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5 February 2015

AXT's Q4 revenue falls short after customers work down year-end substrate inventory

AXT Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which makes gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and germanium substrate and raw materials, says that for fourth-quarter 2014, on a preliminary basis, it expects revenue of about $19.5m, up 4.8% on $18.6m a year ago but down 15.6% on last quarter's $23.1m and below its previous guidance of $20.5-21.5m.

The revenue shortfall is attributed primarily to reduced sales as customers worked down their substrate inventory levels at year end.

"While we are disappointed in these preliminary revenue results, we remain confident in our strategy and business opportunity across our key markets in 2015," says CEO Morris Young.

The preliminary, unaudited results are based on the management's initial review of operations for fourth-quarter 2014, and remain subject to completion of the firm's customary quarterly closing and review procedures.

AXT will announce its full fourth-quarter results on 23 February.

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