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Cree Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018

August 14, 2018

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 14, 2018--Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) today announced revenue of $409 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, ended June 24, 2018. This represents a 14% increase compared to revenue of $359 million reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, and a 15% increase compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $33 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $12 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 of $4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

For fiscal year 2018, Cree reported revenue of $1.49 billion, which represents a 1% increase when compared to revenue of $1.47 billion for fiscal 2017. GAAP net loss was $280 million, or $2.81 per diluted share, which includes a $247.5 million impairment charge attributable to Cree’s Lighting Products segment taken in the third fiscal quarter. This compares to a GAAP net loss of $98 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, for fiscal 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for fiscal year 2018 was $19 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $50 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for fiscal 2017.

“Fiscal year 2018 finished with good momentum, with fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings per share that exceeded the top end of our range driven by Wolfspeed growth and gross margin improvement,” stated Gregg Lowe, Cree CEO. “The demand for Silicon Carbide and GaN technologies continues to grow, as evidenced by the excellent results of our Wolfspeed business. We are expanding our manufacturing footprint and broadening our product portfolio to extend our leadership position in this market and drive growth.”

Business Outlook:

For its first quarter of fiscal 2019 ending September 23, 2018, Cree targets revenue in a range of $395 million to $415 million. GAAP net loss is targeted at $9 million to $14 million, or $0.09 to $0.14 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income is targeted in a range of $10 million to $14 million, or $0.10 to $0.14 per diluted share. Targeted GAAP and non-GAAP earnings reflect the negative impact of approximately $0.02 per diluted share for the tariffs that went into effect on July 6, 2018. Targeted non-GAAP income excludes $23 million of pre-tax expenses related to stock-based compensation expense, Lighting Products restructuring costs and the amortization of acquisition-related intangibles. The GAAP and non-GAAP targets 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 2018 results and the fiscal first quarter 2019 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, lighting class LEDs and lighting products. 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. Cree’s LED lighting systems and lamps serve indoor and outdoor applications.

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 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 in the forward-looking statements. Actual results, including those with respect to our targets and prospects, could differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk that we may not obtain sufficient orders to achieve our targeted revenues; price competition in key markets; the risk that we, or our channel partners, are not able to develop and expand customer bases and accurately anticipate demand from end customers, which can result in increased inventory and reduced orders as we experience wide fluctuations in supply and demand; the risk that our commercial Lighting Products segment results will continue to suffer if new issues arise regarding issues related to product quality for this business; the risk that we may experience production difficulties that preclude us from shipping sufficient quantities to meet customer orders or that result in higher production costs and lower margins; our ability to lower costs; the risk that our results will suffer if we are unable to balance fluctuations in customer demand and capacity, including bringing on additional capacity on a timely basis to meet customer demand; the risk that longer manufacturing lead times may cause customers to fulfill their orders with a competitor’s products instead; the risk that the economic and political uncertainty caused by the already imposed and proposed tariffs by the United States on Chinese goods, and corresponding Chinese tariffs in response, may negatively impact demand for our products; product mix; risks associated with the ramp-up of production of our new products, and our entry into new business channels different from those in which we have historically operated; the risk that customers do not maintain favorable perception of our brand and products, resulting in lower demand for our products; the risk that our products fail to perform or fail to meet customer requirements or expectations, resulting in significant additional costs, including costs associated with warranty returns or the potential recall of our products; ongoing uncertainty in global economic conditions, infrastructure development or customer demand 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; 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 risk that we are not able to enter into acceptable contractual arrangements with the significant customers of the acquired Infineon Technologies AG (Infineon) RF Power business or otherwise not fully realize anticipated benefits of the transaction; the risk that retail customers may alter promotional pricing, increase promotion of a competitor’s products over our products or reduce their inventory levels, all of which could negatively affect product demand; the risk that our investments may experience periods of significant stock price volatility causing us to recognize fair value losses on our investment; the risk posed by managing an increasingly complex supply chain that has the ability to supply a sufficient quantity of raw materials, subsystems and finished products with the required specifications and quality; the risk we may be required to record a significant charge to earnings if our goodwill or amortizable assets become impaired; risks relating to confidential information theft or misuse, including through cyber-attacks or cyber intrusion; our ability to complete development and commercialization of products under development, such as our pipeline of Wolfspeed products, improved LED chips, LED components, and LED lighting products; risks related to our multi-year warranty periods for LED lighting products; risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures or investments generally; 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 25, 2017, and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements represent Cree’s judgment as of the date of this release. Except as required under the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, Cree disclaims any intent or 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 ® is a registered trademark and Wolfspeed ™ is a trademark of Cree, Inc.

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