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Cree Announces
Exercise of Underwriters' Overallotment Option

Option was granted in connection with the public offering of 11,000,000 shares of common stock

Cree, Inc. Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 9/17/2009


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Cree, Inc.

Cree, Inc.

DURHAM, N.C. - Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), today announced that the underwriters of its recent public offering of common stock have fully exercised their overallotment option, resulting in the issuance of an additional 1,650,000 shares. The option was granted in connection with the public offering of 11,000,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $35.50 per share, which closed on September 16, 2009.

The exercise of the overallotment option brings the expected total net proceeds of the public offering to $434.1 million, after deducting offering expenses and underwriting discounts and commissions payable by Cree. Cree intends to use the proceeds from the offering for anticipated capital expenditures of approximately $150 million in fiscal year 2010 and additional future capital expenditure needs with the remainder being used for general corporate purposes, including working capital and potential strategic investments.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. was the sole book-running manager for the offering, BofA Merrill Lynch was the lead manager, and Piper Jaffray, Morgan Keegan, Oppenheimer and America's Growth Capital acted as co-managers.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. This offering has been conducted solely by means of a prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering of common stock can be obtained by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., National Statement Processing, Prospectus Library, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245, (718) 242-8002. An effective registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Cree, Inc.

Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.

Cree's product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and radio-frequency/wireless devices. Cree solutions are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, backlighting, electronic signs and signals, variable-speed motors, and wireless communications.

For more information, visit the company's web site at: cree.com.

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