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Hutchinson Technology CEO Discusses F4Q2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

In our BioMeasurement Division planned cost reductions are nearly complete and we’ll substantially reduce the Division’s operating loss in fiscal 2011. The cost reductions in the BioMeasurement Division are part of our previously announced plan to further reduce our cost by $25 million on an annualized basis. These planned cost reductions are on track and will begin to benefit our results in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

I’ll turn the call over to Kathleen now for an update on the Disk Drive Components Division.

Kathleen Skarvan

Thanks, Wayne. During our fiscal 2010 fourth quarter, we shipped 110.4 million suspensions, down 5% from 116.6 million in the preceding quarter and down 24% from $145.4 million in last year’s fourth quarter.

For the quarter our mix of product shipped was as follows. Suspensions for 3.5-inch ATA applications declined 5% sequentially and accounted for 53% of our shipments, flat from the preceding quarter.

Shipments for mobile applications declined 30% sequentially and accounted for 23% of our shipments, down from 31% of our shipments in the preceding quarter. Shipments for enterprise applications increased 43% and accounted for 24% of our shipments, up from 16% in the preceding quarter.

Average selling price in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter was $0.66, up from $0.65 in the preceding quarter. The higher mix of shipments for enterprise applications offset continued pressure on prices. In last year’s fourth quarter, average selling price was $0.70.

Our fourth quarter suspension assembly shipments included $38 million TSA+ suspension assemblies or 34% of our volume. That’s up from $33 million or 28% of our volume in the preceding quarter and $18 million or 13% of our volume in the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter.

The cost burden related to TSA+ flexure production remained about flat at $7.6 million compared with $7.5 million in the preceding quarter. This is primarily due to the cost remediating the TSA+ defect; however, due to a resumption of yield improvements and higher output, the TSA+ cost burden decreased as we move through the quarter.

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