Global software industry: financial insight

A Statista DossierPlus on financial KPI benchmarks of listed software companies

Global software industry: financial insight As an integral part of today's life and businesses, software can be found everywhere. From virtual assistant on our smartphones to remote working solutions such as Microsoft Teams, software enables new ways of living and working like nothing else.

The software industry had enjoyed steady growth before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. From 2016 to 2019, the median revenue of global listed software companies grew continuously, together with their total expenses. Despite the economic recession brought about by the pandemic, certain areas of the software sector, particularly cloud-based technologies such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, are seeing increased growth, as the social-distancing measures practiced during the pandemic highlight the demand for remote solutions.

This Statista DossierPlus provides an overview of the software industry before taking a deep dive into various financial KPIs of the global listed software companies. It looks at the financial KPIs on a global level as well as explores the regional differences. It also compares the KPIs of the leading software vendors, shedding light on their financial performance. ​


  • IT spending growth
  • COVID-19 impact
  • Software market
  • SaaS
  • Artificial intelligence

Operating KPIs
  • Revenue
  • Expenses
  • Number of employees
  • Revenue per employee

Solvency and activity ratios
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Long-term debt-to-equity
  • Revenue to assets (asset turnover)

Profitability and valuation
  • Five-year annual revenue growth rate
  • Five-year average net profit margin
  • EBIT
  • Return on assets
  • Price-to-earnings ratio
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