SOURCE: Zygo Corporation

October 27, 2005 16:00 ET

Zygo Records Solid Improvements in Q1 Orders, Revenues, and Earnings Over Prior Year

MIDDLEFIELD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2005 -- Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 of $2.3 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, as compared with earnings of $1.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period in fiscal 2005. The fiscal 2006 first quarter results include share-based payment compensation expense of $0.2 million ($0.4 million pre-tax), or $0.01 per diluted share. The fiscal 2005 first quarter results include a loss from discontinued operations of $0.01 per diluted share.

Beginning this quarter, Zygo Corporation adopted the provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 123R, "Share-Based Payments (As amended)." This statement requires that the compensation expense resulting from all shared-based payment transactions be recognized in the financial statements. The statement of operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 includes pre-tax share-based payment compensation expense of $0.1 million in cost of goods sold, $0.2 million in selling, general, and administrative expense, and $0.1 million in research and development expense.

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 increased 25% to $34.6 million as compared with the prior year first quarter. Backlog at September 30, 2005 totaled $70.6 million, an increase of $4.0 million, or 6%, from June 30, 2005 and of $9.2 million, or 15%, from September 30, 2004.

Orders for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were $38.6 million as compared with $34.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2005. Orders from the Company's semiconductor segment accounted for 52% of the orders received, with the industrial segment accounting for 48% of the orders.

"We are very pleased with the continued strong financial performance of our company," stated Bruce Robinson, ZYGO's Chairman and President. "The Company continues to make progress toward achieving our long-term objectives with a resulting positive effect on earnings. Orders were particularly strong for what is normally our seasonally weak quarter and market opportunities for our products look promising."

Highlights for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 included:

--  New orders were received for Generation 7.5 and OLED flat panel
    metrology.
--  Orders for our semiconductor lithography products were up over Q1 of
    last year, and stronger than we had anticipated.
--  An order for $3.8 million for opto-mechanical assemblies, related to
    the lasik eye surgery tool, supported indications of continuing acceptance
    in the market.
--  EPS is up 86% over Q1 of last year.
    
Mr. Robinson closed his remarks by stating, "We are continuing to invest in new products and services for the semiconductor market. It is our belief that the strategy of transitioning from an OEM to a direct supplier will have a long-term positive effect on revenue and earnings growth."

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 first quarter of fiscal 2006 will be held at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time on October 27, 2005 and can be accessed by dialing 888-433-1680. 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, 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 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 stock price. 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, 2005.


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

(Thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                Three Months Ended
                                           September 30,  September 30,
                                               2005           2004
                                             --------       --------
Net sales
  Products                                   $ 30,621       $ 25,883
  Development services                          3,961          1,695
                                             --------       --------
                                               34,582         27,578
                                             --------       --------
Cost of goods sold
  Products                                     18,261         15,168
  Development services                          2,906          1,297
                                             --------       --------
                                               21,167         16,465
                                             --------       --------
  Gross profit                                 13,415         11,113

Selling, general, and administrative
 expenses                                       6,411          5,659
Research, development, and engineering
 expenses                                       3,540          3,208
                                             --------       --------
  Operating profit                              3,464          2,246
                                             --------       --------

Other income:
  Interest income                                 417            179
  Miscellaneous income (expense), net             128            (29)
                                             --------       --------
  Total other income                              545            150
                                             --------       --------
  Earnings from continuing operations
   before income taxes and minority
   interest                                     4,009          2,396

Income tax expense                             (1,523)          (862)
Minority interest                                (150)          (122)
                                             --------       --------
  Earnings from continuing operations           2,336          1,412
                                             --------       --------

Discontinued TeraOptix operations,
 net of tax                                         -            (61)
Charges and adjustments on the disposal
 of TeraOptix, net of tax                           -             (4)
                                             --------       --------
  Loss from discontinued operations                 -            (65)
                                             --------       --------
Net earnings                                 $  2,336       $  1,347
                                             ========       ========

Basic  - Earnings per share:
  Continuing operations                      $   0.13       $   0.08
  Discontinued operations                    $      -       $      -
                                             --------       --------
  Net earnings                               $   0.13       $   0.08
                                             ========       ========

Diluted - Earnings (loss) per share:
  Continuing operations                      $   0.13       $   0.08
  Discontinued operations                    $      -       $  (0.01)
                                             --------       --------
  Net earnings                               $   0.13       $   0.07
                                             ========       ========


                  Zygo Corporation and Subsidiaries
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                             (Unaudited)

(Thousands of dollars)                     September 30,    June 30,
                                               2005           2005
                                             --------       --------
Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                  $ 17,159       $ 20,949
  Marketable securities                        20,775         17,242
  Receivables, net                             25,081         28,125
  Inventories                                  35,032         33,727
  Prepaid expenses                              2,114          2,140
  Deferred income taxes                         8,934          8,895
                                             --------       --------
    Total current assets                      109,095        111,078

Marketable securities                          20,615         18,711
Property, plant, and equipment, net            31,459         31,420
Deferred income taxes                          20,304         21,476
Intangible assets, net                          5,714          5,638
Other assets                                      987          1,017
                                             --------       --------
Total assets                                 $188,174       $189,340
                                             ========       ========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Payables                                   $ 11,705       $ 13,510
  Accrued expenses                             31,151         32,804
  Income taxes payable                          1,409          1,510
                                             --------       --------
    Total current liabilities                  44,265         47,824

Other long-term liabilities                        94             96
Minority interest                                 777          1,249
Stockholders' equity                          143,038        140,171
                                             --------       --------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $188,174       $189,340
                                             ========       ========

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