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BULL REGPT : Bull: 2009 EBIT objective confirmed in excess of ?25 million

10/29/2009 | 04:25am US/Eastern
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Bull: 2009 EBIT objective confirmed in excess of EUR25 million

Core business activities(1) grew by 0.6% over the first nine months of the year

Third-quarter revenues down by 8% (7% at constant currency) reflecting greater
seasonal variation than in previous years

Key figures for third quarter of 2009 (unaudited):
• Consolidated revenues of EUR221.2 million; in line with expectations,
  revenues decreased by 7.3% at constant exchange rates compared with Q3 2008
• Revenues for the first 9 months of 2009 stood at EUR779.8 million,
  representing a slight decline (-1.5%) compared with the same period in 2008;
  at constant exchange rates, revenues were down by 0.3%
• Refocusing on the Group's core offerings1 continues: these offerings
  which represented 93% of Group revenue over the first 9 months of the year,
  recorded growth of 0.6% for the period
   
Outlook: Bull confirms its target EBIT (see glossary) for the year; this was
revised in July 2009 to a level "in excess of EUR25 million".

Paris, 29 October 2009: Bull (Euronext Paris: BULL) - expert in open, flexible
and secure information systems and one of Europe's leading players in the IT
industry - today announces that its revenues for the third quarter of 2009 were
EUR221.2 million, representing a decrease of 8.1% compared with the same period
in 2008. The decline in revenues is 7.3% at constant exchange rates. Revenues of
EUR779.8 million have been recorded for the first nine months of the year, down
1.5% compared with the year-ago period. At constant exchange rates, revenues
declined by 0.3% for the period.

"We have undertaken a refocussing of our business which has put Bull in a
favorable position in the current environment. The new solutions that we are
offering to our customers are enabling them to cut costs now and put in place
their future growth drivers," commented Didier Lamouche, Bull's Chairman and
CEO.

"Business activity in the third quarter - marked this year by a more un
favorable seasonal effect - is not representative of the trend we anticipate for
the full year. Therefore, the results to the end of September mean that we are
able to con firm our objectives for the financial year 2009. The resilience of
our core offerings - which have recorded growth in revenues year-to-date, and
each outperformed its market - demonstrates that we have made the right
strategic decisions," Didier Lamouche continued.

(1) Bull's core activities include Hardware & Systems Solutions; Maintenance &
PRS and Services & Solutions. In the aggregate they represent 94% of third
quarter 2009 revenues.

Third quarter business activitv: order intake and revenues bv business  segment


Comparisons are made with respect to published figures for the prior-year
period, except where a recast is specifically indicated.

Hardware & Systems Solutions: a soft quarter; recovery expected in the fourth
quarter

Business activity in the Hardware & Systems Solutions segment reflects both a
highly adverse seasonal effect, in line with the rest of the IT industry, and
the fact that certain private sector customers are delaying some investments in
IT. As a result, order intake decreased by 22.1% and revenues were 16.6% lower,
after five consecutive quarters of growth. However, a strong pipeline of
qualified deals means that a strong recovery in order intake is expected during
Q4, as well as a stabilization of revenues compared with the same period in
2008. Over the first nine months of the year, revenues from this business
segment grew by 6.1% compared with the same period in 2008, led in particular by
the Group's strategic growth offerings. These solutions are positioned in niche
areas that are out-performing the overall server market. 'Extreme Computing',
which is one of these key growth offerings, continued to record an increase in
revenues for Q3.

Services & Solutions: slight decrease in revenues

Revenues from the Services & Solutions segment were EUR105.9 million for Q3,
representing a slight organic decline of 1.8%. Order intake was down by 6.7%,
reflecting the difficult economic environment which is affecting telco customers
in particular. Nevertheless, the Group continued to record a level of
performance ahead of the market, with a 2.4% organic increase in revenues since
the start of the year, thanks to the quality of its customer portfolio,
particularly in the public sector.

Maintenance & PRS: a solid business, thanks to new offerings

Revenues from Maintenance & PRS activities proved resilient at EUR46.4 million,
representing a very slight decrease of 0.9%. The success of the Group's new
offerings, most nota bly linked to infrastructure, has limited the erosion of
this business despite a decline in traditional maintenance activities. For the
first nine months of the year, the erosion of revenues was -3.3% compared with
the same period in 2008.

