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Cray Inc. Reports 2016 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Results

/EIN News/ -- SEATTLE, Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.

All figures in this release are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the financial tables in this press release.

For 2016, Cray reported total revenue of $629.8 million, which compares with $724.7 million for 2015. Net income for 2016 was $10.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $27.5 million, or $0.68 per diluted share for 2015.  Non-GAAP net income, which adjusts for selected unusual and non-cash items, was $19.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share for 2016, compared to $53.0 million, or $1.30 per diluted share for 2015.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $346.6 million, which compares with $267.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $51.8 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, compared to net income of $20.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Non-GAAP net income was $56.3 million, or $1.38 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to non-GAAP net income of $32.2 million, or $0.79 per diluted share for the same period of 2015.

Overall gross profit margin on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for 2016 was 35%.  For 2015, GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit margin was 31% and 32%, respectively.

Operating expenses for 2016 were $211.1 million, compared to $184.7 million for 2015.  Non-GAAP operating expenses for 2016 were $199.7 million, compared to $173.3 million for 2015.

As of December 31, 2016, cash and restricted cash totaled $225 million. Working capital at the end of the fourth quarter was $392 million, compared to $415 million at December 31, 2015. 

“While 2016 wasn’t nearly as strong as we originally targeted, we finished the year well, with the largest revenue quarter in our history and solid cash balances, as well as delivering profitability for the year,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “We completed numerous large system installations around the world in the fourth quarter, providing our customers with the most scalable, highest performance supercomputing, storage and analytics solutions in the market.  We continue to lead the industry at the high-end and, despite an ongoing downturn in the market, we’re in excellent position to continue to deliver for our customers and drive long-term growth.”

Outlook
Due to current market conditions, the Company has limited visibility into 2017.  While a wide range of results remains possible, the Company continues to believe it will be difficult to grow revenue compared to 2016.  Revenue in the first quarter of 2017 is expected to be approximately $55 million.  GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins for the year are expected to be in the low-mid 30% range.  Non-GAAP operating expenses for 2017 are expected to be roughly flat with 2016 levels.  For 2017, GAAP operating expenses are anticipated to be about $12 million higher than non-GAAP operating expenses, and GAAP gross profit is expected to be about $1 million lower than non-GAAP gross profit.

Actual results for any future periods are subject to large fluctuations given the nature of Cray’s business.

Recent Highlights

  • In November, Cray launched its latest generation supercomputer, the Cray XC50, the company’s fastest supercomputer ever with a peak performance of one petaflop in a single cabinet.  Among the many enhancements of the XC50, this new system adds support for the Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU accelerator as well as for next-generation Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors.
  • In January, Cray appointed Stathis Papaefstathiou to the position of senior vice president of R&D.  With more than 30 years of high tech experience, Papaefstathiou has held senior-level positions at Aerohive Networks, F5 Networks, and Microsoft.
  • In December, Cray announced the results of a deep learning collaboration between Cray, Microsoft, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) that expands the horizons of running deep learning algorithms at scale using the power of Cray supercomputers. Cray has validated and made available several deep learning toolkits on Cray XC and Cray CS-Storm systems to simplify the transition to running deep learning workloads at scale.
  • In November, Cray highlighted recent momentum for the Urika-GX agile analytics platform and previewed ongoing software updates to the system.  New customers include a manufacturing collaborative and a customer engagement marketing solution provider, both looking to harness the Urika-GX to deliver enhanced value to their customers.
  • In November, Cray announced it had joined iEnergy the rapidly growing exploration and production industry community brokered by Halliburton Landmark. iEnergy community members can now choose to run Landmark SeisSpace Seismic Processing Software on a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer.

Conference Call Information
Cray will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST) to discuss its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 financial results.  To access the call, please dial into the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call at (855) 894-4205. International callers should dial (765) 889-6838 and use the conference ID #64279479.  To listen to the audio webcast, go to the Investors section of the Cray website at www.cray.com/company/investors.

