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Nova Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results

REHOVOT, Israel, October 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (Nasdaq: NVMI), provider of leading edge stand alone metrology and the market leader of integrated metrology solutions to the semiconductor process control market, today reported its 2012 third quarter results.

Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2012

  • Quarterly revenues of $24.4 million
  • Blended gross margin of 53%
  • GAAP Net income of $2.9 million, or $0.11 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP Net income of $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share
  • Positive cash flow from operations of $4.3 million

Management Comments

"Revenues for the third quarter were in line with our expectations, and continue to reflect our exposure to market segments where demand is highest," said Gabi Seligsohn, President and CEO of Nova. "Earnings per share exceeded the high end of our guidance, due to tighter expense control in light of recent market conditions. We are following our plan to prudently increase our research and development commitment in order to execute on next generation projects and remain in the forefront of our sector. In the current environment, we are being especially selective in adding resources, which is causing the ramp in expenses to be slightly slower than originally anticipated.

"We were very pleased to announce multiple orders from multiple customers for our recently announced new product, the Nova V2600. We are in the process of adding a few additional customers and expect this product to gain significant momentum as the industry transitions to high volume manufacturing using 3D interconnect technology.

"Recent booking trends have exhibited softness in both the memory and foundry segments. Nevertheless, we believe there is a seasonal element to the order pattern and we expect to see foundry momentum resume and continue well into 2013. Recent checks with our customers confirm that there is a need for additional foundry capacity and yield improvements at 28nm and that plans are in place to initiate a ramp up in the 20nm technology node. We believe that during these technology transitions, optical metrology will continue to account for a higher share of overall capital expenditures, as foundries cope with the challenges of process complexity and yield requirements at the advanced nodes."

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