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Bentley Systems Announces Operating Results for the Second Quarter of 2023

Bentley Systems Announces Operating Results for the Second Quarter of 2023

Press Release

August 8, 2023

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced operating results for its second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2023.

Second Quarter 2023 Operating Results

  • Total revenues were $296.7 million, up 10.6% or 10.1% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $259.2 million, up 11.7% or 10.9% on a constant currency basis, year-overyear;
  • Annualized Recurring Revenues (“ARR”) was $1,105.9 million as of June 30, 2023, compared to $971.9 million as of June 30, 2022, representing a constant currency ARR growth rate of 13%;
  • Last twelve-month recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate was 110%, compared to 109% for the same period last year;
  • Operating income margin was 18.0%, compared to 20.8% for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation expense (“Adjusted OI w/SBC”) margin was 24.7%, compared to 24.0% for the same period last year;
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.15, compared to $0.17 for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share (“Adjusted EPS”) was $0.24, compared to $0.23 for the same period last year; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $80.6 million, compared to $67.0 million for the same period last year.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 Operating Results

  • Total revenues were $611.2 million, up 12.4% or 13.6% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $537.1 million, up 13.4% or 14.5% on a constant currency basis, year-overyear;
  • Operating income margin was 19.5%, compared to 20.7% for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted OI w/SBC margin was 26.8%, compared to 26.2% for the same period last year;
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.29, compared to $0.35 for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.49, compared to $0.47 for the same period last year; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $256.8 million, compared to $168.7 million for the same period last year.

CEO Greg Bentley said, “I am pleased to again report strong operating results this quarter, driven perhaps equally by 2023’s favorable end market conditions and by our teams’ strong operational execution. We are sustaining robust ARR growth of 13% (year-over-year constant currency business performance) with directionally broader balance across the board. Our E365 growth initiative for enterprise accounts, and our Virtuosity growth initiative for SMB accounts and prospects, are each contributing at continuously greater levels. 

“We are narrowing our 2023 ARR growth outlook (constant currency business performance) to a range of 12% to 13% by virtue of the momentum underlying our strong first half, offset by lower expectations for programmatic acquisition contributions this year, and particularly by the business model shift in China (from ARR) due to prevailing geopolitical concerns.” 

COO Nicholas Cumins commented, “Our 23Q2 operating results reflect our strong performance across the board. ARR growth by region was led by continued very solid growth in North America and Asia-Pacific and steady growth in Europe. By sector, growth in Public Works / Utilities remained strong while growth in Industrial improved, offset somewhat by growth in Resources normalizing from record levels and continued softness in Commercial / Facilities. We believe we are strongly positioned to benefit from the long-term investments in civil infrastructure globally, and the increasing priority our accounts are placing on going digital.” 

CFO Werner Andre said, “In 23Q2 BSY delivered financial results that met or surpassed our expectations in all key metrics, including ARR growth, revenues, recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate, Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation expense margin, and operating cash flows. Although we have narrowed our range of expectations for the year’s ARR growth (constant currency business performance), we are maintaining our financial outlook for the other metrics. 

“Along with relatively light acquisition and investment expenditures, during the first half of 2023 we paid $29 million in dividends, effectively repurchased $51 million of shares to offset dilution from stock-based compensation, and repaid $147 million of net bank borrowings.”

Operating Results Call Details

Bentley Systems will host a live Zoom video webinar on August 8, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. Eastern time to discuss operating results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2023. 

Those wishing to participate should access the live Zoom video webinar of the event through a direct registration link at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vGAVc0NyRy-CbB4PTe33Gg#/registration. Alternatively, the event can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page on Bentley Systems’ Investor Relations website at https://investors.bentley.com. In addition, a replay and transcript will be available after the conclusion of the live event on Bentley Systems’ Investor Relations website for one year. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this operating results press release, we sometimes refer to financial measures that are not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Certain of these measures are considered non-GAAP financial measures under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulations. Those rules require the supplemental explanations and reconciliations that are in Bentley Systems’ Form 8-K (Quarterly Earnings Release) furnished to the SEC. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding the future results of operations and financial position, business strategy, and plans and objectives for future operations of Bentley Systems, Incorporated (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and words of similar import). All such statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations, projections, and assumptions about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives, and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and there are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release including: adverse changes in global economic and/or political conditions; the impact of current and future sanctions, embargoes and other similar laws at the state and/or federal level that impose restrictions on our counterparties or upon our ability to operate our business within the subject jurisdictions; political, economic, regulatory and public health and safety risks and uncertainties in the countries and regions in which we operate; failure to retain personnel necessary for the operation of our business or those that we acquire; changes in the industries in which our accounts operate; the competitive environment in which we operate; the quality of our products; our ability to develop and market new products to address our accounts’ rapidly changing technological needs; changes in capital markets and our ability to access financing on terms satisfactory to us or at all; the impact of changing or uncertain interest rates on us and on the industries we serve; our ability to integrate acquired businesses successfully; and our ability to identify and consummate future investments on terms satisfactory to us or at all. 

Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of the Company are included in the Company’s Form 10‑K and subsequent Form 10‑Qs, which are on file with the SEC. The Company disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings, powered by the iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins, include MicroStation and Bentley Open applications for modeling and simulation, Seequent’s software for geoprofessionals, and Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompassing ProjectWise for project delivery, SYNCHRO for construction management, and AssetWise for asset operations. Bentley Systems’ 5,000 colleagues generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion in 194 countries.

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