Cree Stock Falls After Revenue Miss, Weak Guidance

May 3 [addtoany]

Cree, Inc. (CREE) today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2019, ended March 31, 2019. Revenue from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $274 million, which represents a 22% increase compared to revenue from continuing operations of $225 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $22 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. This compares to a GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $10 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $20 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 of $17 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.

As previously announced, on March 14, 2019, Cree executed a definitive agreement to sell the Lighting Products business to IDEAL Industries, Inc. (IDEAL). As a result, the results of the Lighting Products business have been classified as discontinued operations in the consolidated statements of (loss) income for all periods presented. Additionally, the related assets and liabilities associated with the discontinued operations are classified as held for sale in the consolidated balance sheets. Unless otherwise noted, discussions herein relate to the Company’s continuing operations. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Cree’s fiscal year 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and governmental approvals. The parties received early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in April 2019.

“Our Wolfspeed business continued to post strong performance in the third quarter, which helped drive non-GAAP earnings per share above the top end of our range,” said Cree CEO Gregg Lowe. “We are also very pleased to have recorded gross margin improvements across the business while addressing some softness within our LED business. We are well positioned to meet the growing demand for next generation silicon carbide solutions over the next five years that support a variety of mega trends including the auto industry’s transition to electric vehicles and the rapid deployment of faster 5G wireless networks.”

Business Outlook:

For its fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 ending June 30, 2019, Cree targets revenue from continuing operations in a range of $263 million to $271 million. GAAP net loss from continuing operations is targeted at $19 million to $24 million, or $0.18 to $0.23 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations is targeted to be in a range of $12 million to $17 million, or $0.12 to $0.16 earnings per diluted share. Targeted non-GAAP income from continuing operations excludes $36 million of estimated expenses, net of tax, related to stock-based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs and discount, costs associated with corporate restructuring, interest accretion on our convertible notes’ issue costs and fair value adjustments, and transaction-related 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 fiscal 2019 third quarter results and the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter 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.

About Cree, Inc.

Cree is an innovator of Wolfspeed® power and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors and lighting class LEDs. Cree’s Wolfspeed product families include SiC materials, power-switching devices and RF devices targeted for applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging inverters, power supplies, telecom and military and aerospace. Cree’s LED product families include blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs and lighting-class power LEDs targeted for indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation and specialty lighting applications.