Ad hoc Announcement: SUSS MicroTec: Prosperous Business Development in Q4/2005

  • Order entries around EUR 51 million (gross) - highest level since Q2/2001
  • High demand for production tools for Advanced Packaging and MEMS
  • Preliminary 2005 revenue at around EUR 117 million (gross), clearly above the given guidance (EUR 106 million gross), due to successful customer acceptances
  • Better EBIT expected thanks to higher revenues (previous guidance: EUR minus 7 million)

Munich, January 26, 2006: The fourth quarter of 2005 showed enjoyable developments in all areas. Important note: Because of the adoption of IFRS accounting standards the following order entries and sales figures are - different to previous reports according to US-GAAP - gross figures! Order entry performed especially well and at around EUR 51 (Q4/2004: 31) million, achieved the highest quarterly figure for four years. Orders for volume manufacturing tools for the Advanced Packaging and MEMS markets were the main contributors. There were also multiple tool orders from well-known key customers. Additionally several orders for Device Bonders came in for infra-red applications. Regionally, USA, Japan and Asia showed good growth rates compared to Q4/2004. For the full year 2005 order entry amounted to about EUR 135 million compared to EUR 122 million in 2004. This 11% increase is mainly based on a higher order volume for Spin Coaters (roughly 20%), C4NP and a better situation for the Device Bonders. From a y-o-y perspective, USA and Europe showed good growth, while Asia and Japan declined slightly. Preliminary gross sales for 2005, according to IFRS, amounted to EUR 117 million. Clearly above the originally guided EUR 106 million. The main reason for this was that important final acceptances from customers were achieved already in 2005. Because of this higher sales figure we also anticipate a better EBIT than the previously expected result of EUR minus 7 million (including goodwill impairment). However, due to the switch to IFRS, we cannot provide a more precise earnings guidance today. The SEMI association forecasts a 9% growth in 2006 for the semiconductor equipment industry. We start the year with a high order backlog (more than EUR 80 million according to IFRS) and we see positive signals from all segments as well as from C4NP. From today's perspective a sales growth in this range also seems to be realistic for SUSS MicroTec. SUSS MicroTec will publish the final, audited figures and results for 2005 on March 28 after official hours.