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Advanced Energy Announces Strong First Quarter Results


Fort Collins, Colo., April 23, 2008—Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: AEIS) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Sales were $88.9 million for the quarter, representing a decline of 17.2% from $107.3 million in the first quarter of 2007 and an increase of 6.0% from $83.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $6.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $12.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2007. However, net income increased sequentially from $4.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007, primarily due to higher revenues and gross profit.

"Strength in our solar equipment and flat panel display markets drove total revenue and EPS above our guided range this quarter. We were pleased with our continued diversification, as we grew our non-semiconductor business 18% sequentially,” said Dr. Hans Betz, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Energy. “We implemented cost reductions in G&A during the first quarter that will equate to an estimated $5.5 million in annual savings. This will position us to operate more effectively and profitably in the future."

Second Quarter 2008 Guidance

The Company anticipates the semiconductor market to remain weak through the second quarter 2008 and our results to be within the following ranges:

  • Sales of $81 million to $87 million
  • Earnings per share of $0.07 to $0.12

First Quarter 2008 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss Advanced Energy's financial results. You may access this conference call by dialing 888-713-4717. International callers may access the call by dialing 706-634-7937. Participants will need to provide a conference passcode 42737664. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291, and enter the passcode 42737664. The replay will be available through 12:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, April 25, 2008. A webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations webpage at

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy® develops innovative power and control technologies that enable high-growth, plasma thin-film manufacturing processes worldwide, including semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products, solar cells, architectural glass, and other advanced product applications. Advanced Energy® also develops grid connect inverters for the solar energy market.

The Company’s expectations with respect to financial results for the second quarter of 2008 are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semi-conductor industry, the timing of orders received from customers, the company's ability to realize cost improvement benefits from the global operations initiatives underway, and unanticipated changes to management's estimates, reserves or allowances. These and other risks are described in Advanced Energy's Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports and statements are available on the SEC's website at Copies may also be obtained from Advanced Energy's website at or by contacting Advanced Energy's investor relations at 970-407-6555. Forward-looking statements are made and based on information available to the company on the date of this press release. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31,
2008 2007 2007

Sales $88,887 $107,323 $83,836
Cost of sales 53,039 59,014 51,017
Gross profit 35,848 48,309 32,819

Operating expenses:
Research and development 13,085 12,035 12,510
Selling, general and
administrative 14,468 15,218 16,075
Amortization of intangible
assets 240 324 218
Restructuring charges 674 2,792 (219)
Total operating expenses 28,467 30,369 28,584

Income from operations 7,381 17,940 4,235

Other income, net 905 1,554 1,444
Income from continuing operations
before income taxes 8,286 19,494 5,679
Provision for income taxes 2,320 6,823 1,512

Net income $5,966 $12,671 $4,167

Basic and diluted earnings per share $0.13 $0.28 $0.09

Basic weighted-average common shares
outstanding 44,662 44,941 45,274

Diluted weighted-average common
shares outstanding 45,065 45,636 45,758

(in thousands)

March 31, December 31,
2008 2007


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $99,064 $94,588
Marketable securities 37,816 110,676
Accounts receivable, net 70,493 64,188
Inventories, net 51,603 50,532
Deferred income taxes 14,156 23,696
Other current assets 3,757 4,289
Total current assets 276,889 347,969

Property and equipment, net 31,870 30,912

Deposits and other 46,140 7,045
Goodwill and intangibles, net 72,528 67,768
Customer service equipment, net 1,060 1,236
Deferred income tax assets, net 14,614 4,098

Total assets $443,101 $459,028


Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $16,786 $12,424
Other accrued expenses 25,669 29,590
Total current liabilities 42,455 42,014

Long-term liabilities 9,979 9,953

Total liabilities 52,434 51,967

Stockholders' equity 390,667 407,061
Total liabilities and stockholders'
equity $443,101 $459,028