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Drives 18 Percent Increase in Operating Income

06.11.2006 - SPSS Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSS), a worldwide provider of predictive analytics software, today announced results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2006. The company reported record third quarter revenues of $64.7 million, an 11 percent increase from $58.3 million in the third quarter of 2005. New license revenues were $30.0 million, up 10 percent from $27.4 million in the 2005 third quarter. For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, revenues totaled $190.4 million, a 10 percent increase from $173.8 million in the same period last year. New license revenues were $89.2 million, up 15 percent from $77.8 million in the first nine months of 2005.

Operating income in the third quarter rose 18 percent to $9.6 million, or 15 percent of total revenues, from $8.2 million, or 14 percent of total revenues, in the same quarter last year. Operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 increased 16 percent to $22.6 million, or 12 percent of total revenues, from $19.4 million, or 11 percent of total revenues, for the same period in 2005. Operating income for 2006 is net of the impact of charges for share-based compensation of $1.9 million and $5.0 million in the third quarter and nine-month periods, respectively, primarily reflecting the 2006 required adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 123R.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the 2006 third quarter were $0.28, compared to $0.22 for the same period last year. EPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 were $0.63, compared to $0.55 in the same 2005 period. The effective income tax rate for the 2006 nine-month period is estimated at 37 percent, compared with the 41 percent effective tax rate in the same period last year. Cash totaled $119.5 million as of September 30, 2006, up from $84.4 million on December 31, 2005.

"Our double-digit growth in license, maintenance, and services revenues shows that we are continuing to successfully execute our sales strategy across all product lines and all geographies," said SPSS president and CEO Jack Noonan. "We're particularly pleased to see this growth while realizing increased productivity in other areas of our business. There is no question we are also benefiting from our leadership position in the predictive analytics market which continues to grow as more and more organizations worldwide recognize the value of this capability."

Strengthens Key Products

In September, the company released the latest version of its flagship statistical software package, SPSS 15.0. The product's new features improve graphical and other output functionality, data and access management, as well as advanced analytics and connectivity with other SPSS products.

In October, SPSS released an upgraded version of its survey research product suite, Dimensions 4.0(tm), which enables our clients to further optimize their customer-centric research processes and organizations to make stronger business decisions.

Outlook and Guidance

"While again delivering on our short-term financial targets, we remain focused on long-term growth initiatives for increasing shareholder value," said Raymond Panza, SPSS executive vice president and CFO. "The primary factors for the future will be continued revenue growth and improved operational efficiencies. In line with these factors, we recently informed employees of our decision to close our Amsterdam research and development facility at the end of 2006, concurrent with the termination of its lease period. While the costs of this closure cannot be detailed until final approvals are obtained from the Dutch regulatory authorities, it is expected that the 2007 savings will exceed the 2006 fourth quarter expense."

Panza further stated, "For the 2006 fourth quarter, revenues are expected to be between $65 million and $68 million with EPS in the range of $0.31 to $0.38. EPS for the 2006 fourth quarter include an estimated $0.05 charge for share-based compensation and assumes an effective income tax rate of 37 percent. Not included in our earnings guidance are any costs related to the announced closure of the Amsterdam facility or any charges for other possible productivity improvement initiatives."


Über SPSS
SPSS Inc. ist ein führender Anbieter von Predictive Analytics-Software und
-Lösungen. Die Predictive Analytics-Technologie des Unternehmens unterstützt Organisationen dabei, Geschäftsprozesse zu optimieren, da sie täglich zu treffende Entscheidungen konsequent kontrollieren können. Durch die Integration von Predictive Analytics in das Tagesgeschäft werden Unternehmen zum Predictive Enterprise - und sind so in der Lage, Entscheidungen zu steuern und zu automatisieren, um Geschäftsziele und messbare Wettbewerbsvorteile zu erreichen. Mehr als 250.000 Kunden aus der Wirtschaft, dem Hochschulbereich und dem öffentlichen Dienst vertrauen auf die SPSS-Technologie, um Erträge zu erhöhen, Kosten zu senken, wichtige Prozesse zu verbessern und um Betrug zu erkennen und zu vermeiden.

Zu den Kunden von SPSS in Deutschland zählen große Unternehmen und Institutionen wie GfK AG, Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Deutsche Telekom AG, Vattenfall Europe-Hamburg AG, MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbH , Commerzbank AG, Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH, Barmer Ersatzkasse, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, OBI GmbH & Co. Franchise Center KG, TUI AG, AOL Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, O2 Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, AMB Generali Holding AG, DBV Winterthur Versicherung AG, Gruner + Jahr AG & Co. KG.

SPSS Inc. mit Hauptsitz in Chicago, Illinois, wurde 1968 gegründet. Die deutsche Niederlassung besteht seit 1986 und beschäftigt derzeit rund 60 Mitarbeiter. Weitere Informationen finden sich unter www.spss.de.


Kontakt zum Unternehmen:
Michaela Kagerer, SPSS GmbH Software
Rosenheimer Str. 30 Tel: 089 / 489 074 0
81669 München Fax: 089 / 448 3115
E-Mail: » mkagerer@spss.com / » www.spss.de

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Baierbrunnerstr. 15 Tel.: 089 / 173019-0
81379 München Fax: 089 / 173019-99
E-Mail: » katjag@lewispr.com


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