ESI Group reports steep drop-off in Q4

ESI Group today reported revenue growth of 2% to EU70.2 million for the fiscal year endedJanuary 31, 2009. Excluding acquisitions, revenue declined about 5% from fiscal2007/2008. Like other engineering software companies, business slowed dramaticallyduring Q4: ESI...

MSC rides a winding road

MSC Software proved last week that it is not immune to the slowdown in spending seenby other PLM suppliers. Total Q4 revenue of $65 million was down 9% from a year ago,leading the company to an operating loss for the quarter. For the year MSC reported totalrevenue of...

DS 2008 results as expected — but 2010 looks interesting

Dassault Systèmes reported final results for 2008 earlier today and issued outlook for2009 that reflects what the company believes will be a "challenging" 2009, with conditionssimilar to those seen in Q4 2008.Highlights from the earnings calls and releases:-...

ESI Group cautiously optimistic about Q4

ESI announced Q3 results today that were good — and not foreshadowing gloom. It’s thefirst company to announce results that included October, after the world went into thecurrent financial meltdown. Total revenue for Q3 was up 4% to €13.4 million, with...

Autodesk University: 10,000 stories

Autodesk University was, as always, overwhelming. Perhaps nine or ten thousand people at the Las Vegas Venetian Resort’s convention center, attending any one of several dozen sessions going at any one time. I tried to hit as many as sessions possible, but could only...

Quick news roundup: AVEVA has great H1, ESI buys VDOT

I’m off to Autodesk University shortly, so this will be brief; more coming after I’m back. AVEVA announced terrific results for their half-year ended September 30, 2008 — and their shares fell like a stone. The results: revenue increased 32% to £74.8...

Autodesk talks product portfolio changes, credit crunch

Two more interesting bits of information from the Autodesk’s third quarter 2009 earnings call:Carl Bass, CEO, said right up front that the economy is affecting Autodesk’s customers, buthas a plan to help at least North American customers in the short term. Said Bass,...

Autodesk sees tough times ahead

Autodesk reported good results for the quarter ended October 31, 2008 but spoke ofuncertainty ahead. Since the earnings release happened at the same time as the AutodeskManufacturing group’s industry analyst event described below, I was unable to participate inthe...