|Cray Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results|
Company Agrees to Acquire Appro International
Nov 09, 2012 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (
Revenue for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 was $232.2 million compared with $144.5 million in the prior year period. Net income was $147.2 million or $3.92 diluted income per share for the first nine months of 2012 compared to a net loss of ($16.7 million) or ($0.48) per share in the prior year period. Excluding the $139.1 million pre-tax gain from a development program divestiture to Intel in the second quarter of 2012, operating income for the first nine months of 2012 was $12.8 million, compared to an operating loss of ($16.1 million) in the prior year period.
The first nine months of 2012 operating results included non-cash costs of $6.1 million for depreciation and amortization and $4.2 million related to stock compensation expense.
Total gross profit margin for the third quarter of 2012 was 48% compared to 44% for the third quarter of 2011. For the third quarter of 2012, product margin was 43% and service margin was 54%.
Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $25.3 million compared to $28.6 million in the prior year period. The third quarter of 2012 results also included non-cash costs of $2.0 million for depreciation and amortization and $1.8 million for stock compensation expense. Gross margins and operating expenses benefited from a partial reduction of the Company's year-to-date incentive-based compensation accrual.
As of September 30, 2012, cash and investments totaled $283 million compared to $223 million as of June 30, 2012.
Separately today, the Company announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Appro International, Inc., a leading provider of cluster solutions in the high performance computing market, for approximately $25 million in cash, which assumes at least a $3.5 million net working capital balance at closing, with no debt. The transaction is expected to close relatively soon, possibly in the next few days or weeks, subject to customary closing conditions.
"We made good progress on our strategic roadmap in the third quarter, highlighted by several significant wins around the world for our new Cray XC30 supercomputer, previously called Cascade, which we launched yesterday," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "We are also very excited by the opportunities created with our planned acquisition of Appro. When taken together with our three growth initiatives which continue to make solid gains in the market, we are building a broad portfolio of offerings across the HPC and Big Data markets, providing us with multiple high growth opportunities."
Ungaro added, "We recently achieved a major milestone by completing installation and beginning the acceptance process at both the University of Illinois for their Blue Waters supercomputer and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for their Titan system -- both are central to our 2012 outlook. While we still have a lot of work left to do in order to get these systems fully accepted, it is exciting to have installed two of the largest supercomputers on the planet. With continued progress we are positioned to deliver very strong results for the year."
A wide range of results remains possible for 2012. While many variables may impact our results, the most significant is the timing of the acceptances of the Blue Waters and Titan supercomputers, which together could represent roughly $180 million in product revenue. These are two of the largest systems we have ever built and both are on tight timelines due to previous delays of third-party components. Assuming acceptance of these systems occurs in 2012, as currently planned, we anticipate total revenue to be in the range of $450 million for the year.
For 2012, overall gross margins are anticipated to be in the 35% range and total operating expenses are expected to be about $120 million. Based on this outlook, we expect to be solidly profitable for 2012, independent of the $139 million pre-tax gain on the development program divestiture that occurred during the second quarter.
The impact of the planned acquisition of Appro is not included in our 2012 outlook as the transaction is not yet closed.
The Company's 2012 effective income tax rate is currently projected to be about 5-8%, but is dependent on a number of variables.
For 2013, while it is very early in the annual budgeting cycle, based on the current outlook for 2012 and assuming successful completion of the Appro acquisition in 2012 as planned, we expect revenue to grow slightly as compared to 2012. Gross margins for 2013 are anticipated to be in the mid-30% range. Total operating expenses for 2013 are anticipated to increase significantly year-over-year due to increased investments in our storage and big data initiatives, completion of our DARPA program, annual compensation increases, as well as the Appro acquisition. The acquisition is expected to contribute at least $60 million in revenue and add about $15 million in operating expenses in 2013 (excluding potential purchase cost adjustments). Based on this outlook, we expect to be profitable for 2013.
The Company's 2013 effective income tax rate is currently projected to be about 40% but is dependent on a number of variables. Due to the Company's substantial net operating loss carryforwards, the quarterly and annual income tax provision is expected to be largely non-cash.
Actual results for any future period are subject to large fluctuations given the nature of Cray's business.
Conference Call Information
Cray will host a conference call today, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at 5:00 a.m. PST (8:00 a.m. EST) to discuss its third quarter 2012 financial results. To access the call, please dial into the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call at 1- 855-894-4205 and provide the conference ID #65020258. To listen to the audio webcast, go to the Investors section of the Cray website at http://investors.cray.com.
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. For those without Internet access, a replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056, and entering the conference ID #65020258. The conference call replay will be available for 72 hours, beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST (11:00 a.m. EST) on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
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 is designed to enable 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 is focused on delivering 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 www.cray.com for more information.
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