SOURCE: Mattson Technology, Inc.

February 03, 2010 17:00 ET

Mattson Technology, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2009

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2009.

Recent Business Highlights (Fourth Quarter 2009 and January 2010):

    --  Fourth quarter revenues strongly rebounded 60 percent over the 
        third quarter of 2009, marking the Company's third sequential 
        quarter with greater than 35 percent revenue growth.

    --  The Company's newest generation Helios XP rapid thermal processing
        (RTP) system established as Process-Tool-of-Record at multiple 
        leading customers in the memory and foundry areas.

    --  Received multiple paradigmE® etch orders in the first quarter of
        2010 from a leading memory customer and shipped an evaluation 
        system to a fourth etch customer -- a leading Asian foundry.

    --  Received multiple orders for the Company's core products -- 
        Suprema® photoresist strip system and the Helios XP system -- 
        from one of the leading Asia-based memory customers.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Net sales for the fourth quarter were $17.9 million, compared to $11.2 million in the previous quarter, and $13.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 28 percent, compared to 22 percent in the previous quarter, and 5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $17.1 million, compared to $19.2 million in the third quarter and $60.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 operating expenses included $1.7 million in restructuring expenses. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 included $30.9 million related to restructuring charges, and the impairment of goodwill, intangibles and long-lived assets, and $5.5 million in SG&A costs related to accelerated amortization on evaluation tools placed at customer sites and incremental accounts receivable reserves.

Net loss for the fourth quarter was $11.4 million, or $0.23 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.17 loss per share, for the third quarter and net loss of $60.5 million, or $1.22 loss per share, for the fourth quarter of 2008. Included in the net loss for the third quarter were: (1) a favorable tax impact of $8.5 million, or $0.17 earnings per share, relating to a release of deferred tax liabilities subsequent to the completion of certain tax audits for previous financial periods and (2) restructuring charges of $1.7 million, or $0.03 loss per share. Included in the net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 were restructuring and impairment charges totaling $30.9 million or $0.62 loss per share.

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments at the end of the fourth quarter were $60.4 million, compared to $67.8 million at the end of the previous quarter, and $103.4 million at the end of 2008. Cash decreased by $7.4 million in the fourth quarter compared to a decrease of $12.0 million in the third quarter.

David L. Dutton, president and chief executive officer, noted, "2009 was a dramatic year for the industry, with an unprecedented cycle that demanded extraordinary determination and resolve -- and I am proud of the entire company. Mattson Technology turned 2009 into a year of opportunity, advancing our initiative in the etch market, while keeping our core products delivered on the leading edge. We expanded etch into multiple new accounts, building the foundation for the paradigmE, Mattson Technology's next-generation etch system, to deliver revenue growth as the market expands. In RTP, we leveraged the Company's strong position in strip, and shipped our next generation Helios XP system to a leading foundry customer for advanced anneal processing."

Dutton concluded, "The overall economy is strengthening. We are seeing a resurgence in purchases of all of our technologies by key customers, as evidenced by our recently announced orders. Most importantly, we have leveraged our plasma expertise into the etch market, an entirely new product area for the company. As a result, we enter 2010 positioned to serve customers in three diverse market sectors, with nearly three-times the addressable market."

Attached to this news release are preliminary unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and balance sheets.

Conference Call

On Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 2:30 PM Pacific Time (5:30 PM Eastern Time), Mattson Technology will hold a conference call to review the following topics: 2009 fourth quarter financial results, current business conditions, the near-term business outlook and guidance for the first quarter of 2010. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast at under the "Investors" section. In addition to the live webcast, a replay will be available to the public on the Mattson Technology website for one week following the live broadcast.

To access the live conference call, please dial (719) 457-2631.

