SAP to cut 3000 jobs, explores Qualtrics stake sale

SAP to cut 3000 jobs, explores Qualtrics stake sale

Refocuses on cloud business.

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SAP plans to cut 3000 jobs or 2.5 percent of its global workforce, and explore the sale of its remaining stake in Qualtrics, as the German software company looks to cut costs and focus on its cloud business.

SAP is the latest tech company to cut jobs after companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon announced thousands of layoffs to cut costs as they brace for tougher economic conditions.

"We expect only a moderate cost-saving impact for 2023, and a more pronounced one in 2024, about 300 million euros to 350 million (S$429 million to S$500 million) in run-rate savings as of 2024," CFO Luka Mucic said.

In Germany, where SAP is headquartered, the company will cut slightly more than 200 jobs.

The layoffs come after SAP reported a 30 percent revenue increase in its cloud business in the fourth quarter, helped by strong demand for its software.

SAP has also started the process to sell its stake in Qualtrics. It bought the company for US$8 billion (S$10.5 billion) in 2018 and took it public in 2021 at a valuation of nearly US$21 billion.

Currently, survey-software seller Qualtrics has a market value of US$7 billion and SAP has a 71 percent stake.

"(The sale) would result in a quite significant one-time gain," Mucic said.

"This would materially increase the profit performance of SAP, but it's currently not reflected in the outlook."

SAP forecasted a core operating profit of 8.8-8.9 billion euros at constant currencies for this year.

It also expects cloud revenue at constant currencies for 2023 to rise to 15.3-15.7 billion euros, from 12.56 billion euros last year.

While analysts had raised concerns that SAP'S lucrative cloud business might take a hit with other companies tightening their budgets due to economic uncertainty, SAP has been signing more customers.

"We are going to announce a unique strategic partnership with BMW betting on SAP on all dimensions - one of the biggest deals ever, which was signed yesterday," chief executive Christian Klein said.

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