Safe Harbor and GAAP Reconciliation Statement
This Webcast contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Synopsys’ business, projected business results, business objectives, acquisitions, products, technologies, business model, new markets, customer demand for our technology, and our planned stock repurchase activity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, time frames or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements. Accordingly, we caution stockholders and prospective investors not to place undue reliance on these statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to: uncertainty in the growth of the semiconductor and electronics industry; consolidation among our customers; continued uncertainty in the global economy; our ability to realize the potential financial or strategic benefits of acquisitions we complete; changes in accounting principles or standards; fluctuation of our operating results; our highly competitive industries and our ability to meet our customers' demand for innovative technology at lower costs; our ability to protect our proprietary technology; application of the actual consolidated GAAP tax rate, or our decision to change our non-GAAP normalized tax rate, as a result of a number of factors, including the actual geographic mix of revenue during the quarter and year, tax law changes, actions by government authorities, or judgment by management, based upon the status of pending audits and settlements, to increase or decrease an income tax asset or liability; investments of more resources in research and development than anticipated; risks and compliance obligations relating to the global nature of our operations; cybersecurity threats or other security breaches; liquidity requirements in our U.S. operations; claims that our products infringe on third-party intellectual property rights; product errors or defects; litigation; the ability to obtain licenses to third-party software and intellectual property on reasonable terms or at all; the ability to timely recruit and retain senior management and key employees; evolving corporate governance and public disclosure regulations; the inherent limitations on the effectiveness of our controls and compliance programs; the impairment of our investment portfolio by the deterioration of capital markets and the change in the fair value of our non-qualified deferred compensation obligations; the accuracy of certain assumptions, judgments and estimates that affect amounts reported in our financial statements; and the impact of catastrophic events. More information on potential risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect Synopsys' results is included in filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2016 and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal quarter and year ended October 31, 2016 to be filed with the SEC. The information provided herein is as of November 30, 2016. Although this Webcast is expected to remain available on Synopsys’ website through the date of the earnings results call for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, its continued availability through such date does not mean that Synopsys is reaffirming or confirming its continued validity. Synopsys undertakes no duty, and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.
This Webcast also contains non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Regulation G. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP measures are included in the fourth quarter fiscal year 2016 earnings release and financial supplement, each dated November 30, 2016 and available on Synopsys' website at www.synopsys.com. Additional information about such reconciliations can be found in Synopsys’ Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 30, 2016.