Cree Company Profile (NASDAQ:CREE)

About Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)

Cree logoCree, Inc. is a manufacturer of lighting-class light emitting diode (LED) products, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications. The Company's products are focused for applications, such as indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation, electronic signs and signals, power supplies, inverters and wireless systems. The Company has three segments: Lighting Products, LED Products, and Power and RF Products. The Company's Lighting Products segment offers LED lighting systems and bulbs. The Company's LED Products segment offers LED components, LED chips and silicon carbide (SiC) materials. The Company's Power and RF Products segment offers power devices and RF devices. The Company designs, manufactures and markets lighting systems for indoor and outdoor applications, with a focus on LED lighting systems for the commercial, industrial and consumer markets.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Computer and Technology
  • Industry: Semiconductors
  • Sub-Industry: Semiconductors
  • Symbol: NASDAQ:CREE
  • CUSIP: 22544710
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $3.3523 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 97,547,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $27.14
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $24.97
  • 52 Week Range: $20.50 - $35.46
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: N/A
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 569.67
  • P/E Growth: 7.32
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $1.47 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.27
  • Book Value: $22.79 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.50
  • EBITDA: $101 million
  • Net Margins: -8.42%
  • Return on Equity: -0.44%
  • Return on Assets: -0.37%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.06%
  • Current Ratio: 4.82%
  • Quick Ratio: 3.85%
  • Average Volume: 1.57 million shs.
  • Beta: 1.05
  • Short Ratio: 15.81

Frequently Asked Questions for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)

What is Cree's stock symbol?

Cree trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "CREE."

How were Cree's earnings last quarter?

Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October, 17th. The company reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.04 by $0.00. The company earned $360 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $360.01 million. Cree had a negative net margin of 8.42% and a negative return on equity of 0.44%. Cree's quarterly revenue was down 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.09 earnings per share. View Cree's Earnings History.

What guidance has Cree issued on next quarter's earnings?

Cree updated its second quarter earnings guidance on Tuesday, October, 17th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of ($0.01)-$0.04 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $0.07. The company issued revenue guidance of $340-360 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $368.95 million.

Where is Cree's stock going? Where will Cree's stock price be in 2017?

14 brokers have issued 1-year price objectives for Cree's stock. Their forecasts range from $16.50 to $41.00. On average, they anticipate Cree's share price to reach $26.21 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Cree.

What are analysts saying about Cree stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Cree stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Cree, Inc. is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree's market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide and gallium nitride for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products. Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixtures makers to defense-related federal agencies. " (7/18/2017)
  • 2. Needham & Company LLC analysts commented, "We are actually incrementally more positive on CREE after termination of the Wolfspeed divestiture to Infineon [Not Rated] due to regulatory concerns. While management's strategy is to transform Cree from a device manufacturer to becoming a lighting company, we have been concerned about the unintended consequence of the deal. Since selling Wolfspeed would offload a large profit contributor, we believe CREE could be hastened to quickly redeploy that capital in acquisitions, ultimately leading to buying a "wrong" asset. We like the decision to keep Wolfspeed especially as it appears the business is entering a new growth phase and contributing solid profits to the overall company. With the model in flux and the loss of a cash for downside support for the stock, we maintain our Hold." (2/17/2017)
  • 3. UBS AG analysts commented, "Cree's had in line results excluding the $0.13 EPS benefit from its legal settlement with Feit. We keep a Sell rating as it is at the high end of its historical range at 50x its FY18E EPS of $0.54 despite sales trends just starting to stabilize. We believe the stock could trade higher in the near term as its main peer Acuity Brands missed guidance and Cree hit its guidance. We estimate the settlement from FEIT in the quarter was $27M and negative reserve effects for a defective driver in its lighting products were $8M. Lighting sales and margins were in line with expectations when excluding these impacts. Cree reported strong quoting activity and its Mar-17 lighting sales were guided better than the normal -5% q/q seasonality. Cree expects this to more positively impact sales in late FY2017 and into FY2018 given the 9-12 month conversion cycle." (1/25/2017)
  • 4. Canaccord Genuity analysts commented, "Cree's pivot towards being an LED lighting pure-play will take time, as the core commercial lighting business stays more muted and (recent) encouraging signs in LED component pricing (and potential micro LED capacity absorption in the industry) are too early to suggest a sustainable trend toward margin expansion, in our view. Pivots take time, and the Street should be looking toward ~F2018 as a time frame to measure related progress, in our view." (1/19/2017)

Who are some of Cree's key competitors?

