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 Synopsys Posts Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018
   Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:05:00 PM ET

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today reported results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2018. Revenue was $779.7 million, compared to $695.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, an increase of 12.1 percent.  

"Synopsys delivered another outstanding quarter and is raising revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share guidance for the year. The age of digital intelligence is driving significant investments by traditional and new semiconductor and systems companies, as well as software developers across many industries. Our strategic investments over the past several years are paying off. Strong products and customer relationships in EDA and IP, as well as our rapid growth in software security and quality, are leading to double-digit revenue and non-GAAP earnings growth in 2018," said Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys. "This backdrop provides a solid foundation for continued growth and increased operating leverage in the business."

GAAP Results

On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $79.4 million, or $0.52 per share, compared to $116.8 million, or $0.75 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. These results reflect a $26 million charge related to the settlement of Mentor Graphics patent litigation.

Non-GAAP Results

For the third quarter of fiscal 2018, on a non-GAAP basis, net income was $145.6 million, or $0.95 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $141.6 million, or $0.92 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. 

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release.  

Financial Targets

Synopsys also provided its financial targets for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2018, which do not include any impact of future acquisition-related activities or costs. These targets constitute forward-looking statements and are based on current expectations. For a discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these targets, see "Forward-Looking Statements" below.

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 Targets:

  • Revenue: $774 million - $804 million
  • GAAP expenses: $722 million - $738 million
  • Non-GAAP expenses: $655 million - $665 million
  • Other income and expense: ($3) million($1) million
  • Normalized annual tax rate applied in non-GAAP net income calculations: 13 percent
  • Fully diluted outstanding shares: 153 million - 156 million
  • GAAP earnings per share: $0.39 - $0.47
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share: $0.76 - $0.80

Full Fiscal Year 2018 Targets:

  • Revenue: $3.10 billion - $3.13 billion
  • Other income and expense: ($5) million($3) million
  • Normalized annual tax rate applied in non-GAAP net income calculations: 13 percent
  • Fully diluted outstanding shares: 153 million - 156 million
  • GAAP earnings per share: $1.55 - $1.63
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share: $3.89 - $3.93
  • Cash flow from operations: $460 million - $500 million

GAAP Reconciliation

Synopsys continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP but believes evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, Synopsys presents non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Synopsys' operating results in a manner that focuses on what Synopsys believes to be its core business operations and what Synopsys uses to evaluate its business operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Synopsys' management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Synopsys' management believes it is useful for itself and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP information that includes: (i) the amortization of acquired intangible assets, (ii) the impact of stock compensation, (iii) acquisition-related costs, (iv) restructuring charges, (v) the effects of certain settlements, final judgments and loss contingencies related to legal proceedings, (vi) the impact of a one-time transition tax resulting from U.S. tax reform (referred to as the "income tax related to transition tax"), (vii) the impact of a reduction in value of deferred tax assets caused by a reduction of the U.S. corporate tax rate (referred to as the "income tax related to tax rate change"), and (viii) the income tax effect of non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments; and the non-GAAP measures that exclude such information in order to assess the performance of Synopsys' business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. In fiscal 2016, Synopsys began utilizing a normalized annual non-GAAP tax rate in the calculation of its non-GAAP measures that is based on our projected annual tax rate through fiscal 2018 and included tax rates then in effect. In projecting this rate, we evaluated our historical and projected mix of U.S. and international profit before tax, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, the amortization of purchased intangibles and other non-GAAP adjustments described above. We also considered other factors including our current tax structure, our existing tax positions, and expected recurring tax incentives, such as the U.S. federal research and development tax credit. On an annual basis we re-evaluate this rate for significant events that may materially affect our projections and, as a result of U.S. tax reform in December 2017, which lowered the U.S. statutory rate from 35% to 21%, we adjusted our normalized annual non-GAAP tax rate from 19% to 13% for fiscal 2018.  We will re-evaluate this rate again for fiscal 2019, but we expect that our normalized annual non-GAAP tax rate will exceed 13%, but be below 19%, for fiscal 2019.

Whenever Synopsys uses a non-GAAP financial measure, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure as detailed below, as well as in Item 2.02 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 22, 2018 for additional information about the measures Synopsys uses to evaluate its core business operations.

Reconciliation of Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results

The following tables reconcile the specific items excluded from GAAP in the calculation of non-GAAP net income and earnings per share for the periods indicated below.

Reconciliation of Target Non-GAAP Operating Results

The following tables reconcile the specific items excluded from GAAP in the calculation of target non-GAAP operating results for the periods indicated below.

Earnings Call Open to Investors

Synopsys will hold a conference call for financial analysts and investors today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. A live webcast of the call will be available at Synopsys' corporate website at . A recording of the call will be available by calling +1-800-475-6701
(+1-320-365-3844 for international callers), access code 452792, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time today, until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on August 29, 2018. A webcast replay will also be available on the website from approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time today through the time Synopsys announces its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 in December 2018. Synopsys will post copies of the prepared remarks of Aart de Geus, chairman and co-chief executive officer, and Trac Pham, chief financial officer, on its website following the call. In addition, Synopsys makes additional information available in a financial supplement and corporate overview presentation, also posted on the corporate website.

Effectiveness of Information

The targets included in this release, the statements made during the earnings conference call and the information contained in the financial supplement and corporate overview presentation (available in the Investor Relations section of Synopsys' website at ) represent Synopsys' expectations and beliefs as of the date of this release only. Although this press release, copies of the prepared remarks of the co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer made during the call, the financial supplement, and corporate overview presentation will remain available on Synopsys' website through the date of the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 earnings call in December 2018, their continued availability through such date does not mean that Synopsys is reaffirming or confirming their continued validity. Synopsys does not currently intend to report on its progress during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 or comment to analysts or investors on, or otherwise update, the targets given in this earnings release.

Availability of Final Financial Statements

Synopsys will include final financial statements for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q to be filed by September 13, 2018.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world's 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at .     

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, but not limited to, information in the sections titled "Financial Targets" and "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" as well as statements related to our revenue and non-GAAP earnings growth, and increased operating leverage. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements. Accordingly, we caution stockholders and prospective investors not to place undue reliance on these statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to: uncertainty in the growth of the semiconductor and electronics industry; consolidation among our customers and our dependence on a relatively small number of large customers; uncertainty in the global economy; our ability to realize the potential financial or strategic benefits of acquisitions we complete; fluctuation of our operating results; our highly competitive industries and our ability to meet our customers' demand for innovative technology at lower costs; our ability to carry out our new product and technology initiatives; cybersecurity threats or other security breaches; risks and compliance obligations relating to the global nature of our operations; our ability to protect our proprietary technology; investments of more resources in research and development than anticipated; increased risks resulting from an increase in sales of our hardware products; changes in accounting principles or standards; changes in our effective tax rate; liquidity requirements in our U.S. operations; claims that our products infringe on third-party intellectual property rights; litigation; product errors or defects; the ability to obtain licenses to third-party software and intellectual property on reasonable terms or at all; the ability to timely recruit and retain senior management and key employees; evolving corporate governance and public disclosure regulations; the inherent limitations on the effectiveness of our controls and compliance programs; the impairment of our investment portfolio by the deterioration of capital markets; the accuracy of certain assumptions, judgments and estimates that affect amounts reported in our financial statements; and the impact of catastrophic events. More information on potential risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect Synopsys' results is included in filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 and its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The information provided herein is as of August 22, 2018Synopsys undertakes no duty, and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.



Lisa L. Ewbank
Synopsys, Inc.

Simone Souza
Synopsys, Inc.


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