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Versant Announces Quarterly Net Income of $0.5 Million

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), an industry leader in specialized data management software, today announced its financial results for its first quarter ended January 31, 2011.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), an industry leader in specialized data management software, today announced its financial results for its first quarter ended January 31, 2011.

For the quarter, Versant reported revenues of $4.6 million compared to $4.5 million for the same quarter of the last fiscal year, representing an increase of 3%. One customer accounted for 10% of total revenues in the quarter, whereas one customer accounted for 13% of total revenues in the quarter ended January 31, 2010.

Net income for the quarter was $0.46 million and diluted net income per share was $0.14 for the first quarter ended January 31, 2011, compared to net income of $0.51 million and diluted net income per share of $0.14 (computed on a somewhat larger share base) for the quarter ended January 31, 2010. Versant continued to invest in increased sales and marketing expense during the quarter.

Under the Company's current stock repurchase program, Versant is authorized to expend up to $5.0 million to repurchase outstanding common stock. During the quarter ended January 31, 2011, Versant acquired approximately 34,000 shares through open market purchases at an average price of $11.98 per share, leaving a balance of approximately $4.6 million available for future repurchases of common stock under this program until its currently anticipated expiration on October 31, 2011.

Jochen Witte, Versant Corporation's CEO, stated, "This quarter marks a good start into 2011 with quarterly revenues up both sequentially and year-over-year. Our net income was approximately 10% of revenues for the quarter, representing our 22nd sequential quarter of uninterrupted profitability."

About Versant Corporation

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT) is an industry leader in specialized data management software, which helps companies to handle complex information in environments that have high performance and high availability requirements. Using the Versant Object Database, customers cut hardware costs, speed and simplify development, significantly reduce administration costs, and deliver products with a strong competitive edge. Versant's solutions are deployed in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and defense. With over 150,000 installations, Versant has been a highly reliable partner for over 15 years for Global 2000 companies such as Ericsson, Verizon, Siemens, and Financial Times, as well as the US Government. For more information, call 650-232-2400 or visit .

Forward Looking Statements Involve Risks and Uncertainties

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. These forward-looking statements include the statement in this press release regarding the Company's currently anticipated October 31, 2011 expiration date for its existing stock repurchase program (which can be earlier terminated). Forward-looking statements are based on our assessment of current trends in our business, as well as the general economic environment in fiscal 2011, and may prove to be incorrect. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of Versant's future performance or other matters and involve very significant risks and uncertainties.

There are many important factors and risks that could cause our actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could adversely affect our business and results can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending October 31, 2010, its reports on Form 10-Q and its reports on Form 8-K.

Versant is a registered trademark or trademark of Versant Corporation in the United States.

Conference Call Information

Versant will host a teleconference today to discuss the above after markets close. The details for the call are as follows:

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A replay of the conference call will be available until March 3, 2011.

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CONTACT: Jerry Wong Chief Financial Officer Versant Corporation 1-800-VERSANT 650-232-2400