MYOB exceeds financial forecast

myobCloud accounting provider, MYOB Group, has successfully delivered on paying user and cloud subscription growth expectations, reporting a record uptake of cloud solutions amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the six months to June 2015, firmly cementing the company’s reputation in the cloud accounting and payroll space.

MYOB has reported pro forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of $72 million, up 14 per cent year on year and revenue of $161 million, up eight per cent year on year. In addition, 94 per cent of first half 2015 revenues are of a recurring nature. The strong recurring revenue growth has been achieved by 10 per cent growth in the paying user base high retention rates driven by growth in the number of cloud users and five per cent growth in SME average revenue per user.

The figures were shared yesterday in the company’s 2015 half year results; the first since MYOB listed on the ASX in Australia’s largest ever technology initial public offering (IPO) in May.

CEO Tim Reed, said, “There was always going to be a lot of attention put on these first results post our successful IPO and I am delighted that not only have we delivered on expectations, we have exceeded them.”

The company has continued its transformation from long-standing software provider to a provider of innovative cloud accounting solutions for micro to mid-tier businesses in the first half of 2015. Among the highlights are the launch of MYOB Advanced, the first cloud-based ERP solution developed in Australasia, and the successful launch of MYOB smart bills in MYOB AccountRight Live.

MYOB also successfully introduced MYOB Portal, a cloud-based solution for accountants and the first product in the journey to reimagine practice solutions, MYOB Accountants Office and MYOB Accountants Enterprise in the cloud. MYOB Portal is aimed at delivering significant benefits in online collaboration to make business life easier for accountants and their clients.

MYOB smart bills and MYOB Portal were cited as just some of the reasons that MYOB was awarded the BRW “Most Innovative Large Company” award and placed second in the top 50 BRW’s Most Innovative Companies’ award earlier this month (BRW Most Innovative Companies list 2015).

“We have invested over $115 million in research and development in the past three years and the research and development strategy we are executing on is proving extremely successful as we continue to make business life easier for New Zealand and Australian businesses,” said Reed.

“We are investing 13 to 16 per cent of our revenue to drive innovation in the cloud. For instance, we plan to take the very popular BankLink product to the cloud in the future so that accountants can leverage the same functionality they love with all the benefits of working online.

“We are already at the centre of a connected SME/accountant ecosystem and we want to continue to make that ecosystem one that makes business life easier for all our clients.”

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