SGI Reports Record Results For Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011


FREMONT, Calif., August 18, 2011 - SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), a trusted leader in technical computing, today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ending June 24, 2011.

Financial Highlights Q4 FY11

  • Record Q4 Revenue. GAAP Revenue $195.5 million, up 92% Y/Y; Non-GAAP Revenue $189.8 million, up 55% Y/Y
  • Strong Q4 Gross Margin. GAAP Gross Margin 23.5%, up 422 bps Y/Y; Non-GAAP Gross Margin 28.4%, up 440 bps Y/Y
  • GAAP EPS of ($0.39) compared to ($0.91) last year; Non-GAAP EPS of $0.12 compared to ($0.55) last year

Financial Highlights Fiscal 2011

  • Record FY11 Revenue. GAAP Revenue $629.6 million, up 56% Y/Y; Non-GAAP Revenue $641.8 million, up 22% Y/Y
  • Strong FY11 Gross Margin. GAAP Gross Margin 27.0%, up 478 bps Y/Y; Non-GAAP Gross Margin 29.2%, up 192 bps Y/Y
  • GAAP EPS of ($0.69) compared to ($2.95) last year; Non-GAAP EPS of $0.57 compared to ($0.82) last year
  • Cash of $143.2M million, up 7% Q/Q and debt-free

"Fiscal 2011 was a pivotal year for SGI achieving record revenues, a revenue growth rate of near three times the industry and operating with bright-line non-GAAP profitability. In the last 12 months, SGI has introduced world-class products, significantly expanded our global capability, delivered mission-critical solutions to marquee customers and established a new baseline and created a customer-oriented culture for the company," said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea.

Barrenechea added, "We continue to plan on an annual basis. As we look towards fiscal 2012 based on current business trends, we expect to grow revenues between 18 - 24%."

Business Highlights for Q4 FY11

  • Customer successes within the quarter include: UK Atomic Weapons, International Fusion Energy Research Center, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, DTU, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, NOAA, NTNU, Amazon, Tohoku University and ANU
  • Strong business momentum within Public Sector, Manufacturing and Cloud
  • Acquired OpenCFD, Ltd. on August 8, 2011, the open source leader in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software. This move changes the shape of the CFD market by offering an open CFD platform and a complete solution - hardware and software designed to work together.
  • Announced the introduction of the SGI® InfiniteStorage (IS) 5500, a next generation storage platform with an innovative modular design for extreme density and scalability.
  • Announced the latest generation of SGI® Altix® ICE, based on the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor series.
  • Achieved a performance gain of up to 35% with SGI Altix® UV server line, resulting in four new world record benchmarks.
  • Continued to expand Altix UV market opportunity - SGI has shipped more than 500 Altix UV systems to various life sciences, scientific research and industrial customers since beginning commercial delivery in June 2010.
  • Strengthened our leadership team with the additions of Franz Aman as CMO and Praveen Mandal as SVP, Engineering.

In the quarter, the Company's international business contributed 47% and services contributed 27% of non-GAAP revenue. Public sector, manufacturing and cloud were the strongest vertical markets this quarter.

"We executed above and beyond my expectations in each of our key focus areas for the year," said SGI CFO James Wheat. "We have met or exceeded our fiscal 2011 guidance on all metrics and expanded sales opportunities by acquiring SGI Japan, Ltd. and by investing intelligently in our sales and marketing teams. Further, we have expanded our market opportunity in technical computing by introducing new products and expanding our market share, all while being very disciplined with costs, which is reflected in our earnings. We are positioned to further expand our sales opportunities through the acquisition of OpenCFD, Ltd. in fiscal 2012."

Wheat added, "In fiscal 2012, our two largest investment areas will be products and sales force expansion while we expect to grow earnings."

SGI ended fiscal 2011 with $143.2 million in cash (includes cash equivalents and restricted cash), up 7%, representing a $9.4 million increase from the prior quarter. The Company has retired the debt assumed from the acquisition of SGI Japan, and is now debt-free.

Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance
SGI is initiating guidance for fiscal 2012 on a GAAP basis (EPS also included on a non-GAAP basis):

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 investors.sgi.com.

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 investors.sgi.com.

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: 84746254.

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements; including statements regarding SGI's guidance for fiscal 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 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; uncertainty arising from SGI's increased dependence on business with U.S. government entities; 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 ongoing 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 September 8, 2010, as updated by SGI's subsequent filings with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC's Web site at http://www.sec.gov. 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. All non-GAAP financial measures discussed and presented in this press release exclude the revenue and associated costs of revenue deferred in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"), Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC"), ASC 985-605 "Software Revenue Recognition" for certain of the Company's transactions where software is more than incidental to the overall product solution sold, as well as revenue deferred in accordance with FASB ASC 605-25 "Revenue Recognition - Multiple-Element Arrangements" where the selling price of a delivered product or service exceeds its fair value. Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin also excludes share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, incremental excess and obsolete long-term service inventory write downs and an inventory step up arising from acquisition of substantially all the assets of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Non-GAAP operating expenses include Research and Development, Sales and Marketing and General Administrative expenses. Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation, restructuring and acquisition-related charges. Non-GAAP net income/(loss) per share excludes the same items as discussed above, as well as, realized gain/(loss) related to an other-than-temporary impairment of certain auction rate securities and subsequent gain from the sale of the same auction rate securities and the other-than-temporary impairment of an equity investment. 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:
Ben Liao
SGI Investor Relations
+1-510-933-8430
bliao@sgi.com

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