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Synopsys Posts Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2024
[February 21, 2024]

Synopsys Posts Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2024


Results Summary

  • Record quarterly revenue of $1.649 billion, up approximately 21% year over year.
  • Quarterly GAAP earnings per diluted share of $2.89; non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $3.56, which exceeded high end of guidance.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today reported results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2024. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 was $1.649 billion, compared to $1.361 billion for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.  Fiscal year 2024 results include a favorable impact of one additional week compared to fiscal year 2023, which occurred in our first fiscal quarter.

"The first quarter marked an excellent start to the year with strong execution across the company as AI continues to drive our customers' investments in silicon and systems that position them for future growth," said Sassine Ghazi, president and CEO of Synopsys. "These results underscore the strength of our technology and our strategy. In the face of mounting design complexity, technology R&D teams are counting on Synopsys' broad portfolio of semiconductor IP and leading design solutions from silicon to systems. There is no one more capable than Synopsys of helping companies innovate for this era of pervasive intelligence."

"The Synopsys team delivered a solid start to the year, achieving record quarterly revenue and non-GAAP earnings above the high end of our target range," said Synopsys CFO, Shelagh Glaser. "These results reflect our execution and leadership position across segments and continued, robust design activity among our semiconductor and systems customers. Looking ahead, we are reaffirming our full-year 2024 targets for revenue and non-GAAP operating margin and raising our non-GAAP EPS guidance."

GAAP Results
On a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 was $449.1 million, or $2.89 per diluted share, compared to $271.5 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

Non-GAAP Results
On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 was $553.7 million, or $3.56 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $406.7 million, or $2.62 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

For a reconciliation of net income, earnings per diluted share and other measures on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" in the accompanying tables below. 

Business Segments
Synopsys reports revenue and operating income in three segments: (1) Design Automation, which includes our advanced silicon design, verification products and services, system integration products and services, digital, custom and field programmable gate array (FPGA) IC design software, verification software and hardware products, manufacturing software products and other; (2) Design IP, which includes our Design IP products; and (3) Software Integrity, which includes solutions that test software code for security vulnerabilities and quality defects, as well as professional and managed services. Further information regarding these segments is provided at the end of this press release.

Financial Targets
Synopsys also provided its consolidated financial targets for the second quarter and full fiscal year 2024. The fiscal year targets include the impact of an extra week in fiscal year 2024, which was included in the first quarter of fiscal year 2024. These financial targets assume no further changes to export control restrictions or the current U.S. government "Entity List" restrictions. These targets constitute forward-looking statements and are based on current expectations. For a discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these targets, see "Forward-Looking Statements" below. 





Second Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Targets (1)

(in millions except per share amounts)








 Range for Three Months Ending


Range for Fiscal Year Ending


April 30, 2024


October 31, 2024


Low

High


Low

High

Revenue

$              1,560

$              1,590


$              6,570

$              6,630

GAAP Expenses

$              1,206

$              1,226


$              5,022

$              5,079

Non-GAAP Expenses

$              1,005

$              1,015


$              4,140

$              4,180

Non-GAAP Interest and Other Income (Expense), net

$                     2

$                     4


$                   24

$                   28

Non-GAAP Tax Rate

15 %

15 %


15 %

15 %

Outstanding Shares (fully diluted)

155

157


155

157

GAAP EPS

$                2.05

$                2.16


$                9.56

$                9.74

Non-GAAP EPS

$                3.09

$                3.14


$              13.47

$              13.55

Operating Cash Flow




~ $1,400







(1) Synopsys' second quarter of fiscal year 2024 and its fiscal year 2024 will end on May 4, 2024 and November 2, 2024, respectively. For

presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. 


For a reconciliation of Synopsys' second quarter and fiscal year 2024 targets, including expenses, earnings per diluted share and other measures on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis and a discussion of the financial targets that we are not able to reconcile without unreasonable efforts, see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" in the accompanying tables below. 

Earnings Call Open to Investors
Synopsys will hold a conference call for financial analysts and investors today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. A live webcast of the call will be available on Synopsys' corporate website at www.investor.synopsys.com. Synopsys uses its website as a tool to disclose important information about Synopsys and comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation Fair Disclosure. A webcast replay will also be available on the corporate website from approximately 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time today through the time Synopsys announces its results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 in May 2024. 

