Published on: August 22, 2019
Interims in line with recent update
Sopheon’s interim results reflect a return to a stronger second half weighting, as flagged in July’s trading update – although EBITDA is $0.5m ahead of the number in that announcement. Alongside the delays in closing some license contracts in the first half, management reiterates the strength of the new business pipeline and the supportive underlying market conditions, and notes customers apparently reverting to a year-end buying pattern. With a sharp increase in the proportion of SaaS business in the pipeline – reflective of industry procurement trends – we expect to see higher recurring revenues over time (bringing greater visibility) and enhanced lifetime customer revenue. Chairman Barry Mence comments that the future prospects for Sopheon ‘have never been brighter’ when highlighting the positive trends for the Group in the outlook statement – and we note the pipeline and the long-term value being built within the growing SaaS business.