Autodesk Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Autodesk Inc. has a market cap of $8.77 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.56 with a P/E ratio of 37.1 and P/S ratio of 4.5. Autodesk Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 9.2% over the past 10 years.
Highlight of Business Operations: The technology industry is characterized by rapid technological change in computer hardware, operating systems and software. In addition, our customers requirements and preferences rapidly evolve, as do their expectations of the performance of our software. To keep pace with these changes, we maintain a vigorous program of new product development to address demands in the marketplace for our products. We dedicate considerable technical and financial resources to research and development to further enhance our existing products and to create new products and technologies. Research and development expenditures were $496.2 million or 25% of fiscal 2011 net revenue, $457.5 million or 27% of fiscal 2010 net revenue and $576.1 million or 25% of fiscal 2009 net revenue. Our software is primarily developed internally; however, we also use independent firms and contractors to perform some of our product development activities. Additionally, we acquire products or technology developed by others by purchasing or licensing products and technology from third parties. We continually review these investments in an effort to ensure that we are generating sufficient revenue or gaining a competitive advantage to justify their costs.
Our customer-related operations are divided into three geographic regions, the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC). Each geographic region is supported by global marketing and sales organizations. These organizations develop and manage overall marketing and sales programs and work closely with a network of domestic and international sales offices. Fiscal 2011 net revenue in the Americas, EMEA and APAC was $701.5 million, $782.8 million and $467.5 million, respectively. We intend to continue to make our products available in foreign languages. We believe that international sales will continue to comprise the majority of our total net revenue. Adverse economic conditions in the countries that contribute a significant portion of our net revenue may have an adverse effect on our business in those countries and our overall financial performance. A summary of our financial information by geographic location is found in Note 13, Segments, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. Our international operations and sales subject us to a variety of risks; see Item 1A, Risk Factors, for further discussion.
Aggregate backlog was $615.4 million at January 31, 2011, of which $587.9 million was deferred revenue and $27.5 million related to current software license product orders which had not yet shipped at the end of the fiscal year. Aggregate backlog was $542.5 million at January 31, 2010, of which $516.5 million was deferred revenue and $26.0 million related to current software license product orders which had not yet shipped at the end of the fiscal year. Deferred revenue increased over the prior year primarily due to an increase in new and renewal maintenance contracts during fiscal 2011.
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