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Nanometrics Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Financial Results

"While our year-on-year decline in revenues was primarily driven by the decline in memory spending and weakness in the LED and bare wafer silicon end markets, we did achieve significant growth in revenues to foundry customers and we had another strong year of Atlas OCD sales. Our focus today is investing in the future growth of the company with leading-edge products developed in close collaboration with the largest device manufacturers in the world. While industry conditions remain soft in the near term, we currently see encouraging signs for a substantial improvement in industry spending plans for the second half of 2013. We believe the investments we are making today will drive incremental revenue growth and allow us to outperform the industry when spending recovers."

Fourth Quarter 2012 Summary

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $30.3 million, down 31% from $43.9 million in the third quarter and down 33% from $45.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Gross margin was 39.5% compared to 50.4% in the prior quarter and 45.7% in the year-ago period. The operating loss was $6.5 million compared to operating income of $3.6 million in the prior quarter and an operating loss of $0.5 million in the year-ago period. The net loss was $3.6 million or $0.16 per share, compared to net income of $1.9 million or $0.08 per diluted share in the prior quarter and a net loss of $0.5 million or $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets and certain other items, gross margin was 41.6% compared to 51.8% in the prior quarter and 46.6% in the year-ago period. The decline in gross margin was primarily driven by lower factory utilization as well as an increase in warranty and other manufacturing costs. The non-GAAP operating loss was $5.7 million, compared to non-GAAP operating income of $4.4 million in the prior quarter and $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The non-GAAP net loss was $3.1 million or $0.13 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $2.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $2.3 million or $0.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011.

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