Xilinx Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results

Product and Financial Highlights - Fiscal First Quarter 2021

  • Xilinx launched the industry’s first 20-nanometer (nm) space-grade FPGA, delivering radiation tolerance and ultra-high throughput and bandwidth performance for satellite and space applications.
  • Xilinx introduced two real-time video server appliances that will enable service providers to deliver high-quality, low-cost live video streaming for applications such as eSports and game streaming platforms, social and video conferencing, and live distance learning.
  • In order to provide critical infrastructure and funding to support novel research in adaptive compute acceleration for high performance computing (HPC), Xilinx established the Xilinx Adaptive Compute Clusters (XACC) at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
  • Targeting the data center and wired and wireless communications markets, Xilinx released the new Virtex UltraScale+ VU57P FPGA for latency-sensitive workloads where fast data throughput and fast memory are key requirements.
  • Xilinx issued $750 million in 2030 Notes with net proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes, which may include refinancing or repayment of debt.
  • Xilinx repurchased 0.7 million shares of common stock at an average price of $78.38 and paid dividends of $92 million.

Business Outlook - Fiscal Second Quarter 2021

The following guidance is based on current expectations and estimates and, as indicated, is presented on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. This guidance is forward-looking and actual results may differ materially as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed and referred to at the end of this press release.

















$730M - $780M



$730M - $780M

Gross Margin


68.5% - 71.5%


~1% (1)


69.5% - 72.5%

Operating Expenses


$326M - $340M


~$(4M) (2)


$322M - $336M

Other Expense






Tax Rate


0% - 3%


~1% (3)


1% - 4%

Notes regarding Non-GAAP Adjustments:


Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles


M&A related expenses and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles


Income tax effect of Non-GAAP adjustments

Conference Call

A conference call will be held today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the June quarter financial results and management's outlook for the September quarter. The webcast and subsequent replay will be available in the investor relations section of the Company's web site at investor.xilinx.com. A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed later in the day by calling (800) 585-8367 and referencing confirmation code 5327348. The telephonic replay will be available for two weeks following the live call.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Fiscal first quarter 2021 results and business outlook for the September quarter include financial measures which are not determined in accordance with the United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as indicated. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures has been reconciled, in each case, to the most directly-comparable GAAP measure, as indicated in the accompanying tables. The Company’s calculation of such non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed herein to evaluate the Company's financial results from continuing operations (excluding the impact of acquisitions) and compare to operating performance in past periods. Similarly, Management believes presentation of these non-GAAP measures is useful to investors because it enables investors and analysts to evaluate operating expenses of the Company's core business, excluding the impact of non-core business expenses such as acquisition-related amortization and non-recurring items.

M&A related expenses: These expenses mainly consist of legal and consulting fees associated with acquisition activities. The Company believes these costs do not reflect its current operating performance. Consequently, the non-GAAP adjustments exclude these charges to facilitate an evaluation of the Company’s current operating performance and comparisons to its past operating performance.

Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles: Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets consists of amortization of intangible assets such as developed technology acquired in connection with business combinations. The non-GAAP adjustments exclude these charges to facilitate an evaluation of the Company’s current operating performance and comparisons to its past operating performance.

Income taxes: The Company excludes the income tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments reflected in operating expenses and other income, as detailed above, including a one-time charge of approximately $57 million for the fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2020 impact of the Supreme Court’s June 22, 2020, decision not to hear the Altera Corp. v. Commissioner (“Altera”) case. Xilinx is not a party to the proceedings but is subject to the findings of the case. The Altera tax case concerns related party R&D cost sharing arrangements and whether stock-based compensation should be included in the pool of costs to be shared. With the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Altera case, the decision of the Ninth Circuit (which would apply to taxpayers such as Xilinx) that stock-based compensation is to be included in the pool of costs to be shared remains in place. Despite the decision in Altera, the law remains unsettled and the Company will continue to monitor developments and the potential effect on its consolidated financial statements and tax filings. Please see “Note 14. Income Taxes” to our financial statements in our Form 10-K as filed with the SEC on May 8, 2020 for more details about the Altera case.

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