SOURCE: Rudolph Technologies, Inc.

November 01, 2007 16:00 ET

Rudolph Technologies Announces Third Quarter 2007 Earnings Above Guidance and Revenue at Top End of Guidance Range

FLANDERS, NJ--(Marketwire - November 1, 2007) - Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC), a leading provider of process control equipment for thin film measurements and macro-defect inspection during integrated circuit manufacturing, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.

Highlights for the third quarter include:

--  Earnings per share exceed guidance at $0.05 per share
--  Revenue of $31.5 million at top end of guidance range, aided by
    partial recovery in back-end business
--  Gross margin at 49% percent of revenue
--  Cash and marketable securities grew by over $5 million and reach
    another record high at $121.1 million
    

Discussing the third quarter results, Paul F. McLaughlin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased with our third quarter performance despite a challenging environment as we reached the high end of our revenue guidance, exceeded our earnings guidance, and experienced the anticipated performance of our cost reduction programs. Positive cash flow continues to be a highlight with our cash and marketable securities balances reaching new record highs."

The Company's 2007 third quarter revenue totaled $31.5 million, a 34% decrease compared to $47.7 million for the second quarter of 2007 and a 46% decrease compared to the third quarter 2006. During both the third and second quarters of 2007, international sales represented approximately 80% of revenue while domestic sales accounted for approximately 20%. Front-end semiconductor customers accounted for approximately 62% of the Company's 2007 third quarter tool revenue, back-end customers accounted for 33% and the remaining 5% was sold into other markets.

Third quarter net income totaled $1.4 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $5.5 million or $0.19 per share for the 2007 second quarter.

Third quarter gross margin was 49% compared to 52% for the 2007 second quarter. The decrease in margin was primarily due to product mix and customer support and fixed manufacturing costs representing a larger component of cost of goods sold on a lower revenue base.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the third quarter of 2007 totaled $6.5 million, compared to $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2007. As a percentage of revenue, R&D was 21% of revenue compared to 17% in second quarter of 2007. The decrease in R&D in absolute dollars was due to reduced headcount, a decrease in project costs, and other cost reduction measures implemented by the Company in the third quarter. The Company anticipates that fourth quarter 2007 spending on R&D will be approximately 21% to 23% of revenue.

Selling, general and administrative (S,G&A) expenses totaled $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2007 compared to $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2007. S,G&A was 25% of revenue in the third quarter of 2007 and 18% in the 2007 second quarter. The decrease in S,G&A in absolute dollars was driven by reduced headcount and other cost reduction measures. The Company expects that S,G&A will be approximately 22% to 24% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The provision for income taxes in the 2007 third quarter was a benefit of $185,000 primarily due to a change in projected annual pre-tax income and true-ups for filed tax returns. The Company currently expects the full year effective tax rate to be approximately 30%.

Balance Sheet Strength

At September 30, 2007, the Company's cash and marketable securities reached a new record high of $121.1 million. Working capital increased $4.4 million from June 30, 2007 to $225.5 million as of September 30, 2007.

Conference Call

Rudolph Technologies will discuss its fiscal 2007 third quarter results and fiscal 2007 fourth quarter guidance, on a conference call it is hosting today at 4:45 PM ET. A live webcast will also be available to investors on the Company's website at www.rudolphtech.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

About Rudolph Technologies

Rudolph Technologies is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of high-performance process control metrology, defect inspection and data analysis systems used by semiconductor device manufacturers. Rudolph provides a full-fab solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market. Rudolph has enhanced the competitiveness of its products in the marketplace by anticipating and addressing many emerging trends driving the semiconductor industry's growth. Rudolph's strategy for continued technological and market leadership includes aggressive research and development of complementary metrology and inspection solutions. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.rudolphtech.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding our expenses and revenue expectations for the fourth quarter of 2007. In some cases, you can identify those so-called "forward-looking statements" by words such as "may," "will," "would," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of those words and other comparable words. Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provided for by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and you are cautioned that actual events or results may differ materially from the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Rudolph. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) cyclicality of the semiconductor industry; (2) customer concentration; (3) introduction of new products by Rudolph's competitors; (4) sole or limited sources of supply; (5) revenues may be lower than expected; (6) costs, customer loss and business disruption, including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers, may be greater than expected; (7) the industry may be subject to future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the company; (8) the impact of a slowdown in the overall economy; (9) uncertainty of the current global political environment; (10) the potential for terrorist attacks; (11) changes in customer demands for our existing and new products, the timing, cancellation or delay of customer orders and shipments; (12) the timing of revenue recognition of shipments and services provided; (13) changes in or an inability to execute our business strategy; (14) unanticipated manufacturing or supply problems and (15) changes in tax rules. Rudolph cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Additional factors that may affect the future results of Rudolph are set forth in its Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2006 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available at http://www.sec.gov, the SEC's website, and at the Company's website which is http://www.rudolphtech.com. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the SEC. Rudolph Technologies does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

                        RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                              (In thousands)
                                (Unaudited)

                                                September 30, December 31,
                                                     2007         2006
                                                ------------- -------------
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and marketable securities                  $     121,142 $     106,193
Accounts receivable, net                               51,674        65,373
Inventories                                            61,056        55,433
Prepaid and other assets                               11,288         9,745
                                                ------------- -------------
     Total current assets                             245,160       236,744
Net property, plant and equipment                      15,777        16,882
Intangibles                                           179,048       182,577
Other assets                                            4,082         4,283
                                                ------------- -------------
Total assets                                    $     444,067 $     440,486
                                                ============= =============

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        $      10,470 $      18,464
Other current liabilities                               9,181        17,338
                                                ------------- -------------
     Total current liabilities                         19,651        35,802
Non-current liabilities                                14,658        11,808
                                                ------------- -------------
     Total liabilities                                 34,309        47,610
Stockholders' equity                                  409,758       392,876
                                                ------------- -------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $     444,067 $     440,486
                                                ============= =============



                        RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                (Unaudited)


                        Three Months Ended          Nine Months Ended
                    --------------------------  ---------------------------
                   September 30,  September 30, September 30, September 30,
                        2007          2006          2007          2006
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------

Revenues            $     31,461  $      58,166 $     127,547 $     146,706
Cost of revenues          15,921         27,599        60,907        77,199
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------
   Gross profit           15,540         30,567        66,640        69,507
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------
Operating expenses:
  Research and
   development             6,505          8,146        23,319        21,791
  In-process
   research and
   development                 -              -             -         9,900
  Selling, general
   and
   administrative          7,791          8,712        25,330        23,734
  Amortization             1,119          1,126         3,368         2,923
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------
Total operating
 expenses                 15,415         17,984        52,017        58,348
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------
    Operating income         125         12,583        14,623        11,159
Interest income and
 other, net                1,078            769         3,034         2,282
Provision (benefit)
 for income taxes           (185)         5,281         5,254         9,125
                    ------------  ------------- ------------- -------------
Net income          $      1,388  $       8,071 $      12,403 $       4,316
                    ============  ============= ============= =============

Net income per
 share:
  Basic             $       0.05  $        0.28 $        0.43 $        0.16
  Diluted           $       0.05  $        0.28 $        0.42 $        0.16

Weighted average
 shares outstanding:
  Basic                   29,152         28,849        29,099        26,708
  Diluted                 29,250         29,119        29,265        26,976

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