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ANSYS, Inc. Reports Q3 2016 Financial Results Reflecting Solid Margin, EPS and Cash Flow Performance


Released : 11/03/2016

Quarterly Highlights:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP revenue of $245.9 million 
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.78 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.95 
  • GAAP operating profit margin of 40.7% and non-GAAP operating profit margin of 49.6%
  • Deferred revenue and backlog of $484.8 million at September 30, 2016
  • Repurchased 1.2 million shares in the third quarter at an average price of $95.44 and 2.7 million shares in the first nine months at an average price of $90.11

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), today announced growth in both revenue and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2016.  The Company reported revenue growth of 2% in constant currency on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.  Earnings per share rose 8% on a GAAP basis and 6% on a non-GAAP basis. 

Commenting on the Company’s third quarter 2016 performance, Jim Cashman, ANSYS CEO stated, “Overall, we delivered earnings results which exceeded our expectation, with strong gross and operating margins.  Revenue growth, which was at the lower end of our revenue range, was impacted by an increase in leasing and lower year-over-year perpetual revenue due largely to a challenging comparison to Q3 2015.  Our lease license revenues grew 7% in constant currency and our maintenance revenue grew 9% in constant currency, contributing to our recurring revenue base strengthening to 76% of revenue for the quarter.  Germany, Japan, China and Taiwan led the performance, while we saw slower growth in North America and parts of Europe.”

Cashman further stated, “Today also marks yet another step forward in our systems strategy with the addition of Berlin-based KPIT medini Technologies AG, a leading provider of systems safety analysis solutions.   As ANSYS continues expanding its leading simulation software platform into system and software engineering, it is important to include tools in the portfolio that manage and streamline complex system engineering processes. Functional safety aspects of system engineering are of particular importance as many of today’s customer products are of safety-critical nature, such as autonomous driving systems, control systems and avionics.”

ANSYS' third quarter and year-to-date financial results are presented below. The 2016 and 2015 non-GAAP results exclude the income statement effects of acquisition accounting adjustments to deferred revenue, the impact of stock-based compensation, acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets and acquisition-related transaction costs. 

GAAP and non-GAAP results reflect:

 GAAP Non-GAAP
(in millions, except percentages and per share data)  Q3 2016 Q3 2015 % Change Q3 2016 Q3 2015 % Change
Revenue$245.9  $237.8             3% $245.9  $238.2             3%
Net income$69.6  $66.0  5% $84.2  $82.0  3%
Earnings per share$0.78  $0.72  8% $0.95  $0.90  6%
Operating profit margin40.7% 37.9%   49.6% 48.0%  
Operating cash flow$82.0  $77.8  5%      


 GAAP Non-GAAP
(in millions, except percentages and per share data)  YTD 2016 YTD 2015 % Change YTD 2016 YTD 2015 % Change
Revenue$717.8  $691.1            4% $717.9  $692.5              4%
Net income$195.7  $184.5  6% $236.8  $231.0  3%
Earnings per share$2.19  $2.01  9% $2.65  $2.52  5%
Operating profit margin38.9% 37.1%   47.7% 47.5%  
Operating cash flow$260.6  $258.3  1%      
                 

The non-GAAP financial results highlighted above, and the non-GAAP financial outlook for 2016 and 2017 discussed below, represent non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measures, for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, and for the 2016 and 2017 financial outlook, are included in the condensed financial information included in this release.

Management's Remaining 2016 and Preliminary 2017 Financial Outlook

The Company has provided its fourth quarter and updated its 2016 revenue and earnings per share guidance below, as well as provided its preliminary outlook for 2017. The revenue and earnings per share guidance is provided on both a GAAP basis and a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the income statement effects of acquisition accounting adjustments to deferred revenue, stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets and acquisition-related transaction expenses.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Guidance

The Company currently expects the following for the quarter ending December 31, 2016:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP revenue in the range of $263.0 - $272.0 million
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.77 - $0.83
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.94 - $0.99

Fiscal Year 2016 Guidance

The Company currently expects the following for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP revenue in the range of $981.0 - $990.0 million
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.96 - $3.03
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.59 - $3.64

Fiscal Year 2017 Preliminary Outlook

The Company currently expects the following for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP revenue in the range of $1.02 - $1.06 billion
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.01 - $3.27
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.67 - $3.89

Conference Call Information

ANSYS will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on November 3, 2016 to discuss third quarter results. The Company will provide its prepared remarks on the Company’s investor relations homepage and as an exhibit in its Form 8-K in advance of the call to provide shareholders and analysts with additional time and detail for analyzing its results in preparation for the conference call. The prepared remarks will not be read on the call - only brief remarks will be made prior to the Q&A session.

