Exhibit 99.1
 
 
For Immediate Release
Press Release
 
Contact:
Raiford Garrabrant
 
Cree, Inc.
 
Director, Investor Relations
 
Ph: 919-287-7895
 
Fax: 919-313-5615
 
Email: investorrelations@cree.com
 

Cree Reports Record Revenue and Net Income for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010
 
Annual Revenue increased 53% to $867 Million
Annual Net Income increased 402% to $152 Million

 
DURHAM, N.C., August 10, 2010
– Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, today announced record revenue of $264.6 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, ended June 27, 2010.  This represents a 79% increase compared to revenue of $148.1 million reported for the fourth fiscal quarter last year and a 13% increase compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2010.  GAAP net income for the fourth quarter increased 445% year-over-year to $52.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $9.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 268% year-over-year to $60.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 of $16.3 million or $0.18 per diluted share.

For fiscal year 2010, Cree reported revenue of $867.3 million, which represents a 53% increase compared to revenue of $567.3 million for fiscal 2009.  GAAP net income increased 402% to $152.3 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to $30.3 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for fiscal 2009.  On a non-GAAP basis, net income for fiscal year 2010 increased 203% to $179.2 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, compared to $59.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, for fiscal 2009.  Cree generated $250.6 million of operating cash flow and $81.9 million of free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) during fiscal 2010.

“Fiscal 2010 was a great year for Cree and the LED lighting revolution,” stated Chuck Swoboda, Cree Chairman and CEO.  “We made good progress building momentum in our business and delivering on our four key objectives for the fiscal year.  Entering fiscal 2011, we are focused on extending our leadership position while we build the scale, cost structure and channels to win in the market.”
 

 
 

 
 
Q4 2010 Financial Metrics:
 
     
Fourth Quarter
(in thousands, except per
share amounts and percentages)
   
           
     
2010
2009
Change
   
Net revenue
 $264,599
$148,110
$116,489
79%
 
GAAP
       
   
Gross Margin
49.5%
39.6%
 
 
    Operating Margin 25.9% 7.7%    
   
Net Income
$52,848
$9,695
$43,153
445%
   
Earnings per diluted share
$   0.48
$   0.11
$  0.37
348%
 
Non-GAAP
       
   
Gross Margin
49.9%
40.3%
 
 
    Operating Margin 29.6% 14.1%    
   
Net Income
$60,120
$16,336
$43,784
268%
   
Earnings per diluted share
$    0.55
$    0.18
$  0.37
202%
 
 
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Cash and investments increased $75.4 million from Q3 of fiscal 2010 to $1,066.4 million.

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Cash flow from operations was $94.9 million.  Free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $54.2 million as we spent $40.8 million on capital expenditures to support our capacity expansion.

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Accounts receivable (net) decreased $8.3 million from Q3 of fiscal 2010 to $117.5 million, resulting in days sales outstanding of 40, a decrease of 8 days from Q3 of fiscal 2010.

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Inventory (net) increased $5.2 million from Q3 of fiscal 2010 to $112.2 million and represents 76 days of inventory, a decrease of 3 days from Q3 of fiscal 2010.
 
 
Recent Business Highlights:

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Signed a comprehensive, worldwide patent cross-license agreement with Philips designed to further accelerate the growth of the LED lighting market
 
»  
Set a new standard for LED fixtures by extending the warranty on Cree’s family of fixture products to five years

»  
Announced the Cree LR6-DR1000 downlight, a high-output six-inch downlight that features Cree TrueWhite® Technology and delivers 70 percent more light than the original LR6TM downlight
 
 
 
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Announced the Cree LR24HE troffer, a new LED-based troffer that features Cree TrueWhite Technology and is the first indoor fixture known to deliver more than 100 lumens per Watt fixture efficacy
 
 
Business Outlook:
 
For its first quarter of fiscal 2011 ending September 26, 2010, Cree targets revenue in a range of $270 million to $280 million with GAAP net income of $52 million to $56 million, or $0.48 to $0.51 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income is targeted to increase quarter-over-quarter to a range of $62 million to $65 million, or $0.56 to $0.59 per diluted share, based on an estimated 110.2 million diluted weighted average shares.  Targeted non-GAAP earnings exclude expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangibles of $0.02 per diluted share, and stock-based compensation expense of $0.06 per diluted share.
 

