The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac - Nominal Q1 2012

Financial Targets

Synopsys also provided its financial targets for the nominal Q2 2012 and the full year 2012.  These targets do not include any future acquisition-related expenses that may be incurred in 2012.  These targets constitute forward-looking information and are based on current expectations. 

Q2 2012 Targets:

  • Revenue: $440 million - $448 million
  • GAAP expenses: $371 million - $387 million
  • Other income and expense: ($2) million - $0 million
  • Fully diluted outstanding shares: 149 million - 153 million
  • GAAP earnings per share: $0.29 - $0.34
  • Revenue from backlog: greater than 90%

Full Year 2012 Targets:

  • Revenue: $1.740 billion - $1.760 billion
  • Other income and expense: $0 - $3 million 
  • Fully diluted outstanding shares: 148 million - 152 million
  • GAAP earnings per share: $1.04 - $1.16 
  • Cash flow from operations: $320 million - $340 million

Synopsys self description

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 70 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at


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News from Synopsys  

Synopsys Announces Aart de Geus and Chi-Foon Chan to Become Co-CEOs

On May 23, 2012 Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced that Chairman of the Board and CEO Aart de Geus and President and COO Chi-Foon Chan will become co-CEOs, effective immediately. Appointing Dr. Chan as co-CEO formally recognizes the contributions he has made in co-leading Synopsys for more than 10 years. Drs. de Geus and Chan will continue to share responsibility for managing the company, and the organizational structure and responsibilities will remain the same.


Dr. Chan

"Chi-Foon and I have worked successfully as a close-knit team for over a decade to help elevate Synopsys into its present leadership position," said de Geus. "Synopsys has excellent technical, market and financial strengths, as well as a management team capable of scaling the company for continued growth, portfolio broadening and globalization. Explicitly sharing the CEO position is both galvanizing and timely as we now focus on setting the company's direction for the next decade of growth and customer focus."

"I am excited about addressing the opportunities that we see ahead for our company," said Chan. "Synopsys has many talented employees who are dedicated to helping our customers achieve their goals. Building on the entrepreneurial spirit of our management, the execution strength of our worldwide teams, and the healthy technical and economic position of the company, Aart and I look forward to leading the company into its next phase of customer impact and growth."

Chan joined Synopsys in 1990 as vice president of applications and services from NEC Corporation USA, where he was general manager of the microprocessor group. Over the years, he pioneered many aspects of the company including the initiation of Synopsys' IP business. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1998, at which time he also joined the Synopsys Board of Directors.


Table 1 below sets out a summary of the Nominal Q1 2012 revenues for the four selected EDA vendors and the four selected MCAD/MCAE vendors covered in this June 25 issue of the Almanac.

Several observations may be made from Table 1:

  1. Both sets of vendors in total experienced the usual fall off of revenues in Q1 2012 following the traditional robust Q4 2011 of the preceding year. The EDA group of 4 revenue total in Q1 2012 was off -5.30% compared to Q4 2011, whereas the MCAD/MCAE group of 4 revenue total in Q1 2012 was off -6.29% compared to Q4 2011.

  2. Three of the four EDA vendors covered for Q1 2012 actually scored revenues in Q1 2012 slightly larger than they did in the just prior Q4 2011, but Mentor Graphics missed by more than $50 million, or -22+%, bringing the EDA G4 total Q1 2012 revenue in below its total Q4 2011 level. Still, Q1 2012 for the EDA G4 in total was easily larger than any other EDA G4 quarterly total in 2011, except Q4 2011.

  3. Nevertheless, the MCAD/MCAE group enjoyed over 65% more revenue in Q1 2012 than the EDA group, similar in % amounts to all the other like comparisons of quarters shown in Table 1, although the gap tended to narrow slightly between the beginning and end of 2011.

  4. Q1 2012 was universally less than Q4 2011 for all members of the G4 MCAD/MCAE vendors.

  5. For the year 2011, the order of revenue totals for the Big 3 EDA companies  remained the same as in most recent years: Synopsys was number 1, followed by Cadence number 2 and then MGC number 3. However, all 3 of the Big 3 EDA vendors eclipsed the billion dollar mark in revenue for the first time in 2011.

  6. In MCAD/MCAE, Dassault Systemes won the most-full-year 2011 revenue title, followed closely by Autodesk, PTC, and ANSYS in that order.

  7. Among the eight vendors, Cadence had the best YOY % revenue growth Q1 2012 vs. Q1 2011 at nearly 19%, and ANSYS delivered a close second at just over 17%.


1 Notice that these Table 1 columns calculate the percentage of one quarter over the other, as labeled, whereas in Table 2 below, the relevant columns provide the numerical dollar differences in earnings between two different quarters as labeled.

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