Catalyst Semiconductor Reports 3rd Quarter FY 2008 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 28, 2008— Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS), a developer and marketer of programmable and analog/mixed signal products used in telecommunications, networking systems, computers, automotive, industrial and consumer markets, today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2008, which ended January 27, 2008.

Net revenues for the third quarter ended January 27, 2008 were $17.8 million, down 14% from net revenues of $20.7 million for the preceding quarter ended October 28, 2007, and up 9% from net revenues of $16.4 million for the third quarter ended January 28, 2007. Catalyst previously announced on February 5, 2008 that it expected net revenues and net income for the third quarter ended January 27, 2008 to be between $17.4 to $17.6 million and $0.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

Net revenues from analog/mixed signal products were $2.2 million, or 13% of net revenues in the third quarter ended January 27, 2008, down 40% from $3.8 million, or 18% of net revenues for the quarter ended October 28, 2007, and up 72% from $1.3 million, or 8% of net revenues for the third quarter ended January 28, 2007.

Net income for the third quarter ended January 27, 2008, was $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share for the preceding quarter ended October 28, 2007, and net income of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in the third quarter ended January 28, 2007. Net income for the third quarter ended January 27, 2008 includes the impact of $634,000 of expenses incurred for professional services associated with strategic transaction activities that were under discussion during the quarter. In January 2008, the board of directors terminated these discussions due to changes in market conditions.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter was $1.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $1.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the preceding quarter ended October 28, 2007, and $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the third quarter ended January 28, 2007. Non-GAAP net income reflects adjustments for non-cash stock compensation expenses and professional fees incurred in association with strategic transaction activities, which are more fully detailed in the reconciliation between net income on a GAAP basis and net income on a non-GAAP basis provided in the statements that accompany this press release.

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter ended January 27, 2008 was 38.5%, compared with 37.3% in the preceding quarter ended October 28, 2007 and 35.6% in the third quarter ended January 28, 2007. The gross margin percentage improvement over the previous quarter was attributable to greater manufacturing efficiencies in our back-end manufacturing operations.

Operating activities during the third quarter generated a positive cash flow of $1.6 million and $7.5 million year-to-date with cash and short term investments increasing by $1.0 million to $36.5 million at the end of the third quarter ended January 27, 2008.

In February 2008, Catalyst announced that its board of directors approved increasing the number of authorized shares under the stock repurchase program to four million shares. Prior to the increase, Catalyst had approximately 763,000 shares remaining under the current stock repurchase program.

Management Comments & Outlook

"Total revenues for the third quarter were lower than our results for the first and second quarters due in large part to seasonality in our business. However, we are pleased that year-to-date revenues through the fiscal third quarter are up 22% over the same period last year with our analog/mixed signal net revenues up by 116% year-over-year," said Gelu Voicu, Catalyst's President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we saw a slow start in our fiscal fourth quarter, due to the Chinese New Year holiday at the beginning of February, we are encouraged to see that our bookings and shipments after four weeks are at a similar level to what we attained at this point during the third quarter."

Other highlights of the quarter included:

-- Catalyst introduced four new products: one bus product for I/O expansion and three LED drivers. The LED drivers exemplify Catalyst's strategy to be a "one-stop" vendor for a broad range of LED drivers which address all the major segments of the lucrative LED market - from cell phone backlighting to mid-size portable panels, to large-panel video and LED signage.

-- Catalyst further enhanced its ability to compete in the consumer market with the introduction of the first in a new line of optimized, low pin-count EEPROMs.

-- Catalyst was granted a key patent, adding another piece of significant intellectual property to its analog portfolio. This patent covers a unique step-down switching regulator circuit architecture and is embedded in the CAT4201 inductor-based, step-down LED driver, introduced in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008.

-- Catalyst's CAT4201 LED driver was named to the prestigious EDN "Hot 100 Products of 2007." This same device was also named the "Smartest Commercial Move in Switching Regulators" by the highly regarded EN-Genius Network website.

Investor Conference Call

Catalyst will conduct a conference call regarding the third fiscal quarter results beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) today. The call will be available to all investors and media via the company's Web site, or by dialing (877) 754-9851 (domestic only). International callers can dial (706) 643-1107. Participants will be required to provide the conference call ID # 34333362.

A replay of the call will be aired from approximately 4:00 p.m. today until midnight (Eastern) on March 13, 2008 at the company's Web site or by dialing (800) 642-1687 (domestic) or (706) 645-9291 (international), entering reservation number 34333362 and following operator instructions.

About Catalyst Semiconductor

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Catalyst Semiconductor designs and markets analog, mixed-signal and non-volatile memory products, including Digitally Programmable Potentiometers (DPP(TM)), white and color LED drivers, DC/DC converters, LDO regulators, voltage supervisors, bus expanders, serial and parallel EEPROMs, Flash and NVRAM. Many of Catalyst's products incorporate the Company's Quantum Charge Programmable(TM) technology, to deliver Adaptive Analog(TM) products, which offer a new level of customer flexibility, lower power and smaller die size. Catalyst products are used in telecommunications, computer, automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Typical applications include LCD displays, automotive lighting, optical networks, printers, modems, wireless LANs, network cards, DIMM modules, cellular telephones, navigation systems, set-top boxes and Internet routers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Catalyst's bookings and shipments in the fourth quarter. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause Catalyst's results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements and include, without limitation: increased competition in the markets for Catalyst's products leading to decreased average selling prices; declining growth of the markets for Catalyst's products; declining market acceptance and demand for Catalyst's products; potential errors, latent defects, design flaws or other problems with any of Catalyst's products; volatility in supply and demand for Catalyst's products, which would adversely affect revenues and market prices; price and availability of foundry services, assembly and test subcontract capacity, which are required to meet Catalyst's financial targets and/or meet backlog requirements; timing, future development, cost and market acceptance of Catalyst's new products; increased regulatory requirements and costs of compliance; and the other risks detailed from time to time in Catalyst's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, Catalyst's Annual Report filed on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports filed on Form 10-Q. Catalyst disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward looking statement.
                     CATALYST SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
                            (In thousands)

                                          January  27,  2008    April  29,  2007
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
Current  assets:
    Cash  and  short-term  investments                      $    36,484                $    28,658
    Accounts  receivable,  net                                          12,346                      10,444
    Inventories                                                                    10,345                      11,137
    Other  assets                                                                    3,038                        2,845
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
        Total  current  assets                                              62,213                      53,084

Property  and  equipment,  net                                        11,496                      11,700
Deferred  tax  and  other  assets                                      3,320                        4,428
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
        Total  assets                                                        $    77,029                $    69,212
                                                                          ================  ================

Current  liabilities:
    Accounts  payable                                                    $      8,956                $      6,690
    Accrued  expenses                                                            2,647                        2,137
    Deferred  gross  profit  on  shipments
      to  distributors                                                            2,178                        2,130
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
        Total  current  liabilities                                    13,781                      10,957
Other  non-current  liabilities                                          157                                -
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
        Total  liabilities                                                    13,938                      10,957

Total  stockholders'  equity                                          63,091                      58,255
                                                                          ----------------  ----------------
    Total  liabilities  and  stockholders'
      equity                                                                      $    77,029                $    69,212
                                                                          ================  ================

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