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SGI Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2010 Financial Results, Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance and Resumes $40 Million Stock Repurchase Program

  • FY10 Revenue: $404 million GAAP; $525 million non-GAAP
  • FY10 Gross Margin: 22.2% GAAP; 27.3% non-GAAP
  • FY11 Non-GAAP Guidance: $550 to $575 million in revenues and EPS breakeven
  • Resumes $40 Million Stock Repurchase Program

FREMONT, Calif., August 31, 2010 - SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), a trusted leader in technical computing, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010.

FY10 GAAP revenue was $403.7 million and non-GAAP revenue was $525.3 million. FY10 GAAP gross margin was 22.2% and non-GAAP gross margin was 27.3%. FY10 GAAP net loss from continuing operations was $2.95 per share and non-GAAP net loss was $0.82 per share. SGI generated $8.2 million in cash flow generated from operations in FY10 and grew cash during FY10, ending the year at $140.8 million. (Cash includes restricted cash, equivalents and investments. Please see the financial tables accompanying this release for details on all non-GAAP metrics and their reconciliation to GAAP measures.)

SGI announced today in a separate press release that it has resumed its $40 million stock repurchase program. Please see that press release for full details.

"Fiscal 2010 was a transformative year for SGI with many successes," said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. "We focused on completing the integration, delivering innovative products to market and making investments in key areas that will serve as a foundation for future growth. Further, we have strategically focused the company on the $9 billion technical computing market, where we have begun to emerge as a trusted partner. These successes translated into strong financials - full-year non-GAAP revenues of $525 million, exceeding our original plan of $500 million. As we enter fiscal year 2011, we are projecting up to 10% revenue growth and EPS breakeven, both on a non-GAAP basis."

Q4 GAAP revenue was $101.6 million, compared to $107.8 million in the prior quarter and $58.4 million in the comparable year ago quarter. Non-GAAP revenue was $122.2 million, compared to $128.9 million in the prior quarter and $60.5 million in the comparable year ago quarter.

Q4 GAAP gross margin was 19.3%, compared to 26.8% in the prior quarter and 8.7% in the comparable year ago quarter. Non-GAAP gross margin was 24.0%, compared to 27.5% in the prior quarter and 15.2% in the comparable year ago quarter.

Q4 GAAP net loss from continuing operations was $0.91 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $0.02 per share for the comparable year ago quarter. Q4 non-GAAP net loss was $0.55 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $0.62 per share for the comparable year ago quarter.

Recent Business and Financial Highlights

  • Resumes $40 million stock repurchase program

  • SGI® Altix® UV shipped to first fourteen customers
  • COPAN™ systems shipped to first customers
  • Altix® ICE at NASA Pleiades named sixth fastest computer by
  • ExaScale Project "Mojo" announced, delivering a petaflop in a cabinet
  • Intel and SGI partner for next generation DARPA ExaScale computing
  • Customer successes include: Los Alamos National Labs, Sikorsky, NASA, Honeywell, Genomequest, Institute of Cancer Research, Oxford, Novo Nordisk, Ifremer, Merck, A*STAR, Honeywell, Sikorsky, University of Manitoba, and COSMOS at Cambridge University (team led by Stephen Hawking)

Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance

For fiscal year 2011, SGI is providing the following non-GAAP guidance:

  • Revenue between $550 million and $575 million
  • Gross margin between 27% and 30%
  • Operating expenses between $165 million and $171 million
  • EPS breakeven

Conference Call Information
SGI will discuss these financial results in a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT today. The public is invited to listen to a live web cast of the call on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at A replay of the web cast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available until the next earnings call. An audio replay of the conference call will also be made available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The audio replay will remain available for five days and can be accessed by dialing (706) 645-9291 or (800) 642-1687 and entering the confirmation code: 90230680.

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements; including statements regarding SGI's guidance for 2011 financial performance and, anticipated product performance and offerings. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties including those associated with: SGI's more extensive international operations following this acquisition; economic conditions impacting the purchasing decisions of SGI's customers; SGI operates in a very competitive market, and increased competition and competitors' new products, have in the past, and may continue, to cause pricing pressure on SGI's products, which would negatively affect SGI's gross and operating margins, as well as other financial measures; a significant portion of the Company's revenues has come from a limited number of customers, and so the delay in placing an order, or the failure of a significant customer to place additional orders, could have a significant negative effect on SGI's financial performance; SGI relies on sales to U.S. government entities and has limited experience dealing with the U.S. government as a customer; SGI is unable to control component pricing, such as what our suppliers charge for central processing units, and, as has happened in the past, component pricing can rise unexpectedly, negatively impacting SGI's gross margins as well as other financial measures; and SGI may be required to write-off additional significant amounts of excess and obsolete inventory. Detailed information about these and other potential factors that could affect SGI's business, financial condition and results of operations is included in SGI's annual report on Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors," in Part I, Item 1A of that report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 19, 2009, as updated by SGI's subsequent filings with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC's Web site at You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. SGI undertakes no responsibility to update the information in this report.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-GAAP financial measures discussed in the text of this press release and accompanying non-GAAP supplemental information are financial measures used by SGI's management to evaluate the operating performance of the Company and to conduct its business operations. All non-GAAP financial measures discussed and presented in this press release excludes the revenue and associated costs of revenue deferred in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board, Accounting Standards Codification, ASC985-605 "Software Revenue Recognition" for certain of the Company's transactions where software is more than incidental to the overall product solution sold. Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin also excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles, inventory step up arising from acquisition of substantially all the assets of Silicon Graphics, Inc., and excess and obsolete and related recoveries. Non-GAAP operating expenses include Research and Development, Sales and Marketing and General Administrative expenses. Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude amortization of intangible assets, stock based compensation, restructuring, tradename impairment, gain on settlement agreement and acquisition related expenses. Non-GAAP net income/(loss) per share excludes the same items as discussed above, restructuring expenses, gain on acquisition, and, as well, the related tax effects of the applicable items. Management presents non-GAAP financial measures because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management believes that the excluded charges are not central to the Company's core operating performance and uses the non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the Company's core operating performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures the items cited above, whether or not recurring, to facilitate its review of the comparability of the Company's core operating performance on a period to period basis as well as to better understand the fundamental economics of a specific period's operational and financial performance. Management uses this view of the Company's operating performance for purposes of comparison with its business plan and individual operating budgets and allocations of resources. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company's financial and operational performance in the same way that management evaluates SGI'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 the Company'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. Pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G, a detailed reconciliation between the Company's GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is provided at the end of this press release. Investors are advised to carefully review and consider this information as well as the GAAP financial results that are disclosed in the Company's SEC filings.

Contact Information:
Erik Bylin
Investor Relations

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