Effectiveness of Information
The targets included in this press release, the statements made during the earnings conference call, the information contained in the financial supplement and the corporate overview presentation, each of which are available on Synopsys' corporate website at www.synopsys.com (collectively, the "Earnings Materials"), represent Synopsys' expectations and beliefs as of February 21, 2024. Although these Earnings Materials will remain available on Synopsys' website through the date of the earnings call for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, their continued availability through such date does not mean that Synopsys is reaffirming or confirming their continued validity. Synopsys undertakes no duty and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information or future events, or otherwise update, the targets given in this press release unless required by law.

Availability of Final Financial Statements
Synopsys will include final financial statements for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q to be filed on or before March 14, 2024.

About Synopsys
Catalyzing the era of pervasive intelligence, Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) delivers trusted and comprehensive silicon to systems design solutions, from electronic design automation to silicon IP and system verification and validation. We partner closely with semiconductor and systems customers across a wide range of industries to maximize their R&D capability and productivity, powering innovation today that ignites the ingenuity of tomorrow. Learn more at www.synopsys.com.

Reconciliation of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Results
The following tables reconcile the specific items excluded from GAAP in the calculation of non-GAAP net income, earnings per diluted share, and tax rate for the periods indicated below.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Results(1)

(unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)





Three Months Ended


January 31,


2024

2023

GAAP net income attributed to Synopsys

$        449,112

$        271,536

Adjustments:



Amortization of acquired intangible assets

25,970

24,378

Stock-based compensation

180,288

133,867

Acquisition/divestiture related items

31,932

2,595

Restructuring charges

40,859

Gain on sale of strategic investments

(55,077)

Tax adjustments

(78,553)

(66,565)

Non-GAAP net income attributed to Synopsys

$       553,672

$        406,670








Three Months Ended


January 31,


2024

2023

GAAP net income per diluted share attributed to Synopsys

$              2.89

$              1.75

Adjustments:



Amortization of acquired intangible assets

0.17

0.16

Stock-based compensation

1.16

0.86

Acquisition/divestiture related items

0.21

0.02

Restructuring charges

0.26

Gain on sale of strategic investments

(0.35)

Tax adjustments

(0.52)

(0.43)

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share attributed to Synopsys

$              3.56

$              2.62







Shares used in computing net income per diluted share amounts:

155,334

155,076




(1) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 and 2023 ended on February 3, 2024 and January 28, 2023,

respectively. For presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year

2024 included one extra week. 

 

GAAP to Non-GAAP Tax Rate Reconciliation (1)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended


January 31, 2024



GAAP effective tax rate

4.1 %

Income tax effect of above non-GAAP adjustments

10.9 %

Non-GAAP effective tax rate

15.0 %



(1) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 ended on February 3, 2024. For presentation

purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year 2024

included one extra week. 

Reconciliation of 2024 Targets
The following tables reconcile the specific items excluded from GAAP in the calculation of non-GAAP targets for the periods indicated below.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Targets (1)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)











 Range for Three Months Ending



April 30, 2024



Low


High

Target GAAP expenses


$         1,206,000


$         1,226,000

Adjustments:





      Amortization of acquired intangible assets


(26,000)


(29,000)

      Stock-based compensation


(175,000)


(182,000)

Target non-GAAP expenses


$         1,005,000


$         1,015,000











Range for Three Months Ending



April 30, 2024



Low


High

Target GAAP earnings per diluted share attributed to Synopsys


$                  2.05


$                  2.16

Adjustments:





      Amortization of acquired intangible assets


0.19


0.17

      Stock-based compensation


1.17


1.12

      Tax adjustments


(0.32)


(0.31)

Target non-GAAP earnings per diluted share attributed to Synopsys


$                  3.09


$                  3.14






Shares used in non-GAAP calculation (midpoint of target range)


156,000


156,000

 

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Full Fiscal Year 2024 Targets (1)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)











Range for Fiscal Year Ending



October 31, 2024



Low


High

Target GAAP expenses


$         5,021,932


$         5,078,932

Adjustments:





      Amortization of acquired intangible assets


(103,000)


(108,000)

      Stock-based compensation


(748,000)


(760,000)

      Acquisition/divestiture related items


(30,932)


