recorded during this quarter (+43.4%), with
revenues of €15.4 million, is the result of very dynamic business activity in
France. Over the first nine months of the year, revenues grew by 19.9% to
€46.4 million.

Following a large increase in the first six months of the year, order intake –
at €9.4 million – was €4.2 million lower than in the third quarter of 2011.
However, over the first nine months of the year in total, order intake has
shown an increase of 7.6%, to stand at €46.1 million.

Computing Solutions

Following the trend set in the first half of 2012, business during the third
quarter in the Computing Solutions Business Line remained stable year on year
(up 0.2%), with revenues of €154.6 million. Over the first nine months of the
year, revenues declined slightly by 1.9% to €526.9million.

Order intake for the third quarter of 2012 was €139.2 million, a comparable
level (up 0.3%) with Q3 in 2011. Since the start of 2012, momentum has stayed
largely unchanged and cumulative order intake for the period was €538.2
million, compared with €541.8 million for the first nine months of 2011.

Sustained activity in Cloud Computing has been maintained and the new bullion
enterprise server offering continues to gain momentum. In Extreme Computing,
the delay in booking new large-scale projects since the start of the year,
especially in France, explains the lack of progress compared with 2011.
However, the division has been very active on the commercial front and the
pipeline of opportunities in Extreme Computing is very promising for the
medium term.

Business Integration Solutions

Following a significant increase in the second quarter of this year, revenues
for this division in Q3 were €70.3 million, a decrease of 8.5% compared with
the same period in 2011, with sustained business activity in France but weaker
results in Spain and South America. Over the first nine months of 2012,
revenues were €228.3 million, up by 1.3%.

Order intake was €63.8 million for the quarter, marked this year by a return
to the typical seasonal pattern; so when compared with the third quarter of
2011, orders were down by 8.1%. For the first nine months of the year, order
intake was €233.5million, an increase of 3.1%.

Security Solutions

The division recorded revenues of €27.0 million for the quarter, up 10.2%
compared with 2011. Revenues recorded over the first nine months of 2012 were
up 6.1% compared with the same period in 2011, at €82.4 million.

Order intake in the third quarter grew strongly, to reach €22.9 million, an
increase of 20.3% compared with 2011. Over the first nine months of the year,
the total increase in orders has been 11.7%, highlighting the high potential
of this business activity.

Group financial position

The Group’s financial position remains healthy. Bull’s cash position
demonstrated a similar pattern to previous years, with marked seasonal
variations. The month of September is traditionally a low point in terms of
cash, in line with revenues, with an uneven distribution between the two
quarters in the second half of the year.

Outlook

The Group is confirming its medium-term objectives, published in December 2010
as part of the unveiling of ‘BullWay 2013’, its strategic plan designed to
boost growth and profitability over the period 2011-2013. The objectives are
to achieve revenues of between €1.35 and €1.45 billion and EBIT of between €50
and €60 million for the 2013 financial year.

Conference call

Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of the Bull Group, will host a conference
call to comment on these results.

   Time:              Thursday 25 October 2012, 9:00am (Paris time)
      Dial-in number:       +33 (0)1 7099 3208

The presentation to support the conference call will be available to download
at http://www.bull.com/investors. Analysts and investor are invited to take
part in the Q&A session following the presentation, using the same dial-in
number.

Other key highlights of the quarter

Numergy is born

SFR, Bull and the Caisse des Dépôts have announced the creation of a new
company, Numergy, with a view to implementing a Cloud computing infrastructure
dedicated to the European market. Numergy will offer secure Cloud computing
services to organizations across the economy at a highly competitive cost. The
‘digital energy’ it produces is aimed at established businesses and public
sector bodies, as well as innovative start-ups operating in France and across
Europe. The creation of Numergy is an integral part of Le Cloud by Bull, our
Cloud offering which provides customers with a pragmatic approach to achieving
a smooth transition to a secure, made-to-measure enterprise Cloud.

Innovative Products

Bull announces EMC VSPEX Powered by Bull bullion servers

VSPEX appliances significantly reduce both the costs and timescales involved
in implementing virtualized infrastructures and private Clouds. Bull has
capitalized on its expertise in EMC technologies and VMware-based server
infrastructures, and through EMC’s VSPEX program ensures the integration and
alignment of hypervisor, compute, network and storage components for a wide
range of application workloads.

