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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008


-- Record Quarterly Revenue of $93.4 Million

-- Strong Quarterly Profitability with Diluted EPS of $0.51

-- Meaningful Polishing Pad Contributions

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended December 31, 2007.

Total revenue during the first fiscal quarter was $93.4 million, which represents the third sequential quarterly record for the company. Revenue was 3.3 percent higher than in the prior quarter and 14.1 percent higher than the $81.8 million in revenue reported in the same quarter last year. The sequential revenue increase primarily reflects solid business performance, strong industry conditions during the first fiscal quarter and contributions from the company's growing polishing pad business. Sales of slurry for tungsten applications reached a third consecutive quarter of record revenue. Revenue from the company's dielectric and pad businesses also increased sequentially, while revenue from other business areas declined sequentially.

The average selling price for the company's slurry products sold in the first fiscal quarter was slightly higher than in the prior quarter, and was 1.9 percent higher than in the same quarter last year mainly as a result of a higher-priced product mix, partially offset by lower selling prices in certain areas.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 47.9 percent this quarter, which is near the upper end of the company's full fiscal year guidance range of 46 to 48 percent of revenue. Comparable gross profit percentages were 49.1 percent in the prior quarter and 48.1 percent in the same quarter last year. The sequential decrease in gross profit percentage this quarter was largely due to higher fixed manufacturing costs, including some incremental costs related to the company's planned closure of its smallest slurry production facility, which is located in the United Kingdom, as well as higher staffing related costs in the company's pad business as additional employees were hired to meet an increase in demand.

Operating expenses, consisting of research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $28.5 million in the first quarter, which is in the middle of the company's quarterly guidance range of $27 to $30 million. This was $1.8 million lower than the $30.3 million reported last quarter, primarily due to lower staffing related costs. Operating expenses this quarter were $1.4 million higher than the $27.1 million reported in the same quarter last year, driven primarily by higher professional fees and staffing related costs. These increases were partially offset by lower depreciation expense and lower costs for clean room materials used in the company's research and development activities.

Net income for the quarter was $12.2 million, up 20.1 percent from the $10.2 million reported last quarter and up 33.7 percent from $9.1 million in the same quarter last year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.51 this quarter, up from $0.43 in the previous quarter and $0.38 in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

"We are pleased with our strong financial performance this quarter, which we believe reflects the continued successful execution of our strategic initiatives, strong demand within the semiconductor industry in the quarter just ended, and contributions from our polishing pad business. Additionally, in recognition of our strong balance sheet and cash flow, we completed our $40 million share repurchase program during the quarter, and this week, our Board of Directors authorized a new $75 million share repurchase program," stated William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "We are especially proud of our strong profitability this quarter. While demand for our CMP products was strong in our first fiscal quarter, given general concerns regarding the U.S. economy as well as the semiconductor industry, there is some uncertainty over what to expect in our business in future quarters. However, we believe we are well positioned to operate successfully over a range of potential industry and economic environments, and believe that we have a solid track-record in this regard."

Mr. Noglows added, "With recorded commercial pad sales to eleven customers, we achieved our first quarter of meaningful revenue in our polishing pad business. Our innovative D100 polishing pad technology, solid operations, and customer relationships have all contributed to this success. I am excited about the many opportunities for continued growth in this business area, given the broad applicability and strength of our product offering."


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The live conference call will be available via webcast from the company's website,, or by phone at (800) 322-2803. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (617) 614-4925. The conference code for the call is 12542390. A replay will be available through February 21, 2008 via webcast at A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP slurries used in semiconductor and data storage manufacturing. The company's products play a critical role in the production of the most advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 750 employees on a global basis. The company's vision is to become the world leader in shaping, enabling and enhancing the performance of surfaces, so the company is leveraging its expertise in CMP slurry formulation, materials and polishing techniques developed for the semiconductor industry and applying it to demanding surface modification applications in other industries where shaping, enabling and enhancing the performance of surfaces is critical to success. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations at (630) 499-2600.


This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth or trends; growth of the markets in which the company participates; international events; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses of the company's cash balance; and the construction of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                            Quarter Ended
                               December 31, September 30, December 31,
                                   2007         2007          2006
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

Revenue                          $   93,378   $    90,379   $   81,816

Cost of goods sold                   48,605        45,983       42,501
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

         Gross profit                44,773        44,396       39,315

Operating expenses:

   Research, development &
    technical                        11,421        12,209       12,247

   Selling & marketing                6,284         6,518        5,476

   General & administrative          10,839        11,584        9,425
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

         Total operating
          expenses                   28,544        30,311       27,148
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

Operating income                     16,229        14,085       12,167

Other income, net                     1,635         1,320        1,174
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

Income before income taxes           17,864        15,405       13,341

Provision for income taxes            5,665         5,246        4,216
                               ------------ ------------- ------------

         Net income              $   12,199   $    10,159   $    9,125
                               ============ ============= ============

Basic earnings per share         $     0.51   $      0.43   $     0.38
                               ============ ============= ============

Weighted average basic shares
 outstanding                         23,716        23,783       23,839
                               ============ ============= ============

Diluted earnings per share       $     0.51   $      0.43   $     0.38
                               ============ ============= ============

Weighted average diluted
 shares outstanding                  23,768        23,847       23,841
                               ============ ============= ============

(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)

                                           December 31,  September 30,
                                               2007          2007
                                           ------------- -------------


Current assets:
   Cash, cash equivalents and short-term
    investments                              $   209,427   $   212,472
   Accounts receivable, net                       50,064        52,302
   Inventories, net                               41,287        37,266
   Other current assets                            9,210         8,714
                                           ------------- -------------
         Total current assets                    309,988       310,754

Property, plant and equipment, net               121,754       118,454
Other long-term assets                            27,061        25,921
                                           ------------- -------------
         Total assets                        $   458,803   $   455,129
                                           ============= =============


Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                          $    15,615   $    15,859
   Capital lease obligations                       1,078         1,066
   Accrued expenses, income taxes payable
    and other current liabilities                 19,819        19,638
                                           ------------- -------------
         Total current liabilities                36,512        36,563

Capital lease obligations                          3,336         3,608
Other long-term liabilities                        2,352         1,754
                                           ------------- -------------
         Total liabilities                        42,200        41,925

Stockholders' equity                             416,603       413,204
                                           ------------- -------------
         Total liabilities and
          stockholders' equity               $   458,803   $   455,129
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SOURCE: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations
(630) 499-2600

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