Synopsys posts Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021

Q1 2021 Financial Highlights-

Revenue: $970.3 million-
GAAP earnings per share: $1.03-
Non-GAAP earnings per share: $1.52

Synopsys reported results for its first quarter fiscal year 2021. Revenue for the first quarter was $970.3 million, compared to $834.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.  

“The first quarter was a very good start to fiscal year 2021, with strength across all geographies and product groups. We delivered financial results at or above guidance targets, initiated a $250 million stock repurchase, and are reaffirming our outlook for the year,” said Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys. “Our markets are strong, as companies across vertical segments are racing to leverage big data, faster computation, and machine learning to differentiate themselves. Synopsys is at the heart of this wave of advanced technology. Our highly differentiated portfolio of solutions, including exciting new innovations in EDA, state-of-the-art IP blocks and leading software security products and services, is generating high demand and excellent growth. In fiscal 2021, we expect to deliver low-to-mid teens non-GAAP earnings per share growth on revenue surpassing the $4 billion milestone and continued non-GAAP operating margin expansion, with more than $1 billion in operating cash flow.”

GAAP Results

On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $162.3 million, or $1.03 per share, compared to $104.1 million, or $0.67 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Non-GAAP Results

On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $239.5 million, or $1.52 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $156.7 million, or $1.01 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

For a reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results, see “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation” and the accompanying tables below. 

Business Segments

Synopsys reports revenue and operating income in two segments: (1) Semiconductor & System Design, which includes EDA tools, IP products, system integration solutions and associated services, and (2) Software Integrity, which includes security and quality solutions for software development across many industries. 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 2021. These financial targets assume that there are no further changes to the current U.S. government “Entity List” restrictions for the rest of the fiscal year. 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 Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Targets
(in millions except per share amounts)
Q2 FY 2021FY 2021
Revenue$                  970$               1,000$               4,000$               4,050
GAAP Expenses$                  801$                  819$               3,234$               3,279
Non-GAAP Expenses$                  697$                  707$               2,825$               2,855
Other Income (Expense)$                    (4)$                    (2)$                  (11)$                    (7)
Normalized Annual Tax Rate (1)16%16%16%16%
Outstanding Shares (fully diluted)156159156159
GAAP EPS$                 0.93$                 1.02$                 4.29$                 4.45
Non-GAAP EPS$                 1.50$                 1.55$                 6.23$                 6.30
Operating Cash Flow$               1,200$               1,300
(1) Applied in non-GAAP net income calculations

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 A recording of the call will be available by calling +1-866-207-1041 (+1-402-970-0847 for international callers), access code 9968053, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time today, until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 24, 2021. A webcast replay will also be available on the website from approximately 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time today through the time Synopsys announces its results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 in May 2021.  Synopsys will post copies of the prepared remarks of Aart de Geus, chairman and co-chief executive officer, and Trac Pham, chief financial officer, on its website following today’s call.  In addition, Synopsys makes additional information available in a financial supplement and corporate overview presentation, also posted on the corporate website.

Effectiveness of Information

The targets included in this press release, the statements made during the earnings conference call and the information contained in the financial supplement and corporate overview presentation (available in the Investor Relations section of Synopsys’ corporate website at represent Synopsys’ expectations and beliefs as of the date of this release only. Although this press release, copies of the prepared remarks of the co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer made during the call, the financial supplement, and the corporate overview presentation will remain available on Synopsys’ website through the date of the second quarter fiscal year 2021 earnings call in May 2021, their continued availability through such date does not mean that Synopsys is reaffirming or confirming their continued validity. Synopsys does not currently intend to report on its progress during the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 or comment to analysts or investors on, or otherwise update, the targets given in this release.

Availability of Final Financial Statements

Synopsys will include final financial statements for the first quarter fiscal year 2021 in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q to be filed by March 11, 2021.