SAP announced first quarter 2013 results. The company had a 23% (25% at constant currencies) growth in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue. SAP achieved €824 million in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue in the first quarter.

SAP – Geographies

The Americas region delivered a strong first quarter, with non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue growing by 49% (51% at constant currencies), driven by software revenue performance in Latin America and strong cloud subscription and support revenue growth in North America.

The EMEA region saw growth of 13% (15% at constant currencies) in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue. SAP says it had strong year-on-year software revenue growth rates in markets including Russia, Switzerland, and the UK.

Non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region declined. The company expects the APJ region to be back on track in the second quarter.

SAP – Business Segments

SAP HANA continues to be a major growth engine for SAP. SAP HANA software revenue tripled year-on-year, contributing €86 million to software revenue this quarter. The company also continues to expand its market leadership with strong double-digit growth in its mobile business.

SAP sees continued growth in the cloud.  First quarter 2013 Non-IFRS cloud subscription and support revenue was €167 million, up 380% year-over-year. Non-IFRS deferred cloud subscription and support revenue was €377 million as of March 31, 2013, a year-over-year increase of 95%.  SAP’s cloud applications total subscribers now exceed 24 million. For the Ariba segment, the trailing twelve month network spend volume was approximately $460 billion. More than 1 million companies are connected through the Ariba network.

IFRS and non-IFRS software revenue was €657 million (2012: €637 million), an increase of 3% (5% at constant currencies). IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue was €794 million (2012: €666 million), an increase of 19%. Non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue was €824 million (2012: €672million), an increase of 23% (25% at constant currencies).

IFRS software and software-related service revenue was €2.90 billion (2012: €2.62 billion), an increase of 11%. Non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue was €2.94 billion (2012: €2.63 billion), an increase of 12% (14% at constant currencies).

SAP – Revenues, Profit, Tax Rates

IFRS total revenue was €3.60 billion (2012: €3.35 billion), an increase of 7%. Non-IFRS total revenue was €3.64 billion (2012: €3.36 billion), an increase of 8% (10% at constant currencies).

IFRS operating profit was €646 million (2012: €631 million), an increase of 2%. Non-IFRS operating profit was €901 million (2012: €834 million), an increase of 8% (11% at constant currencies). IFRS operating margin was 17.9% (2012: 18.8%), a decrease of 0.9 percentage points, mainly due to acquisitions. Non-IFRS operating margin was 24.8% (2012: 24.8%). Non-IFRS operating margin was 25.1% at constant currencies, an increase of 0.3 percentage points.

IFRS profit after tax was €520 million (2012: €444 billion), an increase of 17%. Non-IFRS profit after tax was €689 million (2012: €583 million), an increase of 18%. IFRS basic earnings per share was €0.44 (2012: €0.37), an increase of 19%.

Non-IFRS basic earnings per share was €0.58 (2012: €0.49), an increase of 18%. The IFRS and non-IFRS effective tax rates were 16.3% (2012: 26.9%) and 21.4% (2012: 28.1%), respectively. The year-over-year decrease in the effective tax rate in the first quarter mainly results from the regional allocation of income, from taxes for prior years and from tax effects on changes in foreign currency exchange rates, says SAP.

Operating cash flow was €2.16 billion (2012: €2.07 billion), an increase of 4%. Free cash flow was €2.05 billion (2012: €1.96 billion), an increase of 5%. Free cash flow was 57% of total revenue (2012: 58%). At March 31, 2013, SAP had a total group liquidity of €4.61 billion (December 31, 2012: €2.49 billion), which includes cash and cash equivalents and short term investments.

SAP Business Outlook 

SAP expects full year 2013 non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue to increase in a range of 14% to 20% at constant currencies (2012: €5.00 billion). The full year 2013 non-IFRS cloud subscription and support revenue contributing to this growth is expected to be around €750 million at constant currencies (2012: €343 million).

SAP expects full-year 2013 non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue to increase in a range of 11% to 13% at constant currencies (2012: €13.25 billion).

SAP expects full-year 2013 non-IFRS operating profit to be in a range of €5.85 billion – €5.95 billion at constant currencies (2012: €5.21 billion).