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Bentley Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and 2023 Results, and Its 2024 Financial Outlook

Bentley Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results and 2024 Financial Outlook

Increases Quarterly Dividend

Press Release

February 27, 2024

EXTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE) Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023, and its financial outlook for 2024.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Results

  • Total revenues were $310.6 million, up 8.3% or 7.3% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $272.5 million, up 8.3% or 7.4% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
  • Annualized Recurring Revenues (“ARR”) was $1,174.8 million as of December 31, 2023, compared to $1,036.5 million as of December 31, 2022, representing a constant currency ARR growth rate of 12.5%;
  • Last twelve-month recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate was 109%, compared to 110% for the same period last year;
  • Operating income margin was 12.2%, compared to 14.2% for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation expense (“Adjusted OI w/SBC”) margin was 24.0%, compared to 22.5% for the same period last year;
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.54, compared to $0.08 for the same period last year;
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share (“Adjusted EPS”) was $0.20, compared to $0.19 for the same period last year; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $87.1 million, compared to $36.1 million for the same period last year.

Full Year 2023 Results

  • Total revenues were $1,228.4 million, up 11.8% or 11.9% on a constant currency basis over 2022;
  • Subscriptions revenues were $1,080.3 million, up 12.5% or 12.5% on a constant currency basis over 2022;
  • Operating income margin was 18.8%, compared to 19.0% for 2022;
  • Adjusted OI w/SBC margin was 26.4%, compared to 24.9% for 2022;
  • Net income per diluted share was $1.00, compared to $0.55 for 2022;
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.91, compared to $0.85 for 2022; and
  • Cash flow from operations was $416.7 million, compared to $274.3 million for 2022.

CEO Greg Bentley said, “Our financial results for 23Q4 and the full year underscore the sustained combination of auspicious infrastructure engineering markets and the strength of our operations. I enthusiastically congratulate COO Nicholas Cumins and our teams for delivering another year of unsurpassed performance, resourcefully reaching fully 100% of our new business target while also clearing our established hurdle of 100 basis points in annual operating margin improvement. Most notably, we achieved ARR growth (year‑over‑year constant currency business performance, including programmatic acquisitions) of 12.5%, and excluding China, as our purposeful transitions from direct subscriptions there gain traction, we achieved a high-water mark of 13.5%.

“Our financial outlook for 2024 reflects our confidence in sustaining consistent organic growth with comparable annual improvement in operating margin (including stock‑based compensation). Our investment programs will prioritize outright acquisitions in asset analytics, where our breakthrough offerings for communications towers (OpenTower) and for roadway conditions (Blyncsy) are proving that AI now enables ‘instant-on’ infrastructure digital twins, at scale. I believe that asset analytics cloud services, monetized per asset, can significantly increase our total addressable market and digital twin growth.”

COO Nicholas Cumins commented, “Our Bentley colleagues across the board deserve credit for our solid 2023 financial results. Our main growth drivers continue to be North America, application mix accretion in our E365 enterprise accounts, and in our small- and medium-sized accounts our Virtuosity subscriptions as well as license sales, which provide us competitive differentiation. For 2024, while striving for consistent operational performance, we will increase our focus on marketing, and continue to adopt digital twin technology throughout Bentley Infrastructure Cloud and within our modeling and simulation applications.”

CFO Werner Andre said, “We are pleased to report another solid quarter and year. Our 2024 financial outlook is supported by continued favorable market conditions and the momentum of our growth initiatives. It also assumes a slightly larger than normal range of possible outcomes to account for our commercial model shift in China (from ARR), lower acquisition expectations, and reduced escalations based on inflation. Our consistent strong cash conversion has allowed us to completely repay our revolving line of credit after year-end and enables us to raise our modest dividend, continue to buy back shares to offset dilution from stock‑based compensation, and pursue programmatic acquisitions to expand our AI‑driven asset analytics business.”

Recent Developments

  • During the fourth quarter of 2023, we recognized a net discrete income tax benefit of $170.8 million attributable to internal legal entity restructuring and related intra-entity transactions as part of our continuing efforts to align intellectual property ownership with our business operating model; and
  • During the fourth quarter of 2023, we recorded a $12.6 million charge for realignment expenses primarily to provide for severance (affecting under 5% of our workforce) in order to reinvest in go-to-market functions, as well as in AI product development.

2024 Financial Outlook

The Company is sharing the following financial outlook for the full year 2024:

  • Total revenues in the range of $1,350 million to $1,375 million and constant currency growth of 10% to 12%;
  • Constant currency ARR growth rate (business performance, including programmatic acquisitions) of 10.5% to 13%;
  • Adjusted OI w/SBC margin annual improvement of approximately 100 basis points;
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 20%;
  • Cash flow from operations representing a conversion rate from Adjusted EBITDA of approximately 80%; and
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $22 million.

The 2024 outlook information provided above includes non-GAAP financial measures management uses in measuring performance and liquidity. The Company is unable to reconcile these forward-looking non-GAAP measures to GAAP without unreasonable efforts because it is not possible to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the actual impact of certain items and unanticipated events, including stock‑based compensation charges, amortization of acquired intangible assets, realignment expenses, and other items, which would be included in GAAP results. The impact of such items and unanticipated events could be potentially significant.

The 2024 outlook is forward-looking, subject to significant business, economic, regulatory, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and its management, and based upon assumptions with respect to future decisions, which are subject to change. Actual results may vary and those variations may be material. As such, our results may not fall within the ranges contained in this outlook. The Company uses these forward-looking measures to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes.

Increased Quarterly Cash Dividend

On February 21, 2024, the Company’s Board of Directors increased by one cent the Company’s regular quarterly dividend effective from the first quarter of 2024 and declared a $0.06 per share dividend for the first quarter of 2024. The cash dividend is payable on March 28, 2024 to all stockholders of record of Class A and Class B common stock as of the close of business on March 20, 2024.

Call Details

Bentley Systems will host a live Zoom video webinar on February 27, 2024 at 8:15 a.m. EST to discuss results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023, and 2024 Financial Outlook.

Those wishing to participate should access the live Zoom video webinar of the event through a direct registration link. 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 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.

During the fourth quarter of 2023, the Company changed its definitions of constant currency and constant currency growth rates. We made this modification in order to better align with how we manage the business, to better reflect our performance during a reporting period, and to make the effects of foreign currency fluctuations and constant currency information more easily comparable on a period‑over‑period basis.

We are providing what our constant currency and constant currency growth rates results would have been pursuant to the prior definition for the applicable periods so that investors and potential investors that have analyzed these non-GAAP financial measures historically using our prior definitions can compare our historical results to our current results with respect to these non-GAAP financial measures using the prior definitions. Refer to the section titled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for reconciliations of constant currency non‑GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures under the current and prior definitions.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding the future results of operations and financial condition, 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’ 5,200 colleagues generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion in 194 countries.

© 2024 Bentley Systems, Incorporated. Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, Bentley Open, Blyncsy, iTwin, MicroStation, OpenTower, ProjectWise, Seequent, SYNCHRO, and Virtuosity are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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