ASM INTERNATIONAL REPORTS 2006 SECOND QUARTER OPERATING RESULTS



* Net sales of EUR 234.8 million in the second quarter of 2006, up 14% from the first quarter of 2006 and up 28% from the second quarter of 2005.

* Net earnings of EUR 17.4 million or EUR 0.30 diluted net earnings per share in the second quarter of 2006, as compared to net earnings of EUR 2.6 million or EUR 0.05 diluted net earnings per share (after charges for impairment and restructuring of EUR 5.4 million) in the first quarter of 2006 and net earnings of EUR 0.5 million or EUR 0.01 diluted net earnings per share for the second quarter of 2005.

* Second quarter bookings of EUR 256.9 million, up 6% from the first quarter of 2006.

* Quarter-end backlog of EUR 280.6 million, up 9% from the end of the first quarter of 2006.


BILTHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS, July 31, 2006 - ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ: ASMI

"The second quarter of 2006 was a good quarter for ASMI with both Front-end and Back-end segments exceeding expectations," commented Arthur del Prado, president and chief executive officer of ASMI. "We made considerable progress in the execution of our plan to bring ASMI's Front-end segment to consistent profitability, as evidenced by its positive earnings from operations. Our Back-end segment again reported outstanding results and reached quarterly sales and operating profit record levels, expressed in Hong Kong dollar, exceeding the previous record set in 2000."

Text release: http://hugin.info/132090/R/1066463/180104.pdf

Financials release: http://hugin.info/132090/R/1066463/180105.pdf



Contact:
Naud van der Ven
+31 30 229 85 40
Mary Jo Dieckhaus
+1 212 986 2900


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