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  1. Arie de Beuker 13 juni 2012 08:14
    AGM Statement





    At the Annual General Meeting of Sopheon plc to be held later today, the chairman of the board will give shareholders an update and review of the business. This will include the following statement:

    “After strong growth in 2010, we reported 2011 revenues broadly similar to the prior year at £10.3m. EBITDA of £1.5m was also essentially the same as 2010, and in line with market expectations. Thanks to strict control of costs and enhanced conversion of development work into standard products, we achieved these results despite the expansion of staff in sales, services and development. For the second year in a row, we are also pleased to report a positive bottom-line profit after tax of £104,000.

    Last year was characterized by strong demand from our client base for extension business, which absorbed the attention of our sales team. One consequence was that sales efforts were less focused on generating completely new accounts. We have now reorganized our sales resources to drive more balanced attention to both new account acquisition and generating additional growth out of our client base. We have already seen an improvement in new client acquisition compared to last year. We believe this will be reflected in improved license performance in 2012. In early 2011, we grew staff levels in key areas. These levels were maintained until recently, when increased demand led us to make further controlled expansion of staff. In particular, we advanced our market presence across Europe with the addition of two sales representatives. We also added technical resources across the business in response to growing service requirements. These hires were made with due caution given that global markets have not yet regained their poise.

    During 2011, we introduced a new agile development methodology which has improved our ability to build products faster, and do a better job of ensuring that they are in step with real customer needs. A major product milestone was achieved with the release of Accolade® 8.0, offering enhanced support for project portfolio management and collaboration, integration with Microsoft’s SharePoint® and a mobile application for use with iPhone® and iPad® devices. We have also collaborated with Kalypso, the global innovation consulting firm and Sopheon partner, to introduce a new offering called FEI OptimizerTM that will help consumer goods manufacturers increase the value of new products by improving ideation and concept development.

    On the corporate front, we successfully extended the maturity of the group’s £850,000 convertible loan by two years to January 2015, coupled with a modification of the conversion price to 5p. In addition, we are today requesting shareholders to approve the transfer of Sopheon’s listing from NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam to NYSE Alternext, an exciting market that is a better match for our corporate profile. This change is also subject to regulatory approval.

    Full year 2012 revenue visibility from contracted business and recurring revenue streams has now risen to £7.5 million compared to £6.5 million announced on 3 May, and £6.6 million at the time of our AGM statement a year ago. We expect this to translate into higher reported first-half revenues than in 2011. In addition, we are working to close a substantial amount of business in the remaining weeks of June. Accurate prediction of the timing and value of sales events remains difficult, but if closed this month, the new business would further boost first-half performance.”

    About Sopheon
    Sopheon (LSE: SPE) is an international provider of software and services. Sopheon’s solutions structure, align and manage innovation processes to help organizations generate more revenues and profits from new products. Sopheon's solutions are used by industry leaders throughout the world, including BAE Systems, BASF, Corning, Electrolux, Honeywell, Novartis and SABMiller. Sopheon is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and on the Euronext in the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.sopheon.com.

    Revenue visibility is defined in Note4 of Sopheon’s 2011 annual report which is available from the investor section of www.sopheon.com .

    gr
    Arie de Beuker
  2. viermeiden 13 juni 2012 09:05
    L.s.,

    LONDEN (AFN) - Sopheon mikt voor de eerste jaarhelft van 2012 op een hogere omzet dan in dezelfde perode in 2011. Het softwarebedrijf heeft voor dit jaar zicht op een omzet van 7,5 miljoen pond (9,3 miljoen euro). Dat maakte het bedrijf woensdag bekend, voor aanvang van de jaarlijkse aandeelhoudersvergadering.

    In mei had het bedrijf nog zicht op 6,5 miljoen pond en een jaar geleden had Sopheon rond dezelfde tijd zicht op 6,6 miljoen pond. De komende weken verwacht het bedrijf nog ,,een substantiële hoeveelheid contracten'' binnen te halen.

    Sopheon vraagt woensdag onder meer toestemming aan de aandeelhouders voor een verplaatsing van de beursnotering van NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam naar NYSE Alternext.


    viermeiden
  3. forum rang 7 Ed Verbeek 13 juni 2012 21:20
    quote:

    Arie de Beuker schreef op 13 juni 2012 08:14:


    AGM Statement


    At the Annual General Meeting of Sopheon plc to be held later today, the chairman of the board will give shareholders an update and review of the business. This will include the following statement:

    “After strong growth in 2010, we reported 2011 revenues broadly similar to the prior year at £10.3m. EBITDA of £1.5m was also essentially the same as 2010, and in line with market expectations. Thanks to strict control of costs and enhanced conversion of development work into standard products, we achieved these results despite the expansion of staff in sales, services and development. For the second year in a row, we are also pleased to report a positive bottom-line profit after tax of £104,000.

    Last year was characterized by strong demand from our client base for extension business, which absorbed the attention of our sales team. One consequence was that sales efforts were less focused on generating completely new accounts. We have now reorganized our sales resources to drive more balanced attention to both new account acquisition and generating additional growth out of our client base. We have already seen an improvement in new client acquisition compared to last year. We believe this will be reflected in improved license performance in 2012. In early 2011, we grew staff levels in key areas. These levels were maintained until recently, when increased demand led us to make further controlled expansion of staff. In particular, we advanced our market presence across Europe with the addition of two sales representatives. We also added technical resources across the business in response to growing service requirements. These hires were made with due caution given that global markets have not yet regained their poise.

