Nemetschek strengthens its position as leader for civil engineering software in Europe

Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:58:40
DGAP-Ad-hoc: Nemetschek strengthens its position as leader for civil engineering software in Europe


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Nemetschek acquires majority interest in SCIA International / Range of services in Design business unit expanded / Market position strengthened
Munich, February 14, 2006. – The Nemetschek group, a leading vendor of software and consulting services in the design, construction, and management of building projects and real estate, has acquired a majority interest in the Belgian company SCIA International. With this step, Nemetschek is extending the range of services in its Design business unit and, together with SCIA International, is now a leading player in the European market for integrated civil engineering software (CAD / CAE).
SCIA International, which is headquartered in the Belgian city of Herk-de-Stad, achieved revenues of 7.2 million euros in 2005. With an average annual growth rate of around 9% the profitable company has developed significantly better than the market in recent years. SCIA has approximately 5,000 customers worldwide and is represented in 16 countries with sales partners and subsidiaries. The company, which was founded in 1974, is market leader in the Benelux countries and among the top players in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, too.

Nemetschek, the subsidiary company Friedrich + Lochner GmbH and SCIA International have been co-operating as strategic partners on seamless IT solutions for structural design for several years. The acquisition strengthens the market position of the Nemetschek group and offers growth perspectives and synergies thanks to the high cross-selling potential.
The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant boards. The companies agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Employees and management will retain a minority stake of approximately 21 % in SCIA. Nemetschek has a stake of around 79 % in SCIA International.
About Nemetschek:

The Nemetschek group is one of the world’s leading technology companies for the design, construction and management of buildings and real estate. Nemetschek software is used by more than 160,000 renowned companies in 142 countries in 16 languages. The group offers its customers intelligent solutions for the overall building creation and management process in terms of quality, cost and time.



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Nemetschek acquires interest in SCIA International – leading position for civil engineering software in Europe

Range of services in Design business unit expanded / SCIA International with above-average growth / Together No. 1 in Europe for integrated civil engineering software / Only vendor of seamless solutions for architecture, civil engineering and structural design

Munich, February 14, 2006. – The Nemetschek group, a leading vendor of software and consulting services in the design, construction, and management of building projects and real estate, has acquired a majority interest in the Belgian company SCIA International. With this step, Nemetschek is increasing the range of services in its Design business unit and, together with SCIA International, will be the No. 1 player in the European market for integrated civil engineering software (CAD / CAE).
'The acquisition strengthens the market position of the Nemetschek group in Europe. With the merger between Nemetschek and SCIA International we are generating growth perspectives and synergies thanks to the high cross-selling potential“, explains Gerhard Weiß, Chairman of the Executive Board of Nemetschek AG.

'SCIA International is an essential part of our forward-looking round-trip engineering software architecture for civil engineers. This innovative solution enables our customers to streamline the workflow within a data structure: from CAD to structural calculation and dimensioning through to optimization of entire structures. Steel and solid structure designs can thus be processed and calculated in a single, integrated process. SCIA International will strengthen our civil engineering division by complementing our leading Building Information Model (BIM) and by integrating it in practical applications. Furthermore, with this step, we are setting new milestones in parametric design', says Michael Westfahl, member of the Managing Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Nemetschek AG.

SCIA International, which is headquartered in the Belgian city of Herk-de-Stad, achieved revenues of 7.2 million euros in 2005. With an annual growth rate of around 9% the profitable company has developed significantly better than the market in recent years. SCIA has approximately 5,000 customers worldwide and is represented in 16 countries with sales partners and subsidiaries. The company, which was founded in 1974, is market leader in the Benelux countries and among the top players in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, too.

SCIA’s flagship product is SCIA-ESA PT. This high-end software is used for static calculation and the dimensioning and design of all kinds of structures while offering 3D visualization tools. The Paris district 'La Défense“, The Olympic soccer stadium in Crete and 'King Abdulaziz International“ airport in Saudi-Arabia were built using software from SCIA International.

Nemetschek, the subsidiary company Friedrich + Lochner GmbH and SCIA International have been co-operating as strategic partners on seamless IT solutions for structural design for several years.
With this acquisition, Nemetschek is positioning itself even more strongly as the expert for intelligent information technology for the entire value chain of buildings – from the early project development phase through to long-term operation. Nemetschek is a leading innovator for integrated software solutions in the building and real estate sector. The group generated in 2005 revenues of around 99 million euros annually, had more than 750 employees worldwide and was represented in 12 countries.
The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant boards. The companies agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Employees and management will retain a minority stake of approximately 21 % in SCIA. Nemetschek has a stake of around 79 % in SCIA International.

About Nemetschek:
The Nemetschek group is one of the world’s leading vendors of information technology for the design, construction and management of buildings and real estate. Nemetschek software is used by more than 160,000 renowned companies in 142 countries in 16 languages. The group offers its customers intelligent solutions for the overall building creation and management process.

Nemetschek AG
Maren Moisl
Investor Relations
Tel. 089 – 9 27 93 1219
Fax 089 – 9 27 93 5404
mmoisl@nemetschek.de

Nemetschek AG
Bettina Hierath
Corporate Communication
Tel. 089 – 9 27 93 1360
Fax 089 – 9 27 93 5308
bhierath@nemetschek.de


DGAP 14.02.2006 

 
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