Autodesk Reports Q2 Earnings
The company anticipates taking a pre-tax charge in the range of $50 million to $60 million in connection with the restructuring. Approximately $40 million to $45 million of the pre-tax charges will be taken in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. Most of the remaining charge will be taken in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
“This restructuring is squarely focused on our continued transformation and shift to more cloud and mobile computing," continued Bass. "This action allows us to continue to invest in recruiting and hiring people who can bring Autodesk the skills and experience that are critical for achieving our mid and long-term goals. As part of the ongoing platform shift, it's clear to us that design and engineering software will move to cloud and mobile platforms. Cloud and mobile has been a major investment area for Autodesk over the past couple of years and this restructuring will accelerate our progress as we intend to further invest in employees with expertise and skill sets essential to this transition. Additionally, this restructuring helps us reduce costs and streamline the organization as a continuation of the activities we began earlier this year."
Separately, in response to the company's second quarter performance, the uneven economic environment, and outlook for the rest of the year, Autodesk is implementing further spend management measures, such as reducing non-sales related travel and the number of its contractors.
The company expects the combined restructuring and cost savings initiatives, partially offset by planned investments, will result in pre-tax spend (operating expenses plus cost of goods sold) increasing in the second half of fiscal 2013 by between 7 and 11 percent compared to the second half of fiscal 2012 on a GAAP basis and ranging between -2 and 2 percent on a non-GAAP basis. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP in the pre-tax spend range comparisons is due to the exclusion from non-GAAP pre-tax spend of approximately 5 percent related to stock-based compensation expense, approximately 2 percent for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and approximately 2 percent related to restructuring charges, which are included in total GAAP pre-tax spend.
"Although the economic environment is challenging, our market opportunity and prospects remain strong and we remain committed to achieving our long-term growth targets by the end of fiscal 2015," concluded Bass.