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LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / January 19, 2017 / Active Wall St. announces its post-earnings coverage on Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS). The Company disclosed its fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 results on January 16, 2017. The business software maker earnings results outperformed market estimates, however revenue numbers lagged behind expectations. Register with us now for your free membership at:
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For the three months ended November 30, 2016, Progress Software reported revenue of $117.7 million compared to $112.7 million in Q4 FY15, a y-o-y increase of 4% on an actual currency basis and 5% on a constant currency basis. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue was $118.0 million in the reported quarter compared to $115.4 million in the year earlier same quarter. For FY16, the Company's revenue was $405.3 million compared to $377.6 million in FY15.
During Q4 FY16, Progress Software's operating margin was 36%, up 100 basis points versus Q4 FY15. For FY16, the Company's operating margin was 30% compared to 29% in FY15, primarily due to lower G&A expenses related to decreased costs for external services.
On a GAAP basis, diluted loss per share was $1.52 in Q4 FY16 (reflecting the impairment charge $92.0 million, or a diluted loss per share of $1.89, as a result of reduced future growth expectations within its Application Development & Deployment (AD&D) segment) compared to a diluted loss per share of $0.19 in Q4 FY15. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were $0.62 in the reported quarter compared to $0.53 in the year earlier comparable quarter. Analysts were expecting the Company to post earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $124 million.
For Q4 FY16, Progress Software generated License revenue of $49 million, an increase of 8% compared to $45 million in the year ago corresponding period. The increase in license revenue for Q4 FY16 was primarily due to a multi-million dollar perpetual license deal for its Rollbase product within its AD&D segment and increased revenue from the DCI OEM partners as a result of an earlier-than-expected OEM renewal.
The Company's Maintenance revenue during the reported quarter was $60.19 million, a decrease of 3% from $60.46 million. The decrease was primarily due to lower OpenEdge maintenance revenue in both North America and EMEA, in part due to a new multi-year distribution agreement that we signed with one of its OpenEdge partners in Q4 FY15.
On segmental basis, Progress Software's OpenEdge revenue was $79 million for Q4 FY16, a decrease of 3%. For FY16, OpenEdge revenue was $282 million, down 5% compared to FY15. OpenEdge maintenance renewals were well above 90% for both Q4 FY16 and FY16. SaaS-influenced revenue was $5 million for the reported quarter, growth of 10% on a y-o-y basis, and $19 million for FY16, growth of 8%.
Progress' DCI segment revenues were up 13% for the reported quarter and 27% for FY16. The Company's multi-year license backlog at the end of Q4 FY16 is $25.2 million, an increase of 41% on a y-o-y basis. Progress Software's AD&D segment's bookings were $24 million for the reported quarter, a decrease of 1% versus Q4 FY15. For FY16, bookings were $85 million, flat compared to FY15. Revenue for the Company's AD&D segment was $23 million for Q4 FY16, an increase of 22% versus Q4 FY15, and $83 million for FY15, an increase of 6% on a y-o-y basis.
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Progress Software announced that with the adoption of its new product strategy, Progress Software will discontinue its investment in its Digital Factory offering and will re-align its resources consistent with its core operating approach. To that end, the Company will implement restructuring efforts that will include consolidating facilities, implementing a simplified organizational structure, and reducing marketing and other external expenses. In addition, Progress Software intends to reduce headcount by approximately 450 employees, totaling over 20% of the Company's workforce. Progress Software expects to reduce net annual run-rate costs by approximately $20 million by the end of FY17.
Progress Software ended Q4 FY16 with cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $249.8 million. After making scheduled principal payments during the reported quarter, the Company's ending debt balance for Q4 FY16 was $135 million. Deferred revenue was $138 million at the end of Q4 FY16 compared to $134 million in Q4 FY15, an increase of $4 million.
For Q4 FY16, Progress Software's adjusted free cash flow was approximately $32 million, a 14% increase compared to Q4 FY15. The Company's FY16 adjusted free cash flow was $101 million. Cash from operations was $33.9 million in Q4 FY16 compared to $27.6 million in the same quarter last year.
Progress Software repurchased 287,000 shares in Q4 FY16 at a cost of approximately $7.7 million. For FY16, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares at a cost of approximately $79 million. On January 11, 2017, Progress Software's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share of common stock payable on March 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 01, 2017.
For FY17, Progress Software is forecasting revenue to be in the range of $388 million and $396 million. The Company is projecting earnings per share of $1.64 to $1.69. The Company expects operating margin for FY17 in the range of 32% to 33%. Adjusted free cash flow is projected to be between $95 million to $100 million.
For Q1 FY 17, Progress Software is estimating revenue to be between $86 million and $89 million, and earnings per share in the band of $0.25 to $0.27 compared to $0.27 in Q1 FY16.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $28.07, climbing 1.59% from its previous closing price of $27.63. A total volume of 493.01 thousand shares have exchanged hands, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 219.92 thousand shares. Progress Software's stock price advanced 3.98% in the last three months. The Company's shares have a dividend yield of 1.78%.
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