SOURCE: ASM International NV

March 08, 2007 12:21 ET

ASM International Reports Final Fourth Quarter 2006 and Full Year 2006 Operating Results

BILTHOVEN, NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 --

* Fourth quarter of 2006 net sales of EUR 222.9 million, up 4% from the third quarter of 2006 and down 4% from the fourth quarter of 2005;

* Net earnings from continued operations of the fourth quarter of 2006 were EUR 12.0 million, or EUR 0.22 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share, as compared to net earnings from continued operations of EUR 14.0 million, or EUR 0.26 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share for the third quarter of 2006 and net earnings from continued operations of EUR 13.1 million or EUR 0.25 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share in the fourth quarter of 2005;

* Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2006 were EUR 205.4 million, up 11% from the third quarter of 2006. Bookings from our Front-end segment were up 33% and bookings from our Back-end segment were down 8%. Year-end backlog was EUR 234.3 million, down 7% from the end of the previous quarter;

* Full year 2006 net sales of EUR 877.5 million, up 21% from net sales of EUR 724.7 million for the full year 2005. Sales from our Front-end segment were up 14% and sales from our Back-end segment were up 28%;

* Net earnings from continued operations for the full year 2006 were EUR 54.7 million, or EUR 1.02 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share, as compared to net earnings from continued operations of EUR 8.9 million, or EUR 0.17 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share for the full year 2005;

* Net loss from discontinued operations for the full year 2006 was EUR 20.4 million as compared to EUR 49.1 million for the full year 2005;

* Full year 2006 bookings of EUR 889.9 million, up 17% from the full year 2005.

ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) reports today its final fourth quarter 2006 and full year 2006 operating results. These operating results have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("US GAAP").

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ASM INTERNATIONAL REPORTS FINAL FOURTH QUARTER 2006 AND FULL YEAR 2006 OPERATING RESULTS

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