Made2Manage Manages Throughout Soft Market
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: August 15 2001
Made2Manage Manages Throughout Soft Market
Recently, Made2Manage Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: MTMS),
a provider of enterprise applications and accompanying services for small
and midsize manufacturers, reported its financial results for second quarter
2001 demonstrating continued revenue growth and improvement in profitability.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2001, total revenues were $8.6 million,
a 11% increase from $7.2 million in Q2 2000. Software license revenue
grew 15% to $3.8 million compared to $3.3 million in 2000, and service
revenues increased 11% to $4.6 million from $4.2 million. Net loss was
$141,000 after excluding the effect of a favorable tax rate adjustment,
compared to $596,000 in Q2 2000. The effect was to record an additional
tax benefit of $655,000 in the current quarter, which resulted in $514,000
net income (See Figure 1).
were pleased with our second quarter performance, which was in line with
our expectations," said David B. Wortman, CEO. "We continue to anticipate
a return to profitability in the second half of the year. Revenue growth
was strong in a weakened economy, reflecting the addition of new customer
sites and the market's acceptance of our expanded product line even in
a soft-spending environment. On the expense side, operating costs declined,
and selling costs were down as a percentage of revenues, reflecting effective
management of our spending and headcount."
also highlighted Start magazine's second quarter
recognition of Made2Manage Systems as one of its "Hottest Companies of
2001" among manufacturing software companies as a resounding acknowledgment.
"Small and midsize manufacturers increasingly understand the importance
of strong back-office applications, but more and more manufacturers are
also looking for the range of fully integrated solutions we offer to help
them meet their supply chain management, customer relationship management,
business intelligence and e-commerce needs. We are benefiting from the
fundamental shift occurring in the way these manufacturers use technology
and go to market."
Company also reaffirmed its belief that 2001 revenues will grow in the
range of 12% to 20%, significantly outpacing 2000's 6% gain. The Company
anticipates the revenue growth will result from a meaningful percentage
increase in software license revenue and increases in services revenue
as the user base grows from the more than 1500 manufacturing sites currently
served. These increased revenues, when combined with lower operating costs
from current and continuing expense reduction initiatives, will supposedly
improve profitability on a comparable quarterly basis. Profitability is
anticipated in the second half and for the full year 2001, after excluding
the effects of the first quarter restructuring charge.
seems to be weathering the storm. This has been crunch time for most application
vendors but for the smaller traditional ERP vendors, it has been excruciating
- and Made2Manage has had its fair share. During 1999 it realized that
its target market - small-to-medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) -
needs more that an inexpensive and easy-to-use back office system. To
that end, during 2000, Made2Manage continued to complete its evolution
from a vendor of traditional ERP software to a provider of 'one-stop-shop'
enterprise business applications, including integrated front office, back
office, business intelligence and e-business capabilities for its target
niche. Made2Manage system therefore automates business processes of small
manufacturers from selling and design, finance and human resources (HR),
customer service and support, through scheduling and distribution.
offers attractive products to smaller discrete manufacturers. The company
is willing to provide a number of portals that offer a broad range of
collaborative, interactive applications including collaborative engineering
design, tools, trading exchanges, and access to information resources,
such as M2MVIP, a hosted collaborative commerce service that offers
customer- and supplier-facing portal functions. Made2Manage also offers
a Web-based support program for its customers called M2MExpert.
example is Made2Manage's alertness in service and support cost reduction
by harnessing the latest technology, like computer-based technology (CBT),
to deliver inexpensive users' training. Its proactive grasp of the ASP
opportunity may also come in handy, particularly in light of its peers'
tardiness in that regard. While manufacturers usually prefer to keep their
ERP systems in-house, many may opt to use Made2Manage hosted applications
for collaborative commerce, which is available through www.m2meport.com
the most important developments might be the recent progress in extending
the multi-site and supply-chain management (SCM) functionality footprint,
the availability of Microsoft SQL Server edition of the package, and a
new function for speeding order entry. Recently, the company launched
a constraint planning package, called M2M Synchronizer,
which is a theory of constraints (TOC)-based planning tool that features
optimization technology and a graphical Gantt chart function for viewing
and editing schedules in a more visual manner. All the above-mentioned
mix of products and services should, to our mind, contribute to creating
increased customer demand and acceptance of Made2Manage's offering within
one should never neglect the fierce competition coming from all directions
- its peers, the Tier 1 vendors coming to the market, and Microsoft
Great Plains' intrusion into the discrete manufacturing
market, and the company's currently low global competitiveness.
While it is unclear how many smaller vendors will survive the shrinking
and more crowded market intact and avoid either bankruptcy or assimilation,
Made2Manage has been making moves that seem to have been helping it weather
the storm. The company has demonstrated a deep understanding of the low-end
of the ERP manufacturing market dynamics and its requirements of inexpensive
products, fast and easy implementations and good service. The innovativeness
of its offerings to the SME market is attractive and should be taken into
initial consideration by small discrete manufacturers.
comprehensive recommendations for both current and potential Made2Manage
users can be found in Made2Manage
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