Orbotech Receives Multi-Million Dollar Order from Career Technology for Pattern and Solder Mask Direct Imaging Solutions for Flexible PCB Production
Career adds a total of 11 Nuvogo™ and Orbotech Diamond 8™ Direct Imaging (DI) solutions to increase flexible PCB production capacity for advanced smartphone manufacturing
YAVNE, Israel, December 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbotech Ltd., (NASDAQ: ORBK) a leading global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products, today announced a multi-million dollar order from Taipei-based Career Technology (Mfg.) Co., Ltd. a worldwide manufacturer of flexible printed circuit (FPC) PCBs for advanced electronic devices, for Orbotech's industry-leading Nuvogo™ for Patterning DI and Orbotech Diamond™ 8 for Solder Mask DI solutions. The solutions, which will be deployed in Career's fabs in Taipei, Taiwan and Kunshan, China, will be used for flexible PCB manufacturing for next-generation smartphones. Flexible PCBs are commonly used in smartphones to enable highly versatile interconnects which facilitate smaller, lighter and more functional devices.
"Orbotech was our obvious choice for this most recent expansion of our DI capabilities as it continues to lead by its development of innovative PCB manufacturing processes," said Mr. Rick Wu, President of Career Technology. "We look forward to further collaboration in the future as Career continues to grow its advanced high quality, high yield, flexible PCB production capabilities."
"We are honored to be repeatedly selected by Career - with whom we have enjoyed a long-term business relationship - as a partner of choice," said Mr. Hadar Himmelman, President of Orbotech Pacific. "Orbotech's solutions are critical tools in advanced PCB manufacturing processes as the requirements for advanced smartphone production become increasingly demanding, functionality grows and form factors shrink."
Nuvogo™ is Orbotech's industry-leading Direct Imaging (DI) series of solutions. Utilizing a high-power laser and unique MultiWave Laser Technology™, the Nuvogo provides maximum flexibility on a wide range of materials and applications, including flex, rigid-flex, HDI and advanced HDI. Incorporating Orbotech's field-proven Large Scan Optics (LSO) Technology™ with its high depth-of-focus, the Nuvogo is a perfect match for flex patterning and solder mask applications that demand fine structures on variating topography. This powerful solution is designed for high throughput while enabling superior quality.
About Orbotech Diamond™ 8
Orbotech Diamond™ 8 is Orbotech's highly accurate high-throughput mass production DI solution for Solder Mask. Powered by Orbotech SolderFast Technology™, Orbotech Diamond 8 is particularly suited for very complex designs, improving throughput, yield and productivity. Orbotech SolderFast™ technology employs a wide UV spectrum to ensure high throughput and superior quality on a variety of solder resists. Patented optics and high energy illumination enable wide DoF (depth of focus), ensuring consistent, precise imaging quality to overcome the most challenging surface topography variations as well as any distortions or abnormalities.
About Career Technology Ltd.
Career Technology (Mfg.) Co., Ltd. is a Taiwan firm principally engaged in the design, research, development, manufacture and distribution of flexible printed circuits (FPCs) boards. The company has market cap of $9.32 billion. The Company's primary products include single-sided FPCs, double-sided FPCs and multilayer FPCs boards. It has a 137.27 P/E ratio. The Company's products are mainly used in the manufacture of smart phones, notebook computers, mobile phones, flat panel displays and computer peripheral products, among others. www.careergroups.com
About Orbotech Ltd.
Orbotech Ltd. is a leading global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. Orbotech provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs), and semiconductor devices (SDs), designed to enable the production of innovative, next-generation electronic products and improve the cost effectiveness of existing and future electronics production processes. Orbotech's core business lies in enabling electronic device manufacturers to inspect and understand PCBs and FPDs and to verify their quality ('reading'); pattern the desired electronic circuitry on the relevant substrate and perform three-dimensional shaping of metalized circuits on multiple surfaces ('writing'); and utilize advanced vacuum deposition and etching processes in SD and semiconductor manufacturing ('connecting'). Orbotech refers to this 'reading', 'writing' and 'connecting' as enabling the 'Language of Electronics'. For more information, please visit www.orbotech.com and www.spts.com
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In May 2017, the Company received a best judgment tax assessment from the Israel Tax Authority (the "ITA") with respect to an audit of the Company for the fiscal years 2012-2014 (the "Assessment"), for an aggregate amount of tax against the Company, after offsetting all operating losses for tax purposes available through the end of 2014, of approximately NIS 207 million (currently approximately U.S. $58 million) which amount includes related interest and linkage differentials (as of date of the Assessment). All amounts related to the Assessment are given after application of the Company's accumulated losses. Approximately 80% of the amount of the Assessment, assuming that all accumulated losses are set off against the other matters included in the Assessment, relates to the following two matters: (1) the use of tax exempt profits derived from the Company's approved and benefitting enterprises under the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investment, 1959, in particular in its investments in, or acquisitions of, foreign subsidiaries; and (2) the purchase of shares of the Company by its foreign subsidiaries during the audit period. The Company has not taken any reserves or provisions related to these two matters because it reasonably believes its positions are more likely than not correct as a legal matter. The Company intends vigorously to contest the ITA's position on both of these matters and does not anticipate establishing a provision related to these matters. The other significant item in the Assessment relates to the Company's transfer pricing. As of September 30, 2017, the Company's tax provisions with respect to the audit period cover at least a majority of the remaining 20% of the Assessment. However, because of the ongoing criminal investigation against the Company, certain of its employees and its tax consultant related to tax positions taken by the Company in the audit period as well as in prior periods, the Company has not conducted a comprehensive independent review of the work of its employees and tax consultant involved in evaluating and establishing its tax positions, including with respect to this and certain other matters that are the subject of the Assessment. The Company expects to begin this review process in connection with the preparation of its annual financial statements and annual report, however it cannot assure investors of the timing or outcome of such review.
If the Company's evaluation of its tax positions proves to be inaccurate, it may be required to increase its provisions or take a charge in future periods. The outcome of its review may also impact the Company's results of operations as a result of tax positions taken for subsequent fiscal years. The amount of the increase and/or the charge against earnings could be material with respect to the audit period and subsequent periods. In addition, the Company does not have any insight into the scope or time period of the criminal investigation or the timing of any prosecutorial action related to the investigation which may occur in the coming days, weeks, months or years. Although the Company cannot predict the timing of any prosecutorial action, the Company expects to be summoned to the prosecutor's office for a hearing, at which it will have the opportunity to present its positions, prior to any indictments of the Company and/or certain of its employees and/or payment of monetary amounts in lieu of such indictments. The Company has not conducted its own investigation into any matters that may be the subject of such investigation and will only do so once the criminal investigation has been completed. The Company intends vigorously to contest the Assessment in accordance with Israeli law as well as defend itself and its employees in the criminal matter, but it cannot assure investors as to the outcome or timing of completion of either process, including the amount of tax ultimately payable related to 2012-2014 and prior fiscal years, or any additional taxes, penalties, criminal sanctions, indictments, fines and other amounts or that may be imposed as a result of the Assessment and criminal investigation, which may be material in amount or in adverse impact on the Company's results of operations, financial position and reputation.
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