Mentor Graphics Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Results

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 19, 2010 — Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced results for the fiscal third quarter ending October 31, 2010. For the fiscal third quarter, the company reported revenues of $238.9 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $.22, and GAAP earnings per share of $.14.

“The strength of our third quarter was broad-based with bookings up 60% over the year ago quarter,” said Walden C. Rhines, CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics. “Our strategy of focusing on areas of differentiation rewarded us this quarter with strong growth in emulation, printed circuit board design software, design for test, physical verification and a number of our newer system-oriented products like automotive networking. Our diversification also helped drive the business with over 30% of new customers coming from non-traditional segments. We remain confident that our strategy will continue to drive earnings growth for the company.”

During the quarter, the company launched new analysis capability in the FloTHERM® thermal analysis tool, which allows designers to easily find and correct bottlenecks in heat flow in a design. The company’s embedded software division released Mentor Embedded ReadyStart™ Platform, a new easy-to-use platform for rapid development of embedded systems, and a version of the Inflexion Platform™ graphical user interface for the Android platform. Additionally, the embedded market analyst firm VisionMobile reported that Mentor’s Nucleus® real-time operating system is the market leader in handsets with over 2.3 billion copies shipped.

“The third quarter was a record on revenue, bookings and product book-to-bill,” said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “Despite some headwinds from currency and product mix, we are confident that this momentum will continue into the fourth quarter. As a result, we are raising guidance.

Outlook

For the fiscal fourth quarter, the company expects revenue of about $293 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of approximately $.46, and GAAP earnings per share of about $.40. For the full fiscal year 2011 ending January 31, 2011 the company sees revenue in the range of $900 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of about $.67, and GAAP earnings per share of approximately $.19.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) 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 electronics, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $850 million. 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, FloTHERM and Nucleus are registered trademarks and Inflexion Platform and ReadyStart are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corp. All other company names are the trademarks of their respective owners.)

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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) the company’s ability to successfully offer products and services that compete in the highly competitive EDA industry; (ii) product bundling or discounting of products and services by competitors; (iii) effects of foreign currency fluctuations on the company’s business; (iv) changes in accounting or reporting rules or interpretations; (v) the impact of tax audits, or changes in the tax laws, regulations or enforcement practices; (vi) effects of unanticipated shifts in product mix on gross margin; and (vii) effects of customer seasonal purchasing patterns and the timing of significant orders, which may negatively or positively impact the company’s quarterly results of operations and liquidity, 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.

Fiscal Year Definition

Mentor Graphics fiscal year runs from February 1 to January 31. The fiscal year is dated by the calendar year in which the fiscal year ends. As a result, the first three fiscal quarters of any fiscal year will be dated with the next calendar year, rather than the current calendar year.

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