ASM International N.V. buys additional interest in ASM Pacific technology LTD


BILTHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS, July 6, 2000 - ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq and AEX: ASMI) announces that it has acquired approximately 5% of the outstanding share capital of ASM Pacific Technology Ltd (ASMPT), its publicly traded subsidiary (Stock Exchange of Hong Kong: symbol 522). The shares were acquired in various market transactions and one large private transaction with an institutional investor. These purchases bring ASM International's interest in ASMPT to almost 55%. The total investment amounts to approximately HK$ 560 million (US$ 72 million).

Commenting on this investment that increases once again ASM International's ownership in ASMPT, Mr. Arthur H. del Prado, CEO of ASM International NV, stated that: "we believe that increasing our shareholding in ASMPT is one of the best strategic and financial investments available to ASM International in our industry'.

"ASMPT is leading the industry thrust to manufacturing automation in the assembly field. Its rapid expansion, driven by superior technology and competitive positioning, has created excellent commercial prospects for the foreseeable future", Mr. del Prado said and he continued: "Innovative process steps may increasingly impact the technology roadmaps in both the front-end and back-end segments of the semiconductor equipment market through cross fertilization. Through our long-time presence in these segments, ASM International is uniquely placed to play a leading role in this innovative process."

The financing of these purchases comes primarily from a US$ 75 million Collateral Loan Facility, of which US$ 69 million has been taken up and from the Company's cash resources. The two-year Loan carries a three-month interbank interest rate plus 185 basis points and has a quarterly redemption schedule.

At the same time, the Company entered into a US$ 140 million Structured Equity Line, which, over a two-year period, enables the Company to privately issue, fully underwritten shares at market price at the time of issue minus a small discount. The proceeds of these shares can be applied to repay the Loan as well as to fund the Company's growth. CIBC World Markets Corporation arranged both the Collateral Loan Facility and the Structured Equity Line.

The impact of the investment on ASM International's income in the year 2000, before amortization of the purchased goodwill, is expected to be neutral.

ASM Pacific Technology, Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong and with operations in Shenzhen, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, manufactures a broad line of assembly and packaging or back-end equipment for the semiconductor industry. ASM Pacific Technology common shares are traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the symbol 522.

About ASM

ASM International is headquartered in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. ASM International's subsidiaries design, develop, manufacture and market equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. ASM International and its subsidiaries provide production solutions for the wafer-processing, assembly and packaging segments through their facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. ASM International's common shares trade on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “ASMI” and on the Euronext Stock Exchange in Amsterdam under the symbol “ASM.” More information on ASM can be found on its website at

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