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Bentley Systems Announces Operating Results for the Third Quarter of 2023

Bentley Systems Announces Operating Results for the Third Quarter of 2023

Press Release

November 7, 2023

EXTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE) Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced operating results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2023.

Third Quarter 2023 Operating Results

  • Total revenues were $306.6 million, up 14.3% or 11.0% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $270.8 million, up 15.1% or 11.7% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Annualized Recurring Revenues (“ARR”) was $1,124.8 million as of September 30, 2023, compared to $983.7 million as of September 30, 2022, representing a constant currency ARR growth rate of 12.5%;
  • Last twelve-month recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate was 110%, consistent with the same period last year;
  • Operating income margin was 24.0%, compared to 20.7% for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation expense (“Adjusted OI w/SBC”) margin was 28.2%, compared to 24.9% for the same period last year;
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.16, compared to $0.12 for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share (“Adjusted EPS”) was $0.22, compared to $0.19 for the same period last year; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $72.8 million, compared to $69.5 million for the same period last year

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023 Operating Results

  • Total revenues were $917.8 million, up 13.0% or 12.8% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $807.8 million, up 14.0% or 13.6% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Operating income margin was 21.0%, compared to 20.7% for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted OI w/SBC margin was 27.2%, compared to 25.8% for the same period last year;
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.46, consistent with the same period last year;
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.72, compared to $0.66 for the same period last year; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $329.6 million, compared to $238.2 million for the same period last year.

CEO Greg Bentley said, “Our operating results this quarter demonstrate the sustainability of our more broadly balanced growth contributors. Year-over-year ARR growth (business performance in constant currency) remained strong at 12.5% despite fewer calendar workdays and an upsurge in perpetual license purchases. Continuing growth drivers include the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S., expansion of E365 as our enterprise accounts accelerate going digital, and Virtuosity’s momentum in penetrating small and medium-sized business prospects.

“At our Year in Infrastructure Conference in Singapore last month, Going Digital Award finalists showcased advancements that enabled a reported median of 18% in project engineering savings. This reinforces our sustaining opportunity to help our accounts surmount the increasing capacity gap in infrastructure engineering resources, both through more specialized modeling and simulation applications and through iTwin-powered Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, to compound for them the ‘infrastructure intelligence’ value of their data.”

COO Nicholas Cumins commented, “Our 23Q3 operating results reflect continued strong performance, with trends generally in line with the previous quarter. ARR growth by sector was once again led by Public Works / Utilities; Resources remained above the company average, including Seequent despite the slowdown in new mine exploration projects, while Industrial was somewhat below average; and Commercial / Facilities remained flat. ARR growth by region was led by Americas, followed by Asia Pacific, then EMEA. In particular, we are pleased by the momentum we are seeing with the US DOTs and their ecosystem.”

CFO Werner Andre said, “In 23Q3 BSY’s financial results met or surpassed our expectations in revenues, recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate, Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation expense margin, and operating cash flows. Our constant currency ARR growth momentum and seasonality reflects the E365 consumption impact from this quarter’s fewer working days when compared to historic norm, and the increasing preferences for perpetual licenses especially in China. After de facto share repurchases, and this year’s higher dividends, we have primarily applied our strong operating cash flows to de-lever by 1.0x on a net debt to Adjusted EBITDA basis since the beginning of the year, and will look to further de-lever in the coming quarters as conditions permit in order to provide increasing capital structure strength and flexibility.”

Operating Results Call Details

Bentley Systems will host a live Zoom video webinar on November 7, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. EST to discuss operating results for its third quarter ended September 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_VO5w_MjXT8CLW7nrIClg3A#/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.

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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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