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OMNIVISION Reports Record Revenues and Earnings for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2005
Feb 28, 2005

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 28, 2005 – OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), one of the world’s leading suppliers of CMOS image sensors, today reported that in the three months ended January 31, 2005, it earned a record $21.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, on record revenues of $101.8 million. In the prior-year third quarter, the Company earned $17.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, on revenues of $93.6 million.

For the nine months ended January 31, 2005, OmniVision earned $58.7 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, on revenues of $285.1 million, compared to $37.9 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, on revenues of $218.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2004.

Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 was $41.5 million, or 40.7 percent of revenues, compared to $36.9 million, or 39.5 percent of revenues, for the third quarter of fiscal 2004, and $38.2 million, or 45.3 percent of revenues, for the second quarter of fiscal 2005. As previously reported, second-quarter 2005 gross margin benefited from the favorable impact of certain nonrecurring items.

“We are pleased to report both year-over-year and sequential improvements in top- and bottomline performance,” said Shaw Hong, OmniVision’s president and chief executive officer. “The strength of our business is further reflected in the fact that we ended the quarter with cash and short-term investments totaling $315 million. Inventory at quarter-end rose to $66.9 million reflecting our determination to be in a position to meet expected customer demand, particularly for 1.3 mega-pixel products this quarter and next.”

“The transition of our entire product line to the new OmniPixel™ technology platform, announced last summer, remains on schedule,” continued Hong. “We now offer products ranging from VGA to 5-megapixel on the new platform. Our 5-megapixel sensor — which, as announced last week, is now in volume production and has achieved eight design wins since its introduction last September — remains the only CMOS sensor able to compete head-to-head with comparable CCD sensors in applications such as high-resolution digital still cameras. Our SmartSensor™ technology also shows great promise; aimed at the growing market for smart toys, it provides a low-cost solution for storing and subsequently identifying unique images, such as individuals’ faces.”

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, ending April 30, 2005, the Company currently expects that diluted earnings per share will be in the range of $0.29 to $0.34 on revenues of between $93 million and $103 million.

At 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST) today, February 28, 2005, the Company will hold a teleconference to discuss the financial results. To participate in the teleconference, please call (toll free) 877-569-7690 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. For international callers, the dial-in number is 706-758-0239. You may also listen live via the Internet at the Company’s web site,, or at

These web sites will host an archive of the teleconference. Additionally, a playback of the call will be available for 48 hours beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST on February 28. You may access the playback by calling 800-642-1687, or for international callers 706-645-9291, and providing Conference ID number 3993350.


Statement Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to the Company’s expectations regarding revenue and earnings per share for the quarter ending April 30, 2005, the anticipated ability of OmniVision’s CMOS sensors to compete with comparable CCD sensors, the promise of our SmartSensorTM Technology, including its performance on market acceptance; and the expectation that the market for smart toys will continue to grow, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forwardlooking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties actual results may differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the following: the degree to which intense competition might affect the Company’s ability to compete successfully in current and emerging markets for image sensor products; risks associated with the Company’s ability to obtain design wins from camera, mobile phone and other image sensor device manufacturers, which could inhibit the Company’s ability to sustain and grow its business; risks associated with wafer manufacturing yields and other manufacturing processes, which could materially and adversely affect the Company’s revenue and earnings and its ability to satisfy customer demand; risks associated with the development of current and emerging markets for CMOS image sensor products, generally, and the Company’s products, specifically, which could result in lower revenue and earnings and adversely affect the Company’s business and prospects; risks associated with the Company’s ability to accurately forecast customer demand for its products, which could impair the Company’s ability to meet customer demand for its image snesor products and could also result in excess inventory; risks associated with the development, production, introduction and marketing of new products and technology, including the 5-megapixel CameraChip product and the Company’s new OmniPixel technology, which would adversely affect the Company’s ability to compete successfully in the CMOS image sensor market; the Company’s dependence upon a few key customers, the loss of one or more of which could materially and adversely affect the Company’s business and results of operations; uncertainties associated with the Company’s decision to restate certain of its fiscal 2004 quarterly results of operations; the Company’s ability to strengthen its internal controls over financial reporting and maintain an adequate level of financial processes and controls; a decline in the average selling price of the Company’s products, which could result in a decline in the Company’s revenue and gross margins; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, the Company’s most recent annual report filed on Form 10-K, as amended, and in the Company’s most recent quarterly report filed on Form 10-Q. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.


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OMNIVISION is a global fabless semiconductor organization that develops advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display solutions for multiple applications and industries, including mobile phones; security and surveillance; automotive; computing; medical; and emerging applications. Its award-winning innovative technologies enable a smoother human/machine interface in many of today’s commercial devices. Find out more at

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