ASM International N.V. Buys Back USD 48 million of Convertible Notes

ALMERE, The Netherlands - December 12, 2008 - ASM International (Nasdaq: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) announced today that it has completed the buyback of USD 48 million nominal amount of its 5¼% Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2010 for a total consideration of approximately € 30 million.  The buyback has been funded by the remaining € 13 million of the 2008 cash dividend received from its subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology, Ltd. (ASMPT), and expected future ASMPT cash dividends.
            By spending € 30 million equal to USD 38 million to retire USD 48 million of these debentures, ASMI lowered its Front-end net debt position by € 8 million, decreased interest charges, and reduced the potential share dilution related to conversion of these notes.  The buyback decreased the total amount of 2010 debentures outstanding from USD 69 million at the end of September 2008 to USD 21 million.
With this buyback, ASMI completes its commitment to use the 2008 ASMPT dividend stream, as was the case in 2007, to increase shareholder value.  In 2006, ASMI announced a flexible program over at least the three year-period, 2007-2009, to use these cash dividends from ASMPT for one or more of four options: the reduction of outstanding convertible debt, repurchase of common shares, cash dividends to shareholders, and/or purchase of a limited number of ASMPT shares.
Because the notes were bought at a discount to the nominal amount, the current buyback will incur a one-time gain of € 8 million to the fourth quarter income statement.
 
ASM International N.V. and its subsidiaries design and manufacture equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. The company provides 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 www.asm.com.
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Contacts:
Naud van der Ven
Chief Financial Officer
+31 (0)8810 08540
 
Erik Kamerbeek
Investor Relations
+31 (0)8810 08500
 
Mary Jo Dieckhaus                      
Investor Relations                        
+1 212-986-2900                        
MaryJo.Dieckhaus@asm.com      
 
ASM International N.V. Buys Back USD 48 million of Convertible Notes