- Strong organic recurring revenue growth of 8 %, driven by Sage Business Cloud growth of 21 %
- Increasing momentum with ARR growth of 10 %, underpinned by cloud native ARR growth of 43 %
- Strategic investment continues to drive growth and new customer acquisition
- Organic operating margin of 19.9 %, in line with expectations
- Sustained strong cash generation, with underlying cash conversion of 120 %
- Full year outlook unchanged
|Alternative Performance Measures (APMs)1
Organic Financial APMs
Organic Total Revenue
Organic Recurring Revenue
Organic Operating Profit
% Organic Operating Profit Margin
+ 5 %
+ 8 %
+ 4 %
Underlying Financial APMs
Underlying Operating Profit
Underlying Operating Profit
% Underlying Operating Profit Margin
Underlying Basic EPS
Underlying Cash Conversion
+ 6 %
Annualised Recurring Revenue (ARR)
Renewal Rate by Value
% Subscription Penetration
% Sage Business Cloud Penetration
+ 10 %
+ 3 ppts
+ 6 ppts
+ 7 ppts
| Statutory Measures
|| H1 22
|| H1 21
% Operating Profit Margin
Basic EPS (p)
Dividend Per Share (p)
+ 0.1 ppts
+ 12 %
+ 4 %
Please note that tables may not cast and change percentages may not calculate precisely due to rounding
- Organic recurring revenue increased by 8 % to £866m, underpinned by Sage Business Cloud growth of 21 % to £572m. Organic total revenue grew by 5 % to £924m.
- Organic operating profit increased by 4 % to £184m, representing a margin of 19.9 % (H1 21 : 20.2 %). Following a period of additional strategic investment to accelerate growth, organic operating margin has trended upwards from 18.4 % in H2 21, in line with expectations.
- Statutory operating profit remained stable at £204m (H1 21 : £203m), including non-recurring net gains of £55m (H1 21 : £37m) driven by disposals.
- Strong underlying cash conversion of 120 % (H1 21 : 133 %) reflects growth in subscription revenue and continued good working capital management.
- Robust balance sheet, with c. £1.2bn of cash and available liquidity, and net debt to EBITDA of 1.5x.
- Interim dividend up 4 % to 6.3p, with a progressive policy going forwards of growing the dividend over time.
Strategic and operational highlights
- Annualised recurring revenue (ARR) up 10 % to £1,784m (H1 21 : £1,625m), reflecting a strong performance across all regions, with growth balanced between new and existing customers.
- Sage added £150m of ARR through new customer acquisition since H1 21, up from £110m a year earlier.
- Cloud native ARR up 43 % to £424m (H1 21 : £296m), driven by new customers and supported by migrations from cloud connected and desktop products.
- Renewal rate by value of 100 %, ahead of last year (H1 21 : 97 %), reflecting improved renewal rates and strong sales to existing customers.
- Sage Business Cloud penetration of 72 % (H1 21 : 65 %), enabling more customers to connect to Sage’s cloud services and ecosystem via the digital network.
- Strong performance in key cloud native solutions (Sage Intacct, Sage Accounting and Sage People), together with continued growth in the Sage 50 and Sage 200 franchises.
- Accelerated our strategy for growth by acquiring Brightpearl, a cloud native retail operations management system.
- Disposed of Sage’s business in Switzerland and its South African payroll outsourcing business, increasing focus on core geographies and completing the Group’s disposal programme.
Sage’s outlook remains unchanged. We continue to expect organic recurring revenue growth in the region of 8 % to 9 % in FY22, driven by strength in Sage Business Cloud, and in cloud native revenues in particular. We also expect other revenue (SSRS) to continue to decline, in line with our strategy. Organic operating margin is expected to trend upwards in FY22 and beyond, as we focus on scaling the Group.
1 Please see Appendix 1 for guidance on the usage and definitions of the Alternative Performance Measures
2 Organic revenue and operating profit for H1 21 have been restated to aid comparability with H1 22. The definition of organic measures can be found in Appendix 1 with a full reconciliation of organic, underlying and statutory measures on page 7. Unless otherwise specified, all references to revenue, profit and margins are on an organic basis..