Computing Solutions

bullion X86 enterprise server: the fastest in the world

The benchmark – run on a ‘fat’, 16-socket configuration – highlights bullion’s
exceptional characteristics, which make it almost twice as powerful as all its
rivals. The bullion server achieved peak performance of 4,110 according to the
SPECint®2006 benchmark. The fastest competitive system only managed a
performance of 2,180. The results posted by the bullion server clearly
demonstrate the power of its architecture and the technological superiority of
the BCS (Bull Coherence Switch) over the technologies used in rival servers.
It enables the power available from all 16 sockets to be shared, and boosts
bullion’s performance by some 120% compared with competitors’ servers that are
limited to 8 sockets and equipped with so-called ‘glueless’ technology.

Business Integration Solutions

Bull responsible for application maintenance for the French Navy

Bull has won the contact to provide third-party application maintenance and
outsourcing for the French Navy’s logistics management information system
(known as SIGLE), which is used to ensure in-service support for 80 of the
force’s major facilities. SIGLE manages all the relevant items and equipment,
consisting of on-board installations and spare parts stored on dry land. The
system is used by some 1,300 people across French Naval bases, both on the
mainland and overseas, as well as in buildings.

Security Solutions

Bull unveils sphone, its new range of ultra-secure mobile phones

Designed primarily for governments, ministries, essential operators and
businesses dealing with sensitive data, sphone is the first mobile phone
featuring native hardware security to provide integrated protection against
intrusions and the theft of personal data or of the device itself. sphone
secures communications end to end, including voice calls and SMS messages, as
well as local data stored on the phone such as the directory, the call log and
the bulk memory. The first sphone mobiles have already been successfully
deployed in France, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

About Bull

Bull is a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems. The Group is
dedicated to developing and implementing solutions where computing power and
security serve to optimize its customers’ information systems, to support
their business. Bull operates in high added-value markets including computer
simulation, Cloud computing and ‘computing power plants’, outsourcing and
security.

Currently, Bull employs around 9,000 people across more than 50 countries,
with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2011, Bull recorded revenues of
€1.3 billion.

For more information, visit: www.bull.com www.facebook.com/Bull
www.twitter.com/bullfr

Financial calendar

14 February 2013: Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 and full-year
results for 2012

Order intake and revenue evolution by Business Line:


Third quarter of 2012
                     Innovative   Computing   Business      Security
(€ millions)        Products    Solutions  Integration  Solutions  Total
                                              Solutions
Order intake                                                      
Gross                21.0         141.3       66.4          23.9        252.7
Inter-Business      (11.6)      (2.1)      (2.6)        (1.1)      (17.4)
Line orders
Net order intake    9.4         139.2      63.8         22.9       235.3
for Q3 2012
Net order intake    12.6        138.8      69.3         19.0       239.7
for Q3 2011
Variation           -25.1%      +0.3%      -8.1%        +20.3%     -1.8%
Revenues
Gross                33.6         157.6       73.1          28.5        292.8
Inter-Business      (18.2)      (3.1)      (2.8)        (1.5)      (25.5)
Line revenues
Net revenues for    15.4        154.6      70.3         27.0       267.3
Q3 2012
Net revenues for    10.7        154.3      76.8         24.5       266.4
Q3  2011
Variation           +43.4%      +0.2%      -8.5%        +10.2%     +0.4%
Organic variation                                              -0.5%
Book-to-bill ratio  0.61        0.90       0.91         0.85       0.88
                                                                        


Nine months to the end of September 2012
                     Innovative   Computing   Business      Security
(€ millions)        Products    Solutions  Integration  Solutions  Total
                                              Solutions
Order intake                                                      
Gross                99.4         541.4       242.4         93.6        976.7
Inter-Business      (53.3)      (3.1)      (8.9)        (5.8)      (71.1)
Line orders
Net order intake    46.1        538.2      233.5        87.7       905.5
YTD
Net order intake    42.9        541.8      226.4        78.5       889.5
YTD
Variation           +7.6%       -0.6%      +3.1%        +11.7%     +1.8%
Revenues
Gross                119.2        532.1       237.6         87.1        976.0
Inter-Business      (72.8)      (5.2)      (9.2)        (4.8)      (92.0)
Line revenues
Net revenues YTD    46.4        526.9      228.3        82.4       884.0
Net revenues YTD    38.7        537.0      225.5        77.6       878.8
Variation           +19.9%      -1.9%      +1.3%        +6.1%      +0.6%
Organic variation                                              +0.1%
Book-to-bill ratio  0.99        1.02       1.02         1.06       1.02
                                                                        