Who are Cree's key executives?

Cree's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Charles M. Swoboda, Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Michael E. McDevitt, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
  • Norbert W. G. Hiller, Executive Vice President - Lighting
  • Robert A. Ingram, Lead Independent Director
  • John Replogle, Director
  • Alan J. Ruud, Director
  • Anne Clem Whitaker, Director
  • Clyde R. Hosein, Independent Director

Who owns Cree stock?

Cree's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Eqis Capital Management Inc. (0.02%). Company insiders that own Cree stock include Anne Clem Whitaker, Charles M Swoboda, Darren R Jackson, John B Replogle, Michael E Mcdevitt and Robert Alexander Ingram. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Cree.

Who sold Cree stock? Who is selling Cree stock?

Cree's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Eqis Capital Management Inc.. View Insider Buying and Selling for Cree.

How do I buy Cree stock?

Shares of Cree can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Cree's stock price today?

One share of Cree stock can currently be purchased for approximately $34.18.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Cree (NASDAQ CREE)
Community Ranking:  2.3 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  599 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  705 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,304
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Cree and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Sell Ratings, 8 Hold Ratings, 2 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 1.86)
Consensus Price Target: $26.21 (23.32% downside)
Consensus Price Target History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Price Target History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Analysts' Ratings History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
10/18/2017Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Set Price TargetSell$19.00N/AView Rating Details
10/19/2017Williams CapitalDowngradeHold -> Sell$27.00N/AView Rating Details
10/18/2017Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Reiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
10/18/2017Bank of America CorporationBoost Price TargetNeutral$31.00 -> $32.00N/AView Rating Details
10/18/2017JMP SecuritiesSet Price TargetBuy$29.00 -> $41.00N/AView Rating Details
10/16/2017Roth CapitalSet Price TargetBuy$35.00N/AView Rating Details
10/6/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoDowngradeNeutral -> Underweight$23.00 -> $28.00N/AView Rating Details
9/28/2017Northland SecuritiesReiterated RatingHold$28.00LowView Rating Details
9/26/2017Needham & Company LLCReiterated RatingHoldLowView Rating Details
8/25/2017KeyCorpReiterated RatingEqual Weight$21.00LowView Rating Details
8/23/2017Cowen and CompanySet Price TargetHold$22.00MediumView Rating Details
8/23/2017Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingHold$24.00 -> $22.00MediumView Rating Details
8/23/2017Canaccord GenuityReiterated RatingHold$23.00HighView Rating Details
8/23/2017StephensDowngradeEqual Weight -> Underweight$27.50 -> $16.50HighView Rating Details
5/13/2016Pacific CrestInitiated CoverageFair Value -> Sector Perform$24.00 -> $23.00N/AView Rating Details
4/6/2016Summit ResearchReiterated RatingHold$30.00 -> $25.00N/AView Rating Details
3/28/2016WedbushLower Price TargetOutperform$77.00 -> $73.00N/AView Rating Details
3/28/2016Credit Suisse GroupLower Price TargetNeutral$60.00 -> $50.00N/AView Rating Details
2/22/2016Piper Jaffray CompaniesUpgradeNeutral -> Overweight$27.00 -> $37.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/20/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Earnings by Quarter for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Earnings History by Quarter for Cree (NASDAQ CREE)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
10/17/2017Q1 2018$0.04$0.04$360.01 million$360.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/22/2017Q4 2017$0.04$0.04$349.82 million$359.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2017Q3 17$0.09($0.11)$339.41 million$341.51 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/24/2017Q217$0.08$0.30$328.54 million$347.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2016Q117$0.03$0.15$322.77 million$321.30 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/16/2016Q416$0.20$0.19$385.83 million$388.40 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/26/2016Q316$0.14$0.17$370.49 million$367.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/19/2016Q216$0.24$0.30$435.27 million$436.