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Nucleus Software Announces 14 % Increase in FY 09 Revenue

April 27, 2009 | Press Release
New Delhi, India, April 27, 2009: Nucleus Software Exports Limited (NSE: NUCLEUS, BSE: 531209) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2009.

Nucleus Software's consolidated revenue for the year ended March 31, 2009 increased to Rs. 328.40 crore in comparison to Rs. 288.72 crore in the previous year. With total expenses at Rs. 278.79 crore in comparison to Rs. 215.31 crore in the previous year, the consolidated EBITDA declined to Rs. 49.61 crore in comparison to Rs. 73.41 crore in the previous year. Net Profit after Tax (PAT) is at Rs. 32.26 crore in comparison to Rs. 61.74 crore in the previous year.

Consolidated revenue for the quarter ending March 31, 2009, increased to Rs. 85.81 crore in comparison to Rs. 78.06 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. With total expenses at Rs. 74.01 crore in comparison to Rs. 57.17 crore in the previous year, the consolidated EBITDA declined to Rs. 11.81 crore in comparison to Rs. 20.89 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Net Profit after Tax (PAT) is at Rs. 9.60 crore in comparison to Rs. 16.02 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Nucleus Software won a record 29 new orders globally, a tremendous achievement especially considering the global meltdown. One of the biggest IP creators of the country, Nucleus, added 20 new clients even in this extremely uncertain global economic scenario - a testimony to the trust shown by the banking industry globally in the prowess of Nucleus' world-class products.

Highlights:

Financial Year Ended March 31, 2009
  1. Consolidated revenue at Rs. 328.40 crore from software products and software development services in comparison to Rs. 288.72 crore in the previous year.
  2. Product business revenue for the year at Rs. 219.96 crore in comparison to Rs. 197.41 crore in the previous year.
  3. EBIDTA at Rs. 49.61 crore in comparison to Rs. 73.41 crore in the previous year.
  4. Net Profit after Tax (PAT) at Rs. 32.26 crore in comparison to Rs. 61.74 crore in the previous year.
  5. Earning Per Share for the year at Rs. 9.97 in comparison to Rs. 19.08 in the previous year.
  6. Dividend recommended at 25 % (Rs. 2.50 per share), against 30% (Rs. 3.00 per share) previous year.
Quarter Ended March 31, 2009

  1. Consolidated revenue at Rs. 85.81 crore from software products and software development services in comparison to Rs. 78.06 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
  2. Product business revenue for the quarter at Rs. 54.90 crore in comparison to Rs. 52.34 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
  3.  EBIDTA at Rs. 11.81 crore in comparison to Rs. 20.89 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year
  4. Net Profit after Tax (PAT) at Rs. 9.60 crore in comparison to Rs. 16.02 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
  5. Earning Per Share for the quarter at Rs. 2.97 in comparison to Rs. 4.95 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year
Other Key Information

For the Financial Year Ended March 31, 2009
  1. 29 new product order wins from across the globe
  2.  20 new customers added
  3. Won orders for 96 new product modules for FinnOne™ and Cash@WillTM Suite
  4. Won 2 large projects from existing relationships for services business.
  5.  64 product modules successfully implemented across the globe
  6. Global strength of employees as on March 31, 2009 is 2078 
  7. Nucleus has further strengthened its global partners network, adding 8 new alliances across LATAM, Africa and SEA
  8. Nucleus’ flagship product FinnOneTM has been ranked as ‘World’s No.1 Selling Lending Software Product’ by IBS publishing, UK, 2009
  9. ICAI awarded Nucleus Software the Gold Shield for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2008
  10. Nucleus Software Exports Limited has been awarded the Best ISV Partner, North India by IBM India, 2008
  11. For the third consecutive year Nucleus Software has been selected as one of the "Top 25 Companies Adopting Good Corporate Governance Practices", by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), 2008
  12. Nucleus Software for the second year running has been listed among "Top 15 Exciting Emerging Companies to Work For" by NASSCOM, 2008
  13. Nucleus Software has also been recognized under "Best Practices" for Performance Management System by NASSCOM, 2008
  14. Nucleus Software for the second year running has been listed among the ‘200 Best under a Billion’ list (2008) by Forbes for the Asia-Pacific region.
  15. Nucleus Software was recognized as the Top Exporter in the IT & ITES sector and was conferred the "D&B - ECGC Indian Exporters' Excellence Award" by D&B India and ECGC India 2007
  16. FinnOneTM 3.5 launched
For Quarter Ended March 31, 2009
 
  1. 5 new product order wins from across the globe
  2. 1 new customers added
  3. Won orders for 16 new product modules for FinnOne™ and Cash@WillTM Suite
  4. 22 product modules successfully implemented across the globe
  5. Added 36 new employees taking the global strength of employees to 2078 -
  6. Nucleus’ flagship product FinnOneTM has been ranked as ‘World’s No.1 Selling Lending Software Product’ by IBS publishing, UK, 2009
  7. ICAI awarded Nucleus Software the Gold Shield for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2008
  8. Nucleus Software Exports Limited has been awarded the Best ISV Partner, North India by IBM India, 2008 
Key Highlights
  1. Consolidated revenue growth of 14 % in FY 09 over FY 08
  2. Exponential growth in product business.
  3. ‘Cash and Bank Balances’ and ‘Current Investments’ at Rs. 122.18 crore on March 31, 2009.
  4. 29 new product orders won for implementing 96 product modules orders for FinnOne™ and Cash@WillTM suite.
  5. Won 2 large projects from existing relationships for services business.
  6. Nucleus has further strengthened its global partners network, adding 8 new alliances across LATAM, Africa and SEA
Commenting on the financial results, Mr. Vishnu R. Dusad, CEO & Managing Director stated: We are pleased to announce growth in revenue for the year, given the difficult economic scenario. Operating margins have been under pressure during the year due to under-utilization of infrastructure and manpower and additional expense on certain large projects. We have taken steps to rationalize our cost structures going forward.

