updated 10/1/2010 9:16:57 AM ET 2010-10-01T13:16:57

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aehr Test Systems (Nasdaq:AEHR), a worldwide supplier of semiconductor test and burn-in equipment, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended August 31, 2010.

Net sales were $2.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, compared with $1.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Aehr Test reported a net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. This compares to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 included a pre-tax gain of approximately $3.3 million from the sale of a portion of the Company's Spansion U.S. bankruptcy claim.

Commenting on the results of the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Rhea Posedel, chairman and chief executive officer of Aehr Test Systems, said, "We are seeing year-over-year improvements in our top line, with this quarter's net sales of $2.2 million up 71% compared to the first quarter of last year. Contributing to the increase in net sales were shipments of FOX™ products as well as the revenue recognition of the previously announced order of a MAX-4i Burn-in and Test System from a leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer. Also during the quarter, we delivered our new Advanced Burn-in and Test System (ABTS™), configured for burn-in and test of both low and high-power packaged integrated circuits, to ISE Labs, Inc., the largest semiconductor test engineering service provider in Silicon Valley. Having an ABTS system at a leading service provider like ISE Labs should increase our visibility and credibility with other potential customers for burn-in and test of high power ICs. 

"Looking ahead, we are seeing increased business for our FOX-1 full wafer tester and its WaferPak contactors and are encouraged by the progress our development team has made on a new low cost ABTS platform for packaged devices. This new ABTS system will be shipped to a leading Japanese microcontroller IC producer and we expect follow-on orders after the system is qualified for production," said Posedel.

Aehr Test closed the first quarter of fiscal 2011 with no outstanding debt and shareholders' equity of $10.0 million, or $1.16 per share outstanding at August 31, 2010. 

Management Conference Call

Management of Aehr Test will host a conference call and webcast today, September 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (2:00 p.m. Pacific) to discuss the Company's first quarter fiscal 2011 operating results. The conference call will be accessible live via the internet at www.aehr.com . Please go to the website at least 15 minutes before start time to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.aehr.com for 90 days.

About Aehr Test Systems

Headquartered in Fremont, California, Aehr Test Systems is a worldwide provider of systems for burning-in and testing DRAMs, flash and other memory and logic integrated circuits and has an installed base of more than 2,500 systems worldwide. Aehr Test has developed and introduced several innovative products, including the ABTS, FOX, MTX and MAX systems and the DiePak® carrier. The ABTS system is Aehr Test's newest system for packaged part test during burn-in for both low-power and high-power logic as well as all common types of memory devices. The FOX system is a full wafer contact test and burn-in system. The MTX system is a massively parallel test system designed to reduce the cost of memory testing by performing both test and burn-in on thousands of devices simultaneously. The MAX system can effectively burn-in and functionally test complex devices, such as digital signal processors, microprocessors, microcontrollers and systems-on-a-chip. The DiePak carrier is a reusable, temporary package that enables IC manufacturers to perform cost-effective final test and burn-in of bare die. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.aehr.com .

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties relating to projections regarding revenues, net sales and customer demand and acceptance of Aehr Test's products. Actual results may vary from projected results. These risks and uncertainties include without limitation, world economic conditions, the state of the semiconductor equipment market, the Company's ability to maintain sufficient cash to support operations, acceptance by customers of Aehr Test's technologies, acceptance by customers of the systems shipped upon receipt of a purchase order and the ability of new products to meet customer needs or perform as described, and the Company's development and manufacture of a commercially successful wafer-level test and burn-in system. See Aehr Test's recent 10-K and other reports from time to time filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. The Company disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

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