Summary of quarterly revenues and orders:


Revenues
(€ millions)                      Q1     Q2      Q3      Q4     Full year
           Innovative Products   11.3   19.7    15.4          
            Computing Solutions    175.6   196.7    154.6
2012        Business Integration   73.7    84.3     70.3
            Solutions
            Security Solutions    25.9   29.5    27.0          
           Total                 286.5  330.2   267.3         
            Innovative Products    10.4    17.5     10.7     25.1    63.8
            Computing Solutions    165.2   217.6    154.3    268.1   805.2
2011        Business Integration   70.8    77.8     76.8     90.1    315.6
            Solutions
            Security Solutions    24.5   28.7    24.5    38.6   116.2
           Total                 270.8  341.6   266.4   421.9  1300.7
            Innovative Products    +8.3%   +12.5%   +43.4%
            Computing Solutions    +6.3%   -9.6%    +0.2%
variation   Business Integration   +4.1%   +8.3%    -8.5%
            Solutions
            Security Solutions    +5.8%  +2.9%   +10.2%        
           Total                 +5.8%  -3.3%   +0.4%         
                                                                     


Order intake
(€ millions)                     Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4     Full year
           Innovative Products  10.5    26.2    9.4           
            Computing Solutions   213.2    185.8    139.2
            Business
2012        Integration           75.7     94.0     63.8
            Solutions
            Security Solutions   35.1    29.8    22.9          
           Total                334.4   335.8   235.3         
            Innovative Products   8.7      21.6     12.6     22.6    65.5
            Computing Solutions   216.1    186.9    138.8    245.0   786.7
            Business
2011        Integration           64.1     92.9     69.3     110.4   336.8
            Solutions
            Security Solutions   24.4    35.1    19.0    45.0   123.5
           Total                313.3   336.5   239.7   423.1  1312.6
            Innovative Products   +20.3%   +21.5%   -25.1%
            Computing Solutions   -1.3%    -0.6%    +0.3%
            Business
variation   Integration           +18.0%   +1.2%    -8.1%
            Solutions
            Security Solutions   +43.7%  -15.1%  +20.3%        
           Total                +6.7%   -0.2%   -1.8%         
                                                                     

Geographic breakdown of revenues:


Third quarter of 2012
(€ millions)             Revenues
                         2012   2011   Variation
France                    139.4  146.4  -4.8%
Europe excluding France   83.5    75.4    +10.8%
Rest of the world        44.3   44.6   -0.7%
Total                    267.3  266.4  +0.4%
                                          

Glossary and presentation of financial information:

Except where indicated, Revenues refers to consolidated revenues from external
customers. At the beginning of 2012, a revaluation of certain activities in
Belgium, Brazil, Spain and France led to a slight adjustment (less than 0.5%
of the company’s revenues) to the scope of the Computing Solutions and
Business Integration Solutions Business Lines in these countries. Since the
publication of the results for Q1 2012, data by Business Line for the year
2011 has been adjusted to reflect the current scope of these businesses, to
enable more accurate year-on-year comparisons.

Unless otherwise indicated, variations have been calculated using published
data. Organic variation represents the variation at constant business
structure and exchange rates.

The book-to-bill ratio represents the ratio of order intake to revenues for
the period.

Order intake represents the total value of definite contracts signed during
the period. The total value of contracts corresponds to the contractual
commitments made by customers, on which the management may need to make a
judgment for long-term contracts or those with no fixed end date (for example,
those renewed by tacit agreement).

EBIT represents earnings before interest and taxes,  non-operating and
non-recurring items, and contribution of equity affiliates.

In the various tables of figures in this press release, numbers may not add up
100% due to rounding.

Disclaimer

This press release includes and is based, inter alia, on forward-looking
information and statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause expected results to differ.

Although Bull believes that its expectations and the information in this press
release were based upon reasonable assumptions at the time when they were
made, it can give no assurance that those expectations will be achieved or
that the expected results will be as set out in this press release.

Neither Bull nor any other company within the Bull Group is making any
representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy,
reliability or completeness of the information in the press release, and
neither Bull, any other company within the Bull Group nor any of their
directors, officers or employees will have any liability to you or any other
persons resulting from your use of the information in the press release.

^1 The figures shown in this press release have not been audited.

Contact:

Bull
Investor relations contact:
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or
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