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SAP SE Seeks Acquisitions

SAP SE (DB:SAP) Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Luka Mucic said, "We have always in the past and will continue in the future to only consider acquisitions in lieu of our otherwise dominant organic growth strategy. If we have the opportunity to close a critical gap in our existing solution portfolio or can acquire complementary assets to round up our portfolio to really bring a holistic set of solutions to our customers to drive end-to-end transformation and process excellence for them. We command the, by far, broadest portfolio of both cloud and on-premise assets for industry-specific as well as LOB generic capabilities, so we do not expect to make in the foreseeable future any major acquisitions. Right now, we are really focusing on delivering on our strong commitment to the rating agencies who have given us, as you know, a stable A rating to make sure that we bring down our leverage pay back in the next three to four years. Our debt pay, of course, attractive dividends to our shareholders. And then, based on our strong operating cash flow, there would still be room for some smaller tuck-in acquisitions to round up our solution portfolio, but none of those in the next years would be of noteworthy size."

Real-Time Data Analysis from SAP HANA® Leads to Better Surgical Outcomes at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

SAP SE announced that the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system (D-H) is working with analytics solutions from SAP and the SAP HANA® platform to help predict surgical outcomes for its patients experiencing chronic knee pain. The initiative, named GreenCare, is aimed at improving the patient care experience by allowing physicians to help improve surgical outcomes, address costs and help avoid unnecessary surgeries. GreenCare combines real-time data analytics with patient-focused, science-based surveys to give patients the best outcomes. GreenCare provides real-time data and enables D-H physicians to take patients' goals into account as they evaluate the benefits and possible outcome of surgery. In the case of one patient, who is an avid skier, this added element gave him a new level of care he had never before experienced. Using data analytics to demonstrate typical outcomes for the kind of knee replacement surgery in question, D-H physicians were able to successfully replace both of Radler's knees, and he returned to the ski slopes without any pain. Dartmouth-Hitchcock physicians are able to provide typical outcomes to patients by analyzing real-time data in GreenCare, which holds data from D-H patients who previously had total knee arthroplasty. As part of their pre-surgery consultation, new patients take email or tablet-based surveys to show where they are on a continuum of care-data for a typical case. Those findings help D-H doctors determine if patients may or may not need surgery based on the survey results.

SAP AG Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year 2017

SAP AG announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, IFRS total revenue was €5.46 billion against €5.11 billion a year ago, an increase of 7%. Non-IFRS total revenue was €5.47 billion against €5.11 billion a year ago, an increase of 7%. IFRS operating profit was €1.75 billion against €1.80 billion a year ago, a decrease of 3%. Non-IFRS operating profit was €2.13 billion against €2.10 billion a year ago, an increase of 1%. IFRS profit after tax was €1.30 billion against €1.32 billion a year ago, a decrease of 1%. Non-IFRS profit after tax was €1.56 billion against €1.52 billion a year ago, an increase of 3%. IFRS basic earnings per share were €1.09 against €1.11 a year ago, a decrease of 1%. Non-IFRS basic earnings per share were €1.31 against €1.28 a year ago, an increase of 3%. Profit before tax was €1,734 million against €1,779 million a year ago. For the year, IFRS total revenue was €17.56 billion against €16.82 billion a year ago, an increase of 4%. Non-IFRS total revenue was €17.58 billion against €16.90 billion a year ago, an increase of 4%. IFRS operating profit was €4.33 billion against €4.48 billion a year ago, a decrease of 3%. Non-IFRS operating profit was €5.64 billion against €5.48 billion a year ago, an increase of 3%. IFRS profit after tax was €3.28 billion against €3.33 billion a year ago, a decrease of 1%. Non-IFRS profit after tax was €4.18 billion against €4.00 billion a year ago, an increase of 4%. IFRS basic earnings per share were €2.74 against €2.79 a year ago, a decrease of 2%. Non-IFRS basic earnings per share were €3.50 against €3.35 a year ago, an increase of 4%. Operating cash flow was €3.57 billion against €3.83 billion a year ago, a decrease of 7% year-over-year. This was mainly due to payouts for litigation in the amount of €555 million. Free cash flow was €2.84 billion against €3.27 billion a year ago, a decrease of 13% year-over-year. Profit before tax was €4,356 million against €4,399 million a year ago. Profit attributable to owners of parent was €3,275 million against €3,331 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant, and equipment was €737 million against €566 million a year ago. The company expects full-year 2015 non-IFRS operating profit to be in a range of €5.6 billion - €5.9 billion at constant currencies. Based on the strong momentum in SAP's cloud business the company expects full year 2015 non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue to be in a range of €1.95 billion - €2.05 billion at constant currencies. The upper end of this range represents a growth rate of 86% at constant currencies. Concur and Fieldglass are expected to contribute approximately 50 percentage points to this growth. The company expects full year 2015 non-IFRS cloud & software revenue to increase by 8% - 10% at constant currencies. The effective tax rate, both in IFRS and non-IFRS, is considered to become an edge higher than what the company has seen in the actuals in 2014. The company expects to grow its more predictable revenue business while steadily increasing operating profit. Looking beyond 2015, SAP is updating its 2017 ambition. SAP continues to expect fast growth in its cloud business with non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue reaching a range of €3.5 billion - €3.6 billion in 2017. Non-IFRS total revenue is expected to reach €21 billion - €22 billion in 2017. The company expects non-IFRS operating profit in a range of €6.3 billion - €7.0 billion in 2017.

SAP Announces Management Changes

SAP has announced management changes at the top of its EMEA business. Darren Roos, EMEA COO will over UK and Irish operations, alongside France, Netherlands, Nordics and Belux. Roos is currently EMEA COO. The changes are part of a reorganisation under newly appointed President of EMEA Franck Cohen, who has split the market into several main regions and national territories. Cohen's geographic responsibility includes Western and Southern Europe, middle and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Stefan Hochcauer is now President SAP Middle and Eastern Europe. Hochbauer will report Cohen. Steve Tzikakis, will move oversee EMEA south, a new south Unit, covering Africa, cyrpus, Greece, Israel, Italy, MENA, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

SAP Reports Revenue Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2014

SAP reported revenue results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Subscription and support revenue accelerated to 72% in fourth quarter of 2014. Subscription and support revenue increased 45% in full year.

 

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