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Affy Warns that Low Manufacturing Yields Will Lead to $10M-12M Shortfall in Q3 Revenues

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - Affymetrix said today that "low initial-production yields" of its 500K Mapping Array Set will result in a revenue shortfall of $10 million to $12 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, or as much as 13 percent below its previous guidance of $92 million in product-related revenues for the quarter.

 

In a conference call following the announcement, Greg Schiffman, senior vice president and CFO, said the company had a "little bit of a hiccup with our ability to ramp production and get yields to where we need to have them" during the quarter. He said that the manufacturing issue affected only the 500K chip.

 

"While we have recently seen improving yields, these improvements occurred late in the quarter and we now project that we will be unable to manufacture enough product to meet our revenue target," CEO Stephen Fodor said in a statement.

 

Affymetrix officials said during the conference call that they plan to expand the company's manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif., by 60 percent through 2006, and that they also plan to open a new plant in Singapore next year.

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