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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012
  --  Revenue of $99.2 Million
  --  Gross Profit Margin of 46.1 Percent of Revenue
  --  EPS of 23 Cents, Including 12 Cents of Certain Adverse Items
  --  Distributed Special Cash Dividend of $15 per Share, or Approximately
      $347 Million in Total


AURORA, Ill., April 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended March 31, 2012. The financial results are consistent with the preliminary financial performance discussed in the company's press release of April 16, 2012.

Total revenue during the second fiscal quarter was $99.2 million. This reflects a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year and a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to the prior quarter on continued softness in demand within the semiconductor industry, coupled with traditional seasonal weakness periodically experienced by the company during its second fiscal quarter of the year. The company achieved a gross profit margin of 46.1 percent of revenue in the second fiscal quarter and diluted earnings per share of $0.23. Earnings per share for the quarter include an adverse impact of approximately $0.12 per share due to an increase in bad debt expense related to a customer bankruptcy and costs related to the company's leveraged recapitalization with a special cash dividend. The special cash dividend of $15 per share, or approximately $347 million, was distributed on March 1, 2012. Approximately half of the special cash dividend was funded from the company's cash balance, with the other half from a term loan that is part of the new credit facility closed by the company in February, 2012. The company's balance sheet reflects a cash balance of $155.1 million and $175 million of new debt outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

"While our financial results for the quarter were impacted by continued softness in industry demand, progress across key strategic initiatives was highlighted by strong sequential growth in both our CMP polishing pads and data storage slurry businesses, and strong year over year revenue growth in South Korea," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "Looking forward, we are optimistic about expected strengthening in overall semiconductor industry demand during the second half of our fiscal year. Industry reports generally indicate that IC inventories have returned to normal levels, fab utilization rates are improving and semiconductor manufacturers are adding capacity at advanced nodes. We believe these industry trends coupled with the continued successful execution of our business strategies will position us well to capitalize on growth opportunities in the future."

Key Financial Information

Total second fiscal quarter revenue of $99.2 million represents a 9.5 percent decrease from the $109.7 million reported in the same quarter last year and a 2.8 percent decrease from $102.1 million last quarter. The company believes that these decreases in revenue primarily reflect continued soft demand within the global semiconductor industry, coupled with traditional seasonal weakness. Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue from all of the company's business areas except CMP polishing pads decreased; however, revenue in South Korea increased by approximately 23 percent. Compared to the prior quarter, revenue for the company's pads and data storage slurry businesses each increased approximately 15 percent, while revenue for all other business areas decreased. Year to date, revenue of $201.4 million represents a decrease of 10.1 percent from the prior year, reflecting generally softer industry demand conditions this year compared to last. Year to date, the company's revenue in South Korea increased by approximately 25 percent.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 46.1 percent this quarter, which is lower than the 48.1 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago and 48.3 percent last quarter. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage decreased primarily due to lower production volumes, higher fixed manufacturing costs and selective price reductions, partially offset by lower variable manufacturing costs. The decrease in gross profit percentage versus the previous quarter was primarily due to lower production volumes and higher variable manufacturing costs. Year to date, gross profit represented 47.2 percent of revenue, consistent with the company's full fiscal year guidance for gross profit, which remains unchanged within a range of 46 to 48 percent of revenue.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $36.7 million in the second fiscal quarter, or $3.4 million higher than the $33.3 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to a $3.7 million increase in the reserve for bad debt expense related to Elpida Memory, Inc., a significant customer in Japan that recently filed for bankruptcy protection. Operating expenses were $2.7 million higher than the $34.0 million reported in the previous quarter, primarily due to the increase in the reserve for bad debt expense, partially offset by lower professional fees, including costs associated with the company's recent leveraged recapitalization with a special cash dividend. Operating expenses this quarter include approximately $0.8 million of costs associated with the leveraged recapitalization with a special cash dividend.

Year to date, total operating expenses were $70.7 million. The company's full year guidance for operating expenses remains unchanged at $135 million to $140 million.

