In certain instances our GAAP results of operations may not be profitable when our corresponding non-GAAP results are profitable or vice versa. The number of shares on which our non-GAAP earnings per share is calculated may therefore differ from the GAAP presentation due to the anti-dilutive effect of stock options, restricted stock units, employee stock purchase plan shares, and convertible debt in a loss situation.
Non-GAAP gross profit, operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share are supplemental measures of our performance that are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, they should not be considered as an alternative to any performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. We present non-GAAP gross profit, operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our operating performance and profitability trends, and because we believe they give investors useful information on period-to-period performance as evaluated by management. Non-GAAP net income also facilitates comparison with other companies in our industry, which use similar financial measures to supplement their GAAP results. Non-GAAP net income has limitations as an analytical tool, and therefore should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In the future, we expect to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above and exclusion of these items in our non-GAAP presentation should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Some of the limitations in relying on non-GAAP net income are:
- Amortization of intangible assets represents the loss in value as the technology in our industry evolves, advances, or is replaced over time. The expense associated with this loss in value is not included in the non-GAAP net income presentation and therefore does not reflect the full economic effect of the ongoing cost of maintaining our current technological position in our competitive industry, which is addressed through our research and development program.
- We regularly evaluate our business to determine whether any operations should be eliminated or curtailed. Additionally, as part of our ongoing business, we engage in acquisition and assimilation activities and patent litigation. We therefore will continue to experience special charges on a regular basis. These costs also directly impact our available funds.
- Our stock incentive and stock purchase plans are important components of our incentive compensation arrangements and will be reflected as expenses in our GAAP results.
- Our income tax expense will be ultimately based on our GAAP taxable income and actual tax rates in effect, which often differ significantly from the rate assumed in our non-GAAP presentation. In addition, if we have a GAAP loss and non-GAAP net income, our non-GAAP results will not reflect any projected GAAP tax benefits.
- Other companies, including other companies in our industry, calculate non-GAAP net income differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.
About Mentor Graphics
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 approximately $1.18 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.
(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Calibre, Capital, PADS, MicReD and Veloce are registered trademarks and Tanner is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.)
Statements in this press release regarding the company’s guidance for
future periods constitute “forward-looking” statements based on current
expectations within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the company or industry results to be
materially different from any results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors
include, among others, the following: (i) continued economic weakness in
the European Union, China, Japan or other countries, and the adverse
impact of such weakness on the company’s customers in those regions;
(ii) the company’s ability to successfully update existing hardware and
software products and offer new products and services that compete in
the highly competitive EDA industry, including the risk of obsolescence
for our hardware products; (iii) effects of customer mergers,
divestitures or shutdowns of business units or divisions, customer
seasonal purchasing patterns and the timing of significant orders which
may negatively or positively impact the company’s quarterly results of
operations; (iv) effects of the volatility of foreign currency
fluctuations on the company’s business and operating results; (v)
product bundling or discounting of products and services by competitors,
which could force the company to lower its prices or offer other more
favorable terms to customers, or result in loss of business; (vi)
changes in accounting or reporting rules or interpretations, including
new rules affecting revenue recognition; (vii) the impact of audits by
taxing authorities, or changes in applicable tax laws, regulations or
enforcement practices; (viii) political and economic uncertainty
regarding Britain’s exit from the EU; (ix) effects of unanticipated
shifts in product mix on gross margin; and (x) litigation; all as may be
discussed in more detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the
company’s most recent Form 10-K or Form 10-Q. Given these uncertainties,
prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
forward-looking statements. In addition, statements regarding guidance
do not reflect potential impacts of mergers or acquisitions that have
not been announced or closed as of the time the statements are made.
Mentor Graphics disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or
to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the
forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.