MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ Synopsys Inc. (SNPS) on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $79.4 million.

On a per-share basis, the Mountain View, California-based company said it had net income of 52 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, came to 95 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share.

The maker of software used to test and develop chips posted revenue of $779.7 million in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $774.6 million.

For the current quarter ending in October, Synopsys expects its per-share earnings to range from 76 cents to 80 cents.

The company said it expects revenue in the range of $774 million to $804 million for the fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $764.5 million.

Synopsys expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.89 to $3.93 per share, with revenue ranging from $3.1 billion to $3.13 billion.

Synopsys shares have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $94.68, an increase of 20 percent in the last 12 months.


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