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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.48
AMAT's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
62% of the 1052 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. AMAT: 1.48 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 16.14
Current: 1.48

0.48
16.14
Equity to Asset 0.60
AMAT's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
62% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. AMAT: 0.60 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 0.8
Current: 0.6

0.56
0.8
Interest Coverage 4.55
AMAT's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
59% of the 600 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 767.50 vs. AMAT: 4.55 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.25   Max: 66.1
Current: 4.55

4.25
66.1
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 5.92
M-Score: -2.37
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 15.00
AMAT's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1047 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.09 vs. AMAT: 15.00 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -7.85   Max: 30.82
Current: 15

-7.85
30.82
Net-margin (%) 11.36
AMAT's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1047 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. AMAT: 11.36 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -6.09   Max: 21.58
Current: 11.36

-6.09
21.58
ROE (%) 13.71
AMAT's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1040 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. AMAT: 13.71 )
AMAT' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -4.17   Max: 35.34
Current: 13.71

-4.17
35.34
ROA (%) 8.14
AMAT's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1053 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.12 vs. AMAT: 8.14 )
AMAT' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -2.97   Max: 23.5
Current: 8.14

-2.97
23.5
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 65.67
AMAT's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1053 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.92 vs. AMAT: 65.67 )
AMAT' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -14.74   Max: 109.08
Current: 65.67

-14.74
109.08
Revenue Growth (%) -4.50
AMAT's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 754 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -2.20 vs. AMAT: -4.50 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -21.4   Max: 60.4
Current: -4.5

-21.4
60.4
EBITDA Growth (%) -18.00
AMAT's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -6.40 vs. AMAT: -18.00 )
AMAT' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -59.5   Max: 129.9
Current: -18

-59.5
129.9
EPS Growth (%) -33.10
AMAT's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -6.20 vs. AMAT: -33.10 )
AMAT' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -33.1   Max: 65.9
Current: -33.1

-33.1
65.9
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

AMAT Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 2,481,848 sh (+437.72%)
Jeremy Grantham 72,629 sh (+252.57%)
Chris Davis 305,116 sh (+2.28%)
Steven Cohen 3,521,310 sh (+0.81%)
Bill Nygren 7,160,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 12,594,500 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 13,692 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Martin Whitman Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 7,016,423 sh (-0.8%)
Pioneer Investments 275,864 sh (-4.23%)
NWQ Managers 4,882,355 sh (-5.84%)
Ray Dalio 302,799 sh (-32.21%)
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Q1 2014

AMAT Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 149,032 sh (New)
Larry Robbins 11,039,080 sh (New)
Chris Davis 324,289 sh (+6.28%)
PRIMECAP Management 7,061,423 sh (+0.64%)
Bill Nygren 7,160,000 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 13,692 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 12,594,500 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 500,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
NWQ Managers 4,542,688 sh (-6.96%)
Jim Simons 2,106,245 sh (-15.13%)
Ray Dalio 202,699 sh (-33.06%)
Jeremy Grantham 13,100 sh (-81.96%)
Steven Cohen 466,129 sh (-86.76%)
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Q2 2014

AMAT Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,503,041 sh (New)
Jim Simons 4,346,748 sh (+106.37%)
Ray Dalio 340,799 sh (+68.13%)
Larry Robbins 15,196,480 sh (+37.66%)
Chris Davis 330,324 sh (+1.86%)
Bill Nygren 7,160,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 12,594,500 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 100,000 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 13,692 sh (unchged)
NWQ Managers Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 6,992,455 sh (-0.98%)
Joel Greenblatt 92,284 sh (-38.08%)
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Q3 2014

AMAT Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Brian Rogers 12,594,500 sh (unchged)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with AMAT

