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Benchmark Electronics Reports Sales and Earnings for Fourth Quarter 2005

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. , a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced sales of $625 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2005, compared to $524 million for the same quarter last year. Fourth quarter net income was $24.7 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. In the comparable period last year, net income was $20.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted share.

Sales revenue for the year ended December 31, 2005 was $2.3 billion, a 12.8% increase from $2.0 billion in the previous year. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2005 was $80.6 million, compared to $71.0 million for the prior year. Diluted earnings per share was $1.88 for the year ended December 31, 2005, compared to $1.67 per share in the prior year.

"We continued to execute well throughout the fourth quarter and full year of 2005 resulting in a year of record revenues and earnings. We fully expect our momentum and level of execution to continue into 2006 and beyond," stated Benchmark's President and CEO Cary T. Fu.

  Fourth Quarter 2005 Financial Highlights

   * Operating margin for the fourth quarter was 4.65%.

   * Cash flows provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter was
     $15 million.

   * Cash and short-term investments balance at December 31, 2005 of
     $327 million.

   * No debt outstanding.

   * Accounts receivable balance at December 31, 2005 of $366 million;
     calculated days sales outstanding were 53 days.

   * Inventory of $362 million at December 31, 2005; inventory turns were
     6.4 times.

  First Quarter and Full Year 2006 Guidance

Revenues for the first quarter of 2006 are expected to be between $590 million and $615 million. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be between $0.50 and $0.54, excluding restructuring charges and the impact of stock-based compensation expenses.

Revenues for the full year 2006 are expected to be between $2.47 billion and $2.54 billion. Diluted earnings per share for 2006 are expected to between $2.11 and $2.17, excluding restructuring charges and the impact of stock-based compensation expenses.

During 2006, the Company will continue to expand our low-cost capacity while realigning and further strengthening our global footprint to support continued business opportunities. Restructuring charges associated with these re-alignment efforts, primarily related to the closure of our UK facility, are estimated to be in the range of $3.5 million to $4.5 million pre-tax during 2006. The actual timing of such charges has yet to be determined, although it is expected that the majority of these charges will be recorded in the first half of 2006.

Benchmark currently expects fiscal year 2006 GAAP earnings per share to be $2.00 to $2.05 per diluted share which includes an estimated $0.06 - $0.07 per diluted share associated with restructuring charges to be incurred and $0.05 per share for stock-based compensation to be expensed in fiscal year 2006 under new accounting guidelines, SFAS 123R.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the scope of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict," and similar expressions, and the negatives of such expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although Benchmark believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to industry and economic conditions, customer actions and the other factors discussed in Benchmark's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. is in the business of manufacturing electronics and provides its services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control equipment, testing and instrumentation products, and telecommunication equipment. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in eight countries. Benchmark's Common Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

A conference call hosted by Benchmark management will be held today at 10:00 a.m. (Central time) to discuss the financial results of the Company and its future outlook. This call will be broadcast via the Internet and may be accessed by logging on to our website at

               Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                    Consolidated Statements of Income
              (Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

                              Three Months Ended            Year Ended
                                  December 31,              December 31,

                                2005      2004           2005        2004

  Net sales                  $625,374   $524,232     $2,257,225  $2,001,340
  Cost of sales               580,307    484,489      2,095,623   1,847,573

    Gross profit               45,067     39,743        161,602     153,767

  Selling, general and
   administrative expenses     16,015     15,504         62,322      61,108

    Income from operations     29,052     24,239         99,280      92,659

  Other income (expense):
    Interest expense              (92)      (154)          (330)     (1,705)
    Other                       2,176        596          6,864       3,199
  Total other income, net       2,084        442          6,534       1,494

    Income before income
     taxes                     31,136     24,681        105,814      94,153

  Income tax expense            6,481      4,474         25,225      23,162

    Net income                $24,655    $20,207        $80,589     $70,991

  Denominator for basic
   earnings per share --
   weighted average number
   of common shares
   outstanding during the
   period                      41,990     41,407         41,788      41,134

  Incremental common shares
   attributable to exercise
   of outstanding dilutive
   options                        904      1,213          1,065       1,331

  Denominator for diluted
   earnings per share          42,894     42,620         42,853      42,465

  Earnings per share:
             Basic              $0.59      $0.49          $1.93       $1.73
             Diluted            $0.57      $0.47          $1.88       $1.67

               Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                   Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
                            December 31, 2005
                          (Amounts in Thousands)


  Current assets:
   Cash and cash-equivalents                          $110,845
   Short-term investments                              215,960
   Accounts receivable, net                            365,568
   Inventories, net                                    361,554
   Other current assets                                 30,579

     Total current assets                            1,084,506

  Property, plant and equipment, net                    94,140
  Other assets, net                                      6,784
  Goodwill, net                                        112,978

      Total assets                                  $1,298,408

  Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

  Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                                   $371,887
   Other current liabilities                            66,256

      Total current liabilities                        438,143

  Other long-term liabilities                           14,146
  Shareholders' equity                                 846,119

      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity    $1,298,408

SOURCE: Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

CONTACT: Gayla J. Delly, Chief Financial Officer of Benchmark
Electronics, Inc., +1-979-849-6550

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