Asm International N.V. Report First Quarter 2012 Operating Results

ALMERE, NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 04/24/12 -- ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI)and (EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: ASM) reports today its first quarter (unaudited) operating results in accordance with US GAAP.

Highlights

  * Net sales for the first quarter 2012 were EUR 311 million, a decrease
    of 12% quarter-to-quarter and 28% year-on-year. Net sales of our
    Front-end segment decreased 17% quarter-to-quarter while Back-end sales
    decreased by 9%.

  * Result from operations for Q1 2012 was EUR 22 million. Result from
    operations in Q4 2011 was EUR 27 million (including special items
    EUR 19 million) while the first quarter of 2011 showed a profit of
    EUR 94 million.

      * The Front-end segment's operating profit was EUR 2.9 million
        compared to EUR 9.5 million quarter-to-quarter. Q1 2011 showed an
        operating profit of EUR 18.7 million;
      * The Back-end segment operating profit was EUR 19.0 compared to
        EUR 17.7 million (including special items EUR 9.5 million). The
        first quarter of 2011 showed an operating profit of EUR 75.0
        million.

  * First quarter 2012 net earnings were EUR 6 million compared to net
    earnings of EUR 15 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 (EUR 30
    million excluding special items) and EUR 40 million for the first
    quarter of 2011 (EUR 45 million excluding special items).

  * Book to bill in the first quarter was 1.2. For the Front-end the book
    to bill was 0.8 and for the Back-end segment 1.3. The Backlog increased
    from Euro 331 million at the end of the fourth quarter 2011 to EUR 373
    million per March 31,  2012.

Comment

Commenting on the results, Chuck del Prado, President and Chief Executive Officer of ASM International, said: "While sales showed a decrease in Q1 as compared to the previous quarter, order intake for the company improved. For the first time since early 2011 we again recorded a book to bill ratio above 1. This is especially related to the Back-end operations where we saw, after Chinese New year, a strong increase in the activity level. The Q1-results, both in Front-end and Back-end reflect the lower sales level whereby our Front-end results were also impacted by efficiency issues. These efficiency issues are currently being addressed and expected to show clear improvements in the second half of the year".

Outlook

In the current quarter we expect our Front-end segment to show a single digit sales decrease and a strong order intake. In our Back-end segment we foresee, based upon the current backlog, a sales increase in the current quarter.

About ASM International

ASM International N.V., headquartered in Almere, 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 International's common stock trades on NASDAQ (symbol ASMI) and the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMI's website at www.asm.com.

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, corporate transactions, financing and liquidity matters, the success of restructurings, 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 Company's filings from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's reports on Form 20-F and Form 6-K. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect future developments or circumstances.

ASM International will host an investor conference call and web cast on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 15:00 Continental European Time (9:00 a.m. - US Eastern Time, 9:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time).


The teleconference dial-in numbers are as follows:

  * United States: +1 212 444 0896
  * International: + 44 (0)20 7784 1036
  * Access Code: 3259204

A simultaneous audio web cast will be accessible at www.asm.com.

The teleconference will be available for replay, beginning one hour after completion of the live broadcast, through May 25, 2012.

The replay dial-in numbers are:

  * United States: +1 347 366 9565
  * International: + 44 (0)20 7111 1244
  * Access Code:  3259204#

ASMI Report Q1 2012 Operating Results: http://hugin.info/132090/R/1605606/508533.pdf

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Source: ASM International NV via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1605606]

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