KALISPELL, MT--(Marketwire - November 5, 2009) - Semitool, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMTL), a leading manufacturer of wafer processing equipment for the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Fourth quarter revenue was $47.1 million versus $31.8 million in this year's third quarter and $60.1 million in the fourth quarter last year. Gross margin was 42 percent versus 45 percent in the third quarter and 52 percent in the comparable year-ago quarter. Net income increased to $2.2 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.05 per share, in the third quarter and net income of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per share, in last year's fourth quarter. The net income increase versus the comparable year-ago quarter was primarily the result of the company's expense reduction efforts, which drove down operating costs by 42 percent from fourth quarter fiscal 2008 levels.

Fourth quarter bookings were $71.7 million, up 120 percent from this year's third quarter, and an increase of 102 percent versus the fourth quarter a year ago. Deferred revenue at the end of the quarter was $4.8 million and shipping backlog was $69.8 million, combining for a total revenue backlog of $74.6 million. Product shipments during the quarter were $47.5 million.

"The fourth quarter represented our strongest equipment bookings period in more than three years, and was the third best quarter in Semitool history," said Larry Murphy, president and chief operating officer. "Approximately 90 percent of fourth quarter tool bookings were follow-on orders, which illustrates the progress we made during the recent downturn at capturing new process-of-record opportunities and expanding our market share in Asia. Fourth quarter demand for copper ECD and advanced packaging tools was particularly strong, and we experienced a marked increase in orders for our legacy batch tools."

"We also received our first high-volume production tool order from the solar cell industry," Murphy added. "The growing strength of our core business combined with our early successes in emerging end markets has given us added confidence about our future prospects."

Full Year Results

For the full fiscal year, revenue was $139.0 million versus revenue of $238.6 million in fiscal 2008. Net loss was $11.4 million, or $0.35 per share, versus net income of $6.0 million, or $0.19 per share, last year.

At September 30, 2009, Semitool had cash and cash equivalents of $44.6 million, working capital of $125.4 million and total shareholders' equity of $169.4 million.


Management expects to report revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 in the range of $47 million to $50 million. First quarter net income per share is expected to range from $0.07 to $0.09. Shipments for the quarter are expected to range from $47 million to $50 million. For fiscal 2010, management expects to report revenue in a range of between $190 million to $210 million.

Conference Call Information

Semitool will host an investor conference call and simultaneous webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The call can be accessed by dialing 877-356-3834 (706-679-0445 for international callers) and entering the passcode 38345425. The webcast will be available via the Internet at www.semitool.com. Webcast participants should access the website at least 10 minutes early to register and download any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days. An audio replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on November 7, 2009, and can be accessed by calling 800-642-1687 (706-645-9291 for international callers) and entering the passcode 38345425.

About Semitool, Inc.

Semitool designs, manufactures and supports highly engineered, multi-chamber single-wafer and batch wet chemical processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor devices. The company's primary suites of equipment include electrochemical deposition systems for electroplating copper, gold, solder and other metals; and surface preparation systems for cleaning, stripping and etching silicon wafers. The company's equipment is used in semiconductor fabrication front-end and back-end processes, including wafer-level packaging and through-silicon via. The company's products also are used in solar cell (PV) production applications.

Headquartered in Kalispell, Montana, Semitool maintains sales and support centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the symbol SMTL. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.semitool.com.

Semitool is a registered trademark of Semitool, Inc.

Safe Harbor Statement

The matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements, including statements related to (i) the growing strength of our core business combined with our early successes in emerging end markets giving us added confidence about our future prospects and (ii) the financial guidance for the first quarter and fiscal year 2010. Also, bookings, deferred revenue, shipping backlog, revenue backlog and product shipments are not necessarily an indication of revenue in any future period. These forward-looking statements are based on management's assumptions, estimates and projections as of the date hereof and are subject to risks and uncertainties that are discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 and subsequent filings with the SEC. Capturing new process-of-record opportunities, expanding our market share and continued success in emerging end markets can be adversely affected by a number of factors, including customers' preference for our tools and the tools' performance, changes in technologies that affect our ability to compete and the world economic slowdown. In addition, many factors can adversely affect forecasted financial performance, including cancellations and push-outs, delays in acceptance and payment for shipped tools, unanticipated costs, the financial health of our customers, as well as a number of other risk factors described in our Form 10-K. Our business in general is subject to risks that can cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, demand being adversely affected by the cyclicality in the semiconductor industry, the company's ability to timely deliver and support its products, the risks associated with competing on a global basis and possible volatility in key markets such as Asia. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

                              SEMITOOL, INC.
             (Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

                                  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
                                     September 30,       September 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net sales                       $  47,053  $  60,081  $ 139,040  $ 238,604
Cost of sales                      27,159     29,032     79,952    121,209
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Gross profit                       19,894     31,049     59,088    117,395
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating expenses:
   Selling, general and
    administrative                 10,570     18,957     50,271     76,929
   Research and development         5,462      8,597     25,563     30,440
   Downsizing costs                    17         --      2,566         --
   Gain on sale of assets              --         --       (405)        --
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total operating expenses     16,049     27,554     77,995    107,369
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income (loss) from operations       3,845      3,495    (18,907)    10,026
Other expense net                    (338)    (1,675)    (1,082)    (1,043)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income (loss) before income tax     3,507      1,820    (19,989)     8,983
Income tax provision (benefit)      1,285        586     (8,561)     2,946
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net income (loss)               $   2,222  $   1,234  $ (11,428) $   6,037
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Earnings (loss) per share:
   Basic                        $    0.07  $    0.04  $   (0.35) $    0.19
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
   Diluted                      $    0.07  $    0.04  $   (0.35) $    0.19
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Weighted average common shares:
   Basic                           32,567     32,494     32,555     32,347
   Diluted                         32,646     32,652     32,555     32,534

                              SEMITOOL, INC.
                          (Amounts in Thousands)

                                                September 30, September 30,
                                                    2009          2008
                                                ------------- ------------

Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                    $      44,642 $     12,441
   Marketable securities                                   --          380
   Trade receivables, net                              44,266       73,695
   Inventories                                         65,810       88,773
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets           18,491       19,018
                                                ------------- ------------
      Total current assets                            173,209      194,307
Property, plant and equipment, net                     43,255       49,909
Other assets, net                                      14,550        8,596
                                                ------------- ------------
         Total assets                           $     231,014 $    252,812
                                                ============= ============


Current liabilities:
   Trade accounts payable                       $      10,876 $     19,007
   Note payable to bank                                15,000        3,215
   Other current liabilities                           21,974       36,570
                                                ------------- ------------
      Total current liabilities                        47,850       58,792
Long-term liabilities                                  13,794       15,663
                                                ------------- ------------
      Total liabilities                                61,644       74,455
                                                ------------- ------------

Shareholders' equity:
   Common stock                                        88,397       87,293
   Retained earnings                                   80,068       91,496
   Accumulated other comprehensive income
    (loss)                                                905         (432)
                                                ------------- ------------
      Total shareholders' equity                      169,370      178,357
                                                ------------- ------------
         Total liabilities and shareholders'
          equity                                $     231,014 $    252,812
                                                ============= ============

Contact Information: Contacts: Semitool, Inc. Larry Viano Chief Financial Officer 406.752.2107 Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc. Geoff High 303.393.7044 www.pfeifferhigh.com