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Contact: Anita Ho
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.
Phone: 408-736-6900 x168
http://www.afop.com

 

AFOP REPORTS RECORD YEAR 2008 SALES AND PROFITS

Sunnyvale, CA - January 28, 2009 - Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (Nasdaq CM: AFOP), an innovative supplier of fiber optic components, subsystems and integrated modules for the optical network equipment market, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled $8,201,000, a 11% decrease from revenues of $9,214,000 reported in the fourth quarter of 2007, and are lower than the revenues of $10,829,000 reported in the previous quarter. The Company recorded net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 of $899,000, or $0.02 per share based on 41.8 million shares outstanding, compared to $1,045,000, or $0.03 per share based on 41.2 million shares outstanding, for the fourth quarter of 2007. This compares to net income for the third quarter of 2008 of $1,345,000, or $0.03 per share based on 41.6 million shares outstanding.

Revenues for fiscal year 2008 rose to $38,754,000, a 15% increase over revenues of $33,786,000 reported in the previous year. The Company recorded a net profit for fiscal year 2008 of $ 4,145,000 or $0.10 per share based on 41.6 million shares outstanding. This represents a 23% improvement compared with a net profit of $3,363,000 or $0.08 per share for the previous year. On an annual operating income basis, the Company improved significantly from a profit of $1,605,000 in fiscal year 2007 to a profit of $2,950,000 in fiscal year 2008.

Included in expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 was $30,000 of stock-based compensation charges under SFAS 123(R), compared to $80,000 of stock-based compensation charges for the quarter ended December 31, 2007. Included in expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $161,000 of stock-based compensation charges under SFAS 123(R), compared to $398,000 of stock-based compensation charges for the year ended December 31, 2007.

"Fiscal year 2008 culminated in significant milestones for AFOP," commented Peter Chang, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the Q4 revenue drop, 2008 overall sales grew 15% to a new record annual sales for the company. Operating profits and net profits continued to improve as well from fiscal year 2007 levels. With 15% annual revenue growth in 2008, we generated 84% more profits from operations than in 2007. As a result, we achieved both record operating profits and record net profits in 2008."

"Our balance sheet grew stronger in 2008. At the end of 2008, Inventory, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable all improved from the previous quarter. Most importantly, our cash and cash equivalent assets, together with our short-term and long-term investments, increased by $1.2 million from the year ago to $37.7 million. The net value does not include $2.6 million of Other Assets resulting from the right to require UBS to repurchase our auction rate securities at par value beginning on June 30, 2010."

"While we made solid progress with customers, product technology and in operations in calendar year 2008, we recognize that difficult economic conditions globally will represent a strong headwind in our efforts to grow. We expect that revenues for the coming quarter will be in the same range as this most recent quarter. Additionally, with continued focus on operational efficiencies, we expect to keep generating profits from operations in the coming quarter while continuing to invest in growth opportunities for our business." concluded Mr. Chang.

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About AFOP
Founded in 1995, Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of high performance fiber optic components and integrated modules. AFOP's products are used by leading and emerging communications equipment manufacturers to deliver optical networking systems to the long-haul, enterprise, metropolitan and last mile access segments of the communications network. AFOP offers a broad product line of passive optical components including interconnect systems, couplers and splitters, thin film CWDM and DWDM components and modules, optical attenuators, and micro-optics devices. AFOP is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with manufacturing and product development capabilities in the United States, Taiwan and China. AFOP's website is located at http://www.afop.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements as to our expectations regarding future revenue levels, our ability to continue generating profits from operations, our beliefs regarding business conditions, our ability to continue to focus on our operational efficiencies or our successes in doing so, and our ability to continue to invest in growth opportunities, are forward looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to general economic conditions and trends, the impact of competitive products and pricing, timely introduction of new technologies, timely design acceptance by our customers, the acceptance of new products and technologies by our customers, customer demand for our products, the timing of customer orders, loss of key customers, ability to ramp new products into volume production, the costs associated with running our operations, industry-wide shifts in supply and demand for optical components and modules, industry overcapacity, failure of cost control initiatives, financial stability in foreign markets, and other risks detailed from time to time in our SEC reports, including AFOP's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. AFOP disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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