BUFFALO GROVE, Illinois, November 19 /PRNewswire/ --

- Net Revenue of US$20.8 million; Net Income of US$3.0 million for the Quarter

Eagle Test Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGLT), a provider of automated test equipment solutions for high-performance analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and year ended September 30, 2007.

Operating Results

Net revenue was US$20.8 million for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, a decrease of US$16.2 million, or 43.8%, compared to net revenue of US$36.9 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year. Gross margin for the fourth fiscal quarter was 61.7% of net revenue, compared to 62.9% of net revenue for the same period in the prior fiscal year. Operating income for the fourth fiscal quarter was US$2.3 million compared to US$13.1 million in operating income for the same period in the prior fiscal year.

Net income for the fourth fiscal quarter was US$3.0 million or US$0.13 per fully diluted common share, compared to net income of US$9.3 million or US$0.44 per fully diluted common share for the same period in the prior fiscal year.

Net revenue was US$86.0 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, a decrease of 31.1% compared to net revenue of US$124.7 million for last fiscal year. Net income was US$10.7 million, a decrease of US$11.9 million from net income of US$22.6 million reported last year. Prior year net income for the year ended September 30, 2006 was reduced for tax-adjusted non-recurring initial public offering related charges of US$6.5 million. The Company reported income per fully diluted common share of US$0.46 for the year ended September 30, 2007. A one-time charge of US$11.4 million in connection with the redemption of our redeemable preferred stock reduced income available to common stockholders for the year ended September 30, 2006, resulting in the Company reporting income per fully diluted common share of US$0.60.

"I am very pleased that Eagle continues to achieve profitable results and positive earnings for our shareholders in challenging market conditions," stated Len Foxman -- Eagle CEO. "We have remained focused on expanding our customer base and market share, and we continued to see increased revenue and substantial progress from important new accounts this past quarter."


The Company estimates net revenue will be between US$25.0 and US$27.0 million in the first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2007. The Company estimates earnings per share will be between US$0.11 and US$0.15 based on an estimated 23,300,000 fully diluted common shares.

Earnings Conference Call

Eagle Test Systems will host its earnings call today at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time/ 5:00 p.m. Central Time for analysts, stockholders, investors and the public.

Participants can join for the voice portion of the call by dialing +1-800-901-5241 (domestic calls) or +1-617-786-2963 (international calls) starting at 5:45 p.m. Eastern time/ 4:45 p.m. Central time and enter the passcode 88147034; you will be asked for your name and firm's name. The live conference call will also be available via web cast and accessible along with our earnings release the day of the call through the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.eagletest.com.

The conference call will be available for replay from approximately 1 hour after completion of the conference call until December 3, 2007. To hear a replay of the call, please dial +1-888-286-8010 (domestic calls) or +1-617-801-6888 (international calls) and enter the passcode 45060850.

About Eagle Test Systems, Inc.

Eagle Test designs, manufactures, sells and services high performance automated test equipment for the semiconductor industry. The company's products are used to test analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors that are used in products such as digital cameras, MP3 players, automotive electronics, cellular telephones, computers and peripherals. The company was founded in 1976 and has offices located throughout the world in Asia, North America and Europe, with corporate headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.eagletest.com.

Safe Harbor

Certain statements contained in the press release regarding matters that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our projections for revenue, earnings per share and weighted average diluted common shares for the first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2007 and statements regarding winning new customers, penetrating existing customers with new products with parallel test capabilities, and our business focus in the future are "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These forward-looking statements involve important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such important factors involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risk associated with the highly cyclical nature of the semiconductor market; unanticipated challenges in assessing business conditions and the overall market; the lack of visibility with regard to future business conditions for our Company and the rapid nature of changes in industry business conditions; the risk of a loss or reduction of orders from one or more customers among which our business is concentrated; the difficulty in obtaining new customers because of the high switching cost; competition and pricing pressures; the decision by customers to cancel or defer orders that previously had been accepted; delays or shortages in an adequate supply of raw materials; insufficient or excess inventory; our ability to develop new and enhanced products; the ability to manage our growth; the ability to attract and retain key employees; prolonged disruption in the operations of our single manufacturing facility; economic, political and other risks associated with international sales and operations; risks related to our intellectual property; risks related to our need to achieve and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting; risk related to unanticipated impact of stock based compensation and the tax effects there under on our expenses in any period pursuant to FASB Statement 123(R) and other factors that are detailed from time to time in reports filed by Eagle Test Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks and uncertainties discussed under "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 8, 2006. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether changes occur as a result of new information or future events, after the date they were made.

