Aetrium Reports Sale of Its Reliability Test Products Business
ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aetrium Incorporated
(Nasdaq:ATRM) today is pleased to announce the sale of its Reliability Test
Products (RTP) business to Cascade Microtech, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCD). Cascade
Microtech is a leader in the enabling of precision measurements of integrated
circuits at the wafer level. Aetrium's RTP business specializes in package and
wafer-level solutions for wafer process technologies. This acquisition
strengthens Cascade Microtech's position as a world-wide leader in the design,
development, and manufacture of advanced wafer probing solutions for the
electrical measurement and test of semiconductor integrated circuits.
"We have successfully partnered very closely with Cascade Microtech for many
years on wafer level reliability testing applications and expect a smooth and
orderly transition of personnel and physical assets," commented Joseph C.
Levesque, president and chief executive officer of Aetrium. "Cascade
Microtech, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, will sublease a portion of
Aetrium's facility in Minnesota for a minimum of nine months. We expect the
amiable working relationship we have established between our two companies
The sale price for the RTP business was $1.9 million in cash and contingent
consideration of an additional $1.5 million over a period of nine to 18 months
from the date of sale. $1 million of the contingent consideration is in the
form of an earn out that starts once a minimum of $2.25 million in revenues is
attained over the next nine months, at which time Aetrium is scheduled to
receive two-thirds of every additional revenue dollar for that period up to
the full $1.0 million earn out.
Certain matters in this news release are forward-looking statements which are
subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are
not limited to, adverse domestic or global economic conditions, slowing growth
in the demand for semiconductor devices, the volatility and cyclicality of the
microelectronics industry, changes in the rates of capital expenditures by
semiconductor manufacturers, progress of product development programs,
unanticipated costs associated with the integration or restructuring of
operations, and other risk factors set forth in the Company's SEC filings,
including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.
Aetrium, based in North St. Paul, Minnesota, is a leading supplier of
proprietary technologies and equipment that are used by the worldwide
semiconductor industry to test ICs. The company's products are used by
customers to advance reliability, improve quality, increase product yield or
improve manufacturing processes. Aetrium's common stock is publicly traded on
the Nasdaq market under the symbol ATRM. More information about Aetrium is
available on the internet at www.Aetrium.com.
CONTACT: Paul Askegaard
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