|Cree Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019|
August 20, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) today announced revenue of $251.2 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, ended June 30, 2019. This represents a 5% decrease compared to revenue of $265.8 million reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, and an 8% decrease compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2019. GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $34.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $28.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $11.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 of $14.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.
For fiscal year 2019, Cree reported revenue of $1.1 billion, which represents a 17% increase when compared to revenue of $0.9 billion for fiscal 2018. GAAP net loss from continuing operations was $57.9 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. This compares to a GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $16.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for fiscal 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for fiscal year 2019 was $76.9 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $36.9 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for fiscal 2018.
“We are pleased with our performance in the quarter as non-GAAP earnings per share was within the top end of our updated range despite the challenging operating environment," stated Gregg Lowe, Cree CEO. "While the Huawei ban and softness in the LED market will continue to impact the sector in the short-term, our long-term outlook remains unchanged - there is a significant opportunity to help customers make the shift from silicon to silicon carbide solutions for their next generation applications.”
For its first quarter of fiscal 2020, Cree targets revenue from continuing operations in a range of $237 million to $243 million. GAAP net loss from continuing operations is targeted at $42 million to $46 million, or $0.39 to $0.43 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations is targeted to be in a range of $3 million to $7 million, or $0.03 to $0.07 per diluted share. Targeted non-GAAP loss from continuing operations excludes $39 million of estimated expenses, net of tax, related to stock-based compensation expense, the amortization or impairment of acquired intangibles, factory optimization restructuring and start-up costs, amortization of debt issuance costs and discount, and project and transaction costs. The GAAP and non-GAAP targets from continuing operations do not include any estimated change in the fair value of Cree’s Lextar investment.
Quarterly Conference Call:
Cree will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today to review the highlights of the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 results and the fiscal first quarter 2020 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. For webcast details, visit Cree's website at investor.cree.com/events.cfm.
Supplemental financial information, including the non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release, is available on Cree's website at investor.cree.com/results.cfm.