Quarterly Conference Call:
 
Cree will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today to review the highlights of the fiscal fourth quarter 2010 results and the fiscal first quarter 2011 business outlook, including significant factors and assumptions underlying the targets noted above. The conference call will be available to the public through a live audio web broadcast via the Internet. Log on to Cree’s website at www.cree.com and go to “Investor Relations — Overview” for webcast details. The call will be archived and available on the website through August 24, 2010.
 
Supplemental financial information, including the non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release, is available in the “Investor Relations” section of Cree’s website, under “Financial Metrics”, “Quarter ending June 27, 2010”, at www.cree.com.
 

About Cree, Inc.
 
Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for backlighting, wireless and power applications.

Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and radio-frequency/wireless devices. Cree solutions are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, variable-speed motors and wireless communications.
 
For additional product and company information, please refer to www.cree.com.
 
 
Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
 
This press release highlights the company’s financial results on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis.  The GAAP results include certain costs, charges and expenses which are excluded from non-GAAP results.  By publishing the non-GAAP measures, management intends to provide
 

 
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investors with additional information to further analyze the company's performance, core results and underlying trends.  Cree’s management evaluates results and makes operating decisions using both GAAP and non-GAAP measures included in this press release.  Non-GAAP results are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and non-GAAP information should be considered a supplement to, and not a substitute for, financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Investors and potential investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures attached to this press release.
 

Forward Looking Statements:
 
The schedules attached to this release are an integral part of the release. This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results, including with respect to our targets and prospects, could differ materially due to a number of factors, including risks associated with the ramp-up of production of our new products, as well as production at our new Huizhou facility; the risk that, due to the complexity of our manufacturing processes, we may experience production delays that preclude us from shipping sufficient quantities to meet customer orders or that result in higher production costs and lower margins; ongoing uncertainty in global economic conditions that could negatively affect product demand, collectability of receivables and other related matters as consumers and businesses may defer purchases or payments, or default on payments, in response to tight credit and negative financial news; our ability to complete development and commercialization of products under development, such as our pipeline of brighter LED chips, LED components and LED lighting products; our ability to lower costs; increasing price competition in key markets; risks resulting from the concentration of our business among few customers, including the risk that customers may reduce or cancel orders or fail to honor purchase commitments; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render our products obsolete; the potential lack of customer acceptance for our products; risks associated with ongoing litigation; and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 28, 2009, and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Except as required under the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, Cree disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, developments, changes in assumptions or otherwise.
 
Cree, the Cree logo and TrueWhite are registered trademarks, and CR6, Cree TrueWhite, LR6 and LR24 are trademarks, of Cree, Inc.
 

 
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CREE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share data)
                         
                         
    Three Months Ended     Year Ended  
    June 27, 2010     June 28, 2009     June 27, 2010     June 28, 2009  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)        
                         
Revenue, net
  $ 264,599     $ 148,110     $ 867,287     $ 567,255  
                                 
Cost of revenue, net
    133,546       89,414       456,180       355,349  
                                 
Gross profit
    131,053       58,696       411,107       211,906  
Gross margin percentage
    49.5 %     39.6 %     47.4 %     37.4 %
                                 
Operating expenses:
                               
Research and development
    21,542       18,576       81,407       71,363  
Sales, general and administrative
    37,493       21,125       115,601       86,929  
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles
    3,045       4,062       12,180       16,248  
Loss on disposal or impairment of long-lived assets
    452       3,471       4,141       6,776  
Total operating expenses
    62,532       47,234       213,329       181,316  
                                 
Operating income
    68,521       11,462       197,778       30,590  
Operating income percentage
    25.9 %     7.7 %     22.8 %     5.4 %
                                 