Company Contact: Stephen J. Hawrysz Chief Financial Officer Eagle Test Systems, Inc. +1-847-327-1033

Eagle Test Systems, Inc. Financial Results (UNAUDITED) (all US dollars in 000's except share and per share data) Three Months ended Year ended September 30, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net Revenue $20,780 $36,947 $85,982 $124,738 COGS 7,965 13,715 33,751 42,320 Gross margin 12,815 23,232 52,231 82,418 Margin % 61.7% 62.9% 60.7% 66.1% SG&A (1) 8,182 7,715 32,477 28,974 R&D 2,364 2,384 9,080 8,939 Total operating expense 10,546 10,099 41,557 37,913 Operating income 2,269 13,133 10,674 44,505 % of Revenue 10.9% 35.5% 12.4% 35.7% Interest expense (2) (247) 15 98 3,496 Other (income) expense (3) (1,355) (814) (4,923) (1,866) Warrant valuation charge (4) - - - 5,466 Income before taxes 3,871 13,932 15,499 37,409 Tax expense 876 4,678 4,791 14,836 Net income $2,995 $9,254 $10,708 $22,573 14.4% 25.0% 12.5% 18.1% Retained earnings adjustment for conversion of redeemable preferred stock (5) - - - (11,430) Income available for common stockholders $2,995 $9,254 $10,708 $11,143 Earnings per common share Basic $0.13 $0.45 $0.47 $0.79 Fully diluted $0.13 $0.44 $0.46 $0.60 Shares Basic 22,968,732 20,720,503 22,914,031 14,016,988 Fully diluted 23,148,490 20,979,320 23,134,479 17,980,235 FOOTNOTES: (1) SG&A expenses for the year ended September 30, 2007 includes US$900,000 in expenses related to two employment claims. (2) Interest expense for the year ended September 30, 2006 includes interest expense on subordinated notes which was repaid with a portion of the proceeds of the Company's initial public offering (IPO) on March 14, 2006. (3) Other (income) expense primarily consists of interest income earned on cash and marketable securities. (4) Warrant valuation charge results from variable accounting on these instruments. The warrants were exercised by the holder in connection with the Company's IPO completed March 14, 2006, and are no longer outstanding; accordingly, this non-cash item impacts the year ended September 30, 2006, and will not impact the results of operations going forward. (5) The difference between the fair market value of the redeemable preferred stock at date of issue of US$21,070 and the redemption price of US$32,500 was charged to retained earnings in March 2006, when the redemption occurred. This adjustment is used to reduce net income to arrive at income available to common stockholders for purposes of calculating earnings per common share in accordance with EITF Topic D-42 -- "The Effect on the Calculation of Earnings per Share for the Redemption or Induced Conversion of Preferred Stock." September 30, Balance sheet Data (Unaudited) 2007 2006 Cash & investments $112,517 $75,946 Accounts receivables 18,238 17,338 Receivable from sale of common stock - 31,185 Inventories 22,234 22,378 Current assets 161,255 153,502 Total assets $172,570 $165,886 Accounts payable $6,079 $5,941 Deferred revenue 6,441 9,409 Current liabilities 19,222 27,764 Long-term liabilities 1,457 1,708 Total liabilities & stockholders equity $172,570 $165,886

Web site: http://www.eagletest.com

Stephen J. Hawrysz, Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Test Systems, Inc., +1-847-327-1033