SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY) today announced financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

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 2018, Cray reported total revenue of $456 million, which compares with $393 million in 2017. Net loss for 2018 was $72 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $134 million, or $3.33 per diluted share in 2017. Non-GAAP net loss, which adjusts for selected unusual and non-cash items, was $58 million, or $1.42 per diluted share for 2018, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $41 million, or $1.01 per diluted share in 2017.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $163 million, compared to $167 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $13 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $98 million, or $2.42 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss was $9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to non-GAAP net income of $9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Please note, 2017 GAAP results were impacted by both the new U.S. tax law and a change to the valuation allowance held against the Company’s U.S. deferred tax assets. The combined negative impact on the Company’s 2017 GAAP net loss was $103 million and was excluded for non-GAAP purposes.

For 2018, overall gross profit margin on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis was 29%, compared to 33% and 34%, respectively, on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis in 2017.

GAAP operating expenses for 2018 were $204 million, compared to $196 million in 2017. Non-GAAP operating expenses for 2018 were $191 million, compared to $177 million in 2017.

As of December 31, 2018, cash, investments, and restricted cash totaled $246 million. Working capital at the end of 2018 was $291 million, compared to $354 million at December 31, 2017.

“Led by strength in our commercial business, we delivered solid growth for the year,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “While our target market continues to show signs of a rebound from its recent lows, 2019 is shaping up to be a transition year as we plan to begin shipping our next generation Shasta platform late this year.  Shasta will deliver a balance of performance, flexibility and ease of use unlike anything available today, as well as a true exascale-class architecture capable of scaling well into the future.  With continued focus and execution, we are well positioned to expand on our market leadership position and deliver strong long-term growth.”

Outlook
For 2019, while a wide range of results remains possible, Cray expects revenue to grow modestly compared to 2018. Revenue is expected to be about $70 million for the first quarter of 2019. For 2019, GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be in the 30% range, and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to grow compared to 2018. Based on this outlook, the Company expects to recognize a substantial GAAP and non-GAAP net loss for 2019.

Cray’s effective GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates for 2019 are both expected to be in the low single-digit range.

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

Recent Highlights

  • In November, Vanguard Infrastructures announced it selected the Cray XC supercomputing system as the compute and real-time analytics engine for the new Vanguard Stargate Imaging security scanning solution.  The Cray XC was selected because of its exceptional ability to process massive amounts of data at high speed.
  • In November, Cray announced support for Intel’s upcoming Cascade Lake advanced performance processors in systems starting in 2019.  The Intel Xeon Scalable processors will first be available in Cray’s CS500 line of systems and then, in 2020, on Cray’s new exascale-class systems, code named Shasta.
  • In November, Cray announced its Urika AI and Analytics software suites, adding tools that enable data scientists to train artificial intelligence models more accurately and in less time. New features in the Cray Urika-CS and Urika-XC AI and Analytics suites include Cray-developed libraries to intelligently optimize machine learning model settings as well as additional AI tools and frameworks commonly used by data scientists.
  • In November, GW4, the Met Office, and Cray announced that the Arm-based supercomputer in Europe, named “Isambard,” is now live in the United Kingdom.  It is the largest Arm-based system in the world outside of the US and one of the first systems of its kind to be used for scientific research as well as to explore future computer architectures in the exascale era.

Conference Call Information
Cray will host a conference call today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) to discuss its year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 financial results. To access the call, please dial into the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call at (866) 362-9806. International callers should dial (409) 217-8435 and use the conference ID #1869079. 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 #1869079. The conference call replay will be available for 72 hours, beginning at 4:45 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