Non-operating income:
                               
Gain on sale of investments, net
    -       -       1       78  
Interest and other non-operating income, net
    1,822       1,650       7,693       8,999  
Income from operations before income taxes
    70,343       13,112       205,472       39,667  
                                 
Income tax expense
    17,495       3,277       53,182       9,017  
Income from continuing operations
  $ 52,848     $ 9,835     $ 152,290     $ 30,650  
                                 
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of related tax effect
    -       (140 )     -       (325 )
Net income
  $ 52,848     $ 9,695     $ 152,290     $ 30,325  
                                 
Diluted earnings per share:
                               
Income from continuing operations
  $ 0.48     $ 0.11     $ 1.45     $ 0.34  
(Loss) income from discontinued operations
  $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Net income
  $ 0.48     $ 0.11     $ 1.45     $ 0.34  
                                 
Weighted average shares of common
                               
   stock outstanding, diluted
    109,558       89,983       104,698       89,081  
 
 
 
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CREE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
           
           
   
June 27, 2010
 
June 28, 2009
 
 
 
(Unaudited)
     
Assets:          
Current assets:
         
Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments
  $ 1,066,405   $ 417,653  
Accounts receivable, net
    117,535     103,035  
Inventories
    112,241     78,841  
Income taxes receivable
    -     1,526  
Deferred income taxes
    18,823     10,022  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    40,159     18,359  
Total current assets
    1,355,163     629,436  
               
Property and equipment, net
    419,726     320,110  
Long-term investments
    -     29,557  
Intangible assets, net
    106,109     113,328  
Goodwill
    313,019     304,791  
Other assets
    5,159     7,345  
Total assets
  $ 2,199,176   $ 1,404,567  
               
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:
             
Current liabilities:
             
Accounts payable, trade
  $ 63,826   $ 38,770  
Accrued salaries and wages
    26,247     16,732  
Income taxes payable
    14,375     8,139  
Deferred income taxes
    -     122  
Other current liabilities
    15,643     7,868  
Contingent payment due related to COTCO acquisition
    -     57,050  
Total current liabilities
    120,091     128,681  
               
Long-term liabilities:
             
Deferred income taxes
    39,398     42,752  
Other long-term liabilities
    11,639     8,386  
Total long-term liabilities
    51,037     51,138  
               
Shareholders' Equity:
             
Common stock
    135     112  
Additional paid-in-capital
    1,507,435     857,383  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes
    12,171     11,236  
Retained earnings
    508,307     356,017  
Total shareholders' equity
    2,028,048     1,224,748  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
  $ 2,199,176   $ 1,404,567  
 
 
 
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Cree, Inc.
Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance

 
To supplement the company’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Cree uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP gross margin, and free cash flow.

Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the tables included with this press release.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Cree’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures should only be used to evaluate Cree’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Cree believes that these non-GAAP measures, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures,  enhance investors’ and management’s overall understanding of the company’s current financial performance and the company’s prospects for the future, including cash flows available to pursue opportunities to enhance shareholder value. In addition, because Cree has historically reported certain non-GAAP results to investors, the company believes the inclusion of non-GAAP measures provides consistency in the company’s financial reporting.

For its internal budgeting process, and as discussed further below, Cree’s management uses financial statements that do not include stock-based compensation expense or amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets, and the income taxes associated with the foregoing. Cree’s management also uses non-GAAP measures, in addition to the corresponding GAAP measures, in reviewing the company’s financial results.

As described above, Cree excludes the following items from one or more of its non-GAAP measures when applicable:

Stock-based compensation expense. This expense consists of expenses for stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchases through its ESPP. Cree excludes stock-based compensation expenses from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses that Cree does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results.

Amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets. Cree incurs amortization or impairments of acquired intangible assets in connection with acquisitions. Cree excludes these items because they arise from Cree’s prior acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the current operating results of Cree’s business.

