MicroStrategy Incorporated
04-27-06

MicroStrategy Announces First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

First Quarter Revenue Up 16% Year-Over-Year

MCLEAN, Va., April 27 -- MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006 (the first quarter of its 2006 fiscal year).

First quarter 2006 revenue was $69.5 million versus $60.0 million for the first quarter of 2005, a 16% increase. This marked the thirteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth. Product licenses revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $23.1 million versus $21.8 million for the first quarter of 2005, a 6% increase. Product support and other services revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $46.4 million versus $38.2 million for the first quarter of 2005, a 21% increase. Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2006 were $39.0 million versus $32.8 million for the first quarter of 2005, a 19% increase which resulted primarily from an increase in worldwide employee headcount as well as the inclusion of approximately $404,000 in stock option compensation expense in connection with the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Number 123(r). First quarter 2006 income from operations increased by 14% to $21.0 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to $18.5 million, or 31% of revenue, for the first quarter of 2005. Net income for the first quarter of 2006 was $15.0 million, or $1.05 per share on a diluted basis.

MicroStrategy's effective tax rate was 30.8% for the first quarter of 2006 compared to 23.2% for the first quarter of 2005. MicroStrategy intends to indefinitely reinvest undistributed 2006 foreign earnings. Accordingly, the annualized effective tax rate applied to our pre-tax income for the first quarter of 2006 did not include the effect of any provision for United States federal and state taxes on MicroStrategy's projected undistributed 2006 foreign earnings.

"We are pleased with our financial and business progress in the first quarter. Our technical support renewal rates remained strong as we continued to expand our installed base of customers," said Arthur S. Locke, III, MicroStrategy's Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer. "This is a tribute to the strength of our technology and the loyalty of our customers. Our results demonstrate solid fundamentals, with operating margins of 30% and operating cash flow of $29.8 million during the first quarter."

New Customers and New Deals with Existing Customers in Q1 2006 included:

21st Century Insurance, Aperity, Applebee's International Inc., Cancer Care Ontario, Cardinal Glass Industries, Carl Warren & Co., Children International, Cingular Wireless, The Container Store, Inc., Cryptologic, Inc., CSK Auto Corporation, Danier Leather Inc., Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., The Donnelley Group, DoubleClick, eMedco, Grange Insurance, Ingenix, Katz Group Canada Ltd., The Marcus Corporation, N.E.W. Corp., Oakwood Homes, Playboy Enterprises, Priceline, Rheem Manufacturing, Shoppers Drug Mart, TRX Data Services Inc., Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., Vcommerce, Inc., XM Satellite Radio Inc., and ZipRealty.

Examples of Customer Deals from Q1 2006:

Children International

Established in 1936, Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families, and communities. Children International selected MicroStrategy to analyze, report, and deliver vital transaction information across its organization. Executives and administrative personnel use MicroStrategy to analyze active sponsorships, track advertising buys, and measure advertising response rates to enhance customer acquisition initiatives and strengthen customer loyalty. MicroStrategy was selected for its ease-of-use and outstanding performance. Children International is currently expanding its deployment of MicroStrategy enterprise-wide and doubling the number of business intelligence users as it transitions to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Oakwood Homes

Oakwood Homes is Colorado's largest privately held hometown builder, with a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating and more than 8,000 satisfied households. MicroStrategy is the enterprise-wide reporting and analysis standard for Oakwood Homes, providing daily operational reports to employees across finance, HR, sales, and building operations. A MicroStrategy-powered extranet also helps trade partners, lenders, and realtors better serve the home buyers. Oakwood Homes is pleased with MicroStrategy's user friendly reporting environment and professional-looking report presentation. Recently, Oakwood Homes expanded its use of MicroStrategy with the deployment of reporting capabilities to business users across the company, giving them the flexibility to create their own reports to suit their specific requirements.

ZipRealty

ZipRealty, a national full-service residential real estate brokerage firm, selected MicroStrategy to provide enhanced analysis of sales and marketing data. With MicroStrategy, ZipRealty corporate personnel can gain deeper insights into sales productivity, customer buying patterns, and housing market trends. ZipRealty plans to use MicroStrategy to analyze the effectiveness of its marketing programs and to make data-driven decisions on future marketing campaigns. ZipRealty selected MicroStrategy for its user friendly reporting features and its dynamic metadata architecture that automatically updates reports across the company.

