Press Releases - July 25, 2023

ASM International N.V. reports second quarter 2023

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

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

Continued revenue growth and lower orders in Q2 reflecting softer market conditions; outlook for revenue growth for the year maintained

Financial highlights

€ million Q2 2022 Q1 2023 Q2 2023
New orders 942.7 647.4 485.8
YoY change % at constant currencies 73%  (6%) (48%)
Revenue 559.5 710.0 669.1
YoY change % at constant currencies 30%  40%  21%
Normalized gross profit margin 1) 47.5%  51.1%  49.0% 
Normalized operating result 1) 148.0 221.2 180.1
Normalized operating result margin 1) 26.5% 31.2%  26.9% 
Share in income of investments in associates (excluding amortization intangible assets resulting from the sale of ASMPT stake 2013) 26.9 9.4 9.2
Amortization intangible assets (resulting from the sale of ASMPT stake in 2013) (3.4) (3.4) (0.2)
Reversal of impairment of investments in associates 0.0 215.4 0.0
Net earnings 160.4 380.4 151.2
Normalized net earnings 2) 164.1 183.0 160.7

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 €486 million for the second quarter 2023 decreased by 48% compared to the same period last year, both at constant currencies and as reported. The decrease reflected softening market conditions, and push-outs in logic/foundry as earlier indicated with the Q1 2023 report.
  • Year-on-year revenue growth for the second quarter 2023 was 21% at constant currencies (20% as reported).
  • Normalized gross profit margin of 49.0%, excluding PPA expenses in the second quarter 2023, improved compared to 47.5% in the same quarter last year, mainly explained by mix.
  • Normalized operating result for the second quarter 2023, excluding PPA expenses, improved from €148 million last year to €180 million this year due to strong revenue growth and higher gross margin.
  • Net earnings included a negative impact of €9 million (net of tax) relating to PPA expenses. Normalized net earnings for the second quarter 2023 were €161 million, down from €164 million in Q2 last year, and included a translation gain of €8 million compared to a translation gain of €26 million in Q2 2022 and a translation loss of €7 million in Q1 2023.
  • Details of (estimated) amortization and earn-out expenses (PPA expenses) relating to the 2022 acquisitions of LPE and Reno are found in Annex 2.


“Against a backdrop of slowing market conditions, ASM delivered a resilient performance in the second quarter,” said Benjamin Loh, President and CEO of ASM. “Revenue increased 21% at constant currencies compared to prior year to €669 million, in line with our previous guidance of €650-690 million. The gross margin improved year on year but decreased compared to the exceptionally high level in Q1 and amounted to a solid level of 49% in Q2, with a positive mix, and including again a relatively increased contribution from the Chinese market. Despite higher investments in R&D, and supported by the increased revenue, the operating result increased 23% at constant currencies to €180 million. As communicated previously, we still expect operating margin for the full year of 2023 to be 26% or slightly lower, explained by the expected lower sales level in the second half. We generated €86 million in free cash flow in Q2. We used €123 million in cash for the dividend payment, and €50 million for share repurchases.

Orders dropped by 48% to €486 million in Q2. The lower order intake in Q2 was impacted by softening demand, and, as indicated with our Q1 results, by push-outs in leading-edge logic/foundry, reflecting softer end-market conditions and some delays in new customer fab readiness. In addition, the decrease in order intake also reflected some further normalization of the backlog compared to the relatively elevated level in 2022, following improved supply chain conditions.

Demand in the memory market continued to be weak in Q2 and is not expected to recover in the remainder of the year. Logic/foundry orders dropped in Q2. Despite the near-term market softening, ASM remains well positioned for the next nodes. As our logic/foundry customers are preparing for the transition to gate-all-around (GAA) device technology we are confident that this transition will drive a meaningful double-digit increase in served available markets, with continued ALD leadership for ASM and opportunities for share gains in silicon Epi. We continue to expect a first meaningful contribution from GAA pilot-line orders in Q4 2023.

Demand in the mature node markets remained solid in Q2. For our company, these markets are a smaller part of revenue and mainly a selective play in the power, analog and wafer manufacturer segments. Combined with solid momentum of new product introductions, such as our Sonora vertical furnace, we expect solid growth in this part of our business this year.

Our silicon carbide Epi business increased substantially in Q2 and remains on track to achieve more than €130 million in sales in 2023. Since we acquired LPE last year, customer engagements have increased significantly. After winning a new leading North American customer earlier this year, we have received a first order from a major European SiC player.”


On a currency-comparable level, we project revenue of €580-620 million for Q3. As already communicated with our Q1 results, we expect Q3 orders will also show a drop compared to the level in Q1, albeit not as pronounced as in Q2. Our forecast for the second half is unchanged, we still expect a decrease in revenue of 10% or more compared to the first half of the year, based on the current visibility and at constant currencies. For FY 2023, we still expect revenue to show year-on-year a single-digit percentage increase, at constant currencies and including the consolidation of LPE.

Wafer fab equipment (WFE) is now expected to drop by a mid-to-high-teens percentage in 2023. Memory WFE is expected to show the sharpest drop and leading-edge logic/foundry is impacted by push-outs and weaker market conditions, while the trend in mature node spending remains more positive. We expect to again outperform the WFE market this year.

Share buyback program

On April 25, 2023, ASM announced the start of the €100 million share buyback program. As of June 30, 2023, 50.1% of the share buyback program was completed at an average share price of €361.26.

Investor Day

We will host our 2023 Investor Day on September 26. Speakers will include our CEO, CFO and CTO, and other members of ASM’s senior management team. Further details will be announced later.

Interim financial report

ASM today also publishes its Interim Financial Report for the six month period ended June 30, 2023.

This report includes an Interim Management Board Report and condensed consolidated interim financial statements prepared in accordance with IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting). The Interim Financial Report comprises regulated information within the meaning of the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (“Wet op het Financieel Toezicht”) and is available in full 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

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ASM will host the quarterly earnings conference call and webcast on Wednesday, July 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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