Revenues Increased by 116 Percent Year Over Year and 37 Percent Quarter to Quarter
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2004 -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM; TASE: TSEM) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2004.
Revenues for the first fiscal quarter were $27.2 million, an increase of 116 percent over revenues of $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2003, and an increase of 37 percent over prior-quarter revenues of $19.8 million.
Loss for the quarter was $38.5 million, or $0.61 per share. That compares with a loss of $46.0 million, or $0.91 per share, sequentially and a loss of $14.4 million, or $0.33 per share in the same quarter last year. The increase in loss, as compared with the first quarter of 2003, is primarily attributed to the commencement of Fab 2 depreciation and amortization on Q-3 2003.
The company expects the current quarter's revenues to be in the range of $33 million and $36 million.
"I am very pleased with our performance, which is in line with our plans," said Carmel Vernia, Tower's chairman and chief executive officer. "Fab 2 is demonstrating rapid revenues growth and we begin to see the results of its prior years' heavy investments. Fab 1's utilization is on the rise as well, and I'm glad to report it returned to profitability in Q-1 2004. Both fabs are winning new designs in prototyping and early-production activities for new and existing customers. Overall I am confident we have the infrastructure and organization in place to leverage the global upturn in the semiconductor industry into a successful business."
Tower will host a conference call to discuss these results on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time / 18:00 Israel time. To participate, call 1-800-289-0543 (U.S. toll-free number) or 1-913-981-5526 (international) and mention ID code: TOWER. Callers in Israel are invited to call locally, at 03-925-5910. The conference call also will be Web cast live at www.companyboardroom.com and at www.towersemi.com. The call will be available on both Web sites for replay for 90 days.
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About Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is a pure-play independent wafer foundry established in 1993. The company manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.18 micron; it also provides complementary technical services and design support. In addition to digital CMOS process technology, Tower offers advanced non-volatile memory solutions, mixed-signal and CMOS image-sensor technologies. To provide world-class customer service, the company maintains two manufacturing facilities: Fab 1 has process technologies from 1.0 to 0.35 micron and can produce up to 16,000 150mm wafers per month. Fab 2 features 0.18-micron and below process technologies, including foundry-standard technology. When complete, Fab 2 is expected to offer full production capacity of 33,000 200mm wafers per month. The Tower Web site is located at www.towersemi.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with: (i) the completion of the equipment installation, technology transfer and ramp-up of production in Fab 2, (ii) having sufficient funds to complete the Fab 2 project, (iii) the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the resulting periodic overcapacity, (iv) operating our facilities at satisfactory utilization rates, (v) our ability to capitalize on increases in demand for foundry services, (vi) meeting the conditions to receive Israeli government grants and tax benefits approved for Fab 2 and obtaining the approval of the Israeli Investment Center to extend the five-year investment period under our Fab 2 approved enterprise program and of amendments to our modified business plan, (vii) attracting additional customers, (viii) not receiving orders from our wafer partners and technology providers, (ix) failing to maintain and develop our technology processes and services, (x) competing effectively, (xi) our large amount of debt and our satisfying the covenants set forth in our amended facility agreement, and (xii) achieving acceptable device yields, product performance and delivery times (xiii) the completion of the documentation for the Siliconix agreement. A more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and in our Form F-3, as amended, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Israel Securities Authority.