To participate in the live conference call, dial 855-239-2942 (US) or 412-542-4124 (Canada & Int’l). The call will be recorded and a replay will be available approximately one hour after the call ends. The replay will be available for 10 days by dialing 877-344-7529 (US), (855) 669-9658 (Canada) or 412-317-0088 (Int’l) and entering the passcode 10094868. The archived webcast can be accessed, along with other financial information, on ANSYS' website at http://investors.ansys.com/events-and-presentations/events.aspx

 
ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands)September 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS:   
Cash & short-term investments838,272  784,614 
Accounts receivable, net85,273  91,579 
Goodwill1,333,531  1,332,348 
Other intangibles, net184,768  220,553 
Other assets288,513  300,810 
Total assets2,730,357  2,729,904 
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:     
Deferred revenue359,979  364,644 
Other liabilities140,613  170,833 
Stockholders' equity2,229,765  2,194,427 
Total liabilities & stockholders' equity2,730,357  2,729,904 
      


 
ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(in thousands, except per share data)  September 30,
 2016
 September 30,
 2015
 September 30,
 2016
 September 30,
 2015
Revenue:       
Software licenses$139,530  $140,197  $406,668  $405,655 
Maintenance and service106,332  97,643  311,169  285,451 
Total revenue245,862  237,840  717,837  691,106 
Cost of sales:       
Software licenses6,433  6,889  19,705  21,048 
Amortization9,513  9,818  28,544  28,918 
Maintenance and service19,640  19,874  59,633  60,288 
Total cost of sales35,586  36,581  107,882  110,254 
Gross profit210,276  201,259  609,955  580,852 
Operating expenses:       
Selling, general and administrative61,537  61,367  183,565  181,640 
Research and development45,418  44,784  137,533  127,439 
Amortization3,222  4,925  9,581  15,037 
Total operating expenses110,177  111,076  330,679  324,116 
Operating income100,099  90,183  279,276  256,736 
Interest expense(30) (95) (175) (371)
Interest income1,083  674  3,110  2,125 
Other (expense) income, net(159) (383) 38  475 
Income before income tax provision100,993  90,379  282,249  258,965 
Income tax provision31,436  24,346  86,596  74,465 
Net income$69,557  $66,033  $195,653  $184,500 
Earnings per share – basic:       
Earnings per share$0.80  $0.74  $2.23  $2.05 
Weighted average shares86,959  89,694  87,570  89,873 
Earnings per share – diluted:       
Earnings per share$0.78  $0.72  $2.19  $2.01 
Weighted average shares88,676  91,593  89,355  91,820 
            


 
ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)  As
Reported
 Adjustments Non-GAAP
Results
 As
Reported
 Adjustments Non-GAAP
Results
Total revenue$245,862  $  $245,862  $237,840  $379 (3) $238,219 
Operating income100,099  21,885 (1) 121,984  90,183  24,257 (4) 114,440 
Operating profit margin40.7%   49.6% 37.9%   48.0%
Net income$69,557  $14,638 (2) $84,195  $66,033  $15,978 (5) $82,011 
Earnings per share – diluted:           
Earnings per share$0.78    $0.95  $0.72    $0.90 
Weighted average shares88,676    88,676  91,593    91,593 

(1) Amount represents $12.7 million of amortization expense associated with intangible assets acquired in business combinations, $9.0 million of stock-based compensation expense and $0.2 million of transaction expenses related to business combinations.

(2) Amount represents the impact of the adjustments to operating income referred to in (1) above, adjusted for the related income tax impact of $7.2 million.

(3) Amount represents the revenue not reported during the period as a result of the acquisition accounting adjustment associated with the accounting for deferred revenue in business combinations.

(4) Amount represents $14.7 million of amortization expense associated with intangible assets acquired in business combinations, $8.9 million of stock-based compensation expense, the $0.4 million adjustment to revenue as reflected in (3) above and $0.3 million of transaction expenses related to business combinations.

