Mentor Graphics Reports Fiscal First Quarter Results

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 28, 2010 — Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced results for the fiscal first quarter ending April 30, 2010. For the fiscal first quarter, the company reported revenues of $180.6 million, a non-GAAP loss per share of $.02, and a GAAP loss per share of $.22.

“While the quarter’s bookings were lower than last year due to the concentration of scheduled renewals in the second half of this year, the renewals that did occur in the first quarter were very strong, growing 25% from their prior contract values for the renewals within our top ten contracts,” said Walden C. Rhines, CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics. “Leading indicators that we have historically tracked were also very positive: support reinstatements grew 70%; our base business, orders less than $1 million typically from smaller customers, grew 20% over the year ago quarter; and consulting and training bookings grew 25% over last year.”

During the quarter, the company extended its customer partnerships with three significant new relationships. Mentor joined the Nano2012 program led by STMicroelectronics, in partnership with the French government, to develop leading-edge technologies for 32nm and below processes. Freescale Semiconductor named Mentor Graphics its commercial Linux strategic partner. NetLogic Microsystems entered into a strategic collaboration with Mentor Graphics to provide multi-core multi-threaded Linux for their processors.

“Despite two sizeable acquisitions in the last year, our operating expense is still down on an absolute basis year on year. We expect our continued strong emphasis on cost controls, as well as an improving foreign exchange environment, particularly the Euro, positions us well for the year,” said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “This fifth consecutive quarter of meeting or beating guidance, given our transparent real-time financial model, gives us confidence that the recovery is continuing.”

During the quarter, Mentor strengthened its offerings to the DO-254 market with a joint announcement of a product flow with The MathWorks, extensions to Mentor’s HDL Designer product to support DO-254 coding standards, and a new product, the ReqTracer™ tool, that helps automate requirements capture. The company’s Mechanical Analysis Division launched FloTHERM® IC for semiconductor package thermal characterization and design. Mentor launched 3D electromagnetic analysis for its HyperLynx® printed circuit board product line. The company completed its previously announced acquisition of Valor Computerized Systems which offers PCB manufacturing software and also acquired technology that provides on-demand electrical schematics for automobile dealerships. In early May, Mentor launched its Calibre® InRoute software which fully integrates its Calibre tools into its Olympus-SOC™ place and route environment. This allows designers to invoke Calibre verification and design-for-manufacturing tools from within the place and route environment to verify and improve designs much faster, significantly speeding time to design closure.

In April, the Valor® MSS Software suite won the Circuits Assembly New Product Introduction Award and the 2010 Surface Mount Technology Vision Award. Design News granted FloEFD™ mechanical analysis technology its Golden Mousetrap Award for Best Product. In February, the International Engineering Consortium honored HyperLynx Power Integrity with its annual Design Vision Award in the System Modeling and Simulation Tool Category. Additionally, Mentor’s Dr. Vladimir Székely received the Dennis Gabor Award for Innovation, the country of Hungary’s highest technical honor.

Outlook

For the fiscal second quarter ending July 31, 2010, the company expects revenues of about $180 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of break-even to a loss of $.05, and GAAP loss per share of $.17 to $.22. For the full fiscal year 2011 the company expects revenues of $870 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $.60 to $.65 and GAAP earnings per share of $.10 to $.15.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics, FloTHERM, HyperLynx, Calibre, and Valor are registered trademarks and ReqTracer, Olympus-SOC, and FloEFD are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

Statements in this press release regarding the company’s guidance for future periods constitute “forward-looking” statements based on current expectations within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company or industry results to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: (i) reductions in spending on the company’s products and services by its customers due to the troubled worldwide economic environment, and the company’s ability to appropriately reduce its expenses in response; (ii) the company’s ability to successfully offer products and services that compete in the highly competitive EDA industry; (iii) product bundling or discounting of products and services by competitors, which could force the company to lower its prices; (iv) effects of the increasing volatility of foreign currency fluctuations on the company’s business; (v) changes in accounting or reporting rules or interpretations; (vi) the impact of tax audits, or changes in the tax laws, regulations or enforcement practices; (vii) effects of unanticipated shifts in product mix on gross margin; and (viii) effects of customer seasonal purchasing patterns and the timing of significant orders which may negatively or positively impact the company’s quarterly results of operations, all as may be discussed in more detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the company’s most recent Form 10-K or Form 10-Q. Given these uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, statements regarding guidance do not reflect potential impacts of mergers or acquisitions that have not been announced or closed as of the time the statements are made. Mentor Graphics disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

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