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/20/2015Q1$0.20$0.21$418.67 million$425.50 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/11/2015Q415($0.26)($0.19)$378.92 million$382.20 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/21/2015Q315$0.23$0.22$406.65 million$409.52 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/20/2015Q215$0.22$0.33$412.08 million$413.20 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/21/2014Q115$0.24$0.24$432.60 million$427.70 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/12/2014Q414$0.41$0.42$444.11 million$436.30 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/22/2014Q314$0.38$0.39$407.28 million$405.20 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/21/2014Q214$0.39$0.46$412.36 million$415.09 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/22/2013Q114$0.39$0.39$392.31 million$391.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/13/2013Q4 2013$0.38$0.38$377.21 million$375.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/23/2013Q3 2013$0.34$0.34$341.96 million$348.93 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/22/2013Q2 2013$0.30$0.32$331.06 million$346.30 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/16/2012$0.26$0.27ViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/7/2012$0.23$0.25ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/17/2012$0.21$0.20ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/17/2012$0.26$0.25ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2011$0.25$0.25ViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/9/2011$0.27$0.28ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/19/2011$0.29$0.27ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/18/2011$0.58$0.55ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $0.17
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172($0.02)$0.08$0.03
Q2 20171$0.02$0.02$0.02
Q3 20171$0.03$0.03$0.03
Q4 20172$0.08$0.10$0.09
Q3 20181($0.01)($0.01)($0.01)
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Dividend History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
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Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.10%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 91.16%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
4/27/2017John B ReplogleDirectorBuy10,000$22.11$221,100.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2016Darren R JacksonDirectorBuy10,000$22.85$228,500.00View SEC Filing  
10/21/2016Michael E McdevittInsiderBuy5,000$22.20$111,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/20/2016Charles M SwobodaChairmanBuy10,000$22.22$222,200.00View SEC Filing  
10/20/2016John B ReplogleDirectorBuy5,000$22.34$111,700.00View SEC Filing  
8/18/2016John B ReplogleDirectorBuy5,000$23.33$116,650.00View SEC Filing  
2/16/2016Anne Clem WhitakerDirectorSell623$30.00$18,690.00View SEC Filing  
12/1/2015Robert Alexander IngramDirectorSell3,750$27.67$103,762.50View SEC Filing  
11/17/2015John B ReplogleDirectorBuy5,000$23.30$116,500.00View SEC Filing  
9/3/2015Anne Clem WhitakerDirectorSell1,994$26.74$53,319.56View SEC Filing  
6/5/2015Norbert HillerEVPBuy5,000$30.14$150,700.00View SEC Filing  
6/2/2015John B ReplogleDirectorBuy1,166$30.41$35,458.06View SEC Filing  
5/26/2015Charles M SwobodaCEOBuy10,000$29.32$293,200.00View SEC Filing  
10/23/2014John B ReplogleDirectorBuy5,000$27.75$138,750.00View SEC Filing  
9/4/2014Clyde HoseinDirectorSell5,000$44.73$223,650.00View SEC Filing  
5/12/2014John ReplogleDirectorBuy1,250$46.29$57,862.50View SEC Filing  
4/24/2014Alan RuudDirectorSell25,000$50.05$1,251,250.00View SEC Filing  
1/23/2014Alan RuudDirectorSell32,500$63.76$2,072,200.00View SEC Filing  
11/21/2013Alan RuudDirectorSell25,000$54.95$1,373,750.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2013Alan J RuudDirectorSell32,500$61.67$2,004,275.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2013Charles M SwobodaCEOSell40,000$61.67$2,466,800.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2013Norbert HillerEVPSell6,667$61.67$411,153.89View SEC Filing  
6/7/2013Clyde HoseinDirectorSell5,000$62.87$314,350.00View SEC Filing  
5/28/2013Harvey A WagnerDirectorSell5,000$61.25$306,250.00View SEC Filing  
5/22/2013Tyrone D Mitchell JrEVPSell27,500$61.90$1,702,250.00View SEC Filing  
8/9/2012Harvey A WagnerDirectorSell5,000$27.11$135,550.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
Latest Headlines for Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)