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
NWQ Managers 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.81%$18.62 - $22.9 $ 21.345%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-06-30 New Buy0.14%$18.62 - $22.9 $ 21.345%2503041
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Add 68.13%0.02%$18.62 - $22.9 $ 21.345%340799
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Reduce -38.08%0.02%$18.62 - $22.9 $ 21.345%92284
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.05%$16.72 - $20.36 $ 21.3416%149032
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Reduce -33.06%0.01%$16.72 - $20.36 $ 21.3416%202699
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.96%$16.5 - $18.1 $ 21.3422%0
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Reduce -32.21%0.02%$16.5 - $18.1 $ 21.3422%302799
Martin Whitman 2013-10-31 Sold Out 3.1%$14.965 - $18.1 $ 21.3429%0
Arnold Van Den Berg 2013-09-30 Sold Out 2.9%$14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%0
Third Avenue Management 2013-09-30 Sold Out 2.6%$14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%0
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Add 19900%0.96%$14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%1000000
NWQ Managers 2013-09-30 Reduce -34.44%0.34%$14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%5185310
Ken Fisher 2013-09-30 Sold Out $14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%0
Chris Davis 2013-09-30 Reduce -23.14%$14.82 - $17.84 $ 21.3434%298319
Martin Whitman 2013-07-31 Reduce -7.46%0.22%$14.5 - $16.69 $ 21.3439%4339207
Third Avenue Management 2013-06-30 Reduce -12.46%0.32%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%8858678
Arnold Van Den Berg 2013-06-30 Reduce -9.66%0.27%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%1880877
Richard Snow 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.1%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%0
PRIMECAP Management 2013-06-30 Reduce -21%0.04%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%7219055
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%0
Ken Fisher 2013-06-30 Reduce -37.44%$12.92 - $15.97 $ 21.3447%12048
PRIMECAP Management 2013-03-31 Reduce -41.83%0.12%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%9137855
David Dreman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.09%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%0
James Barrow 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.09%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.06%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%503799
John Burbank 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%0
Chris Davis 2013-03-31 Add 319.08%0.01%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%388698
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.01%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%15986
Ken Fisher 2013-03-31 Reduce -29.91%$11.44 - $13.89 $ 21.3464%19258
NWQ Managers 2012-12-31 New Buy0.87%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%9195682
Third Avenue Management 2012-12-31 Add 5.85%0.13%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%9850907
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.1%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%0
Richard Snow 2012-12-31 Reduce -35.84%0.05%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%151736
John Burbank 2012-12-31 New Buy0.01%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%19627
Ken Fisher 2012-12-31 Reduce -24.58%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%27476
John Hussman 2012-12-31 Add 100%$10.15 - $11.5 $ 21.3496%5000
Martin Whitman 2012-10-31 Add 6.23%0.13%$10.65 - $12.05 $ 21.3487%4689207
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Reduce -83.24%0.54%$10.32 - $12.02 $ 21.3489%129421
Third Avenue Management 2012-09-30 Add 15.9%0.33%$10.32 - $12.02 $ 21.3489%9306411
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.31%$10.32 - $12.02 $ 21.3489%0
Richard Snow 2012-09-30 Reduce -30.84%0.06%$10.32 - $12.02 $ 21.3489%236511
Ken Fisher 2012-09-30 Reduce -37.61%$10.32 - $12.02 $ 21.3489%36433
Martin Whitman 2012-07-31 Add 33.39%0.48%$10.13 - $11.76 $ 21.3497%4414207
Third Avenue Management 2012-06-30 Add 52.08%0.75%$10.13 - $12.43 $ 21.3490%8030028
James Barrow 2012-06-30 Reduce -64.35%0.19%$10.13 - $12.43 $ 21.3490%4400014
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Add 51.59%0.11%$10.13 - $12.43 $ 21.3490%1844188
Ken Fisher 2012-06-30 Reduce -38.18%$10.13 - $12.43 $ 21.3490%58399
Martin Whitman 2012-04-30 Add 65.46%0.59%$11.57 - $13.21 $ 21.3472%3309207
David Dreman 2012-03-31 New Buy0.07%$10.76 - $13.21 $ 21.3486%284236
Richard Snow 2012-03-31 Reduce -28.46%0.07%$10.76 - $13.21 $ 21.3486%315918
Ken Fisher 2012-03-31 Reduce -75.88%0.01%$10.76 - $13.21 $ 21.3486%94463
John Hussman 2012-03-31 New Buy$10.76 - $13.21 $ 21.3486%2500
David Tepper 2011-12-31 Sold Out 2.78%$9.85 - $12.73 $ 21.3489%0
Ken Fisher 2011-12-31 Reduce -99.03%1.37%$9.85 - $12.73 $ 21.3489%391612
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Add 16.05%0.15%$9.85 - $12.73 $ 21.3489%829278
Richard Snow 2011-12-31 Reduce -34.43%0.13%$9.85 - $12.73 $ 21.3489%441603
Chris Davis 2011-12-31 New Buy$9.85 - $12.73 $ 21.3489%95400
Martin Whitman 2011-10-31 Add 100%0.38%$9.85 - $12.62 $ 21.3490%2000000
David Tepper 2011-09-30 Reduce -36.72%0.74%$10.36 - $13.435 $ 21.3482%4144385
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Add 85.22%0.55%$10.36 - $13.435 $ 21.3482%714583
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Reduce -58.64%0.35%$10.36 - $13.44 $ 21.3483%1352811
Third Avenue Management 2011-09-30 Add 36.51%0.35%$10.36 - $13.435 $ 21.3482%5072296
Bill Nygren 2011-09-30 Add 24.95%0.32%$10.36 - $13.44 $ 21.3483%6810000
Richard Snow 2011-09-30 Add 32.82%0.09%$10.36 - $13.435 $ 21.3482%673525
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 27.20
AMAT's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 72.40 vs. AMAT: 27.20 )
AMAT' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.99   Max: 201.75
Current: 27.2

