German software giant SAP said on Tuesday it achieved record sales last year, beating its full-year forecasts, even though acquisition costs hit earnings.
"2012 was an outstanding year where we set many new records. We continued our double-digit growth momentum and exceeded our revenue guidance," boasted co-chief executives Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.
SAP said in a statement it booked a 14-percent increase in overall revenues to 16.22 billion euros ($21.6 billion) in 2012.
Software and software-related sales were up 16 percent at 13.16 billion euros, exceeding expectations for an increase of 10.5-12.5 percent.
At the same time, operating profit fell by 17 percent to 4.06 billion euros, impacted by acquisition-related charges, the group explained.
SAP completed its acquisition of California-based cloud computing company Ariba for $4.3 billion at the beginning of October.
Growth was set to continue this year, too, SAP said.
"We are perfectly positioned to continue our growth momentum in 2013," said co-CEOs McDermott and Hagemann Snabe.
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