"The electronics industry recovery seems to be well underway, and we are increasingly optimistic about the business environment in the coming year," said Walden C. Rhines, CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics. "The company's focus on its product segments with number one market share, as well as investments in new product categories, continue to show strong results, as the average dollar value of renewals in the top ten contracts in the fiscal fourth quarter grew 25% over the prior contract values."
During the quarter, the company extended its Catapult® C Synthesis product to support the SystemC design language, allowing designers a richer set of choices in doing system level design. The company also launched its Tessent YieldInsight product, which allows customers to use integrated circuit production fault data to understand where those faults are physically located on the chip, thus allowing them to be corrected.
"Our strong emphasis on cost controls throughout fiscal 2010 has positioned us well," said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. "An improving currency environment, good performance in our new and emerging product segment and recovery in our base business all point to a better year in fiscal 2011."
For the fiscal first quarter ending April 30, 2010, the company expects revenues of approximately $180 million and break-even to a loss per share of $.05, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.
For the full year fiscal 2011, ending January 31, 2011, the company expects revenues to grow around 5%.
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.
Adoption of Accounting Guidance for Convertible Debt
During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Mentor Graphics adopted the Financial Accounting Standard Board's (FASB) new accounting guidance for accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion. This new guidance requires retroactive application to all prior periods reported. Accordingly, we have adjusted the applicable prior period balance sheets, statements of operations (including net income (loss) per share), and statements of cash flows to reflect the adjusted balance of the convertible notes and related items, and to record the amortization of the discount on the convertible notes as a non-cash interest expense. A reconciliation of our adjusted Consolidated Balance Sheets as of January 31, 2009, our adjusted Consolidated Statements of Operations, and our adjusted Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three and twelve months ended January 31, 2009 prior to the adoption of the new accounting guidance is included with this release. Interest expense associated with the adoption of the guidance was $632 thousand for the three months ended January 31, 2009 and $2,450 thousand for the twelve months ended January 31, 2009. There was no impact to cash flows from operations.
Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Mentor Graphics management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various performance measures. In addition to our GAAP results, we also consider adjusted gross margin, operating margin, net income (loss), and earnings (loss) per share which we refer to as non-GAAP gross margin, operating margin, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share, respectively. These non-GAAP measures are derived from the revenues of our product, maintenance, and services business operations and the costs directly related to the generation of those revenues, such as cost of revenue, research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, that management considers in evaluating our ongoing core operating performance. These non-GAAP measures exclude amortization of intangible assets, in-process research and development, special charges, equity plan-related compensation expenses and charges, interest expense attributable to net retirement premiums or discounts on the early retirement of debt and associated debt issuance costs, interest expense associated with the amortization of debt discount on convertible debt, impairment of long-lived assets, impairment of cost method investments, and the equity in income or losses of unconsolidated entities, which management does not consider reflective of our core operating business.
Identified intangible assets consist primarily of purchased technology, backlog, trade names, customer relationships, and employment agreements. In-process research and development charges generally represent products in development that had not reached technological feasibility at the time of acquisition. Special charges primarily consist of costs incurred for employee terminations due to a reduction of personnel resources driven by modifications of business strategy or business emphasis. Special charges may also include expenses incurred related to potential acquisitions, excess facility costs, asset-related charges, post-acquisition rebalance costs and restructuring costs, including severance and benefits. Equity plan-related compensation expenses represent the fair value of all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options. For purposes of comparability across other periods and against other companies in our industry, non-GAAP net income (loss) is adjusted by the amount of additional tax expense or benefit that we would accrue using a normalized effective tax rate applied to the non-GAAP results.
Management excludes from our non-GAAP measures certain recurring items to facilitate its review of the comparability of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis because such items are not related to our ongoing core operating performance as viewed by management. Management considers our core operating performance to be that which can be affected by our managers in any particular period through their management of the resources that affect our underlying revenue and profit generating operations during that period. Management uses this view of our operating performance for purposes of comparison with our business plan and individual operating budgets and allocation of resources. Additionally, when evaluating potential acquisitions, management excludes the items described above from its consideration of target performance and valuation. More specifically, management adjusts for the excluded items for the following reasons:
-- Amortization charges for our intangible assets are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of our acquisition transactions. We therefore consider our operating results without these charges when evaluating our core performance. Generally, the most significant impact to inter-period comparability of our net income (loss) is in the first twelve months following an acquisition. -- Prior to adopting the FASB's authoritative guidance on business combinations in February 2009, in-process research and development was expensed upon acquisition. These charges are largely disregarded as acquisition decisions are made since they often result in charges that vary significantly in size and amount. Management excludes these charges when evaluating the impact of an acquisition transaction and our ongoing performance. -- Special charges are incurred based on the particular facts and circumstances of acquisition and restructuring decisions and can vary in size and frequency. These charges are not ordinarily included in our annual operating plan and related budget due the unpredictability of economic trends and the rapidly changing technology and competitive environment in our industry. We therefore exclude them when evaluating our managers' performance internally. -- We view equity plan-related compensation as a key element of our employee retention and long-term incentives, not as an expense that we use in evaluating core operations in any given period. Management also believes this information is useful to investors to compare our performance to the performance of other companies in our industry who present non-GAAP results adjusted to exclude stock compensation expense. -- Interest expense attributable to net retirement premiums or discounts on the early retirement of debt, the write-off of associated debt issuance costs and the amortization of the debt discount on convertible debt are excluded. Management does not consider these charges as a part of our core operating performance. The early retirement of debt and the associated debt issuance costs is not included in our annual operating plan and related budget due to unpredictability of market conditions which could facilitate an early retirement of debt. We do not consider the amortization of the debt discount on convertible debt to be a direct cost of operations. We also believe this presentation is more useful to investors in comparing our performance to the performance of other companies in our industry who present non-GAAP results adjusted to exclude such items. -- Impairment of cost method investments can occur when the fair value of the investment is less than its cost. This can occur when there is a significant deterioration in the investee's earnings performance, significant adverse changes in the general market conditions of the industry in which the investee operates, or indications that the investee may no longer be able to conduct business. These charges are inconsistent in amount and frequency. We therefore consider our operating results without these charges when evaluating our core performance. -- Equity in income or losses of unconsolidated subsidiaries represents the net income (losses) in an investment accounted for under the equity method. The amounts represent our equity in the net income (losses) of a common stock investment. The carrying amount of our investment is adjusted for our share of earnings or losses of the investee. The amounts are excluded as we do not control the results of operations for these investments and management does not consider this activity a part of our core operating performance. -- Income tax expense (benefit) is adjusted by the amount of additional tax expense or benefit that we would accrue if we used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results in the calculation of our tax liability, taking into consideration our long-term tax structure. We use a normalized effective tax rate of 17%, which reflects the weighted average tax rate applicable under the various tax jurisdictions in which we operate. This non-GAAP weighted average tax rate is subject to change over time for various reasons, including changes in the geographic business mix and changes in statutory tax rates. Our GAAP tax rate for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010 is (11%). The GAAP tax rate considers certain mandatory and other non-scalable tax costs which may adversely or beneficially affect our tax rate depending upon our level of profitability in various jurisdictions.