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SAP Announces Q3 2022 Results

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SAP today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022

Christian Klein, CEO: “Our cloud solutions are the answer, as customers turn to us to help them future-proof their businesses. This trust in SAP is reflected in our accelerating cloud momentum. With a recurring revenue share of more than 80%, it’s clear that our transformation has reached an important inflection point, paving the way for continued growth in the future.”

Luka Mucic, CFO: “We have delivered a strong cloud quarter with accelerating momentum across all key cloud indicators. We’re at an important inflection point in our transformation which we anticipate will lead to accelerating revenue growth and double-digit operating profit growth in 2023.”

Financial Performance

Group results at a glance – Third quarter 2022
€ million, unless otherwise stated Q3 2022 Q3 2021 ∆ in % Q3 2022 Q3 2021 ∆ in % ∆ in %
Cloud revenue 3,288 2,386 38 3,288 2,386 38 25
Software licenses 406 657 –38 406 657 –38 –42
Software support 3,016 2,867 5 3,016 2,867 5 –2
Software licenses and support revenue 3,422 3,524 –3 3,422 3,524 –3 –9
Cloud and software revenue 6,710 5,910 14 6,710 5,910 14 5
Total revenue 7,841 6,845 15 7,841 6,845 15 5
Share of more predictable revenue (in %) 80 77 4pp 80 77 4pp
Operating profit (loss) 1,239 1,249 –1 2,094 2,102 0 –8
Profit (loss) after tax 547 1,418 –61 1,263 2,129 –41
Earnings per share – Basic (in €) 0.57 1.19 –52 1.12 1.74 –36
Earnings per share – Diluted (in €) 0.57 1.19 –52
Net cash flows from operating activities 849 1,183 –28
Free cash flow 464 881 –47
Number of employees (FTE, September 30) 112,632 105,015 7
1 For a breakdown of the individual adjustments see table “Non-IFRS Adjustments by Functional Areas” in this Quarterly Statement.
Due to rounding, numbers may not add up precisely.


Group results at a glance – Nine months ended September 2022
€ million, unless otherwise stated Q1–Q3




∆ in % Q1–Q3




∆ in % ∆ in %
Cloud revenue 9,164 6,806 35 9,164 6,806 35 25
Software licenses 1,149 1,790 –36 1,149 1,790 –36 –39
Software support 8,916 8,491 5 8,916 8,491 5 0
Software licenses and support revenue 10,065 10,281 –2 10,065 10,281 –2 –7
Cloud and software revenue 19,229 17,088 13 19,229 17,088 13 6
Total revenue 22,435 19,861 13 22,435 19,861 13 6
Share of more predictable revenue (in %) 81 77 4pp 81 77 4pp
Operating profit (loss) 2,965 3,193 –7 5,452 5,762 –5 –10
Profit (loss) after tax 1,382 3,936 –65 3,522 6,063 –42
Earnings per share – Basic (in €) 1.49 3.22 –54 3.08 4.88 –37
Earnings per share – Diluted (in €) 1.48 3.22 –54
Net cash flows from operating activities 3,598 4,954 –27
Free cash flow 2,543 4,132 –38
Number of employees (FTE, September 30) 112,632 105,015 7
1 For a breakdown of the individual adjustments see table “Non-IFRS Adjustments by Functional Areas” in this Quarterly Statement.
Due to rounding, numbers may not add up precisely

Financial Highlights

Current cloud backlog continued to build momentum and expanded to €11.27 billion, accelerating growth to 38% and 26% at constant currencies.

Driven by double-digit growth across the SaaS and PaaS portfolio, cloud revenue was up 38% to €3.29 billion, up 25% at constant currencies.

Cloud gross profit was up 44% (IFRS), 42% (non-IFRS) and 30% (non-IFRS at constant currencies). Year-over-year, cloud gross margin was up 2.8 percentage points to 69.8% (IFRS) and up 2.3 percentage points to 71.7% (non-IFRS). This was mainly driven by a strong increase of the SaaS margin, with efficiency gains overcompensating increased investments into the next generation cloud delivery program.

IFRS operating profit decreased 1% to €1.24 billion and IFRS operating margin decreased by 2.4 percentage points to 15.8%. Non-IFRS operating profit was flat at €2.09 billion and decreased 8% at constant currencies. Non-IFRS operating margin decreased by 4.0 percentage points to 26.7% and was down by 3.8 percentage points at constant currencies. As in previous quarters, this was mainly driven by a reduced contribution from software licenses revenue as well as accelerated investments into research & development and sales & marketing to capture current and future growth opportunities. In addition, prior year third quarter IFRS and non-IFRS operating profit included a disposal gain of €77 million related to the launch of SAP Fioneer.