If you are unable to attend the live conference call, an audio webcast replay will be available in the Investors section of the Cray website for 180 days.  A telephonic replay of the call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056, international callers dial (404) 537-3406, and entering the conference ID #64279479.  The conference call replay will be available for 72 hours, beginning at 4:45 p.m. PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains “non-GAAP financial measures” under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  A reconciliation of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.  Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures that we have set forth provide additional insight for analysts and investors and facilitate an evaluation of Cray’s financial and operational performance that is consistent with the manner in which management evaluates Cray’s financial performance.  However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool, as they exclude the financial impact of transactions necessary or advisable for the conduct of Cray’s business, such as the granting of equity compensation awards, and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Hence, to compensate for these limitations, management does not review these non-GAAP financial metrics in isolation from its GAAP results, nor should investors.  Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles.  This non-GAAP information supplements, and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with, or disclosures required by GAAP.  These measures are adjusted as described in the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP numbers at the end of this release, but these adjustments should not be construed as an inference that all of these adjustments or costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  Investors are advised to carefully review and consider this non-GAAP information as well as the GAAP financial results that are disclosed in Cray’s SEC filings.

Additionally, we have not quantitatively reconciled the non-GAAP guidance measures disclosed under “Outlook” to their corresponding GAAP measures because we do not provide specific guidance for the various reconciling items such as stock-based compensation, adjustments to the provision for income taxes, amortization of intangibles, costs related to acquisitions, purchase accounting adjustments, and gain on significant asset sales, as certain items that impact these measures have not occurred, are out of our control or cannot be reasonably predicted.  Accordingly, reconciliations to the non-GAAP guidance measures are not available without unreasonable effort.  Please note that the unavailable reconciling items could significantly impact our financial results.

About Cray Inc.
Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges.  Leveraging more than 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world’s most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and big data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability.  Cray’s Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market’s continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but not limited to, statements related to Cray’s financial guidance and expected operating results and its product development, sales and delivery plans. These statements involve current expectations, forecasts of future events and other statements that are not historical facts. Inaccurate assumptions and estimates as well as known and unknown risks and uncertainties can affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements and cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited to, the risk that Cray does not achieve the operational or financial results that it expects, the risk that Cray will not be able to secure orders for Cray products to be accepted in 2017 when or at the levels expected, the risk that the market for high-end supercomputing products does not recover from the current downturn early enough in 2017 or at all, the risk that government funding for research and development projects is less than expected, the risk that new third-party processors and other components are not available with the performance expected or when expected or at the cost expected, the risk that the systems ordered by customers are not delivered when expected, do not perform as expected once delivered or have technical issues that cannot be corrected within the time for planned acceptances, the risk that the acceptance process for delivered systems is not completed, or customer acceptances are not received, when expected or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to successfully sell products and services in the big data and commercial markets as expected or at all, the risk that the expense to address Cray systems at customer sites that have issues with third party components or with Cray components, is material, the risk that Cray is not able to successfully complete its planned product development efforts in a timely fashion or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to achieve anticipated gross margin or expense levels and such other risks as identified in Cray’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2016, and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Cray’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 to be filed with the SEC. You should not rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this release. Cray undertakes no duty to publicly announce or report revisions to these statements as new information becomes available that may change Cray’s expectations.

CRAY, the stylized CRAY mark and Urika are registered trademarks of Cray Inc. in the United States and other countries, and the XC and CS families of supercomputers and CS-Storm are trademarks of Cray Inc.


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Revenue:                
Product   $ 311,408     $ 232,924     $ 499,432     $ 601,294  
Service   35,166     34,547     130,377     123,395  
Total revenue   346,574     267,471     629,809     724,689  
Cost of revenue:                
Cost of product revenue   206,827     160,034     332,016     426,821  
Cost of service revenue   19,256     21,257     77,578     72,185  
Total cost of revenue   226,083     181,291     409,594     499,006  
Gross profit   120,491     86,180     220,215     225,683  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development, net   29,807     29,281     112,130     96,563  
Sales and marketing   18,502     18,054     64,893     60,150  
General and administrative   9,728     8,662     34,053     27,966  
Total operating expenses   58,037     55,997     211,076     184,679  
Income from operations   62,454     30,183     9,139     41,004  
                 
Other income (expense), net   (196 )   31     (1,365 )   365  
Interest income, net   493     294     2,147     1,408  
Income before income taxes   62,751     30,508     9,921     42,777  
Income tax (expense) benefit   (10,976 )   (10,213 )   694     (15,240 )
Net income   $ 51,775     $ 20,295     $ 10,615     $ 27,537  
                 
