ALMERE, NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 10/24/12 --  
ALMERE,  The Netherlands  - October  24, 2012 - ASM 
International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI  and Euronext Amsterdam:  ASM)
reports today  its third quarter (unaudited) operating results in
accordance with US GAAP. 
* Net sales for the third quarter 2012 were EUR 409 million, an
increase of     8% quarter-to-quarter and 9% year-on-year. Net sales
of our Front-end     segment increased 11% quarter-to-quarter while
Back-end sales increased by     7%. 
* Result from operations for Q3 2012 was EUR 32 million. Result
from     operations in Q2 2012 was EUR 39 million while the third
quarter of 2011     showed a profit of EUR 51 million (excluding a
gain on the bargain purchase     of SEAS of EUR 98 million). 
* The Front-end segment's operating loss was EUR 1.6 million compared
to a         loss of EUR 1.9 million quarter-to-quarter. Q3 2011
showed an operating         profit of EUR 13.5 million;       * The
Back-end segment operating profit was EUR 33.6 million compared to    
EUR 40.5 million quarter-to-quarter. Q3 2011 showed an operating
profit         of EUR 37.8 million (excluding a gain on the bargain
purchase of SEAS of         EUR 97.9 million). 
* Third quarter
2012 net earnings were EUR 5 million compared to net earnings     of
EUR 18 million for the second quarter of 2012 and EUR 30 million for
the     third quarter of 2011 (excluding a net gain on the bargain
purchase of EUR     51 million). 
* Book to bill in the third quarter was 0.7, both for the Front-end
and for     the Back-end segment. The Backlog decreased from Euro 439
million at the end     of the second quarter 2012 to EUR 295 million
at the end of the third     quarter 2012. 
Commenting  on  the  results,  Chuck  del  Prado,  President and
Chief Executive Officer of ASM International, said: "While sales,
both in Front-end and Back-end showed,  despite worsening market
conditions, a healthy growth, our results were lagging  behind. In
our Back-end operations  this was mainly caused by increased price 
pressure, product mix and lower volume in the assembly equipment
segment. In  our Front-end operations pressure on our gross margin was
caused by customer mix and high under-absorption which is mainly due
to worsening market conditions during the third quarter. We have
started a cost reduction program in our Front- end  operations, which
should  lead to cost  reductions in the  course of 2013, especially
in our manufacturing and overhead organization." 
Outlook Based  on
the current order book we expect for the fourth quarter a double
digit sales  decrease for both Front-end and  Back-end. For our
Back-end operations we do  only see a recovery earliest in the 
course of the first quarter of 2013. We expect our Front-end
operations to show a strong order intake in Q4. 
About ASM
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 
Safe Harbor Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995: All  matters discussed in this statement,  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, 
shareholder  and  other  issues, commercial and economic disruption
due to natural disasters, terrorist activity, armed  conflict or
political instability, epidemics and other risks indicated in the 
Company's filings from time  to time with the  U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission,  including, but not  limited to, the  Company's
reports on Form 20-F and Form 6-K. The Company assumes no obligation
to update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect future
developments or circumstances. 
ASM  International  will  host  an 
investor  conference  call  and  web cast on Thursday,  October 25,
2012 at 15:00 Continental  European Time (9:00  a.m. - US Eastern
Time, 9:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time). 
The teleconference dial-in numbers are as follows: -           United
States: +1 646 254 3367 -           International: + 44 (0)20 7136
2056 -           Access Code: 6490180 
A simultaneous audio web cast will be accessible at 
The  teleconference  will  be  available  for  replay,  beginning one
hour after completion of the live broadcast, through November 24,
The replay dial-in numbers are: -           United States: +1 347 366
9565 -           England: + 44 (0)20 3427 0598 -           The
Netherlands: +31 (0)20 708 5013 -           Hong Kong: +852 3011 4669
-           Access Code:  6490180 
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Investor Relations:
Erik Kamerbeek
+31 88 100 8500 
Mary Jo Dieckhaus
+1 212 986 2900 
Media Contacts:
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+31 20 6855 955
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