SOURCE: Cray Inc.

April 29, 2008 16:00 ET

Cray Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results

Cray Anticipates Significant Growth in 2008

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenue for the quarter was $26.1 million compared to $47.1 million in the prior year period. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of ($10.6 million) or ($0.33) per share compared to a net loss of ($0.8 million) or ($0.03) per share in the first quarter of 2007.

Total gross margin for the first quarter was 43.5 percent compared to 33.0 percent in the first quarter of 2007. Improved product margin, driven primarily by product mix, grew to 40.0 percent compared to 30.0 percent in the prior year period. First quarter 2008 service margin of 45.9 percent was favorably impacted by a one-time service project and was above the company's target level of 40 percent.

Operating expenses for the first quarter were $22.8 million compared to $17.4 million in the prior year period. As in fourth quarter 2007, first quarter 2008 research and development expenses increased significantly over the prior year period due primarily to the expiration of a large development contract. Included in first quarter 2008 results were non-cash items of $2.9 million for depreciation and amortization and $0.6 million related to stock compensation.

Cash and short-term investment balances as of March 31, 2008 were $147.3 million, compared to $179.1 million as of December 31, 2007 and $147.6 million as of March 31, 2007.

"Our goals for 2008 are to be profitable and to grow. Though not evident in first quarter results, we've made great progress over the first few months this year toward achieving these goals," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "We've announced a number of significant wins this year, including a near-petaflops system with the University of Tennessee and four systems with the U.S. Department of Defense; we delivered initial quad-core Cray XT4 systems; we recognized revenue on our first Cray XT5h vector system; and finally, with the Cray XT5 MPP supercomputer due to begin shipping later this year, we will expand our addressable market by as much as fifty percent."

Ungaro added, "Additionally, we announced yesterday a partnership with Intel that will bring together Cray's industry leadership in supercomputing systems with Intel's leadership in processing technologies. In addition to our current partnership with AMD, this powerful collaboration will, in the future, give our customers a tremendous amount of benefit in the form of additional capabilities and choice -- providing for the best microprocessors the industry has to offer in the most scalable supercomputers in the world."

Ungaro concluded, "We are planning to deliver our first petaflops supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory late this year, and we now have sufficient visibility to achieve our 2008 growth objective. Our current priorities are to continue to focus around product development and acceptances, winning new business, and leveraging our products and technology to expand Cray's role in the supercomputing marketplace."


For 2008, while there is a wide range of potential outcomes, Cray expects to be profitable for the year, with revenue of somewhat above $280 million, weighted heavily toward the second half of the year. Among other variables, this outlook depends heavily on the acceptance of the petaflops (1,000 trillion floating point operations per second) supercomputer late in the year. The company anticipates initial revenue from quad-core systems in the second quarter and initial Cray XT5™ Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) system revenue later in the year.

Cray expects 2008 gross margins to be similar to 2007 for the year, but will fluctuate significantly by quarter. The company anticipates higher operating expenses for the year, with the increase principally in the area of research and development, where net research and development expense will likely increase by approximately 30% in 2008 compared to 2007. This increase is driven by the completion of a significant funding agreement for the BlackWidow system and additional development costs associated with the support of our Intel partnership. Additionally, other operating expenses would increase with the anticipated revenue growth due to commissions and other variable compensation.

Cray anticipates cash balances will vary significantly over the remainder of the year, as the company builds inventory for planned second half 2008 customer shipments.

2008 quarterly and annual results will be affected by many factors, including the timing and success of planned product rollouts, availability of parts from suppliers and the timing of customer acceptances, revenue recognition and the level of margin contribution.

Recent Highlights

--  On April 28, Cray announced it had entered a multi-year collaboration
    with Intel to develop and introduce next-generation supercomputers that
    will incorporate future Intel processors.  The two industry leaders are
    collaborating to develop high performance computing (HPC) systems that will
    help solve some of the world's most important scientific and engineering
    challenges by dramatically advancing the state of high-end computing.
--  In April, Cray announced it will provide the University of Tennessee
    with a near-petaflops supercomputer as a Track 2 award recipient of the
    National Science Foundation's HPC initiative.  The system will be used to
    advance science in a number of areas including global climate change
    research, natural disaster modeling and understanding the complexities of
    the human brain.
--  In February, Cray was awarded four of the five high performance
    computing systems awards by the Department of Defense (DOD) as part of its
    2008 HPC modernization program.  Cray will provide four Cray XT5 systems to
    be located at top military research centers including the Army Research
    Laboratory, the Naval Oceanographic Office and the Arctic Region
    Supercomputing Center.
--  In February, Cray announced that Sandia National Laboratories has
    entered into an agreement for a processor upgrade to its "Red Storm"
    supercomputer from 124 teraflops (one trillion floating point operations
    per second) to 284 teraflops.  Already one of the world's largest systems,
    this performance boost will allow researchers and scientists to run even
    higher resolution models to increase the accuracy of critical computer
--  In January, Cray unveiled the new Cray XT4™ supercomputer at
    Scotland's University of Edinburgh, marking the official launch of the
    United Kingdom's High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project.
    Established to provide next-generation HPC service for the UK's academic
    community, HECToR will greatly assist researchers to satisfy the most
    demanding of scientific goals and push the boundaries of their ambitions.

