Altera Receives Favorable Opinion on Cost-Sharing Litigation

Jul 29, 2015, 16:15 ET from Altera Corporation

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that the United States Tax Court (the "Court") has issued a favorable opinion with respect to Altera's litigation with the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") filed with the Court in 2012. The litigation relates to the treatment of stock-based compensation expense in an inter-company cost-sharing arrangement with Altera's wholly owned subsidiary, Altera International, Inc., for fiscal years 2004 through 2007 among other issues. In its opinion issued on July 27, 2015, the Court accepted Altera's position and concluded that the company is not liable for any tax or interest associated with the cost-sharing issue.

There are other outstanding issues that need to be resolved and other procedural formalities that need to be completed in this litigation before a decision is issued by the Court. We are not able to predict the timing of when the decision will be issued by the Court. Once the Court has issued a decision in the case, the IRS will have a 90-day period to appeal. If the decision stands as set forth in the opinion and upon a final adjudication, Altera currently expects to record, based upon its preliminary estimates, an aggregate favorable impact of $40 to $50 million to net income for fiscal years 2004 through 2007 for the reversal of previously recorded reserves related to the stock-based compensation cost-sharing issue.

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