Synopsys Posts Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2006

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2006.

For the fourth quarter, Synopsys reported revenue of $283.4 million, an 11 percent increase compared to $254.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. Revenue for fiscal year 2006 was $1.096 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent from the $991.9 million in fiscal 2005.

"In 2006 we delivered strong revenue and earnings growth, solid cash flow and business that was notably above plan. As a result of our technology leadership we are seeing increased momentum in customer adoptions and new products," said Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys. "For fiscal 2007 we are committed to reaching a 20 percent-plus operating margin by the second half of the year. Beyond 2007, we expect to drive revenue growth and expense control to achieve our next target operating margin in the mid to high 20s."

GAAP Results

On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 was $9.6 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to net loss of ($13.5) million, or ($0.09) per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. GAAP net income for the current period includes employee stock-based compensation expense of $15.1 million due to the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123( R ) (FAS 123( R )) in fiscal 2006.

GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 was $24.3 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to net loss of ($15.5) million, or ($0.11) per share, for fiscal 2005. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2006 includes employee stock-based compensation expense of $63.0 million due to the adoption of FAS 123( R ) in fiscal 2006.

Net income prior to fiscal 2006 did not include employee stock-based compensation expense related to FAS 123( R ).

Non-GAAP Results

On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 was $30.1 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $15.3 million, or $0.10 per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 was $111.2 million, or $0.77 per share, compared to $58.1 million, or $0.40 per share, for fiscal year 2005.

Non-GAAP net income consists of GAAP net income excluding employee stock- based compensation expense calculated in accordance with FAS 123( R ) and, to the extent incurred in a particular quarter or period, amortization of intangible assets, in-process research and development charges, integration and other acquisition-related expenses, facilities and workforce realignment charges, and other significant items which, in the opinion of management, are infrequent or non-recurring. See "GAAP Reconciliation" below.

Financial Targets

Synopsys also announced its operating model targets for the first quarter and full fiscal year 2007. These targets constitute forward-looking information and are based on current expectations. They do not include any potential impact due to adoption of Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, which we will be required to adopt during 2007. For a discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these targets, see "Forward-Looking Statements" below.

    First Quarter of Fiscal 2007 Targets:

    -- Revenue: $292 million - $300 million
    -- GAAP expenses: $267 million - $283 million
    -- Non-GAAP expenses: $241 million - $251 million
    -- Other income and expense: $0 million - $4 million
    -- Fully diluted outstanding shares: 141 million - 147 million
    -- Tax rate applied in non-GAAP net income calculations: 28 - 29 percent
    -- GAAP earnings per share: $0.10 - $0.15
    -- Non-GAAP earnings per share: $0.26 - $0.28
    -- Revenue from backlog: more than 90 percent

    Note: Q107 includes an extra fiscal week that occurs every seven years.

    Full-Year Fiscal Year 2007 Targets

    -- Revenue: $1.180 billion - $1.205 billion
    -- Fully diluted outstanding shares: 142 million - 148 million
    -- Tax rate applied in non-GAAP net income calculations: 28 - 29 percent
    -- GAAP earnings per share: $0.60 - $0.73
    -- Non-GAAP earnings per share: $1.20 - $1.28
    -- Cash flow from operations: greater than $275 million

    GAAP Reconciliation

Synopsys' management evaluates and makes decisions about the Company's business operations primarily based on the bookings, revenue and direct, ongoing and recurring costs of those operations. Management does not believe amortization of intangible assets, in-process research and development charges, integration and other acquisition-related expenses, facilities and workforce realignment charges and other significant infrequent items are ongoing and recurring operating costs of its core software, intellectual property and service business operations. In addition, while employee stock- based compensation expense calculated in accordance with FAS 123( R ) and change in the fair value of the Company's non-qualified deferred plan compensation plan obligations constitute ongoing and recurring expenses of the Company, such expenses are excluded from non-GAAP results because they are not expenses that require cash settlement by the Company and because such expenses are not used by management to assess the core profitability of the Company's business operations. Therefore, management excludes such costs, to the extent incurred in a particular quarter, from the following GAAP financial measures included in this earnings release: total cost of revenue, gross margin, total operating expenses, operating income (loss), income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes, provision (benefit) for income taxes, net income (loss) and net income (loss) per share.