(30,932)

Target non-GAAP expenses


$         4,140,000


$         4,180,000











Range for Fiscal Year Ending



October 31, 2024



Low


High

Target GAAP earnings per diluted share attributed to Synopsys


$                  9.56


$                  9.74

Adjustments:





      Amortization of acquired intangible assets


0.69


0.66

      Stock-based compensation


4.87


4.79

      Acquisition/divestiture related items


0.20


0.20

      Gain on sale of strategic investments


(0.35)


(0.35)

      Tax adjustments


(1.50)


(1.49)

Target non-GAAP earnings per diluted share attributed to Synopsys


$                13.47


$                13.55






Shares used in non-GAAP calculation (midpoint of target range)


156,000


156,000






(1) Synopsys' second quarter of fiscal year 2024 and its fiscal year 2024 will end on May 4, 2024 and November 2, 2024,

respectively. For presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. 

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and the investor conference call contain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding short-term and long-term financial targets, expectations and objectives; strategies related to our products, technology and services; business and market outlook, opportunities, strategies and technological trends, such as artificial intelligence; our pending acquisition of ANSYS, Inc. (the "Ansys Merger"), including, among other things, expectations regarding the financing of the pending acquisition; the exploration of strategic alternatives for our Software Integrity segment; the potential impact of the uncertain macroeconomic and geopolitical environment on our financial results; the expected impact of U.S. and foreign government actions and regulatory changes, including export control restrictions on our financial results; customer demand and market expansion; our planned product releases and capabilities; industry growth rates; the expected realization of our contracted but unsatisfied or partially unsatisfied performance obligations (backlog); software trends; planned stock repurchases; our expected tax rate; and the impact and result of pending legal, administrative and tax proceedings. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, time frames or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to: macroeconomic conditions and geopolitical uncertainty in the global economy; uncertainty in the growth of the semiconductor and electronics industries; the highly competitive industry we operate in; actions by the U.S. or foreign governments, such as the imposition of additional export restrictions or tariffs; consolidation among our customers and our dependence on a relatively small number of large customers; risks and compliance obligations relating to the global nature of our operations; failure to complete the Ansys Merger on the terms described in our filings with the SEC, if at all; failure to obtain required governmental approvals related to the Ansys Merger or the imposition of conditions to such governmental approvals that may have an adverse effect on us; failure to realize the benefits expected from the Ansys Merger; and more. Additional information on potential risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect Synopsys' results is included in filings we make with the SEC from time to time, including in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The financial information contained in this press release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Synopsys' most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, each as may be amended from time to time. Synopsys' financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2024 are not necessarily indicative of Synopsys' operating results for any future periods. The information provided herein is as of February 21, 2024. Synopsys undertakes no duty to, and does not intend to, update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.

SYNOPSYS, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (1)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)








Three Months Ended


January 31,


2024

2023

Revenue:



  Time-based products

$             904,378

$             782,313

  Upfront products

447,863

336,658

    Total products revenue

1,352,241

1,118,971

  Maintenance and service

296,989

242,369

      Total revenue

1,649,230

1,361,340

Cost of revenue:



  Products

193,638

174,367

  Maintenance and service

115,081

91,347

  Amortization of acquired intangible assets

20,456

18,640

      Total cost of revenue

329,175

284,354

Gross margin

1,320,055

1,076,986

Operating expenses:



  Research and development

552,056

465,329

  Sales and marketing

263,408

210,785

  General and administrative

138,374

97,364

  Amortization of acquired intangible assets

6,597

6,717

  Restructuring charges

40,859

      Total operating expenses

960,435

821,054

Operating income

359,620

255,932

Interest and other income (expense), net

105,484

23,292

Income before income taxes

465,104

279,224

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

18,897

10,597

Net income

446,207

268,627

Net income (loss) attributed to non-controlling interest and redeemable non-controlling interest

(2,905)

(2,909)

Net income attributed to Synopsys

$             449,112

$             271,536







Net income per share attributed to Synopsys:



  Basic

$                  2.95

$                  1.78

  Diluted

$                  2.89

$                  1.75




Shares used in computing per share amounts:



  Basic

152,311

152,401

  Diluted

155,334

155,076




(1) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 and 2023 ended on February 3, 2024 and January 28, 2023, respectively. For

presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year 2024 included one extra

week.

