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Embargoed Release: 07:00hrs Tuesday 18 January 2005

SOPHEON PLC

(`Sopheon' or `the Company')

TRADING UPDATE

Sopheon plc, the international provider of solutions that improve the return
from innovation and product development, announces that the Company's EBITDA
result for the final quarter of 2004 is expected to be positive, and that the
consolidated annual EBITDA loss for 2004 is expected to be in line with broker
forecasts of £1.15m (2003 - £4.07m). Sales growth over the prior year achieved
in Sopheon's continuing software business is substantial, however, total
reported revenues for 2004 are expected to be moderately below broker
forecasts. This expectation is due in part to the weakness in the dollar during
the later stages of the year. Nevertheless the overall effect of the weak
dollar is expected to have been marginally positive, due to the fact that a
large portion of Sopheon's costs are dollar denominated.

As indicated in earlier announcements, the final quarter performance was
dependent on completion of major sales in December. Sopheon was successful in
signing three such orders. Each customer is a global leader in its respective
industry and a widely recognized name, and two of the transactions included
license fees of around $600,000. Apart from their financial and brand value,
these deals underpin Sopheon's credentials in two industries with significant
identified potential: fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and financial services.
Several other transactions were concluded during the quarter, primarily in the
chemicals sector, where we already have a substantial base of customers. We
continue to focus on pipeline creation and extending business with existing
customers. An excellent example of the latter is BASF. Developed as a customer
through one of Sopheon's distribution partners, BASF began implementation of
Accolade a year ago. Our relationship with this chemicals industry leader has
grown rapidly since then, and BASF is now one of four Sopheon clients that have
contracted for 2000 or more Accolade seat-licenses.

Sopheon made important progress in 2004 in positioning itself for the longer
term by securing partnerships on two fronts: strategic alliances in key
markets, and distribution partners in geographical areas outside the Company's
existing sphere of operations. As a result of this effort we are part of
Microsoft's Collaborative Product Development initiative. Since announcement of
the program in October, Microsoft and Sopheon have been working together to
enhance and promote the integration of their technologies. To enable
development efforts arising from this and other initiatives, and with support
from Microsoft, Sopheon implemented a controlled expansion in R&D resources,
recruiting into our Denver development center. During the year Sopheon also
undertook a successful balance sheet restructuring, and continues to have
access to the group's €10m equity line, of which over 90% remains untapped.

Financial expectations noted above are subject to the completion of the
year-end financial close process. Consistent with prior years, Sopheon plans to
issue its 2004 preliminary results around the end of March.

Sopheon's Chairman, Barry Mence said:

'Achieving a positive quarterly result is an important milestone for Sopheon.
We are focused on the challenge of maintaining this momentum into the first
half of 2005, encouraged by our recent successes and the opportunities that are
building through our strategic relationships.'

For further information contact:

Barry Mence, Chairman Sopheon plc Tel : + 44 (0) 1483 685
735
Arif Karimjee, CFO

Adam Reynolds Hansard Communications Tel : + 44 (0) 207 245
1100
Andrew Tan
+ 44 (0) 7957 203 685

Barbara Jansen Citigate First Financial Tel : + 31 (0) 205 754 010

About Sopheon

Sopheon (LSE:SPE) is an international provider of software and services that
help organizations improve the business impact of product development. The
Sopheon Accolade® product development system automates gate- or phase-based
product development (PD) processes and provides strategic decision support that
allows companies to improve innovation, cut product development spending waste
and shorten time to market. Sopheon is listed on the AIM market of the London
Stock Exchange and on the Euronext in the Netherlands. For more information,
please visit
www.sopheon.com
sniper22
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Sopheon's Chairman, Barry Mence said:
"Achieving a positive quarterly result is an important milestone for Sopheon. We are focused on the challenge of maintaining this momentum into the first half of 2005, encouraged by our recent successes and the opportunities that are building through our strategic relationships."
op&neer
0
Dit zinnetje zal er wel het meeste uitspringen bij de reakties van analisten en beleggingsbladen: however, total reported revenues for 2004 are expected to be moderately below broker forecasts. This expectation is due in part to the weakness in the dollar during the later stages of the year. Nevertheless the overall effect of the weak dollar is expected to have been marginally positive, due to the fact that a large portion of Sopheon's costs are dollar denominated.

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Ik kan er weinig negatiefs uit halen... zoals ik het lees. Mocht iemand een andere mening toegediend zijn (het blijft engels haha) hoor ik dat wel...

Vriendelijke groet en een fijne dag verder
Mir
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thanks pechvogel, verdomd goed nieuws allemaal! (alleen dollar werkt een beetje tegen, maar dat geldt momenteel voor bijna alle EU bedrijven, en al met al valt dat bij S. nog best mee)succes allemaal vandaag met deze SUPER belegging!
wilfredo
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Dit ziet er zeer goed uit, een positief 4e kwartaal, dat hadden alle negatievelingen zeker niet verwacht en geen aanspraak meer op GEM. Het belangrijkste vind ik nog dat ze al 4 grote klanten hebben met minimaal 2000 seats!!!!! Ze noemen nu ook voor het eerst bedragen bij die transacties! 600.000 dollar yes yesyes..........

