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Cree Reports Financial Results For The Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2013

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, today announced revenue of $375.0 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, ended June 30, 2013. This represents a 22% increase compared to revenue of $306.8 million reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and a 7% increase compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2013. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $28.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, an increase of 182% year-over-year compared to GAAP net income of $10.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $45.6 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, an increase of 56% year-over-year compared to non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 of $29.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.

For fiscal year 2013, Cree reported revenue of $1.39 billion, which represents a 19% increase compared to revenue of $1.16 billion for fiscal 2012. GAAP net income was $86.9 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, an increase of 96% compared to $44.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for fiscal 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for fiscal year 2013 was $155.4 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, an increase of 42% compared to $109.2 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, for fiscal 2012. Cree generated $285.2 million of operating cash flow and $186.9 million of free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) during fiscal 2013.

"Our fiscal fourth quarter was a strong finish to a great year, with record revenue and good earnings growth in line with our targets," stated Chuck Swoboda, Cree Chairman and CEO. "Total company backlog is ahead of this point last quarter and we are targeting solid growth in LED lighting in Q1. Our new products have opened new applications, improved payback, and fueled growth in LED lighting. We remain focused on driving mass adoption and our goal of 100% upgrade to LED lighting."

Q4 2013 Financial Metrics

(in thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
Fourth Quarter
2013   2012 Change
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenue, net $ 375,009 $ 306,759 $ 68,250 22 %
Gross margin 37.5 % 34.8 %
Operating margin 8.2 % 2.8 %
Net income $ 28,242 $ 10,026 $ 18,216 182 %
Earnings per diluted share $ 0.23 $ 0.09 $ 0.14 156 %
Gross margin 38.2 % 36.3 %
Operating margin 13.7 % 9.8 %
Net income $ 45,645 $ 29,194 $ 16,451 56 %
Earnings per diluted share $ 0.38 $ 0.25 $ 0.13 52 %
  • Gross margin decreased 60 basis points from Q3 of fiscal 2013 to 37.5% on a GAAP basis, and decreased 60 basis points to 38.2% on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash and investments increased by $86.9 million from Q3 of fiscal 2013 to $1.0 billion.
  • Accounts receivable, net increased by $10.6 million from Q3 of fiscal 2013 to $192.5 million, with days sales outstanding of 46.
  • Inventory increased by $1.3 million from Q3 of fiscal 2013 to $197.0 million and represents 76 days of inventory.

Recent Business Highlights:
  • Introduced our new XSPR LED Residential Street Light, a breakthrough in LED outdoor lighting as the first $99 LED street light that is targeted to compete head to head with low-cost traditional street lights in residential applications;
  • Introduced our new UR Series LED Upgrade Kit that can deliver payback in less than two years and makes upgrading to LED lighting from linear fluorescent lamps simple and easy;
  • Released the XLamp ® XH Series LEDs, the first family of mid-power, ceramic LEDs that offer no-compromise performance and reliability;
  • Launched the Cree ® LED BR30 Flood Light, an extension of our series of LED bulbs designed to help accelerate the consumer lighting revolution by saving money and reducing energy consumption;
  • Expanded the industry-leading CXA LED family with new 95-CRI options. Delivering up to twice the efficacy of equivalent-CRI LED light sources, the new CXA options deliver halogen-like color and push the boundaries of lighting-class performance;
  • Announced that the University of North Carolina General Administration has selected high-performing lighting by Cree as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce energy usage by at least $25 million over seven years.

Business Outlook:

For its first quarter of fiscal 2014 ending September 29, 2013, Cree targets revenue in a range of $380 million to $400 million, with GAAP gross margin targeted to be 38.5%+/- and non-GAAP gross margin targeted to be 39%+/-. Our GAAP gross margin targets include stock-based compensation expense of approximately $2.2 million, while our non-GAAP targets do not. Operating expenses are targeted to increase by approximately $3 million sequentially on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The tax rate is targeted at 23.0% for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. GAAP net income is targeted at $28 million to $34 million, or $0.23 to $0.28 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income is targeted in a range of $44 million to $50 million, or $0.36 to $0.41 per diluted share. The GAAP and non-GAAP net income targets are based on an estimated 122.4 million diluted weighted average shares. Targeted non-GAAP earnings exclude expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangibles and stock-based compensation expense of $0.13 per diluted share.

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