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Informix Announces Record Revenue For The Fourth Quarter And Year; Database License Revenues Increase 48% Over 1995.



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:IFMX IFMX Informix Corporation ) today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December December: see month.  31, 1996. Results for the year earlier periods (the quarter and year ended December 31, 1995) have been restated to reflect the acquisitions of Stanford Technology Group in November November: see month. , 1995, and Illustra Information Technologies, Inc., in February February: see month. , 1996. The acquisitions have been accounted for as poolings of interest.

"1996 was a good year, with database license revenues growing 48% over 1995. We continue to gain market share in our core database business," said Informix A relational database management system (DBMS) from IBM that runs on a variety of Unix platforms. Originally developed by Informix Software, Menlo Park, CA, the product was acquired by IBM in 2001.  CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Phil PHIL Philosophy
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 White. "The acquisition of Illustra and the on-schedule integration and shipment of INFORMIX-Universal Server demonstrate that Informix is driving the database market agenda. In order to continue the database growth, we have substantially invested in R&D and service in 1996 and will continue to build our Company in sales and marketing in 1997." -0-

SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS

                    Quarter Ended         Quarter Ended
                December 31, 1996     December 31, 1995

Revenue               $270,828,000         $219,413,000
Operating Income      $ 45,479,000         $ 53,042,000
Net Income            $ 34,118,000         $ 35,918,000
Net Income Per Share  $       0.22         $       0.23


                        Year Ended           Year Ended
                 December 31, 1996    December 31, 1995

Revenue               $939,311,000         $714,219,000
Operating Income      $137,344,000         $145,826,000
Net Income            $ 97,818,000         $ 97,644,000
Net Income Per Share  $       0.63         $       0.65


    Total revenue in the fourth quarter increased by 23%, operating
income decreased by 14%, net income decreased by 5% and net income
per share decreased by 4% in comparison with Q4 1995 results.  The
reported revenue increase was unfavorably affected by foreign
exchange rate movements, which reduced the reported revenue increase
by 2 percentage points.
    For the full year, total revenue increased by 32%, operating
income decreased by 6%, net income showed no material increase or
decrease and net income per share decreased by 3% in comparison with
1995 results.  The reported revenue increase for the full year was
also unfavorably affected by foreign exchange rate movements, which
reduced the reported revenue increase for the full year 1996 by 2
percentage points.
    North American revenues increased by 15% to $108,560,000 during
the fourth quarter, European revenues increased by 25% to
$101,828,000 and Intercontinental region revenues increased by 39% to
$60,440,000.  Full year North American revenues increased by 30% to
$392,141,000, European revenues increased by 37% to $369,473,000 and
Intercontinental region revenues increased by 25% to $177,697,000.
    Informix ended the year with approximately $268 million in cash
and investments and no short or long term borrowings.  Cash and
investments increased by approximately $13.8 million during the
fourth quarter.  Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable were
84, compared with 76 at the end of 1995.

INFORMIX-Universal Server

    In December 1996 Informix began shipping as scheduled the
INFORMIX-Universal Server, based on Informix's proven Dynamic
Scalable Architecture  (DSA) and providing extensibility to handle
the broad range of datatypes not managed effectively by traditional
relational databases.  INFORMIX-Universal Server combines the
breakthrough performance and unmatched scalability of Informix's
industry-leading Dynamic Scalable Architecture (DSA) with the secure,
user-defined extensibility of Informix's DataBlade+ technology.
INFORMIX-Universal Server allows companies to manage datatypes which
are industry or customer specific, as well as rich data including Web
pages, time-series data, numbers, images, maps, sound and video.
DataBlade technology provides powerful extensions to the
INFORMIX-Universal Server.  Twenty-nine DataBlade modules are
available currently and an additional 51 DataBlade modules are
expected to be available during the early part of 1997.

