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Photronics Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2013 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 fiscal 2013 first quarter ended January 27, 2013.

Constantine (“Deno”) Macricostas, Photronics' chairman and chief executive officer commented, “As anticipated, the soft demand environment for integrated circuit (IC) photomasks continued into our seasonally slow first fiscal quarter. Flat panel display (FPD) photomask demand gained strength during the quarter resulting in sales of $99.8 million, which was at the high end of our guidance range. On the bottom line, we achieved EPS of $0.04 per diluted share, exceeding our guidance range.

“High-end flat panel display (FPD) photomask sales increased 49% sequentially as leading edge customers renewed investment in new designs,” continued Macricostas. “High-end IC sales declined $5.7 million sequentially but high-end orders began to strengthen late in the quarter. In total our high-end sales were flat, sequentially. Our focus on maintaining a lean and flexible operating model enabled us to deliver solid earnings for the first quarter.”

Sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $99.8 million, a decrease of 11% compared with $112.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales of semiconductor photomasks were $74.4 million, or 75% of revenues, during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and sales of flat panel display (FPD) photomasks were $25.4 million, or 25% of revenues.

GAAP and non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $2.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2012 GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. of $4.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $5.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. First quarter fiscal 2012 non-GAAP net income excludes a $1.1 million charge related to the previously announced Singapore restructuring and $0.1 million impact of warrants.

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