Sage’s margins soar despite crunch

Sage has recorded strong growth despite the recent surge of competition in
the SME market in their primary patch and tough market conditions, the company
announced today in the groups interim management statement.

Sage reported at its half year that its sales had soared by 9% and that
pre-tax profits were up 13% to £122.6m.

Cynthia Alers, director of investor relations at Sage Group said:’Customer
support sets us apart from competition.’

‘It’s customer support that continues to grow with 60% of our revenues tied
to renewed contracts’ she added.

The accountancy software company saw their share price increase 2p to 198p on
the back of the management statement that the company was inline to meet

Sage has seen its 5.7m SME customers take the company through the tough
market and even reduced its debt from £556m earlier this year to £532m.

Paul Walker, chief executive said: ‘Our businesses continue to show
resilience in uncertain and challenging markets. We remain cautious on the
economic outlook although our large customer base, geographic diversity and
strong product offering provide good support for our businesses going forward.’

Sage will report preliminary results for the 12 months to 30 September 2008
on 3 December 2008.

Microsoft recently launched a partnership with Tenon which is a big
encroachment on the Sage patch.

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