Autodesk posted shrinking profits of $5.9 million, or 13 cents a share, for the quarter ending October 31, compared with net earnings of $19.2 million, or 38 cents a share a year ago. Despite the drop, Autodesk still beat analysts' estimates of 12 cents a share, according to First Call.
In addition, Autodesk reported a 9.2 percent drop in revenues to $116.6 million for the quarter, down from $128.5 million a year ago.
"It's due to a slowdown in Germany and the aging cycle of our AutoCAD release 13," spokeswoman Kathy Tom said. AutoCAD is used heavily by the construction industry in Germany, which has faced a slow housing market.
AutoCAD release 13, which was buggy after its release in November 1994, will be replaced by release 14 between February and July next year.