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Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011

August 23, 2011

BURLINGTON, MA - August 23, 2011 - Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011, ended June 30, 2011.

Mark Fusco, Chief Executive Officer of AspenTech, said, “The fourth quarter was a strong finish to the fiscal year.  The company exceeded its fiscal 2011 guidance for each key financial metric, including license TCV growth, free cash flow and all income statement objectives.  At the same time, we took actions that we believe will enhance long-term shareholder value, including reducing our secured borrowings, completing the secondary offering of certain shares held by Advent International and announcing a $40 million share repurchase program.”

“We continue to gain market share in our engineering business, where we believe there remains a significant opportunity to drive greater adoption of our full product suite and expand the number of users.  We also have a leadership position in the manufacturing and supply chain segment of the process manufacturing market, which represents a multi-billion market dollar opportunity.  We are the only vendor with an integrated suite of best-of-breed applications across each of these disciplines, and we believe AspenTech is well positioned to continue growing our recurring revenue, license TCV and subscription cash flow.”

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Business Highlights

Summary of Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results

AspenTech’s total revenue of $52.6 million increased 38% from $38.2 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, AspenTech reported a loss from operations of $18.3 million due primarily to the multi-year revenue model transition following the introduction at the beginning of fiscal 2010 of the company’s aspenONE subscription offering, which has ratable revenue recognition.  For the quarter ended June 30, 2010, the company reported a loss from operations of $35.6 million.

Net income was $41.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, leading to net income per diluted share of $0.43.  Net income included a net tax benefit of $57.3 million related to the reversal of the valuation allowance on the deferred tax assets on the company’s balance sheet.  Net loss per diluted share was $0.37 in the same period last fiscal year.

Non-GAAP loss from operations, which adds back stock-based compensation expense and restructuring charges and excludes the above mentioned tax benefit, was $16.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $32.8 million in the same period last fiscal year.  Non-GAAP net loss was $19.0 million, or ($0.20) per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $31.3 million, or ($0.34) per share, in the same period last fiscal year.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

AspenTech had a cash balance of $150.0 million at June 30, 2011, a decrease of $1.0 million from the end of the prior quarter.  The company generated $10.4 million in cash flows from operations and invested $840 thousand in capital expenditures, leading to free cash flow of $9.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The company continued to reduce its secured borrowings balance and used $6.4 million in cash to execute against the previously announced share repurchase program.

Summary of Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results

AspenTech’s total revenue of $198.2 million increased 19% from $166.3 million for fiscal year 2010.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, AspenTech reported a loss from operations of $54.6 million, an improvement from a loss from operations of $109.4 million for fiscal year 2010.

Net income was $10.3 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, leading to net income per diluted share of $0.11, an improvement from a net loss per basic and diluted share of $1.18 for fiscal year 2010.

Non-GAAP loss from operations, which adds back stock-based compensation expense and restructuring charges and excludes the tax benefit recorded in the fourth quarter, was $45.1 million for fiscal year 2011, an improvement compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $93.0 million for fiscal year 2010.  Non-GAAP net loss was $43.5 million, or ($0.45) per share, for fiscal year 2011, an improvement compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $91.8 million, or ($1.01) per share, for fiscal year 2010.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

The company generated $63.3 million in cash flows from operations and invested $4.8 million in capital expenditures, leading to free cash flow of $58.5 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 66% compared to the comparable year ago period.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains “non-GAAP financial measures” under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. This non-GAAP information supplements, and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with, disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

Management considers both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results in managing AspenTech’s business.  As the result of adoption of new licensing models, management believes that, for the next few years, a number of AspenTech’s performance indicators based on GAAP, including revenue, gross profit, operating income (loss) and net income (loss), will be of limited value in assessing AspenTech’s performance, growth and financial condition. Accordingly, management instead is focusing on certain non-GAAP and other business metrics, including the non-GAAP metrics set forth in this press release, to track AspenTech’s business performance. None of these non-GAAP metrics should be considered as an alternative to any measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call and Webcast

AspenTech will host a conference call and webcast today, August 23, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), to discuss the company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 as well as the company’s business outlook.  The live dial-in number is (877) 245-0126, conference ID code 83352271. Interested parties may also listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to the Investor Relations section of AspenTech’s website, http://www.aspentech.com/corporate/investor.cfm, and clicking on the “webcast” link. A replay of the call will be archived on AspenTech’s website and will also be available via telephone at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID code 83352271 through August 30, 2011.

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading global provider of mission-critical process optimization software solutions, which are designed to manage and optimize plant and process design, operational performance, and supply chain planning. AspenTech’s aspenONE® software and related services have been developed specifically for companies in the process industries, including energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and engineering and construction. Customers use AspenTech’s solutions to improve their competitiveness and profitability by increasing throughput and productivity, reducing operating costs, enhancing capital efficiency, and decreasing working capital requirements. To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com.

© 2011 Aspen Technology, Inc. AspenTech, aspenONE and the Aspen leaf logo are trademarks of Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

The second and third paragraphs of this press release contain forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may vary significantly from AspenTech’s expectations based on a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: demand for, or usage of, our aspenONE software declines for any reason; AspenTech’s failure to realize the anticipated financial (including cash flow) and operational benefits of the aspenONE subscription offering; unforeseen difficulties or uncertainties in the application of accounting standards; weaknesses in AspenTech’s internal controls; and other risk factors described from time to time in AspenTech’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AspenTech cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. AspenTech expressly disclaims any current intention to update forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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