For each such measure, excluding these costs provides management with more consistent, comparable information about the Company's core profitability. For example, since the Company does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, management would have difficulty evaluating the Company's profitability as measured by gross margin, operating margin, income before taxes and net income on a period-to-period basis unless it excluded acquisition-related charges. Similarly, the Company does not undertake significant restructuring or realignments on a regular basis, and, as a result, excludes associated charges in order to enable better and more consistent evaluations of the Company's operating expenses before and after such actions are taken. Management also uses these measures to help it make budgeting decisions, for example, as between product development expenses (which affect cost of revenue and gross margin) and research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses (which affect operating expenses and operating margin). Finally, the availability of such information helps management track performance to both internal and externally communicated financial targets and to its competitors' operating results.

Management recognizes that the use of these non-GAAP measures has certain limitations, including the fact that management must exercise judgment in determining whether certain types of charges, such as those relating to workforce reductions executed in the ordinary course, should be excluded from non-GAAP results. However, management believes that, although it is important for investors to understand GAAP measures, providing investors with these non- GAAP measures gives them additional important information to enable them to assess, in a way management assesses, Synopsys' current and future continuing operations.

Reconciliation of Fourth Quarter and Full-Fiscal Year End 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year 2006.


  GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results
                   (in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Income Statement Reconciliation
    (in thousands)                   Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                                                                          October  31,                    October  31,
                                                                            2006                    2005            2006            2005

        GAAP  net  income  (loss)  (2)              $9,631            $(13,475)    $24,253    $(15,478)
        Adjustments:
            Amortization  of  intangible
              assets                                                13,463                16,639        56,443      113,398
            Stock-based  compensation  (1)      15,106                  4,386        63,038          6,176
            In-process  research  and
              development                                              --                        --              800          5,700
            Litigation  settlement                            --                        --                --      (33,000)
            Tax  effect                                          (8,068)                7,752      (33,290)    (18,738)
        Non-GAAP  net  income  (2)                  $30,132              $15,302    $111,244      $58,058

        (1)  Stock-based  compensation  results  from  the  Company's  adoption  of
                FAS  123(  R  )  during  fiscal  2006.

        (2)  Expenses  related  to  the  change  in  the  fair  value  of  the  non-qualified
                deferred  compensation  plan  obligation  had  no  effect  on  net  income.

        Earnings  Per  Share  Reconciliation
                                                                            Three  Months  Ended      Twelve  Months  Ended
                                                                                    October  31,                    October  31,
                                                                              2006                    2005            2006            2005

        GAAP  earnings  (loss)  per
          share  (2)                                                $0.07                $(0.09)        $0.17        $(0.11)
        Adjustments:
            Amortization  of  intangible
              assets                                                    0.09                    0.11            0.39            0.78
            Stock-based  compensation  (1)          0.11                    0.03            0.43            0.05
            In-process  research  and
              development                                              --                        --            0.01            0.04
            Litigation  settlement                            --                        --                --          (0.23)
            Tax  effect                                            (0.06)                  0.05          (0.23)        (0.13)
        Non-GAAP  earnings  per  share  (2)      $0.21                  $0.10          $0.77          $0.40

        Shares  used  in  calculation            141,954              146,681      144,728      146,258

        (1)  Stock-based  compensation  results  from  the  Company's  adoption  of
                FAS  123(  R  )  during  fiscal  2006.

        (2)  Expenses  related  to  the  change  in  the  fair  value  of  the  non-qualified
                deferred  compensation  plan  obligation  had  no  effect  on  earnings  per
                share.


        Reconciliation  of  Target  Operating  Results 


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