Aviza Technology Announces Fiscal Year 2008 First Quarter Financial Results

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 31, 2008— Aviza Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVZA), a supplier of advanced semiconductor capital equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, which ended on December 28, 2007.


-- Shipments of $34.6 million.

-- Net sales of $34.0 million.

-- Gross margin of 28.6%.

-- Loss from operations of $7.9 million.

-- Net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.40 per share.


-- Adjusted Net Loss of $5.8 million, or $0.28 per share.

Jerry Cutini, Aviza's president and chief executive officer, said, "The results for the first quarter reflect the impact of difficult market conditions and a weak business climate globally throughout our industry. While Aviza was not immune to the protracted reduction in DRAM capital spending that closed out 2007, we did make significant inroads during the quarter, particularly in the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) market, where we shipped our first logic tool into Japan."

Cutini added, "We will continue to implement and expand our strategic initiatives which include outsourcing, internal cost reductions, broadening our product offerings and diversifying further into 3D-ICs and emerging markets. Our aim is to continue to add new customers and strengthen our competitive position in 2008 so that we are well-positioned to capitalize on the next market upturn."


The Company's guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 is predicated on anticipated continued softness in the DRAM market. Aviza expects that net sales will be in the range of $30 million to $35 million, with an operating loss in the range of approximately $7.0 million - $8.0 million.


Aviza uses non-GAAP financial measures that are not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentations, but are provided because we believe that they provide additional information with respect to the performance of our fundamental business activities and are also used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate our business on a comparable basis to other companies. The two non-GAAP financial measures that we use are Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share. We believe that Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share provide investors with useful information about our operating results. We use Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share to review and assess our operating performance. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share also allow us to compare our operating results with corresponding prior periods as well as with the operating results of other companies in our industry.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents GAAP Net Income (Loss) excluding the following items: stock based compensation, amortization expense, depreciation expense, net interest expense, income taxes and net other (income) expenses. As we have substantial net operating loss carryforward, we have not included the impact of additional income tax provisions in this calculation. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents Adjusted Net Income (as defined above) divided by weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period. A reconciliation of our Adjusted Net Income (Loss) to GAAP Net Income (Loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided in the attached table.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), earnings per share and other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share as supplemental information.

Unless otherwise specified, all references in this press release to financial information are prepared in accordance with accounting principals generally accepted in the United States.


Aviza has scheduled a conference call today to discuss the Company's financial results for the fiscal 2008 first quarter. The call will be hosted by Jerry Cutini, president and chief executive officer, and Patrick O'Connor, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call over the Internet. To listen to the live web cast today at 4:30 p.m. EST / 1:30 p.m. PST, log on to the Aviza website at www.aviza.com. To access the live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. EST / 1:30 p.m. PST, dial 303-262-2211 or 800-240-7305.

A digital replay will be available on Aviza's website at www.aviza.com under "Calendar of Events" in the "Investors" section of the website two hours after the conclusion of the conference call.

A telephone replay will also be available two hours after the conclusion of the conference call from January 31 to February 4, 2008. You may access the telephone replay by dialing 303-590-3000 or 800-405-2236 and entering the confirmation code 11107108#.


This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our management's current expectations and beliefs and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. You should not rely upon these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events because we cannot assure you that the events or circumstances reflected in these statements will be achieved or will occur. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements made by Jerry Cutini and all statements containing the words "believes," "expects," "forecast," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "intends," "plans," "estimates" or "anticipates" or the negative of these words and phrases or other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: variability of our revenues and financial performance; risks associated with product development and technological changes; the acceptance of our products in the marketplace by existing and potential future customers; disruption of operations or increases in expenses due to our involvement in litigation or caused by civil or political unrest or other catastrophic events; general economic conditions and conditions in the semiconductor industry in particular; the continued employment of our key personnel and risks associated with competition. Some of these factors and other important factors are detailed in various Securities and Exchange Commission filings that we have made, particularly in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which are available from us without charge. Please review these filings and do not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Aviza Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells and supports advanced semiconductor capital equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor industry and related markets. The company's systems are used in a variety of segments of the semiconductor market, such as advanced silicon for memory devices, advanced 3-D packaging and power integrated circuits for communications. Aviza's common stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ GM: AVZA). Aviza is headquartered in Scotts Valley, Calif., with manufacturing, R&D, sales and customer support facilities located in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.aviza.com.
                        AVIZA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
                            (in thousands)
                                            December 28, September 28,
                                                 2007                  2007


    Cash  and  cash  equivalents                                  $        20,193    $          23,087
    Accounts  receivable,  net                                              34,468                37,202
    Inventory                                                                            50,496                45,529
    Prepaid  expenses  and  other  current  assets              6,365                  5,317
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

          Total  current  assets                                              111,522              111,135

Property  and  equipment  -  net                                          31,297                31,781

Intangible  and  other  assets                                              6,646                  5,164
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

TOTAL                                                                              $      149,465    $        148,080
                                                                                        ============  =============


    Bank  borrowing  -  short  term                              $        26,028    $          15,043
    Accounts  payable                                                              22,369                22,536
    Warranty  liability                                                            9,805                11,222
    Accrued  liabilities                                                        12,446                13,391
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

          Total  current  liabilities                                      70,648                62,192
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

NOTE  PAYABLE  -  Long  term                                                  13,841                14,490
OTHER  LIABILITIES-Long  term                                                  175                          -
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

          Total  liabilities                                                      84,664                76,682
                                                                                        ------------  -------------


    Common  stock                                                                    120,769              118,402
    Accumulated  deficit  and  accumulated  other
      comprehensive  loss                                                      (55,968)            (47,004)
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

          Total  stockholders'  equity                                    64,801                71,398
                                                                                        ------------  -------------

TOTAL                                                                              $      149,465    $        148,080
                                                                                        ============  =============

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