Applied Materials Announces Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2008

Applied Materials, Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 27, 2008. Net sales were $2.15 billion, down 15 percent from $2.53 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, and up 3 percent from $2.09 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was 45.0 percent, up from 44.9 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, and up from 44.8 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $303 million, or $0.22 per share, down from net income of $411 million, or $0.29 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, and up from net income of $262 million, or $0.19 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

New orders of $2.41 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 decreased 9 percent from $2.65 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, and decreased 3 percent from $2.50 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Regional distribution of new orders for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was: Korea 22 percent, Taiwan 22 percent, Southeast Asia and China 18 percent, Japan 13 percent, Europe 13 percent, and North America 12 percent. Backlog at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $4.59 billion, compared to $4.10 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

“This quarter’s performance demonstrates our focus on operational execution and prudent cost controls across all of our businesses,” said Mike Splinter, president and CEO. “We are ramping our display and solar businesses while addressing the challenges of a weaker global chip equipment market.

“During the quarter, we established our leadership in the crystalline silicon solar equipment market, built on our momentum in thin film solar products and disclosed the industry’s first gigawatt-scale, thin film solar project. In addition, we launched a new mask inspection system, the Aera2™. Applied has significant opportunities ahead as we deliver on our promise to utilize our nanomanufacturing technology to improve the way people live," concluded Splinter.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $362 million, or $0.26 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $509 million, or $0.36 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, and $345 million or $0.25 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Non-GAAP adjustments are explained below and detailed in the accompanying Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results.

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Date: 15 May 2008
Source: Applied Materials, Inc.

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