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Mentor Graphics Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

WILSONVILLE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 19, 2015--Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced financial results for the company’s fiscal third quarter ended October 31, 2015. The company reported revenues of $291 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.28, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.12.

“Mentor achieved third-quarter guided results,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. “Active evaluations of Mentor’s Veloce emulator increased in the third quarter, but the time required for completion of evaluati ons also increased. This, along with semiconductor industry consolidations, is having a negative impact on our business. However, demand for EDA software for system design, particularly in the transportation industry, remains robust. Embedded electronics in automotive and aerospace applications continues to show rapid growth.”

During the quarter Mentor Graphics acquired all remaining outstanding shares of its majority-owned subsidiary, Calypto Design Systems, Inc. Mentor also announced its new Tessent® ScanPro product, which achieves significant compression of test data volume and thereby reduces the cost and time required to test an integrated circuit. The company also introduced support for 25G, 50G and 100G Ethernet in the Veloce® VirtuaLAB environment, for emulation of leading-edge networking and other massive Ethernet-based designs.

Mentor announced two automotive offerings during the quarter. The Mentor Automotive Safety-Certifiable Digital Instrument Cluster solution displays safety-critical driver information simultaneously with rich 3D graphics on a single instrument cluster display. This enables compliance with safety standards without pushing up hardware or safety certification costs. The Mentor Automotive Connected OS™ software platform provides faster integration and connectivity with car network communication frameworks and consumer electronic devices.

“Semiconductor consolidation and delays in emulator decisions are now having an adverse impact on our ability to close business,” said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “Because we recognize revenue upfront on product sales, changes in market outlook and demand are reflected in real time in Mentor’s results. Nevertheless, with appropriate scaling of the business and continued attention to expenses, we expect to deliver FY16 non-GAAP operating margins consistent with our strategic objective.”

Outlook

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the company expects revenues of about $336 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of about $0.47 and GAAP earnings per share of approximately $0.32. For the full year fiscal 2016, the company expects revenues of about $1.18 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of about $1.40, and GAAP earnings per share of approximately $0.63.

Dividend

The company announced a quarterly dividend of $0.055 per share. The dividend is payable on January 4, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2015.

Fiscal Year Definition

Mentor Graphics Corporation’s 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.

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 profit, operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share which we refer to as non-GAAP gross profit, operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings 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, marketing and sales, and general and administrative expenses, that management considers in evaluating our ongoing core operating performance. These non-GAAP measures exclude amortization of intangible assets, special charges, equity plan-related compensation expenses, interest expense associated with the amortization of original issuance debt discount on convertible debt, the equity in earnings or losses of unconsolidated entities (except Frontline PCB Solutions Limited Partnership (Frontline)), and the impact on basic and diluted earnings per share of changes in the calculated redemption value of noncontrolling interests, which management does not consider reflective of our core operating business.

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:

Identified intangible assets consist primarily of purchased technology, backlog, trade names, and customer relationships. Amortization charges for our intangible assets can vary in frequency and amount due to the timing and magnitude of acquisition transactions. We consider our operating results without these charges when evaluating our core performance due to the variability. Generally, the most significant impact to inter-period comparability of our net income is in the first twelve months following an acquisition.

Special charges may include expenses related to employee severance, certain litigation costs, acquisitions, excess facility costs, and other asset related charges. Special charges are incurred based on particular facts and circumstances and can vary in size and frequency. Restructuring costs included in special charges include costs incurred for employee terminations, including severance and benefits, driven by modification of business strategy or business emphasis. Litigation costs classified as special charges consist of professional service fees related to patent litigation involving us, EVE S.A., and Synopsys, Inc. These costs are included in special charges because of their unusual nature due to the significance in variability of timing and amount. Special charges are not ordinarily included in our annual operating plan and related budget due to unpredictability, driven in part by rapidly changing technology and the competitive environment in our industry. We therefore exclude them when evaluating our managers’ performance internally.

Equity plan-related compensation expenses represent the fair value of all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options and restricted stock units, and purchases made as a result of our employee stock purchase plans. We do not consider equity plan-related compensation expense in evaluating our managers’ performance internally or our core operations in any given period.

Interest expense attributable to amortization of the original issuance debt discount on convertible debt is excluded. Management does not consider this charge as a part of our core operating performance. We do not consider the amortization of the original issuance debt discount on convertible debt to be a direct cost of operations.

Equity in earnings or losses of unconsolidated entities represents our equity in the net income (loss) of common stock investments accounted for under the equity method. The carrying amounts of our investments are adjusted for our share of earnings or losses of the investee. We report our equity in the earnings or losses of investments in other income (expense), net (with the exception of our investment in Frontline as discussed below). The amounts are excluded from our non-GAAP results as we do not control the results of operations for the investments and we do not participate in regular and periodic operating activities; therefore, management does not consider these investments as a part of our core operating performance.

The Company maintains a 50% interest in Frontline, a joint venture. We report our equity in the earnings or losses of Frontline within operating income. Although we do not exert control, we actively participate in regular and periodic activities such as budgeting, business planning, marketing and direction of research and development projects. Accordingly, we do not exclude our share of Frontline’s earnings or losses from our non-GAAP results as management considers the joint venture to be core to our operating performance.

Income tax expense 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, utilizing a normalized effective tax rate. The normalized non-GAAP effective tax rate of 19% considers our global tax posture, including the weighted average tax rates applicable in the various jurisdictions in which we operate; eliminates the effects of non-recurring and period specific items which are often attributable to acquisition decisions and can vary in size and frequency; and considers our U.S. tax loss carryforwards and tax credits that...


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