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10.11.2006 – 08:30

Beta Systems DCI Software AG

Beta Systems shows positive business performance in third quarter of 2006

    Berlin (ots)

Beta Systems Software AG (BSS, ISIN DE 0005224406) achieved a significant year-on-year increase in earnings in the third quarter 2006, while also raising sales revenue by around 3%.

    Financial Highlights for third quarter 2006

    * Revenue increases by 3.4% to Euro 22.4 million (Q3 2005: Euro
        21.7 million)
    * Growth in the area of software licenses (5.9% year-on-year) and
        services (37.1% year-on-year)
    * Operating result (from continuing operations) up by Euro 3.4
        million to Euro -0.3 million (Q3 2005: Euro -3.7 million)
    * Net income for the quarter increases to Euro 0.1 million / Euro
        0.02 per share (Q3 2005: Euro -1.7 million / Euro -0.21 per

    Comments by the CEO

    "Having begun the second half of 2006 with noticeably streamlined cost structures, our main focus is on stepping up our sales activities and delivering a sustainable improvement in bottom-line results. The feedback received from our key accounts operating in the financial and industrial sectors in response to our focus on this service portfolio has been particularly encouraging, Therefore, I am delighted with third-quarter growth achieved in the all-important license business for the first time this year, buoyed by several major contracts. Our operating result has also developed well and is considerably higher than during the same quarter a year ago," said Kamyar Niroumand, CEO of Beta Systems Software AG, commenting on the results. He added: "We have yet again invested in positioning and enhancing our sales activities in favor of the key account category, in addition to expanding our partner business. Indeed, we are confident that this will deliver fresh impetus for our particularly important year-end business, the aim being to further increase license and services revenues."

    Financial Highlights for first nine months 2006

    * Revenue grows by 4.3% to Euro 67.7 million (9M 2005: Euro 64.9
    * Comparable (adjusted) operating result increases to Euro -6.3
        million (9M 2005: Euro -9.4 million)
    * Exceptional charges in first nine months of 2006: operating
        result affected by non-recurring expenses amounting to Euro 13.0
        million for cost-reduction measures as well as latest assessment
        of current risk situation
    * Operating result, including exceptional charges, declines to
        Euro -19.3 million (9M 2005: Euro  -11.3 million)
    * Net result for first nine months, including exceptional charges,
        declines to Euro -10.8 million / Euro -1.23 per share (9M 2005:
        Euro 0.3 million / Euro 0.03 per share)

    Key Operational Highlights

    * Gernot Sagl appointed as Chief Financial Officer: In a meeting
        convened on October 26, 2006, the Supervisory Board of Beta
        Systems Software AG appointed Gernot Sagl (37) as Chief
        Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect.
    * New Augsburg office officially opened: New office of the
        Enterprise Content Management (ECM) business segment underlines
        Beta Systems' commitment to this location.
    * Beta Systems User Conference successfully concluded: Beta
        Systems hosted a special information and communication event,
        which was attended by 220 customers, industry experts and other
        interested groups
    * Second round of "Qualifications Initiative" launched: Beta
        Systems continued to invest in its "Qualifications Initiative"  
        launched in June 2006. Alongside the internal apprenticeship
        program, Beta Systems also plans to take part in the Girls' Day
        staged in Berlin on April 27, 2007.
    * Technological innovations brought to market: Input Management
        solution FrontCollect integrated into the next generation of
        Microsoft technologies.

    Hotline for Investors, Analysts, and Journalists

    If you have any questions relating to the results of Q3 2006, please feel free to contact Beta Systems' Investor Relations team: phone +49 30 726 118 -170 and -171 or e-mail

    The complete quarterly report is published on the internet at

    End of announcement

    About Beta Systems Software AG, Berlin, Germany

    Beta Systems Software AG (Prime Standard: BSS) develops high-quality software products and solutions for the secure and efficient processing of large quantities of data, and is one of the leading medium-sized, independent, European software solution providers in its market segment. Its software products and solutions support customers in the automation, safeguarding and traceability of their business processes within the three core areas of document management (Enterprise Content Management business area), user management (Identity Management business area) and information management in data processing centres (Data Centre Infrastructure business area).

    The company has been listed on the stock exchange since 1997, and currently employs around 700 staff, mainly in the competence centres of Berlin (company headquarters), Cologne, Augsburg and Calgary. In addition to this, Beta Systems is internationally active with 17 wholly-owned subsidiaries and numerous partner companies. Among its worldwide total in excess of 1,300 customers with over 3,000 running installations are major businesses in the fields of financial services, industry, commerce, logistics and IT services, in Germany, Europe and the USA. For more information, please visit

Company Contact: Beta Systems Software AG Arne Baßler Corporate Communication Tel.: +49 (0)30 726 118-170 Fax:  +49 (0)30 726 118-881 E-mail:

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