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SDL plc - Pre-close period Trading Statement

SDL plc

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006

Maidenhead, U.K. -- SDL plc, a leader in the emerging market for global information management (GIM) solutions, today announced that profits before taxation and amortisation of intangible assets ("PBTA") for the year ended 31 December 2006 are expected to be significantly ahead of consensus market expectations.

The company is expecting to report PBTA to be in the range of £10.5 million to £11 million (2005: £ 7.2 million), compared to a consensus market expectation of £ 9.6 million. Revenues are expected to be above consensus expectations of £ 92 million, to be not less than £ 93.5m (2005: £ 78.5 million). The prime drivers for increased profitability being due to technology licence sales and the use of in house technology to enhance service profit levels.

Commenting on the factors that are driving this outperfomance, Mark Lancaster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SDL said today:

"SDL has had another strong year of revenue and profit growth. Managing global content is becoming increasingly important to large businesses as they recognise the role it plays in accelerating time-to-market for their products and services - probably the most important factor that determines competitive advantage and success in global markets. SDL delivers this solution through its Global Information Management software which enables our customers to optimise their content supply chain and deliver content into their global markets fast and efficiently. The company's global translation services infrastructure completes the SDL solution, in a way that provides ongoing scalability."

SDL expects to announce full year results for 2006 on 20 February 2007.


SDL plc
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Mark Lancaster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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