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Alpha Reports Record Sales and Profits for Second Quarter

Alpha Reports Record Sales and Profits for Second Quarter

Alpha Reports Record Sales and Profits for Second Quarter 10/18/2000

Sales Grow 75% to $73.2 Million; Earnings More than Double to $0.24 Per Share Broadband Reaches 20% of Total Sales

WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 18, 2000-- Alpha Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHAA - news) today announced its financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2001, net sales grew 75% to a record level of $73.2 million, compared to the $41.9 million reported for the comparable period a year ago. On a sequential basis, net sales increased 11.4% from the $65.7 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2001. The company's book-to-bill for the second quarter was 1.06.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 was $10.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, also a company record. That compares to net income of $4.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the same period last year. Building on the company's record top-line growth, Alpha posted operating profit of $14.1 million, up 20% from the first quarter of fiscal 2001, marking the company's 16th sequential quarter of operating profit growth.

"Alpha posted strong numbers this quarter but, more importantly, we continued to make excellent progress in achieving our strategic goals," said David Aldrich, Alpha's President and CEO. "We further penetrated the dynamic broadband market, diversified our wireless market customer base and introduced new products that increased Alpha's content per customer platform."

Broadband Market Highlights

Alpha's sales to broadband equipment OEM's increased 35% sequentially from the first quarter of fiscal 2001 to $14.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2001. Broadband represented 20% of total sales in the second quarter.

"On the broadband technology front, we introduced an array of proprietary new GaAs RF IC products that are ideally suited to meet the worldwide thirst for high-speed communication and bandwidth," Aldrich said. "Among our achievements during the quarter were contracts with two Pacific Rim-based leaders that produce cable modems and two-way digital set-top boxes. In addition, Nortel Networks named Alpha as a preferred supplier, where Alpha will play a major role in Nortel's fiber-optic and next-generation wireless networking offerings."

Wireless Market Highlights

"We greatly diversified our customer base in the wireless handset market," Aldrich said. "During the quarter, we substantially increased our production volume with Mitsubishi, Samsung and Siemens. In addition, we are extremely pleased to have power amplifiers and switches in Motorola's three recently announced new phones. On the wireless infrastructure side, we achieved strong gains with Alcatel, Ericsson and Nokia, increasing our positions in 2.5 and 3G platforms."

Product Development Highlights

In the second quarter, the company launched milestone wireless and broadband products that position Alpha to capitalize on the trend toward modular integrated RF solutions in the wireless and broadband markets:

  • Commenced production volume shipments of a new family of innovative HBT amplifier products. These ultra-linear amplifiers are critical enablers of emerging next-generation wireless and broadband technologies, and represent the first offerings based on the company's advanced InGaP HBT technology.
  • Sampled GSM dual-band 50-Ohms power amplifier modules based on the company's InGaP HBT technology.
  • Introduced proprietary Alpha-2™ multi-chip module packaging technology, which will dramatically reduce its customers' costs in manufacturing high-speed and high-frequency data communications equipment.

Operating Highlights

During the second quarter, Alpha took major steps to add capacity resources the company needs to reduce time-to-market and continue its aggressive growth:

  • Alpha launched its conversion to 6-inch wafer-based production at the company's Woburn, Massachusetts facility, recruiting its manufacturing team, placing orders for equipment and creating clean space to accommodate the new 6-inch production line.
  • The company advanced on its plan to double semiconductor test and assembly capacity before the end of fiscal 2001, purchasing a 125,000 square foot facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


"We continue to build a strong foundation anchored by our three core strategies - penetrating the high-growth broadband market, diversifying our customer base and launching new HBT products and solution-oriented modules," Aldrich said. "As a result, we are confident in our ability to continue sequential growth in operating profits and to achieve $300 million in net sales for fiscal 2001. Simply put, our outlook has never been brighter."

About Alpha

Alpha Industries is a leading provider of RF integrated circuit-based solutions, including semiconductors and ceramic components, for the broadband and wireless communications markets. Alpha's switches, power amplifiers and discrete semiconductors are used by the world's leading broadband, infrastructure and wireless communications companies to enhance the speed, quality and performance of voice, data and video. For more information, please visit the company's Web site,

Safe Harbor Statement

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 and expectations or predictions of future results and accomplishments, which are 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, broadband and fiber-optic communications, difficulties in manufacturing new or existing products in sufficient quantity or quality, difficulties in completing the company's planned capital improvements, including its expansion to the facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the company's Form 10-K for the year ended April 2, 2000, and subsequent Forms 10-Q. Copies may be obtained by contacting the company or the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 undertaking 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 circumstance on which any such statement is based.


(unaudited)                   Second Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
                               Oct. 1,  Sept. 26,    Oct. 1, Sept. 26,
(in thousands, except
 per share data)                2000      1999       2000      1999

Net sales                  $   73,201 $   41,921  $ 138,889 $  80,574
    Cost of sales              39,454     23,886     75,604    45,542
    Research and
     development expenses       8,814      5,780     16,709    11,195
    Selling and
     expenses                  10,839      7,163     22,527    13,871

Operating income               14,094      5,092     24,049     9,966
Interest expense                  (22)       (17)       (38)      (74)
Interest income and other,
 net                            1,938      1,666      3,879     2,035

Income before income taxes     16,010      6,741     27,890    11,927
Provision for income taxes      5,443      2,428      9,482     4,295

Net income                 $   10,567 $    4,313  $  18,408 $   7,632

Net income per share basic $     0.25 $     0.10  $    0.43 $    0.20

Net income per share
 diluted                   $     0.24 $     0.10  $    0.41 $    0.19

Weighted average common
 shares basic                  42,867     41,511     42,765    39,020

Weighted average common
 shares diluted                44,737     43,958     44,761    41,212


(unaudited)                                    Oct. 1,      April 2,
(in thousands)                                  2000          2000

   Current assets
       Cash, cash equivalents and
        short-term investments             $   133,169   $    146,610
       Accounts receivable, net                 50,177         33,844
       Inventories                              16,036         11,916
       Prepaid expenses and other current
        assets                                  13,575         11,035
   Property, plant and equipment, less
    accumulated depreciation and
    amortization                                95,983         75,520
   Other assets                                  2,211          2,099

      Total assets                         $   311,151   $    281,024

Liabilities and Equity
    Current liabilities
      Current portion of long-term debt    $       111   $      3,011
      Accounts payable                          20,142         20,537
      Accrued liabilities and other
       current liabilities                      11,526          9,500
    Long-term debt                                 285            345
    Other long-term liabilities                  5,525          5,538
    Stockholders' equity                       273,562        242,093

       Total liabilities and equity        $   311,151   $    281,024

Note- During the first quarter of fiscal 2001, Alpha incurred $1.8
million in one-time transaction expenses in connection with the
acquisition of Network Device, Inc. (NDI). The acquisition was
accounted for as a pooling-of-interests. Excluding these transaction
expenses, net income for the six months ended October 1, 2000 would
have been $19.6 million, or $0.44 per diluted share. All periods
presented have been restated to include the results of operation and
financial position of NDI.

     Alpha Industries, Inc.
     Paul Vincent
     (781) 935-5150 Ext. 4438