ANSYS will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on February 26, 2009 to discuss fourth quarter results. To participate in the live conference call, dial 888-737-3707 (US & Canada) or 913-312-0713 (Int’l) and enter the passcode 1694730. The call will be recorded and a replay will be available approximately two hours after the call ends. The replay will be available for one week by dialing 888-203-1112 (US & Canada) or 719-457-0820 (Int’l) and entering the passcode 1694730. The archived web cast can be accessed, along with other financial information, on ANSYS' website at http://www.ansys.com/corporate/investors.asp.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company provides non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating profit margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share as supplemental measures to GAAP regarding the Company's operational performance. These financial measures exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with GAAP. A detailed explanation of each of the adjustments to such financial measures is described below. This press release also contains a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to its most comparable GAAP financial measure.
Management uses non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate the Company's historical and prospective financial performance as well as its performance relative to its competitors, (b) to set internal sales targets and spending budgets, (c) to allocate resources, (d) to measure operational profitability and the accuracy of forecasting, (e) to assess financial discipline over operational expenditures and (f) as an important factor in determining variable compensation for management and its employees. In addition, many financial analysts that follow our Company focus on and publish both historical results and future projections based on non-GAAP financial measures. We believe that it is in the best interest of our investors to provide this information to analysts so that they accurately report the non-GAAP financial information. Moreover, investors have historically requested and the Company has historically reported these non-GAAP financial measures as a means of providing consistent and comparable information with past reports of financial results.
While management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, there are limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, are not reported by all of the Company's competitors and may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of the Company's competitors due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation. The Company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by reviewing the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.
The adjustments to these non-GAAP financial measures, and the basis for such adjustments, are outlined below:
Purchase accounting for deferred revenue. As announced on July 31, 2008, ANSYS acquired Ansoft Corporation. In accordance with the fair value provisions of EITF 01-3, "Accounting in a Business Combination for Deferred Revenue of an Acquiree," acquired deferred revenue of approximately $7.5 million was recorded on the opening balance sheet, which was approximately $23.5 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- acquisition. In order to provide investors with financial information that facilitates comparison of both historical and future results, the Company has provided non-GAAP financial measures which exclude the impact of the purchase accounting adjustment. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial adjustment is useful to investors because it allows investors to (a) evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology and information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (b) to compare past and future reports of financial results of the Company as the revenue reduction related to acquired deferred revenue will not recur when related annual lease licenses and software maintenance contracts are renewed in future periods.
Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions and its related tax
impact. The Company incurs amortization of intangibles, included in
its GAAP presentation of amortization of software and acquired
technology, and amortization expense, related to various acquisitions it
has made in recent years. Management excludes these expenses and their
related tax impact for the purpose of calculating non-GAAP operating
income, non-GAAP operating profit margin, non-GAAP net income and
non-GAAP diluted earnings per share when it evaluates the continuing
operational performance of the Company because these costs are fixed at
the time of an acquisition, are then amortized over a period of several
years after the acquisition and generally cannot be changed or
influenced by management after the acquisition. Accordingly, management
does not consider these expenses for purposes of evaluating the
performance of the Company during the applicable time period after the
acquisition, and it excludes such expenses when making decisions to
allocate resources. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial
measures are useful to investors because they allow investors to (a)
evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology and information used by
management in its financial and operational decision-making and (b)
compare past reports of financial results of the Company as the Company
has historically reported these non-GAAP financial measures.