Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2002 were $56.9 million, compared to $58.9 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2002 was $9.8 million, or $0.31 per share (diluted), compared with net loss for the fourth quarter last year of $21.7 million, or $0.68 per share (diluted). Excluding special charges of $8.8 million, net of taxes, in the fourth quarter of 2002, net loss for the fourth quarter of 2002 was $1.0 million, or $0.03 per share (diluted), compared with a net loss, excluding special charges of $21.0 million, net of taxes in the fourth quarter of 2001, of $0.7 million, or $0.02 per share (diluted), a year ago.
The special charges recorded during the fourth quarter of 2002 of $8.8 million, net of taxes, which had been previously announced, cover restructuring costs related to head count reductions and operational rationalizations.
Revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2002 were $216.4 million, a decrease of 28% compared with the $301.9 million recorded in 2001. Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2002 was $15.8 million, or $0.49 per share (diluted), compared with net income for the full year ended December 31, 2001 of $2.0 million, or $0.06 per share (diluted). Excluding special charges of $10.5 million, net of taxes, for the full year ended December 31, 2002, net loss for the full year was $5.3 million, or $0.17 per share (diluted), compared with net income, excluding special charges of $25.0 million, net of taxes, of $27.0 million, or $0.82 per share (diluted), in 2001.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2002 of $56.9 million represented an increase of 5% from the third quarter of 2002. Sales of equipment to the printed circuit board ("PCB") industry relating to bare PCBs in the fourth quarter of 2002 were $19.2 million, compared with $18.5 million in the third quarter of 2002 and $23.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. Sales of flat panel display ("FPD") inspection equipment were $15.0 million, compared with $11.7 million in the third quarter of 2002 and $12.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. Sales of equipment to the PCB industry relating to assembled PCBs were $5.3 million compared with $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2002 and $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. Sales of IC packaging substrate inspection equipment for the fourth quarter of 2002 were $0.3 million. In addition, service revenue for the fourth quarter was $15.4, unchanged from the third quarter of 2002 and down from $17.0 in the fourth quarter of 2001.
The Company completed the quarter with cash equivalents and short-term and long-term cash investments of approximately $150 million, compared with approximately $154 million at the end of the third quarter. Non-operating disbursements totaled approximately $1.6 million, comprised primarily of capital expenditures.
Although the uncertainty caused by the ongoing economic weakness prevalent throughout the electronics industry worldwide continues to affect the Company and the industries in which it operates, the results for the fourth quarter reflect a modest increased level of demand for the Company's FPD and assembled PCB inspection equipment and indicate some degree of stabilization in the demand for its bare PCB inspection equipment.
Commenting on the results, Yochai Richter, Chief Executive Officer, said, "2002 was a very challenging year for Orbotech, in which the prevailing worldwide economic weakness continued to impact the Company's results and the overall difficulty in meeting our goals. However, we believe that the combined effect of the cost containment measures implemented during the fourth quarter and our continuing substantial investments in expanding our product offerings, should position the Company to perform strongly once the economic situation improves."
An earnings conference call is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The dial-in number for the conference call is 630-395-0023, and a replay will be available at 402-220-3575, until February 16, 2003. The pass code is Q4. A live web cast of the conference call can also be heard by accessing the investor relations section on the Company's website at http://www.orbotech.com.
Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected, including industry trends, the timing and strength of product and service offerings, changes in business or pricing strategies, changes in the prevailing political and regulatory framework in which the relevant parties operate or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including currency fluctuations, inflation and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.
Orbotech designs, develops, manufactures, markets and services production support solutions for the supply chain of the electronics industry, principally for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and flat panel displays (FPDs). The Company is a world leader in automated optical inspection (AOI) systems for bare PCBs and for FPDs, and in imaging solutions for PCB production, and is a leading provider of AOI systems for assembled PCBs. The Company's innovative AOI, imaging and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies enable customers to achieve the increased yields and throughput essential to remaining at the forefront of electronics production. Of Orbotech's employees, more than one quarter are scientists and engineers, who integrate their multi-disciplinary knowledge, talents and skills to develop and provide hi-tech solutions and technologies designed to meet customers' long-term needs. Orbotech maintains its headquarters and its primary research, development and manufacturing facilities in Israel, and more than 30 offices worldwide. The Company's extensive network of marketing, sales and customer support teams throughout North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, China and Japan deliver its knowledge and expertise directly to customers the world over. For more information visit http://www.orbotech.com.
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