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 (“SEC”). 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 share-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.
Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) combines computation and creativity so visionaries can keep asking questions that challenge the limits of possibility. Drawing on more than 45 years of experience, Cray develops the world’s most advanced supercomputers, pushing the boundaries of performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray continues to innovate today at the convergence of data and discovery, offering a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers, high-performance storage, data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions.  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, Cray’s competitive position in the high-end supercomputing market, Cray’s ability to grow in the future, 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 systems to be accepted in the future when or at the levels expected, the risk that the segments of the high-end of the supercomputing market that Cray targets do not recover from the current downturn as early or as completely as expected or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to successfully complete its planned product development efforts or to ship Shasta systems within the planned timeframe or at all, the risk that Shasta systems will not have the features, performance or components currently planned, the risk that processors and interconnect technology planned for Cray Shasta systems or current Cray systems are not available when expected or with the performance or pricing 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 must be corrected before acceptance, 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, artificial intelligence, and commercial markets as expected or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to expand and penetrate its addressable market as expected or at all, the risk that government funding to Cray for research and development projects is less than expected, the risk that the expense and/or effort 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 achieve anticipated gross margin or expense levels, and such other risks as identified in Cray’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray 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.

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CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)
     
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Year Ended
December 31,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue:        
Product $127,050  $132,256  $312,873  $250,195 
Service 36,305  34,387  143,075  142,314 
Total revenue 163,355  166,643  455,948  392,509 
Cost of revenue:        
Cost of product revenue 103,892  99,474  252,264  188,830 
Cost of service revenue 19,055  17,109  73,706  72,975 
Total cost of revenue 122,947  116,583  325,970  261,805 
Gross profit 40,408  50,060  129,978  130,704 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development, net 29,738  22,186  115,174  98,777 
Sales and marketing 16,994  16,602  63,159  59,894 
General and administrative 7,434  6,089  25,417  29,113 
Restructuring   915  476  8,568 
Total operating expenses 54,166  45,792  204,226  196,352 
Income (loss) from operations (13,758) 4,268  (74,248) (65,648)
         
Other income (loss), net 396  (356) 595  5,002 
Interest income, net 1,055  621  3,343  3,276 
Gain on strategic transaction   91    4,480 
Income (loss) before income taxes (12,307) 4,624  (70,310) (52,890)
Income tax expense (1,023) (102,166) (1,371) (80,939)
Net loss $(13,330) $(97,542) $(71,681) $(133,829)
         
Basic net loss per common share $(0.33) $(2.42) $(1.76) $(3.33)
Diluted net loss per common share $(0.33) $(2.42) $(1.76) $(3.33)
         
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 40,827  40,309  40,666  40,139 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 40,827  40,309  40,666  40,139 




 
 
CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except share data)
    
 December 31,
 2018
 December 31,
 2017
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$228,434  $137,326 
Restricted cash1,300  1,964 
Short-term investments  6,997 
Accounts and other receivables, net87,819  162,034 
Inventory80,360  186,307 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets22,331  25,015 
Total current assets420,244  519,643 
    
Long-term restricted cash16,030  1,030 
Long-term investment in sales-type lease, net9,586  23,367 
Property and equipment, net35,737  36,623 
Goodwill14,182  14,182 
Intangible assets other than goodwill, net3,178  4,345 
Other non-current assets18,175  19,567 
TOTAL ASSETS$517,132  $618,757 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$32,847  $57,207 
Accrued payroll and related expenses23,703  18,546 
Other accrued liabilities10,805  9,471 
Customer contract liabilities61,983  80,119 
Total current liabilities129,338  165,343 
    
Long-term customer contract liabilities32,021  38,622 
Other non-current liabilities12,394  14,495 
TOTAL LIABILITIES173,753  218,460 
    
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 40,893,807 and 40,464,963 shares, respectively647,045  633,408 
Accumulated other comprehensive income3,208  915 
Accumulated deficit(306,874) (234,026)
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY343,379  400,297 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY$517,132  $618,757 



 
 
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, 2018
  Net Loss Diluted EPS Operating Loss Gross Profit Operating Expenses
GAAP $(13.3) $(0.33) $(13.8) $40.4  $54.2 
           
Share-based compensation(1)3.5    3.5  0.2  3.3 
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.3    0.3  0.2  0.1 
Income tax on reconciling items(5)(0.8)        
Other items impacting tax provision(6)1.5         
Total reconciling items 4.5  0.11  3.8  0.4  3.4 
           
