Synopsys Posts Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015



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 352869, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.  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 second fiscal quarter in May 2015.  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 second quarter fiscal year 2015 earnings call in May 2015, 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 second quarter of fiscal year 2015 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 first quarter fiscal 2015 in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q to be filed by March 12, 2015.

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 a leader in software quality and security testing with its Coverity® solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest quality and security, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and our upcoming earnings results conference call contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: sections of this press release entitled "Financial Targets" and "Reconciliation of Target Non-GAAP Operating Results"; and statements regarding Synopsys' business, acquisitions, products, technologies, business model, new markets, customer demand for our technology, and projected financial results and business objectives.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, time frames or achievements 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:

  • continued uncertainty in the global economy and its potential impact on the semiconductor and electronics industries;
  • uncertainty in the growth of the semiconductor and electronics industry, and consolidation among our customers;
  • increased competition in the market for Synopsys' products and services including through consolidation in the industry;
  • changes in demand for Synopsys' products due to fluctuations in demand for its customers' products;
  • Synopsys' ability to realize the potential financial or strategic benefits of acquisitions it completes, including its acquisition of Coverity, Inc., and challenges in entering new markets in which Synopsys is not experienced and in the integration of the products and operations of acquired companies or assets into Synopsys' products and operations, including possible delays in customer orders, potential loss of customers, key employees, partners or vendors, customer demand and support obligations for product offerings, and disruption of ongoing business operations and diversion of management attention;
  • adverse changes in the relationships between Synopsys and key participants in the complex semiconductor ecosystem, including major foundries and intellectual property providers;
  • litigation;
  • lower-than-anticipated new IC design starts;
  • lower-than-anticipated purchases or delays in purchases of products or consulting services by Synopsys' customers, including delays in the renewal, or non-renewal, of Synopsys' license arrangements with major customers;
  • changes in accounting principles or standards or in the way they are applied;
  • changes in the mix of time-based licenses and upfront licenses;
  • variability in the timing of revenue recognition due to factors such as payment terms and the timing and value of contract renewals and professional services projects;
  • lower-than-expected orders; and
  • failure of customers to pay license fees as scheduled.

In addition, Synopsys' actual expenses, earnings per share and tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for the fiscal quarter ending April 30, 2015; actual expenses, earnings per share, tax rate, and other projections on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for fiscal year 2015; and cash flow from operations on a GAAP basis for fiscal year 2015 could differ materially from the targets stated under "Financial Targets" above for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, (i) integration and other acquisition-related costs, (ii) application of the actual consolidated GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates for such periods, or judgment by management, based upon the status of pending audits and settlements, to increase or decrease an income tax asset or liability, (iii) a determination by Synopsys that any portion of its goodwill or intangible assets has become impaired, (iv) changes in the anticipated amount of employee stock-based compensation expense recognized in Synopsys' financial statements, (v) actual change in the fair value of Synopsys' non-qualified deferred compensation plan obligations, (vi) increases or decreases to estimated capital expenditures, (vii) changes driven by new accounting rules, regulations, interpretations or guidance, (viii) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, (ix) litigation, (x) general economic conditions, and (xi) other risks as detailed in Synopsys' SEC filings, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2014. Furthermore, Synopsys' actual tax rates applied to income for the second quarter and fiscal year 2015 could differ from the targets given in this press release as a result of a number of factors, including the actual geographic mix of revenue during the quarter and year, and actions by the government. Finally, Synopsys' targets for outstanding shares in the second quarter and fiscal year 2015 could differ from the targets given in this press release as a result of higher than expected employee stock plan issuances or stock option exercises, acquisitions, and the extent of Synopsys' stock repurchase activity.

Synopsys is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter any of the forward-looking statements made in this earnings release, the conference call, the financial supplement, or the corporate overview presentation, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.



Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations (1)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


  Three Months Ended January 31,







  Time-based license

$   431,026


$   400,146

  Upfront license




  Maintenance and service




      Total revenue




Cost of revenue:






  Maintenance and service




  Amortization of intangible assets




     Total cost of revenue




Gross margin




Operating expenses:


  Research and development




  Sales and marketing




  General and administrative




  Amortization of intangible assets 




  Restructuring charges




     Total operating expenses




Operating income




Other income (expense), net




Income before income taxes




Provision (benefit) for income taxes




Net income

$     65,189


$     67,696


Net income per share:



$         0.42


$         0.44


$         0.41


$         0.43


Shares used in computing per share amounts:











(1)  Synopsys' first quarter and fiscal year 2015 and 2014 ended on January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014, respectively. For presentation purposes, we refer to periods ended January 31.  

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