American Software Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results

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American Software Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results

Fourth Quarter Net Earnings increase 14% Company Achieves 37th Consecutive Quarter of Profitability

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ATLANTA (June 23, 2010) American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010, delivering a 14% increase in fourth quarter net earnings, achieving 37 consecutive quarters of profitability and completing 27 consecutive quarters of dividend distributions to shareholders.

GAAP net earnings for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were $1.3 million or $0.05 per fully diluted share, an increase of 14% over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Adjusted net earnings for the quarter ended April 30, 2010, which excludes stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related amortization of intangibles and expenses related to the Optiant acquisition by Logility, Inc., were $1.7 million or $0.06 per fully diluted share, a 5% increase compared to $1.6 million or $0.06 per fully diluted share for the same period last year, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related amortization of intangibles, and expenses related to the Logility tender offer. Total revenues for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were substantially unchanged from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 at approximately $18.9 million. Software license fees for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were $3.2 million, a decrease of 34% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Services and other revenues for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were $8.9 million, an increase of 23% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Maintenance revenues for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were approximately $6.9 million, a decrease of 1% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Operating earnings for the quarter ended April 30, 2010 were $1.3 million, a decrease of 25% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

GAAP net earnings were approximately $5.7 million or $0.22 per fully diluted share for the year ended April 30, 2010, an 89% increase compared to $3.0 million or $0.12 per fully diluted share for the prior fiscal year. Adjusted net earnings year to date as of April 30, 2010, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, stock-based compensation and other expenses related to the Logility tender offer and expenses related to the Optiant acquisition by Logility, were $7.3 million or $0.28 per fully diluted share, an 83% increase compared to $4.0 million or $0.15 per fully diluted share for the prior fiscal year, which excluded stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and expenses related to the Logility tender offer. Total revenues for the year ended April 30, 2010 were $75.3 million, a decrease of 4% from the prior fiscal year. Software license fees for fiscal 2010 were $15.5 million, a 4% decrease from the prior fiscal year. Services and other revenues were $32.3 million, a 5% decrease from the prior fiscal year. Maintenance revenues were $27.5 million, a 2% decrease from the prior fiscal year. For the year ended April 30, 2010, the Company reported operating earnings of approximately $7.3 million, a 2% increase from the prior fiscal year.

The Company is including adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share in the summary financial information provided with this press release as supplemental information relating to its operating results. This financial information is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP per share measures used by other companies. The Company believes that this presentation of adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share provides useful information to investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.

The overall financial condition of the Company remains strong, with no debt and with cash and investments of approximately $53.9 million as of April 30, 2010. This is approximately a $17.2 million decrease when compared to April 30, 2009 and was primarily due to the payment of $12.8 million for the shares of Logility not owned by American Software plus other expenses associated with the Logility tender offer, payment of approximately $9.1 million in dividends and the purchase of certain assets of Optiant, Inc. for approximately $3.3 million, partially offset by positive operating cashflow.

“The Company delivered its 37th consecutive quarter of profitability and increased net earnings by 14% over the same period last year,” stated James C. Edenfield, president and CEO of American Software. “During the quarter, we leveraged our financial strength to expand our product portfolio when Logility, our wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired Boston-based Optiant, a leading provider of multi-echelon inventory optimization solutions,” continued Edenfield. “With this acquisition, Logility Voyager Solutions becomes the first best-of-breed full suite supply chain management solution to deliver award-winning inventory optimization capabilities to manufacturing and distribution businesses that manage complex, multi-echelon supply chains. This is another example of Logility’s commitment to providing a robust supply chain optimization suite that helps businesses significantly lower inventory while improving customer service levels in both good and bad economies.”

“Our sustained profitability has continued to allow the Company to provide a tangible benefit to our shareholders with a quarterly dividend as well as a share repurchase program,” said Edenfield. “On May 18, 2010 our Board of Directors authorized the Company’s next quarterly dividend of $0.09 per common share, which is payable on September 28, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 20, 2010. This will mark our 28th consecutive quarter of dividend distributions to shareholders.”

