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Photronics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

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

Constantine ("Deno") Macricostas, Photronics' chairman and chief executive officer, commented: "Third quarter revenues reflect reduced demand at the end of the quarter for high-end integrated circuit (IC) and flat panel display (FPD) photomasks. At the same time, we increased operating margin by 190 basis points sequentially to 13.1% on lower sales volume, and achieved net income of $11 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, which was within our initial guidance range. Our lean and flexible operating model enables us to deliver earnings during industry weakness, while our technology leadership provides significant opportunity when the high-end market ramps," concluded Macricostas.

Sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $116.6 million, down 14.2% from $135.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Sales of semiconductor photomasks were $90.3 million, or 77% of revenues, during the third quarter of fiscal 2012, and sales of flat panel display photomasks were $26.3 million, or 23% of revenues. GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $11 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with $11.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, which included a debt extinguishment loss of $5 million.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $11 million, or $0.16 earnings per diluted share, within the initial guided range of $0.14 to $0.18. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $16 million, or $0.23 earnings per diluted share, which excludes a debt extinguishment loss of $5 million. 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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