SOURCE: Zygo Corporation

April 26, 2007 16:00 ET

ZYGO Announces Continued Sales Growth in Q3 of Fiscal 2007

MIDDLEFIELD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced net sales of $48.7 million and net earnings of $4.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 as compared with net sales of $43.0 million and net earnings of $4.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2006. Last year's third quarter net earnings included $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, relating to the recognition of a tax deduction from foreign trading income. The increase in net sales of $5.7 million resulted from an increase in product sales of $10.6 million, partially offset by an expected decrease in development services sales of $5.1 million. The product sales growth of $10.6 million was primarily driven by acceptance of a number of the Company's Display Solutions systems and an increase in stage metrology lithography shipments.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2007, the Company recorded net sales of $134.4 million and net earnings of $11.3 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, as compared with net sales of $121.0 million and net earnings of $10.0 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the prior year period.

Bruce Robinson, ZYGO's Chairman and CEO, stated, "I am very pleased with the third quarter and year-to-date performance of the Company. We continued to experience solid sales growth this year with our existing product lines, as well as our new product introductions. This has allowed us to overcome the expected year-over-year decline in development services revenues as the project has been completed."

Orders for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 were $38.9 million, resulting in a book-to-bill of .8. The Metrology Division accounted for 55% of the orders received, with the Optics Division accounting for the remaining 45%. Our backlog was $82.7 million as of March 31, 2007. As expected, we experienced a decline in stage metrology lithography orders this quarter as a result of inventory correction actions by one of our customers. Although we expect these corrections to continue in the fourth quarter, total stage metrology lithography orders are still expected to be in the $45-$50 million range for the fiscal year, similar to stage metrology lithography orders in fiscal 2006.

Mr. Robinson further stated, "We will continue to invest heavily in research and development related to our semiconductor initiatives. We believe it is critical to invest in these initiatives in order to maximize our ability to capitalize on the market opportunities that exist for our technologies."

Significant events during the quarter included:

--  Our Optical Systems group received ISO 13485:2003 certification for
    medical product manufacturing.  This quality initiative positions ZYGO for
    additional penetration into the manufacturing of opto-mechanical products
    for the medical market.
--  Our Optical Systems group also received an order to manufacture a
    metrology product related to the field of dentistry.
--  The Metrology division received acceptance of another of our recently
    introduced in-line semiconductor tools.
--  Gross profit of 42% represents a significant improvement over last
    year's third quarter gross profit  of 38%.  This quarter's gross profit was
    reduced by a charge for expected cost overruns on the initial production
    run related to the Company's Helmet Mounted Display contract.  Shipments on
    the initial production run will begin in the fourth quarter and carry into
    the first quarter of fiscal 2008.
    
Zygo Corporation is a worldwide supplier of optical metrology instruments, precision optics, and electro-optical design and manufacturing services, serving customers in the semiconductor capital equipment and industrial markets.

Note: ZYGO's teleconference to discuss the results of the third quarter of fiscal 2007 will be held at 6 PM Eastern Time on April 26, 2007 and can be accessed by dialing 800-732-6079. This call is web cast live on ZYGO's web site at www.zygo.com. The call may also be accessed for 30 days following the teleconference.

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this news release regarding our financial position, business strategy, plans, anticipated growth rates, market opportunities, and objectives of management of the Company for future operations are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are intended to provide management's current expectations or plans for the future operating and financial performance of the Company based upon information currently available and assumptions currently believed to be valid. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plans," "strategy," "project," and other words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operating or financial performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors. Among the important factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are fluctuations in capital spending of our customers, fluctuations in net sales to our major customer, manufacturing and supplier risks, dependence on and timing of new product development, rapid technological and market change, risks in international operations, dependence on proprietary technology and key personnel, length of the sales cycle, environmental regulations, and fluctuations in our stock price. Zygo Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release. Further information on potential factors that could affect Zygo Corporation's business is described in our reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006.


                                  Zygo Corporation and Subsidiaries
                            Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                            (Unaudited)

(Thousands, except per share amounts)

                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                      March 31,             March 31,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2007       2006       2007       2006
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net sales
  Products                      $  48,484  $  37,861  $ 130,393  $ 106,226
  Development services                171      5,187      4,051     14,759
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   48,655     43,048    134,444    120,985
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Cost of goods sold
  Products                         28,054     22,940     73,505     63,577
  Development services                190      3,661      2,970     10,616
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   28,244     26,601     76,475     74,193
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Gross profit                     20,411     16,447     57,969     46,792

Selling, general, and
 administrative expenses            8,417      7,982     24,675     22,509
Research, development, and
 engineering expenses               6,054      3,939     16,639     10,907
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Operating profit                  5,940      4,526     16,655     13,376
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Other income
  Interest income                     746        646      2,174      1,502
  Miscellaneous income
   (expense), net                     148        (10)       178        169
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total other income                  894        636      2,352      1,671
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Earnings before income taxes
   and minority interest            6,834      5,162     19,007     15,047

Income taxes                       (2,643)      (961)    (6,903)    (4,463)
Minority interest                    (225)      (104)      (772)      (614)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net earnings                  $   3,966  $   4,097  $  11,332  $   9,970
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic  - Earnings per share     $    0.22  $    0.23  $    0.62  $    0.55
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
Diluted - Earnings per share    $    0.21  $    0.22  $    0.61  $    0.54
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Weighted average shares
 outstanding:
  Basic                            18,163     18,069     18,135     18,037
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
  Diluted                          18,654     18,475     18,564     18,318
                                =========  =========  =========  =========




                         Zygo Corporation and Subsidiaries
                       Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                   (Unaudited)

(Thousands of dollars)                       March 31, 2007  June 30, 2006
                                             --------------  --------------
Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                  $       17,900  $       20,318
  Marketable securities                              32,559          21,415
  Receivables, net                                   33,051          33,759
  Inventories                                        46,237          38,082
  Prepaid expenses                                    1,905           2,106
  Deferred income taxes                              12,194          11,959
                                             --------------  --------------
     Total current assets                           143,846         127,639

Marketable securities                                17,455          23,743
Property, plant, and equipment, net                  35,050          32,631
Deferred income taxes                                10,460          15,433
Intangible assets, net                                6,115           5,925
Other assets                                            476             812
                                             --------------  --------------
Total assets                                 $      213,402  $      206,183
                                             ==============  ==============


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Payables                                   $       11,789  $       13,987
  Accrued expenses                                   23,765          29,734
  Income taxes payable                                2,225           2,004
                                             --------------  --------------
     Total current liabilities                       37,779          45,725

Other long-term liabilities                             495             101
Minority interest                                     2,126           1,419
Stockholders' equity                                173,002         158,938
                                             --------------  --------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $      213,402  $      206,183
                                             ==============  ==============



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