ASM INTERNATIONAL REPORTS FINAL FOURTH QUARTER 2007 AND FULL YEAR 2007 OPERATING RESULTS

BILTHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS, February 27, 2008 - ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) reports today its final fourth quarter 2007 and full year 2007 operating results in accordance with US GAAP.
 
  •           Front-end achieved its target of positive net earnings for 2007 (excluding the expense resulting from early extinguishment of convertible debt). For the fourth consecutive quarter, Front-end achieved positive net earnings (excluding the expense resulting from early extinguishment of convertible debt);
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  •           Back-end reported record sales and net earnings for both the year and the second half of 2007, as measured in Hong Kong dollar;
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  •           Full year 2007 net sales of EUR 955.2 million, up 9% from the full year 2006. Sales from our Front-end segment were up 10% and sales from our Back-end segment were up 8%;
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  •           The weakening of foreign currencies against the euro in 2007 as compared to 2006 impacted total sales negatively by 7%. The impact on Front-end sales was 5%, the impact on Back-end sales was 9%.
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  •           Net earnings for the full year 2007 were EUR 61.0 million, or EUR 1.06 diluted net earnings per share, as compared to net earnings from continued operations of EUR 54.7 million, or EUR 1.02 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share for the full year 2006;
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  •           Full year 2007 bookings of EUR 921.3 million, up 4% from the full year 2006;
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  •           Fourth quarter of 2007 net sales of EUR 236.9 million, down 7% from the third quarter of 2007 and up 6% from the fourth quarter of 2006;
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  •           Net earnings of the fourth quarter of 2007 were EUR 19.1 million, or EUR 0.33 diluted net earnings per share, as compared to net earnings of EUR 15.8 million, or EUR 0.28 diluted net earnings per share for the third quarter of 2007 and net earnings from continued operations of EUR 12.0 million or EUR 0.22 diluted net earnings from continued operations per share in the fourth quarter of 2006;
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  •           Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2007 were EUR 250.5 million, up 27% from the third quarter of 2007. Bookings from our Front-end segment were up 62% and bookings from our Back-end segment were up 8%. Year-end backlog was EUR 200.4 million, up 7% from the end of the previous quarter.
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       Contact:         Naud van der Ven         + 31 30 229 85 40
                             Mary Jo Dieckhaus       + 1 212 986 29 00
                             Erik Kamerbeek            + 31 30 229 85 00
     
     
    Financials release Q4 and full year 2007