Additional highlights for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010 include:
Customers:

  • Notable new and existing customers placing orders with the Company in the fourth quarter include: Bio Products Laboratory, Brightstar Corporation, Brookstone, Diversey, Huhtamaki, JJ Mae, Levelor Kirsch, Nexans AS, Partylite Worldwide, Stryker Orthopedics, Swiss Valley Farms, Topson Downs of California, and the Tyndale Company.
  • During the quarter, software license agreements were signed with customers located in 10 countries including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Logility, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, was recognized for the 10th consecutive year by the readers of Consumer Goods Technology as one of the top 5 supply chain execution and top 5 supply chain planning companies. In addition, Logility was again named the number one vendor in supply chain planning customer experience.
  • Executives at three companies using Logility Voyager Solutions were selected as Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2010 Pros to Know including: Letty Hernandez, vice president, manufacturing & distribution, Handgards; Richard Shapiro, vice president demand forecasting, Jarden Consumer Solutions; and Raymond Kernagis, vice president supply chain, Johnstone Supply. Each of these executives has demonstrated exceptional leadership though the economic downturn by managing supply chain risk, providing a competitive advantage and delivering value to their companies’ bottom lines.
  • Bill Harrison, president, Demand Management Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Logility, was named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2010 Provider Pros to Know. The honor is given to individuals who have personally helped clients address the challenges of the recession and prepare for the recovery ahead.
  • New Generation Computing® (NGC) Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, announced Jerry Leigh, a Van Nuys, CA based design-driven apparel company, completed implementation of NGC’s e-PLM software for Product Lifecycle Management. Jerry Leigh also relies on NGC’s e-SPS software for global sourcing and visibility.

Products and Technology:

  • Logility acquired Boston-based Optiant, a provider of multi-echelon supply chain optimization systems, for approximately $3 million in cash. Optiant’s unique optimization technology helps manufacturing companies and distribution businesses free up millions of dollars in working capital trapped within their multi-echelon supply chains. Unlike ERP and APS systems, Optiant improves both strategic inventory policies and tactical inventory targets to produce bottom-line savings, achieve higher service levels, and mitigate the impact of supply and demand variability.
  • Demand Management, Inc. launched DSX, the company’s latest supply chain planning offering for the mid-market, specifically designed for the Microsoft technology stack. The flexibility of DSX allows companies to change supply chain business practices within the software to quickly respond to a changing market and maintain a competitive advantage.
  • Demand Management, Inc. received Microsoft Dynamics AX certification for its Demand Solutions Supply Chain Planning Software. This signifies the solution has met Microsoft’s highest standard for partner-developed software based on rigorous tests and in-use service in live customer deployments.
  • New Generation Computing introduced new Vendor Payment Automation software to streamline the process of matching documents and approving vendor invoices in global trade logistics. The new module leverages the supply chain data already contained in NGC’s e-PLM and e-SPS software to eliminate the manual processes typically associated with vendor payments.

About American Software, Inc.

Atlanta-based American Software (NASDAQ: AMSWA) provides demand-driven supply chain management and enterprise software solutions backed by more than 40 years of industry experience that drive value for companies regardless of market conditions. Logility, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Software, is a leading provider of supply chain management solutions for companies of all sizes. Logility Voyager Solutions™ is a comprehensive suite which includes supply chain visibility; demand, inventory and replenishment planning; Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP); inventory and supply optimization; manufacturing planning and scheduling; transportation planning and management; and warehouse management. Demand Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Logility, delivers supply chain solutions to small and midsized manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Demand Management’s Demand Solutions® suite is widely deployed and globally recognized for forecasting, demand planning and point-of-sale analysis. Logility and Demand Management proudly serve customers such as Arch Chemicals, Avery Dennison Corporation, McCain Foods, Pernod Ricard, Sigma Aldrich, and VF Corp. New Generation Computing Inc. (NGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Software, provides PLM, Global Sourcing and ERP solutions to the fashion, apparel, footwear, and retail industries. NGC’s global customers include A|X Armani Exchange, Carter’s, Maggy London, Hugo Boss, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Parigi Group, and Tristan America. For more information on American Software, please visit INTERNET:www.amsoftware.com, call (800) 726-2946 or email: askasi@amsoftware.com

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by statements made herein. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, technology and the market for the Company’s products and services, including economic conditions within the e-commerce markets; the timely availability and market acceptance of these products and services; the Company’s ability to satisfy in a timely manner all SEC required filings and the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations adopted under that Section; the challenges and risks associated with integration of acquired product lines and companies; the effect of competitive products and pricing; the uncertainty of the viability and effectiveness of strategic alliances; and the irregular pattern of the Company’s revenues. For further information about risks the Company could experience as well as other information, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2009 and other reports and documents subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information, contact: Vincent C. Klinges, Chief Financial Officer, American Software, Inc., (404) 264-5477 or fax: (404) 237-8868.

Logility is a registered trademark and Logility Voyager Solutions is a trademark of Logility, Inc., Demand Solutions is a registered trademark of Demand Management, Inc., and NGC and New Generation Computing, Inc. are registered trademarks and REDHORSE is a trademark of New Generation Computing. Other products mentioned in this document are registered, trademarked or service marked by their respective owners.

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Contact Information:
Vince Klinges
Chief Financial Officer
(404) 264-5477
vklinges@amsoftware.com