Autodesk Reports Strong Financial Results in First Quarter Fiscal 2011

Cash flow from operations was $139 million in the fiscal first quarter bringing the cash and investments balance to over $1.2 billion, or cash and investments of approximately $5.40 per share of common stock outstanding.

Business Outlook

The following statements are forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties some of which are set forth below. Autodesk is only providing revenue and earnings per share guidance for its fiscal second quarter of 2011 at this time.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2011

Net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 is expected to be in the range of $435 million and $460 million. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.12 and $0.17. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.23 and $0.28, excluding $0.06 related to stock-based compensation expense, $0.04 for amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and $0.01 related to restructuring charges.

Second quarter outlook assumes an effective tax rate of 26 percent for our GAAP results and an effective tax rate of 27 percent for our non-GAAP results.

Full Year Fiscal 2011

Autodesk is not providing specific revenue or EPS guidance for fiscal 2011 at this time. However, GAAP operating margin for the full year fiscal 2011 is expected to increase significantly compared to fiscal 2010. Autodesk anticipates non-GAAP operating margin to increase approximately 300 basis points for full year fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010. Non-GAAP operating margin excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and restructuring charges.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Autodesk will host its first quarter conference call today at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast can be accessed at Supplemental financial information and prepared remarks for the conference call will be posted to the investor relations section of our website simultaneously with this press release.

NOTE: The prepared remarks will not be read on the conference call. The conference call will include only brief remarks followed by questions and answers.

A replay of the broadcast will be available at 7:00 pm EDT at This replay will be maintained on our website for at least twelve months.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements in the paragraphs under “Business Outlook” above, statements regarding anticipated market, economic and revenue trends, cost savings, operational and efficiency investments, and other statements regarding our expected strategies, market and products positions, performance and results. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: general market, economic and business conditions, our performance in particular geographies, including emerging economies, the financial and business condition of our reseller and distribution channels, fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates, the success of our foreign currency hedging program, failure to achieve and maintain planned cost reductions and productivity increases, slowing momentum in maintenance revenues, failure to achieve sufficient sell-through in our channels for new or existing products, pricing pressure, failure to successfully expand adoption of our horizontal design products, our vertical design products and model-based design products, difficulties encountered in integrating new or acquired businesses and technologies, the inability to identify and realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, unexpected fluctuations in our tax rate, the timing and degree of expected investments in growth and efficiency opportunities, changes in the timing of product releases and retirements, failure of key new applications to achieve anticipated levels of customer acceptance, failure to achieve continued success in technology advancements, interruptions or terminations in the business of Autodesk consultants, and any unanticipated accounting charges.

Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in Autodesk’s report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2010, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are built. Fortune 100 companies - as well as the last 14 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects - use Autodesk software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and money, enhance quality, and foster innovation for competitive advantage.

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