Operating expenses for the year ended September 30, 2010 were $34.9 million, or 30.1% of net sales, compared to $39.6 million, or 37.6% of net sales, for fiscal 2009. Operating expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 were $9.4 million, or 30.3% of net sales, compared to $10.2 million, or 35.5% of net sales, in the same quarter last year.
Orders received for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 were $121.1 million, a 19% increase, compared to $101.8 million in fiscal 2009. New orders received during the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter were $36.2 million, compared to $32.3 million in the same period last year. At the close of the September 2010 quarter, the Company's backlog was $35.1 million, an increase of 18%, compared to $29.7 million at the close of the corresponding period one year ago.
Camp continued, "The new orders in the quarter are a new record for a fourth quarter, and our backlog is the largest ever entering a new fiscal year. We have had an increase in orders over the previous year's quarter for the last five consecutive quarters. Our analysis is that our enhanced portfolio of products is being well-received in the industry."
At the end of fiscal 2010, the Company's cash balance was $29.1 million, up from $18.1 million at the end of fiscal 2010. Cash provided by operating activities in fiscal 2010 was $14 million, as compared to cash used for operating activities of $3.4 million in fiscal 2009.Camp concluded, "As our balance sheet remains strong and continues to strengthen, we are actively developing existing opportunities and seeking new adjacencies that we clearly understand, fit our long-term strategy, and support our strongly-held belief that we are not just completing capital goods transactions, but are developing valued relationships with our customers." Conference Call The Company's conference call discussing the 2010 fiscal year and fourth quarter results can be heard live via the Internet at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, November 11, 2010. To access the audio webcast, go to http://www.key.net/investors/investor-events/default.html at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. About Key Technology Key Technology, Inc., headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems for the food processing, industrial and pharmaceutical markets. The Company's products integrate electro-optical inspection and sorting, specialized conveying and product preparation equipment, which allow processors to improve quality, increase yield and reduce cost. Key has manufacturing facilities in Washington, Oregon, and the Netherlands, and worldwide sales and service coverage.