Conference Call Information

Cray will host a conference call today, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss 2008 first quarter financial results. To access the call, please dial into the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call at 1-866-249-5225. International callers should dial 303-275-2170. To listen to the live audio webcast, go to the Investors section of the Cray website at

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. If you do not have Internet access, a replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-800-405-2236 and entering access code 11113355. International callers can listen to the replay by dialing 303-590-3000, access code 11113355. The conference call replay will be available for 72 hours, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 29, 2008.

About Cray Inc.

As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced supercomputers and world-class services and support to government, industry and academia. Cray technology enables scientists and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating performance, improving efficiency and extending the capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision will result in innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to for more information.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. These factors include anticipated revenue subject to complex revenue recognition rules; significantly fluctuating quarterly operating results; lower margins and operating results due to many variables including pricing pressure and increasing pressure on research and development expenses; the technical challenges of developing high performance computing systems, including potential delays in development projects, such as the quad-core Cray XT4, Cray XT5, Cray XMT™, Cray XT5h™ and future systems; the level, timing and continuation of government funding for supercomputer purchases and research and development activities, including negotiating amendments to our DARPA program to incorporate Intel technologies; the successful passing of customer acceptance tests; significant reliance on third-party development service suppliers and parts suppliers, including their competitiveness with other suppliers and potential delays in the results of their development and in the availability of qualified parts from suppliers; the successful porting of application programs to Cray supercomputer systems; Cray's ability to keep up with rapid technological change; Cray's ability to compete against larger, more established companies and innovative competitors; and general economic and market conditions. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT4, Cray XT5, Cray XT5h and Cray XMT are trademarks of Cray Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

                        CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

            (Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)

                                                        Quarter Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                      2008         2007
                                                  -----------  -----------

   Product                                        $    10,690  $    33,660
   Service                                             15,438       13,449
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total revenue                                    26,128       47,109
                                                  -----------  -----------

   Cost of product revenue                              6,412       23,577
   Cost of service revenue                              8,359        7,998
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total cost of revenue                            14,771       31,575
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Gross margin                                     11,357       15,534
                                                  -----------  -----------

   Research and development, net                       13,719        7,880
   Sales and marketing                                  5,382        5,268
   General and administrative                           3,696        4,280
   Restructuring and severance                              -           10
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total operating expenses                         22,797       17,438
                                                  -----------  -----------

      Loss from operations                            (11,440)      (1,904)

Other income, net                                         253          395

Interest income, net                                      837        1,033
                                                  -----------  -----------

      Loss before income taxes                        (10,350)        (476)

Income tax expense                                       (282)        (365)
                                                  -----------  -----------

      Net loss                                    $   (10,632) $      (841)
                                                  ===========  ===========

   Diluted net loss per common share              $     (0.33) $     (0.03)
                                                  ===========  ===========

   Diluted weighted average shares outstanding         32,371       31,484
                                                  ===========  ===========

                        CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                       (Unaudited and in thousands)

                                                   March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2008         2007
                                                  -----------  -----------
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                      $   112,722  $   120,539
   Restricted cash                                     10,000       10,000
   Short term investments, available-for-sale          24,599       48,582
   Accounts receivable, net                            40,728       23,635
   Inventory                                           58,284       55,608
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets            5,086        4,120
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current assets                            251,419      262,484

Property and equipment, net                            15,233       17,044
Service inventory, net                                  2,742        2,986
Goodwill                                               63,464       65,411
Deferred tax asset                                        549          512
Intangible assets, net                                  1,147        1,181
Other non-current assets                                6,262        6,284
                                                  -----------  -----------
      TOTAL ASSETS                                $   340,816  $   355,902
                                                  ===========  ===========

Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                               $    12,720  $    14,148
   Accrued payroll and related expenses                11,191       12,023
   Advance research and development payments           21,296       29,669
   Other accrued liabilities                            7,515        7,488
   Deferred revenue                                    56,122       48,317
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current liabilities                       108,844      111,645

Long-term deferred revenue                             11,366       11,745
Other non-current liabilities                           4,502        4,310
Convertible notes payable                              80,000       80,000
                                                  -----------  -----------
      TOTAL LIABILITIES                               204,712      207,700

Shareholders' equity:
   Common stock                                       514,782      513,196
   Accumulated other comprehensive income              10,510       13,562
   Accumulated deficit                               (389,188)    (378,556)
                                                  -----------  -----------
      TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      136,104      148,202
                                                  -----------  -----------
      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  $   340,816  $   355,902
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