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Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2022

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BEDFORD, Mass., October 27, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aspen Technology, Inc. (AspenTech) (NASDAQ: AZPN), a global leader in asset optimization software, today announced financial results for its first-quarter of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021.

"AspenTech’s first quarter results reflected a notable improvement in customer demand, particularly among refining customers. While the macro environment remains fluid, we continue to see positive interest from our customers, who recognize the critical value AspenTech’s solutions can provide in supporting their strategic sustainability and efficiency investments," said Antonio Pietri, President and Chief Executive Officer of AspenTech.

Pietri continued, "The recent announcement of our definitive agreement with Emerson Electric is a transformational moment for us. After the Emerson transaction, AspenTech will be an industrial software leader with an expanded product portfolio and broader market reach that will extend our ability to help customers improve safety, sustainability, reliability, and efficiency. We believe this transaction will position AspenTech to deliver significant growth and high levels of profitability while generating near- and long-term value for our shareholders."

First Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Recent Business Highlights

  • Annual spend, which the company defines as the annualized value of all term license and maintenance contracts at the end of the quarter, was $630 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022, which increased 5.6% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021 and 1.4% sequentially.

  • AspenTech repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares of its common stock for $150 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.

  • Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) and AspenTech entered into a definitive agreement to contribute Emerson’s industrial software businesses – OSI Inc. and the Geological Simulation Software business – to AspenTech ("New AspenTech").

Summary of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

AspenTech’s total revenue of $136.0 million included:

  • License revenue, which represents the portion of a term license agreement allocated to the initial license, was $81.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $61.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Maintenance revenue, which represents the portion of the term license agreement related to ongoing support and the right to future product enhancements, was $48.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $46.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Services and other revenue was $6.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $6.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, AspenTech reported income from operations of $39.9 million, compared to income from operations of $34.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Net income was $39.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, leading to net income per share of $0.58, compared to net income per share of $0.48 in the same period last fiscal year.

Non-GAAP income from operations was $55.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to non-GAAP income from operations of $42.7 million in the same period last fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income was $51.6 million, or $0.77 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to non-GAAP net income of $39.5 million, or $0.58 per share, in the same period last fiscal year. These non-GAAP results add back the impact of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles and acquisition-related fees. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is presented in the financial tables included in this press release.

AspenTech had cash and cash equivalents of $248.0 million and total borrowings, net of debt issuance costs, of $289.4 million at September 30, 2021.

During the first quarter, the company generated $32.7 million in cash flow from operations and $33.0 million in free cash flow. Free cash flow is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for the net impact of: purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements; payments for capitalized computer software development costs, and other nonrecurring items, such as acquisition-related payments.

Business Outlook

Based on information as of today, October 27, 2021, AspenTech is issuing the following guidance for fiscal year 2022:

  • Annual spend growth of 5-7% year-over-year

  • Free cash flow of $275 to $285 million

  • Total bookings of $766 to $819 million

  • Total revenue of $702 to $737 million

  • GAAP total expense of $389 to $394 million

  • Non-GAAP total expense of $341 to $346 million

  • GAAP operating income of $313 to $343 million

  • Non-GAAP operating income of $361 to $391 million

  • GAAP net income of $285 to $311 million

  • Non-GAAP net income of $323 to $349 million

  • GAAP net income per share of $4.19 to $4.57

  • Non-GAAP net income per share of $4.75 to $5.13

The above guidance does not give effect to the proposed transaction with Emerson Electric, which, if completed, is expected to close during fiscal 2022. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause AspenTech’s actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains "non-GAAP financial measures" under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. This non-GAAP information supplements, and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with, disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

Management considers both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results in managing AspenTech’s business. As the result of adoption of new licensing models, management believes that a number of AspenTech’s performance indicators based on GAAP, including revenue, gross profit, operating income and net income, should be viewed in conjunction with certain non-GAAP and other business measures in assessing AspenTech’s performance, growth and financial condition. Accordingly, management utilizes a number of non-GAAP and other business metrics, including the non-GAAP metrics set forth in this press release, to track AspenTech’s business performance. None of these non-GAAP metrics should be considered as an alternative to any measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call and Webcast

AspenTech will host a conference call and webcast today, October 27, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), to discuss the company's financial results for the first-quarter fiscal year 2022 as well as the company’s business outlook. The live dial-in number is (866) 471-3828 or (678) 509-7573, conference ID code 6994407. Interested parties may also listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to the Investor Relations section of AspenTech’s website, http://ir.aspentech.com/events-and-presentations, and clicking on the "webcast" link. A replay of the call will be archived on AspenTech’s website and will also be available via telephone at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID code 6994407, through November 3, 2021.

