ANSYS reports good Q2, sees volatility ahead

ANSYS reported Q2 results today that met the company’s earlier forecasts but foreshadowed a coming slowdown. Total revenue for Q2 was $137.8 million, up 12.9% from $122.0 million a year ago and up 15% for the year-to-date — showing the same slowing that was...

ANSYS reports 17% growth in Q1, raises guidance

ANSYS reported Q1 2010 results that it characterized as “over-performance against its outlook”: total revenue of $136 million, with gains in all regions and all categories of business. Perhaps most important, the core business is described as “solid”, and the...

Solvers and sunscreen

This is the third in a series of articles exploring business metrics and their usefulness in the engineering software space. The last post discussed the fact that the cost for keeping a specific customer may be higher than expected and may even exceed the revenue...

ANSYS Q4 beats but more cautious about 2010

ANSYS reported mixed results today: on the one hand, the company reported Q4 revenue of $150.4 million, handily beating the projected $136 million to $142 million and sweeping it to a 2009 revenue total of $517 million, up 8%. It should be noted that this includes...

CAE to rebound in 2010, up 8%

Forrester Research yesterday gave a rosy forecast for tech spending in 2010, saying in a press release that “global IT spending, which dropped 8.9 percent last year, will rise 8.1 percent in 2010 to more than $1.6 trillion.” Forrester sees spending on computer...

The SEC, ANSYS and deal ethics 101

My browse of the morning news turned up a Wall St. Journal story that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking at how brokers, hedge funds and others dealt with information about, among a dozen other deals, ANSYS’ acquisition of Ansoft.Before we all...

ANSYS Q3: Short-term caution, long-term optimism?

By now, you’ve undoubtedly seen ANSYS’ Q3 results. To quickly recap, revenue was $128.2 million, up 5% from a year ago and at the high end of guidance — but disappointing nonetheless as organic revenue (without Ansoft) fell 5.5% and total software license...

WSJ: Jittery Companies Stash Cash

The Wall Street Journal had a great article yesterday on the apparent hoarding of cash by America’s public companies. According to the piece, “in the second quarter, the 500 largest nonfinancial U.S. firms, by total assets, held about $994 billion in cash and short...

Virtual conference: as good as being there?

Last week I attended my first virtual conference: Powering the Computational Ecosystem.  From a technological, gee-whiz aspect, it was very cool:  On24, an online event producer, created a virtual conference venue, complete with lobby, exhibit hall and auditorium....

ANSYS hopes CAD+CAE = better CAE

So you’re a CAD company without an analysis capability or a CAE vendor without strong ties to any one 3D modeling engine. How do you compete with the integrated suites offered by vendors such as Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC and Siemens? You partner. Last week,...