 

SYNOPSYS, INC.


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (1)


(in thousands, except par value amounts)







January 31, 2024

October 31, 2023


ASSETS:




Current assets:




  Cash and cash equivalents

$          1,118,944

$          1,438,913


  Short-term investments

154,490

151,639


          Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

1,273,434

1,590,552


  Accounts receivable, net

1,064,135

946,967


  Inventories

382,727

325,590


  Prepaid and other current assets

687,632

567,515


          Total current assets

3,407,928

3,430,624


Property and equipment, net

567,038

557,261


Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

551,452

568,829


Goodwill

4,131,418

4,070,336


Intangible assets, net

377,415

374,194


Deferred income taxes

954,495

860,914


Other long-term assets

568,513

470,973


           Total assets

$        10,558,259

$        10,333,131






LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:




Current liabilities:




  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$             699,474

$          1,123,761


  Operating lease liabilities

89,194

85,690


  Deferred revenue

1,855,839

1,776,000


           Total current liabilities

2,644,507

2,985,451


Long-term operating lease liabilities

563,815

584,035


Long-term deferred revenue

189,841

175,128


Long-term debt

16,951

18,078


Other long-term liabilities

436,528

386,138


           Total liabilities

3,851,642

4,148,830


Redeemable non-controlling interest

31,043

31,043


Stockholders' equity:




  Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 2,000 shares authorized; none outstanding


  Common stock, $0.01 par value: 400,000 shares authorized; 152,536 and 152,053 shares outstanding, respectively

1,525

1,521


  Capital in excess of par value

1,183,473

1,276,152


  Retained earnings

7,188,550

6,741,699


  Treasury stock, at cost: 4,725 and 5,207 shares, respectively

(1,539,340)

(1,675,650)


  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(163,224)

(196,414)


           Total Synopsys stockholders' equity

6,670,984

6,147,308


Non-controlling interest

4,590

5,950


           Total stockholders' equity

6,675,574

6,153,258


           Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and stockholders' equity

$        10,558,259

$        10,333,131






(1) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 ended February 3, 2024 and its fiscal year 2023 ended on October 28, 2023, respectively. For

presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year 2024 included one extra week.


 

SYNOPSYS, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (1)

(in thousands)





Three Months Ended January 31,


2024

2023

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:



Net income

$             446,207

$             268,627

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:



Amortization and depreciation

62,888

57,294

Reduction of operating lease right-of-use assets

24,376

23,903

Amortization of capitalized costs to obtain revenue contracts

18,726

18,850

Stock-based compensation

180,652

134,227

Allowance for credit losses

6,059

3,700

Gain on sale of strategic investments

(55,077)

-

Amortization of bridge financing costs

1,000

-

Deferred income taxes

(101,332)

(65,495)

Other non-cash

(786)

4,535

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquired assets and assumed liabilities:



Accounts receivable

(119,571)

(237,360)

Inventories

(60,883)

(8,610)

Prepaid and other current assets

(96,916)

(355)

Other long-term assets

(72,096)

(54,196)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(266,704)

(144,258)

Operating lease liabilities

(23,569)

(17,629)

Income taxes

(117,798)

50,416

Deferred revenue

87,034

81,102

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(87,790)

114,751




CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:



Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments

24,559

30,971

Purchases of short-term investments

(25,612)

(28,829)

Proceeds from sales of strategic investments

55,696

5,735

Purchases of strategic investments

(822)

-

Purchases of property and equipment

(40,391)

(43,500)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(67,827)

-

Capitalization of software development costs

-

(624)

Net cash used in investing activities

(54,397)

(36,247)




CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:



Repayment of debt

(1,303)

(1,294)

Payment of bridge financing costs

(48,000)

-

Issuances of common stock

9,483

22,338

Payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards

(147,330)

(92,095)

Purchase of equity forward contract

-

(45,000)

Purchases of treasury stock

-

(260,724)

Net cash used in financing activities

(187,150)

(376,775)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

9,320

35,675

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(320,017)

(262,596)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of  year

1,441,187

1,419,864

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$          1,121,170

$          1,157,268




(1) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 and 2023 ended on February 3, 2024 and January 28, 2023, respectively. For presentation
purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year 2024 included one extra week.

