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SGI Reports Financial Results For First Quarter of Fiscal 2012

FREMONT, Calif., November 8, 2011 - SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Financial Highlights for Q1 FY12

  • Revenue was a period record of $178.9 million, up 58% Y/Y
  • Gross margin was 29.4%, up 197 bps Y/Y
  • EPS was ($0.08) compared to ($0.37) Y/Y; Non-GAAP EPS was $0.07 compared to ($0.06) Y/Y
  • Re-affirming FY2012 guidance

"Our strategy is working. We achieved record Q1 revenues and four consecutive quarters of non-GAAP profitability," said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. "We added over 100 new customers in the quarter and won key new business in Life Sciences."

"The SGI business is showing resiliency, despite macro-concerns, with strong quarter performance in US Federal, Japan and America's Commercial. Further, we are reaffirming our fiscal 2012 guidance, based on current visibility," Barrenechea concluded.

Business Highlights for Q1 FY12 including recent events

  • Customer successes in the first quarter include Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Poznanskie Centrum Superkomputer, Skoda, Donostia International Physics Center, and NATO-related awards in EMEA; Toyota and Jamstec in Japan; iVEC, James Cook University, Swinburne University, ANU, Tata Motors, and Honeywell India in APAC; Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, and Carbonite in Americas' Commercial
  • In Life Sciences, our customer successes include Bayer BioScience N.V., BIOGEMMA, Kyoto University, IRB Barcelona and St. Jude Children's Hospital
  • Strong revenue contribution from International, at 41%
  • Announced partnership with Cloudera to resell and offer support for Cloudera software, and a Hadoop performance world-record
  • Filed SEC Form S-3 universal shelf registration statement to raise up to $100 million to pursue acquisitions
  • Tony Carrozza named EVP, Field Operations

The Company's channel business contributed 10% and direct was 90%. Domestic business was 59%, while international contributed 41%. Products were 72% of revenue and services contributed 28%. Public sector, cloud and manufacturing were the strongest vertical markets this quarter. The Company also won new business in Life Sciences.

Summary of Results

SGI ended Q1 FY12 with $115.5 million in cash (including cash equivalents and restricted cash), down from $143.2 million last quarter, primarily due to increased inventory for business awarded to SGI.

Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance

SGI is reiterating its previously released guidance for fiscal 2012.

Registration to Offer Securities
SGI filed a universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3 today with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to an aggregate of $100 million, either through equity or debt instruments. The shelf registration is intended to provide strategic flexibility to pursue acquisitions. While SGI has no immediate plans to sell stock or issue debt pursuant to the shelf registration statement, it is reasonable to assume the Company may do so in the future.

Conference Call Information
In conjunction with this earnings press release, SGI has posted an earnings presentation which incorporates commentary from James Wheat, SGI's CFO, to the Investor Relations section of its website at

The public is invited to listen to the earnings conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) by dialing (888) 463-5422 (toll-free) or (970) 315-0484 (international). Please dial-in 15 minutes ahead of time to ensure proper connection. Alternatively, a live webcast of the earnings conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will 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 (855) 859-2056 (toll-free) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 17482661.

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements; including statements regarding SGI's guidance for 2012 financial performance, general business outlook 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; 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 such customer concentration increases the risk of quarterly fluctuations in our revenues and operating results and the loss or reduction of business from one or a combination of our significant customers could materially affect our revenues, financial condition and results of operations; 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 the supply of components, and, as a result, is experiencing and may experience in the future component shortages and delivery delays that can cause components to not be available at all and the price of components to increase and can result in component quality issues; 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; SGI's operations in Japan, which may be negatively affected by earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as potential power supply disruptions following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; 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 August 29, 2011, 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 announcement. SGI undertakes no responsibility to update the information in this announcement, except as may be required by law.

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. In evaluating the Company's performance, management uses one or more of the following measures that are not determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"): non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share. These measures are adjusted as described in the reconciliation of GAAP and 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.

In addition, Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures 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:
Ben Liao
SGI Investor Relations

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