Tokyo Electron Limited Acquires 4.9% Shareholding in ASM International

ALMERE, the Netherlands, April 28, 2009 - ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) announces today that it has confirmed with Tokyo Electron Limited (Tokyo Stock Exchange - 1st Section: 8035), that it has acquired on the open market an interest in ASMI. Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) has informed ASMI that this interest amounts to 4.9% of ASMI's total common share capital.
TEL has told ASMI that its participation in ASMI is intended as a long-term investment. TEL has also told ASMI that at present it has no intention to increase its shareholding in ASMI.
ASMI values long-term committed shareholders and therefore welcomes TEL's investment. TEL is among the world's top three IC equipment companies.
ASMI and TEL have not entered into any specific agreement or understanding in connection with the share purchase. On December 19 2008, the companies entered into a licensing partnership concerning ASMI's Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) patents in the field of batch ALD.
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
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20090428 TEL Acquires 4.9% Shareholding in ASM International