IFS Delivers 38% YoY Revenue Growth with Sharp Rise in Demand for Its AI Capabilities
July 25, 2023 – IFS, the global cloud enterprise software company, announced its financial results for the first half of 2023 ending June 30th, with annual recurring revenue up a significant 55% year on year, cloud revenue up 55% and software revenue up 44% representing a 79% share of total revenue.
Despite the continued challenges posed by high inflation and monetary policy tightening, companies are further investing in technology. That said, with cloud, Virtual Reality (VR), Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and IoT technology capabilities now seen as staple, the AI capability which IFS brings, embedded, natively to its customers is becoming a significant differentiator. This was confirmed in a recent IDC Info Brief* that indicated that capabilities that improve employee and asset productivity, build business resilience, and deliver faster time to value are more likely to secure the CFO’s share of wallet.
The IFS roadmap remains firmly aligned to these trends with technology that accelerates intelligent insights and automation and optimizes people and assets. With AI well established throughout its automation, prediction, and optimization capabilities the company has seen a sharp increase in demand in H1 by both existing and new customers. As the new generation of AI matures, the company is set to accelerate innovation in this area and continue to deliver these capabilities in every new release.
Adding to the company’s H1 success, in June, IFS acquired Poka, extending its capabilities with connected worker technology to empower factory and field workers to work smarter, safer and drive productivity and efficiency. Poka’s customer base includes global brands such as Nestlé, Tetra Pak, Mars, Bosch and RioTinto. The acquisition positions IFS as the only vendor with leading ERP, EAM and FSM capabilities now able to digitally connect workers across the end-to-end value chain.
During his five years tenure at IFS, CEO Darren Roos’ north star has been to deliver what customers asked for. From exponentially growing the ecosystem to provide choice, to successfully integrating multiple acquisitions to add new capabilities. In that time, the company’s also completed its own transformation and shifted its products and services business model to now being fully subscription-based. The company’s H1 results show the dividends of this focus, with consistently high renewal rates across its products and services, combined with a notable increase in new customers.
IFS CEO Darren Roos commented: “These results are the culmination of five years of hard work in establishing our business as a thought leader and as a partner that has the agility to respond to the needs of its customers. Roos added: “We have consistently been able to adapt faster to market dynamics than much larger competitors. Our 37%, five-year ARR CAGR, is a validation of our customer intimacy and focus.” He concluded: “I am proud of the ongoing commitment from our employees and partners and of the trust customers have shown us. The success of our organic and inorganic growth strategies is evidenced by our results and by our rankings as leaders year after year by customers and analysts.”
IFS CFO Matthias Heiden, commented: “The ongoing macro-economic challenges mean companies are thinking carefully about their technology investments and focus on what will help build business resilience. We see this reflected in the number of customers moving to IFS Cloud and in how customers are prioritizing when and where they extend their IFS footprint”. Heiden continued: “With annual recurring revenue up 55% year on year, software revenue up 44% Year on Year and our success services up 68% year on year, our H1 results are signals of a robust outlook.” Heiden concluded: “The traction we have seen in the U.S. in the first half of the year points to solid market penetration and that the value IFS is delivering is resonating.”
Through its software and success services, IFS is making it possible for customers to buy and consume technology in the way that creates the most value for them, so they can deliver amazing Moments of Service.
Financial and operational highlights for H1 FY2023:
- H1 FY2023 software revenue was EUR 392m, an increase of 44% versus H1 2022
- H1 FY2023 recurring revenue was EUR 373m, an increase of 49% versus H1 2022
- H1 FY2023 cloud revenue increased 55% versus H1 2022
- H1 FY2023 total revenue was EUR 493m, an increase of 38% versus H1 2022
*Note: all figures based in Euros and reported in constant currency.
In line with WorkWave establishing itself as a standalone business at the end of Q2 2021, the performance reported above excludes WorkWave’s contribution to the IFS Group.
IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build, and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers—at the Moment of Service. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of over 5,500 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support thousands of customers.
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