6.99
201.75
P/B 3.50
AMAT's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. AMAT: 3.50 )
AMAT' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 5
Current: 3.5

1.47
5
P/S 3.10
AMAT's P/S is ranked higher than
50% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. AMAT: 3.10 )
AMAT' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.23   Max: 8.25
Current: 3.1

1.23
8.25
PFCF 23.20
AMAT's PFCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMAT: 23.20 )
AMAT' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.05   Max: 304.5
Current: 23.2

6.05
304.5
EV-to-EBIT 19.67
AMAT's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 45.16 vs. AMAT: 19.67 )
AMAT' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -375.1   Max: 259.1
Current: 19.67

-375.1
259.1
Shiller P/E 41.60
AMAT's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
88% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMAT: 41.60 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.84   Max: 62.59
Current: 41.6

10.84
62.59
Current Ratio 2.41
AMAT's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
68% of the 1053 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.41 vs. AMAT: 2.41 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 2.25   Max: 6.2
Current: 2.41

2.25
6.2
Quick Ratio 1.85
AMAT's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
68% of the 1053 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. AMAT: 1.85 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.59   Max: 5.41
Current: 1.85

1.59
5.41

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.80
AMAT's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
56% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. AMAT: 1.80 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 3.38
Current: 1.8

0.16
3.38
Dividend Payout 0.49
AMAT's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
82% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMAT: 0.49 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 3
Current: 0.49

0.12
3
Dividend growth (3y) 13.50
AMAT's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
87% of the 205 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. AMAT: 13.50 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 58.7
Current: 13.5

0
58.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.27
AMAT's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
70% of the 554 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.83 vs. AMAT: 3.27 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 6.15
Current: 3.27

0.29
6.15
Share Buyback Rate 3.30
AMAT's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
94% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. AMAT: 3.30 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 18.9   Max: -30.5
Current: 3.3

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 7.90
AMAT's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
60% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.09 vs. AMAT: 7.90 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.91   Max: 15.38
Current: 7.9

1.91
15.38
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
AMAT's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMAT: 1.40 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 9.01
Current: 1.4

0.56
9.01
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
AMAT's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
66% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. AMAT: 1.10 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 4.2
Current: 1.1

0.01
4.2
Price/Graham Number 3.10
AMAT's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
67% of the 1095 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. AMAT: 3.10 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 16.73
Current: 3.1

0.74
16.73
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.10
AMAT's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1026 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. AMAT: 5.10 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 27.5
Current: 5.1

0.4
27.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 3.42
AMAT's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
80% of the 723 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. AMAT: 3.42 )
AMAT' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -13.6   Max: 128.5
Current: 3.42

-13.6
128.5

Business Description

Industry: Semiconductors » Semiconductor Equipment & Materials
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Traded in other countries:04336.Hongkong, AP2.Germany
Applied Materials, Inc., was incorporated in 1967. The Company is a Delaware corporation, provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic and related industries. The Company operates in four reportable segments: Silicon Systems Group, Applied Global Services, Display, and Energy and Environmental Solutions. The Company manages its business based upon these segments. The Company's Silicon Systems Group segment develops, manufactures and sells a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips, also referred to as integrated circuits. The Company Global Services segment encompasses products and services designed to improve the performance and productivity, and reduce the environmental impact, of the fab operations of semiconductor, LCD and solar PV manufacturers. The Company's products for manufacturing thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT- LCDs) for televisions, personal computers (PCs), tablet PCs, smartphones and other consumer-oriented electronic applications are reported under its Display segment. The Energy and Environmental Solutions segment includes manufacturing systems to produce products for the generation and conservation of energy. To increase the conversion efficiency and yields of solar PV devices and help reduce the cost per watt of solar-generated electricity, The Company offers manufacturing solutions for wafer-based crystalline silicon (c-Si) applications. The Company's manufacturing activities consist mainly of assembly, test and integration of various proprietary and commercial parts, components and subassemblies that are used to manufacture systems. The Company has implemented a distributed manufacturing model under which manufacturing and supply chain activities are conducted in various countries, including the United States, Europe, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and other countries in Asia, and assembly of some systems is completed at customer sites. The Company's customers include manufacturers of semiconductor wafers and chips, flat panel liquid crystal displays, solar PV cells and modules, and other electronic devices. The Company is also a supplier of LCD fabrication equipment to the flat panel display industry, and a supplier of solar PV manufacturing systems to the solar industry, based on revenue. There are a number of competitors serving the semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry, with some offering a single product line and others offering multiple product lines. The Company's competitors range from suppliers serving a single region to global, diversified companies. The Company is subject to environmental and safety regulations in connection with its global business operations, including but not limited to: regulations related to the development, manufacture and use of its products; recycling and disposal of materials used in its products or in producing its products; the operation of i
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