ASML accelerates SVG merger integration, announces further work force reduction

October 16, 2001 – Veldhoven, Netherlands – As a consequence of the continuing downturn in the semiconductor industry, ASML Holding NV (ASML) will accelerate integration with its newly merged Silicon Valley Group in the US and will further reduce its global work force by approximately 1,400 positions (17%), compared with today’s work force of 8,000. This will result in a total work force of 6,600 by the end of the 1H02.

The total amount of the related charge will range between EUR 370 million and EUR 430 million, depending primarily on the level of non-cash charges for obsolete inventory, which in turn will depend on the level of customer demand through the end of the year for related products. However, cash employed in the restructuring will not exceed EURO 128 million, which will be used over the next 18 months primarily to cover outlays related to the consolidation of operations, including employee termination payments.

This announcement is in addition to previously implemented work force reduction measures, bringing the total decrease of employees to 2,000 (23%). All regions will be affected.

Doug Dunn, ASML’s president and CEO, said: “We are determined to strengthen our position in readiness for the next upcycle and to take full advantage of our merger with SVG. We have broadened access to leading edge technology, increased our R&D presence in the US and accessed new customers and markets. We have also acquired new production capabilities and expanded our supply base.”

“All of our businesses will continue but in a more focused and efficient way. Manufacturing operations will be consolidated and R&D programs merged. These actions begin now and will be completed during the second quarter of 2002,” Dunn added.

All USA lithography operations will be consolidated into the Wilton, CT, facility. All track operations in San Jose will be combined into a single facility and all thermal products operations into the Scotts Valley, CA, location.

“We are confident that these necessary restructuring measures will provide a solid platform for the future,” Dunn added.


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