January 16, 2007 – The SEZ Group, Villach, Austria, says orders rose about 3% sequentially in 4Q06 and 19% from a year ago to 107.3 million CHF (about US $86 million). Sales were down about 6% from what the company said was an “extraordinarily strong prior quarter,” but were up nearly 35% year-on-year to 108 million CHF ($$86.6 million). Backlog remained flat at about 74 million CHF ($59.4 million).
For the full year, net sales grew about 26% to 391 million CHF ($313.6 million), with orders increasing 39% to surpass 400 million CHF ($327 million) for the first time.
“The excellent order visibility and the market introduction of the new Esanti platform for the front-end-of-line (FEOL) segment, SEZ expects further growth for the business year 2007,” the company said, in a statement.