Basic net income per common share   $ 1.30     $ 0.51     $ 0.27     $ 0.70  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 1.27     $ 0.50     $ 0.26     $ 0.68  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   39,974     39,532     39,833     39,257  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding    40,816     40,993     41,012     40,691  


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)

  December 31,
 2016
  December 31,
 2015
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 222,962     $ 266,660  
Restricted cash     1,651  
Short-term investments     14,925  
Accounts and other receivables, net 197,941     124,719  
Inventory 88,254     113,655  
Deferred tax assets 19,117     38,628  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 20,006     21,048  
Total current assets 548,280     581,286  
       
Long-term restricted cash 1,655     1,655  
Long-term investment in sales-type lease, net 31,050     18,317  
Property and equipment, net 30,620     31,079  
Service spares, net 3,023     3,090  
Goodwill 14,182     14,182  
Intangible assets other than goodwill, net 1,637     2,525  
Deferred tax assets 66,496     26,016  
Other non-current assets 17,629     16,025  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 714,572     $ 694,175  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 45,504     $ 27,837  
Accrued payroll and related expenses 17,199     27,452  
Other accrued liabilities 10,303     24,079  
Deferred revenue 83,129     86,731  
Total current liabilities 156,135     166,099  
       
Long-term deferred revenue 27,258     33,306  
Other non-current liabilities 5,703     2,260  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 189,096     201,665  
       
Shareholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock — Authorized and undesignated, 5,000,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding      
Common stock and additional paid-in capital, par value $.01 per share — Authorized,          
 75,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 40,757,458 and 40,693,707 shares, respectively 622,604     610,279  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,782     7,642  
Accumulated deficit (99,910 )   (125,411 )
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 525,476     492,510  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 714,572     $ 694,175  



CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except EPS)

    Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
    Net Income   Diluted EPS   Operating Income   Gross Profit   Operating
Expenses
GAAP   $ 51.8     $ 1.27     $ 62.5     $ 120.5     $ 58.0  
                     
Share-based compensation (1 ) 2.8         2.8     0.1     2.7  
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 0.2         0.2         0.2  
Items impacting tax provision (3 ) 1.5                  
Total reconciling items   4.5     0.11     3.0     0.1     2.9  
                     
Non-GAAP   $ 56.3     $ 1.38     $ 65.5     $ 120.6     $ 55.1  
                     
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
    Net Income   Diluted EPS   Operating Income   Gross Profit   Operating
Expenses
GAAP   $ 20.3     $ 0.50     $ 30.2     $ 86.2     $ 56.0  
                     
Share-based compensation (1 ) 2.8         2.8     0.2     2.6  
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.1         0.1     0.1      
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 0.5         0.5     0.3     0.2  
Items impacting tax provision (3 ) 8.5                  
Total reconciling items   11.9     0.29     3.4     0.6     2.8  
                     
Non-GAAP   $ 32.2     $ 0.79     $ 33.6     $ 86.8     $ 53.2  
                     
Notes                    
(1) Adjustments to exclude non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation    
(2) Adjustments to exclude amortization of acquired intangible and other intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges    
(3) Adjustments associated with the tax impact on reconciling items, benefits related to Cray’s net operating
   
loss carryforwards and changes in Cray’s valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets    


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except EPS)

    Year Ended December 31, 2016
    Net Income   Diluted EPS   Operating Income   Gross Profit   Operating
Expenses
GAAP   $ 10.6     $ 0.26     $ 9.1     $ 220.2     $ 211.1  
                     
Share-based compensation (1 ) 11.2         11.2     0.5     10.7  
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.1         0.1     0.1      
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 0.7         0.7         0.7  
Items impacting tax provision (3 ) (2.7 )                
Total reconciling items   9.3     0.23     12.0     0.6     11.4  
                     
Non-GAAP   $ 19.9     $ 0.49     $ 21.1     $ 220.8     $ 199.7  
                     
    Year Ended December 31, 2015
    Net Income   Diluted EPS   Operating Income   Gross Profit   Operating
Expenses
GAAP   $ 27.5     $ 0.68     $ 41.0     $ 225.7     $ 184.7  
                     
Share-based compensation (1 ) 11.4         11.4     0.6     10.8  
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.5         0.5     0.5      
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 2.4         2.4     1.8     0.6  
Items impacting tax provision (3 ) 11.2                  
Total reconciling items   25.5     0.62     14.3     2.9     11.4  
                     