MicroStrategy 8 Enhancements:

MicroStrategy announced the latest release of MicroStrategy 8(TM) during the first quarter of 2006, featuring numerous enhancements that make it easier for customers to standardize on MicroStrategy for enterprise-wide reporting and analysis. MicroStrategy 8 now offers access to multi-dimensional data sources, including Microsoft Analysis Services and Hyperion Essbase, as well as access to the most popular open source databases, MySQL and PostgreSQL. The company continued to strengthen its position in 64-bit business intelligence with certification of MicroStrategy 8 on HP Integrity servers running HP-UX 11i, providing customers with a highly scalable and efficient architecture for large scale business intelligence deployments. MicroStrategy also extended its reporting capabilities with the addition of a graphical Query Builder interface for ad-hoc queries, offering new functionality for power users.

New, Attractively-priced Business Reporting Packages:

MicroStrategy recently announced the availability of new low-cost reporting software packages, with prices starting as low as $150 per named user. These reporting packages are bundles of existing MicroStrategy products, designed to deliver Pixel Perfect(TM) reporting to business users. Priced 30- 70% lower than MicroStrategy's full-featured a la carte products, these packages give report consumers the reporting features they require while taking advantage of MicroStrategy's outstanding scalability and reliability. Customers can economically deploy reporting applications to thousands of users against terabytes of data. Since the metadata is 100% compatible with MicroStrategy's full-featured product line, companies can leverage all of their reporting project investments including report definitions, security definitions, user roles, and user privileges, if and when they migrate to MicroStrategy's full-featured products.

New OEM Partners:

Since January 2005, MicroStrategy has signed agreements with more than 15 new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners. OEMs embed MicroStrategy's reporting and analysis engine into new product offerings or as an enhancement to existing solutions. They select MicroStrategy as their partner of choice due to the extensibility of the MicroStrategy Software Development Kit for embedding and integration, as well as MicroStrategy's state-of-the-art BI platform that provides a single technology foundation spanning the continuum of reporting and analytics. The new OEM partners include companies such as Amadeus International, Data 911 Systems, EmpowerMx, Razor Knowledge Systems, and Rivermine Software.

MicroStrategy 2006 Symposia Series:

MicroStrategy launched its 2006 Symposia series with the Winter Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, February 6 - 8. These events offer an interactive venue for participants to share ideas with peers and industry experts, learn practical BI strategies from leading companies, and gain new insights from MicroStrategy's top technology leaders.

The Spring Symposia were held in Los Angeles, April 19 - 21, and Paris, April 24 - 26. At each event, MicroStrategy customers presented case studies demonstrating how they successfully deployed enterprise BI applications to improve business performance. The Los Angeles Spring Symposium included speakers from Victoria's Secret Direct, Cancer Care Ontario, BearingPoint, Oakwood Homes, and InQuira. At the Paris Spring Symposium, customer speakers included representatives from Boucheron, Lancel, Bledina, Materis Peintures, and MRM Worldwide. The upcoming Summer Symposia will be held in London, July 10-12, and New York City, July 17-19.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. More information about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is available at http://www.microstrategy.com.

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Report Services, MicroStrategy 8, Pixel Perfect, and MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

This press release may include statements that may constitute "forward- looking statements," including estimates of future business prospects or financial results and statements containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of MicroStrategy Incorporated and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to such differences include: the ability of the Company to implement and achieve widespread customer acceptance of its MicroStrategy 8 software on a timely basis; the Company's ability to recognize deferred revenue through delivery of products or satisfactory performance of services; continued acceptance of the Company's products in the marketplace; the timing of significant orders; delays in the Company's ability to develop or ship new products; market acceptance of new products; competitive factors; general economic conditions; currency fluctuations; and other risks detailed in the Company's registration statements and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

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                          MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                    (in thousands, except per share data)

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,
                                                    2006              2005
                                                 (unaudited)       (unaudited)
    Revenues
    Product licenses                               $23,133           $21,811
    Product support and other services              46,365            38,175
      Total revenues                                69,498            59,986

    Cost of Revenues
    Product licenses                                   704             1,277
    Product support and other services               8,830             7,416
      Total cost of revenues                         9,534             8,693
    Gross profit                                    59,964            51,293

    Operating Expenses
    Sales and marketing                             19,969            17,234
    Research and development                         8,250             7,218
    General and administrative                      10,749             8,352
    Amortization of intangible assets                   18                18
      Total operating expenses                      38,986            32,822
    Income from operations                          20,978            18,471

