SINGAPORE - March 24, 2008- Creative Technology Ltd, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced that the Company's revenues for the current third fiscal quarter will come in below target, with expected revenues of approximately $150 million. Operating expenses will be above the Company's original target primarily due to the impact of currency exchange rates, and the Company will report an operating loss for the quarter.
The Company also announced today that it has completed the sale of certain of its investments in the current quarter. Creative will recognize a gain from investments of approximately $20 million.
The Company expects that it will still achieve its previously announced target of overall profitability in the period.
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Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® audio cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN portable audio and media players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.
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