He further added that “As an IPR led Company our focus is on aligning our intellectual capital to the dynamic banking business requirement. The year gone by has been eventful and has given Nucleus Software and many like us an opportunity to really introspect, on how we can deliver true value to our customers and their businesses. Apart from the six new modules added to our flagship product FinnOne™ we are also developing new technologies that place risk management at the centre of any business strategy deployed by financial institutions in these uncertain times. In the BFSI sector, business process improvement and productivity can be increased by using systems, processes and technologies, companies like us develop. The revival of global economy will necessarily start with revival of lending business. Our FinnOneTM solution would be the best option for the leaders as they look forward to managing their lending business effectively.”

Accolades/Awards
  1. Nucleus Software’s FinnOneTM has been ranked ‘World's No 1 Selling Lending Software product ’ (for year 2008) by IBS Publishing
  2.  Nucleus Software has been conferred the Best Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner (North India for 2008) award by IBM
  3.  Annual Report and Accounts of Nucleus Software for year ended March 31, 2008 have been adjudged as the BEST under the category 'Information Technology, Communication and Entertainment enterprises' of the 'ICAI Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting' by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). A GOLD SHIELD was awarded to the Company. 
  4. Nucleus Software has been Ranked Amongst India's Top 15 Exciting Emerging Companies to Work For by Nasscom.
  5. Nucleus Software has also received recognition for its Performance Management Systems  
  6. Forbes has ranked Nucleus Software among Asia's 200 Best Under A Billion Companies for the second consecutive year.
  7. Nucleus Software has been ranked among the Top 25 companies adopting “Good Corporate Governance Practices” by ICSI for three consecutive years
  8. Nucleus Software has been awarded the “D&B – ECGC Indian Exporters’ Excellence Award” by Dun & Bradstreet India (D&B India) and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd (ECGC)
Expansion of services and significant projects:

The Company is optimistic on its products business and foresees increasing demand for such niche products around the globe. The Company continues to focus and invest on development of software products for Banking and Financial Institutions. 

  New Client Wins:
Nucleus bagged 29 new orders for implementing 96 product modules of the FinnOne™ Suite and Cash@WillTM in the year 2008-2009. Product orders were bagged from leading financial institutions across the globe. For the quarter, Nucleus has won 5 new product orders for implementing 16 modules of FinnOne™ and Cash Management Suite. We picked up substantial new business from our existing relationships and won 2 large projects for our services business from our existing clients who are amongst the world’s leading names in the banking and financial services industry.

  Successful Global Implementations:
This year 64 product modules went live in various markets across the globe. Some of the implementations were completed in record time. This further gave increased visibility to Nucleus in the global markets, and reaffirmed its standing in the global lending and cash management space.

  Outlook
Nucleus Software foresees a strong demand for our niche product from across the globe. There are proposals submitted across South East Asia, India, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Australia, Japan, Latin America, and CIS for FinnOne™. For Cash@WillTM we have proposals submitted across South East Asia, Middle East and Africa.  Nucleus has further strengthened its global partners network adding 8 new alliances in the FY 2008-09.

As the global lending market is evolving, Nucleus finds itself strategically placed with wide array of products to cater to the demand. Nucleus believes that in future, Indian product companies will gain greater market share in Global software markets and is all set to capitalize on the upswing in the industry. In the face of global financial crisis like the sub prime crisis, many financial institutions are realizing the strengths and value of the products and solutions offered by Indian IT companies operating in the BFSI domain. Banks and financial institutions across the globe are now looking at increased operational efficiency in their lending business through automated solutions with robust credit appraisal mechanism thereby reducing the cost of lending. At this juncture, transformation from existing legacy systems to technologically advanced and cost effective lending solutions from Indian IT vendors is the key.

  Liquidity
Cash and cash equivalents, including investments in liquid mutual funds and Fixed Deposits with Banks, as on March 31, 2009 was Rs. 122.18 crore.

  Human Resources
Nucleus Software added 142 employees this year and has decided to invest in creating a strong human resource base in the future by tying up with educational institutes.

Primary objective in coming fiscal:

We will continue to invest in enhancement and development of path beating niche products thus delivering enhanced customer value.

About Nucleus Software

Nucleus Software (BSE & NSE: NUCLEUS) is the leading provider of lending and transaction banking products to the global financial services industry. Its software powers the operations of more than 150 companies in 50 countries, supporting retail banking, corporate banking, cash management, internet banking, automotive finance and other business areas. Nucleus Software is known for its world-class expertise and innovation in lending and transaction banking technology. It has two flagship products, built on the latest technology:
  • FinnOneTM 10 time winner - World’s Best Selling Lending Solution. 
  • FinnAxiaTM, an integrated global transaction banking solution used by banks worldwide to offer efficient and Innovative global payments and receivables, liquidity management and business internet banking services.
Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements: For risks and uncertainties relating to forward-looking statements, please visit: http://www.nucleussoftware.com/safe-harbor.

For Media related information, please contact:

Rashmi Joshi, Nucleus Software
Email: rashmi.joshi@nucleussoftware.com
Phone: +91-9560694654