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October 31, 2011

Rudolph Technologies Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results

After tax GAAP earnings at 13 percent of revenue (non-GAAP 16%); record year-to-date operating cash flow of $36 million.

FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY (October 31, 2011) – Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTEC), a leading provider of process characterization equipment and software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging facilities, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2011.

2011 Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Third quarter 2011 revenue of $41.4 million as compared with second quarter 2011 revenue of $51.5 million.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP net income exceeded guidance, with third quarter GAAP net income of $5.3 million or $0.16 per fully diluted share; non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.21.
  • Cash and marketable securities increased by $64.5 million during the quarter to a record $157.8 million, or $4.88 per fully diluted share, driven by the issuance of Convertible Senior Notes and strong operating cash flow.
  • Excluding the Convertible Senior Notes, cash and marketable securities increased by $14.2 million.
  • Process Control Software sales marked its third consecutive quarter above $6 million in quarterly revenue and represented approximately 15 percent of total sales.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Received first orders for 450mmDefect Inspection and Thin Film Metrology System.
  • Fulfilled multiple system orders for through silicon via (TSV) inspection and metrology process development.
  • Announced the shipment of the 1000th NSX Inspection System, the Company’s flagship macro inspection tool.
  • Issued $60 million of 3.75 percent Convertible Senior Notes at 35 percent premium ($12.95 per share) with shareholder call protection due in 2016.
  • Received annual “Outstanding Award in Service and Support” from STATS ChipPAC.

“Rudolph Technologies again delivered solid financial results in the third quarter as we were within or above the guidance range for all our financial metrics. Gross margins remained at 54 percent despite the 20 percent guided drop in revenues. After tax profit margins and operating cash flow for our third quarter were very acceptable at 13 percent and 31 percent, respectively,” noted Paul F. McLaughlin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This strong cash generation for the third quarter brought us to a Rudolph record of $36 million for year-to-date operating cash flow. With the macroeconomic environment delaying customer purchasing schedules, we have taken prudent cost containment actions that have resulted in total operating expenses decreasing 14 percent quarter-over-quarter. This was accomplished while continuing to invest in strategic engineering programs, as R&D spending remained flat year-over-year. We also continued to invest in our global distribution infrastructure and at a recent ceremony in Singapore, we were recognized with the annual ‘Outstanding Award in Service and Support’ by STATS ChipPAC, a top 5 OSAT supplier and key technology partner of Rudolph,” Mr. McLaughlin concluded.

Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Third quarter 2011 revenue totaled $41.4 million, a 20 percent decrease compared with $51.5 million for the 2011 second quarter. During the 2011 third quarter, international sales represented approximately 68 percent of revenue, of which 41 percent was from Asia, while domestic sales accounted for 32 percent.  In the second quarter of 2011, international sales represented approximately 76 percent of revenue and domestic sales accounted for 24 percent.

Third quarter gross margin of 54 percent was consistent with the gross margin for the 2011 second quarter.  Strong higher margin software sales, representing 15 percent of total revenue in the third quarter, were partially offset by a reduction in system shipments, which resulted in lower manufacturing efficiencies.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $17.1 million, a decrease of $2.8 million from $19.9 million in the 2011 second quarter.  Research and development expenses for the third quarter totaled $8.3 million, compared with $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2011.  Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter decreased to $8.4 million from $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.  The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to lower compensation and legal costs, and implementation of across the board cost reduction initiatives in the quarter.  Also contributing to the decrease in the third quarter was the one-time establishment of a charitable matching gift program in the 2011 second quarter.

GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2011 was $5.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7.0 million or $0.22 per share, for the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the after-tax impact of $1.5million in non-GAAP adjustments, which included litigation and share-based compensation charges, the third quarter 2011 non-GAAP net income was $6.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet Strength
At September 30, 2011, cash and marketable securities increased $64.5 million to $157.8 million from the previous quarter. Cash proceeds from the Convertible Senior Notes issued in the third quarter increased the Company’s cash balances by $50.3 million, with the remaining $14.2 million increase coming from operations. During the quarter, accounts receivable decreased $11.6 million to $39.7 million and inventory increased slightly to $57.8 million. Working capital as of September 30, 2011 increased $57.8 million, ending the quarter at $237.1 million.

Conference Call
Rudolph Technologies will discuss its 2011 third quarter results on a conference call it is hosting today at 4:45 PM EDT. A live audio webcast will also be available to investors on the Company’s website at http://www.rudolphtech.com To li.sten to the live call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, we have presented financial measures, which have not been determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are therefore non-GAAP financial measures.  Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of the establishment of the charitable matching gift program, litigation fees, share based compensation, and restructuring costs. We believe that this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures allows investors to better assess the Company’s operating performance by comparing it to prior periods on a more consistent basis. We have included a reconciliation of various non-GAAP financial measures to those measures reported in accordance with GAAP. To that end, non-GAAP financial measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. Because our calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing our non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.

About Rudolph Technologies
Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, process control metrology, and data analysis systems and software used by semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph provides a full-fab solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down the costs and time to market of their products.  The Company’s yield management solutions are used in both the wafer processing and final manufacturing of ICs, as well as in emerging markets such as LED and Solar. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization.  Additional information can be found on the Company’s web site at www.rudolphtech.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) which include the benefit to customers of Rudolph’s products and customer service; Rudolph’s expectations regarding semiconductor market outlook; Rudolph’s ability to be successful in managing our cost structure and cash expenditures; as well as other matters that are not purely historical data.  Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Rudolph’s control.  Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to leverage its resources to improve its position in its core markets; its ability to weather difficult economic environments; its ability to open new market opportunities and target high-margin markets; and the strength/weakness of the back-end and/or front-end semiconductor market segments. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Rudolph are available in Rudolph’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2010 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  As the forward-looking statements are based on Rudolph’s current expectations, the Company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Rudolph does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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For more information, please contact:

Investors:
Steven R. Roth
973.448.4302
steven.roth@rudolphtech.com

Trade Press:
Virginia Becker
952.259.1647
virginia.becker@rudolphtech.com