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Thursday, January 31, 2008

MTSN Q4:2007 Results

Mattson announced better Q4 EPS due to an unanticipated royalty payment from DNS and a tax gain. Ex those items, their operating margin was negative. Revenue guidance was significantly below the street at 42-48 mil versus consensus expectations of 57 mil -- a whopping 25% disappointment. Bookings came in well below estimates for the current quarter and apparently visibility has careened off a cliff as the company has decided not to provide bookings guidance going forward.

Mattson's semiconductor capital equipment business sports 70% exposure into the memory capex market at present. Memory has had an unprecedented wave of capex upgrades over the last few years. It's set up for a really steep decline. I continue to advocate avoiding other companies with large exposure to the memory capex market like VSEA, LRCX, KLAC. It's going to be a house of pain for quite a while.

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