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ASM International N.V. Announces Termination of Contacts with Applied Materials and Francisco Partners on Potential Offer for Front-end Operations


BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands - ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) announces that its contacts with Applied Materials Inc. and Francisco Partners pertaining to a potential combined offer for ASMIís Front-end operations have terminated following information received from Applied Materials Inc. and Francisco Partners that they will not pursue their interest in making such an offer.

About ASM

ASM International N.V., headquartered in Bilthoven, the Netherlands, and its subsidiaries design and manufacture equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. ASM International and its subsidiaries provide production solutions for wafer processing (Front-end segment) as well as assembly and packaging (Back-end segment) through facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. ASM Internationalís common stock trades on NASDAQ (symbol ASMI) and the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMIís web site at

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Safe Harbor Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All matters discussed in this statement, except for any historical data, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These include, but are not limited to, economic conditions and trends in the semiconductor industry generally and the timing of the industry cycles specifically, currency fluctuations, the timing of significant orders, market acceptance of new products, competitive factors, litigation involving intellectual property, shareholder and other issues, commercial and economic disruption due to natural disasters, terrorist activity, armed conflict or political instability, epidemics and other risks indicated in the Companyís filings from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Companyís reports on Form 20-F and Form 6-K. The Company assumes no obligation nor intends to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future developments or circumstances.


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