One of the big names in the software industry, Adobe posted record numbers with regards to their revenue in 2020. According to data presented by Trading Platforms, Adobe System nearly tripled its annual revenue in the last 7 years, reaching $13 billion in 2020.

Adobe a US company with a credible name in the software industry

Adobe was founded in 1992 and started primarily as a provider of multimedia and creative software. Adobe first became a household name with the pioneering Adobe Flash. It is also the maker of popular image editing software, Photoshop as well as the popular portable file format PDF.

Fuelled by a strong research and development department, the company has also kept innovating, recently entering the cloud market with their flagship products being the Adobe Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Considered as one of the pioneers among the more modern software providers, Adobe’s credibility allowed them to amass over 10 million subscribers to their Creative Cloud system to date.

Adobe triples revenue in seven years, net profit increased 78%

In the 2020 fiscal year, Adobe posted a company record $12.87 billion in revenue. This is a 15% increase from the 2019 fiscal year revenue numbers and over one billion dollars more. Furthermore, 2020’s record is almost triple the revenue made in 2013 which was just over $4 billion.

Even more impressive was Adobe’s net profit for the fiscal year of 2020, which was a record $5.2 billion – a staggering 78% increase from 2019.

Quarterly net income for Q4 2020 more than doubled from previous quarters

Q4 of fiscal year 2020 also posted a record high for Adobe as it recorded $2.3 billion in net income. This is a 135% increase from the previous quarter and 105% more than the previous record of $1.1 billion set in Q2 of the same year.

Research and development spending fuels Adobe’s innovation

Adobe has managed to remain a mainstay of the software industry by investing heavily in its research and development (R&D) department, allowing it to innovate whenever the industry called for it. In 2020 Adobe spent $2.19 billion on R&D compared to $863 million in 2015 – an increase of over 150%.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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