Fulfillment & Third-Party Products

Revenues from Third-Party Products fell sharply by 17.3% to EUR13.0 million, as
a result of the Group's deliberate decision to concentrate its resources on its
core offerings. For the first nine months of the year, the overall decline was
22.5% compared with the same period in 2008.

Revenue bv business segment (unaudited):

                               Third quarter
         EUR millions                      2008        2009         variation
Revenues                              240.7       221.2  100%      -8.1%
  of which Services & Solutions*        111.1     105.9   47.9%        -4.7%
  of which Hardware & Systems Solutions  66.9      55.8   25.2%       -16.6%
  of which Maintenance & PRS             46.8      46.4   21.0%        -0.9%
  of which Fulfillment & Third-Party 
  Products                               16.0      13.2   6.0%       -17.3%

*When recast to reflect the sale in 2008 of the Group's Medicaid solutions
activities in the US, the decline in revenues is 1.8%.
Numbers may not add up precisely to the total due to rounding.

Geographic breakdown of revenues (unaudited):

                                   Third quarter
     EUR millions                 2008       2009      Variation
                                                    vs published   Organic
                                                       figures    variation*
France                         126.9    117.5   53%      -7.4%       -6.7%
Western Europe excluding France 61.1     66.5   30%      +8.8%       stable
Eastern and Central Europe      16.4      9.1    4%     -44.7%      -36.6%
Americas                        19.8     13.3    6%     -33.2%       -8.9%
Rest of the World               16,6     15.0    7%      -9.6%       -9.4%
Total                          240.7    221.2  100%      -8.1%       -7.3%

* at constant exchange rates and structure

The acquisition of s+c in Germany in particular explains the increase in
revenues for Western Europe excluding France. The difficulties in the Telecoms
business contributed to the decrease in revenues in France. Adverse developments
in exchange rates contributed to the decline in business in Eastern Europe. The
sale of the Group's Medicaid-related business activities in the USA and the fall
in the value of the dollar largely explain the lower revenues from the
Americas.

Group financial position 

The Group's financial position remains healthy. The cash position reflects
seasonal variations, as in previous years. The end of September habitually marks
a low point in the cash position, mirroring the trend in revenues, which is
unevenly split between the two quarters of the second half of the year.

Outlook

Taking the results for the first nine months of the year into account, Bull is
confirming its profitability target for the 2009 financial year, which was
raised in July and represents EBIT (see glossary) in excess of EUR25 million.

                              ###

Key highlights of the third quarter 2009

In the third quarter of 2009 Bull continued its program of designing and
implementing the solutions, services and technologies it has developed to help
its customers in the public and private sectors come out stronger from the
current economic crisis.

For Bull, computer simulation is key to future innovation in Europe. Bull
further strengthened its position as a supplier of reference in Europe, with the
launch of bullx(TM), opening the way towards 'Extreme Computing'.

• Following a European invitation to tender issued to all the major suppliers
  of HighPerformance Computing (HPC) infrastructures, the University of Cologne
  chose a bullx(TM) system, from the Group's new family of
  environmentally-efficient, ultra-dense and ultra high-performance
  supercomputers launched just before the summer. The bullx(TM) system, which
  delivers 100 Teraflops of power and features a highly flexible architecture,
  supports an extremely wide spectrum of applications. Its ease of use,
  combined with low electricity consumption and reduced floorspace requirement,
  were decisive factors in the University's choice.

• Petrobras has chosen Bull and a bullx(TM) supercomputer for its research
  center, CENPES, the largest research center in Latin America, with more than
  200 laboratories. This new system which delivers more than 250 Teraflops will
  be the most powerful system in Latin America at the time of its installation
  in December 2009.

Bull offers its customers increasing competitive solutions to help them tackle
the key challenges they face, particularly when it comes to balancing the
power/energy consumption equation.

• Bull and the Joseph Fourier University in France have joined forces to
  implement an active policy in this area, from initial audits to the implement
  of low carbon footprint computing facilities. The central aim is to achieve a
  50% reduction in the electricity consumed by the university's data centers in
  the coming three years.

• Combining flexibility, high-performance and an optimum carbon footprint, the
  Groups' Bio Data Center(TM) offering has proved to be an innovative way of
  helping organizations to fulfill their sustainable development policies.

