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Avid Reports First Quarter 2007 Results


TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- April 26, 2007--Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today reported revenues of $218.9 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2007 compared to $218.1 million for the same period in 2006. GAAP net income for the quarter was $20,000, or $.00 per diluted share compared to GAAP net income of $3.3 million, or $.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2006.

GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2007 includes $10.6 million of charges including amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring and related tax adjustments. Excluding these items, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $.25. For the first quarter of 2006, there was $12.8 million of amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, in-process research and development, and related tax adjustments included in GAAP net income. Excluding these items, non-GAAP earnings per share were $.37 in the first quarter of 2006.

ďAlthough weíre pleased that our bottom-line results were at the high end of our expectations due to careful cost controls and favorable one-time tax adjustments, sustained, profitable growth is our main objective,Ē said David Krall, Avidís president and chief executive officer. ďIn our professional video business, we believe that growth will come with continued focus on being at the core of our customersí businesses. In the first quarter, our overall bookings were up 9% from the same period last year, however, there was a noticeable drop-off in our run-rate business, despite the introduction of several new products late in the quarter. In discussions with our installed base, it has become clear that they are looking for us to provide them with the ability to migrate to our new solutions in stages, rather than having to do a wholesale upgrade all at one time. Therefore, in response to that feedback, we will be diverting some engineering resources to build this migration path. While this will negatively impact our ability to recognize incremental revenue out of our backlog by one to two quarters, it should have a positive impact on our run-rate business - and itís the best long-term strategy to meet the needs of our video customers.Ē

Stock Repurchase Program

Avid also announced that its Board of Directors approved a program to repurchase up to $100 million of stock through transactions on the open market, in block trades or otherwise. The stock repurchase program will be funded using the companyís working capital. As of March 31, 2007, the company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $187.5 million.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains ďnon-GAAP financial measuresĒ under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This non-GAAP information supplements, and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with, disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. The reconciliation for net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarters of 2007 and 2006 are in the tables attached to this press release.

We use non-GAAP financial measures internally to manage our business, for example, in establishing our annual operating budget, to assess segment operating performance and for measuring performance under our employee incentive compensation plans. Non-GAAP financial measures are used by our management in their operating and financial decision-making because management believes these measures reflect our ongoing business in a manner that allows meaningful period-to-period comparisons. Accordingly, we believe it is useful for our investors and others to review both GAAP and non-GAAP measures in order to (a) understand and evaluate our current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does and (b) compare in a consistent manner the Companyís current financial results with our past financial results. The primary limitations associated with our use of non-GAAP financial measures are that these measures may not be directly comparable to the amounts reported by other companies and they do not include all items of income and expense that affect our operations. Our management compensates for these limitations by considering the Companyís financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP and by providing a detailed reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in this press release.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss Avidís first quarter 2007 financial results will be held today, April 26, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The call will be open to the public, and can be accessed by dialing (719) 457-2692 and referencing confirmation code 8128643. The call and subsequent replay will also be available on Avidís web site. To listen via this alternative, go to the Investor Relations page under the About Us menu at for complete details prior to the start of the conference call.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

The above release is subject to the completion and filing of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. This release includes forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about Avidís performance. There are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, such as Avidís ability to meet customer needs, market acceptance of Avidís existing and new products, Avidís ability to recognize revenue in a timely manner, competitive factors, including pricing pressures, delays in product shipments and the other important events and factors disclosed previously and from time to time in Avidís filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements contained herein represent Avidís estimate only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the companyís estimate as of any subsequent date. While Avid may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Avid specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, even if the estimate changes.


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