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SMIC Reports 2006 Third Quarter Results

31 Oct 2006

Shanghai  [2006-10-31]

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) ("SMIC" or the "Company"), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2006.Sales increased 2.1% in the third quarter of 2006 to $368.9 million from $361.4 million in the second quarter. The Company reported an increase in capacity to 176,625 8-inch equivalent wafers per month and a utilization rate of 84.3% in the third quarter of 2006. Gross margins were 8.9% in the third quarter of 2006 compared to 13.6% in the second quarter of 2006. Net loss of $35.1 million in the third quarter of 2006, compared to a net loss of $26.1 million in the third quarter of 2005 and a net gain of $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2006.

The Company is subject to a pending lawsuit with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited ("TSMC"), related to the intangible assets, with a net book value of $99.5 million, the Company recorded for patents licensed from TSMC and TSMC's covenant not to sue the Company regarding certain allegations of acts of trade secret misappropriation. Under SFAS 144, the Company is required to make a determination as to whether or not this pending litigation represents an event that requires a further analysis of whether such assets have been impaired. We believe that the lawsuit is at a very early stage and we are still evaluating whether or not the litigation represents such an event. The Company expects further information to become available to us which will aid us in making a determination. The outcome of any impairment analysis performed under SFAS 144 might result in a material impact on our financial positions and results of operations.

"In the third quarter, our first 90 nanometer logic product moved into mass production at our 300 millimeter facility in Beijing," said Dr. Richard Chang, Chief Executive Officer of SMIC. "Elpida's 512M-bit DDR2 DRAM using the 90 nanometer manufacturing process also moved into mass production. Our second 90 nanometer DRAM product for Qimonda will go into commercial production in the fourth quarter 2006. In the third quarter, 90 nanometer technology contributed 4.9% of total wafer revenues.

We are also pleased to announce that SMIC entered into a strategic agreement with Qualcomm. We will provide integrated circuit manufacturing services to Qualcomm using a specialized BiCMOS process technology at our Tianjin facility. This agreement will combine SMIC's wafer fabrication capabilities and subcontractor infrastructure with Qualcomm's leadership in 3G wireless technologies, with a focus on power management ICs.

We continue to see customers going through a period of inventory correction carrying over into the fourth quarter. This inventory situation is improving and depending on the holiday sell-through, it may continue to improve.

As we manage for the long-term, we will continue to march ahead towards the leading edge technology frontier. We will continue to invest significantly in research and development. Our development of the 65 nanometer technology is expected to bear fruit in the second half of 2007. We will expand our business in a financially disciplined manner with the clear goal of returning to profitability."

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About SMIC
SMIC (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing service at 0.35mm to 90nm and finer line technologies. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC operates three 200mm fabs in Shanghai and one in Tianjin, and one 300mm fab in Beijing, the first of its kind in Mainland China. SMIC has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Italy, and Japan as well as a representative office in Hong Kong. For additional information, please visit

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