ANSYS Provides Updated 2006 Financial Guidance

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced additional financial guidance for the second quarter and full year of 2006 to include the recently completed acquisition of Fluent Inc.

Management's Financial Outlook

Based upon information currently available, the Company is providing its updated revenue and diluted earnings per share guidance below. The revenue and diluted earnings per share guidance is provided on both a GAAP basis and an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis. Adjusted revenue excludes the adverse impact on reported software license revenue of purchase accounting adjustments. Adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes acquisition-related amortization, the effects of stock-based compensation and one-time deal-related costs. A description of each of these adjustments is provided further below.

Second Quarter 2006 Guidance

The Company currently expects the following for the quarter ending June 30, 2006:

     - GAAP revenue of approximately $57 - $60 million
     - Adjusted (non-GAAP) revenue of approximately $64 - $65 million
     - GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.07 - $0.15
     - Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share of $0.36 - $0.37

     The GAAP and adjusted diluted earnings per share estimates reflected
     above include estimated interest expense of approximately $2 million, or
     $0.04 per share, for the second quarter of 2006.

    Fiscal Year 2006 Guidance

The Company currently expects the following for the year ending December 31, 2006:

     - GAAP revenue of approximately $248 - $257 million
     - Adjusted (non-GAAP) revenue of approximately $268 - $274 million
     - GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.49 - $0.78
     - Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share of $1.58 - $1.60

     The GAAP and adjusted diluted earnings per share estimates reflected
     above include estimated interest expense of approximately $9 million, or
     $0.14 per share, for the full year 2006.

    Adjustments to Reported GAAP Financial Results
     - Purchase Accounting Adjustment for Acquired Deferred Revenue:

As announced May 1, 2006, ANSYS acquired Fluent for 5,999,948 shares of its common stock and approximately $299 million of net cash. In accordance with the fair value provisions of EITF 01-3 "Accounting in a Business Combination for Deferred Revenue of an Acquiree," acquired deferred software license revenue that will be recorded on the opening balance sheet is currently anticipated to be $17 - $23 million lower than the historical carrying value. Although this purchase accounting requirement has no impact on the Company's business or cash flow, it adversely impacts the Company's reported GAAP software license revenue primarily for the first twelve months post-closing. In order to provide investors with financial information that facilitates comparison on both historical and future results, the Company intends to provide adjusted revenue information, which excludes the impact of this purchase accounting adjustment, through the twelve-month post-acquisition period.

- Acquisition-Related Amortization:

In addition to the recent acquisition of Fluent, the Company previously disclosed the acquisitions of both Century Dynamics, Inc. and the assets of Harvard Thermal, Inc. in 2005. In previous years, the Company also acquired other businesses. These acquisitions have all been accounted for as purchases, resulting in the recording of a significant amount of identifiable intangible assets. As a result of the amortization associated with intangible assets related to these acquisitions, ANSYS' quarterly and year-to-date GAAP financial results are not comparable with prior periods.

- Stock-Based Compensation:

On January 1, 2006, the Company adopted SFAS No. 123R, "Share-Based Payment." Accordingly, it records expenses and tax benefits related to stock- based compensation. As a result, the GAAP estimates provided for diluted earnings per share reflect the anticipated impact of stock-based compensation. The Company issues both nonqualified and incentive stock options; however, incentive stock options comprise a significant portion of outstanding stock options. The tax benefits associated with incentive stock options are unpredictable, as they are predicated upon an award recipient triggering an event that disqualifies the award and which then results in a tax deduction to the Company. GAAP requires that these tax benefits be recorded at the time of the triggering event. The triggering events for each option holder are not easily projected. In order to estimate the tax benefit related to incentive stock options, the Company makes many assumptions and estimates, including the number of incentive stock options that will be exercised during the period by U.S. employees, the number of incentive stock options that will be disqualified during the period and the fair market value of the Company's stock price on the exercise dates. Each of these items is subject to significant uncertainty. Additionally, a significant portion of the tax benefits related to disqualified incentive stock options are accounted for as increases to equity (additional paid-in capital) rather than as reductions in income tax expense, especially in the periods most closely following the adoption date of Statement 123(R). Although all such benefits continue to be realized through the Company's tax filings, this accounting treatment has the effect of increasing tax expense and reducing net income. For example, as previously reported, the Company realized a tax benefit of $1.9 million during the first quarter of 2006 related to disqualified incentive stock options; however, only $25,000 of such amount was recorded as a reduction in income tax expense. Because there are significant limitations in estimating the impact of FASB Statement 123(R), including those discussed above, the actual impact of stock-based compensation on GAAP earnings per share may differ materially from the estimated amounts included in the Company's guidance.

- One-Time Deal Related Expenses:

The Company anticipates that it will incur costs associated with the initial year of integration of the Fluent acquisition that are one-time in nature such as accounting, tax and third-party consulting fees.

ANSYS is providing, and has historically provided, its GAAP results as well as financial results that have been adjusted for the impact of the items described above. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures supplement its consolidated GAAP financial statements as they provide a consistent basis for comparison between reporting periods that are not influenced by certain non-cash items and are, therefore, useful to investors in helping them to better understand the Company's fundamental operating results and underlying operational trends. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate the Company's business performance and plan for future periods; however, these measures are not intended to supersede or replace the GAAP results. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP. As such, a reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial outlook measures is provided in this press release.

The financial outlook for the second quarter of 2006 and beyond is only current as of today and the Company undertakes no obligation to update its estimates. The Company is currently in the process of completing the valuation and purchase accounting related to the Fluent acquisition, and intends to provide further updated information relative to the Fluent acquisition and its financial outlook in conjunction with the release of its second quarter financial results.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost- conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania U.S.A. with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit http://www.ansys.com for more information.

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