(5) Amount represents the impact of the adjustments to operating income referred to in (4) above, adjusted for the related income tax impact of $8.3 million.

 
ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited)
 
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)  As
Reported
 Adjustments Non-GAAP
Results
 As
Reported
 Adjustments Non-GAAP
Results
Total revenue$717,837  $103 (1) $717,940  $691,106  $1,365 (4) $692,471 
Operating income279,276  62,990 (2) 342,266  256,736  71,885 (5) 328,621 
Operating profit margin38.9%   47.7% 37.1%   47.5%
Net income$195,653  $41,145 (3) $236,798  $184,500  $46,458 (6) $230,958 
Earnings per share – diluted:           
Earnings per share$2.19    $2.65  $2.01    $2.52 
Weighted average shares89,355    89,355  91,820    91,820 

(1) Amount represents the revenue not reported during the period as a result of the acquisition accounting adjustment associated with the accounting for deferred revenue in business combinations.

(2) Amount represents $38.1 million of amortization expense associated with intangible assets acquired in business combinations, $24.6 million of stock-based compensation expense, the $0.1 million adjustment to revenue as reflected in (1) above and $0.2 million of transaction expenses related to business combinations.

(3) Amount represents the impact of the adjustments to operating income referred to in (2) above, adjusted for the related income tax impact of $21.8 million.

(4) Amount represents the revenue not reported during the period as a result of the acquisition accounting adjustment associated with the accounting for deferred revenue in business combinations.

(5) Amount represents $44.0 million of amortization expense associated with intangible assets acquired in business combinations, $25.7 million of stock-based compensation expense, the $1.4 million adjustment to revenue as reflected in (4) above and $0.8 million of transaction expenses related to business combinations.

(6) Amount represents the impact of the adjustments to operating income referred to in (5) above, adjusted for the related income tax impact of $25.4 million.

 
ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance
Quarter Ending December 31, 2016
 Earnings Per Share
Range - Diluted
U.S. GAAP expectation$0.77 - $0.83
Adjustment to exclude acquisition-related amortization  0.09 – 0.10
Adjustment to exclude stock-based compensation0.07
Non-GAAP expectation$0.94 - $0.99


ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance
Year Ending December 31, 2016
 Earnings Per Share
Range - Diluted
U.S. GAAP expectation$2.96 - $3.03
Adjustment to exclude acquisition-related amortization  0.36 – 0.37
Adjustment to exclude stock-based compensation0.25 – 0.26
Non-GAAP expectation$3.59 - $3.64


ANSYS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance
Year Ending December 31, 2017
 Earnings Per Share
Range - Diluted
U.S. GAAP expectation$3.01 - $3.27
Adjustment to exclude acquisition-related amortization  0.35 – 0.37
Adjustment to exclude stock-based compensation0.27 – 0.29
Non-GAAP expectation$3.67 - $3.89
  

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 the Company focus on and publish both historical results and future projections based on non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that it is in the best interest of its 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:

Acquisition accounting for deferred revenue and its related tax impact. Historically, the Company has consummated acquisitions in order to support its strategic and other business objectives. In accordance with the fair value provisions applicable to the accounting for business combinations, acquired deferred revenue is often recorded on the opening balance sheet at an amount that is lower than the historical carrying value. Although this acquisition accounting requirement has no impact on the Company’s business or cash flow, it adversely impacts the Company’s reported GAAP revenue in the reporting periods following an acquisition. In order to provide investors with financial information that facilitates comparison of both historical and future results, the Company provides non-GAAP financial measures which exclude the impact of the acquisition 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) 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 intangible assets from acquisitions and its related tax impact. The Company incurs amortization of intangible assets, included in its GAAP presentation of amortization expense, related to various acquisitions it has made. 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.

