FRANKFURT, April 25 SAP, Europe's
largest software company, reported slightly lower-than-expected
first-quarter core profit as it sold more of its cloud products,
which are less profitable.
First-quarter operating profit, excluding special items, for
the German software maker rose 8 percent to 1.198 billion euros
($1.30 billion), the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
That was slightly below the average of 1.229 billion euros
in a Reuters poll of 13 analysts, with individual estimates
ranging from 1.183 billion to 1.298 billion.
Revenues rose 12 percent to 5.285 billion euros, which was
above average expectations of 5.179 billion.
SAP's customer base moved further to newer cloud-based and
less profitable Internet platforms from classic high-margin
packaged software products it has sold for decades.
New cloud bookings jumped 49 percent to 215 million euros
during the first quarter.
($1 = 0.9206 euros)
(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Christoph Steitz)