SOURCE: Mattson Technology, Inc.

October 21, 2009 16:30 ET

Mattson Technology, Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter 2009 Results

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced results for its third quarter of 2009 (ended September 27, 2009).

Third Quarter 2009 Business Highlights:

--  Revenues increased sequentially 38 percent over the second quarter of
--  Announced the release of the next Generation Helios™ XP Rapid
    Thermal Processing (RTP) system and shipped a Helios XP evaluation system
    to a leading foundry customer for advanced anneal processing, marking
    Mattson Technology's first RTP system placement in the Logic / Foundry
--  Recognized revenue on an Alpine™ Etch system at a leading logic
    manufacturer for wafer-level packaging applications.  This shipment is not
    only the Company's third customer with Etch products, but also opens up a
    new addressable market in the packaging segment.

Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Net sales for the third quarter were $11.2 million, compared to $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2009, and $30 million in the third quarter of 2008. Gross margin for the third quarter was $2.5 million, compared to negative $1.6 million in the second quarter, and $7.7 million in the third quarter of 2008. Gross margin improved in the third quarter primarily due to fewer inventory reserves taken when compared to the second quarter.

Operating expenses for the third quarter were $19.2 million, compared to $18.2 million in the second quarter and $28.8 million for the third quarter of 2008. Operating expenses for the third quarter included $1.7 million in restructuring expenses, which related to incremental cost reduction initiatives announced in July 2009. Restructuring expenses included a release of $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2009 and a charge of $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Net loss for the third quarter was $8.6 million, or $0.17 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $19.9 million, or $0.40 loss per share, for the second quarter, and net loss of $20.7 million, or $0.42 loss per share, for the third 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.

Cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash at the end of the third quarter were $67.8 million, compared to $79.8 million at the end of the second quarter. Cash decreased by $12 million in the third quarter, including $1.7 million relating to severance payments.

David L. Dutton, president and chief executive officer, noted, "We continue to experience improving conditions in the cycle. Revenues increased 38 percent over the second quarter of 2009, marking our second consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. In the third quarter, Mattson Technology added a third customer to our etch product line, extended our RTP segment beyond memory into the foundry market and shipped multiple Strip and RTP systems, demonstrating that all three segments are well positioned for the current growth cycle. These results are a testament to the product acceptance we are achieving in our new technologies, the continuing strength of our core products and the dedication of our entire team.

"It is clear now that the overall market, and specifically the market for semiconductor equipment, is turning up," added Dutton. "The investment in our diversification and growth strategy is paying off, as we are seeing new opportunities open up in new market segments. Mattson Technology has arrived at the upward inflection point in the cycle with a broader leading edge product portfolio. We are optimally positioned at the leading customers with a strong balance sheet and the requisite resources to fully leverage these positions as the global economy strengthens." Dutton concluded, "Mattson Technology has not only survived this extremely difficult environment; we have invested in new initiatives at the company that we expect will lead to a market opportunity nearly triple the size of what we had before."

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

Conference Call

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 3:00 PM Pacific Time (6:00 PM Eastern Time), Mattson Technology will hold a conference call to review the following topics: 2009 third quarter financial results, current business conditions, the near-term business outlook and guidance for the fourth quarter of 2009. 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 (913) 312-4374.

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 earnings, cash flow, cash position and other financial results, future customer demand and 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: 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     Nine Months Ended
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                September  September  September  September
                                   27,        28,        27,        28,
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net sales                       $  11,187  $  30,041  $  24,827  $ 120,486
Cost of sales                       8,722     22,371     31,886     73,537
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Gross margin                      2,465      7,670     (7,059)    46,949
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating expenses:
  Research, development and
   engineering                      5,818     10,397     19,277     27,458
  Selling, general and
   administrative                  11,611     16,448     35,970     48,815
  Amortization of intangibles           -        128          -        384
  Restructuring charges             1,738      1,867      2,556      2,615
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
     Total operating expenses      19,167     28,840     57,803     79,272
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Loss from operations              (16,702)   (21,170)   (64,862)   (32,323)
Interest and other income
 (expense), net                      (248)       563      1,205      1,302
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Loss before income taxes          (16,950)   (20,607)   (63,657)   (31,021)
Provision for (benefit from)
 income taxes                      (8,393)       130     (7,977)       686
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net loss                        $  (8,557) $ (20,737) $ (55,680) $ (31,707)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
Net loss per share:
     Basic and Diluted          $   (0.17) $   (0.42) $   (1.12) $   (0.64)
Shares used in computing net
 loss per share:
     Basic and Diluted             49,884     49,481     49,795     49,421

                         MATTSON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
                              (in thousands)

                                               September 27,  December 31,
                                                    2009          2008
                                                (unaudited)       (1)
                                                ------------  ------------
Current assets:
  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term
   investments                                  $     65,838  $    103,387
  Restricted cash                                      2,000             -
  Accounts receivable, net                             7,045        14,477
  Advance billings                                       616           140
  Inventories                                         30,585        48,410
  Inventories - delivered systems                          -           956
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                    4,934         5,765
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total current assets                          111,018       173,135
Property and equipment, net                           23,718        27,144
Other assets                                           6,025         7,932
                                                ------------  ------------
            Total assets                        $    140,761  $    208,211
                                                ============  ============

Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                              $      5,061  $      7,205
  Accrued liabilities                                 16,867        21,241
  Deferred revenue                                     2,552         4,198
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total current liabilities                      24,480        32,644
Income taxes payable, non-current                      4,301        13,467
Other liabilities                                      5,831         5,264
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total liabilities                              34,612        51,375
                                                ------------  ------------
Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                            54            54
  Additional paid-in capital                         631,078       628,632
  Accumulated other comprehensive income              22,802        20,255
  Treasury stock                                     (37,986)      (37,986)
  Accumulated deficit                               (509,799)     (454,119)
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total stockholders' equity                    106,149       156,836
                                                ------------  ------------
            Total liabilities and stockholders'
             equity                             $    140,761  $    208,211
                                                ============  ============

(1)  Derived from audited financial statements

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