Bull has once again demonstrated how attractive its service offerings are when
it comes to supporting enterprise development projects and responding to the
challenges of modernizing public sector information systems at local and
national level.

• French State Financial IT Agency (AIFE) renewed for a further 16 months its
  contract related to hosting the infrastructure for Chorus, the state's core
  financial application, which is further proof of the quality of Bull's
  relationships within the public sector.

• EDF has also renewed its functional operation and production engineering
  contract with Bull, covering the SAP applications used in its finance
  department, for a further three years.

• The Ambatovy project is the largest mining project ever undertaken in
  Madagascar (aimed at extracting 60,000 metric tonnes of nickel and 5,600
  tonnes of cobalt a year). Numerous supply infrastructures are being built to
  support the project, including extensions to port facilities, roads and
  railroads, an electricity generating plant... Ambatovy has turned to Bull to
  implement the latest-generation Infor Baan LN6 integrated Enterprise Resource
  Planning (ERP) software, as part of its information system, designed to
  co-ordinate all its business activities.

• The Open World Forum, co-founded by Bull, was successfully held for the
  second time this year, bringing together 1,200 decision-makers and experts to
  discuss and explore the technological, economic and social impact of Open
  Source.

• SERPRO (Serviço Federal de Processamento de Dados), the largest State-owned
  IT agency in Brazil, has signed a new co-operation agreement with Bull to
  jointly develop innovative Open Source technologies for on-line public
  services and egovernment.

• The regional council of Languedoc Roussillon has chosen Bull to help it
  modernize, rationalize, secure and operate its IT infrastructures, as well as
  develop and evolve a number of its key applications.

• Following a comprehensive analysis of the impact of disasters or other
  incidents on its business activities, the regional council of Calvados chose
  Bull to renew its information systems. The entire range of resources was
  reviewed, with a redistribution of systems at the main site, the creation of a
  new IT site which will eventually host business recovery hardware, and the
  formalization of a new set of business continuity procedures and resources to
  be implemented.

As European leader in identity and access management (IAM), Bull Evidian
recorded a number of excellent successes

• Winchester City Council in the UK has implemented Bull Evidian's Enterprise
  SSO (Single Sign-On) to simplify access to its numerous applications by staff
  members, while at the same time improving security. Evidian Enterprise SSO
  eliminates the risks posed by the Council's employees having to memorize many
  different passwords to access critical applications.

• RTL Group has also chosen Evidian Enterprise SSO to provide secure user
  access for its 'holding' company. The 600 employees and journalists at its
  Luxembourg site will now have easy and completely secure access to their
  applications, once they have completed the single authentication process
  provided by the Bull Evidian software.

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Glossary:

EBIT: Earnings before lnterest and Taxes, non-operating and non-recurring items
and contribution of equity affiliates.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World (TM)
 
Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping Corporations and
Public Sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and the
financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related
businesses.

Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based
company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain.

For more information visit: http://www.bull.com 

      Investor relations contact:
	  
Bull: Peter Campbell: Tel: +33 (0)1 30 80 32 36 - peter.campbell@bull.net 

      Press relations contact:

Bull: Barbara Coumaros: Tel: +33 (0)6 85 52 84 84 - barbara.coumaros@bull.net

Financial calendar 

  23 November 2009: analyst and investor conference, Paris
  11 February 2010: publication of 2009 full-year results

Appendix 

Published quarterly revenues for the financial years 2009 and 2008 (unaudited
data):

       EUR millions                     Q1      Q2     Q3     Q4       Full year

     Services & Solutions           111.1   129.9   105.9    -           -
     Hardware & Systems Solutions    74.7   105.9    55.8    -           -
2009 Maintenance & PRS               45.0    50.5    46.4    -           -
     Fulfillment & third-            19.0    22.5    13.2    -           -
     party products
     Total                          249.8   308.8   221.2    -           -
     Services & Solutions           106.6   133.4   111.1   143.2       494.3
     Hardware & Systems              58.1    97.9    66.9   115.2       338.1
     Solutions
2008 Maintenance & PRS               48.6    51.4    46.8    51.0       197.8
     Fulfillment & third-            21.2    33.4    16.0    32.2       102.7
     party products
     Total                          234.5   316.1   240.7   341.5     1,132.8

Numbers may not add up precisely to the total due to rounding.

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