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a global leader in asset optimization software. Its solutions address complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modelling expertise with artificial intelligence. Its purpose-built software platform automates knowledge work and builds sustainable competitive advantage by delivering high returns over the entire asset lifecycle. As a result, companies in capital-intensive industries can maximize uptime and push the limits of performance, running their assets safer, greener, longer and faster. Visit AspenTech.com to find out more.

© 2021 Aspen Technology, Inc. AspenTech, aspenONE, and the Aspen leaf logo are trademarks of Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

The third paragraph of this press release as well as the Business Outlook section contain forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved and therefore, actual results may differ materially from any plans, estimates or expectations in such forward-looking statements.

Actual results may vary significantly from AspenTech’s expectations based on a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: delays or reductions in demand for AspenTech solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic; AspenTech’s failure to increase usage and product adoption of aspenONE offerings or grow the aspenONE APM business, and failure to continue to provide innovative, market-leading solutions; declines in the demand for, or usage of, aspenONE software for any reason, including declines due to adverse changes in the process or other capital-intensive industries and materially reduced industry spending budgets due to the drop in demand for oil due to the COVID-19 pandemic; unfavorable economic and market conditions or a lessening demand in the market for asset process optimization software, including materially reduced industry spending budgets due to the significant drop in oil prices arising from drop in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic; risks of foreign operations or transacting business with customers outside the United States; risks of competition; and other risk factors described from time to time in AspenTech’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The third paragraph of this press release also contains forward-looking statements regarding the pending transaction with Emerson, including: statements regarding the expected timing and structure of the transaction; the ability of the parties to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions; the expected benefits of the transaction, such as improved operations, enhanced revenues and cash flow, synergies, growth potential, market profile, business plans, expanded portfolio and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of New AspenTech following completion of the transaction; legal, economic and regulatory conditions; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from AspenTech’s plans, estimates or expectations regarding the transaction include, among others: (1) that one or more closing conditions to the transaction, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction, may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals or that the required approval by AspenTech’s stockholders may not be obtained; (2) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in the time frame expected by AspenTech or Emerson, or at all; (3) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; (4) uncertainty of the expected financial performance of New AspenTech following completion of the transaction; (5) failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction, including as a result of delay in completing the transaction or integrating the industrial software business of Emerson with AspenTech’s business; (6) the ability of New AspenTech to implement its business strategy; (7) difficulties and delays in achieving revenue and cost synergies of New AspenTech; (8) inability to retain and hire key personnel; (9) the occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the transaction; (10) potential litigation in connection with the transaction or other settlements or investigations that may affect the timing or occurrence of the transaction or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; (11) AspenTech’s ability and the ability of Emerson and New AspenTech to successfully recover from a disaster or other business continuity problem due to a hurricane, flood, earthquake, terrorist attack, war, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack, power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made event, including the ability to function remotely during long-term disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic; (12) potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; (13) the risk that disruptions from the transaction will harm Emerson’s and AspenTech’s business, including current plans and operations; (14) certain restrictions during the pendency of the transaction that may impact Emerson’s or AspenTech’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; (15) AspenTech’s, Emerson’s and New AspenTech’s ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the transaction; and (16) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Emerson’s and AspenTech’s reports filed with the SEC, including Emerson’s and AspenTech’s annual report on Form 10-K, periodic quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, periodic current reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed with the SEC. While the list of factors presented here is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements.