Stock-based compensation expense and its related tax impact. The Company incurs expense related to stock-based compensation included in its GAAP presentation of cost of software licenses; cost of maintenance and service; research and development expense; and selling, general and administrative expense. Although stock-based compensation is an expense of the Company and viewed as a form of compensation, management excludes these expenses 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. Specifically, the Company excludes stock-based compensation during its annual budgeting process and its quarterly and annual assessments of the Company’s and management’s performance. The annual budgeting process is the primary mechanism whereby the Company allocates resources to various initiatives and operational requirements. Additionally, the annual review by the board of directors during which it compares the Company's historical business model and profitability to the planned business model and profitability for the forthcoming year excludes the impact of stock-based compensation. In evaluating the performance of senior management and department managers, charges related to stock-based compensation are excluded from expenditure and profitability results. In fact, the Company records stock-based compensation expense into a stand-alone cost center for which no single operational manager is responsible or accountable. In this way, management is able to review, on a period-to-period basis, each manager’s performance and assess financial discipline over operational expenditures without the effect of stock-based compensation. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow investors to (a) evaluate the Company's operating results and the effectiveness of the methodology used by management to review the Company's operating results, and (b) review historical comparability in the Company's financial reporting as well as comparability with competitors' operating results.

Transaction costs related to business combinations. The Company incurs expenses for professional services rendered in connection with business combinations, which are included in its GAAP presentation of selling, general and administrative expense. These expenses are generally not tax-deductible. Management excludes these acquisition-related transaction expenses 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, as it generally would not have otherwise incurred these expenses in the periods presented as a part of its continuing operations. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow investors to (a) evaluate the Company's operating results and the effectiveness of the methodology used by management to review the Company's operating results, and (b) review historical comparability in the Company's financial reporting as well as comparability with competitors' operating results.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company has provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as listed below:

GAAP Reporting MeasureNon-GAAP Reporting Measure
RevenueNon-GAAP Revenue
Operating IncomeNon-GAAP Operating Income
Operating Profit MarginNon-GAAP Operating Profit Margin
Net IncomeNon-GAAP Net Income
Diluted Earnings Per Share    Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS brings clarity and insight to customers' most complex design challenges through fast, accurate and reliable engineering simulation. Our technology enables organizations - no matter their industry - to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real world. Customers trust our software to help ensure product integrity and drive business success through innovation. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs almost 3,000 professionals, many of them experts in engineering fields such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics, and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries.

Forward Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts, including, but not limited to, statements regarding our projections for revenue and earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2016,  fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017 (both GAAP and non-GAAP to exclude acquisition accounting adjustments to deferred revenue, acquisition-related amortization, stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related transaction costs); statements about management's views concerning the Company's prospects and outlook for 2016 and 2017, including statements and projections relating to the impact of stock-based compensation, statements regarding management's use of non-GAAP financial measures, statements regarding the Company’s fourth quarter and beyond visibility, statements regarding our systems strategy and statements regarding ANSYS continuing to expand its leading simulation software platform into systems and software engineering, are "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that adverse conditions in the global and domestic markets will significantly affect ANSYS’ customers’ ability to purchase products from the Company at the same level as prior periods or to pay for the Company’s products and services, the risk that declines in the ANSYS’ customers’ business may lengthen customer sales cycles, the risk of declines in the economy of one or more of ANSYS’ primary geographic regions, the risk that ANSYS’ revenues and operating results will be adversely affected by changes in currency exchange rates or economic declines in any of the countries in which ANSYS conducts transactions, the risk that the assumptions underlying ANSYS' anticipated revenues and expenditures will change or prove inaccurate, the risk that ANSYS has overestimated its ability to maintain growth and profitability and control costs, uncertainties regarding the demand for ANSYS' products and services in future periods, the risk that ANSYS has overestimated the strength of the demand among its customers for its products, uncertainties regarding customer acceptance of new products including our elastic licensing model,  the risk that ANSYS' operating results will be adversely affected by possible delays in developing, completing or shipping new or enhanced products, the risk that enhancements to the Company's products or products acquired in acquisitions may not produce anticipated sales, the risk that the Company may not be able to recruit and retain key executives and technical personnel, the risk that third parties may misappropriate the Company’s proprietary technology or develop similar technology independently, the risk of unauthorized access to and distribution of the Company’s source code, the risk of difficulties in the relationship with ANSYS’ independent regional channel partners, the risk that ANSYS may not achieve the anticipated benefits of its acquisitions or that the integration of the acquired technologies or products with the Company’s existing product lines may not be successful, and other factors that are detailed from time to time in reports filed by ANSYS, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including ANSYS, Inc.'s 2015 Annual Report and Form 10-K. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether changes occur as a result of new information or future events, after the date they were made.

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Investors:
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724.820.3700
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