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Cray Inc. Expects First-Quarter Profitability Before One-Time Realignment Charges; Company Reduces R&D Costs As Major Product Transition Nears Completion
SEATTLE, Mar 28, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced that it expects to be modestly profitable for the 2002 first quarter before one-time realignment charges.

The cost reductions and realignment charges, amounting to more than $5 million on an annualized basis, are related primarily to a workforce reduction of about 20 persons taking place this week. Most of the reductions involve R&D personnel. Cray officials said previously that they planned to reduce R&D expenditures as the company neared the end of a period in which multiple new supercomputer systems were being developed.

The company began shipping new Cray SV1ex(TM) enhanced-memory systems and Cray MTA-2(TM) multithreaded systems in the fourth quarter of 2001, and expects to begin shipping the code-named Cray SV2(TM) system in the second half of 2002.

"We are approaching the end of a period requiring unusually high R&D investment to position Cray Inc. for future growth and industry leadership," said Cray chairman and CEO Jim Rottsolk. "At this point, we can modestly reduce that investment without affecting progress in our crucial Cray SV2 development and other continuing R&D activities."

Cray plans to report financial results for the 2002 first quarter on May 1, 2002.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. Among these factors are the ability of Cray supercomputer systems to pass individual customer acceptance tests, and general economic and market conditions. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's most recent Form 10-Q and "Additional Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's current report on Form 8-K filed on Nov. 28, 2001.

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