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Autodesk reports increased 3Q sales

November 20, 2008 - Autodesk reported revenue of $607 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of 13 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008. GAAP diluted earnings per share in the third quarter increased 29 percent to $0.45, compared to $0.35 per diluted share in the third quarter last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the third quarter increased 14 percent to $0.56, compared to $0.49 per diluted share in the third quarter last year. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release.

"The sharp downturn in the global economy had a substantial impact on our results for the quarter," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "Our business in the United States slowed as a result of the economic climate. In addition, we started to experience headwinds in some of our international markets.

"While we realize that there is no quick or easy response to the current economic environment, we are focused on serving our customers and helping our channel partners in these challenging times. We are taking actions to stimulate demand and are making appropriate adjustments to our cost structure. In the process we intend to balance these cost reductions with investing in our future. Investment focus areas continue to be increasing channel capacity and developing technology that will help Autodesk better serve our customers."

Operational Highlights
Autodesk's performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was driven by continued growth of maintenance revenue, model-based 3D design solutions, and revenue generated in emerging economies.

Combined revenue from our model-based 3D design solutions, including Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Moldflow, NavisWorks, and Robobat, increased 26 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $163 million and comprised 27 percent of total revenue for the quarter. Excluding $12 million from Moldflow, which was acquired earlier this year, revenue from model-based 3D design solutions grew 16 percent to $151 million. Autodesk shipped approximately 41,000 commercial seats of its model-based 3D design products, including approximately 9,000 commercial seats of Inventor and Moldflow and 32,000 seats of its Architecture Engineering and Construction products - Revit, Civil 3D, NavisWorks, and Robobat.

Revenue from AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT increased 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from 2D vertical products decreased 6 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Revenue from emerging economies increased 25 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $114 million and represented 19 percent of total revenue. EMEA revenue was $258 million, an increase of 27 percent as reported over the third quarter of fiscal 2008, and 20 percent at constant currency. Revenue in Asia Pacific was $133 million, an increase of 12 percent as reported year-over-year, and 9 percent at constant currency. Revenue in the Americas decreased 1 percent to $216 million compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Upgrade revenue and maintenance revenue combined increased 22 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $227 million. Total upgrade revenue decreased 4 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Maintenance revenue increased 31 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $186 million, or 31 percent of total revenue. Deferred maintenance revenue decreased $55 million sequentially and increased $67 million compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Net income and earnings per share benefited from lower operating expenses than originally expected, which resulted from an accrual adjustment for annual performance-based incentive plans, a hiring freeze, and lower discretionary spending.

Business Outlook
The following statements are forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties some of which are set forth below. Given the uncertainty of the current markets, Autodesk is not providing guidance for fiscal 2010 at this time.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2009
Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 is expected to be in the range of $525 million and $550 million. GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.13 and $0.19. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 and $0.34 and exclude $0.07 related to stock-based compensation expense and $0.08 for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles.

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