Synopsys provides segment information, namely revenue, adjusted segment operating income and adjusted segment operating margin, in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 280, Segment Reporting. Synopsys' chief operating decision maker (CODM) is our Chief Executive Officer. In evaluating our business segments, the CODM considers the income and expenses that the CODM believes are directly related to those segments. The CODM does not allocate certain operating expenses managed at a consolidated level to our business segments and, as a result, the reported operating income and operating margin do not include these unallocated expenses as shown in the table below. These unallocated expenses are presented in the table below to provide a reconciliation of the total adjusted operating income from segments to our consolidated operating income:

SYNOPSYS, INC.

Business Segment Reporting (1)(2)

(in millions)





Three Months Ended
January 31, 2024

Three Months Ended
January 31, 2023


Revenue by segment



- Design Automation

$                 985.3

$                 889.8

% of Total

59.7 %

65.4 %

- Design IP

$                 525.7

$                 343.7

% of Total

31.9 %

25.2 %

- Software Integrity

$                 138.2

$                 127.8

% of Total

8.4 %

9.4 %




Adjusted operating income by segment



- Design Automation

$                 364.9

$                 346.0

- Design IP

$                 249.5

$                 117.6

- Software Integrity

$                   24.0

$                   15.5




Adjusted operating margin by segment



- Design Automation

37.0 %

38.9 %

- Design IP

47.5 %

34.2 %

- Software Integrity

17.3 %

12.1 %

 

Total Adjusted Segment Operating Income Reconciliation (1)(2)

(in millions)





Three Months Ended

January 31, 2024

Three Months Ended
January 31, 2023


GAAP total operating income – as reported

$                      359.6

$                      255.9

Other expenses managed at consolidated level



-Amortization of acquired intangible assets (3)

27.1

25.4

-Stock-based compensation (3)

180.7

134.2

-Non-qualified deferred compensation plan

40.1

20.2

-Acquisition/divestiture related items (4)

30.9

2.6

-Restructuring charges

-

40.9

Total adjusted segment operating income

$                      638.4

$                      479.2




(1) Synopsys manages the business on a long-term, annual basis, and considers quarterly fluctuations of revenue

and profitability as normal elements of our business. Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(2) Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2024 and 2023 ended on February 3, 2024 and January 28, 2023,

respectively. For presentation purposes, we refer to the closest calendar month end. The first quarter of fiscal year

2024 included one extra week.

(3) The adjustment includes non-GAAP expenses attributable to non-controlling interest and redeemable non-

controlling interest.

(4) The adjustment excludes the amortization of bridge financing costs entered into in connection with the

pending acquisition of Ansys, that was recorded in interest and other income (expense), net in our unaudited

condensed consolidated statements of income.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
Synopsys continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP but acknowledges evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, Synopsys presents non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Synopsys' operating results in a manner that focuses on what Synopsys believes to be its core business operations and what Synopsys uses to evaluate its business operations and for internal budgeting and resource allocation purposes. This press release includes non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP tax rate for the periods presented. It also includes future estimated ranges for non-GAAP expenses, non-GAAP interest and other income (expense), non-GAAP tax rate and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

When possible, Synopsys provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their most closely applicable GAAP financial measures. Synopsys is unable to provide a reconciliation of certain second quarter and full fiscal year 2024 non-GAAP financial targets to the corresponding GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis because Synopsys believes that it would not be possible for it to have the required information necessary to quantitatively reconcile such measures with sufficient precision without unreasonable efforts due to, among other things, the potential variability and limited predictability of the excluded items necessary for reconciliation such as acquisition/divestiture related items, restructuring charges, tax deduction variability, changes in the fair value of non-qualified deferred compensation plan, and gains (losses) on the sale of strategic investments. For the same reasons, Synopsys is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. 

Synopsys' management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, as superior to, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are meant to supplement, and be viewed in conjunction with, the corresponding GAAP financial measures. Synopsys' management believes presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides useful information to investors allowing them to view financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations through the eyes of management. Synopsys' management evaluates and makes decisions about our business operations using both GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial measures to help facilitate internal comparisons to Synopsys' historical operating results and forecasted targets, planning and forecasting in subsequent periods and comparisons to competitors' operating results.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2024, Synopsys began excluding gains (losses) on sale of strategic investments from non-GAAP financial measures and updated the definitions of acquisition/divestiture related items that Synopsys' management does not consider reflective of its core business operations.