Mattson will also webcast a slide presentation in conjunction with the conference call, which can also be accessed at under the "Investors" section.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's future prospects and plans, including, but not limited to: potential future revenue, cash flow, cash position and other financial results, future customer demand for the Company's plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment, industry and economic conditions, Company strategies, and the market opportunity and acceptance of Company products. Forward-looking statements address matters that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the timing of the economic recovery and the industry cycle, end-user demand for semiconductors; customer demand for semiconductor manufacturing equipment; the timing of significant customer orders for the Company's products; customer acceptance of delivered products and the Company's ability to collect amounts due upon shipment and upon acceptance; the Company's ability to timely manufacture, deliver and support ordered products; the Company's ability to bring new products to market and to gain market share with such products; customer rate of adoption of new technologies; risks inherent in the development of complex technology; the timing and competitiveness of new product releases by the Company's competitors; the Company's ability to align its cost structure with market conditions; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Results for the current quarter are preliminary and subject to adjustment. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information provided in this news release.

About Mattson Technology, Inc.

Mattson Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. We are a leading supplier of plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment to the global semiconductor industry. Through manufacturing and design innovation, we have produced technologically advanced systems that provide productive and cost effective solutions for customers fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Internet:

                         MATTSON TECHNOLOGY, INC.                          
            (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)            

                        Three Months Ended              Year Ended
                    --------------------------  --------------------------  
                    December 31,  December 31,  December 31,  December 31,
                        2009          2008          2009          2008
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Net sales           $     17,921  $     13,065  $     42,748  $    133,551
Cost of sales             12,957        12,468        44,843        86,005
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Gross margin             4,964           597        (2,095)       47,546
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Operating expenses:
   development and
   engineering             6,062         9,375        25,340        36,833
  Selling, general
   administrative         11,010        19,715        46,980        68,530
  Amortization of
   intangibles                 -           128             -           512
   charges                    40         3,374         2,596         5,989
  Impairment of
   goodwill                    -        18,076             -        18,076
  Impairment of
   intangibles and             -                           -             -
   assets                      -         9,431             -         9,431
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
      expenses            17,112        60,099        74,916       139,371
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Loss from
 operations              (12,148)      (59,502)      (77,011)      (91,825)
Interest and other
 income, net                 698           671         1,903         1,973
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Loss before income
 taxes                   (11,450)      (58,831)      (75,108)      (89,852)
Provision for
 (benefit from)
 income taxes                (89)        1,625        (8,066)        2,311
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Net loss            $    (11,361) $    (60,456) $    (67,042) $    (92,163)
                    ============  ============  ============  ============ 
Net loss per share:
     Basic          $      (0.23) $      (1.22) $      (1.35) $      (1.86)
Shares used in
 computing net loss
 per share:
     Basic                49,938        49,614        49,832        49,471

                         MATTSON TECHNOLOGY, INC.                          
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                    
                              (in thousands)                               

                                                December 31,  December 31,
                                                    2009          2008
                                                (unaudited)       (1)
                                                ------------  ------------ 
Current assets:
  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term
   investments                                  $     58,435  $    103,387
  Restricted cash                                      2,000
  Accounts receivable, net                            10,420        14,477
  Advance billings                                       905           140
  Inventories                                         25,804        48,410
  Inventories - delivered systems                          -           956
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                    5,848         5,765
                                                ------------  ------------ 
    Total current assets                             103,412       173,135
Property and equipment, net                           21,643        27,144
Goodwill                                                   -             -
Intangibles, net                                       1,250             -
Other assets                                           6,768         7,932
                                                ------------  ------------ 
      Total assets                              $    133,073  $    208,211
                                                ============  ============ 

Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                              $      7,514  $      7,205
  Accrued liabilities                                 18,293        21,241
  Deferred revenue                                     2,150         4,198
                                                ------------  ------------ 
    Total current liabilities                         27,957        32,644
Income taxes payable, noncurrent                       4,458        13,467
Other liabilities                                      5,952         5,264
                                                ------------  ------------ 
    Total liabilities                                 38,367        51,375
                                                ------------  ------------ 
Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                            54            54
  Additional paid-in capital                         631,785       628,632
  Accumulated other comprehensive income              22,014        20,255
  Treasury stock                                     (37,986)      (37,986)
  Accumulated deficit                               (521,161)     (454,119)
                                                ------------  ------------ 
    Total stockholders' equity                        94,706       156,836
                                                ------------  ------------ 
      Total liabilities and stockholders'
       equity                                   $    133,073  $    208,211
                                                ============  ============ 

(1) Derived from audited financial statements

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