1996: A BANNER YEAR FOR NEW PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

    During 1996 Informix began shipping many new and noteworthy
products.  The list of new products shipped during 1996 in addition
to the INFORMIX-Universal Server includes:

    -INFORMIX-OnLine Extended Parallel Server 8.1 on various hardware
platforms.  OnLine XPS 8.1 extends Informix's Dynamic Scalable
Architecture (DSA) to loosely-couple or shared-nothing computing
architectures, including clusters of symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
systems and massively parallel processing (MPP) systems, providing
customers with mainframe-caliber scalability for data-intensive
applications.  Available platforms include Hewlett-Packard Company;
Pyramid Technology, a Siemens Nixdorf Company; Sun Microsystems,
Inc.; IBM Corporation; Digital Equipment Corporation; NEC; ICL, Inc.;
NCR; Data General; Sequent; SGI and Unisys.
    -INFORMIX-OnLine Dynamic Server 7.2, based on Dynamic Scalable
Architecture, for SMP and uniprocessor hardware configurations.  New
features in OnLine 7.2 include large memory addressability and
parallel load.  OnLine 7.2 offers record breaking performance and
scalability for both OLTP and decision support environments.
    -INFORMIX-OnLine Workgroup Server, the workgroup version of
INFORMIX-OnLine, offers users a Web-ready, easy to use workgroup
database server, based on Informix's Dynamic Scalable Architecture.
Applications written for any of Informix's OnLine database products
will scale from the laptop to the data center, with no changes to the
application.
    -INFORMIX-MetaCube+ 3.0, the latest version of Informix's
relational on-line analytical processing (ROLAP) engine.  MetaCube is
a collection of decision support software designed for developing and
managing data warehouse applications.
    -INFORMIX-Universal Web Architecture offers a flexible Web
development and deployment environment that allows businesses to
build and manage high-performance "intelligent" Web sites.
Intelligent Web sites are Web applications created to deliver
customized content that present a company's Internet, Intranet and
Extranet users with a tailored view of information when the
application is accessed.

INFORMIX ANNOUNCES FACILITIES PLANS

    In January, 1997 Informix announced the lease of approximately 28
acres in Santa Clara, California, with a fair value of approximately
$60 million.  Informix plans to build a major corporate facility on
this site, with ground-breaking currently expected to occur sometime
during the second half of 1997.

ABOUT INFORMIX

    Informix Software, Inc., the Company's operating subsidiary, is
the leading supplier of high-performance, parallel processing
database technology for open systems.  Informix products also include
applications development tools for creating client/server production
applications, decision support systems, ad-hoc query interfaces,
and connectivity software that allows information to be shared
transparently from PCs to mainframes within the corporate computing
environment.  Informix's corporate headquarters are in Menlo Park,
California.  You can receive press releases via fax machine by
dialing 800-356-0851 or visit our web site at
http://www.informix.com .
    Informix's future results can be impacted by a number of factors
including, but not necessarily limited to the following, any of which
could cause actual results to vary materially from Informix's
anticipated future results: 1) Informix's operating results can vary
substantially from period to period.  The timing and amount of
Informix's revenues are subject to a number of factors that make
estimation of operating results prior to the end of a quarter
extremely uncertain.  2) The market for Informix's products is
extremely competitive and there can be no assurance that Informix's
current products will remain competitive, or that Informix's
development efforts will produce products with the cost and
performance characteristics necessary to remain competitive.  The
market for Informix products and services is characterized by rapidly
changing technology and frequent new product introductions.
Informix's success will depend on its ability to enhance its existing
products and to introduce new products on a timely and cost effective
basis.  3) The market for Informix's common stock is highly volatile.
4) The demand for Informix's employees is very high and the loss of
key employees could affect future results.  5) The risk factors listed
from time to time in Informix's SEC filings, including but not
limited to the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 1995 (Part II, Item 7), the Registration Statements on Forms S-4
and S-3 filed in January, 1996 (see Risk Factors sections) and the
Form 10-Q for the period ended September 29, 1996 (Part I, Item 2).
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registered in the United States of America as indicated by registered
trademarks and in numerous countries worldwide:  Informix, The
Informix logo, Dynamic Scalable Architecture, INFORMIX-OnLine Dynamic
Server, INFORMIX-MetaCube, INFORMIX-Universal Web Architecture,
Illustra, and DataBlade.  All other names or marks may be registered
trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
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                      INFORMIX CORPORATION
             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
           (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)