The following are descriptions of the adjustments made to reconcile non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures:

(i) Amortization of acquired intangible assets. We incur expenses from amortization of acquired intangible assets, which include, among other things, core/developed technology, customer relationships, contract rights, trademarks and trade names, and other intangibles related to acquisitions. We amortize the intangible assets over their estimated useful lives. We do not enter into acquisitions on a predictable cycle. The amount of an acquisition's purchase price allocated to intangible assets and their estimated useful lives can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition. We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures that adjust for the amortization of intangible assets provides investors and others with a consistent basis for comparison across accounting periods. We also exclude this item because such expenses are non-cash in nature and we believe the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our core operational performance and liquidity, and ability to invest in research and development and fund future acquisitions and capital expenditures.

(ii) Stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation expenses consist primarily of expenses related to restricted stock units, stock options, employee stock purchase rights and other stock awards, including such expenses associated with acquisitions. We exclude stock-based compensation expense from our non-GAAP financial measures primarily because it is not an expense that typically requires or will require cash settlement by us. Further, the expense for the fair value of the stock-based instruments we utilize may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the vesting or future exercise of the related stock-based awards and, therefore, is not used by management to assess the core profitability of our business operations.

(iii) Acquisition/divestiture related items. In connection with our business combinations, we incur significant expenses that we would not have otherwise incurred as part of our business operations. These expenses include, among other things, compensation expenses, professional fees and other direct expenses, concurrent restructuring activities, including employee severance and other exit costs, bridge financing costs, costs related to integration activities, changes to the fair value of contingent consideration related to the acquired company, and amortization of the fair value difference of below-market value assets arising from arrangements entered into or acquired in conjunction with an acquisition. We also recognize the gains and losses from the mark-up of equity or cost method investments to fair value upon obtaining control through acquisition. We may also from time to time incur gains or losses from divestitures of a business as well as professional fees and other direct expenses associated with such transactions. We exclude these items because they are related to acquisitions and divestitures and have no direct correlation to the core operation of our business. Further, because we do not acquire or dispose of businesses on a predictable cycle and the terms of each transaction can vary significantly and are unique to each transaction, we believe it is useful to exclude such expenses when looking for a consistent basis for comparison across accounting periods.

(iv) Restructuring charges. We initiate restructuring activities to align our costs to our operating plans and business strategies based on then-current economic conditions, and such activities have a specific and defined term. Restructuring costs generally include severance and other termination benefits related to voluntary retirement programs, involuntary headcount reductions and facilities closures. Such restructuring costs include elimination of operational redundancy, permanent reductions in workforce and facilities closures and, therefore, are not considered by us to be a part of the core operation of our business and are not used by management when assessing the core profitability and performance of our business operations.

(v) Gains (losses) on the sale of strategic investments. We exclude gains and losses on the sale of equity investments in privately held companies because we do not believe they are reflective of our core business and operating results.

(vi) Deferred compensation. We exclude changes in the fair value of our non-qualified deferred compensation plan because we do not use these to assess the core profitability of our business operations.

(vii) Income tax effect of non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments. Excluding the income tax effect of non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes assists investors in understanding the tax provision associated with those adjustments and the effect on net income. We utilize an annual non-GAAP tax rate in calculating non-GAAP financial measures to provide better consistency across interim reporting periods by eliminating the effects of certain non-recurring and other period-specific items, which can vary in size and frequency and do not necessarily reflect our normal operations, and to more closely align our tax rate with our expected geographic earnings mix. This annual non-GAAP tax rate is based on an evaluation of our historical and projected mix of U.S. and international profit before tax, taking into account the impact of non-GAAP adjustments, U.S. tax law changes, as well as other factors such as our current tax structure, existing tax positions and expected recurring tax incentives. Based on these considerations, we have elected to adopt a non-GAAP tax rate of 15% for fiscal year 2024.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Trey Campbell
Synopsys, Inc.
650-584-4289
Synopsys-ir@synopsys.com

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Cara Walker
Synopsys, Inc.
650-584-5000
corp-pr@synopsys.com

 

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