IFRS earnings per share decreased 52% to €0.57 and non-IFRS earnings per share decreased 36% to €1.12. The year-over-year decline of earnings per share reflects a contribution to financial income by Sapphire Ventures that, due to current market conditions, was significantly lower than in the same period last year. Effective tax rate was 35.7% (IFRS) and 26.0% (non-IFRS). The year-over-year increase mainly resulted from changes in tax exempt income related to Sapphire Ventures.

Free cash flow for the first nine months was down 38% to €2.54 billion. The decrease versus last year is mainly attributable to the development of profitability and adverse impacts in working capital. In the fourth quarter, we continue to expect a more favorable cash flow development due to a focus on working capital management and lower payouts for cash taxes, share-based compensation, and capex. However, based on our year-to-date position, we are adjusting the free cash flow outlook for the year to approximately €4.5 billion (previously: “above €4.5 billion”).

On July 21, SAP announced its second share buyback program for 2022, which was completed on September 6. Under the program, SAP repurchased 5,715,512 shares at an average price of €87.50 with a purchase value of approximately €500 million. Repurchased shares will primarily be used to service awards granted under share-based compensation plans for employees.

Impact of War in Ukraine

In the first nine months, SAP’s business was impacted by the war in Ukraine and SAP’s decision to wind down its business operations in Russia and Belarus.

At the end of the third quarter current cloud backlog was approximately €64 million lower due to the termination of existing cloud engagements in Russia and Belarus, reducing current cloud backlog growth by approximately 1 percentage point at constant currencies. The impact on third quarter IFRS operating profit was approximately €20 million (first nine months: approximately €370 million) and approximately €20 million (first nine months: approximately €250 million) on non-IFRS operating profit, mainly due to reduced revenues.

For the full year, we expect a total revenue impact of approximately €250 million at constant currencies from lack of new business and discontinuation of existing business. For non-IFRS operating profit we expect an impact of approximately €300 million at constant currencies from the revenue gaps mentioned above and other expense items.

Other impacts due to this evolving situation are currently unknown and could potentially subject our business to materially adverse consequences should the situation escalate beyond its current scope.

Business Highlights

In the third quarter, customers around the globe chose “RISE with SAP” to drive end-to-end business transformation, including Alpargatas, Assaí Atacadista, Center for Pandemic Vaccines and Therapeutics (ZEPAI) at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Dabur India Limited, Fonterra, HELLENiQ ENERGY, Nikon Corporation, Prada, RICOH CO., Roborock, Salzburg AG, Schneider Electric, Wistron Corporation and 11teamsports. BioNTech, Birlasoft, Bosch BASF Smart Farming, Dufry International, NBA, Petrobras and Wipro went live on SAP S/4HANA Cloud in the third quarter.

Key customer wins across SAP’s solution portfolio included: Allianz Technology, Cognizant, DB Schenker, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, Endress+Hauser, Fujitsu Limited, Grupo Energía Bogotá, Gustavo Gusto, Hapag-Lloyd, L.L.Bean, Salzgitter, Schiphol Nederland, Siemens Energy, The Pennsylvania State University, The State of Missouri, Trent Limited and Valio.

SAP’s cloud revenue performance for the quarter was very strong across all regions. The U.S. and Germany had an outstanding cloud revenue performance while BrazilChinaIndia and Switzerland were particularly strong.

On July 21, SAP announced that it has acquired Askdata, a startup focused on search-driven analytics. With the acquisition of Askdata, SAP strengthens its ability to help organizations take better-informed decisions by leveraging AI-driven natural language searches.

On August 17, SAP and Francisco Partners (FP) announced that FP has signed a definitive agreement with SAP America Inc. under which FP will acquire SAP Litmos from SAP. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022 and is subject to customary regulatory clearances.

On August 31, SAP announced that the SAP Supervisory Board has appointed Dominik Asam as CFO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He will start on March 7, 2023. Currently he is the CFO and a member of the Executive Committee at Airbus. He will succeed Luka Mucic, who will remain a member of the Executive Board until March 31, 2023.

On September 13, SAP announced that SAP SuccessFactors unveiled new modules for its Human Experience Management (HXM) Suite to create a powerful way for organizations to execute on an integrated talent development strategy and create a future-ready workforce. The new capabilities are the most significant developments that SuccessFactors has had in the last decade.

On October 20, Taulia and Standard Chartered Bank signed a partner agreement to collaborate across a range of working capital finance solutions primarily in APJ and emerging markets. Further to this, Taulia has signed an agreement with Mastercard to provide embedded payment capabilities by integrating with the Mastercard Virtual Card platform which facilitates access to multiple global banks to fund the Taulia/Mastercard Virtual Card solution.

Among other accolades, in the third quarter SAP was:

  • named a Leader in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Digital Commerce[1]
  • recognized as a Leader in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Data Integration Tools
  • named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Operations Platforms for Manufacturing and Distribution and
  • SAP SuccessFactors was named a Leader in IDC MarketScape: for Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition Suites 2022 Vendor Assessment

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