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Alpha Announces Record Third Quarter, With EPS of $0.31

Alpha Announces Record Third Quarter, With EPS of $0.31WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2000--ALPHA INDUSTRIES, INC. (NASDAQ:AHAA) today announced record financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 26, 1999.

The Company reported net income for the third quarter of $6.3 million or $0.31 per share, up 86% compared with adjusted net income for last year's quarter. Adjusted net income of $3.4 million or $0.21 per share for last year's third quarter assumes a tax rate of 36%, the same as for this year's quarter. Reported net income for last year's quarter, which used a 10% tax rate, was $4.8 million or $0.29 per share.

The Company's net sales for the quarter were $47.5 million, up 46% from the same quarter last year. The Wireless Semiconductors segment had sales of $31.5 million and generated $5.0 million in operating profit at a 44.2% gross margin. Application Specific Products (ASP) had sales of $7.8 million and generated $2.0 million in operating profit at a 52.9% gross margin. Ceramic Products had sales of $8.2 million and generated $1.0 million in operating profit at a 35.8% gross margin. Driven by shipments for new digital handset platforms, deliveries to Alpha's largest customer accounted for 34% of year to date sales.

Tom Leonard, CEO and Vice Chairman of Alpha, stated, "Alpha's focus on the wireless marketplace, especially handsets, is driving our dynamic growth. Alpha's sales for wireless applications are up 75% over this time last year and up 20% over last quarter. Our Wireless Semiconductor Products division is now 66% of sales and growing. Orders remained strong throughout the quarter, and we continue to grow market share with our strategic customers in the wireless handset and wireless data markets.

"Alpha has established itself as an important supplier of the high-performance gallium arsenide integrated circuits that are essential to the many existing and emerging wireless applications. Our technology roadmap is well aligned with our customers and with the entire wireless market. We are expanding our capacity to meet market demand and grow our market share." Leonard concluded, "Alpha's future is bright."

Company Summary - Alpha Industries designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary radio frequency, microwave frequency and millimeter wave frequency integrated circuits and discrete semiconductors for wireless voice and data communications. The primary applications for our products include wireless handsets for cellular and personal communications services, or PCS. We also produce integrated circuits, discrete components and ceramic resonators and ferrites used in wireless base station equipment, cable television, wireless local loop, wireless personal digital assistants and wireless local area networks. Additional information is available at Alpha's Website -

Safe Harbor Statement - Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that constitute the Company's current intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future which are, therefore, inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the Company's forward-looking statements based on various factors, including without limitation: cancellation or deferral of customer orders, dependence on a small number of large customers, difficulties in the timely development and market acceptance of new products, market developments that vary from the current public expectations concerning the growth of wireless communications, difficulties in manufacturing new or existing products in sufficient quantity or quality, increased competitive pressures, decreasing selling prices for the Company's products, or changes in economic conditions. Further information on factors that could affect the Company's performance is included in the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC, including but not limited to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended March 28, 1999, and subsequent Forms 10-Q. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertakings to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.





(unaudited) Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended

                              Dec. 26,   Dec. 27,  Dec. 26,  Dec. 27,
(in thousands,
 except per share data)         1999     1998       1999       1998

Net sales                    $ 47,463  $ 32,489  $ 127,837  $ 92,070
    Cost of sales              26,484    18,151     71,340    52,046
    Research and development
     expenses                   5,332     3,397     14,416     9,310
    Selling and administrative
     expenses                   7,598     5,809     20,886    16,728
Operating income                8,049     5,132     21,195    13,986
Interest expense                  (20)      (61)       (94)     (231)
Interest income and other, net  1,810       231      4,009       647
Income before income taxes      9,839     5,302     25,110    14,402
Provision for income taxes      3,542       530      9,040     1,440
Net income(a)                $  6,297  $  4,772  $  16,070  $ 12,962
Net income per share basic(a)$   0.32  $   0.30  $    0.86  $   0.82
Net income per
 share diluted(a)            $   0.31  $   0.29  $    0.82  $   0.80
Weighted average common
 shares basic                  19,660    15,835     18,671    15,773
Weighted average common
 shares diluted                20,605    16,402     19,688    16,211


(unaudited)                                        Dec. 26,   Mar. 28,
(in thousands)                                      1999        1999

   Current assets
       Cash, cash equivalents and
         short-term investments                    $135,891   $ 23,760
       Accounts receivable, net                      27,691     22,972
       Inventories                                    9,324      8,773
       Prepaid expenses and other current assets      4,978      7,318
   Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated
      depreciation and amortization                  59,383     42,497
   Other assets                                       1,561      1,361
      Total assets                                 $238,828   $106,681
Liabilities and Equity
    Current liabilities
      Current portion of long-term debt            $    111   $    912
      Accounts payable                               12,733     10,700
      Accrued liabilities and other
        current liabilities                           5,942      8,524
    Long-term debt                                      404        713
    Other long-term liabilities                       5,237      4,818
    Stockholders' equity                            214,401     81,014
       Total liabilities and equity                $238,828   $106,681


(a) Note - Alpha began reporting earnings on a fully taxed basis at an effective rate of 36%, beginning with the first quarter of fiscal 2000. Reported earnings for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 1999 reflect a 10% tax rate, due to the utilization of net operating loss carryforwards. At an assumed tax rate of 36%, net income for the third quarter of fiscal 1999 would have been $3.4 million or $0.21 per share. At an assumed tax rate of 36%, net income for the first nine months of fiscal 1999 would have been $9.2 million or $0.57 per share.

     CONTACT: Alpha Industries, Inc.
              James C. Nemiah, Investor Relations