Income tax effects of the foregoing non-GAAP items.  This amount is used to present each of the amounts described above on an after-tax basis consistent with the presentation of non-GAAP net income.
 
Cree expects to incur stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquired intangible assets in future periods, including income taxes associated with all of the foregoing.

In addition to the non-GAAP measures discussed above, Cree also uses free cash flow as a measure of operating performance. Free cash flow represents operating cash flows less net purchases of property and equipment. Cree considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of property and equipment, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in Cree’s business, make strategic acquisitions, strengthen the balance sheet and repurchase stock. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company’s cash balance for the period.
 

 
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CREE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
                         
   
Three Months Ended
   
Year ended
 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
 
                         
GAAP Gross Profit
  $ 131,053     $ 58,696     $ 411,107     $ 211,906  
GAAP Gross Margin
    49.5 %     39.6 %     47.4 %     37.4 %
    Adjustment:
                               
Stock-based compensation expense
    1,067       1,052       3,091       4,250  
Non-GAAP Gross Profit
  $ 132,120     $ 59,748     $ 414,198     $ 216,156  
Non-GAAP Gross Margin
    49.9 %     40.3 %     47.8 %     38.1 %
                                 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Year ended
 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
 
                                 
GAAP operating income
  $ 68,521     $ 11,462     $ 197,778     $ 30,590  
GAAP operating income percentage
    25.9 %     7.7 %     22.8 %     5.4 %
    Adjustments:
                               
Stock-based compensation expense
    6,635       5,320       24,067       21,112  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets
    3,045       4,062       12,180       16,248  
Total adjustments to GAAP operating income
    9,680       9,382       36,247       37,360  
Non-GAAP operating income
    78,201       20,844       234,025       67,950  
Non-GAAP operating income percentage
    29.6 %     14.1 %     27.0 %     12.0 %
                                 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Year ended
 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
 
                                 
GAAP net income
  $ 52,848     $ 9,695     $ 152,290     $ 30,325  
    Adjustments:
                               
Stock-based compensation expense
    6,635       5,320       24,067       21,112  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets
    3,045       4,062       12,180       16,248  
Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision
                               
      for income taxes
    9,680       9,382       36,247       37,360  
Income tax effect
    (2,408 )     (2,741 )     (9,382 )     (8,493 )
Non-GAAP net income
    60,120       16,336       179,155       59,192  
Diluted net income per share:
                               
GAAP net income
  $ 0.48     $ 0.11     $ 1.45     $ 0.34  
Non-GAAP
  $ 0.55     $ 0.18     $ 1.71     $ 0.66  
Shares used in diluted net income per share calculation:
                               
GAAP net income
    109,558       89,983       104,698       89,081  
Non-GAAP
    109,558       89,983       104,698       89,081  
                                 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Year ended
 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
 
Free Cash Flows
                               
Cash flow from operations
  $ 94,938     $ 43,010     $ 250,569     $ 177,919  
Less:  PP&E CapEx spending
    40,786       14,689       168,624       55,283  
Total Free Cash Flows
  $ 54,152     $ 28,321     $ 81,945     $ 122,636  
                                 
   
CREE, INC.
 
Additional Financial Information
 
(in thousands)
 
(Unaudited)
 
                                 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Year ended
 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
 
Stock-Based Compensation Expense
                               
Cost of sales
  $ 1,067     $ 1,052     $ 3,091     $ 4,250  
                                 
Research and development
    1,452       1,172       5,040       5,267  
Sales, general and administrative
    4,116       3,096       15,936       11,595  
Total stock-based compensation in operating expense
    5,568       4,268       20,976       16,862  
                                 
Total Stock-Based Compensation Expense
  $ 6,635     $ 5,320     $ 24,067     $ 21,112  
                                 
                                 
   
June 27, 2010
   
June 28, 2009
                 
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments
                               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 397,431     $ 290,154                  
Short term investments
    668,974       127,499                  
Long term investments
    -       29,557                  
Total Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments
  $ 1,066,405     $ 447,210                  
 
 
 
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