Press Releases - April 25, 2023

ASM International N.V. reports first quarter 2023

Almere, The Netherlands
April 25, 2023, 6 p.m. CET

ASM International N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) today reports its first quarter 2023 operating results (unaudited).

Strong Q1 revenue with lower orders reflecting softening market conditions

Financial highlights

€ millionQ1 2022Q4 2022Q1 2023
New orders705.7828.6647.4
YoY change % at constant currencies 65% 26% (6) %
YoY change % at constant currencies 25% 42% 40%
Normalized gross profit margin 1) 47.8%  46.9%             51.1%
Normalized operating result 1)143.0189.8221.2
Normalized operating result margin 1) 27.7%  26.2%  31.2%
Share in income of investments in associates (excluding amortization intangible assets resulting from the sale of ASMPT stake 2013)
Amortization intangible assets (resulting from the sale of ASMPT stake in 2013)(3.2)(3.5)  (3.4)
Reversal of impairment of investments in associates106.1215.4
Net earnings142.5236.6380.4
Normalized net earnings 2)145.7142.4183.0

1 Excluding amortization of fair value adjustments from purchase price allocations (before tax)
2 Excluding amortization of fair value adjustments from purchase price allocations (net of tax), change in fair value of the contingent consideration (LPE earn-out) and impairment reversal of ASMPT

  • New orders of €647 million for the first quarter 2023 decreased by 6% at constant currencies compared to the same period last year (decreased 11% as reported).
  • Year-on-year revenue growth for the first quarter 2023 was 40% at constant currencies (37% as reported).
  • Normalized gross profit margin of 51.1%, excluding PPA expenses in the first quarter 2023, improved compared to 47.8% in the same quarter last year, mainly explained by mix.
  • Normalized operating result for the first quarter 2023, excluding PPA expenses, improved from €143 million last year to €221 million this year due to strong revenue growth.
  • Net earnings included a non-cash reversal of €215 million, with the previous impairment of the ASMPT stake fully reversed at the end of Q1, reflecting the recovery in the market valuation of ASMPT.
  • Net earnings included a negative impact of €15 million (net of tax) relating to PPA expenses. Normalized net earnings for the first quarter 2023 were €183 million, up from €146 million in Q1 last year, and included a translation loss of €7 million compared to a translation gain of €9 million in Q1 2022 and a translation loss of €36 million in Q4 2022.
  • Details of (estimated) amortization and earn-out expenses (PPA expenses) relating to the 2022 acquisitions of LPE and Reno are found in Annex 2.


“ASM delivered good first quarter results. Revenue increased 40% at constant currencies to €710 million,” said Benjamin Loh, President and CEO of ASM. “Revenue exceeded previous guidance of €660-700 million due to some systems that were delivered in Q1 instead of Q2 at the request of customers, and supported by the strong order backlog at the end of Q4. Gross margin increased to 51% due to an exceptionally strong mix. With operating expenses under control, operating profit increased by 17% compared to previous quarter to a record high of €221 million. Supported by improved profitability, free cash flow increased to €155 million. At €647 million, orders in Q1 were still at healthy level, but down 6% at constant currencies year on year and reflected softening market conditions towards the end of the quarter.

Demand in the memory market further weakened in Q1 and is expected to remain at low levels in the remainder of the year. Logic/foundry demand for the advanced nodes is relatively more resilient, but recently we have also seen a number of push-outs in this segment reflecting softer end-market conditions and some delays in new customer fab readiness. These push-outs will impact our expected orders in Q2 and Q3. Following expected growth in the first half of the year, we expect a decrease in the second half sales of 10% or more compared to the first half, which is a lower level of revenue in the second half than we previously projected.

For the full year 2023, we expect revenue to show a single digit increase, at constant currencies and including the consolidation of LPE. This compares to overall wafer equipment spending which is now forecasted to decline by approximately a high teens percentage this year.

ASM remains well positioned for the next nodes. In logic/foundry we expect the transition to the next generation gate-all-around (GAA) technology to drive meaningful share of wallet gains, and to support our order intake as per the end of 2023.


On a currency-comparable level, we expect revenue of a €650-690 million for Q2. Based on the current visibility, and reflecting aforementioned order push-outs, we project, following expected growth in the first half, a decrease in sales in the second half of 10% or more compared to the first half of the year.
Wafer fab equipment (WFE) is expected to drop by a high teens percentage in 2023, down from a previous forecast of a mid to high teens percentage drop. We expect to again outperform the WFE market this year.
Memory WFE is expected to decline by a significant double-digit percentage.
In the logic/foundry market, spending on the advanced nodes is still expected to be at a good level in 2023, but lower than previously expected, particularly in the second half of the year. This is partly offset by stronger market spending in the older node segments of the logic/foundry market.

Annual General Meeting

On March 31, 2023, ASM published the agenda, convocation and other materials for the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on May 15, 2023, which, as also earlier announced, includes amongst others:

  • A new remuneration policy for the Management Board;
  • declare a regular dividend of €2.50 per common share over 2022;
  • re-appoint KPMG Accountants N.V. for the financial year 2023 and 2024; and
  • approve the annual accounts of 2022.

Please refer to the AGM documents available on our website for more detailed information.

Share buyback program

In February 2022, ASM announced a new share buyback program of up to €100 million to be executed within the 2022/2023 time frame. ASM announces today that this program will commence on April 27, 2023, and will end as soon as the aggregate purchase price of the common shares acquired by ASM has reached €100 million, but ultimately on November 15, 2023. ASM has the intention to reduce its capital by withdrawing the shares repurchased as part of this share buyback program, save for such number of treasury shares as maybe necessary to fund ongoing share and option programs for employees and board members. The repurchase program is part of ASM's commitment to return excess cash to our shareholders through share buybacks.

Progress of the share buyback program will be updated on a weekly basis, starting on May 1, 2023. This information will be published on our website.

About ASM International

ASM International N.V., headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, and its subsidiaries design and manufacture equipment and process solutions to produce semiconductor devices for wafer processing, and have facilities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. ASM International's common stock trades on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol: ASM). For more information, visit ASM's website at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All matters discussed in this press release, except for any historical data, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These include, but are not limited to, economic conditions and trends in the semiconductor industry generally and the timing of the industry cycles specifically, currency fluctuations, corporate transactions, financing and liquidity matters, the success of restructurings, the timing of significant orders, market acceptance of new products, competitive factors, litigation involving intellectual property, shareholders or other issues, commercial and economic disruption due to natural disasters, terrorist activity, armed conflict or political instability, changes in import/export regulations, epidemics and other risks indicated in the Company's reports and financial statements. The Company assumes no obligation nor intends to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future developments or circumstances.

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ASM will host the quarterly earnings conference call and webcast on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. CET.

Conference call participants should pre-register using this link to receive the dial-in numbers, passcode and a personal PIN, which are required to access the conference call.

A simultaneous audio webcast, and replay will be accessible at this link.


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