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Photronics Reports Third 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 third quarter ended July 28, 2013.

Constantine ("Deno") Macricostas, Photronics' chairman and chief executive officer, commented: "Photronics’ third-quarter revenue growth reflects increased demand for mainstream semiconductor (IC) photomasks across our customer base and increased demand for both high-end and mainstream flat panel display (FPD) photomasks. High-end IC photomask sales were somewhat muted as we experienced delayed customer orders in our memory business due to extended manufacturing of current devices as well as continued foundry business softness as we qualify new nodes with our new tools. We increased operating margin to 9.1% on higher sales volume and reduced operating costs, and achieved net income of $5.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, within our guidance range. Our business model provides strong operating leverage on increased revenues and our new technology provides solid growth opportunities as high-end market demand ramps."

“During the third quarter we also successfully completed a tender offer for the outstanding shares of our subsidiary, PSMC, in Taiwan. Photronics now owns more than 98% of the outstanding shares of common stock of PSMC,” concluded Macricostas.

Sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $109.7 million, a decrease of 6% compared with $116.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales of semiconductor photomasks were $84.2 million, or 77% of revenues, during the third quarter of fiscal 2013, and sales of flat panel display photomasks were $25.5 million, or 23% of revenues. GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $5.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $11 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 9% to $316.2 million from $346.2 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2012. Sales of semiconductor photomasks were $240.7 million, or 76% of revenues, for the first nine months of fiscal 2013, and sales of FPD photomasks were $75.5 million, or 24% of revenues. GAAP and non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 was $13.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders of $24 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 and non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders of $25.1 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 excluded $1.2 million of restructuring charges and a $0.1 million gain relating to warrants.

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