    Financing and Other Income
    Interest income                                    862               872
    Interest expense                                   (32)              (15)
    Gain on investments                                -                  18
    Other income (expense), net                       (151)              258
      Total financing and other income                 679             1,133
    Income before income taxes                      21,657            19,604
      Provision for income taxes                     6,664             4,551
    Net income                                     $14,993           $15,053

         Basic earnings per share                    $1.11             $0.93
         Diluted earnings per share                  $1.05             $0.89
         Basic weighted average shares
          outstanding                               13,568            16,224
         Diluted weighted average shares
          outstanding                               14,304            16,965



                          MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                    (in thousands, except per share data)

                                                  March 31,       December 31,
                                                    2006              2005
    Assets                                       (unaudited)        (audited)
    Current assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                    $42,744           $42,318
      Restricted cash and investments                5,140             5,076
      Short-term investments                        28,037            53,761
      Accounts receivable, net                      37,699            43,052
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets      6,854             6,209
      Deferred tax assets, net                      26,742            22,971
    Total current assets                           147,216           173,387

    Property and equipment, net                     11,305            12,031
    Capitalized software development costs, net      3,139             3,669
    Deposits and other assets                        1,958             2,293
    Deferred tax assets, net                        78,480            86,393
    Total assets                                  $242,098          $277,773

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current liabilities
      Accounts payable and accrued expenses        $18,077           $19,550
      Accrued compensation and employee benefits    18,103            27,258
      Deferred revenue and advance payments         59,550            45,874
    Total current liabilities                       95,730            92,682

    Deferred revenue and advance payments            1,757             1,554
    Other long-term liabilities                      2,554             2,815
    Total liabilities                              100,041            97,051

    Stockholders' Equity:
      Preferred stock undesignated; $0.001 par
       value; 5,000 shares authorized; no shares
       issued or outstanding                           -                 -
      Class A common stock; $0.001 par value;
       330,000 shares authorized; 13,390 shares
       issued and 10,080 shares outstanding, and
       13,270 shares issued and 10,595 shares
       outstanding, respectively                        13                13
      Class B common stock; $0.001 par value;
       165,000 shares authorized; 3,240 and
       3,258 shares issued and outstanding,
       respectively                                      3                 3
      Additional paid-in capital                   433,085           428,062
      Treasury stock, at cost; 3,310 and
       2,675 shares, respectively                 (195,613)         (136,817)
      Accumulated other comprehensive income         2,433             2,318
      Accumulated deficit                          (97,864)         (112,857)
    Total stockholders' equity                     142,057           180,722
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $242,098          $277,773



                          MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                (in thousands)

                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                     2006              2005
                                                  (unaudited)      (unaudited)
    Operating activities:
       Net income                                   $14,993           $15,053
       Adjustments to reconcile net income
        to net cash provided by operating
        activities:
          Depreciation and amortization               2,070             2,373
          Bad debt (recovery) provision                (617)             (134)
          Deferred taxes                              6,317             3,836
          Stock-based compensation                      404               -
          Excess tax benefits from stock-
           based payment arrangements                (1,882)              -
          Other, net                                      1              (298)
       Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
          Accounts receivable                         6,379            12,037
          Prepaid expenses and other current
           assets                                      (556)              214
          Deposits and other assets                     339               144
          Accounts payable and accrued expenses,
           compensation and employee benefits       (11,133)          (11,389)
          Deferred revenue and advance payments      13,663             8,611
          Other long-term liabilities                  (152)               50
             Net cash provided by operating
              activities                             29,826            30,497
    Investing activities:
       Proceeds from maturities of short-
        term investments                             65,650            19,000
       Purchases of short-term investments          (39,924)          (49,293)
       Purchases of property and
        equipment, net                                 (766)             (537)
       Capitalized software development costs           -                (926)
       Increase in restricted cash and
        investments                                     (45)           (5,061)
             Net cash provided by (used in)
              investing activities                   24,915           (36,817)
    Financing activities:
       Proceeds from sale of class A common
        stock under employee stock purchase
        plan and exercise of employee stock
        options                                       2,384             2,407
       Excess tax benefits from stock-
        based payment arrangements                    1,882               -
       Purchases of treasury stock                  (58,796)              -
             Net cash provided by (used in)
              financing activities                  (54,530)            2,407
             Effect of foreign exchange rate
              changes on cash and cash
              equivalents                               215            (1,162)
    Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
     equivalents from continuing operations             426            (5,075)
    Net cash received from discontinued
     operations                                         -                 -
    Net (decrease) increase in cash and
     cash equivalents                                   426            (5,075)
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
     period                                          42,318            68,314
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period        $42,744           $63,239
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