Lam Announces Fiscal 1998 Second Quarter Results
January 21, 1998

Lam Announces Fiscal 1998 Second Quarter Results

FREMONT, Calif., January 21, 1998 - Lam Research Corporation (Nasdaq:LRCX), a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment to the worldwide semiconductor industry, today announced financial results for the company’s second quarter of fiscal 1998, ended December 31, 1997.

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 1998 was $292.1 million compared to revenue of $258.1 million for the prior year period. The company reported net income of $3.5 million ($0.09 per share, diluted) for the quarter compared to net income of $3.3 million ($0.09 per share, diluted) for the prior year’s second quarter.

Geographic revenue distribution for the second quarter was: North America, 44 percent; Europe, 19 percent; Korea, 10 percent; Japan, 5 percent, and Asia Pacific, 22 percent.

“This quarter’s results reflect Lam’s ongoing focus on business process improvement,” said James W. Bagley, chief executive officer for Lam. “Maintaining investment and profitability levels that enable us to provide the products our customers require are key priorities for the company. We recently enhanced our TCP product line for devices with 0.25 micron or smaller geometries and extended our capabilities by introducing a shallow trench isolation etch process. We will further broaden our product portfolio when we introduce our next-generation chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) system in the first calendar quarter of this year.”

“Due to the financial crisis in Asia, several customers have announced delays in their plans for fab expansion. During this period of uncertainty, we will manage the company conservatively and continue with activities aimed at strengthening our operating model,” Mr. Bagley said.

Lam Research Corporation is a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the world’s semiconductor industry. The company provides processing systems for dry etch, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and CMP, three essential steps in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Lam’s headquarters are located in Fremont, California. The company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol LRCX. Lam’s Worldwide Web address is

“We remain confident that with the capability of our products combined with the strategies we are executing, the company will participate fully in the market opportunities today as well as in the future,” Bagley concluded.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995: Except for historical information, this press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to the release of new products and the management of operating expenses of the company. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially, including but not limited to uncertainty surrounding the Asia financial crisis, continued downturn in the semiconductor industry, competition, additional or continued difficulties arising out of Lam’s product shift, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 1997. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.



  Three Months Ended
December 31,
Six Months Ended
December 31,
  1997 1996 1997 1996

Net sales $ 291,291 $ 253,354 $ 580,683 $ 546,041
Royalty income 765 4,710 1,299 11,269

      Total revenue 292,056 258,064 581,982 557,310
Cost and expenses:
   Cost of goods sold 178,960 161,185 355,900 336,731
   Research and development 54,474 43,909 108,651 90,039
   Selling, general and administrative 53,455 48,568 106,659 100,132
   Merger costs - - 17,685 -
   Restructuring charge - - - 9,021