SAP lifts revenue outlook backed by strong demand for Cloud

Business software group SAP has raised its full-year revenue outlook for a third time on the back of a strong showing in the third quarter as more customers shift their IT operations to the cloud.
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SAP expects cloud revenue to grow by 16-19 percent in the year as a whole, helping its overall cloud and software revenue to gain by 2 percent-4 percent.

Operating profit is expected to be flat to down 2 percent for the year, an improvement from its earlier forecast of unchanged to down 4 percent.

SAP, which is moving to subscription-based cloud services from software licences with up-front fees, launched Rise with SAP, an all-in-one digital transformation package in January.

“We see record adoption of our applications and our platform,” Chief Executive Officer Christian Klein said in a statement. “This has resulted in strong acceleration of our cloud growth.”

SAP raised its forecast for cloud and software revenue for the full year by 200 million euros to 23.8 billion-24.2 billion euros.

The cloud backlog for flagship database S/4HANA was up 58 percent at constant currencies and current cloud backlog – a measure of incoming business – reported a 22 percent growth during the third quarter.

Adjusted revenue rose 5 percent to 6.68 billion euros ($7.70 billion) for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, the company reported in a preliminary earnings statement. SAP is expected to release full results on Oct. 21.

Adjusted earnings per share rose 2 percent to 1.74 euros, backed again by its profitable venture capital investments, Sapphire Ventures.

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