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SemiLEDs Reports Q3

HSINCHU, Taiwan — SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS), a developer and manufacturer of LED chips and LED components, today announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, ended May 31, 2011. Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.6 million, a 43% decrease compared to $9.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

“Our fiscal third quarter was challenging as pricing pressure and end demand weakness continued from the fiscal second quarter. However, we are seeing pricing stabilize,” said Trung Doan, Chairman and CEO of SemiLEDs. “We remain focused on improving our cost structure by accelerating our efforts to transition to four inch wafer production at our Taiwan facility, continuing to ramp four inch production volume at China SemiLEDs, as well as supporting our customers to maximize the benefits of our metal vertical chip structures to reduce the total cost of ownership.”

GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.1 million, or a loss of $0.19 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. The Company recorded a foreign currency transaction loss of $0.2 million in the quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $4.3 million, or a loss of $0.16 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was 9%, compared with 51% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Operating margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was negative 70%, compared with 36% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Margins were negatively impacted by a charge of $1.1 million for the write-downs of inventory.

The Company's cash and cash equivalents was $94.4 million at the end of the third quarter, compared to the prior quarter ending balance of $102.6 million. Cash used in operations was $3.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Financial Outlook
For its fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 ending August 31, 2011, SemiLEDs expects revenue in a range of $5.5 million to $6.5 million with GAAP net loss of $6.7 million to $6.4 million, or a loss of $0.25 to $0.23 per diluted share, based on an estimated 27.3 million diluted weighted average shares. GAAP gross margin is expected to be negative.

Conference Call Information
SemiLEDs will discuss these financial results in a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (4:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2011, China Standard Time). The public is invited to listen to a live webcast of the conference call on the Investors section of the company website at http://investors.semileds.com/events.cfm.

For those who are unable to participate in the live conference call, an audio replay will be available until Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, China Standard Time). To access the audio replay, dial 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and enter access code 9866126. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Investors section on the Company’s web site approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for approximately 90 calendar days.

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