Net income for the quarter was $5.5 million, or 57.8 percent lower than the $13.1 million reported in the same quarter last year and 46.9 percent lower than the $10.4 million in the previous quarter, primarily due to the lower level of sales, lower gross profit margin, increase in operating expense and a higher effective tax rate. Year to date, net income of $15.9 million was down 46.1 percent compared to the prior year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.23 this quarter, which includes the adverse impact of approximately $0.10 related to the increase in the reserve for bad debt expense and $0.02 due to costs associated with the leveraged recapitalization with a special cash dividend. This is down from $0.55 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and down from $0.45 reported in the previous quarter. Year to date, diluted earnings per share of $0.68 are down 46.1 percent compared to last year.

CONFERENCE CALL

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company's website, www.cabotcmp.com, or by phone at (866) 730-5762. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (857) 350-1586. The conference code for the call is 16718990. A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.

ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,000 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.

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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth, contraction or trends; growth or contraction of the markets in which the company participates; international events, regulatory or legislative activity, or various economic factors; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company's cash balance; financing facilities and related debt, payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company's capital structure; and the construction and operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, both filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.


  CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
  (Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)


                                             Quarter Ended               Six Months Ended
                                   ---------------------------------  ----------------------
                                               December
                                   March 31,     31,       March 31,   March 31,   March 31,

                                      2012       2011        2011        2012        2011
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Revenue                           $ 99,236   $ 102,122   $ 109,660   $ 201,358   $ 223,865


  Cost of goods sold                  53,442      52,843      56,927     106,285     113,701
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

     Gross profit                     45,794      49,279      52,733      95,073     110,164

  Operating expenses:

   Research, development &
    technical                         14,071      13,755      14,919      27,826      28,775

   Selling & marketing                 7,434       7,336       6,791      14,770      14,271


   General & administrative           15,177      12,901      11,567      28,078      23,243
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


      Total operating expenses        36,682      33,992      33,277      70,674      66,289
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Operating income                     9,112      15,287      19,456      24,399      43,875

  Interest expense                       354          39          37         393          81


  Other income (expense), net             97         104         683         201       (208)
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Income before income taxes           8,855      15,352      20,102      24,207      43,586


  Provision for income taxes           3,325       4,937       7,010       8,262      14,002
                                   ---------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


      Net income                     $ 5,530    $ 10,415    $ 13,092    $ 15,945    $ 29,584
                                   =========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


  Basic earnings per share             $0.24       $0.46       $0.57       $0.70       $1.29
                                   =========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

  Weighted average basic shares
   outstanding                        22,768      22,508      23,032      22,624      22,857
                                   =========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


  Diluted earnings per share           $0.23       $0.45       $0.55       $0.68       $1.26
                                   =========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

  Weighted average diluted shares
   outstanding                        23,780      22,926      23,693      23,378      23,395
                                   =========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========



  CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
  CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
  (Unaudited and amounts in thousands)

                                               September
                                   March 31,     30,

                                     2012        2011
                                  ----------  ----------
  ASSETS:

  Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents       $ 155,062   $ 302,546
   Accounts receivable, net           50,802      52,747
   Inventories, net                   56,818      56,128

   Other current assets               15,855      18,984
                                  ----------  ----------
   Total current assets              278,537     430,405

  Property, plant and equipment,
   net                               125,751     130,791

  Other long-term assets              71,417      67,033
                                  ----------  ----------

   Total assets                    $ 475,705   $ 628,229
                                  ==========  ==========

  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
   EQUITY:

  Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                 $ 14,134    $ 22,436
   Current portion of long-term
    debt                               8,750          --
   Capital lease obligations               7          10
   Accrued expenses and other
    current liabilities               21,301      33,104
                                  ----------  ----------
   Total current liabilities          44,192      55,550

  Long-term debt, net of current
   portion                           166,250          --
  Capital lease obligations, net
   of current portion                     --           2

  Other long-term liabilities          6,673       6,323
                                  ----------  ----------
   Total liabilities                 217,115      61,875


  Stockholders' equity               258,590     566,354
                                  ----------  ----------
   Total liabilities and
    stockholders' equity           $ 475,705   $ 628,229
                                  ==========  ==========

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CONTACT: Trisha Tuntland
Manager of Investor Relations
630-499-2600