Groetjes en succes allen

Wilfredo
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het duurt even maar dan heb je ook wat. Soms moet je even wakkergeschud worden hoe het werkt dus dankje Hans, je hebt helemaal gelijk ;o) Ook voor mij gold: "lezen" en er effe geen erg in hebben...

Grrrrroetjes
Mir
cazan
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quote:

pechvogel schreef:


Embargoed Release: 07:00hrs Tuesday 18 January 2005

SOPHEON PLC

(`Sopheon' or `the Company')

TRADING UPDATE

Sopheon plc, the international provider of solutions that improve the return
from innovation and product development, announces that the Company's EBITDA
result for the final quarter of 2004 is expected to be positive, and that the
consolidated annual EBITDA loss for 2004 is expected to be in line with broker
forecasts of £1.15m (2003 - £4.07m). Sales growth over the prior year achieved
in Sopheon's continuing software business is substantial, however, total
reported revenues for 2004 are expected to be moderately below broker
forecasts. This expectation is due in part to the weakness in the dollar during
the later stages of the year. Nevertheless the overall effect of the weak
dollar is expected to have been marginally positive, due to the fact that a
large portion of Sopheon's costs are dollar denominated.

As indicated in earlier announcements, the final quarter performance was
dependent on completion of major sales in December. Sopheon was successful in
signing three such orders. Each customer is a global leader in its respective
industry and a widely recognized name, and two of the transactions included
license fees of around $600,000. Apart from their financial and brand value,
these deals underpin Sopheon's credentials in two industries with significant
identified potential: fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and financial services.
Several other transactions were concluded during the quarter, primarily in the
chemicals sector, where we already have a substantial base of customers. We
continue to focus on pipeline creation and extending business with existing
customers. An excellent example of the latter is BASF. Developed as a customer
through one of Sopheon's distribution partners, BASF began implementation of
Accolade a year ago. Our relationship with this chemicals industry leader has
grown rapidly since then, and BASF is now one of four Sopheon clients that have
contracted for 2000 or more Accolade seat-licenses.

Sopheon made important progress in 2004 in positioning itself for the longer
term by securing partnerships on two fronts: strategic alliances in key
markets, and distribution partners in geographical areas outside the Company's
existing sphere of operations. As a result of this effort we are part of
Microsoft's Collaborative Product Development initiative. Since announcement of
the program in October, Microsoft and Sopheon have been working together to
enhance and promote the integration of their technologies. To enable
development efforts arising from this and other initiatives, and with support
from Microsoft, Sopheon implemented a controlled expansion in R&D resources,
recruiting into our Denver development center. During the year Sopheon also
undertook a successful balance sheet restructuring, and continues to have
access to the group's €10m equity line, of which over 90% remains untapped.

Financial expectations noted above are subject to the completion of the
year-end financial close process. Consistent with prior years, Sopheon plans to
issue its 2004 preliminary results around the end of March.

Sopheon's Chairman, Barry Mence said:

'Achieving a positive quarterly result is an important milestone for Sopheon.
We are focused on the challenge of maintaining this momentum into the first
half of 2005, encouraged by our recent successes and the opportunities that are
building through our strategic relationships.'

For further information contact:

Barry Mence, Chairman Sopheon plc Tel : + 44 (0) 1483 685
735
Arif Karimjee, CFO

Adam Reynolds Hansard Communications Tel : + 44 (0) 207 245
1100
Andrew Tan
+ 44 (0) 7957 203 685

Barbara Jansen Citigate First Financial Tel : + 31 (0) 205 754 010

About Sopheon

Sopheon (LSE:SPE) is an international provider of software and services that
help organizations improve the business impact of product development. The
Sopheon Accolade® product development system automates gate- or phase-based
product development (PD) processes and provides strategic decision support that
allows companies to improve innovation, cut product development spending waste
and shorten time to market. Sopheon is listed on the AIM market of the London
Stock Exchange and on the Euronext in the Netherlands. For more information,
please visit
www.sopheon.com


En dit was nummer 1,.....

pevri
0
Ik was er niet eerder aan toe, maar uiteraard ook mijn aanbeveling,
- inmiddels de 30e en zeker niet de laatste toch (?)- voor het plaatsen van dit perspectiefvolle bericht. Voor allen die vertrouwen hebben gehouden;
Wat een mooie bevestiging van het feit dat het definitieve keerpunt is/lijkt bereikt en nu duidelijk is gemaakt aan het grote beleggers-publiek. Bovendien vandaag nog een nieuwe order erbij en gezien de vele aanwijzingen / geruchten zal dit niet de laatste zijn, maar één in de rij van... "Klasse verloochent zich niet" en de koers zal de hierbij behorende richting, mogelijk langzaam maar toch zeker weten te vinden!
Een groet van pevri
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