Novellus Systems Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 02, 2012 -- Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) today reported operating results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Net sales for the fourth quarter were $282.7 million, down $24.0 million or 7.8 percent from third quarter 2011 net sales of $306.7 million, and down $101.6 million or 26.4 percent from fourth quarter 2010 net sales of $384.4 million. Net income for the fourth quarter was $38.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, down $12.6 million from third quarter 2011 net income of $51.1 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, and down $43.0 million from fourth quarter 2010 net income of $81.5 million, or $0.89 per diluted share.

Net sales for fiscal year 2011 were $1.35 billion, unchanged from net sales for fiscal year 2010. Net income for the year was $250.7 million or $3.20 per diluted share compared with a net income of $262.3 million or $2.79 per diluted share for fiscal year 2010.

Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $286.9 million, up $60.0 million or 26.4 percent from third quarter 2011 bookings of $226.9 million. Fourth quarter shipments of $276.5 million were down $25.1 million or 8.3 percent from $301.6 million in the third quarter of 2011.(1)

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at the end of the fourth quarter were $918.7 million, an increase of $182.1 million or 24.7 percent from the third quarter 2011 ending balance of $736.6 million. Long-term investments and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter were $166.0 million, a decrease of $20.0 million or 10.8 percent from the third quarter 2011 ending balance of $186.0 million. There were no share repurchases during the fourth quarter of 2011. Cash flows from operations during the fourth quarter of 2011 were $84.7 million, down $15.0 million or 15.0 percent from $99.7 million in the third quarter of 2011, and down $3.7 million or 4.2 percent from $88.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Richard S. Hill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Despite the slowdown in the second half of 2011 we turned in solid performance for the year. Our intense focus on developing the right products at the right time has allowed us to continue to improve operating leverage and we believe positions us for the next wave of technology transitions in the semiconductor industry. As we previously announced, Novellus and Lam Research are combining companies, creating a semiconductor equipment company that is expected to lead the development of next-generation semiconductor manufacturing technology. We are very excited about this unique opportunity to join two outstanding organizations into one transformative company."

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This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. In connection with the proposed merger, Lam Research Corporation ("Lam Research") has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-179267) that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Lam Research and Novellus Systems, Inc. ("Novellus" or "Novellus Systems") that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Lam Research. Lam Research and Novellus Systems will furnish the definitive version of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to their respective security holders in connection with the proposed merger of Lam Research and Novellus Systems. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, WE URGE SECURITY HOLDERS AND INVESTORS TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LAM RESEARCH AND NOVELLUS SYSTEMS AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. The proposals for the merger will be made solely through the definitive version of the joint proxy statement/prospectus. In addition, a copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus may be obtained free of charge from Lam Research Corporation, Investor Relations, 4650 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538-6401, or from Novellus Systems, Investor Relations, 4000 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95134. Security holders will be able to obtain, free of charge, copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and S-4 Registration Statement and any other documents filed by Lam Research or Novellus Systems with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, and at the companies' websites at www.LamResearch.com and www.Novellus.com, respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains, or may contain, "forward-looking statements" concerning Lam Research and Novellus Systems (together such companies and their subsidiaries being the "Merged Company"), which are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Generally, the words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "may," "should," "could," and other future-oriented terms identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (i) Novellus' belief that developing the right products at the right time positions Novellus for the next wave of technology transitions in the semiconductor industry; (ii) statements regarding the merger, including expected timing and benefit, (iii) Novellus' expectation that the merger will create a semiconductor equipment company that leads the development of next-generation semiconductor manufacturing technology; and (iv) statements relating to the expected impact for customers and their perceptions of the merger and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing statements.

These forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of Novellus Systems and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Novellus Systems' ability to control or estimate precisely and include, without limitation: the ability to obtain governmental or stockholder approvals of the merger or to satisfy other conditions to the merger on the proposed terms and timeframe; the effects of litigation, or potential litigation in connection with the merger or otherwise; possibility that the merger does not close when expected or at all, or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the merger to achieve regulatory approval; the ability to realize the expected synergies or other benefits from the transaction in the amounts or in the timeframe anticipated; the potential harm to customer, supplier, employee and other relationships caused by the announcement or closing of the merger; the ability to integrate Novellus Systems' and Lam Research's businesses in a timely and cost-efficient manner; uncertainties in the global economy and credit markets; unanticipated trends with respect to the cyclicality of the semiconductor industry; and rates of change in, future shipments, margins, market share, capital expenditures, revenue and operating expenses generally; volatility in quarterly results and in the stock price of the Merged Company; customer requirements and the ability to satisfy those requirements; customer capital spending and their demand for the Merged Company's products; the ability to defend the Merged Company's market share and to gain new market share; anticipated growth in the industry and the total market for wafer-fabrication and support equipment and the Merged Company's growth relative to such growth; levels of research and development expenditures; the estimates made, and the accruals recorded, in order to implement critical accounting policies (including but not limited to the adequacy of prior tax payments, future tax liabilities and the adequacy of the Merged Company's accruals relating to them); access to capital markets; the ability to manage and grow the Merged Company's cash position; the sufficiency of the Merged Company's financial resources to support future business activities (including but not limited to the repurchase program, operations, investments, debt service requirements and capital expenditures); inventory levels and inventory valuation adjustments; the impact of legal proceedings; unexpected shipment delays which adversely impact shipment volumes; inaccuracies related to the timing and satisfaction of remaining obligations related to vacated leases; the inability to recover the amortized cost of investments in auction-rate securities, market changes negatively affecting auction-rate securities and the government's inability to guarantee the underlying securities; the inability to enforce the Merged Company's patents and protect its trade secrets; and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the registration statement on form S-4, and those additional risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Novellus Systems' periodic reports (whether under the caption Risk Factors or Forward Looking Statements or elsewhere). Novellus Systems cannot give any assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to have been correct. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this announcement. Neither Novellus Systems nor any other person undertakes any obligation to update or revise publicly any of the forward-looking statements set out herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

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