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SAP to Take Extra Costs From Russian Pullback as 1Q Profit Fell — Update

By Ed Frankl

 

SAP SE said Friday that it would take further costs from its pullback from Russia after first-quarter profit fell, though kept its full-year outlook after cloud-revenue growth accelerated.

Reporting on a non-IFRS basis, the German cloud-computing company's quarterly operating profit was 1.68 billion euros ($1.82 billion), down from EUR1.74 billion last year, which it blamed on expenses related to the war, as well as accelerated investments into research & development and sales & marketing.

At the beginning of March, SAP stopped all new sales in Russia and Belarus, adding earlier this week that it would stop support and maintenance of its on-premise products in Russia.

SAP's net profit in the three months was also down, to EUR1.18 billion from EUR1.65 billion in the same period last year, though revenue grew 7% in constant currencies to EUR7.08 billion. Its cloud-business revenue grew 25% to EUR2.82 billion.

Current cloud backlog, a measure of the growth momentum of its cloud business, was EUR9.73 billion in the quarter, up 23% at constant currencies, but SAP's decision to curtail some operations in Russia reduced backlog growth by 0.8 percentage points, the company said.

SAP took a EUR60 million hit on its current cloud backlog by the termination of existing cloud engagements in Russia, and operating profit was hit by about EUR70 million due to reduced on-premise revenues, accelerated depreciation of data center assets and capitalized sales commissions in the country, the Walldorf-based company said.

It said it would take a full-yearnegative revenue impact of EUR300 million from lack of new business and discontinuation of existing business, and EUR350 million on non-IFRS operating profit.

SAP said it would also incur restructuring expenses of EUR80 million-EUR100 million for the year, though that wouldn't affect non-IFRS results.

Despite the extra costs, the company kept its full-year outlook including operating profit between EUR7.8 billion and EUR8.25 billion, cloud revenue at EUR11.55 billion-EUR11.85 billion and free cash flow above EUR4.5 billion.

"Despite the current macroeconomic environment, cloud revenue growth accelerated further, fueling total revenue growth. Current cloud backlog grew at a healthy rate and continues to support our confidence in our long-term plans and outlook for the year," Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic said.

 

Write to Ed Frankl at edward.frankl@dowjones.com

 

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April 22, 2022 03:04 ET (07:04 GMT)

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