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Aspen Technology Announces Selected Financial Results for Second-Quarter Fiscal Year 2007

    --  Total revenue increases to $96 million

    --  License revenue increases to $61 million

    --  Operating income increases to $26 million

    --  Company announces restatement of prior period results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 2007--Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected financial results for its fiscal 2007 second quarter, ended December 31, 2006.

Mark Fusco, President and CEO of AspenTech, stated, "We are pleased with the company's operating performance in the second quarter, which was highlighted by record revenue and profitability that were both ahead of the high-end of our guidance. The strength of our financial performance was driven by strong demand for our aspenONE solutions across each major product category, coupled with the positive impact of a number of multi-million dollar transactions during the quarter."

For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, AspenTech reported record total revenue of $96.4 million, an increase of 26% from the second quarter of the prior year. Top line results were driven by record license revenue of $60.9 million, an increase of 45% from the prior year period. Services revenue was $35.5 million in the second quarter.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, AspenTech's income from operations, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was $25.8 million, representing a record operating margin of 27%. GAAP operating expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2007 included $3.0 million of non-cash stock-based compensation, $1.3 million of non-cash amortization of intangibles associated with previous acquisitions, a $0.2 million gain on sales of assets and $0.6 million in restructuring charges due to the company's continued office consolidations - the combination of which reduced the company's operating margin by approximately five percentage points.

Fusco said, "Given the quarter-to-quarter seasonality of our business and the impact large transactions can have on any given quarter's financial results, we believe it is more relevant to evaluate our performance on a semi-annual basis. On that basis, AspenTech has delivered license revenue growth of 35% and total revenue growth of 18% in the first six months of fiscal 2007, both of which are well ahead of our stated long-term targeted growth in the low double digit range."

Fusco added, "In addition, our focus on license revenue growth generated significant cash from operations and a six month operating margin that is above our long-term operating margin target of 20% - after adjusting for the impact of non-recurring and/or non-cash expenses such as stock-based compensation and amortization of intangibles. We are optimistic about our growth and profitability outlook for the second half of fiscal 2007 as a result of solid execution and continued strong demand for our aspenONE solutions."

AspenTech had cash and cash equivalents of $92.5 million at December 31, 2006, an increase of $3.7 million compared to the end of the previous quarter. The increase in cash was the result of strong cash flow from operations, offset by the cash payment of approximately $27 million in consideration for the accumulated preferred dividends associated with the conversion of the company's Series D-1 preferred stock. Total deferred revenue at the end of the quarter was $59.0 million, an increase of $3.3 million from the end of the previous quarter.

Conversion of Preferred Stock Completed

On December 21, 2006, the company announced that the holders of its Series D-1 convertible preferred shares exercised their option to convert all of the outstanding Series D-1 preferred shares into common shares. The company also announced that it would redeem any shares of its Series D-2 convertible preferred shares that were not converted by their holder into common shares by January 30, 2007. On January 24, the company announced that all of the Series D-2 preferred shares had been converted to common shares.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2006, the company paid approximately $27 million in consideration for accumulated dividends upon the conversion of the Series D-1 preferred shares. In addition, during the current quarter ending March 31, 2007, the company made a cash payment of approximately $7 million in consideration for accumulated dividends upon the conversion of the Series D-2 preferred shares.

Mark Fusco, President and CEO of Aspen Technology, said, "Over the past couple of years we have worked extremely hard to improve the operational performance of the company and simplify our ownership structure. After we retired our long-term debt in June 2005, the significant improvement in our profitability and strength of our cash position enabled us to use cash to meet our accumulated preferred dividend requirements following the conversion of all outstanding preferred stock to common stock. Not only did this conversion simplify the ownership structure of the company, but the retirement of our preferred stock will also eliminate approximately $15 million in future annual preferred stock discount and dividends."

Restatement of Prior Period Results

The company is also announcing that it expects to restate its previously issued financial statements for fiscal years 2004 through 2006 and the first quarter of fiscal 2007, relating primarily to non-cash adjustments in the company's previously reported non-operating income. In the fiscal years 2004, 2005, 2006 and the first quarter of fiscal 2007, non-operating income is expected to increase by approximately $4 million, decrease by approximately $3 million, decrease by approximately $5 million and increase by approximately $500,000, respectively. In addition, non-operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2007 is expected to reflect a non-cash benefit of approximately $3 million to $4 million as a result of the accounting treatment being applied in the restated results.

