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Super Micro Computer, Inc. Announces 4th Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Super Micro Computer, Inc. SMCI, -3.01% a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today announced fourth quarter and full-year financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Fiscal 4th Quarter Highlights

Quarterly net sales of $573.6 million, up 21.7% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 and up 34.0% from the same quarter of last year.
GAAP net income of $26.7 million, up 15.8% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 and up 61.4% from the same quarter of last year.
GAAP gross margin of 15.6%, down from 16.3% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 and up from 15.5% in the same quarter of last year.
Server solutions accounted for 61.7% of net sales compared with 64.1% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 and 55.2% in the same quarter of last year.
Net sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2015 totaled $573.6 million, up 21.7% from $471.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015. No customer accounted for more than 10% of net sales during the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $26.7 million or $0.51 per diluted share, an increase of 61.4% from net income of $16.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Included in net income for the quarter is $4.0 million of stock-based compensation expense (pre-tax). Excluding this item and the related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $30.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $19.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year. On a sequential basis, non-GAAP net income increased from the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 by $5.1 million or $0.10 per diluted share.

GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter was 15.6% compared to 15.5% in the same period a year ago. Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter was 15.7% compared to 15.6% in the same period a year ago. GAAP gross margin and Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 were both 16.3%.

The Company’s cash and cash equivalents and short and long term investments at June 30, 2015 were $98.1 million compared to $99.6 million at June 30, 2014. Free cash flow for the year ended June 30, 2015 was $(79.7) million, primarily due to an increase in the Company’s cash used by operating activities and the development and construction of improvements on the Company’s property, which is completed in the beginning of August 2015.

Fiscal Year 2015 Summary

Net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015 were $1,991.2 million, up 35.7% from $1,467.2 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2015 increased to $101.9 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, an increase of 88.1% from $54.2 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2014. Excluding $9.7 million of stock based-compensation expense and related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year 2015 was $111.6 million or $2.15 per diluted share, an increase of 77.4% compared to $62.9 million or $1.34 per diluted share for fiscal year 2014.

Business Outlook & Management Commentary

The Company expects net sales of $520 million to $580 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, 2015. The Company expects non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.49 to $0.59 for the first quarter.

“Supermicro delivered record revenues in the fourth quarter of 34% growth over last year and posting $1.99 billion for the full fiscal year 2015 which was 35.7% above last year. Revenue related to our storage solutions grew 79% year over year in the fourth quarter as storage has become a strategic growth segment with contributions from both traditional and next generation storage solutions. Our FatTwin solutions were also a key growth driver this quarter with over 100% growth year over year and sales of our new MicroBlade solutions grew strongly for a new product category,” said Charles Liang, Chairman and CEO. “Looking to 2016 we have never been stronger in terms of leading products like Ultra, GPU/Xeon Phi, Storage, MicroBlade, and our software and service offerings. In order to support our growth, we are in the process of completing a 30% capacity addition in our San Jose and Europe manufacturing operations. We believe that we are well positioned for continued growth and market share gains.”

It is currently expected that the outlook will not be updated until the Company’s next quarterly earnings announcement, notwithstanding subsequent developments. However, the Company may update the outlook or any portion thereof at any time. Such updates will take place only by way of a news release or other broadly disseminated disclosure available to all interested parties in accordance with Regulation FD.

Conference Call Information

Super Micro Computer will discuss these financial results in a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT, today. To participate in the conference, please call 1-888-437-9445 (International callers dial 1-719-325-2281) 10 minutes prior. A recording of the conference will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (international callers dial 1-858-384-5517) and entering replay PIN 5322120. The live web cast and recording of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section at two hours after the conference conclusion. They will remain available until the Company’s next earnings call.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our expected financial and operating results, our ability to build and grow Super Micro Computer, the benefits of our products and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: our dependence on continued growth in the markets for X86, blade servers and embedded applications, increased competition, difficulties of predicting timing, introduction and customer acceptance of new products, poor product sales, difficulties in establishing and maintaining successful relationships with our distributors and vendors, shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, our ability to control the rate of expansion domestically and internationally, difficulty managing rapid growth and general political, economic and market conditions and events. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP gross margin discussed in this press release excludes stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP net income and net income per share discussed in this press release exclude stock-based compensation expense and the related tax effect of the applicable items. Management presents non-GAAP financial measures because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the Company’s performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. 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. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool, and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G, detailed reconciliations 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.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.

Supermicro® SMCI, -3.01% a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro’s advanced Server Building Block Solutions® offer a vast array of components for building energy-efficient, application-optimized, computing solutions. Architecture innovations include Twin, FatTwin™, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, SuperBlade®, Double-sided Storage®, Battery Backup Power (BBP®) modules and WIO/UIO. Products include servers, blades, GPU systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage, networking, server management software and SuperRack® cabinets/accessories delivering unrivaled performance and value.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative. The Company has global logistics and operations centers in Silicon Valley (USA), the Netherlands (Europe) and its Science & Technology Park in Taiwan (Asia).

Supermicro, FatTwin, UltraTwin, TwinPro, SuperBlade, Double-Sided Storage, BBP, SuperRack, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc. All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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