Non-GAAP $(8.8) $(0.22) $(10.0) $40.8  $50.8 
           
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
  Net Income (Loss) Diluted EPS Operating Income Gross Profit Operating Expenses
GAAP $(97.5) $(2.42) $4.3  $50.1  $45.8 
           
Share-based compensation(1)3.2    3.2  0.2  3.0 
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.3    0.3  0.2  0.1 
Restructuring(3)0.9    0.9    0.9 
Gain on strategic transaction(4)(0.1)        
Income tax on reconciling items(5)(1.2)        
Other items impacting tax provision(6)103.6         
Total reconciling items 106.7  2.64  4.4  0.4  4.0 
           
Non-GAAP $9.2  $0.22  $8.7  $50.5  $41.8 
           
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
(3) Adjustments to exclude restructuring costs
(4) Adjustments to exclude gain on strategic transaction with Seagate
(5) Adjustments associated with the estimated tax impact on non-GAAP reconciling items at our marginal U.S. tax rate of approximately 21% for the current year period, and 35% for the prior year comparative period
(6) As part of an alternative non-GAAP income measure, we have adjusted GAAP taxes as reported including the impact to the GAAP tax provision of the non-GAAP reconciling items (adjusted for note (5) above). And when applicable, we also adjust for changes related to the utilization or increase of our net operating loss carryforwards and for changes in our valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets and any applicable change in tax law, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


 
 
CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except EPS)
   
  Year Ended December 31, 2018
  Net Loss Diluted EPS Operating Loss Gross Profit Operating Expenses
GAAP $(71.7) $(1.76) $(74.2) $130.0  $204.2 
           
Share-based compensation(1)13.1    13.1  0.8  12.3 
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)1.0    1.0  0.8  0.2 
Restructuring(3)0.5    0.5    0.5 
Gain on sale of investment(6)(0.4)        
Income tax on reconciling items(7)(3.0)        
Other items impacting tax provision(8)2.7         
Total reconciling items 13.9  0.34  14.6  1.6  13.0 
           
Non-GAAP $(57.8) $(1.42) $(59.6) $131.6  $191.2 
           
  Year Ended December 31, 2017
  Net Loss Diluted EPS Operating Loss Gross Profit Operating Expenses
GAAP $(133.8) $(3.33) $(65.6) $130.7  $196.4 
           
Share-based compensation(1)10.9    10.9  0.6  10.3 
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.7    0.7  0.2  0.5 
Restructuring(3)8.6    8.6    8.6 
Strategic transaction-related costs(4)0.5    0.5    0.5 
Gain on strategic transaction(5)(4.5)        
Gain on sale of investment(6)(3.3)        
Income tax on reconciling items(7)(6.1)        
Other items impacting tax provision(8)86.5         
Total reconciling items 93.3  2.32  20.7  0.8  19.9 
           
Non-GAAP $(40.5) $(1.01) $(44.9) $131.5  $176.5 
           
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
(3) Adjustments to exclude restructuring costs
(4) Adjustments to exclude strategic transaction-related costs
(5) Adjustments to exclude gain on strategic transaction with Seagate
(6) Adjustments to exclude gain on sale of investment
(7) Adjustments associated with the estimated tax impact on non-GAAP reconciling items at our marginal U.S. tax rate of approximately 21% for the current year period, and 35% for the prior year comparative period
(8) As part of an alternative non-GAAP income measure, we have adjusted GAAP taxes as reported including the impact to the GAAP tax provision of the non-GAAP reconciling items (adjusted for note (7) above). And when applicable, we also adjust for changes related to the utilization or increase of our net operating loss carryforwards and for changes in our valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets and any applicable change in tax law, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


 
 
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, 2018
  Product Service Total
  Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin
GAAP $23.2 18% $17.2 48% $40.4 25%
             
Share-based compensation(1)0.1   0.1   0.2  
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.2      0.2  
Total reconciling items 0.3 —% 0.1 —% 0.4 —%
             
