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Photronics Reports Strong Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB), a worldwide leader in supplying innovative imaging technology solutions for the global electronics industry, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended April 29, 2012.

Constantine (“Deno”) Macricostas, Photronics' chairman and chief executive officer commented, “Our strong performance in the second quarter once again reflects the success of our high-end strategy and diligent focus on cost controls. We reported robust growth in both advanced IC and FPD product revenues. We leveraged this growth with our lean operating model to achieve higher-than-expected earnings for the quarter. We believe the results from our technology investments continue to produce meaningful market share gains and strengthen our customer relationships.”

Sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 were $117.5 million, up 5% compared with $112.2 million in revenue reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $133.1 million. Sales of semiconductor photomasks were $89.1 million, or 76% of revenues, during the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and sales of flat panel display (FPD) photomasks were $28.4 million, or 24% of revenues. GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $8.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net loss attributable to Photronics, Inc. of $16.4 million, or $(0.30) per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the second quarter of 2012, excluding restructuring charges of $0.1 million, was $8.9 million, or $0.14 earnings per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the second quarter of 2011, excluding debt extinguishment losses of $30.5 million, was $14.8 million, or $0.24 earnings per diluted share. The section below entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" provides a definition and information about the use of non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, and the attached financial supplement reconciles non-GAAP financial information with Photronics, Inc.'s financial results under GAAP.

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