Cree Reports Record Revenue for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2006

Jan 19, 2006

DURHAM, NC, JANUARY 19, 2006 — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2006, which ended December 25, 2005, and now reflects the silicon microwave business located in Sunnyvale, California, as a discontinued operation. For comparative purposes to our previous guidance, which did not reflect discontinued operations accounting, second quarter total revenue was at the high end of our target range at $108,952,000. Cree reported record revenue in the second quarter of $105,640,000 from continuing operations, which is a 10 percent increase over the Company’s comparable year ago period revenue of $96,060,000 from continuing operations, and a three percent increase sequentially. Second quarter revenue from continuing operations excludes $3,312,000 of silicon microwave business revenue, which has been included, net of expenses and taxes, on our financial statements as “loss from discontinued operations.”

Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $20,058,000, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $27,093,000, or $0.35 per diluted share as reported for the second quarter of 2005. Second quarter 2006 results include stock compensation expense of $2,360,000, net of tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, due to new accounting requirements that became effective for fiscal 2006. Including discontinued operations, net income for the second quarter was $17,709,000, or $0.23 per diluted share, which included approximately $0.03 in write-downs that were previously targeted to occur in the third quarter of fiscal 2006 for the closure of the silicon microwave business. At this time, the company targets that all of the significant write-downs related to the silicon microwave business are now completed.

“Q2 was another good quarter for Cree, as we delivered total revenue and earnings at the high end of our previously announced targets,” stated Chuck Swoboda, Cree Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased that our XLamp strategy is gaining momentum and that we are winning new business. We are well positioned to grow our LED business, driven by the increasing contribution from XLamp products and our strategy to increase white market share for LCD backlights.”

Financial Highlights:

  • Gross margin from continuing operations was 49% and was within our target range for the quarter. It is not directly comparable to prior periods due to the inclusion of $1,222,000 in cost of sales related to stock compensation expense now required under new accounting rules.
  • Operating profit from continuing operations was 25% of revenue and is not directly comparable to prior periods due to the inclusion of $3,350,000 in stock compensation expense.
  • Cash flow from operations was $57 million.
  • Cash and investments equaled $338 million, an increase of $42 million from Q1 2006.
  • Accounts receivable from continuing operations of $47 million was $4 million lower than accounts receivable from continuing operations in Q1 2006, resulting in days sales outstanding (DSO) of 37, compared to 39 in Q1 2006. DSO is calculated using our trailing monthly revenue profile.
  • Inventory from continuing operations of $27 million was $900,000 lower than inventory from continuing operations in Q1 2006, and represents 46 days of inventory (DOI), a decrease of 4 days from Q1 2006.

Business Outlook:

For its third quarter of fiscal 2006, Cree currently targets revenue from continuing operations in a range of $105 million to $110 million with earnings of $0.25 to $0.27 per share, including the impact of $0.03 per share in our estimate for the cost of expensing of stock options and other equity compensation.

Cree will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today to review the highlights of the second quarter fiscal 2006 results and the third quarter fiscal 2006 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 onto Cree’s website at and go to “Investor Relations—Overview” for webcast details. The call will be archived and available on the website through February 2, 2006.

Supplemental financial information is available under “Q2 ’06 Financial Metrics” in the “Investor Relations ” section of Cree’s website at

About Cree, Inc.

Cree is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of solid-state lighting semiconductors that are revolutionizing the lighting world with exceptionally bright and efficient white and color LEDs. Key to Cree’s market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products.

Cree’s innovative products address multiple applications including exciting alternatives in brighter and more tunable light for general illumination and backlighting for more vivid displays. Cree customers range from innovative lighting fixtures makers to major electronics components and subsystems manufacturers.

Cree’s product families include blue and green LED chips, lighting LEDs and LED backlighting solutions. For product specifications, please refer to the documentation at

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 our ability to complete development and commercialization of products under development, such as our pipeline of brighter LEDs; our ability to lower costs; potential changes in demand; increasing price competition in key markets; the risk that, due to the complexity of our manufacturing processes and transition of production to three-inch wafers, 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; risks associated with the ramp up of our production for our new products; 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; Cree Microwave’s ability to sublease the Sunnyvale facility; risks associated with on-going litigation; and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 26, 2005, and subsequent reports filed with the SEC.

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Raiford Garrabrant
Director, Investor Relations
Cree, Inc.
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