AspenTech cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. AspenTech expressly disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

© 2021 Aspen Technology, Inc. AspenTech, aspenONE, asset optimization and the Aspen leaf logo are trademarks of Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

Revenue:

License

$

81,104

$

61,859

Maintenance

48,213

46,858

Services and other

6,703

6,254

Total revenue

136,020

114,971

Cost of revenue:

License

2,462

2,136

Maintenance

4,562

4,764

Services and other

7,859

8,566

Total cost of revenue

14,883

15,466

Gross profit

121,137

99,505

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

29,481

25,172

Research and development

26,857

22,530

General and administrative

24,921

17,633

Total operating expenses

81,259

65,335

Income from operations

39,878

34,170

Interest income

8,664

8,669

Interest (expense)

(1,536)

(2,095)

Other (expense), net

(872)

(1,469)

Income before income taxes

46,134

39,275

Provision for income taxes

6,735

6,564

Net income

$

39,399

$

32,711

Net income per common share:

Basic

$

0.59

$

0.48

Diluted

$

0.58

$

0.48

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

67,001

67,729

Diluted

67,412

68,299

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

September 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

247,965

$

379,853

Accounts receivable, net

38,631

52,502

Current contract assets, net

306,008

308,607

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

15,044

12,716

Prepaid income taxes

2,474

14,639

Total current assets

610,122

768,317

Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net

5,140

5,610

Computer software development costs, net

1,256

1,461

Goodwill

157,241

159,852

Intangible assets, net

41,742

44,327

Non-current contract assets, net

437,838

407,180

Contract costs

29,312

29,056

Operating lease right-of-use assets

31,865

32,539

Deferred tax assets

2,074

2,121

Other non-current assets

3,584

3,537

Total assets

$

1,320,174

$

1,454,000

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

4,087

$

4,367

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

44,477

50,575

Current operating lease liabilities

7,281

6,751

Income taxes payable

48,304

3,444

Current borrowings

22,000

20,000

Current deferred revenue

53,841

56,393

Total current liabilities

179,990

141,530

Non-current deferred revenue

8,471

11,732

Deferred tax liabilities

139,931

193,360

Non-current operating lease liabilities

28,474

29,699

Non-current borrowings, net

267,365

273,162

Other non-current liabilities

3,697

3,760

Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)

Series D redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.10 par value—

Authorized— 3,636 shares as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021

Issued and outstanding— none as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.10 par value— Authorized—210,000,000 shares

Issued— 104,639,940 shares at September 30, 2021 and 104,543,414 shares at June 30, 2021

Outstanding— 66,942,492 shares at September 30, 2021 and 67,912,160 shares at June 30, 2021

10,465

10,455

Additional paid-in capital

825,780

819,642

Retained earnings

1,817,532

1,778,133

Accumulated other comprehensive income

4,968

9,026

Treasury stock, at cost—37,697,448 shares of common stock at September 30, 2021 and
36,631,254 shares at June 30, 2021

(1,966,499)

(1,816,499)

Total stockholders’ equity

692,246

800,757

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,320,174

$

1,454,000

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited in Thousands)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

39,399

$

32,711

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

2,783

2,334

Reduction in the carrying amount of right-of-use assets

2,466

2,365

Net foreign currency losses

751

1,463

Stock-based compensation

10,090

6,268

Deferred income taxes

(53,352)

41

Provision for bad debts

1,082

3,120

Other non-cash operating activities

331

202

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

12,190

2,243

Contract assets, net

(29,554)

(7,366)

Contract costs

(256)

284

Lease liabilities

(2,561)

(2,663)

Prepaid expenses, prepaid income taxes, and other assets

9,790

(1,900)

Accounts payable, accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other liabilities

44,386

(5,505)

Deferred revenue

(4,858)

2,854

Net cash provided by operating activities

32,687

36,451

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

(253)

(177)

Payments for equity method investments

(350)

(334)

Payments for capitalized computer software development costs

(178)

(806)

Net cash used in investing activities

(781)

(1,317)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Issuance of shares of common stock

1,391

268

Repurchases of common stock

(154,353)

Payments of tax withholding obligations related to restricted stock

(6,053)

(1,828)

Deferred business acquisition payments

(10)

Repayments of amounts borrowed

(4,000)

(4,000)

Net cash used in financing activities

(163,025)

(5,560)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(558)

228

(Decrease) Increase in cash and cash equivalents

(131,677)

29,802

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

379,853

287,796

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

248,176

$

317,598

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Income taxes paid, net

$

2,818

$

2,703

Interest paid

1,333

2,121

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:

Change in purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements included in
accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

(118)

$

281

Change in repurchases of common stock included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

(4,353)

Lease liabilities arising from obtaining right-of-use assets

1,463

223

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

Reconciliation to amounts within the unaudited consolidated balance sheets:

(Dollars in Thousands)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

247,965

$

317,511

Restricted cash included in other non-current assets

211

87

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

248,176

$

317,598

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results of Operations and Cash Flows

(Unaudited in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

Total expenses

GAAP total expenses (a)

$

96,142

$

80,801

Less:

Stock-based compensation (b)

(10,090)

(6,268)

Amortization of intangibles

(2,044)

(1,745)

Acquisition related fees

(3,356)

(563)

Non-GAAP total expenses

$

80,652

$

72,225

Income from operations

GAAP income from operations

$

39,878

$

34,170

Plus:

Stock-based compensation (b)

10,090

6,268

Amortization of intangibles

2,044

1,745

Acquisition related fees

3,356

563

Non-GAAP income from operations

$

55,368

$

42,746

Net income

GAAP net income

$

39,399

$

32,711

Plus:

Stock-based compensation (b)

10,090

6,268

Amortization of intangibles

2,044

1,745

Acquisition related fees

3,356

563

Less:

Income tax effect on Non-GAAP items (c)

(3,253)

(1,801)

Non-GAAP net income

$

51,636

$

39,486

Diluted income per share

GAAP diluted income per share

$

0.58

$

0.48

Plus:

Stock-based compensation (b)

0.15

0.09

Amortization of intangibles

0.04

0.03

Acquisition related fees

0.05

0.01

Less:

Income tax effect on Non-GAAP items (c)

(0.05)

(0.03)

Non-GAAP diluted income per share

$

0.77

$

0.58

Shares used in computing Non-GAAP diluted income per share

67,412

68,299

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Free Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$

32,687

$

36,451

Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

(253)

(177)

Payments for capitalized computer software development costs

(178)

(806)

Acquisition related payments

777

291

Free cash flow (non-GAAP)

$

33,033

$

35,759

(a) GAAP total expenses

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Total costs of revenue

$

14,883

$

15,466

Total operating expenses

81,259

65,335

GAAP total expenses

$

96,142

$

80,801

(b) Stock-based compensation expense was as follows:

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Cost of maintenance

$

205

$

316

Cost of services and other

280

450

Selling and marketing

1,863

1,244

Research and development

1,998

1,722

General and administrative

5,744

2,536

Total stock-based compensation

$

10,090

$

6,268

(c) The income tax effect on non-GAAP items for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, is calculated utilizing the Company's statutory tax rate of 21 percent.

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance Range

(Unaudited in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2022 (a)

Range

Low

High

Guidance - Total expenses

GAAP - total expenses

$

389,000

$

394,000

Less:

Stock-based compensation

(36,000)

(36,000)

Amortization of intangibles

(9,000)

(9,000)

Acquisition related fees

(3,000)

(3,000)

Non-GAAP - total expenses

$

341,000

$

346,000

Guidance - Income from operations

GAAP - income from operations

$

313,000

$

343,000

Plus:

Stock-based compensation

36,000

36,000

Amortization of intangibles

9,000

9,000

Acquisition related fees

3,000

3,000

Non-GAAP - income from operations

$

361,000

$

391,000

Guidance - Net income and diluted income per share

GAAP - net income and diluted income per share

$

285,000

$

4.19

$

311,000

$

4.57

Plus:

Stock-based compensation

36,000

36,000

Amortization of intangibles

9,000

9,000

Acquisition related fees

3,000

3,000

Less:

Income tax effect on Non-GAAP items (a)

(10,000)

(10,000)

Non-GAAP - net income and diluted income per share

$

323,000

$

4.75

$

349,000

$

5.13

Shares used in computing guidance for Non-GAAP diluted income per share

68,000

68,000

Guidance - Free Cash Flow

GAAP - Net cash provided by operating activities

$

278,000

$

288,000

Less:

Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

(3,000)

(3,000)

Payments for capitalized computer software development costs

(800)

(800)

Plus:

Acquisition related payments

800

800

Free cash flow expectation (non-GAAP)

$

275,000

$

285,000

(a) Rounded amount used, except per share data.

(b) The income tax effect on non-GAAP items for the twelve months ended June 30, 2022 is calculated utilizing the Company's statutory tax rate of 21 percent.

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Contacts

Media Contact
Len Dieterle
Aspen Technology
+1 781-221-4291
len.dieterle@aspentech.com

Investor Contact
Brian Denyeau
ICR for Aspen Technology
+1 646-277-1251
brian.denyeau@icrinc.com

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