Mattson Technology Announces Plans for Phase IV Cost-Reduction

Mattson Technology Announces Plans for Phase IV Cost-Reduction
FREMONT, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 --  Mattson Technology, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used
to manufacture semiconductors, today announced the finalization of
plans for Phase IV of its cost-reduction program, which primarily
entails a broad reduction in force across all areas of the Company.
The total estimated reduction in annual operating expenses for all
four phases of the cost-reduction program is expected to be $30
million. Combined with the ongoing gross margin improvement efforts,
the Company's cash flow breakeven point is expected to be reduced to
the mid to high $20 million quarterly net sales level by the end of
Q1 2013. 
"Over the past five quarters, Mattson has taken appropriate measures
to restructure and size the Company to conserve cash during the
down-cycle and enable significant leverage to deliver profitability
in the up-cycle," said David L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive
Officer. "Leaving Q1 of 2013, the results from all phases our
cost-reduction program are expected to decrease our annual operating
expense run rate by over 40%. These measures when combined with our
ongoing gross margin improvement program lower our quarterly net
sales breakeven level from the $50 million range to the mid to high
$20 million level," noted J. Michael Dodson, Chief Operating and
Financial Officer. 
About Mattson Technology, Inc.
 Mattson Technology, Inc. designs,
manufactures and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment
used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. We are a leading
supplier of plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment to the
global semiconductor industry, and operate in three primary product
sectors: Dry Strip, Rapid Thermal Processing and Etch. Through
manufacturing and design innovation, we have produced technologically
advanced systems that provide productive and cost-effective solutions
for customers fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor
devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology,
Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538. Telephone: (800)
MATTSON / (510) 657-5900. Internet: 
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end-user demand for semiconductors; customer demand for semiconductor
manufacturing equipment; the timing of significant customer orders
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and support ordered products; the Company's ability to bring new
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new product releases by the Company's competitors; the Company's
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Investor Contact
J. Michael Dodson
tel +1-510-657-5900
fax +1-510-492-5963 
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