“We have reached an agreement with our customer for the large in-line diffusion order announced in January 2011 and subsequently put on hold. Deliveries of the first half of the order have started and will extend into 2012.

“The worldwide slowdown in the solar marketplace has impacted our outlook for the year and our near-term revenue will be weighted towards our electronics products rather than solar products, with revenue in the $17 to $18 million range and somewhat lower gross margins than the previous quarter. We are encouraged by the recent results of our latest generation solar products and maintain strong confidence in our role in the future of the solar marketplace,” concluded van der Wansem.

Teleconference and Simultaneous Webcast

BTU will be discussing its financial results, along with its outlook for the third quarter of 2011, in a conference call to be held today, August 2, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The dial-in number to participate in the conference call is (877) 303-9139. A webcast of the conference call will be available on BTU’s website at www.btu.com. Replays of the call will be available through August 19, 2011, and can be accessed at this website or by phone at (800) 642-1687, pass code 70915189.

About BTU International

BTU International is a market-leading, global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment and processes to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets. BTU equipment is used in solar cell, nuclear fuel and fuel cell manufacturing as well as in the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe. Information about BTU International is available at www.btu.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This news release contains expressed or implied forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, the company's expected financial performance for the third quarter and fiscal year 2011. Such statements are neither promises nor guarantees but rather are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions established by the federal securities laws, and are based on the assumptions and expectations of the company’s management at the time such statements are made. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ include the timing of any scheduled deliveries under our previously announced in-line diffusion equipment orders, the demand for thermal processing equipment, particularly in the alternative energy market, general market conditions governing supply and demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 3, 2011. Actual results may vary materially. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this press release is as of August 2, 2011, and, unless otherwise required by law, the company disclaims any obligation to revise or update this information in order to reflect future events or developments.
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended
July 3, 2011 July 4, 2010 July 3, 2011 July 4, 2010
Net sales $ 19,035 $ 18,031 $ 44,385 $ 35,223
Costs of goods sold   11,379     10,339     26,003     20,435  
Gross profit 7,656 7,692 18,382 14,788
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 5,984 5,237 11,908 10,776

Research, development and engineering
1,764 1,557 3,631 3,195

Operating income (loss)
(92 ) 898 2,843 817
Interest income 18 40 33 41
Interest expense (118 ) (152 ) (252 ) (311 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (73 ) 40 (149 ) 106
Other income (loss)   10     (7 )   225     10  

Income (loss) before provision (benefit)  for income taxes
(255 ) 819 2,700 663
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (241 )   564     885     701  
Net income (loss) $ (14 ) $ 255   $ 1,815   $ (38 )
Income (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.00 ) $ 0.03 $ 0.19 $ (0.00 )
Diluted $ (0.00 ) $ 0.03 $ 0.19 $ (0.00 )

Weighted average number of  shares outstanding:
Basic shares 9,423,923 9,269,675 9,396,942 9,261,211
Effect of dilutive options   -     132,139     343,061     -  
Diluted shares   9,423,923     9,401,814     9,740,003     9,261,211  

(in thousands, except share data)
July 3, December 31,


Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,360 $ 22,753
Accounts receivable 15,120 17,895
Inventories, net 21,584 19,274
Other current assets   1,642   1,091
Total current assets   59,706   61,013
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,821 6,148
Other assets, net   195   484
Total assets $ 65,722 $ 67,645
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $ 369 $ 359
Accounts payable 6,674 10,116
Other current liabilities   7,478   9,001
Total current liabilities 14,521 19,476
Long-term debt, less current portion   8,143   8,329
Total liabilities   22,664   27,805
Total stockholders' equity   43,058   39,840
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 65,722 $ 67,645

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