Non-GAAP $23.5 18% $17.3 48% $40.8 25%
             
             
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
  Product Service Total
  Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin
GAAP $32.8 25% $17.3 50% $50.1 30%
             
Share-based compensation(1)0.1   0.1   0.2  
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.2      0.2  
Total reconciling items 0.3 —% 0.1 1% 0.4 —%
             
Non-GAAP $33.1 25% $17.4 51% $50.5 30%
             
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


 
 
CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Selected U.S. GAAP Measures to non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited; in millions, except percentages)
   
  Year Ended December 31, 2018
  Product Service Total
  Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin
GAAP $60.6 19% $69.4 48% $130.0 29%
             
Share-based compensation(1)0.4   0.4   0.8  
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.8      0.8  
Total reconciling items 1.2 1% 0.4 1% 1.6 —%
             
Non-GAAP $61.8 20% $69.8 49% $131.6 29%
             
             
  Year Ended December 31, 2017
  Product Service Total
  Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin Gross Profit Gross Margin
GAAP $61.4 25% $69.3 49% $130.7 33%
             
Share-based compensation(1)0.3   0.3   0.6  
Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.2       0.2  
Total reconciling items 0.5 —% 0.3 —% 0.8 1%
             
Non-GAAP $61.9 25% $69.6 49% $131.5 34%
             
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



 
 
CRAY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)
     
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Year Ended
December 31,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
GAAP Net Loss $(13.3) $(97.5) $(71.7) $(133.8)
         
Non-GAAP adjustments impacting gross profit:        
  Share-based compensation(1)0.2  0.2  0.8  0.6 
  Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.2  0.2  0.8  0.2 
Total adjustments impacting gross profit 0.4  0.4  1.6  0.8 
         
Non-GAAP gross margin percentage 25% 30% 29% 34%
         
Non-GAAP adjustments impacting operating expenses:        
  Share-based compensation(1)3.3  3.0  12.3  10.3 
  Amortization of acquired and other intangibles(2)0.1  0.1  0.2  0.5 
  Restructuring(3)  0.9  0.5  8.6 
  Strategic transaction-related costs(4)      0.5 
Total adjustments impacting operating expenses 3.4  4.0  13.0  19.9 
         
Gain on strategic transaction(5)  (0.1)   (4.5)
Gain on sale of investment(6)    (0.4) (3.3)
         
Non-GAAP adjustments impacting tax provision:        
  Income tax on reconciling items(7)(0.8) (1.2) (3.0) (6.1)
  Other items impacting tax provision(8)1.5  103.6  2.7  86.5 
  0.7  102.4  (0.3) 80.4 
         
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) $(8.8) $9.2  $(57.8) $(40.5)
         
Non-GAAP Diluted Net Income (Loss) per common share $(0.22) $0.22  $(1.42) $(1.01)
         
Diluted weighted average shares(9)40.8  41.3  40.7  40.1 
         
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
(3) Adjustments to exclude restructuring costs
(4) Adjustments to exclude strategic transaction-related costs
(5) Adjustments to exclude gain on strategic transaction with Seagate
(6) Adjustments to exclude gain on sale of investment
(7) Adjustments associated with the estimated tax impact on non-GAAP reconciling items at our marginal U.S. tax rate of approximately 21% for the current year period, and 35% for the prior year comparative period
(8) As part of an alternative non-GAAP income measure, we have adjusted GAAP taxes as reported including the impact to the GAAP tax provision of the non-GAAP reconciling items (adjusted for note (7) above). And when applicable, we also adjust for changes related to the utilization or increase of our net operating loss carryforwards and for changes in our valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets and any applicable change in tax law, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
(9) Cray recorded a GAAP net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and non-GAAP net income for the same period. As such, the diluted weighted average shares number on the Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) differs from the amount on Cray’s Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations by the weighted average number of potential common shares outstanding, including the additional dilution related to conversion of stock options, unvested restricted stock and unvested restricted stock units as computed under the treasury stock method

 

 (Unaudited; in millions except per share amounts and percentages)


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