    During 2011, we introduced a new agile development methodology which has improved our ability to build products faster, and do a better job of ensuring that they are in step with real customer needs. A major product milestone was achieved with the release of Accolade® 8.0, offering enhanced support for project portfolio management and collaboration, integration with Microsoft’s SharePoint® and a mobile application for use with iPhone® and iPad® devices. We have also collaborated with Kalypso, the global innovation consulting firm and Sopheon partner, to introduce a new offering called FEI OptimizerTM that will help consumer goods manufacturers increase the value of new products by improving ideation and concept development.

    On the corporate front, we successfully extended the maturity of the group’s £850,000 convertible loan by two years to January 2015, coupled with a modification of the conversion price to 5p. In addition, we are today requesting shareholders to approve the transfer of Sopheon’s listing from NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam to NYSE Alternext, an exciting market that is a better match for our corporate profile. This change is also subject to regulatory approval.

    Full year 2012 revenue visibility from contracted business and recurring revenue streams has now risen to £7.5 million compared to £6.5 million announced on 3 May, and £6.6 million at the time of our AGM statement a year ago. We expect this to translate into higher reported first-half revenues than in 2011. In addition, we are working to close a substantial amount of business in the remaining weeks of June. Accurate prediction of the timing and value of sales events remains difficult, but if closed this month, the new business would further boost first-half performance.”

    About Sopheon
    Sopheon (LSE: SPE) is an international provider of software and services. Sopheon’s solutions structure, align and manage innovation processes to help organizations generate more revenues and profits from new products. Sopheon's solutions are used by industry leaders throughout the world, including BAE Systems, BASF, Corning, Electrolux, Honeywell, Novartis and SABMiller. Sopheon is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and on the Euronext in the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.sopheon.com.

    Revenue visibility is defined in Note4 of Sopheon’s 2011 annual report which is available from the investor section of www.sopheon.com .

    gr
    Arie de Beuker

    Uitstekend persbericht Arie, uitstekend.
    Dank voor het plaatsen, je was er weer snel bij.
    Van dit soort persberichten moeten we het hebben!

    De laatste paar dagen was het volume behoorlijk hoog maar bijna uitsluitend op 5 cent.
    Vandaag echter gingen de laatste 30.000 verhandelde stukken toch mooi op 6 cent.
    Zou best eens een kentering kunnen betekenen.

    {:<)))

    Ed Verbeek
  4. Theophiel 14 juni 2012 06:44
    quote:

    nelis h schreef op 13 juni 2012 23:36:


    [...]

    Ed,

    een kentering als er voor 1800 eurootjes gehandeld wordt ?

    toe nou ...



    Die kentering komt er wel.

    In addition, we are working to close a substantial amount of business in the remaining weeks of June. Accurate prediction of the timing and value of sales events remains difficult, but if closed this month, the new business would further boost first-half

    Let op het woord: substantial.

    En of het nu nog in Juni is of niet, uiteindelijk gaat het om het jaarresultaat. Heden 7.5 wat 1.0 miljoen meer is dan 3 mei jongstleden en 0.9 meer dan vorig jaar.


  5. forum rang 7 Ed Verbeek 14 juni 2012 22:23
    quote:

    Theophiel schreef op 14 juni 2012 06:44:


    [...]
    Die kentering komt er wel.

    In addition, we are working to close a substantial amount of business in the remaining weeks of June. Accurate prediction of the timing and value of sales events remains difficult, but if closed this month, the new business would further boost first-half

    Let op het woord: substantial.

    Ik heb erop gelet Frank.
    Dat woord substantial duidt inderdaad op een kentering,
    zoals we ook in eerdere persberichten hebben gezien:

    22 maart 2012:
    "Looking ahead, our sales pipeline remains very active and includes a number of substantial opportunities from both new and existing customers – including some accounts that signed initial business in 2011 – and which we expect to bear fruit in 2012”.

    31 januari 2012:
    "Looking ahead, our sales pipeline remains very active and includes a number of substantial opportunities from both new and existing customers - including some accounts that signed initial business in 2011 - which we expect to bear fruit in 2012."

    23 december 2011:
    "Looking ahead, our sales pipeline remains very active and includes a number of substantial opportunities which we expect to bear fruit in 2012. "
    "We are working on several interesting opportunities with substantial potential"

    15 juni 2011:
    "we currently have a very substantial amount of business that we are working to close in the remaining weeks of June.

    En ziehier het resultaat van die kentering, nu eindelijk:
    eergisteren werd er geen één aandeel verhandeld op 6 cent (alles ging op 5)
    gisteren 30.0000 op 6 cent en
    vandaag gingen alle 101.000 verhandelde aandelen op 6 cent!

    {:<)))

    Ed Verbeek
  6. forum rang 7 Ed Verbeek 15 juni 2012 19:23
    quote:

    nelis h schreef op 13 juni 2012 23:36:


    [...]
    Ed,

    een kentering als er voor 1800 eurootjes gehandeld wordt ?

    toe nou ...

    Ja Nelis, een kentering.
    Gisteren al voor 6060 euro verhandeld op 6 cent
    en vandaag nog eens 10000 stuks voor die prijs.

    Beleggers beginnen het in de gaten te krijgen, deze combinatie van:
    - all time high visibility rond deze tijd
    - Accolade 8.0 (nieuwe versie!)
    - mobile App (iPhone en iPad)

    {:<)))

    Ed Verbeek
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