Non-GAAP   $ 53.0     $ 1.30     $ 55.3     $ 228.6     $ 173.3  
                     
Notes                    
(1) Adjustments to exclude non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation    
(2) Adjustments to exclude amortization of acquired intangible and other intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges    
(3) Adjustments associated with the tax impact on reconciling items, benefits related to Cray’s net operating    
loss carryforwards and changes in Cray’s valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets     


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except percentages)

    Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
    Product   Service   Total
    Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
GAAP   $ 104.6     34 %   $ 15.9     45 %   $ 120.5     35 %
                         
Share-based compensation (1 ) 0.1                 0.1      
Total reconciling items   0.1     %       %   0.1     %
                         
Non-GAAP   $ 104.7     34 %   $ 15.9     45 %   $ 120.6     35 %
                         
                         
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
    Product   Service   Total
    Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
GAAP   $ 72.9     31 %   $ 13.3     38 %   $ 86.2     32 %
                         
Share-based compensation (1 ) 0.1         0.1         0.2      
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.1                 0.1      
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 0.3                 0.3      
Total reconciling items   0.5     1 %   0.1     1 %   0.6     %
                         
Non-GAAP   $ 73.4     32 %   $ 13.4     39 %   $ 86.8     32 %
                         
Notes                        
(1) Adjustments to exclude non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation
(2) Adjustments to exclude amortization of acquired intangible and other intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except percentages)

    Year Ended December 31, 2016
    Product   Service   Total
    Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
GAAP   $ 167.4     34 %   $ 52.8     40 %   $ 220.2     35 %
                         
Share-based compensation (1 ) 0.3         0.2         0.5      
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.1                 0.1      
Total reconciling items   0.4     %   0.2     1 %   0.6     %
                         
Non-GAAP   $ 167.8     34 %   $ 53.0     41 %   $ 220.8     35 %
                         
                         
    Year Ended December 31, 2015
    Product   Service   Total
    Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
  Gross Profit   Gross
Margin
GAAP   $ 174.5     29 %   $ 51.2     42 %   $ 225.7     31 %
                         
Share-based compensation (1 ) 0.3         0.3         0.6      
Purchase accounting adjustments (2 ) 0.5                 0.5      
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 1.8                 1.8      
Total reconciling items   2.6     %   0.3     %   2.9     1 %
                         
Non-GAAP   $ 177.1     29 %   $ 51.5     42 %   $ 228.6     32 %
                         
Notes                        
(1) Adjustments to exclude non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation
(2) Adjustments to exclude amortization of acquired intangible and other intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges


CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Net Income
(Unaudited; in millions except per share amounts and percentages)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
GAAP Net Income   $ 51.8     $ 20.3     $ 10.6     $ 27.5  
                 
Non-GAAP adjustments impacting gross profit:                
  Share-based compensation (1 ) 0.1     0.2     0.5     0.6  
  Purchase accounting adjustments (2 )     0.1     0.1     0.5  
  Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 )     0.3         1.8  
Total adjustments impacting gross profit   0.1     0.6     0.6     2.9  
                 
Non-GAAP gross margin percentage   35 %   32 %   35 %   32 %
                 
Non-GAAP adjustments impacting operating expenses:                
  Share-based compensation (1 ) 2.7     2.6     10.7     10.8  
  Amortization of acquired and other intangibles (2 ) 0.2     0.2     0.7     0.6  
Total adjustments impacting operating expenses   2.9     2.8     11.4     11.4  
                 
Items impacting tax provision (3 ) 1.5     8.5     (2.7 )   11.2  
Non-GAAP Net Income   $ 56.3     $ 32.2     $ 19.9     $ 53.0  
                 
Non-GAAP Diluted Net Income per common share   $ 1.38     $ 0.79     $ 0.49     $ 1.30  
                 
Diluted weighted average shares   40.8     41.0     41.0     40.7  
                 
Notes                
(1) Adjustments to exclude non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation        
(2) Adjustments to exclude amortization of acquired intangible and other intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges        
(3) Adjustments associated with the tax impact on reconciling items, benefits related to Cray’s net operating loss carryforwards         
 and changes in Cray’s valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets        
         


Cray Media:
Nick Davis
206/701-2123
pr@cray.com

Cray Investors:
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206/701-2044
ir@cray.com

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