The company also expects that the restated financial statements will also reflect the correction of errors identified in the current period close, which is expected to reduce net income by approximately $400,000 in fiscal 2006 with a corresponding increase in net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Accordingly, previously issued financial statements and the related reports of our independent registered public accounting firm should not be relied upon.

Conference Call and Webcast

AspenTech will host a conference call and webcast today, February 6, at 4:45 pm (EST) to discuss the company's financial results, business outlook, and related corporate and financial matters. The live dial-in number is 877-239-3024, conference ID code 5947370. Interested parties may also listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to the Investor Relations section of AspenTech's website,, and clicking on the "webcast" link. A replay of the call will be archived on AspenTech's website and will also be available via telephone at 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291, conference ID code 5947370, through February 13, 2007.

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a recognized expert and leading provider of award-winning process optimization software and services. AspenTech's integrated aspenONE(TM) solutions enable manufacturers to reduce costs, increase capacity, and optimize operational performance end-to-end throughout the engineering, plant operations, and supply chain management processes, resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings. For more information, visit

AspenTech, aspenONE and the aspen leaf logo are trademarks of Aspen Technology, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

                        ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
                            (in thousands)

                                                Three Months Ended
                                             December 31, December 31,
                                                 2006         2005
                                             ------------ ------------
 Software licenses                           $    60,866  $    41,870
 Service and other                                35,549       34,751
                                             ------------ ------------
   Total revenues                                 96,415       76,621
                                             ------------ ------------

 Cost of software licenses                         3,709        4,244
 Cost of service and other                        18,610       17,962
 Amortization of technology related
  intangible assets                                1,263        1,773
                                             ------------ ------------
   Total cost of revenues                         23,582       23,979
                                             ------------ ------------

 Gross profit                                     72,833       52,642

 Selling and marketing                            22,118       20,759
 Research and development                         10,729       11,826
 General and administrative                       13,785       10,092
 Restructuring charges                               589          995
 (Gain) loss on sales and disposals of
  assets                                            (194)         316
                                             ------------ ------------
   Total operating costs                          47,027       43,988
                                             ------------ ------------

 Income from operations                      $    25,806  $     8,654
                                             ------------ ------------
 Supplemental information -

                                                Three Months Ended
                                            December 31,  December 31,
                                                2006          2005
                                            ------------- ------------

 Stock-based compensation costs included in
  the Statements of Operations

  Cost of service and other                 $        353  $       405
  Selling and marketing                            1,026          697
  Research and development                           391          341
  General and administrative                       1,227        1,013
                                            ------------- ------------

  Total stock-based compensation            $      2,997  $     2,456
                                            ============= ============
                        ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
                            (in thousands)

                                             December 31,   June 30,
                                                 2006         2006
                                             ------------ ------------
ASSETS                                              (Unaudited)
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                  $    92,549  $    86,272
  Accounts receivable, net                        51,377       55,654
  Other current assets                            25,666       29,454
                                             ------------ ------------

     Total current assets                        169,592      171,380
                                             ------------ ------------

Long-term assets                                  87,557      102,858
                                             ------------ ------------

  Total assets                               $   257,149  $   274,238
                                             ============ ============

Current liabilities:
  Current portion of long-term debt          $       266  $       247
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses           73,705       81,646
  Deferred revenue                                54,487       64,427
                                             ------------ ------------
    Total current liabilities                    128,458      146,320
                                             ------------ ------------

Deferred revenue, less current portion             4,558        2,609
Other long-term liabilities                       19,763       21,904

Redeemable preferred stock                        25,240      125,475

Total stockholders' equity (deficit)              79,130      (22,070)
                                             ------------ ------------

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
   (deficit)                                 $   257,149  $   274,238
                                             ============ ============

Aspen Technology, Inc.
Jeannine McDonough, 617-949-1276
Integrated Corporate Relations
Kori Doherty, 617-956-6730

Aspen Technology, Inc.