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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Solid Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2011
  --  Revenue of $111.8 Million
  --  Gross Profit Margin of 47.4 Percent of Revenue
  --  Earnings Per Share of 54 Cents


AURORA, Ill., July 27, 2011 (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 third quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended June 30.

Total revenue during the third fiscal quarter was $111.8 million, which represents an increase of 10.0 percent compared to the same quarter last year and an increase of 2.0 percent compared to the prior quarter, on continued solid demand for the company's products. The company achieved a gross profit margin of 47.4 percent of revenue in the third fiscal quarter and diluted earnings per share of $0.54. During the quarter, the company purchased $15 million of stock, under the company's $125 million share repurchase program.

"Our solid revenue and earnings this quarter reflect our continued execution against our strategic initiatives and sustained growth in the semiconductor industry. We are proud that year to date, our revenue has grown nearly 13 percent and our earnings per share have grown 23 percent over the record level of performance we achieved last year," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "While some industry analysts are indicating signs of potential near-term softness in industry demand, we currently expect solid year over year growth for our company on a full year basis."

Mr. Noglows continued, "We are confident that the investments we are making in the Asia Pacific region, including our new research, development and manufacturing facility in South Korea and our manufacturing capacity expansion in Japan, will further strengthen our global competitive position and contribute to the company's continued growth. We look forward to leveraging these facilities to further expand our collaboration with customers, as we continue to meet their increasing performance requirements."

Key Financial Information

Total third fiscal quarter revenue of $111.8 million represents a 10.0 percent increase from the $101.7 million reported in the same quarter last year and a 2.0 percent increase from $109.7 million last quarter. The increase in revenue from the same period last year reflects increased demand within each of the company's business areas, except for the company's polishing pads business. Compared to the prior quarter, revenue for each of the company's CMP slurry application areas increased, except for data storage applications, and revenue from the pads and Engineered Surface Finishes (ESF) business areas decreased. Year to date revenue of $335.7 million represents an increase of 12.7 percent from the prior year, driven by double-digit growth in the company's CMP slurry and ESF business areas and continued growth in the pads business.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 47.4 percent this quarter, which is lower than the 49.1 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago and 48.1 percent last quarter. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage decreased primarily due to foreign exchange rate changes, in particular the weakening of the U.S. dollar versus the Japanese yen, and selective price reductions, partially offset by a higher value product mix. The decrease in gross profit percentage versus the previous quarter was primarily due to lower yields in the company's manufacturing operations and increased fixed manufacturing costs, partially offset by lower variable manufacturing costs in selected areas. Year to date, gross profit represented 48.6 percent of revenue, which is consistent with the company's full year guidance range of 48 to 50 percent of revenue.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $33.4 million in the third fiscal quarter, or $1.1 million less than the $34.5 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, driven primarily by lower professional fees, including costs to enforce the company's intellectual property. Operating expenses were $0.1 million higher than the $33.3 million reported in the previous quarter. Year to date, total operating expenses were $99.7 million, or 29.7 percent of revenue, which is 2.9 percent higher than during the same period last year. The company continues to expect its full year operating expenses to be within a range of $130 million to $135 million for fiscal 2011.

Net income for the quarter was $12.8 million, or 26.7 percent higher than the $10.1 million reported in the same quarter last year primarily due to the higher level of sales and lower operating expenses, partially offset by lower gross profit margin. Compared to $13.1 million in the previous quarter, net income was down 2.3 percent due to the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange rates, which is reflected in other income, and lower gross profit margin. Year to date, net income of $42.4 million was up 24.0 percent compared to the prior year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.54 this quarter, up from $0.43 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and down from $0.55 reported in the previous quarter. Year to date, diluted earnings per share of $1.80 were up 23.3 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) 543-6408. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (617) 213-8899. The conference code for the call is 57003081. 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 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; and the construction 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 March 31, 2011 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010, 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               Nine Months Ended
                                   ----------------------------------  ----------------------
                                    June 30,    March 31,   June 30,    June 30,    June 30,

                                      2011        2011        2010        2011        2010
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Revenue                           $ 111,846   $ 109,660   $ 101,655   $ 335,711   $ 297,883


  Cost of goods sold                   58,821      56,927      51,759     172,522     148,114
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

     Gross profit                      53,025      52,733      49,896     163,189     149,769

  Operating expenses:

   Research, development &
    technical                          14,573      14,919      12,875      43,348      38,364

   Selling & marketing                  7,785       6,791       7,009      22,056      19,861


   General & administrative            11,008      11,567      14,637      34,251      38,581
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


     Total operating expenses          33,366      33,277      34,521      99,655      96,806
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Operating income                     19,659      19,456      15,375      63,534      52,963


  Other income (expense), net           (311)         646         172       (600)       (207)
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Income before income taxes           19,348      20,102      15,547      62,934      52,756


  Provision for income taxes            6,559       7,010       5,450      20,561      18,588
                                   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


     Net income                      $ 12,789    $ 13,092    $ 10,097    $ 42,373    $ 34,168
                                   ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


  Basic earnings per share              $0.55       $0.57       $0.44       $1.85       $1.47
                                   ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

  Weighted average basic shares
   outstanding                         23,119      23,032      23,143      22,931      23,178
                                   ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


  Diluted earnings per share            $0.54       $0.55       $0.43       $1.80       $1.46
                                   ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

  Weighted average diluted shares
   outstanding                         23,797      23,693      23,478      23,525      23,383
                                   ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


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

                                                September
                                    June 30,      30,

                                      2011        2010
                                   ----------  ----------
  ASSETS:

  Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents        $ 292,939   $ 254,164
   Accounts receivable, net            56,989      57,456
   Inventories, net                    54,747      51,896

   Other current assets                29,122      17,513
                                   ----------  ----------
     Total current assets             433,797     381,029

  Property, plant and equipment,
   net                                125,381     115,811

  Other long-term assets               69,650      74,916
                                   ----------  ----------

     Total assets                   $ 628,828   $ 571,756
                                   ==========  ==========

  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
   EQUITY:

  Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                  $ 18,543    $ 17,521
   Capital lease obligations              340       1,296
   Accrued expenses and other
    current liabilities                31,053      34,513
                                   ----------  ----------
     Total current liabilities         49,936      53,330

  Capital lease obligations, net
   of current portion                       4          12

  Other long-term liabilities           9,053       4,071
                                   ----------  ----------
     Total liabilities                 58,993      57,413


  Stockholders' equity                569,835     514,343
                                   ----------  ----------
     Total liabilities and
      stockholders' equity          $ 628,828   $ 571,756
                                   ==========  ==========

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SOURCE: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

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