SOURCE: ASM International NV

June 13, 2008 12:18 ET

ASM International N.V. Responds to Unsolicited Indicative Offer for ALD and PECVD Front-End Business Activities

BILTHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands - June 12, 2008 - ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI and Euronext Exchange in Amsterdam: ASM). ASM International (ASMI) announced on 6 June 2008 that it had received an unsolicited indicative offer from Applied Materials, Inc. for its ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) and PECVD (Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition) activities.

ASMI's management board and supervisory board have duly and carefully considered the indicative offer. ASMI has today responded to Applied Materials that, as such, it has no interest to sell the ALD and/or PECVD activities. These activities are an integral part of ASMI's Front-End business. These activities are also at the heart of ASMI's strategy, and the key drivers underlying ASMI's objectives to achieve significant growth in revenues and operating margins by 2009, as publicly announced in the Roadmap Presentation on 28 April 2008. However, ASMI is willing to explore and discuss with Applied Materials whether any alternative arrangements between ASMI and Applied Materials could be pursued in a way that would be beneficial to ASMI and its stakeholders. Further announcements on the progress of any discussions with Applied Materials will be made if and when appropriate.

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 International's common stock trades on NASDAQ (symbol ASMI) and the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMI's web site at

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