EDA Industry Almanac – Nominal Q4 2011

Dr. Rhines

“Additionally, the growing complexity of chips and the challenges of the 28nm and 20nm process nodes have generated substantial demand for both our functional verification and our design-to-silicon products,”
said Dr. Rhines.

For the full fiscal year, the company grew staffing 1.4%, including acquisitions, while growing revenues 10.9%. Operating margins for the year reached 11.1% on a GAAP basis. For the fourth quarter, operating expense was up 2.3% on a GAAP basis.

Product Expansion

During Nominal Q4 2011, the company announced the Hyperlynx® 8.2 product which now offers three dimensional full-wave field solving and thermal/power co-simulation capability. The company also announced a partnership with Freescale Semiconductor to deliver high-speed simulation and virtual prototyping environments for next-generation Freescale multi-core embedded processors.

In December 2011, Mentor acquired Flowmaster, a world leader in one-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulation software used to analyze complex fluid flow network systems. Also in the quarter, the company announced a new version of its three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulation software that offers new analytic capabilities for radiation, combustion and hypersonic flows.

The company introduced the first solution that addresses the challenges of light emitting diode (LED) & semiconductor packaging thermal characterization, combining the FloTHERM® and T3ster® products. In manufacturing, the company announced Capital Harness MPM, a product that helps wire harness manufacturers cut production costs.

“The company has delivered significant improvements in its SG&A to revenues ratio over the year, driven by both strong cost controls and improvements in the business,”
said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics.

Greg Hinckley

“We made great strides this year toward the company’s goal of achieving 20% operating margins, and with incremental improvements, we expect to achieve that target in FY2014,” continued Hinckley.

“With continued discipline in the business, we expect to grow earnings per share at twice the rate of revenue growth in the coming fiscal year. Our past investments in a multi-tiered sales channel (and products to match) allow us to address the universe of tens of thousands of systems companies versus the hundreds of semiconductor companies, which gives us, uniquely among our competitors, the reach to penetrate traditionally under-served adjacent design markets,”
said Hinckley, in quietly stating Mentor Graphics’ strategy for success in the next decade.


For the full fiscal year 2013, the company expects revenues of about $1.1 billion, and GAAP earnings per share of approximately $1.13. For Nominal Q1 2012 (the first quarter of fiscal 2013), the company expects revenues of about $255 million, and GAAP earnings per share of approximately $0.19.

Share Repurchase Authorization

The company’s board has increased the share repurchase authorization to $200 million from the original $150 million. During the past fiscal year 2012, the company repurchased 6.8 million shares for $90 million at an average cost of $13.22 per share. Under this increased authorization, $110 million is available for share repurchase over the next two years.

Fiscal Year Definition

Mentor Graphics’ fiscal year runs from February 1 to January 31. The fiscal year is dated by the calendar year in which the fiscal year ends. As a result, the first three fiscal quarters of any fiscal year will be dated with the next calendar year, rather than the current calendar year.

Mentor Graphics self description

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.


March 23, 2012 Market Cap   $ 1.68 B

52 Week Range  8.50 – 15.76

On March 08, 2012 SpringSoft, Inc. (TAIEX: 2473) announced financial results for calendar 2011 and for Q4 2011.

Full Year 2011

SpringSoft’s annual revenue in 2011 totaled NT$2,276.308 million, an increase by 4.5% from 2010. In US$, 2011 revenue for the year was $77.005 million.

Full year 2011 net income was NT$568.999 million, increased 23.3% from 2010. In US$, 2011 net income for the year was $9.249 million. 

Accumulated EPS was NT$2.78 for the year, higher than NT$2.22 in 2010. In US$, diluted EPS in 2011 was $0.09

Q4 2011

Fourth quarter revenue increased 6.3% from the prior quarter and 4.2% year-over-year. In US$, Q4 2911 revenue was $19.821 million.

Net Income also increased 0.3% from the prior quarter and 96.7% from the year-ago quarter. In US$, Q4 2011 net income was $4.903 million.

EPS was NT$0.73. In US$, diluted EPS in Q4 2011 was $0.02.

Johnson Teng

“We have done an excellent work in Q4 2011 and exceeded our Q4 sales target as well as the 2011 target,”
said Johnson Teng, COO of SpringSoft. “In Q4 we also expanded our Laker family with the introduction of Laker Blitz, an innovative technology that specifically targets ‘chip finishing’ operations to help our customers’ critical tapeout process.”

“Moreover, Laker received the Best Electronic Design 2011 Award for the second consecutive year from Electronic Design Magazine.

Meanwhile, to further expand the SpringSoft brand worldwide, Mark Milligan, new Vice President of Corporate Marketing, now leads global marketing efforts to reinforce our position as one of the leading suppliers of EDA tools and services,” said Teng.

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