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Advanced Energy Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results
Fort Collins, Colo., February 23, 2009—Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: AEIS) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $67.5 million, representing a 19.5% decline from $83.8 million in the same quarter a year ago and a 20.1% decline from $84.5 million in the third quarter of 2008. The weak economy affected all of our markets, led by semiconductor equipment, which experienced a revenue decrease of 20.2% sequentially. Our book to bill ratio for the quarter was 0.7:1.

Sales to our non-semiconductor markets represented 48.3% of total sales for the quarter, driven by continued strength from the solar market, which represented 23.6% of total sales. Service revenues were 18.4% of total sales, down 20.5% sequentially, primarily due to softness in the semiconductor market, where the majority of our installed base resides.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 27.2%, down from 39.1% in the fourth quarter of 2007, and 41.7% in the third quarter of 2008. Margins were lower due to a $5.1 million charge to cost of goods sold for excess and obsolete inventory, which impacted gross margin by 7.6%, as well as lower revenues and the resulting lower absorption of manufacturing overhead.

We reduced operating expenses 15.7% sequentially in the quarter, as we implemented additional cost reduction measures including discretionary spending controls, global shutdown weeks during the holiday season and workforce reductions.
During the fourth quarter of 2008, we also recorded a non-cash charge of $18.0 million, or $0.43 per share, for income taxes related to a valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets. This resulted in a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 of $19.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007. Net income also decreased sequentially from $5.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008.

For the full year 2008, sales were $328.9 million, a 14.5% decrease from $384.7 million in 2007. The primary driver of the reduction in sales was a 39.0% drop in revenues to the semiconductor equipment market, partially offset by a 118.7% increase in revenues to the solar market. Net loss from continuing operations for 2008 was $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income of $34.4 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, in 2007. During 2008, we generated $24.7 million in cash from operations to end the year with $180.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments, including auction rate securities of $30.4 million.

“In 2008, non-semiconductor revenue grew faster and became a larger part of total revenue. In an otherwise difficult environment during the year, our strategy of targeting a diverse group of markets for our leading power conversion technology proved to be effective,” said Hans Betz, president and CEO. “Though overall revenues declined year-over-year, we doubled our solar revenue, grew our services business and introduced successful new products such as the Solaron® 500KW inverter, while maintaining a healthy balance sheet with a strong cash position. As the year ended with extremely challenging economic conditions across all industries and very limited visibility, we took quick, decisive action to implement major cost reductions.

Going forward, we continue to see a weak economic outlook that may persist for some time. We will take additional cost reduction measures in the future as needed to drive our breakeven point even lower and address further deterioration in our markets. We remain focused on our core market and technology initiatives to ensure Advanced Energy is well positioned to take market share during the downturn and is poised for tremendous leverage when our markets recover.”

First Quarter 2009 Guidance

The Company anticipates first quarter 2009 results to be within the following ranges:
  • Sales of $30.0 million to $36.0 million
  • Loss per share of $0.46 to $0.53

Fourth Quarter 2008 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time to discuss Advanced Energy's financial results. Domestic callers may access this conference call by dialing 888-713-4717. International callers may access the call by dialing 816-650-2836. Participants will need to provide a conference passcode 85170369. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291, and enter the passcode 85170369. The replay will be available through 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 25, 2009. A webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations webpage at

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, thin-film manufacturing and solar power generation. Specifically, AE targets solar grid-tie inverters, solar cells, semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products, architectural glass and other advanced applications.

The Company’s expectations with respect to financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009 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 effects of global macroeconomic conditions upon demand for our products, the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semiconductor 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)

                                                             Twelve Months
                                       Three Months Ended        Ended
                                       ------------------    -------------
                                          December 31,        December 31,
                                          ------------        ------------
                                          2008     2007      2008      2007
                                          ----     ----      ----      ----

    Sales                              $67,525  $83,836  $328,918  $384,699
    Cost of sales                       49,128   51,017   204,136   221,890
                                        ------   ------   -------   -------
    Gross profit                        18,397   32,819   124,782   162,809

    Operating expenses:
         Research and development       13,424   12,510    54,952    50,393
         Selling, general and
          administrative                 9,513   16,075    52,273    62,179
         Amortization of intangible
          assets                           257      218       946     1,010
         Restructuring charges           1,898     (219)    3,487     3,287
                                         -----     ----     -----     -----
              Total operating
               expenses                 25,092   28,584   111,658   116,869

    Income (loss) from operations       (6,695)   4,235    13,124    45,940

    Other income, net                      553    1,443     2,883     4,810
                                           ---    -----     -----     -----
    Income (loss) from continuing
     operations before income taxes     (6,142)   5,678    16,007    50,750
    Provision for income taxes          12,835    1,512    17,786    16,389
                                        ------    -----    ------    ------

    Net income (loss)                 $(18,977)  $4,166   $(1,779)  $34,361
                                      ========   ======   =======   =======

    Basic earnings (loss) per share     $(0.45)   $0.09    $(0.04)    $0.76

    Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $(0.45)   $0.09    $(0.04)    $0.75

    Basic weighted-average common
     shares outstanding                 41,832   45,274    42,537    45,156

    Diluted weighted-average common
     shares outstanding                 41,832   45,758    42,537    45,704

                               (in thousands)

                                                 December 31,  December 31,
                                                     2008         2007
                                                     ----         ----


    Current assets:
         Cash and cash equivalents                 $116,448      $94,588
         Marketable securities                       33,266      110,676
         Accounts receivable, net                    56,549       61,545
         Inventories, net                            46,659       50,532
         Deferred income taxes                       13,253       23,696
         Other current assets                         5,324        6,932
                                                      -----        -----
    Total current assets                            271,499      347,969

    Property and equipment, net                      31,322       30,912

    Long-term investments                            30,401        1,483
    Deposits and other                                7,505        5,562
    Goodwill and intangibles, net                    72,918       67,768
    Customer service equipment, net                      23        1,236
    Deferred income tax assets, net                   6,969        4,098
                                                      -----        -----

    Total assets                                   $420,637     $459,028
                                                   ========     ========


    Current liabilities:
         Accounts payable                            $8,005      $12,424
         Other accrued expenses                      23,928       29,590
                                                     ------       ------
    Total current liabilities                        31,933       42,014

    Long-term liabilities                            12,155        9,953
                                                     ------        -----

    Total liabilities                                44,088       51,967

    Stockholders' equity                            376,549      407,061
                                                    -------      -------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $420,637     $459,028
                                                   ========     ========


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