                   Three months ended    Twelve months ended
                    Dec. 31,  Dec. 31,    Dec. 31,  Dec. 31,
                      1996      1995        1996      1995
                   --------- ---------   --------- ---------
                               (Note)                (Note)
Net revenues:
 Licenses         $206,812  $168,334    $708,035  $539,733
 Services           64,016    51,079     231,276   174,486
                  --------- ---------   --------- ---------
                   270,828   219,413     939,311   714,219
Costs and expenses:
 Cost of software
  distribution      12,464    13,018      48,058    38,165
 Cost of services   40,022    27,999     144,850    91,540
 Sales and
  marketing        123,610    86,658     418,695   301,932
 Research and
  development       32,673    23,611     120,211    85,643
 General and
  administrative    16,580    15,085      64,239    51,113
 Merger expenses
  with Illustra          -         -       5,914         -
                  --------- ---------   --------- ---------
                   225,349   166,371     801,967   568,393
                  --------- ---------   --------- ---------
 Operating income   45,479    53,042     137,344   145,826

Interest income      3,197     2,400       9,868     8,148
Interest expense      (735)     (550)     (2,617)   (1,154)
Other income/
 (expense), net      2,268        44       3,614       (12)
                 --------- ---------   --------- ---------
 Income before
  income taxes      50,209    54,936     148,209   152,808
Income taxes        16,091    19,018      50,391    55,164
                  --------- ---------   --------- ---------
Net income        $ 34,118  $ 35,918    $ 97,818  $ 97,644
                  ========= =========   ========= =========

Net income
 per share        $   0.22  $   0.23    $   0.63  $   0.65

Weighted average
 number of common
 and common
 equivalents shares
 outstanding       155,863   155,054     155,573   150,627

(Note) The data presented above applicable to the prior period has
been restated to reflect the Company's business combination with
Illustra Information Technologies, Inc.


                        INFORMIX CORPORATION
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                     (Unaudited, in thousands)

                                  December 31,  December 31,
                                     1996         1995
                                   ----------   ----------
                                                 (Note)

ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and short-term investments  $ 261,020    $ 253,209
  Accounts receivable, net           254,096      185,452
  Deferred taxes                      13,329       21,504
  Other current assets                29,479       25,924
                                   ----------   ----------
    Total current assets             557,924      486,089

Property and equipment, net          186,727       81,632
Software costs                        54,486       36,866
Deferred taxes                         7,775       16,248
Long-term investments                  6,639        9,781
Intangible assets                     34,693       40,730
Other assets                          55,598       19,800
                                   ----------   ----------
      Total assets                 $ 903,842    $ 691,146
                                   ==========   ==========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                 $  65,446    $  29,655
  Accrued expenses                    52,347       34,919
  Accrued employee compensation       57,626       49,911
  Income taxes payable                34,508       42,833
  Deferred revenue                    84,102       66,681
  Other liabilities                    5,537        9,248
                                   ----------   ----------
    Total current liabilities        299,566      233,247

Deferred taxes                        31,203       24,488
Other liabilities                      2,359        2,846

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                         1,508        1,480
  Additional paid-in capital         243,564      204,448
  Retained earnings                  322,805      226,797
  Unrealized gain on available-for-
    sale securities, net of tax       11,690        4,064
  Foreign currency translation
    adjustment                        (8,853)      (6,224)
                                   ----------   ----------
    Total stockholders' equity       570,714      430,565
                                   ----------   ----------
      Total liabilities and
        stockholders' equity       $ 903,842    $ 691,146
                                   ==========   ==========

(Note) Data at December 31, 1995 has been restated to reflect the
Company's business combination with Illustra Information
Technologies, Inc. as a pooling-of-interests.





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