DateHeadline logoCree Inc. (CREE) Surged To A New High Following Q1 Report - October 19 at 6:04 PM logoCree, Inc. Beats on Earnings, and Is Immediately Downgraded - October 19 at 4:10 PM logoWilliams Capital Lowers Cree, Inc. (CREE) to Sell - October 19 at 8:19 AM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Price Target Raised to $32.00 at Bank of America Corporation - October 18 at 7:08 PM logoCree Inc. (CREE) Is Challenging The Highs Of The Year After Q1 Report - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoEdited Transcript of CREE earnings conference call or presentation 17-Oct-17 9:00pm GMT - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoCree Holds First Earnings Call With New CEO - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoCree shares rise 20 percent; firm pledges investments in Wolfspeed - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoCree Surpasses Earnings Estimates in Q1, Misses Revenues - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoWhy Shares of Cree, Inc. Popped 21% Today - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoCree CEO Lights Up Stock On Possible Turnaround Plans, Chip Role - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoDon't Dim The Lights: Cree Jumps 16% - October 18 at 6:53 PM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Given Hold Rating at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. - October 18 at 6:30 PM logoHead to Head Comparison: Cree (CREE) & Its Rivals - October 18 at 10:31 AM logo3 Stocks to Watch on Wednesday:, Inc. (AMZN), Cree, Inc. (CREE) and Select Comfort Corp. (SCSS) - October 18 at 8:55 AM logoBRIEF-Cree reports Q1 non-GAAP earnings per share $0.04 - October 17 at 6:16 PM logoCree Inc. (CREE) Falling On Weak Q2 Forecast - October 17 at 6:16 PM logoInvestor Network: Cree, Inc. to Host Earnings Call - October 17 at 6:16 PM logoCree Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 - October 17 at 6:15 PM logoCree shares fall after company's outlook disappoints - October 17 at 6:15 PM logoCree reports 1Q loss - October 17 at 6:15 PM logoCree's new CEO: We'll come out guns a-blazing - October 17 at 6:15 PM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Updates Q2 Earnings Guidance - October 17 at 5:26 PM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Releases Earnings Results, Hits Estimates - October 17 at 5:02 PM logoCree's Post-Earnings Trading History Favors Long and Short Plays - October 16 at 6:16 PM logoHead to Head Analysis: Cree (CREE) and Its Rivals - October 16 at 2:10 AM logo Analysts Anticipate Cree, Inc. (CREE) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $361.31 Million - October 11 at 5:38 AM logoETFs with exposure to Cree, Inc. : October 10, 2017 - October 10 at 6:43 PM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Set to Announce Earnings on Tuesday - October 10 at 2:16 AM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.03 Per Share - October 9 at 4:12 PM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Lowered to Underweight at J P Morgan Chase & Co - October 7 at 5:30 PM logoBlack Creek Diversified Property Fund Declares Monthly Dividends - October 6 at 8:37 PM logoCree, A Long-Term 'Hope Trade' With Near-Term Problems - October 6 at 5:47 PM logoCree Sees Unusually High Options Volume (CREE) - October 5 at 1:48 AM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Receives Average Recommendation of "Hold" from Analysts - October 4 at 12:48 PM logoCree XLamp(R) CMA High Current LED Arrays (Photo: Business Wire) - October 4 at 11:40 AM logoNew Cree XLamp High Current LEDs Expand Industry’s Broadest Chip-on-Board LED Portfolio - October 4 at 11:40 AM logoETFs with exposure to Cree, Inc. : September 26, 2017 - October 3 at 5:46 AM logoBullish Looking Cree Gets a Quantitative Upgrade - October 3 at 5:46 AM logoCree's Strong Chart and Quantitative Upgrade Deserve Your Attention - October 3 at 5:46 AM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Upgraded to "C-" at TheStreet - October 2 at 5:08 PM logoCree's (CREE) "Hold" Rating Reaffirmed at Northland Securities - September 28 at 1:48 PM logoBullish Two Hundred Day Moving Average Cross - CREE - September 27 at 7:01 PM logoBRIEF-Cree names Gregg Lowe as CEO - September 27 at 7:01 PM logoFinancial Survey: Cree (CREE) and Sanmina Corporation (SANM) - September 27 at 10:12 AM logoNeedham & Company LLC Reiterates "Hold" Rating for Cree, Inc. (CREE) - September 26 at 1:16 PM logoForm 8-K CREE INC For: Sep 25 - - September 25 at 11:59 AM logoCree Names Gregg Lowe as CEO - September 25 at 11:59 AM logoCree names new CEO - September 25 at 11:59 AM logoCree, Inc. (CREE) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $361.31 Million - September 23 at 3:08 PM



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