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EFI Reports Preliminary Q4 and 2008 Results

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Jan. 9, 2008-- EFI, the world leader in customer-focused digital printing, today provided preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2007 and outlook for the first quarter of 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2007, ended December 31, the company expects revenues to be approximately $152 million, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.22-$0.24. The company expects GAAP earnings of $0.10 to $0.12. The company attributed the results to weak demand for its high margin Fiery products. This resulted in increased pressure on gross margins which impacted profitability, as did higher than anticipated operating expenses of approximately $72 million. "We are very disappointed with the results of our Fiery segment, which were weak across all our OEM partners," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "We are implementing significant steps to align our spending with this lower revenue and will take a restructuring charge in Q1 to reflect our reduced cost structure. While it will take some time, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to regain our traditional levels of profitability and growth." Gecht continued, "Despite the shortfall, we are very pleased that our inkjet segment continues to perform well, posting growth of approximately 27% year-over-year in the fourth quarter. Our cost reduction plans will not impact our investment in this area, as we are seeing the benefits of strategically deploying assets to grow this business." For the first quarter of 2008, the company expects to report revenues of approximately $133 million to $137 million. The results will be impacted by continued weakness in the Fiery business, compounded by normal seasonality coming off a lower Q4. However, the growth momentum in the inkjet segment is expected to continue in the first quarter at approximately 25% year-over-year. The company will provide greater detail on its regularly scheduled fourth quarter conference call. The call is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time).